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The challenges the nuclear industry faces are largely external and must be overcome if it is to help tackle the existential threat of climate change, panellists in the Nuclear Energy and its Future session of the Reuters Next conference on 11 January said. These challenges include: the notion nuclear is an out-dated technology; the cost of finance; market design; political changes; perceived competition with renewable energy; and the public's misconceptions about radioactive waste.

Date: Friday, 15 January 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/The-real-challenges-to-nuclear-are-external,-says

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) cannot judge whether Iran will choose to become only the second country, after North Korea, ever to deny its inspectors access to nuclear sites, IAEA Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi said today. Grossi was speaking in an interview with Francois Murphy, chief correspondent of Reuters in Austria, where the IAEA is headquartered. The interview was held on the first day of the Reuters Next virtual summit that is taking place until 14 January.

Date: Tuesday, 12 January 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/IAEA-confined-to-piecemeal-updates-from-Iran-says

Unit originally shut down in 2012 after RPV flaws discovered The Tihange nuclear power station in Belgium. Curtesy Engie elctrabel. Belgium’s nuclear regulator has approved the restart of Tihange-2 nuclear power plant following a maintenance outage after concluding no new hydrogen flakes have appeared and the existing flakes had not increased in size.

The Federal Agency for Nuclear Control (Fanc) said in a statement that operator Engie Electrabel is required to regularly check that the situation has not changed since the flakes, or “hydrogen microbubbles”, were first discovered in the walls of the plant’s reactor pressure vessel in 2012.

Ultrasonic inspections showed there had been no evolution of the hydrogen flakes and no indications of new flaking, Fanc said.

Tihange-2 and Doel-3 were shut down in 2012 after the RPV flaws were discovered.

In June 2013 the units were restarted, but were shut down again in March 2014 after unexpected results from additional tests.

Date: Friday, 08 January 2021
Original article: nucnet.org/news/belgian-regulator-approves-restart-after-latest-rpv-checks-1-4-2021

Iran's latest move to increase uranium enrichment poses a nuclear proliferation risk, say the foreign ministers of the UK, France and Germany - the E3 countries. Meanwhile Iran’s ambassador to international organisations in Vienna has written to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), stressing the need for Israel's "prompt and unconditional" joining of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

Date: Friday, 08 January 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/E3-warn-of-risk-from-Tehran-s-latest-violation-of

The group protested against the closure of the two-unit Philippsburg nuclear power station in Karlsruhe, southwest Germany. Courtesy EnBW. Climate and environmental activists in Poland are calling on Germany to reconsider its 2011 decision to permanently shut down all operational nuclear power plants.

Members of the FOTA4Climate initiative submitted to the Germany embassy in Warsaw an open letter signed by Polish scientists, intellectuals, activists and citizens. The letter was addressed to the German government, parliamentarians, churches and citizens. It said nuclear power plants in Germany and other countries should remain operational until “effective, state-of-the-art technologies for the storage of power generated by renewables are implemented”.

The group said abandoning low-carbon nuclear power before the end of burning hard coal and lignite will result in technical and technological problems which will be difficult to overcome in the short term and will require the continued use of other fossil fuels, mainly natural gas.

Date: Thursday, 24 December 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/activists-call-on-germany-too-reconsider-nuclear-phaseout-decision-12-3-2020

Iran has notified the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) about the construction at the Fordow nuclear facility, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said on 21 December.

Date: Wednesday, 23 December 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsiran-will-abide-by-jcpoa-if-the-us-rejoins-but-rejects-any-renegotiation-of-its-terms-8423053

Polish climate and environmental activists are asking Germany to reconsider its 2011 decision to phase out nuclear power. On 18 December, activists from the FOTA4Climate initiative submitted to the German embassy in Warsaw an open letter signed by Polish scientists, intellectuals, activists and citizens.

Date: Wednesday, 23 December 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Polish-group-calls-on-Germany-to-reverse-nuclear-p

The UK-based New Nuclear Watch Institute (NNWI), an industry supported think-tank, has published a 28-page report “On the Role of Nuclear Power in the Development of a European Hydrogen Economy”.

Date: Friday, 18 December 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsnnwi-report-looks-at-nuclears-role-in-hydrogen-production-8415416

Industrial services provider Bilfinger has completed the dismantling of the two steam generators at the shutdown Mülheim-Kärlich nuclear power plant in Germany. Bilfinger, which was contracted by plant owner RWE in 2017, dismantled the steam generators in situ. Each of them measured around 23 metres in height, 4 metres in diameter and 450 tonnes in weight.

Date: Wednesday, 16 December 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Dismantling-of-Mulheim-Karlich-steam-generators-co