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Germany’s Federal Association for Final Storage (BGE) has taken another step towards retrieving the radioactive waste from the former Asse II salt mine in the district of Wolfenbüttel, Lower Saxony.

Date: Friday, 14 January 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newscontract-awarded-for-plans-to-construct-asse-interim-storage-facility-in-germany-9400701

Brussels-based industry group responds to leaked draft of European commission proposals Nuclear power has been “clearly recognised” as a technology which contributes to climate mitigation objectives and it should be treated in the European Union’s planned taxonomy rules on an equal footing with renewable energy sources, the Brussels-based nuclear industry association Foratom has said.

According to a leaked draft of the bloc’s taxonomy proposals, nuclear will be treated differently to renewables, as a transitional activity, Foratom said. Furthermore, “sunset clauses”, so-called because they have time limits, have been introduced for existing plants and new build projects. Foratom said in a statement on Tuesday: “We do not believe this is the right approach.”

The sunset clauses say that to be taxonomy compliant, nuclear new build projects must receive a construction permit by 2045. For lifetime extensions, the extension must be authorised by the member state by 2040.

Renewables do not have to meet any similar clauses, nor do they have to meet other rules applied to “transitional” nuclear. Those rules include that nuclear does not hamper the development and deployment of low-carbon alternatives and does not lead to a “lock-in” of carbon-intensive assets. Lock-in occurs when carbon intensive systems perpetuate, delay or prevent the transition to low-carbon alternatives.

Date: Wednesday, 12 January 2022
Original article: nucnet.org/news/foratom-calls-for-nuclear-to-be-put-on-equal-footing-with-renewables-1-2-2022

Germany's Federal Company for Radioactive Waste Disposal (BGE) has awarded a contract for planning the design and licensing of a waste treatment plant and an interim storage facility at the former Asse II salt mine in the district of Wolfenbüttel, Lower Saxony. The winning consortium has until the end of 2023 to submit the plans.

Date: Wednesday, 12 January 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Contract-awarded-for-planning-of-Asse-II-facilitie

The Unit B2 (Reactor 4) of the Hunterston NPP in North Ayrshire, Scotland, was permanently shut down on 7 January after generating electricity for 46 years.

Date: Tuesday, 11 January 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsfinal-shutdown-for-uks-hunterston-b-9388015

Germany shut down three nuclear power plants on 31 December, as part of its phaseout of nuclear energy.

Date: Wednesday, 05 January 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsgermany-closes-three-of-its-six-remaining-nuclear-reactors-9359678

The European Commission (EC) has drawn up a draft plan to label some natural gas and nuclear energy projects as "green" investments provided they satisfy certain conditions. This follows a year of discussion, debate a lobbying from countries in favour of and against the move. The draft was made public by Euractiv.

Date: Wednesday, 05 January 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newseu-draft-taxonomy-includes-nuclear-and-gas-9360630

The Brokdorf, Grohnde and Gundremmingen C nuclear power plants were permanently shut down on 31 December in compliance with Germany's nuclear phase-out policy. The move leaves three reactors in operation, which are scheduled to be taken offline by the end of this year.

Date: Wednesday, 05 January 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Three-German-reactors-cease-operation

Protocols to amend two international instruments strengthening the rights to compensation for those affected by nuclear energy accidents have been formally ratified and will enter into force on 1 January.

Date: Wednesday, 22 December 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Nuclear-liability-protocols-ratified-to-strengthen

Westinghouse Electric Company announced it has signed a contract on 10 December with RWE Nuclear GmbH to dismantle two reactors in the Gundremmingen nuclear facility in Germany.

Date: Saturday, 18 December 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newswestinghouse-awarded-decommissioning-contract-at-gundremmingen-9329793