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The slightly elevated levels of three different radioisotopes recently detected in northern Europe are probably related to a nuclear reactor which is either operating or undergoing maintenance, the International Atomic Energy Agency said in a statement on 3 July.

The recorded air concentrations of the particles were very low and posed no risk to human health and the environment, the statement said.

However, the IAEA also said the geographical origin of the release has not yet been determined.

Last week, Estonia, Finland and Sweden reported levels of ruthenium-103, caesium-134 and caesium-137 isotopes in the air which were higher than usual.

The IAEA, in an effort to help identify the possible origin of the radioisotopes, contacted counterparts in Europe and asked for information about whether they were detected in their countries, and if any event there may have been associated with the atmospheric release.

Date: Saturday, 04 July 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/elevated-radioisotope-levels-in-nordic-region-likely-linked-to-nuclear-reactor-7-5-2020

Ukraine's electricity market discriminates against nuclear power and recent reforms do little to help Energoatom's mounting debts, Petro Kotin, acting president of the state-owned nuclear power plant operator has said. Recent amendments to electricity market regulations enable Energoatom to sell just 5% of its generation through bilateral contracts, but the company wants this to be increased to 50%.

Date: Thursday, 25 June 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Energoatom-makes-plea-for-fairer-market-rules

In the wake of the forest fires in the Chernobyl exclusion zone straddling Ukraine and Belarus in April, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said it had helped to design and procure a mobile laboratory for Belarus, complete with instruments and tools for the radiation monitoring of air and the environment.

Date: Tuesday, 02 June 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsbelarus-receives-iaea-radiological-monitoring-equipment-7948742

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has provided Belarus with a mobile laboratory for assessing radiological threats associated with forest fires in the Polessie State Radio-Ecological Reserve, adjacent to the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone. Recent fires in the exclusion zone did not lead to a hazardous increase in air-borne radioactive particles.

Date: Friday, 29 May 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/IAEA-equips-Belarus-with-mobile-radiation-monitori

Energoatom said that construction and installation work at the construction site of the Centralised Spent Fuel Storage Facility (CSFSF) must be completed by the end of September 2020.

Date: Tuesday, 26 May 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsukraine-hopes-to-complete-used-fuel-storage-by-september-7938468

All construction and installation works at the construction site of the Central Spent Fuel Storage Facility (CSFSF) at the site of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine is expected to be completed by the end of September. The country’s nuclear power plant operator, Energoatom, announced the new target date following a meeting at the site by its acting president, Petr Kotin, on 15 May in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone.

Date: Friday, 22 May 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Ukraine-pushes-storage-facility-completion-to-end

The Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine’s upper house of parliament, has adopted a draft law on nuclear safety that enables state-run nuclear power plant operator Energoatom to secure a EUR200 million (USD220 million) loan from Euratom. The parliament said yesterday it had approved "in the second reading and as a whole" draft law №2373 On Amendments to Certain Laws of Ukraine on the Safety of Nuclear Energy Use.

Date: Thursday, 21 May 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Ukraine-passes-bill-to-secure-Euratom-loan

At its meeting on 6 May, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine appointed Herman Galushchenko and Hartmut Jakob as vice-presidents of nuclear utility Energoatom, ending months of wrangling between different factions for control of the organisation.

Date: Tuesday, 12 May 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsukraines-energoatom-begins-to-put-its-house-in-order-7917871

The recent fires in the exclusion zone around the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine have not led to a hazardous increase in air-borne radioactive particles, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said on 24 April. The State Nuclear Regulatory Inspectorate of Ukraine (SNRIU) has regularly provided information on the fires through the IAEA's Unified System for Information Exchange in Incidents and Emergencies (USIE).

Date: Tuesday, 28 April 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Chernobyl-forest-fires-pose-no-health-risk-says-IA