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Worldwide supplies of molybdenum-99 (Mo-99) made without using highly enriched uranium (HEU) are now sufficient for the USA to ban exports of HEU material for foreign medical isotope production.

Date: Friday, 24 December 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Isotope-supplies-allow-USA-to-stop-HEU-exports

The Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (Ansto) has completed the largest coordinated safety and security review of the OPAL multi-purpose research reactor, as part of a new a approach to assessing performance.

Date: Monday, 20 December 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsansto-completes-safety-review-9329918

The Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) has undertaken a review of safety and security performance at the Opal research reactor, saying its future plans are "very much anchored on high standards."

Date: Wednesday, 15 December 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Opal-conducts-self-review-of-safety

Vimy Resources Limited yesterday announced the start of mining activities at Mulga Rock, where the excavation of a ramp at the Ambassador North pit is under way.

Date: Wednesday, 15 December 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Vimy-breaks-ground-at-Mulga-Rock

Australia’s federal government announced that it has formally selected Napandee, a 211 hectare property near the town of Kimba on South Australia's Eyre Peninsula as the site for a long-planned radioactive waste storage facility. The site has been acquired by the government and will be used to store low and medium-level nuclear waste.

Date: Friday, 03 December 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsaustralia-selects-waste-disposal-site-9293558

The Napandee site will be used to store low- and medium-level nuclear waste. After years of consultation, Australia’s federal government has announced it plans to go ahead in building a national nuclear waste management facility at Napandee, west of Kimba on South Australia’s Eyre Peninsula.

The 211-hectare Napandee property has been acquired by the government and will be used to store low- and medium-level nuclear waste.

The property was already selected by the government, but it had to allow an additional 60 days of consultation before it could formally declare the site.

“This is still the right decision at the right site,” resources mMinister Keith Pitt said. “It’s certainly got all of the right geological requirements, we have majority support from the local community and we should never forget that this has taken 40 years and I understand some 16 ministers,” he said.

Date: Wednesday, 01 December 2021
Original article: nucnet.org/news/government-confirms-napandee-as-site-for-waste-management-facility-11-2-2021

Napandee near Kimba in South Australia has been formally selected as the location of a national low and medium-level radioactive waste facility. Under the relevant legislation, the declaration today by Australia's Minister for Resources and Water Keith Pitt has the effect of the Commonwealth acquiring about 211 hectares of land for the purpose of hosting the National Radioactive Waste Management Facility (NRWMF).

Date: Tuesday, 30 November 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/South-Australian-site-to-host-national-radwaste-fa

Vimy Resources today announced it has begun a strategic review process at Mulga Rock in Western Australia after receiving unsolicited approaches from "several parties" interested in becoming involved in the uranium project. Vimy will continue working on its development of the project, where an early works programme is under way, in parallel with the strategic review.

Date: Friday, 19 November 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Vimy-reviewing-its-options-at-Mulga-Rock

All realistic options that might contribute to global net-zero must be considered, the Generation IV International Forum (GIF) has said in an open letter to COP26 President Alok Sharma. Nuclear systems and advanced reactors - such as Generation IV systems - can contribute to a net-zero society alongside renewable energies, it says.

Date: Saturday, 30 October 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/GIF-calls-for-nuclear-s-inclusion-in-COP26-discuss

In the wake of Australia’s decision to purchase nuclear-powered submarines from the USA and UK, instead of diesel-powered vessels from France (the AUKUS defence pact), pressure is building up for Australia to consider developing nuclear power for energy production. 

Date: Friday, 15 October 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsaustralian-submarine-deal-sparks-debate-about-nuclear-energy-9156685