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Climate scientist James E Hansen and others have written to the Financial Times, making the case for the inclusion of nuclear power in the EU Sustainable Finance Taxonomy. The text of the letter, published yesterday, and the list of signatories to it, follows.

Date: Wednesday, 18 December 2019
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The Australian government should consider a partial lifting of the moratorium on nuclear energy to allow the deployment of new and emerging technologies including Generation III+ and Generation IV reactors, a report by a parliamentary committee has recommended.

Successive Labor and coalition governments have maintained a bipartisan moratorium on the construction and operation of nuclear power plants in Australia.

However, at the request of energy minister Angus Taylor the parliament’s House Standing Committee on the Environment and Energy began in August an inquiry into the nuclear fuel cycle and Australia’s potential future use of nuclear energy. The committee has since considered 309 submissions and undertaken a programme of public hearings across the country.

The committee has now released a report – entitled Not without your approval: A way forward for nuclear technology in Australia – in which it summarises its findings and makes recommendations. The report has been presented to Speaker of the House of Representatives Tony Smith for the government’s consideration.

Date: Tuesday, 17 December 2019
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The Australian government should consider a partial lifting of the current moratorium on nuclear energy to allow the deployment of new and emerging technologies, a report published today by a parliamentary committee has recommended. The report followed an inquiry into the prerequisites for nuclear energy in the country.

Date: Saturday, 14 December 2019
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More Australians support lifting the country's ban on the use of nuclear energy than oppose it, a new poll conducted for the Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) has found. The survey also found that over half those polled were not aware that nuclear energy is banned in Australia.

Date: Wednesday, 04 December 2019
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The Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (Ansto) has appointed US company JacobsWyper to lead work on identifying the best model for future nuclear medicine manufacture.

Date: Wednesday, 27 November 2019
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The structure of the medical radioisotope supply chain is impeding the provision of technetium-99m (Tc-99m), a new report by an OECD Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) high-level group has found. Supplies of the world's most widely used medical radioisotope remain fragile.

Date: Thursday, 21 November 2019
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Australia's Aura Energy has lodged a claim against the Swedish government for compensation for the financial loss resulting from a ban on uranium exploration and mining, introduced in August 2018. The company had planned to extract uranium as a by-product from its 100%-owned Häggån polymetallic project in Sweden.

Date: Tuesday, 12 November 2019
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An International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Integrated Regulatory Review Service (IRRS) team on 25 October concluded an 11-day mission to review the UK’s regulatory safety framework. The team said the UK is committed to strengthening its regulatory framework for nuclear and radiation safety and identified areas that would benefit from further enhancement. The UK has 15 operating nuclear power reactors at seven sites, generating 21% of its electricity, and two nuclear fuel reprocessing plants.

Date: Tuesday, 05 November 2019
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