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Canada has made significant efforts to enhance its emergency preparedness and response framework for nuclear and radiological emergencies framework since an initial mission in 2019, an International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) follow-up mission has concluded.

Date: Tuesday, 11 July 2023
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Canada-bolsters-emergency-preparedness-and-respons

An International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) safety review has concluded that Japan’s plans to release treated water stored at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station (FDNPS) into the sea are consistent with IAEA safety standards. In a report formally presented by Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi to Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida during his recent visit to Tokyo the IAEA also said discharges of the treated water would have a negligible radiological impact on people or the environment.

Date: Saturday, 08 July 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsiaea-approves-japans-plans-to-release-treated-water-into-the-sea-at-fukushima-10990691

An International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Emergency Preparedness Review (EPREV team has concluded a five-day follow-up mission to review the emergency preparedness and response (EPR) framework for nuclear and radiological emergencies in Canada. The mission aimed to assess the progress made by Canada in implementing the recommendations provided during the initial EPREV mission conducted in 2019.

Date: Saturday, 08 July 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsiaea-assesses-canadas-nuclear-emergency-preparedness-10991759

Consolidated Uranium Inc has announced the start of "comprehensive" work programmes including the reopening of the underground workings at its 100%-owned Tony M uranium mine, fifteen years after it last produced uranium. The Vancouver-based company also plans to investigate the vanadium potential of the underground mine in Utah.

Date: Friday, 30 June 2023
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Work-begins-to-re-open-US-underground-uranium-mine

Four potential locations across Estonia, which could accommodate a nuclear power plant, have been identified by a finance ministry analysis. 

Date: Friday, 14 April 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsestonias-finance-ministry-identifies-four-possible-npp-sites-10756091

Advances in emerging field of ‘theranostics’ are a game-changer Millions of patients around the globe rely on the regular and timely production of diagnostic and therapeutic isotopes produced in research reactors and accelerator facilities. Image courtesy IAEA. Advances in medical isotope diagnostics and therapy are holding promise for cancer patients, despite challenges facing the nuclear medical field in recent years related to radionuclide production and supply, rising costs, and stricter regulation.

Medical isotopes are radioactive substances used in various diagnostic and therapeutic procedures to treat various types of cancers and other conditions. They are essential for modern medicine, allowing physicians to visualise and target specific organs, tissues and cells in a patient’s body.

Over more than a decade, personalised medicine using nuclear techniques has been gaining pace, allowing doctors to tailor therapies and treatments to the specific needs and physiology of a patient, and to avoid harm to healthy organs or tissues.

According to Sven Van den Berghe, chief executive of Belgium-based isotope producer PanTera, one technique that has seen significant advances is known as theranostics – the term used to describe the combination of using one radioactive drug to diagnose and a second to deliver therapy to treat the main tumour and any metastatic tumours.

Date: Friday, 14 April 2023
Original article: nucnet.org/news/sector-aims-to-tackle-isotope-supply-problems-as-excitement-grows-over-targeted-therapies-4-4-2023

“Uranium 2022: Resources, Production and Demand”, widely known as the Red Book, is the 29th edition of the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) and International Atomic Energy Agency's biennial report. The 568-page report presents the most recent review of world uranium market fundamentals and offers a statistical profile of the uranium industry. It includes 54 country reports on uranium exploration, resources, production and reactor-related requirements, 36 of which were prepared from officially reported government data and narratives, and 18 that were prepared by the NEA and IAEA secretariats.

Date: Saturday, 08 April 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsred-book-sees-modest-decrease-in-uranium-resources-but-expects-nuclear-capacity-to-increase-10741481

Annual capacity of idled mines stands at almost 30,000 tonnes Kazakhstan has limited output in recent years in response to a depressed uranium market, but is still the largest producer. Courtesy Kazatomprom. Global uranium mine production decreased by nearly 12% from 2018 to 2020 with major producing countries including Canada and Kazakhstan limiting total production in recent years in response to a depressed uranium market, according to the Nuclear Energy Agency.

In the latest edition of Uranium Resources, Production and Demand, known as the Red Book, the NEA says uranium production cuts deepened suddenly with the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic in early 2020.

Overall, world uranium production decreased from 53,501 tonnes of uranium (tU) in 2018 to 47,342 tU in2020 as producers instituted production cuts, followed by a slight increase to 47,472 tU in 2021. These planned reductions were greatest in Canada and Kazakhstan.

As of 1 January 2021, the annual production capacity of idled mines amounted to over 29,400 tU. These operations, which have all the necessary licences, permits and agreements for operation and have produced commercially in the past, could potentially be brought back into production relatively rapidly given appropriate market conditions.

Date: Friday, 07 April 2023
Original article: nucnet.org/news/global-production-down-12-with-kazakhstan-by-far-world-s-largest-producer-4-4-2023

The leaders of Australia, the UK and the USA have outlined the phased approach through which Australia will acquire nuclear-powered submarines through the Australia-United Kingdom-United States (AUKUS) enhanced security partnership.

Date: Wednesday, 15 March 2023
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/AUKUS-moves-to-next-phase

Consolidated Uranium Inc has agreed to buy Virginia Energy Resources, which owns Coles Hill - the largest undeveloped uranium project in the USA - in a transaction worth around USD32.2 million. The company is hopeful Virginia's 40-year moratorium on uranium mining may be overcome.

Date: Saturday, 19 November 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Consolidated-Uranium-buys-Virginia-uranium-project