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A study into the feasibility of the development and deployment of small modular reactors (SMRs) in Canada, prepared at the request of the leaders of New Brunswick, Ontario and Saskatchewan, has concluded the development of SMRs would support domestic energy needs, curb greenhouse gas emissions and position Canada as a global leader in this emerging technology. The province of Alberta has joined the three provinces as a signatory to a Memorandum of Understanding to collaborate on SMR development.

Date: Friday, 16 April 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Canadian-provinces-complete-SMR-study

Orano is confident about its uranium mining future and will continue to invest in its projects while remaining committed to being a responsible mining company at all stages of operation, Orano Mining CEO Nicolas Maes told delegates at the World Nuclear Fuel Cycle forum today.

Date: Friday, 16 April 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Orano-Mining-CEO-expresses-confidence-for-future

The pandemic has shown the resilience of the nuclear industry to act responsibly, both as a supplier of energy and as an employer, the head of the world's biggest uranium producer said today. In his address to delegates at the World Nuclear Fuel Cycle forum, Kazatomprom CEO Galymzhan Pirmatov said the wellbeing of the company's 20,000 employees was his first priority.

Date: Thursday, 15 April 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Kazatomprom-put-health-before-profit-during-pandem

Canadian uranium producer Cameco is "bullish about the future" thanks to growing interest from around the world in nuclear energy as a reliable, sustainable and low-carbon source of electricity, President and CEO Tim Gitzel said today during the World Nuclear Fuel Cycle forum, which is being held this week by the US Nuclear Energy Institute and World Nuclear Association.

Date: Wednesday, 14 April 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Cameco-buoyed-by-global-interest-in-nuclear

A Science for Policy report by the Joint Research Centre (JRC), the European Commission’s science and knowledge service, dated 19 March, has concluded that nuclear is no more harmful to human health or to the environment than any other energy technology considered to be sustainable. The 397-page report, which according to European nuclear trade association Foratom, was “leaked” to the press, “aims to provide evidence-based scientific support to the European policymaking process”. It notes that “the scientific output expressed does not imply a policy position of the European Commission”. The report, titled “Technical assessment of nuclear energy with respect to the ‘do no significant harm’ criteria of Regulation (EU) 2020/852 (‘Taxonomy Regulation’), is designated “sensitive”. The assessment was conducted by JRC, whose mission is to support EU policies with independent evidence throughout the whole policy cycle.

Date: Wednesday, 31 March 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsecs-jrc-says-nuclear-does-no-significant-harm-8635249

Romania’s state-owned nuclear utility Nuclearelectrica is taking measures to integrate its nuclear fuel production, Energy Minister Virgil Popescu said on 23 March. This came after Nuclearelectrica said in a statement filed with the Bucharest Stock Exchange (BVB) on 19 March that it had signed an agreement to acquire some assets within the uranium concentrate processing line at the Feldioara facility owned by the National Uranium Company (Compania Na?ionala a Uraniului - CNU). The strategic decision to acquire part of Feldioara's assets necessary for the processing and refining of the raw material from which the U3O8 required for the manufacture of fuel assemblies is obtained, is aimed at ensuring Nuclearelectrica's integrated production capabilities, the company said.

Date: Friday, 26 March 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsromania-consolidates-its-nuclear-sector-in-wake-of-uranium-company-collapse-8625783

The Nuclear Innovation Alliance (NIA) and Partnership for Global Security (PGS), two US think tanks, today released a joint report defining a comprehensive strategy for the USA to become the global leader in advanced nuclear power. They said the strategy outlines the domestic and international activities that will be required to ensure the USA can lead in the development and deployment of next generation nuclear technologies through collaboration between government, industry, civil society, and other nations.

Date: Wednesday, 17 February 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/USA-urged-to-adopt-global-strategy-on-advanced-nuc

Sufficient uranium resources exist to support the long-term, sustainable use of nuclear energy, according to the latest edition of the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) and International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) joint report on uranium resources, production and demand. However, the impact of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic on the industry and recent reductions in uranium production and exploration could affect available supplies.

Date: Friday, 25 December 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Adequate-uranium-to-meet-demand-latest-Red-Book-co

"The US uranium mining industry has the personnel and yellowcake processing plants on standby, and is ready to expand into new areas with discoveries that will provide hundreds of years of available uranium resources from a variety of secure sources," says Michael D. Campbell, chairman of the Uranium (Nuclear & REE) Committee of the Energy Minerals Division of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG). "So let the drilling and processing begin."

Date: Friday, 25 December 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/US-uranium-miners-ready-to-support-nuclear-power,

The US Congress voted to approve appropriations for fiscal year 2021 that includes USD1.5 billion for the Department of Energy's Office of Nuclear Energy. The appropriations also include USD150 million to initiate the uranium reserve programme to address challenges to the production of domestic uranium.

Date: Thursday, 24 December 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Congress-approves-nuclear-energy-funding-for-FY202