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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,

Cameco and Orano Canada have announced plans to restart operations at the Cigar Lake uranium mine and the McClean Lake mill. Cameco will restart mine operations at the beginning of September, and Orano expects to be processing uranium by the middle of the month.

Date: Friday, 31 July 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Canadian-uranium-production-set-for-September-rest

The Cigar Lake uranium mine in northern Saskatchewan is to remain in care and maintenance for an "indeterminate period" as the effects of the global COVID-19 pandemic persist, Cameco announced yesterday at the same time as it withdrew its 2020 Outlook. Orano has also extended the suspension of production at its McClean Lake mill, where Cigar Lake ore is processed.

Date: Wednesday, 15 April 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Canadian-companies-extend-suspension-of-uranium-op

Kazatomprom said today that it expects Kazakhstan's 2020 annual uranium production volume to decrease by up to 4,000 tU from previous expectations as the company introduces measures to comply with COVID-19 lockdown requirements. Measures that will result in a lower level of wellfield activity, and thus a reduction in production volume, are expected to remain in place for three months. Kazatomprom is the world's biggest uranium producer, accounting for 23% of global output of the metal in 2018.

Date: Wednesday, 08 April 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Kazatomprom-updates-operations-under-COVID-19-lock

CNNC Rössing Uranium has announced the suspension of normal mining operations at the Rössing uranium mine in Namibia from 28 March because of a partial lockdown of the Erongo region in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Elsewhere, uranium miners continue to address issues arising from the global pandemic.

Date: Tuesday, 31 March 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Rossing-operations-suspended-in-Namibian-lockdown

Work done during 2019 to further de-risk the use of in-situ leach (ISL) methods at the Phoenix uranium deposit at Wheeler River means the prospect of successfully bringing ISL uranium mining to Canada's Athabasca Basin is higher than it has ever been, Denison President and CEO David Cates said yesterday in the company's 2019 results.

Date: Saturday, 07 March 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Denison-sees-increasing-prospects-for-Canadian-ISL

It is not too late for Australia to join nuclear power countries in the fight against climate change, writes Tania Constable, CEO of Minerals Council of Australia.

Date: Friday, 25 October 2019
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Viewpoint-Australia-must-review-its-outdated-regul

The Bruce nuclear power station in Canada. Photo courtesy OPG. Canada is committed to strengthening its regulatory framework for nuclear and radiation safety, but the government should improve the policy and strategy for radioactive waste management, an International Atomic Energy Agency team said.

The Integrated Regulatory Review Service (IRRS) team also said the regulator, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission, should consider better aligning its radiation protection requirements with IAEA safety standards.

The team said the CNSC is highly transparent about its regulatory activities and decisions.

“Canada has a comprehensive framework for nuclear and radiation safety covering current facilities and activities,” said team leader Marta Ziakova, chairperson of the Nuclear Regulatory Authority of Slovakia.

Date: Tuesday, 17 September 2019
Original article: nucnet.org/news/iaea-says-radioactive-waste-management-policy-can-be-improved-9-1-2019

Canada has a committed regulatory body that works for the continuous improvement of nuclear and radiation safety, an International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) peer review mission has concluded. The team noted areas for further enhancement.

Date: Tuesday, 17 September 2019
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/IAEA-team-reviews-Canadian-regulatory-system