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Demolition preparations progress at Alpha-4 enrichment facility
23 September, 2022
US Department of Energy (DOE) Environmental Management (EM) crews are taking the first steps to bring the massive Alpha-4 facility at the Y-12 National Security Complex (Y-12) to the cold-and-dark stage, a process that involves removing all utility sources to the building as a precursor to demolition. Alpha-4 is one of the largest high-risk buildings at the site. It is the third former enrichment facility at Y-12 where EM has initiated deactivation work. Other crews are preparing the Alpha-2 and Beta-1 facilities for teardown.

Oklo restarts NRC licensing process for Aurora microreactor
23 September, 2022
US-based Oklo, developer of the 1.5MWe Aurora microreactor, has submitted a revised licensing project plan (LPP) to the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), which had denied a previous application in March 2020 “without prejudice”, citing Oklo’s “failure” to provide additional technical information related to the maximum credible accident and the safety classifications of the reactor’s systems, structures, and components (SSCs). This was the first-ever combined licence application (COLA) to NRC for an advanced non-light water reactor. However, NRC left the door open for Oklo to submit a revised application in the future. Oklo aims to build and operate an Aurora compact fast reactor at the Idaho National Laboratory site.

Heat treatment completed on reactor vessel for unit 5 of Kudankulam NPP
23 September, 2022
The Volgodonsk branch of AEM-Technologies (part of the mechanical engineering division of Rosatom, Atomenergomash) has completed the final heat treatment of the VVER-1000 reactor pressure vessel (RPV) for unit 5 of India’s Kudankulam NPP according to Atomenergomash.

South Korea includes nuclear in its K-Taxonomy
23 September, 2022
South Korea’s Ministry of Environment has released a revised draft of its K-Taxonomy including nuclear power. The ministry had excluded nuclear power generation in its draft released in December 2021. However, the European Union (EU) included nuclear power generation in its taxonomy in July and this decision influenced the new draft.

Spain standardises on Holtec’s Multi-Purpose Canister
23 September, 2022
US-based Holtec International has announced that its HI-STORM MPC used fuel storage technology has been selected for a fleet of six reactors at four sites in Spain. This procurement was led by Spain’s national company, Enresa, and conducted under the European Union procurement rules. Holtec’s bid was joined by Spanish equipment manufacturer Equipos Nucleares SA (ENSA) as a consortium partner.

IAEA says Slovakia is committed to a high level of safety
23 September, 2022
An International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Integrated Regulatory Review Service (IRRS) mission said Slovakia is committed to maintaining and strengthening its regulatory framework for nuclear and radiation safety, as the it prepares to start up a third reactor unit at the Mochovce NPP. The team also noted areas where it could be further enhanced, for example by increasing coordination between different national authorities involved in regulatory oversight.

Shelling causes more damage to Zaporizhzhia NPP
22 September, 2022
Renewed shelling in the early hours of 21 September at the site of Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant (ZNPP) damaged cables providing electricity to one of its six units, temporarily forcing the reactor to rely on emergency diesel generators for the power it needs for essential safety functions, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) was informed at the site by senior Ukrainian operating staff.

When the rearguard is the vanguard
22 September, 2022
It may seem counter-intuitive, but effective decommissioning has a critical role to play in the future of the nuclear energy industry.

SaskPower proposes two potential SMR sites
22 September, 2022
Saskatchewan’s first small modular nuclear reactor (SMR) could be located in either the Estevan or Elbow areas, utility SaskPower has announced. SaskPower officials said they are studying the two locations because they would meet the needs of supporting an SMR. The locations are close to a suitable body of water, have sufficient transmission and road infrastructure and could sustain a sizeable workforce.

Framatome installs first 3D-printed stainless steel fuel component at Forsmark NPP
22 September, 2022
Framatome has completed installation of the first 3D-printed, stainless steel fuel component at the Forsmark NPP, operated by Vattenfall in Sweden. The ATRIUM 11 upper tie plate grids were designed, manufactured, and installed in Forsmark unit 3 for a multi-year irradiation programme in collaboration with KSB SE & Co KgaA.

Netherlands government supports construction of Pallas reactor
22 September, 2022
Dutch Minister of Health, Welfare and Sport Ernst Kuipers has announced that money has been allocated for the construction of the Pallas reactor at Petten, in The Netherlands. The ministry reserves €30 million ($29.5m) for the project this year and €129 million a year from next year, NRG said.

Czech Republic’s first SMR could be built at Temelín by 2032
22 September, 2022
A small modular reactor (SMR) could be built in the Czech Republic at the Temelín NPP as early as 2032, Daniel Beneš, the Director of the ČEZ power group has said after signing a contract for the establishment of the South Bohemia Nuclear Park. South Bohemian Governor Martin Kuba, addressing an international conference, said: "We realise that nuclear energy is something that we fundamentally need in the republic. "Czech industry is not only driven by renewable sources, we are not Norway, which has unlimited water capacities and produces 95% of its energy with clean hydropower plants."

Pyrohydrolysis of bituminized waste drums
21 September, 2022
Long-term stability concerns over bituminized waste prompted NUKEM Technologies to establish a novel pyrolysis process for treatment. Rainer Slametschka, Director Center of Competences at NUKEM Technologies Engineering Services GmbH and Stefan Thiel, Research assistant, Technische Universität Bergakademie Freiberg, explain.

Shelling resumes at Zaporizhzhia after brief lull
21 September, 2022
The head of the (pro-Russian) military-civil Administration of the Zaporizhzhia region, Yevhen Balitsky, has said the authorities plan to launch one of the six power units of the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant (ZNPP) located in Energodar by winter. "We are working to ensure that we can still launch one unit, especially in winter. It may very well be that this will take place soon,” he told Solovyov Live.

Curtiss-Wright and X-energy support deployment of Xe-100 SMR
21 September, 2022
US-based Curtiss-Wright Corporation) and X-energy have signed a preferred strategic supplier agreement to advance the design and deployment of X-energy’s Xe-100 advanced small modular reactor (SMR).

IAEA mission finds commitment to safety in Turkey
21 September, 2022
An International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Integrated Regulatory Review Service (IRRS) team has concluded a 12-day mission to review the national legal and regulatory framework for nuclear and radiation safety regarding safe operation of its nuclear and radiation facilities and activities. The team said Turkey’s nuclear and radiation regulator showed commitment to continuous improvement of safety and the protection of people and the environment. The mission also noted areas where further enhancements can be made to the national nuclear and radiation safety regulatory infrastructure, as the country constructs its first NPP.

IAEA concludes first ever site review for SMR
21 September, 2022
An International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) team of experts has concluded a safety review of Romania’s process for selecting the site for a planned small modular reactor (SMR), which could become the first SMR built in Europe.

Demolition of US Bulk Shielding Reactor complex begins
21 September, 2022
Demolition has begun on the US Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) Bulk Shielding Reactor Complex (BSRC). US Department of Energy (DOE) Environmental Management (EM) crews began demolishing a former reactor facility, reaching another important milestone for clean-up at the site.

Shelling reported near South Ukraine NPP
20 September, 2022
Ukraine has informed the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) that recent shelling has caused an explosion near the South Ukraine Nuclear Power Plant (SUNPP), impacting three power lines and damaging windows at the site, Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi has said.

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