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US Defense Department looks to micro-reactors
04 October, 2021
The US Department of Defense’s Strategic Capabilities Office (SCO) has released a draft environmental impact statement (EIS) for building and demonstrating a mobile microreactor.

Exelon invests in long-term nuclear power plant operation
04 October, 2021
US Exelon announced that, after the Illinois General Assembly has passed sweeping clean energy legislation preserving its NPPs, the company “is moving quickly to fill 650 vacant positions across the state and jumpstart more than $300 million in capital projects over the next five years at its Illinois nuclear stations to continue its legacy of safety and reliability”.

IAEA designates collaborating centre in France for graphite reactor decommissioning
04 October, 2021
The International Atomic Energy Agency and EDF's Decommissioning and Waste Management Directorate have agreed to work together to help countries to strengthen technology and human resources development for decommissioning nuclear power reactors that contain significant amounts of irradiated graphite.

Terrestrial Energy and Orano sign fuel supply agreement
30 September, 2021
Canada-based Terrestrial Energy said on 29 September that it had entered into an agreement with Orano, as part of its fuel supply programme for operation of its Generation IV Integral Molten Salt Reactor (IMSR).

Russia confirms nuclear as green while EU remains undecided
30 September, 2021
The assignment of the status of a "green" energy source to nuclear power generation in the Russian Federation should be a signal for other countries considering the inclusion of nuclear energy in their "green" lists, Rosatom Director General Alexei Likhachev said on 27 September.

New UKAEA fusion research centre begins operation
30 September, 2021
A new UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) fusion energy research facility, which has begun operating in Rotherham (UK) will simulate the intense heat and magnetic fields that will be experienced by future nuclear fusion power stations.

International Task Force meets to review safety of Fukushima water release
30 September, 2021
A Task Force established by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to review the safety of a planned release of water now stored at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi NPP held its first meeting on 28 September, attended by prominent independent experts from around the world.

Czech energy law adopted: Temelin expansion may follow new Dukovany unit
30 September, 2021
Czech President Miloš Zeman on 27 September signed into law the Act on Measures for the Czech Republic's Transition to Low-Carbon Energy and on the Amendment of Act No 165/2000 Coll On Supported Energy Sources (known as Lex Dukovany).

Romania’s Nuclearelectrica establishes subsidiary for uranium concentrate processing
30 September, 2021
Romanian nuclear utility Societatea Națională Nuclearelectrica (SNN) has informed shareholders and investors that on 24 September it had established SNN subsidiary, Uranium Concentrate Processing Factory-Feldioara.

NuScale SMR simulation lab opens in Idaho
30 September, 2021
The US Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Office of Nuclear Energy (NE) said NuScale Power had recently installed a new simulation laboratory at the Centre for Advanced Energy Studies (CAES) in Idaho Falls, Idaho

Bruce Power receives regulatory approval for Lutetium-177 production
29 September, 2021
Bruce Power said on 24 September that it had received approval from the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) to take the next step forward for new isotope production becoming the first power reactor globally to commercially produce Lutetium-177.

CNL completes refuelling of SLOWPOKE-2 research reactor
27 September, 2021
Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) announced that it has safely completed a project to refuel the Royal Military College of Canada’s (RMC) SLOWPOKE-2 nuclear reactor.

OKBM Afrikantov presents low-power reactor designs for the Arctic
27 September, 2021
Russia’s OKBM Afrikantov has presented details of new developments of transportable nuclear power units at the15th international exhibition and conference on the development of oil and gas resources in the Russian Arctic.

SMR developers look to Poland
27 September, 2021
Poland has become a focus of interest for companies seeking to develop small modular reactors (SMRs).

Russia begins pilot operation of accident tolerant fuel
27 September, 2021
Rosatom on 20 September began pilot operation of fuel elements of a new generation of Russian accident tolerant fuel (ATF) at unit 2 of the Rostov NPP.

Orano inaugurates new innovation centre at former uranium mining site
24 September, 2021
French Prime Minister Jean Castex has inaugurated Orano’s new Centre for Innovation in Extractive Metallurgy (CIME) at the Bessines-sur-Gartempe site in the New Aquitaine region

Tokamak Energy demonstrates new magnet technology for fusion power
23 September, 2021
Nuclear fusion developer Tokamak Energy said it has demonstrated a "transformative magnet protection technology" that improves the commercial viability of fusion power plants.

ITI selected for Dounreay EC&I framework
23 September, 2021
UK-based ITI announced it has been chosen to support the next stages of the safe clean up and demolition at the Dounreay nuclear site, on the north coast of Scotland.

US NRC releases draft paper on micro-reactors licensing strategies
23 September, 2021
The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has prepared a draft white paper outlining optional strategies for streamlining licensing of anticipated micro-reactors. Its goal is to identify ways to standardise licensing and maximise regulatory finalities, as permitted under existing laws and Commission policies.

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