Joint declaration on security of supply for molybdenum

18 December 2014

Eleven countries have presented a joint declaration to the Council of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), urging the development of new infrastructure to replace ageing facilities used for the production of the most widely used medical radioisotope, molybdenum-99 (Mo-99).

The governments of Australia, Canada, Germany, Japan, the Netherlands, Poland, South Korea, Russia, Spain, the UK and the USA have formally adhered to the Joint Declaration on the Security of Supply of Medical Radioisotopes, the OECD's Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) said yesterday. The OECD Council is encouraging other countries to do the same.

The NEA became involved in global efforts to ensure a secure supply of Mo-99 and technetium-99m (Tc-99m) at the request of its member countries. Since June 2009, the NEA and its High-level Group on the Security of Supply of Medical Radioisotopes have examined the causes of supply shortages and developed a policy approach, including principles and supporting recommendations to address those causes.

Westinghouse and EDF sign long-term fuel contract

18 December 2014

Westinghouse has signed a long-term contract to provide several thousand tonnes of fuel to EDF for use in its nuclear reactors in France. The contract will continue an existing agreement between the companies that expires at the end of this year.

UK government urged to look at SMR costs

17 December 2014

The UK government should encourage the development and deployment of Small Modular Reactors (SMRs), a parliamentary committee has recommended. However, it says the costs need to be fully understood beforehand.

Savannah River Nuclear Solutions starts used fuel campaign

17 December 2014

Savannah River Nuclear Solutions has started a multi-year campaign to process aluminum-clad used nuclear fuel stored at the Savannah River Site.

Simulator 'ready for training' at Angra 1

18 December 2014

Angra 1 simulador 48A new full-scope simulator at unit 1 of Brazil's Angra nuclear power plant has passed final acceptance tests and declared "ready for training." It is expected to be commissioned in June 2015.

South Africa reports reactor vendor progress

17 December 2014

South Africa "continues to make significant progress" in its engagements with various prospective nuclear vendor countries, according to a statement from President Jacob Zuma's office today.

Ukraine rethinks Khmelnitski ties with Russia

17 December 2014

Ukraine plans "to denounce" its intergovernmental agreement with Russia to build two new reactors at the Khmelnitski nuclear power plant, Energoatom president Yuri Nedashkovsky said yesterday.

Transparency is a shared responsibility

With a mandate to disseminate objective scientific, technical and regulatory information to the public, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) goes to great lengths to ensure that it is being open and transparent in all of its dealings, writes Jason Cameron, vice-president, Regulatory Affairs Branch, CNSC.

This approach is important for increasing public understanding and trust in the CNSC's role of protecting Canadians, their health and the environment.

The CNSC also believes that establishing an atmosphere of openness and trust with the public should be a key priority for all national nuclear regulators and that transparency and proactive communications are a shared responsibility between regulators, facility operators and international organizations involved in nuclear safety and security.

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