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IAEA helps Uganda improve radiotherapy provision

IAEA helps Uganda improve radiotherapy provision

The International Atomic Energy Agency has launched a new, national cancer control project for Uganda that promises to continue the path towards stronger, more accessible cancer therapy services. Each year, nearly 30,000 new cancer cases are reported in the country and more than 20,000 cancer-related deaths are recorded.

Energy & Environment 29 January 2020


Radiation technique controls tsetse fly numbers in Senegal

Radiation technique controls tsetse fly numbers in Senegal

A nuclear technique has successfully reduced the tsetse fly population in Senegal without harming other insects, an eight-year study has found. The study was supported by the International Atomic Energy Agency, together with the UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation. The sterile insect technique (SIT) is an insect birth control method that uses radiation to sterilise male flies.

Nuclear Policies 14 January 2020


New aircraft to support US radiological emergency response

New aircraft to support US radiological emergency response

The US Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration has unveiled three new nuclear incident response aircraft. The King Air 350ER aircraft are equipped with specialised radiation detection systems and will be used to conduct measurements of air and ground contamination following a nuclear or radiological accident or incident, as well as conducting baseline surveys for normal levels of radiation in the environment in preparation for major public events.

Regulation & Safety 23 December 2019


Effectiveness of Fukushima decontamination studied

Effectiveness of Fukushima decontamination studied

Following the March 2011 accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, the Japanese government launched decontamination work in the surrounding area. With most of this work now completed, the European Geosciences Union has today published an assessment of the effectiveness of the strategies used, with a focus on radiocaesium.

Waste & Recycling 12 December 2019


EBRD announces breakthrough in clean-up of Andreeva Bay

EBRD announces breakthrough in clean-up of Andreeva Bay

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development has announced the retrieval of abandoned, highly radioactive used nuclear fuel assemblies from the bottom of Building 5 at Andreeva Bay in north-western Russian. Following the successful operation, radiation levels at the facility have fallen by over 40%, enabling further decommissioning work and removing "one of the most significant radiological risks to the Barent Sea region", the London-headquartered bank said.

Waste & Recycling 27 November 2019


US regulator accepts SHINE's radioisotope operating licence application

US regulator accepts SHINE's radioisotope operating licence application

The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission has accepted SHINE Medical Technologies' operating licence application for its medical isotope production facility in Janesville, Wisconsin. SHINE said the NRC's acceptance confirms that its application was "complete and of sufficient quality" for the NRC to start its detailed technical review of the application.

Regulation & Safety 16 October 2019


Study points to Mayak as source of ruthenium release

Study points to Mayak as source of ruthenium release

A used fuel reprocessing plant in the southern Urals region of Russia is the most likely source of a release of the isotope ruthenium-106 detected across Europe in late 2017, a study has concluded. No incident has, however, been reported at the Mayak facility or any other Russian nuclear facility and Rosatom has always maintained this.

Regulation & Safety 30 July 2019


Three US firms awarded Mo-99 production funds

Three US firms awarded Mo-99 production funds

The US Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration has awarded cooperative agreements for the production of molybdenum-99 to three US companies. The announcement came as one of the companies - Shine Medical Technologies - submitted an application to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to produce medical isotopes at its new production facility in Janesville, Wisconsin.

Regulation & Safety 23 July 2019


Viewpoint: Japan must avoid over-conservatism in clearance of material

Viewpoint: Japan must avoid over-conservatism in clearance of material

The Nuclear Regulation Authority of Japan is considering changes that would make the clearance of radioactive material about ten times stricter than international standards, creating unnecessary confusion and cost, writes Dr Charlotta Sanders, senior project manager at World Nuclear Association.

Perspectives 23 July 2019


Ukraine seeks to improve Chernobyl's image

Ukraine seeks to improve Chernobyl's image

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has signed a decree that sets out plans to develop the Chernobyl exclusion zone as a site for tourism, including new walking trails and enhanced mobile phone reception.

Energy & Environment 12 July 2019