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IEA conference hears plea for fact-based energy choices

IEA conference hears plea for fact-based energy choices

High-level speakers from government, industry and international organisations at an International Energy Agency summit today underlined the need for nuclear energy to play a role in the post-COVID economic recovery at the same time as meeting the climate challenge.

Energy & Environment 09 July 2020


EU green strategies pay 'insufficient attention' to nuclear, says Foratom

EU green strategies pay 'insufficient attention' to nuclear, says Foratom

Foratom says it "remains concerned" that the European Commission is paying "insufficient attention" to low-carbon, non-fossil fuel sources of hydrogen, such as nuclear. The EU nuclear trade association was responding to two strategies the Commission released on 8 July for energy sector integration and hydrogen. Foratom said it welcomed the addition of a 'low-carbon hydrogen' category but said its usage should not be limited to the short and medium term.

Energy & Environment 09 July 2020


Recovery plans are an opportunity to invest in nuclear

Recovery plans are an opportunity to invest in nuclear

The COVID-19 pandemic recovery has presented a window of opportunity for governments, according to a White Paper published today by World Nuclear Association. It says recovery plans that include investment in nuclear energy could not only boost economic growth and jobs, but also fulfil climate change commitments and build a clean and resilient energy system.

Covid-19 09 July 2020


Russia plans first dedicated medical isotope facility

Russia plans first dedicated medical isotope facility

The Central Design and Technological Institute has started work on plans to build Russia's first radiopharmaceuticals manufacturing facility. Moscow-headquartered TISC is part of Russian nuclear fuel manufacturer TVEL, which is a subsidiary of state nuclear corporation Rosatom.

New Nuclear 08 July 2020


Jobs boost as Hinkley Point C construction enters next phase

Jobs boost as Hinkley Point C construction enters next phase

EDF Energy expects 1200 new jobs and 300 apprentices to be created in the next phase of construction of the Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant in Somerset, England. They will become part of the 4000 strong workforce who will fit electrical systems, cables and pipes at the plant.

New Nuclear 08 July 2020


UK sees no transboundary issues with Sizewell C

UK sees no transboundary issues with Sizewell C

Alok Sharma, British secretary of state for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy is "of the view" that the proposed Sizewell C nuclear power plant project is not likely to have significant effects in any other states outside of the UK, the UK's Planning Inspectorate said yesterday. Sharma's conclusion followed a screening assessment of likely significant effects on the environment in other states from the project in accordance with Infrastructure Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations 2017.

New Nuclear 08 July 2020


Indian firm completes ITER cryostat manufacture

Indian firm completes ITER cryostat manufacture

Indian company Larsen & Toubro Heavy Engineering Ltd has completed the final segment of the ITER cryostat, bringing to an end an eight-year work programme. Work on the cryostat will now continue at the ITER site in southern France where the sections will be assembled, sited and welded over the next four years.
 

New Nuclear 07 July 2020


US awards multiple decommissioning contracts for legacy sites

US awards multiple decommissioning contracts for legacy sites

The US Department of Energy Office of Environmental Management (EM) has awarded multiple contracts to provide nationwide deactivation, decommissioning and removal services at "excess" facilities across the EM complex.

Waste & Recycling 07 July 2020


JRC to assess nuclear's inclusion in EU Taxonomy

JRC to assess nuclear's inclusion in EU Taxonomy

Foratom, the European nuclear trade body, has welcomed the European Commission's decision to appoint its Joint Research Centre as the group of experts that will assess nuclear under the sustainable finance taxonomy. However, the JRC will not submit its findings until next year, after the relevant acts have already been finalised.

Nuclear Policies 06 July 2020


Regulator seeks feedback on Sizewell C environmental permits

Regulator seeks feedback on Sizewell C environmental permits

The Environment Agency is seeking feedback from the community and national stakeholders on applications for three environmental permits required for operation of the proposed Sizewell C nuclear power plant in Suffolk, England. These permits are for: disposals and discharges of radioactive wastes; operation of standby power supply systems using diesel generators; and discharges of cooling water and liquid effluent into the North Sea.

Regulation & Safety 06 July 2020