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21 Perry speaks out for Yucca Mountain The USA has a moral obligation to address its nuclear waste issue, and restarting the Yucca Mountain licensing process and committing to establishing an interim storage facility for used fuel will accelerate the fulfilment of that obligation, US Energy Secretary Rick Perry this week told House and Senate appropriations subcommittees. Friday, June 23, 2017
22 Canadian siting studies for commercial IMSR Terrestrial Energy has begun a feasibility study for the siting of the first commercial Integral Molten Salt Reactor (IMSR) at Canadian Nuclear Laboratories' (CNL) Chalk River site, with a further vision of creating a technology hub at CNL to support the commercialisation of small modular reactors (SMR) Thursday, June 22, 2017
23 Leaders urge collective effort to secure nuclear’s future role The nuclear energy industry needs to work together to secure its future role in the fight against climate change and energy poverty, five of its most prominent leaders said yesterday at the opening ceremony of the IX AtomExpo International Forum in Moscow. Tuesday, June 20, 2017
24 Korea's nuclear phase-out policy takes shape South Korean president Moon Jae-in has used the permanent shutdown of Kori unit 1 to outline his intended nuclear energy phase-out policy. He said no new reactors would be planned and existing units will not operate beyond 40 years. Monday, June 19, 2017
25 Akkuyu project receives production licence JSC Akkuyu NPP, the Russian-owned company responsible for Turkey's first nuclear power plant, has been awarded a 49-year electricity generation licence. The company received a preliminary licence, enabling it to start investment and permitting procedures for the project, in June 2015. Turkey's energy market regulatory authority (EPDK) said then that JSC Akkuyu NPP would receive a production licence - needed to start generating electricity from the plant - once it met the requirements outlined in that document. The production licence was awarded yesterday. Friday, June 16, 2017
26 Chinese unit prepares for extended operation Workers at unit 1 of the Qinshan nuclear power plant in China's Zhejiang province have made significant progress in long-term operational safety, an International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) team has concluded. The plant has applied to operate beyond its original 30-year design life. Thursday, June 15, 2017
27 Steam generators shipped to second Belarusian unit Russia's AEM-Technology has started shipment of a set of four PGV-1000 steam generators to the site of unit 2 of the nuclear power plant under construction in Ostrovets, Belarus. Based in Volgodonsk, Russia, AEM-Technology is part of Atomenergomash, itself a subsidiary of Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom. Wednesday, June 14, 2017
28 Fuel loading under way at Fuqing 4 The process of loading fuel into unit 4 of the Fuqing nuclear power plant in China's Fujian province has begun, China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) announced today. The unit is expected to start up later this year. Wednesday, June 14, 2017
29 Russia, India plan for Kudankulam 5 and 6 Russia and India have signed a framework agreement enabling construction of the 'third stage' of the Kudankulam nuclear power plant, including an intergovernmental credit protocol for implementation of the project. The documents were signed yesterday at the 18th Annual Russian-Indian Summit, held alongside the St Petersburg International Economic Forum, by Valery Limarenko, president ASE Group, and Sri Sharma, chairman and managing director of the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd (NPCIL). Friday, June 2, 2017
30 French research facilities to welcome Jordanians Jordanian researchers will have access to the research reactors and ancillary facilities of the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) following the recent signing of a partnership agreement with the Jordan Atomic Energy Commission (JAEC). Friday, June 2, 2017

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