IAEA Director General Highlights Achievements, Sees Evolving Safeguards Regime for Members of Brazilian-Argentine Nuclear Verification Agency

The Brazilian-Argentine verification agency ABACC is a great achievement that brought transparency to both countries’ nuclear programmes, which have since grown significantly and would benefit from a commensurate safeguards approach, IAEA Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi said at an event to mark the 30th anniversary of the institution in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Created in …

CAPITO, WHITEHOUSE, BARRASSO, BOOKER, CRAPO INTRODUCE LEGISLATION TO PRESERVE AND EXPAND AMERICA’S NUCLEAR ENERGY SECTOR

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), Ranking Member of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, along with Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), and Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) reintroduced the American Nuclear Infrastructure Act (ANIA), which would improve the nation’s nuclear infrastructure, secure America’s uranium supply chain, grow the …

Japanese Cabinet Approves Energy White Paper 2021

On June 4, the Japanese Cabinet approved the FY20 Annual Report on Energy—Japan’s “Energy White Paper 2021.” Taking up the circumstances surrounding energy and major measures, it addressed three major issues: ・Progress in Fukushima reconstruction. ・Challenges and activities toward achieving carbon neutrality by 2050. ・Changes in energy security. In recent times, Japan’s energy white papers …

Recalibrating nuclear risk

Life is a risky business. We are exposed to an unending cascade of risks, with some deemed “worse” than others, writes John Lindberg of World Nuclear Association. Since the 1970s, a considerable amount of psychological research dedicated to understanding why we often ignore some of the statistically biggest risks (e.g. driving, smoking), whilst fearing some …

IEA assessment of nuclear ‘impractical’, says World Nuclear Association

The International Energy Agency’s Net Zero Emissions (NZE) scenario puts too much faith in technologies that are “uncertain, untested or unreliable” and fails to reflect both the size and scope of the contribution that nuclear technologies could make, World Nuclear Association said today. “Given that more than 60% of the world’s electricity is currently generated …

Poland plans next stage of HTR development

Poland’s Ministry of Education and Science and the National Centre for Nuclear Research (NCBJ) have signed an agreement for the next round of high temperature gas-cooled reactor (HTGR) design work. The agreement was signed yesterday in Otwock-Spruce, at a ceremony attended by Minister of Climate and Environment Michał Kurtyka, Minister of Education and Science Przemysław …

US may consider nuclear subsidies

The White House has indicated privately to lawmakers and stakeholders that it supports taxpayer subsidies to keep nuclear facilities from closing, Reuters reported on 5 May, citing “three sources familiar with the discussions”. New subsidies, in the form of “production tax credits,” could be included in President Joe Biden’s multi-trillion-dollar legislative effort to invest in …