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EPRI and NEA sign MOU to advance global nuclear research, 13 June 2017NEA and ROSATOM sign agreement at ATOMEXPO 2017
On 19-21 June 2017, the NEA participated in the ATOMEXPO 2017 International Forum, which brought together key figures in the global nuclear energy industry. Among other activities, NEA Director‑General Mr William D. Magwood, IV, spoke at the opening day plenary session on the role of nuclear power in a low‑carbon energy future. In his speech he noted the importance of understanding the long-term role of baseload power plants in meeting future energy requirements and environmental goals. On the first day of the Forum, the NEA and Russian State Corporation ROSATOM signed an agreement to facilitate the translation of key NEA reports into Russian in order to enable the broader dissemination within Russia of important nuclear safety information, economic analysis and the results of the scientific work at the NEA. In a widely attended signing ceremony, ROSATOM Director-General Alexey Likhachov signed the agreement on behalf of the ROSATOM and NEA Director-General Magwood signed on behalf of the NEA.

EPRI and NEA sign MOU to advance global nuclear research, 13 June 2017EPRI and NEA sign MOU to advance global nuclear research
A Memorandum of Understanding for Cooperative Activities has been signed between the NEA and the Electric Power Research Institute, Inc. (EPRI), recognising the value of increased collaboration between both parties. The purpose of the MOU is to deepen both parties' understanding of the global research needs in the area of nuclear energy, taking into consideration the consolidated perspectives of utilities and the industry, as well as those of regulators and government organisations. The MOU seeks to reduce knowledge gaps by facilitating exchange between EPRI and NEA on global research activities in various fields of nuclear energy, such as safety, radioprotection, scientific and technology developments, operational experience, economic analysis and waste management. It outlines the scope and objectives of a five-year agreement for NEA and EPRI to establish a formalised dialogue. Read more

Argentina and Romania accession ceremony, 7 June 2017Argentina and Romania to join the NEA
On 7 June 2017, the accessions of the Argentine Republic and Romania to the Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) and its Data Bank were formalised with official exchange of letters between each country and Secretary-General of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Angel Gurría. An official ceremony took place in the presence of a Romanian delegation led by Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu and Minister of Public Finance Viorel Stefan, and an Argentine delegation led by Minister of Foreign Affairs and Worship Susana Malcorra and Minister of Energy and Mining Juan José Aranguren. NEA Director-General William D. Magwood, IV officiated the ceremony. As each country may select the date at which its rights and responsibilities as an NEA member begins, Argentina has selected 1 September 2017 as the start of its membership and Romania has selected 15 October 2017. Both Argentina and Romania possess strong and highly experienced nuclear technology infrastructures that will enable them to be vibrant contributors to the mission of the NEA. These accessions highlight the commitment of both countries to implementing the highest standards in their national nuclear energy policies and programmes. Read more about the accessions here

NEA Director-General William D. Magwood, IVNEA Director-General receives Henry DeWolf Smyth Nuclear Statesman Award
On 23 May 2017, NEA Director‑General William D. Magwood, IV, was honoured with the 2017 Henry DeWolf Smyth Nuclear Statesman Award for his outstanding service in developing and guiding the use of nuclear energy and nuclear materials to benefit society. Jointly established in 1972 by the American Nuclear Society (ANS) and the Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI), the Smyth Award is bestowed upon individuals who have made significant contributions towards the peaceful uses of nuclear energy.

Mr Magwood is being recognised in large part for contributions he made during his tenure with the Federal Government of the United States. While at the US Department of Energy (DOE), he rebuilt the US nuclear technology program, led successful efforts to reverse the decline of US nuclear technology education, established the Idaho National Laboratory (INL), enabled the completion and certification of the AP1000 and ESBWR advanced light water reactor designs, and created the Generation IV International Forum (GIF). While with the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), he was a strong advocate for relying on science in making regulatory decisions and for advancing the principle of regulatory independence in the US and around the world.

"I appreciate the recognition of the hard work, creativity, and important accomplishments of the many dedicated public servants at the DOE and the NRC with whom I worked over the years," Mr Magwood said. "I look forward to continuing to contribute to a bright future for the people of the United States and the world in my current assignment as Director‑General of the NEA."

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