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Nuclear Monitor #883 - 5 February 2020

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2019 in review: Nuclear power down for the count: With nine reactor shutdowns, historians may mark 2019 as the beginning of a qualitatively new era, with a quarter-century of stagnation slowly but surely drifting into a period of decline.

Gulf nuclear ambition: Dr. Paul Dorfman writes about the UAE's nuclear program: safety deficiencies; the tense regional geopolitical environment shaped by concerns about covert weapons proliferation and the potential for military attacks on nuclear plants; the impacts on the marine ecosystem; and the risks posed by climate change.

Small modular nuclear reactors – a case of wishful thinking at best: Gordon Edwards, Michel Duguay, and Pierre Jasmin write about Canada's plans for small nuclear reactors and historical failures including the MAPLE and Mega-Slowpoke reactors. Three provincial premiers claim to support small reactors to reduce carbon emissions yet all three have opposed putting a price on carbon emissions.

Transporting nuclear wastes across Australia in the age of bushfires: Noel Wauchope draws connections between Australia's bushfire crisis and nuclear threats, including fire threats to the Lucas Heights nuclear research reactor, a proposed dump site in South Australia, and the transport corridor linking Lucas Heights to the proposed dump site.

The computer infection of Kudankulam and its implications: M.V. Ramana and Lauren J. Borja write about the cyberattack against India's Kudankulam nuclear power plant, and argue that it is near-impossible to keep nuclear plants completely safe from cyberattacks.

European campaign against reactor lifetime extensions