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Confidence -- What Does It Mean For Nuclear Waste?

Posted: Aug 29, 2014 15:36 CST

Can we be confident that we can handle our nuclear waste in America? On Tuesday, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission said – yes. The NRC made a small but incredibly important decision about nuclear waste that could finally get nuclear energy moving forward again. In response to a 2012 ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals, the NRC approved a generic environmental impact statement that clears the way for storing spent nuclear fuel for a hundred years or more (NRC Ruling). New nuclear power plants ...


Regulating India’s Nuclear Estate

Posted: Aug 29, 2014 15:35 CST
The Hindu

For the country’s nuclear energy sector plans to be effective, the government should lift the veil of opaqueness surrounding its civilian program. The first step would be to establish an autonomous, transparent and accountable regulatory institution. The 2014 Nuclear Materials Security Index prepared by the Washington-based Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI) has ranked India 23rd out of 25 countries with weapons-usable nuclear materials. While the NTI ranking has been criticized for a variety of...

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Plutonium Mountain: Inside the 17-Year Mission to Secure A Dangerous Legacy of Soviet Nuclear Testing

Posted: Aug 29, 2014 15:34 CST
Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs (originally published Aug 15, 2014)

On the desolate steppe of eastern Kazakhstan, the Soviet Union carried out 456 nuclear explosive tests during the Cold War at the Semipalatinsk Test Site, which sprawls over an area approximately the size of Belgium. Of these, the Soviet Union performed 116 tests in the atmosphere, and 340 underground. When scientists and military personnel withdrew from Kazakhstan following the collapse of the Soviet Union, they abandoned tunnels and bore holes filled with plutonium residue—enough plutonium...


Status of Iran’s Nuclear Program in Relation to the Joint Plan of Action

Posted: Aug 29, 2014 15:33 CST
ISIS (originally published Aug 19, 2014)

This report provides information on the status of the Islamic Republic of Iran’s nuclear program in relation to the “voluntary measures,” that Iran has agreed to undertake as part of the Joint Plan of Action (JPA) agreed between the E3+3 and Iran on November 24, 2013. The report is dated 20 August 2014; however, it is being released to the public today.

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Why Indian and Pakistani Sea-Based Nukes Are So Troubling

Posted: Aug 29, 2014 15:33 CST
The Interpreter

The danger of sea-based nuclear weapons in Asia depends on the strategic context of the potential protagonists, along with the particulars of the platforms, delivery system, and doctrines. Perhaps the least menacing in the short term is the interaction between India and China as each builds its sea-based nuclear capability. There are still years to go before each state has systems coupled with the need to deploy them in locations that could lead to dangerous interactions. The India-Pakistan d...

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Centrifuge Research and Development Limitations in Iran

Posted: Aug 29, 2014 15:32 CST

Iran’s centrifuge research and development (R&D) program poses several risks to the verifiability of a comprehensive solution under the Joint Plan of Action. Negotiations on a comprehensive solution should seek to place further limitations on this program and establish effective and expanded monitoring practices as part of an agreement on a mutually defined enrichment program with agreed parameters. Throughout the duration of a long-term comprehensive agreement, Iran’s centrifuge R&D program ...


The Need for a Comprehensive Approach to Reduce Nuclear Risks

Posted: Aug 29, 2014 15:32 CST
FAS Strategic Security Blog (originally published Aug 21, 2014)

There is broad international consensus about reduction of nuclear risks as one of the most relevant drivers to enhance global security. However, degrees of involvement, priorities and approaches adopted to deal with the issue differ from state to state. They are dependent on interests and self-perceived roles as well as cultures and traditions of nations. In today’s multi-polar world, nuclear threats have undeniably increased, and even more so since nuclear terrorism became a plausible threa...

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Abu Dhabi’s Nuclear Plant Makes Impressive Progress

Posted: Aug 28, 2014 19:42 CST

Over half of Abu Dhabi’s first nuclear power plant is already in place and its rate of progress has impressed the International Atomic Energy Agency. More than 55 per cent of Abu Dhabi’s Unit 1 nuclear power plant has now been completed at Barakah in the west of the region and with some nuclear projects in other countries in receipt of bad publicity for costly delays in recent times the UAE example is being lauded.


S. Korea Will Help North Attract Investment If It Gives Up Nukes: Finance Minister

Posted: Aug 28, 2014 19:39 CST

South Korea will help North Korea get international investment if Pyongyang gives up its nuclear ambitions, the country's top economic policymaker said Thursday. "If North Korea decides to abandon its nuclear weapons, we will cooperate with Northeast Asian countries to actively support North Korea's accession to international financial organizations and its attraction of international investment," Finance Minister Choi Kyung-hwan told a forum that discussed economic cooperation among Asian co...

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Modi Eyes Breakthrough Nuclear Pact on Japan Trip

Posted: Aug 28, 2014 14:59 CST
Reuters (originally published Aug 27, 2014)

India is hoping to win Japanese backing for a nuclear energy pact during a visit by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and lure investment into its $85 billion market while addressing Japan's concern about doing business with a nuclear-armed country. India has been pushing for an agreement with Japan on the lines of a 2008 deal with the United States under which India was allowed to import U.S. nuclear fuel and technology without giving up its military nuclear program.


Don’t Help Russia Destroy the INF Treaty

Posted: Aug 28, 2014 14:57 CST
European Leadership Network

The annual treaty compliance report released by the United States in July contained a much anticipated statement that accused Russia of noncompliance with the terms of the Intermediate Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty. Reports about Russia’s noncompliance first surfaced in July 2013, but it took the United States a year to make its finding public. A violation of a major nuclear arms control agreement is, of course, a serious matter, so it hardly surprising that the U.S. administration has found it...


Worldwide Deployments of Nuclear Weapons, 2014

Posted: Aug 28, 2014 14:56 CST
Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (originally published Aug 26, 2014)

As of mid-2014, the authors estimate that there are approximately 16,300 nuclear weapons located at some 98 sites in 14 countries. Roughly 10,000 of these weapons are in military arsenals; the remaining weapons are retired and awaiting dismantlement. Approximately 4,000 are operationally available, and some 1,800 are on high alert and ready for use on short notice. The largest concentrations of nuclear weapons reside in Russia and the United States, which possess 93 percent of the total globa...

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Reports Propose Compromise for Iran Nuclear Deal

Posted: Aug 28, 2014 14:56 CST

As negotiators from Iran and six world powers prepare to resume talks next month, two new papers by prominent arms-control experts close to the negotiations offer prescriptions for how to overcome key obstacles to reach a nuclear deal. The new papers, by former US nuclear negotiator Robert Einhorn, the International Crisis Group (ICG) and the Arms Control Association (ACA), propose a compromise that would have Iran agree to reduce the size of its enrichment program in the near term while allo...

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North Korea Building Missile Submarine

Posted: Aug 28, 2014 14:55 CST
Washington Free Beacon (originally published Aug 26, 2014)

U.S. intelligence agencies believe North Korea is building a submarine capable of launching ballistic missiles, potentially increasing the threat posed by the nuclear-armed rogue state. A missile launch tube on a North Korean submarine was observed recently by U.S. intelligence agencies and is raising new concerns about the missile and nuclear threat from the communist regime in Pyongyang, according to two defense officials familiar with reports of the development.

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Sellafield Completes Nuclear Waste Store

Posted: Aug 27, 2014 15:39 CST
Energy Live News

A new storage facility designed to keep nuclear waste safe and secure has been completed by Sellafield Ltd. The Encapsulated Product Store 3 (EPS3) in Cumbria, which contains more than 32,000 cubic meters of concrete and 7,300 tonnes of steel, is capable of storing 29,000 waste drums. Pete Lutwyche, Sellafield Program Director for the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) said the completion of EPS 3 marks a “major milestone,” in the decommissioning of Sellafield.

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Fukushima Towns OK Plan to Construct Storage Facilities for Nuke Waste

Posted: Aug 27, 2014 15:38 CST
Asahi Shimbun

Two Fukushima Prefecture municipalities have decided to accept the central government's rich package of subsidies to allow the construction of intermediate facilities to store radioactive debris from the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant disaster. “We succeeded in greatly deepening (local officials’) understanding (of our storage facility plan),” Nobuteru Ishihara, environment minister, told reporters on Aug. 26 after meeting with members of the town assemblies of Futaba and Okuma.


Mark Fitzpatrick: Discussing Global Nuclear Futures in Anti-Nuclear Austria

Posted: Aug 27, 2014 15:37 CST

The serenity of Tyrol, in a country where nuclear-power generation is unlawful, is a pleasant if incongruous setting to contemplate the dilemmas of the technology. This past weekend I co-led a European Union seminar on ‘Nuclear Futures?’ in connection with the Alpbach Forum in the eponymous alpine town. In answer to the question mark in the seminar title, our group of experts from academia, industry and bureaucracy concluded in the affirmative. To be sure, nuclear power provides a declining p...

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Deadline Passed, No Sign of Breakthrough in Iran Nuclear Probe

Posted: Aug 27, 2014 15:37 CST

Iran may have failed to meet a deadline for addressing U.N. concerns about suspected nuclear bomb research, but it could still act to influence a key report due next week, diplomatic sources said on Wednesday. The sources, who follow the nuclear issue but declined to be identified, said they had seen no indications so far that Tehran had replied in substance to questions from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) by the agreed Aug. 25 date.


Iran Says Tested New Nuclear Enrichment Machine, May Irk West

Posted: Aug 27, 2014 15:36 CST

Iran has conducted "mechanical," tests on a new, advanced machine to refine uranium, a senior official was quoted as saying on Wednesday, a disclosure that may annoy Western states pushing Tehran to scale back its nuclear program. Iran's development of new centrifuges to replace its current breakdown-prone model is watched closely by Western officials. It could allow the Islamic Republic to amass potential atomic bomb material much faster. Tehran says its nuclear program is peaceful and that ...

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Court Orders TEPCO to Compensate Family of Fukushima Woman Who Committed Suicide

Posted: Aug 26, 2014 15:39 CST
Asahi Shimbun

The Fukushima District Court ordered Tokyo Electric Power Co. to pay 49 million yen ($471,600) in compensation to the family of a woman who committed suicide by setting herself ablaze after being forced to evacuate her home. The ruling was the first to recognize the correlation between the crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant and a suicide by an evacuee, according to the attorneys representing the plaintiffs.



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