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Former EPA leader: ‘Irresponsible’ for US to Halt Nuclear Power

Posted: Oct 24, 2014 19:26 CST
The Hill

Former Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) chief Carol Browner said it would be “irresponsible,” for the U.S. to take nuclear power off the table if it is serious about tackling climate change. Speaking at a Washington event hosted by The Hill and Nuclear Matters, Browner called herself a “lifelong environmentalist” who now supports nuclear energy.

 

Remarks at a Symposium on P5+1 Iran Nuclear Negotiations

Posted: Oct 24, 2014 15:35 CST
U.S. Department of State

To begin, I’d like to simply emphasize how important the P5+1 negotiations are. An Iran equipped with nuclear arms would add an unacceptable element of instability and danger to a part of the globe that already has a surplus of both. If Tehran had such a weapon, other countries in the region might well pursue the same goal, generating a potentially catastrophic arms race, intensifying the sectarian divide that is a major source of Middle East tension, and undermining the global nonproliferati...

 

Assessment of Disposal Options for DoE-Managed High-Level Radioactive Waste and Spent Nuclear Fuel

Posted: Oct 24, 2014 15:29 CST
Department of Energy

The Assessment of Disposal Options for DOE-Managed High-Level Radioactive Waste and Spent Nuclear Fuel report assesses the technical options for the safe and permanent disposal of high-level radioactive waste (HLW) and spent nuclear fuel (SNF) managed by the Department of Energy. Specifically, it considers whether DOE-managed HLW and SNF should be disposed of with commercial SNF and HLW in one geologic repository or whether there are advantages to developing separate geologic disposal pathwa...

 
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Can the U.S. and Russia Make More Progress on Nuclear Security?

Posted: Oct 24, 2014 15:18 CST
MIT News Office

Political tensions between the U.S. and Russia have increased in the last year, raising concerns about how effectively the two states will be able to pursue nuclear arms-reduction goals. Striking a note of cautious optimism in an MIT talk yesterday, Rose Gottenmoeller, U.S. undersecretary of state for arms control, praised Russia’s “businesslike” enforcement of the U.S.-Russia New START Treaty, but cited a need for continued progress in other areas of nuclear security.

 

China’s Submarines Add Nuclear-Strike Capability, Altering Strategic Balance

Posted: Oct 24, 2014 15:17 CST
Wall Street Journal

One Sunday morning last December, China’s defense ministry summoned military attachés from several embassies to its monolithic Beijing headquarters. To the foreigners’ surprise, the Chinese said that one of their nuclear-powered submarines would soon pass through the Strait of Malacca, a passage between Malaysia and Indonesia that carries much of world trade, say people briefed on the meeting.

 
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Pentagon Believes North Korea Has Made Advance in Nuclear Weapons

Posted: Oct 24, 2014 15:17 CST
Wall Street Journal

A top U.S. commander said Friday that North Korea likely has the capability to produce a nuclear warhead that could be mounted on a rocket, putting its wherewithal to build a nuclear missile within closer reach. Gen. Scaparrotti said the U.S. hasn’t seen North Korea test a miniaturized nuclear weapon, but that it likely has the capability to build one.

 
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Stopping a Nuclear Nightmare: How We Can Secure Loose Nuclear Materials

Posted: Oct 24, 2014 15:16 CST
The National Interest

The faltering international response to the Ebola epidemic and the rise of ISIS in the Middle East starkly highlight the need for a modernized global architecture that can effectively address rapidly mutating challenges to the world order. In response to the recent cascade of global instability, President Obama acknowledged that, “to keep pace with an interconnected world . . . we cannot rely on a rule book written for a different century.” He should heed his own advice. The international for...

 
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Tackling Nuclear Terrorism in South Asia – Analysis

Posted: Oct 24, 2014 15:15 CST
Eurasia Review (originally published Oct 23, 2014)

Since India and Pakistan conducted their nuclear tests in 1998, every danger associated with nuclear weapons – proliferation, instability, and terrorism – has been linked to the region. And despite nuclear deterrence and the modernization of nuclear forces, South Asia is a far cry from achieving stability. Indeed, the security situation in South Asia has deteriorated and violent extremism has surged to unprecedentedly high levels. In the past decades, both states have operationalized their nu...

 

IAEA Concludes Safety Review at France's Flamanville Nuclear Power Plant

Posted: Oct 23, 2014 19:08 CST
IAEA

An international team of nuclear safety experts led by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) today completed an assessment of operational safety at the Flamanville Nuclear Power Plant in France. The Operational Safety Review Team (OSART) was assembled at the request of the French Nuclear Safety Regulatory Authority (ASN). The in-depth review, which began 6 October, focused on aspects essential to safe operation of the plant's 1 and 2 reactors. The team identified a number of good pra...

 
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Bruce Nuclear Waste Site Is Safe, Says OPG

Posted: Oct 23, 2014 15:33 CST
The Toronto Star

Burying nuclear waste deep underground near the Bruce nuclear station is safe and sustainable, Ontario Power Generation says in its final submission to a federal panel. OPG wants to entomb low and intermediate level waste in a “deep geologic depository,” or DGR, 680 meters below the surface at the Bruce station, near Kincardine on the shore of Lake Huron. “The proposed DGR is capable of safely isolating the waste from people and the environment over the hundreds and thousands of years that th...

 

Federal Agency Considering 10-Year Extension for MOX

Posted: Oct 23, 2014 15:32 CST
Aiken Standard

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is considering granting a request for a 10-year extension for construction of the Savannah River Site’s Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility. If the request is denied, MOX construction would have to end in 2015 once authorization expires.

 
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U.S. Said to Join Russia in Blocking Nuclear Safety Moves

Posted: Oct 23, 2014 15:31 CST
Bloomberg

The U.S. and Russia are joining forces to block a European plan to raise the protection of nuclear reactors against natural disasters after the meltdowns at Japan’s Fukushima Dai-Ichi power plant, diplomats say. Envoys from both countries are trying to derail a Swiss-led initiative that would force nuclear operators to invest more on safety, undermining attempts to harmonize global safety regulation, according to eight European and U.S. diplomats who attended meetings in Vienna last week. All...

 
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Floating Plant to Be Delivered in 2016

Posted: Oct 23, 2014 15:31 CST
World Nuclear News

The Baltiysky Zavod in St Petersburg is on schedule to deliver the first floating nuclear power plant to its customer, Russian nuclear power plant operator Rosenergoatom, in September 2016, the shipyard's general director Aleksey Kadilov said today.

 
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How the International Safeguards Regime Can Benefit From Efforts to Enhance the Identification Method Used for UF6 Cylinders

Posted: Oct 23, 2014 15:29 CST
Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs (originally published Oct 20, 2014)

Improvements to the current methods used by nuclear industry to track and identify uranium hexafluoride (UF6) cylinders would benefit International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) safeguards, nuclear inspectorates, and regulatory authorities, as well as facility operators. A move towards a standardized UF6 cylinder identifier is gaining momentum within industry.

 
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Paducah Deactivation Begins

Posted: Oct 22, 2014 15:10 CST
World Nuclear News

Work to deactivate the former Paducah gaseous diffusion enrichment plant can begin in earnest after Centrus Energy subsidiary United States Enrichment Corporation formally handed back full control of the Kentucky complex to the US Department of Energy (DoE).

 
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Is Iran About to Blow It?

Posted: Oct 22, 2014 15:08 CST
National Interest (originally published Oct 21, 2014)

Iran’s negotiators have successfully framed these final days of the nuclear talks on their terms—and that might lull them into making big mistakes. That’s Brookings Iran watcher Suzanne Maloney’s argument in a deep analysis of Iranian tactics ahead of the November 24 expiration of the interim agreement. Tehran, she says, is taking four steps to strengthen its hand.

 

Kerry: U.S. Ready to Reduce Military Presence in Asia if N. Korea Gives Up Nuclear Program

Posted: Oct 22, 2014 15:07 CST
Yonhap

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Wednesday the United States is prepared to reduce its military presence in Asia if North Korea rejoins nuclear negotiations and follows through on its denuclearization commitment. Kerry made the remark in Berlin during a joint news conference with German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, expressing hope for restarting the long-stalled six-party nuclear talks "in the next weeks, months perhaps." "We've said from day one that if North Korea want...

 

A Response to Critics of U.S.-Russian Nuclear Security Cooperation

Posted: Oct 22, 2014 15:05 CST
Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs (originally published Oct 21, 2014)

Most U.S. policymakers support critical U.S. investments in improving security to prevent the theft of nuclear weapons and weapons usable material in Russia. A few, however, are starting to raise doubts about whether this cooperation is a good idea. Skeptics argue that, because of Russia’s incursion into Ukraine, the federal government needs to make a stronger case for nuclear security cooperation with Russia. They argue that the U.S. case needs to address issues like the cost of nuclear secu...

 
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Russia Completes TVS-5 Tests

Posted: Oct 22, 2014 15:01 CST
World Nuclear News

Russia has completed testing of the TVS-5 fuel assembly with mixed-oxide (MOX) fuel containing nitrides, the prototype fuel for the pilot demonstration BREST-OD-300 reactor that is to be built at the site of the Siberian Chemical Combine (SCC) in Tomsk. Construction work is to start in 2016 and be completed in 2020.

 
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EU-APWR Passes EUR Assessment

Posted: Oct 22, 2014 15:01 CST
World Nuclear News

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries' (MHI's) European version of its Advanced Pressurized Water Reactor (EU-APWR) has been formally certified as compliant by the European Utility Requirements (EUR) organization. The EU-APWR is based on the 1538 MWe APWR planned for units 3 and 4 of Japan Atomic Power Co's Tsuruga nuclear power plant. However, the reactor will feature design changes that reflect the demands of European customers for enhanced performance. The proposed enhancements include a thermal eff...

 

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