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U.S. Energy Secretary Defends Possible German Nuke Waste Imports

Posted: Jul 29, 2014 16:59 CST
Reuters

U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz on Monday defended his agency's controversial move to consider processing spent nuclear fuel from Germany at South Carolina's Savannah River Site nuclear facility, saying the proposal is consistent with U.S. efforts to secure highly enriched uranium across the globe.

 

Embattled SRS MOX Project Gains Support in Washington

Posted: Jul 29, 2014 16:56 CST
Nuclear Street

Political support in Congress is coalescing around funding to continue construction of the over budget MOX fuel plant at the Savanah River Site, despite the Obama administration's plan to close it. Appropriations bills in both the House and Senate include roughly $345 million for construction next year, and an earlier agreement between South Carolina politicians and the Department of Energy extended work at the plant through the end of September. On Monday, the Augusta Chronicle reported that...

 

India's Additional Protocol Comes into Force

Posted: Jul 29, 2014 16:53 CST
WNN

India's Additional Protocol for nuclear safeguards has been brought into force after the country handed over the instrument of ratification to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). The protocol supports the sharing of more information between India and the IAEA about nuclear power plants and work with nuclear fuel materials. It covers a list of nuclear facilities that was agreed in 2008 under then-prime minister Manmohan Singh, but its implementation stalled in the last few years of ...

 

Gov't Gives Up On Plan to Buy Land for Storing Nuclear Waste

Posted: Jul 29, 2014 15:33 CST
Japan Today

The government has given up on a plan to buy land in areas near the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in order to build interim storage facilities for nuclear waste. The government has been unable to secure the understanding for its plan from local residents. Instead, the Environment Ministry has proposed leasing the land for an initial 30-year period.

 

Arms Control Association Calls on Russia to Uphold Its INF Treaty Commitments

Posted: Jul 29, 2014 15:31 CST
Arms Control Association

According to press reports, the United States has determined that Russia has violated provisions of the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty that prohibit flight tests of ground-launched cruise missiles (GLCMs) with a range of 500 to 5,500 kilometers or to possess or produce launchers of such missiles. The findings come in an annual report mandated by Congress on compliance with arms control agreements. "The Obama administration is taking the right course of action in calling o...

 

Russia’s Sevmash Shipyards Lays Down Three New Submarines

Posted: Jul 29, 2014 15:25 CST
ITAR TASS (originally published Jul 27, 2014)

Three new submarines - the Knyaz Oleg (Borei project), the Krasnoyarsk (Yasen project) and the Khabarovsk - were laid down on Sunday at Russia’s Sevmash shipyards, Sevmash director general Mikhail Budnichenko told Russian President Vladimir Putin from Severodvinsk. The Sevmash shipyard has already handed over two Borei-class nuclear submarines to the Russian Navy: the Yuri Dolgorukiy and Alexander Nevsky. The third sub of this type - the Vladimir Monomakh - is expected to come into service wi...

 
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Promises of Easier Nuclear Construction Fall Short

Posted: Jul 28, 2014 19:51 CST
TimesFreePress.com

The U.S. nuclear industry has started building its first new plants in decades using prefabricated Lego-like blocks meant to save time and money and revive the once-promising energy source. Quality and cost problems have cropped up again, raising questions about whether nuclear power ever will be able to compete with other electricity sources. The first two reactors built after a 16-year lull, Southern Co.'s Vogtle plant in Georgia and SCANA Corp.'s VC Summer plant in South Carolina, are bein...

 
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Why Gulf States Seek Status Quo from Iran Nuclear Negotiations

Posted: Jul 28, 2014 15:28 CST
Christian Science Monitor

When Israel calls for stripping Iran of all but a few symbolic centrifuges or kilograms of enriched uranium, it warns that is necessary not just because a nuclear Iran presents an existential threat to the Jewish state, but because an Iranian nuclear program could trigger a regional arms race with the Sunni Persian Gulf states.

 

North Korea Threatens Nuclear Strike on White House

Posted: Jul 28, 2014 15:27 CST
Channel NewsAsia

A top-ranking North Korean military official has threatened a nuclear strike on the White House and Pentagon after accusing Washington of raising military tensions on the Korean peninsula. The threat came from Hwang Pyong-So, director of the military's General Political Bureau, during a speech to a large military rally in Pyongyang on Sunday on the anniversary of the armistice that ended the 1950-53 Korean War.

 
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Nuclear Security: Pakistan Should Take a Frontline Position

Posted: Jul 28, 2014 15:26 CST
South Asia Monitor (originally published Jul 24, 2014)

Even though nuclear security is solely the sovereign property of a state; countries definitely need to ensure and agree upon the collective and mutually agreed steps to guarantee safety and security from the existing evolving threats hanging around them.

 

Reactor Restarts Would Aid Japanese Recovery

Posted: Jul 28, 2014 15:26 CST
World Nuclear News

The prompt restart of Japan's nuclear power reactors would have "big advantages," for the country's economy and environment, according estimates by the Institute of Energy Economics of Japan (IEEJ). All 48 of Japan's power reactors remain offline while the regulatory system reboots following the 2011 Fukushima accident and re-appraises reactor safety according to a new set of criteria announced a year ago. Nineteen reactors have applied to the Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) for safety ass...

 

RFID Technology Developed for Nuclear Applications

Posted: Jul 28, 2014 15:25 CST
Nuclear Street

Companies in France and the U.S. have recently developed RFID tags with potential applications in nuclear plant welding inspections and nuclear medicine. Areva is using an RFID system to track new welds at a plant in France, RFID Journal reported Friday. The Beweis RFID (radio-frequency identification) tag lets inspectors identify pipe welds and their accompanying radiographic images while calling up quality control data, including the weld date, serial number, GPS coordinates, pipe diameter ...

 

India’s Submarine Deterrent and Asian Nuclear Proliferation

Posted: Jul 25, 2014 15:37 CST
IISS

India’s Submarine Deterrent and Asian Nuclear Proliferation – IISS New Delhi’s plans for nuclear-armed submarines could undermine efforts to restrict fissile materials, and set off a naval arms race. India has become a more or less accepted member of the global nuclear order, but the state’s emerging undersea deterrent continues to be a source of concern. Its efforts to create nuclear-armed submarines began in the 1980s, and technical progress was slow during the project’s first three decades...

 

The Ukraine Crisis and Nuclear Order

Posted: Jul 25, 2014 15:35 CST
IISS

The Ukraine Crisis and Nuclear Order – IISS On some issues, particularly Iran, the fallout has been negligible, yet there is still reason for concern. The gravest dangers are the devaluing of security assurances and cracks in the credibility of extended deterrence. In the immediate aftermath of Russia’s annexation of Crimea, gloomy predictions for the non-proliferation agenda were a commentariat staple. On some issues, particularly Iran, the fallout has so far been marginal. Yet there remains...

 

The Next Generation WMD Nonproliferation Agenda

Posted: Jul 25, 2014 15:35 CST
Eurasia Review

The WMD supply chain is moving to parts of the world that have very little interest in the global nonproliferation regime, warns Johan Bergenas. That means it’s time for an updated nonproliferation agenda that accounts for the socio-economic needs of developing and emerging nations.

 
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IAEA Says Needs More Money to Monitor Iran Nuclear Deal Extension: Document

Posted: Jul 25, 2014 15:34 CST
Reuters

The U.N. atomic watchdog said it needs 1 million euros in extra funding to help pay for its monitoring of a four-month extension of an interim nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers. The request was made in a note to member states of the U.N. International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) dated July 24 and seen by Reuters on Friday, six days after the extension of last year's agreement was announced.

 

A Look Ahead

Posted: Jul 25, 2014 15:34 CST
NTI

What’s next on nonproliferation and international security, in Washington and around the globe.

 

Fukushima Accident Underscores Need for US to Seek Out New Information about Nuclear Plant Hazards

Posted: Jul 25, 2014 15:33 CST
Phys.org (originally published Jul 24, 2014)

A new congressionally mandated report from the National Academy of Sciences concludes that the overarching lesson learned from the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident is that nuclear plant licensees and their regulators must actively seek out and act on new information about hazards with the potential to affect the safety of nuclear plants. The committee that wrote the report examined the causes of the Japan accident and identified findings and recommendations for improving nuclear plant ...

 

China Signs Candu Deals with Romania and Argentina

Posted: Jul 25, 2014 15:33 CST
World Nuclear News

Two Chinese nuclear utilities have signed agreements that would see them cooperate in the construction and financing of new Candu units at Romania's Cernavoda plant and at Argentina's Atucha plant.

 

NRC Proposes Changes to Used Fuel Storage Rules

Posted: Jul 25, 2014 15:32 CST
World Nuclear News

The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has issued its draft final rule and draft generic environmental impact statement (GEIS) on the continued storage of used fuel. The rule updates NRC's 2010 "waste confidence" decision, which the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit overturned in 2012 because it said the agency had failed to consider what would happen if a repository is not built, or the environmental impact of potential fires and used fuel pool leaks at nuclear pow...

 

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