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Scientists Search for New Ways to Deal with US Uranium Ore Processing Legacy

Posted: Jan 23, 2015 15:29 CST

Researchers at the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory are trying to find out why uranium persists in groundwater at former uranium ore processing sites despite remediation of contaminated surface materials two decades ago. They think buried organic material may be at fault, storing toxic uranium at levels that continue to pose risks to human health and the environment, and hope their study will pave the way for better long-term site management and protection of the pu...


TEPCO to Miss March Target for Fukushima Toxic Water Cleanup

Posted: Jan 23, 2015 15:28 CST
Kyodo News

Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Friday it will fail to fulfill its commitment to process by the end of March all highly radioactive water stored at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant due mainly to equipment troubles, causing further delay in the decommissioning process. TEPCO President, Naomi Hirose, on Friday met with Takayuki Ueda, commissioner of the Agency for Natural Resources and Energy, and said the company now expects to finish treating the water by the end of May at the lates...


Canadian Waste Management on Track

Posted: Jan 23, 2015 15:28 CST
World Nuclear News

As Canada issues its latest report on national radioactive waste management initiatives, the country's Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) has identified four more communities for further study as potential hosts for a long-term radioactive waste repository.

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Amano Wants Development Recognition

Posted: Jan 23, 2015 15:27 CST
World Nuclear News

The IAEA's mandate could easily be changed to 'Atoms for Peace and Development', said its leader Yukiya Amano in Malaysia. He wants the organization to be a "unique stakeholder," in global development. Amano spoke in the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur, at the start of a tour of Southeast Asia. He praised the contribution of Malaysia to the International Atomic Energy Agency's (IAEA's) work as well as regional nuclear development, though, for example, the hosting of students of nearby nations...

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North Korea’s Expansion of Molybdenum Production

Posted: Jan 23, 2015 15:27 CST
38 North

North Korea’s expansion of the March 5 Youth Mine—a showcase facility intended to produce non-ferrous metals encompassing almost 2,500 acres near the Chinese border—began in 2008 and culminated in summer 2014 with the completion of a molybdenum production facility. The factory represents a notable expansion in Pyongyang’s production infrastructure and a significant new tool for earning foreign capital. Besides the financial implications of molybdenum production, domestic uses have both direct...

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CBO: Nuclear Weapons Still Expensive

Posted: Jan 23, 2015 15:26 CST
Arms Control Association (originally published Jan 22, 2015)

A new report from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released today estimates that the United States will spend $348 billion on nuclear weapons over the next decade, or 5 percent to 6 percent of the total costs of the administration’s plans for national defense. But this is just the tip of the coming budget bow wave. Over the next 30 years, the bill could add up to $1 trillion, according to recent report of the National Defense Panel Review of the 2014 Quadrennial Defense Review. Today’s r...


Matthew Harries: Trident and the Spectre of Unilateralism

Posted: Jan 23, 2015 15:24 CST

On 20 January, the House of Commons debated the motion that 'this House believes that Trident should not be renewed'. Parliament voted in 2007 to renew the United Kingdom’s nuclear forces – but after eight years and a reported £1.24 billion in spending on the successor program, it is still not entirely clear what will happen once the current generation of ballistic-missile submarines begins to leave service around 20 years from now. That there will be British nuclear weapons in some form for ...

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Stopping Mobile Missiles: Top Picks For Offset Strategy

Posted: Jan 23, 2015 15:24 CST
Breaking Defense

Adversaries’ mobile land-based missiles – surface-to-surface, surface-to-air, and anti-ship missiles mounted on transporter erector launchers (TELs) – continue to be an unsolved problem for American military planners and strategists. The success these weapons enjoy by hiding and moving to where they are needed means that virtually all new land-based missile systems, whether short-range anti-aircraft weapons or intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs), are now deployed on TELs, with mobilit...


Three Minutes and Counting

Posted: Jan 23, 2015 15:22 CST
Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

Founded in 1945 by University of Chicago scientists who had helped develop the first atomic weapons in the Manhattan Project, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists created the Doomsday Clock two years later, using the imagery of apocalypse (midnight) and the contemporary idiom of nuclear explosion (countdown to zero) to convey threats to humanity and the planet. The decision to move (or to leave in place) the minute hand of the Doomsday Clock is made every year by the Bulletin's Science and S...

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South Korea's Search for Nuclear Sovereignty

Posted: Jan 22, 2015 15:35 CST
The National Bureau of Asian Research

This article argues that the narrow technical disagreements stalling the renegotiation of the U.S.–South Korea nuclear cooperation agreement mask a far larger and more complicated set of issues and interests that challenge both the future of bilateral nuclear cooperation and the nonproliferation regime.


Russia Urges Continued Cooperation with USA

Posted: Jan 22, 2015 15:35 CST
World Nuclear News

Russia and the USA have a "special responsibility," to ensure the safety and security of nuclear materials, preventing them from falling into the hands of terrorist organizations, Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom said today.

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Israeli Mossad Goes Rogue, Warns U.S. on Iran Sanctions

Posted: Jan 22, 2015 15:34 CST

The Israeli intelligence agency Mossad has broken ranks with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, telling U.S. officials and lawmakers that a new Iran sanctions bill in the U.S. Congress would tank the Iran nuclear negotiations. Evidence of the Israeli rift surfaced Wednesday when Secretary of State John Kerry said that an unnamed Israeli intelligence official had said the new sanctions bill would be “like throwing a grenade into the process.” But an initial warning from Israeli Mossad leaders ...

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The Nuclear Weapons “Procurement Holiday”

Posted: Jan 22, 2015 15:33 CST
FAS Strategic Security Blog (originally published Jan 21, 2015)

It has become popular among military and congressional leaders to argue that the United States has had a “procurement holiday,” in nuclear force planning for the past two decades. “Over the past 20-25 years, we took a procurement holiday,” in modernizing U.S. nuclear forces, Major General Garrett Harencak, the Air Force’s assistant chief of staff for strategic deterrence and nuclear integration, said in a speech yesterday. One can always want more, but the “procurement holiday,” claim glosses...

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Chillin’ With the Second Artillery

Posted: Jan 22, 2015 15:33 CST
38 North (originally published Jan 21, 2015)

“China Deploys Nuclear Missiles at Mt. Baekdu,” screamed the headline in the The Chosun Ilbo, ending with a warning from a professor at the Korea National Diplomatic Academy, “If China has deployed DF-21 missiles at Mt. Baekdu, it’s a warning to the military alliance among Seoul, Washington and Tokyo.” No, no and no. It’s not a deployment, it’s not at Mount Baekdu and it’s not a warning to anyone. Elements of China’s 810 Launch Brigade, based in Dalian, have probably conducted a DF-21 trainin...

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Can Ash Carter Tame the Nuclear Weapons Budget?

Posted: Jan 22, 2015 15:32 CST
Defense One

If Ashton Carter is confirmed next month as defense secretary, as appears likely, he will face a dilemma: the Pentagon’s trillion-dollar plans to modernize the U.S. nuclear arsenal are excessive and unaffordable. As the Air Force and Navy admit, their nuclear shopping lists outstrip their budgets. This gives Carter an historic opportunity to bring the nuclear weapons budget in line with U.S. security needs. There are real advantages to scaling back the nuclear enterprise. Carter will presu...

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USAF General Defends New Bomber, Nuclear Stockpile Modernization

Posted: Jan 22, 2015 15:31 CST
IHS Jane’s 360 (originally published Jan 20, 2015)

The US Air Force's (USAF's) Long-Range Strike Bomber (LRS-B) is crucial to maintaining an effective US strategic deterrent, as is the remainder of the US triad of nuclear-capable bombers, intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs), and submarines, a top USAF general said on 20 January. "We have not modernized our nuclear stockpile for a while," Major General Garrett Harencak, the USAF's assistant chief of staff for strategic deterrence and nuclear integration, said at an Air Force Associatio...

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Global Nuclear Majors Target China

Posted: Jan 22, 2015 15:30 CST

As nuclear power plants continue to be phased out by many countries, foreign energy giants are pinning their hopes on China's nuclear market, and its huge potential for growth. International energy companies including Russia's state atomic energy corporation Rosatom, French energy giant EDF and Candu Energy Inc, a subsidiary of Canadian engineering giant SNC-Lavalin Inc, are all scrambling to invest in the country that already has the world's largest number of nuclear reactors under construct...

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ROK-U.S. Civil Nuclear and Nonproliferation Collaboration in Third Countries

Posted: Jan 22, 2015 15:29 CST
Brookings Institution

The United States and the Republic of Korea (ROK) have enjoyed a lengthy and fruitful bilateral cooperative relationship in the peaceful uses of nuclear energy and in promoting mutual nuclear nonproliferation objectives. This Brookings Institution report assesses the prospects for further ROK-U.S. collaboration on civil nuclear projects and nuclear nonproliferation, safety and security—in particular, those efforts which would involve third countries.

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Fukushima Watch: Regulator Calls on Tepco to Discharge Tritium Water

Posted: Jan 22, 2015 15:28 CST
Wall Street Journal (originally published Jan 21, 2015)

Japan’s nuclear regulator has officially called on Tokyo Electric Power to work toward discharging low-level contaminated water into the ocean from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. The call on Wednesday comes just two days after a worker fell into one of the hundreds of tanks used to store contaminated water at the plant during an inspection, a fatal accident that has refocused attention on the need for improved safety measures and a longer term solution for the huge amounts of water in s...


Cavendish Nuclear Signs "Lifetime" Deals With EDF Energy

Posted: Jan 22, 2015 15:28 CST
Nuclear Street

Nuclear plant supplier Cavendish Nuclear, a subsidiary of Babcock International Group, said it had signed two major agreements with EDF Energy for support services for seven Advanced Gas-Cooled Reactor stations in Britain. The deals are set up as “lifetime” contracts, which extends arrangements already in place for the operational time-lines of the power plants in question. If the plants keep ticking, the deals remain viable.



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