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Nuclear Power Needs to Double to Meet Warming Goal

Posted: Jan 30, 2015 15:39 CST
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (originally published Jan 29, 2015)

Since the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident in Japan chilled global attitudes toward nuclear power, the world has been slowly reconciling its discomfort with nuclear and the idea that it may have a role to play in reducing greenhouse gas emissions to tackle climate change. The International Energy Agency and the Nuclear Energy Agency suggest in a report released Thursday that nuclear will have such a significant role to play in climate strategy that nuclear power generation capacity wil...

 
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France, China Extend Nuclear Cooperation

Posted: Jan 30, 2015 15:39 CST
World Nuclear News

During a visit to China by French Prime Minister Manuel Valls, French and Chinese nuclear energy companies signed agreements to expand their respective cooperation. EDF and CGN signed an agreement to share their experience of plant operation and engineering support for existing nuclear power plants. EDF said the aim of the agreement is "preserving the highest safety levels and maintaining consistency between French and Chinese procedures and standards."

 
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Russia Says Nuclear Arms to Keep Military Edge over NATO, United States

Posted: Jan 30, 2015 15:38 CST
Reuters

Russia's top general said on Friday a strong nuclear arsenal will ensure military superiority over the West as Moscow forges ahead with a multi-billion dollar plan to modernize its forces by 2020. "Support for our strategic nuclear forces to ensure their high military capability combined with ... growth of the military potential of the general forces will assure that (the United States and NATO) do not gain military superiority over our country," said Chief of the Armed Forces General Staff G...

 
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Russian Next-Gen 100-Ton Nuclear Missile Could Be Test-Fired By 2017, Says Russian News Wire

Posted: Jan 30, 2015 15:37 CST
International Business Times (originally published Jan 29, 2015)

Russia’s Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missile is set for a drop test this year and a test launch within a year and a half of the drop test, Russian defense sources told ITAR-TASS on Thursday. The new missile is set to replace the Cold-War era R-36 missile, nicknamed “SS-18 Satan,” by NATO, which is still the world’s largest intercontinental ballistic missile ever made. Russian technicians will conduct a “drop test,” at some point this year to measure the missile’s lift and proper evoluti...

 
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What do we know about the US Air Force’s New Bomber?

Posted: Jan 30, 2015 15:37 CST
The Diplomat (originally published Jan 29, 2015)

As revealed yesterday, the fiscal year 2016 defense budget request contained $1.2 billion ($ 914 million in FY 2015) for the continuous development of new long-range strike bomber (LRS-B), details of which are scant and remain classified. Only three things appear to be cast in stone: a 2025 in-service-date, a $550-$810 million unit cost (excluding development), and an 80-to-100 aircraft fleet. The rest is speculation. Design and capabilities remain unknown save some obvious ones: the bomber...

 
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Fiji Compensates its Veterans of British Nuclear Tests in the Pacific

Posted: Jan 30, 2015 15:36 CST
The Guardian

Fijian government gives soldiers US$4,788 each after decades of campaigning for recognition of serious health problems. Fiji closed “an unfortunate chapter,” on Friday with a compensation payout to soldiers exposed to radiation during British nuclear tests in the Pacific more than 56 years ago, the prime minister said.

 

U.S. NRC Safety Evaluation Report for High-Level Radioactive Waste at Yucca Mountain, Nevada Complete

Posted: Jan 30, 2015 15:26 CST
NRC

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has completed its safety evaluation for the disposal of radioactive waste at Yucca Mountain, Nevada. The evaluation is comprised of 5 volumes of which includes: Volume 1- General Information, Volume 2- Repository Safety Before Permanent Closure, Volume3- Repository Safety after Permanent Closure, Volume 4- Administrative and Programmatic Requirements, Volume 5- Proposed Conditions on the Construction Authorization and Probable Subjects of License S...

 
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Russia Delivers First Generator of Technetium-99 to

Posted: Jan 30, 2015 15:25 CST
ARKA News

Izotop company, which is part of the Russian state nuclear corporation (Rosatom), delivered in 2014 January the first generator of technetium-99 to Armenia. Technetium-99 is a radioactive isotope used for diagnosis of cancer and cardiovascular disease, Novosti-Armenia reported citing Russian RIA Novosti.

 
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North Korea’s Yongbyon Nuclear Facility: Restart of the 5 MWe Reactor?

Posted: Jan 29, 2015 15:44 CST
38 North (originally published Jan 28, 2015)

Recent commercial satellite imagery indicates new activity at the 5 MWe Plutonium Production Reactor at North Korea’s Yongbyon Nuclear Scientific Research Center after an almost five-month hiatus in operations from late August until mid-December 2014. One possibility is that the North is in the early stages of an effort to restart the reactor. However, since the facility has been recently observed over a period of only a few weeks, it remains too soon to reach a definitive conclusion on this ...

 
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Strategic Cruise Missile Defined As USAF Seeks Minuteman Replacement

Posted: Jan 29, 2015 15:43 CST
Aerospace Daily & Defense Report (originally published Jan 27, 2015)

The Pentagon has finished a secret analysis of alternatives (AoA) for the Long Range Standoff (LRSO) project, a cruise missile to replace today’s AGM-86 Air-Launched Cruise Missile, Global Strike Command leader Lt. Gen. Stephen Wilson said today, and its recommendations are being reviewed at top Pentagon levels. Wilson gave no details of the options considered or selected under the AoA, except to say that different missile speeds were under study. LRSO is intended to be carried by the new Lo...

 

Ex-Los Alamos Scientist Gets 5 Years in Nuke Spy Sting

Posted: Jan 29, 2015 15:43 CST
AP (originally published Jan 28, 2015)

A former Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist who pleaded guilty to trying to help Venezuela develop a nuclear weapon was sentenced Wednesday to five years in prison and three years of supervised release Pedro Leonardo Mascheroni and his wife, Marjorie Roxby Mascheroni, pleaded guilty in 2013 to offering to help develop a nuclear weapon for Venezuela through dealings with an undercover FBI agent posing as a representative of the socialist South American country. According to a 22-count ...

 

The Middle East’s Next Nuclear Power?

Posted: Jan 29, 2015 15:42 CST
Politico (originally published Jan 28, 2015)

The Kingdom of Jordan has for more than a decade watched near-continuous turmoil swirl around its borders—an American invasion of Iraq on one side, an Israeli war with Lebanon on another, and a Syrian civil war to the north that has seen ISIL flourish. And yet even as Western attention has focused all around Jordan—and especially on the nuclear negotiations with Iran—in a little-noticed series of moves, the Kingdom’s been edging closer to going nuclear itself. In fact, the Kingdom of Jordan...

 

Canister Launch of Agni-V on Saturday

Posted: Jan 29, 2015 15:41 CST
The New Indian Express

After the three-day tour of US President Barack Obama, the Defense Research Development Organization (DRDO) here is readying for the first canister launch of India’s longest range ballistic missile Agni-V in full operational configuration. The test is likely to be carried out from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) off the Odisha coast on Saturday.

 

U.S. Envoy: Russia Firm on N.K. Denuclearization despite Kim's Possible Trip

Posted: Jan 29, 2015 15:40 CST
Yonhap

A top U.S. diplomat handling North Korea said Thursday that Russia remained committed to denuclearizing the reclusive state, despite a possible visit by the North's leader Kim Jong-un in May. Ambassador Sung Kim, the U.S. special representative for North Korea policy, made the remarks upon his arrival at the Beijing airport for talks with his Chinese counterpart, Wu Dawei, after visiting Tokyo. If realized, it would be Kim Jong-un's first foreign trip since taking the helm of North Korea in...

 

Technology Roadmap: Nuclear Energy

Posted: Jan 29, 2015 15:39 CST
International Energy Agency

Since the release in 2010 of Technology Roadmap: Nuclear Energy (IEA/NEA, 2010), a number of events have had a significant impact on the global energy sector and on the outlook for nuclear energy. They include the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant (NPP) accident in March 2011, the global financial and economic crises that hit many industrialized countries during the period 2008-10 and failings in both electricity and CO2 markets. Despite these additional challenges, nuclear energy still r...

 

Chubu Electric Applies with NRA to Build Dry Storage Facility at Hamaoka Nuclear Plant

Posted: Jan 28, 2015 15:35 CST
Mainichi (originally published Jan 27, 2015)

Chubu Electric Power Co. applied with the Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) on Jan. 26 for permission to build a dry storage facility for spent nuclear fuel from the No. 4 reactor at its Hamaoka nuclear power plant in Shizuoka Prefecture. The power company wants to build a dry storage facility on the premises of the Hamaoka Nuclear Power Plant so that it won't have to store spent nuclear fuel in a fuel pool. If completed, it will be the third such facility at nuclear plants in Japan.

 

Cost Implications of Nuclear Insurance Package are Likely to be Insignificant: Ratan Kumar Sinha

Posted: Jan 28, 2015 15:34 CST
Business Standard (originally published Jan 29, 2015)

Nuclear power capacity addition is expected to get a boost after India and the US arrived at an agreement to operationalize the civil nuclear deal. In an interview with Sanjay Jog, Atomic Energy Commission Chairman Ratan Kumar Sinha spoke on a number of issues.

 

IAEA Nuclear Energy Experts Visits Ghana

Posted: Jan 28, 2015 15:34 CST
Ghana Web

Three International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Nuclear Energy Experts, are on a working visit to Ghana to confer and offer their advice on the adoption of nuclear energy for electricity generation. The experts, met with Ghana Atomic Energy Commission (GAEC) on Tuesday, to listen to a line-up of presentation and discussions on issues such as the current state of the country’s Nuclear Power Program (NPP) agenda, the past, present and future of sustainable energy security as well as electricit...

 

Seoul, Washington to Hold Disarmament Talks this Week

Posted: Jan 28, 2015 15:33 CST
Yonhap

South Korea and the United States will hold talks on disarmament and nonproliferation later this week, during which they will discuss North Korea's nuclear program and other security issues, Seoul's foreign ministry said Wednesday.

 

Iran’s Overdue ICBM

Posted: Jan 28, 2015 15:32 CST
Arms Control Association (originally published Jan 26, 2015)

2015 has long promised to be a banner year for the government in Tehran, marking the long-predicted first flight-test of an Iranian intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). It now appears increasingly unlikely that this will happen. Of course, an Iranian ICBM test by 2015 has long been an official forecast of the U.S. and Israeli governments, not the one in Tehran. The Islamic Republic of Iran has long denied an interest in even developing an ICBM and has not flight-tested military missile...

 

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