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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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NRC Ends Suspension of Final Licensing Actions for Nuclear Power Plants

Posted: Aug 26, 2014 15:39 CST
PennEnergy

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Tuesday approved a final rule on the environmental effects of continued storage of spent nuclear fuel and will lift its suspension of final licensing actions on nuclear power plant licenses and renewals once the rule becomes effective.

 
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DOE, Korea Team on Prototype Sodium-Cooled Nuclear Reactor Development

Posted: Aug 26, 2014 15:38 CST
PennEnergy

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)’s Argonne National Laboratory teamed with the Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute (KAERI) to develop a prototype sodium-cooled nuclear fast reactor. The Prototype Generation IV Sodium-cooled Fast Reactor (PGSFR) is a 150-MW advanced sodium-cooled reactor that incorporates metal fuel, which enables inherent safety characteristics. Argonne developed the metal fuel technology base in the 1980s and 1990s. KAERI is developing the reactor while Korea Electric ...

 

Why Nuclear Deterrence Still Matters to NATO

Posted: Aug 26, 2014 15:37 CST
The Atlantic Council

NATO’s Strategic Concept (SC), adopted at the Lisbon Summit in November 2010, includes a number of propositions that define NATO’s nuclear policy. Most fundamentally, NATO’s most important strategy document declares that “deterrence, based on an appropriate mix of nuclear and conventional capabilities, remains a core element of” the Alliance’s “overall strategy.” Although the SC reaffirms NATO’s continued reliance on nuclear deterrence, it and the May 2012 Deterrence and Defense Posture Revie...

 
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Hunting Nuclear Weapons from the Sky

Posted: Aug 26, 2014 15:36 CST
Medium (originally published Aug 24, 2014)

The 1960s produced a lot of technological innovation in the science of mass destruction. But testing nukes also required learning how to detect the telltale signs of radiation. For survey teams flying in specially-equipped aircraft low above the Nevada desert, it was grueling and dangerous work. But what they learned not only taught us a lot about nuclear fallout, they helped establish environmental standards for both nuclear and non-nuclear power.

 

Uncommon Strategic Restraint

Posted: Aug 26, 2014 15:35 CST
Arms Control Work

Our nuclear future would take a significant turn for the worse if Beijing and New Delhi begin to mimic Cold War thinking about the utility of nuclear weapons. So far, they haven’t. New Delhi waited 24 years in between nuclear tests, and Beijing took about as long to begin sea trials of second-generation ballistic missile-carrying submarines. Both have issued “No First Use,” declarations, focused on economic metrics of national influence, and generally dealt with nuclear deterrence in ways tha...

 

China's Xi Asked Park to 'Tread Carefully' Over U.S. Missile-Defense System

Posted: Aug 26, 2014 15:35 CST
Yonhap

Chinese President Xi Jinping asked South Korean President Park Geun-hye to "tread carefully," over a U.S. move to deploy its advanced missile-defense system in South Korea during their July summit, two Seoul diplomatic sources said Tuesday. Xi had raised the issue during his summit with Park in early July at a time Beijing was trying to improve relations with South Korea amid bitter territorial disputes with its Asian neighbors, including Japan, Vietnam and the Philippines. China and Russia...

 
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United Nations Chief Ban Ki-moon Appeals India, 7 others to Ratify N-Test Ban Treaty

Posted: Aug 26, 2014 15:34 CST
DNA India

UN chief Ban Ki-moon has appealed to India, China and the US along with five other nations to ratify the Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT), saying the international community should complete the "unfinished business," of achieving a world free of atomic weapons. In his message for the International Day against Nuclear Tests, to be observed on August 29, Ban said that ending all nuclear tests will lead to a safer and more prosperous future.

 
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Why Small Nuclear Powers Will Not Disarm?

Posted: Aug 25, 2014 16:26 CST
Eurasia Review

Since the emergence of the modern nation-state after the Treaty of Westphalia in 1648, international politics can be characterized as the state’s pursuit of two core self-interests, sovereignty and territorial integrity. Almost three centuries later, World War II introduced nuclear weapons as an unprecedented factor within the international power politics, underwriting the earlier two. More recently, the Russian annexation of the Ukrainian territory of Crimea proves that a small state can pro...

 
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Special Support for Nuclear Power Operators at Odds with Market Liberalization

Posted: Aug 25, 2014 15:41 CST
Asahi Shimbun (originally published Aug 23, 2014)

Japan's industry ministry has proposed a system to support nuclear power generation by setting standard rates for electricity generated with atomic energy. When the power retail market is liberalized from 2016, electricity will start being traded in a free market. According to the ministry’s proposal, when market prices for electricity fall below the predetermined standard rates for power generated with nuclear energy, the electric utilities would be allowed to compensate for the difference b...

 
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Senior Nuclear Expert Urges Regulators to Shut Down California's Last Plant

Posted: Aug 25, 2014 15:41 CST
The Guardian

A senior federal nuclear expert is urging regulators to shut down California’s last operating nuclear plant until they can determine whether the facility’s twin reactors can withstand powerful shaking from any one of several nearby earthquake faults. Michael Peck, who for five years was Diablo Canyon’s lead on-site inspector, says in a 42-page, confidential report that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission is not applying the safety rules it set out for the plant’s operation.

 
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NATO’s Tactical Nuclear Weapons Must Go—But Not Today

Posted: Aug 25, 2014 15:40 CST
National Interest (originally published Aug 23, 2014)

At the outset, let’s stipulate some common sense about the American tactical nuclear weapons deployed in Europe. No matter what arguments we might make, pro or con, about keeping those arms, it’s not the right time to remove them. Not because they have any utility, but because optics matter: Russian president Vladimir Putin’s open aggression against Ukraine currently makes it impossible for Barack Obama, or for any NATO leader, even to suggest anything that would look like capitulation to Rus...

 

The Advantage of NATO-Based Nuclear Weapons

Posted: Aug 25, 2014 15:38 CST
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (originally published Aug 23, 2014)

When NATO's leaders gather in Wales in early September, they will address several issues critical to the alliance, including Russian adventurism in Ukraine and elsewhere in Eastern Europe, members' contribution to collective defense, the adequacy of individual national defense budgets and plans for supporting the people of Afghanistan. In the course of their deliberations on these issues, however, they should also reaffirm the value to the alliance of the continued presence of the modest numb...

 

Iran Says No Need for UN to Revisit Military Site

Posted: Aug 25, 2014 15:37 CST
AP (originally published Aug 23, 2014)

Iran's defense minister on Saturday said there was no need for U.N. nuclear inspectors to pay another visit to the Parchin military site, where the country is suspected of having tested components used in nuclear weapons. Gen. Hossein Dehghan was quoted by the official IRNA news agency as saying the IAEA had already been to the site southeast of Tehran and carried out tests there. "Besides, they have accepted that nothing happened in Parchin," he said. He added that Iran would not make its nu...

 
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Britain’s Trident Nuclear Program at Stake in Scottish Independence Vote

Posted: Aug 25, 2014 15:36 CST
The Washington Post (originally published Aug 24, 2014)

For decades, Britain’s contribution to the threat of global Armageddon has found a home on the tranquil shores of Gare Loch, where soaring green mountains plunge into murky gray waters plied by sporty kayakers, weekend yachtsmen — and nuclear-armed submarines.

 
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The Secret History of the Atom Bomb Is Now Available in Full Online

Posted: Aug 22, 2014 19:45 CST
Defense One

Lt. Gen. Leslie Groves, the military chief of the organization charged with developing the atomic bomb during World War II – operating under the code name of Manhattan Engineer District – commissioned an internal and classified history of the project in 1944. That entire history has now been declassified and posted online, according to Steven Aftergood, who writes the Federation of American Scientists’ Secrecy News blog. The history is arranged in 36 volumes posted on the Energy Department’...

 

Japan May Guarantee Price for Nuclear Power to Prop Up Industry

Posted: Aug 22, 2014 15:32 CST
Reuters (originally published Aug 21, 2014)

Japan will consider guaranteeing prices for electricity generated by nuclear plants to help the country's struggling utilities, which have lost about $35 billion in the three years since the Fukushima disaster saddled them with extra costs. The move was floated by a trade ministry panel as an example of supporting the nuclear industry financially like Britain's "Contracts for Difference" scheme, which guarantees nuclear operators fixed rates for power.

 
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Which Is More Scalable, Nuclear Energy Or Wind Energy?

Posted: Aug 22, 2014 15:32 CST
Forbes

China is the true experiment for maximum scalability of nuclear vs wind. It has a tremendous gap between demand and generation. It can mostly ignore democracy and social license for nuclear. It is building both wind and nuclear as rapidly as possible. It has been on a crash course for both for about the same period of time. It has bypassed most of the regulatory red tape for nuclear.

 
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How Iran's Nuclear Remarks Left the State Department Confused

Posted: Aug 22, 2014 15:31 CST
ABC News (originally published Aug 21, 2014)

A defiant statement by the Iranian Foreign Minister linking cooperation against ISIS in Iraq to sanctions relief might actually be a giant, lost-in-translation misunderstanding, the State Department said today. According to state-run media, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that Iran would help the West with the crisis in Iraq if the West lifts sanctions – a report that has made its way into English-speaking media.

 
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Arab States, Israel Set to Clash at U.N. Nuclear Meeting

Posted: Aug 22, 2014 15:30 CST
Reuters

As war rages in Gaza, Arab states will likely try to heighten diplomatic pressure on Israel over its assumed nuclear arsenal at next month's annual meeting of the U.N. nuclear agency's 160 member states, diplomats said on Friday. An Arab initiative to single out the Jewish state for criticism was defeated in voting last year. But Western diplomats opposed to the Arab move said the unresolved Gaza conflict may influence any wavering countries at this year's debate, although there was no direct...

 

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