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Prefab Nuclear Plants Prove Just as Expensive

Posted: Jul 28, 2015 16:59 CST
Wall Street Journal

Building nuclear reactors out of factory-produced modules was supposed to make their construction swifter and cheaper, leading to a new boom in nuclear energy. But two U.S. sites where nuclear reactors are under construction have been hit with costly delays that have shaken faith in the new construction method and created problems concerning who will bear the added expense.

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Spanish Site Suitable for Waste Store

Posted: Jul 28, 2015 16:15 CST
World Nuclear News

Spain's nuclear regulator has concluded that Villar de Cañas is a suitable site for a national high-level waste storage facility. However, it has requested additional technical studies and reports. The Nuclear Safety Council’s (Consejo de Seguridad Nuclear, CSN) report concludes that the site "is justified and needs are adequately covered," as stipulated under the Sixth General Radioactive Waste Plan, approved in June 2006. That plan sets the national policy and strategy for the management of...

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China Will Soon Leapfrog Traditional Leaders in Nuclear Power

Posted: Jul 28, 2015 16:15 CST
MIT Technology Review (originally published Jul 27, 2015)

China is rapidly moving up the global nuclear power leaderboard. Since 2012, as the traditional leaders in nuclear energy production have remained stagnant or backed off of their reliance on nuclear in the wake of Fukushima, China has added 11 new reactors and over 11 gigawatts of nuclear generating capacity. By the end of this year, China is expected to pass Russia and South Korea and boast the fourth-largest nuclear generating capacity in the world, behind the United States, France, and Jap...


Breaking Down the Risk of Nuclear Deterrence Failure

Posted: Jul 28, 2015 16:14 CST
Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (originally published Jul 27, 2015)

In the international debate over nuclear disarmament, one long-running bone of contention is the effectiveness of nuclear deterrence—that is, using the threat of nuclear retaliation to prevent another state from going to war. Nuclear-armed states claim that maintaining (or only gradually reducing) the large arsenals required for deterrence is the safer path. Many non-nuclear states claim that nuclear deterrents make the world less safe, and that therefore rapid disarmament is required. Nuclea...

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North Korea Says It's Not Interested In Iran-Style Nuclear Deal

Posted: Jul 28, 2015 16:14 CST

The North Korean ambassador to China said Tuesday that his country has no interest in an Iran-style nuclear disarmament deal because North Korea is a "nuclear weapons state." Ji Jae Ryong told reporters that the Iranian nuclear deal reached earlier this month was an achievement made through protracted efforts, but that North Korea was different to Iran because it is "a nuclear weapons state both in name and in reality."

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North Korea: Sohae Facility Ready to Support Future SLV Launch; Preparations for Engine Testing Identified

Posted: Jul 28, 2015 16:13 CST
38 North

Recent commercial satellite imagery indicates that construction begun in spring 2015 after the earlier modification of the Sohae gantry for space launch vehicles (SLVs) has been completed. It appears that the SLV stages and payload can be prepared horizontally in a new launch support building at the end of the pad, then transferred to a movable support structure that is several stories high, where they will be erected vertically, checked out and finally moved to the launch tower. Imagery of t...

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IAEA Would Depend on Iran to Collect its Own Samples for Nuclear Residue Testing

Posted: Jul 28, 2015 16:13 CST
The Washington Free Beacon

International inspectors trying to determine whether Iran is conducting secret nuclear activities at its military sites will have to rely on material evidence provided by the Iranian government, according to a senator who attended a closed-door briefing with administration officials last week. Sen. James Risch (R., Idaho) said at a Senate Foreign Relations hearing Thursday that Iran would be responsible for collecting its own samples from its military complex Parchin to turn over to internati...


Heavy Water Reactor Restrictions in the JCPOA

Posted: Jul 28, 2015 16:12 CST
ISIS (originally published Jul 27, 2015)

In the original publication on restrictions to the plutonium pathway in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), we stated that Iran was allowed to build new reactors, as long as they relied on light water. Based on feedback, we have revisited our original interpretation of this issue. Based on the interpretation of three separate paragraphs addressing the issue of future reactors, we find that there is a firm commitment to not build heavy water reactors for 15 years, but what happens ...

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AEOI Chief: Iran to Build Two Nuclear Power Plants in Bushehr

Posted: Jul 27, 2015 16:05 CST
Tehran Times

The head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran has announced that the country is planning to build two nuclear power plants in the southern province of Bushehr. Ali Akbar Salehi made the announcement during a live TV broadcast on Sunday night. Salehi also said the agreement reached between the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency, which was signed on July 14 right after a nuclear pact was clinched between Iran and the 5+1 group, was not a confident...

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Crucial Emergency Test Begins at Sendai Nuclear Plant Ahead of Upcoming Restart

Posted: Jul 27, 2015 16:05 CST
The Asahi Shimbun

An emergency drill to contain a severe accident like the Fukushima nuclear disaster started at the Sendai nuclear power plant on July 27, a final hurdle the operator must clear before a planned restart next month. The Nuclear Regulation Authority, the nation's nuclear watchdog, inspected the site to see if plant workers followed Kyushu Electric Power Co.'s revamped procedures for responding to a crisis. The steps were approved by the NRA in May. Kyushu Electric plans to restart the reactor as...

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Congress’s Other Nuclear Test

Posted: Jul 27, 2015 16:04 CST
Wall Street Journal

Lawmakers on Capitol Hill are nearing the end of conference negotiations over the 2016 defense-spending bill. Among the matters still at issue is one that should be easy: When the U.S. government makes decisions on the export of sensitive nuclear technologies to China, the Director of National Intelligence should be in the room. The U.S. and China first signed a nuclear-cooperation agreement in 1985, when China was a strategic partner against the Soviet Union. The deal’s basic purpose is to a...

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Ex-Diplomats Urge Ratification of Iran Deal

Posted: Jul 27, 2015 16:04 CST

A group of former diplomats sent a letter to Congress on Monday morning, urging members of both chambers not to reject the Obama administration’s controversial Iran deal. The letter, signed by former undersecretaries of state and former American ambassadors to Israel, states that the group has determined the deal, “will leave Iran no legitimate avenue to produce a nuclear weapon during the next 10 to 15 years.” The signees included five former U.S. ambassadors to Israel: James Cunningham, Wil...

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Russia Has No Plans to Deploy Tu-22M3 Nuclear Bombers in Crimea – Air Force

Posted: Jul 27, 2015 16:03 CST
Sputnik News

The Russian Air Force has no plans of deploying long-range Tu-22M3 bombers capable of delivering nuclear warheads to the Crimean Peninsula any time soon, Air Force Commander Col.-Gen. Viktor Bondarev said Monday. “The Crimean grouping has enough aviation and missile defense systems that are already deployed there. No one has given the Air Force any tasks so far [of deploying Tu-22M3s]. If we are tasked with this, then we as the military will complete the task according to schedule,” Bondarev ...


S. Korea, U.S., Japan to Discuss N. Korea Nuke

Posted: Jul 27, 2015 16:03 CST

South Korean and U.S. nuclear envoys on Monday discussed ways to bring North Korea back to the bargaining table in the run-up to a trilateral session also involving their Japanese counterpart. Kim Gunn, director general for North Korean nuclear affairs at South Korea's Foreign Ministry, met here with Sydney Seiler, the U.S. special envoy for the six-party talks.

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The Iran Deal and the Future of Nuclear Nonproliferation Efforts

Posted: Jul 27, 2015 16:03 CST
Defense One (originally published Jul 26, 2015)

Though the atomic bomb was first developed in 1945, it was not until 1957 that the U.S. intelligence community conducted its first forecast of how nuclear weapons might spread around the world. That first estimate concluded that some ten countries had the capability to build the bomb in the next decade. Six years later, President John F. Kennedy warned that the 1970s could see a world in which twenty-five countries possessed nuclear weapons. This counterfactual—what would the world look like ...

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Hoover Institution Releases Essay Series on Reinventing Nuclear Power

Posted: Jul 24, 2015 16:00 CST
Hoover Institution (Standford University) (originally published Jul 8, 2015)

The Hoover Institution released an essay series by the Shultz-Stephenson Task Force on Energy Policy that lays out a thought-provoking approach to reinventing nuclear power. The task force brought together our nation’s leading nuclear power experts to determine whether a case can be made for nuclear power playing a role in a modernizing grid. In the series, Stanford University’s William J. Madia proposes strategic changes that, if undertaken, could position SMR technology as nuclear energy’s ...

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The Environmentalist Case Against 100% Renewable Energy Plans

Posted: Jul 24, 2015 16:00 CST
The Atlantic (originally published Jul 20, 2015)

Renewable energy has had a busy year. California and New York have adopted ambitious plans calling for 50 percent renewable energy by 2030. A group of Stanford and Berkeley scientists has put forth an even bolder vision—encouraging all 50 states to run on wind, water, and solar by 2050, without any nuclear energy or biofuels in the picture. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced his intention to go fully renewable with the city government’s power, too.

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Iran Says No Separate Agreement Signed on Inspecting Parchin Military Base

Posted: Jul 24, 2015 15:58 CST
Trend News Agency

No separate agreement based on the nuclear deal between Iran and world powers has been made on inspecting Parchin military site, said Ali Akbar Salehi, head of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran. Any inspection will be conducted according to the agreement with the IAEA, Iran’s parliament news agency, ICANA, quoted Salehi as saying July 24.

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Russian Bombers Buzzing U.S. Unlikely to Carry Nukes

Posted: Jul 24, 2015 15:58 CST
TIME (originally published Jul 23, 2015)

The bad news for Americans old enough to remember Cold War shivers is that Soviet-era Tu-95 Bear bombers recently showed up off the U.S. coast. The good news, for Americans, is that the 1950s-era Russian air force turboprop airplanes keep crashing. And that combination, a former Air Force general says, makes it unlikely that the Russian bombers are carrying any nuclear weapons close to U.S. shores (the bomber would carry such weapons inside its fuselage, making it impossible for outsiders to ...

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North Korea Missile Launch: South Asks China Counterparts to Help 'Rein In' North

Posted: Jul 24, 2015 15:58 CST
International Business Times (originally published Jul 23, 2015)

South Korean officials have sought the assistance of their Chinese counterparts to help reign in North Korea’s plans for a long-range missile launch. South Korea was hoping that China’s long-standing relationship with the North as a political and economic ally would be more influential in urging Pyongyang from refraining from the missile launch and possibly push them to consider negotiating denuclearization.



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