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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...

 

With New Safety Measures, Nuclear Reactors May Reopen In Japan

Posted: Jul 24, 2014 16:19 CST
NPR

Three years after the Fukushima disaster shut Japan's nuclear power plants, reactors at a different plant may reopen. Steve Inskeep talks with Wall Street Journal Tokyo bureau chief Peter Landers.

 

S. Korea, U.S., Japan Lower Bar for Nuclear Talks with N. Korea

Posted: Jul 24, 2014 16:16 CST
Yonhap

South Korea, the United States and Japan have agreed to lower the bar on conditions for resuming long-stalled nuclear talks with North Korea, a diplomatic source with knowledge of the matter said Monday, saying Pyongyang must show its sincerity through the same pledges it made in a scuttled aid-for-disarmament deal with the U.S. more than two years ago.

 

IAEA Annual Report 2013

Posted: Jul 24, 2014 15:28 CST
IAEA

The annual report provides information on developments in 2013 related to the Agency's work and programs focusing, in a balanced manner, on nuclear technology and its applications, nuclear safety and security, nuclear verification, and technical cooperation.

 
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Indian Ratification of the Additional Protocol: Mischievous Reports Miss Significance – Analysis

Posted: Jul 24, 2014 15:28 CST
Eurasia Review

On 26-27 June 2014, the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) held its plenary meeting in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The discussion on India’s membership was reportedly on the agenda. Meanwhile, on 23 June, India announced its decision to ratify the Protocol Additional to the Agreement between the Government of India and the IAEA for the application of safeguards to Civilian Nuclear Facilities (AP). India has been progressively, and on schedule, been implementing the Separation Plan accepted in 2006 as...

 

S. Korea, U.S. To Test Deterrence Plan against N.K. Nukes

Posted: Jul 24, 2014 15:26 CST
Yonhap

South Korea and the United States plan to implement their deterrence strategy aimed at curbing North Korea's nuclear threats during their upcoming joint exercise next month, defense ministry officials said Thursday. Seoul and Washington are slated to hold the Ulchi-Freedom Guardian (UFG), an annual joint combat readiness exercise, for about two weeks in August to test and improve their joint defense posture against possible provocations from the North.

 

Southern Hopes to Build More U.S. Nuclear Power Reactors

Posted: Jul 24, 2014 15:25 CST
Reuters

Southern Co, one of the biggest U.S. power companies, said it hopes to announce plans by the end of the year to build more nuclear reactors, a spokesman said late Wednesday. That makes Southern the first company to pursue new reactors since the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced plans earlier this year to reduce carbon emissions from existing power plants to 30 percent below 2005 levels by 2030. Nuclear reactors produce almost no carbon emissions. The company is already building t...

 

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