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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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UK Restarts Geological Disposal Process (Again)

Posted: Jul 24, 2014 15:23 CST
Nuclear Engineering International Magazine

The UK Department of Energy & Climate Change has published a new white paper, Implementing Geological Disposal that lists short-term actions planned to develop a deep geological repository for spent fuel and high-level waste in the UK. The previous process, based on voluntarism, foundered in 2013 when the last willing community (in west Cumbria) backed out.

 
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Not Investing in New Nuclear Power Would Be a Costly Gamble for the UK

Posted: Jul 23, 2014 17:05 CST
The Guardian

"Nuclear power remains, prospectively, one of the cheapest low-carbon technologies and can play an important role as part of a cost-effective portfolio of technologies to de-carbonise the power sector." As the Chief Executive of the Nuclear Industry Association, this is something you’d expect me to say, but this is the viewpoint of the Committee on Climate Change in its progress report to Parliament earlier this month.

 
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Thinking the Unthinkable: Promoting Nuclear Disarmament – Analysis

Posted: Jul 23, 2014 17:03 CST
Eurasia Review

In a barely noticed event, forty bishops, scholars and activists had gathered in the Catholic University of Notre Dame in end-April to explore how the world could eliminate nuclear weapons. University President Rev Jenkins cited Pope John XIII’s message after the Cuban Missile Crisis (1962) that “nuclear weapons are morally tolerable only for the purpose of nuclear deterrence, and even then, only as a step on the way toward progressive disarmament.”

 
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U.S. Senate Panel Backs Vietnam Nuclear Trade Pact, But Tightens Conditions

Posted: Jul 23, 2014 15:28 CST
NTI

A key Senate committee on Tuesday endorsed a U.S. nuclear trade pact with Vietnam, but constrained its length to 30 years and added new requirements for most such future pacts. The joint resolution, offered by Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Robert Menendez, passed in a bipartisan voice vote in an afternoon business meeting of the panel. As negotiated by the Obama administration, the new agreement to allow U.S. nuclear technologies, atomic materials and technological know-how to b...

 

South Africa Budgets for Nuclear

Posted: Jul 23, 2014 15:27 CST
World Nuclear News

South Africa has confirmed its commitment to nuclear power, allocating ZAR850 million ($81 million) – over 10% of its energy ministry's budget – to research and development. This is in addition to the government's continued support for the procurement of 9600 MWe of nuclear power, energy minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson said during her budget speech on 21 July. Joemat-Patterson said that the ZAR850 million would be used to fund further research and development especially with regard to safety....

 
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Burma May Build Nuclear Reactors for ‘Research’: Minister

Posted: Jul 23, 2014 15:26 CST
The Irrawaddy (originally published Jul 22, 2014)

Burma is preparing to build nuclear reactors for “research purposes,” at some point in the future, according to the country’s minister for science and technology. The state-run New Light of Myanmar reported Tuesday that Minister Ko Ko Oo was asked about Burmese government plans for nuclear research during a session of the Upper House in Naypyidaw on Monday. He responded that the country “might build nuclear reactors for research purposes at an appropriate time,” according to the report.

 
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Iran Nuclear Talks to Resume in Early September: State TV

Posted: Jul 23, 2014 15:25 CST
Reuters

Iran said on Wednesday nuclear talks with six world powers would resume in early September, according to state television, after both sides agreed to continue talking for four more months to try to reach a final agreement on Tehran's nuclear program.

 

Nuclear Testing and the South Asia Arms Race

Posted: Jul 23, 2014 15:24 CST
The Diplomat

The Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) remains a key element of unfinished business in the nuclear age. As a growing number of governments and decision makers along with civil society put forward ideas to move the world toward abolishing nuclear weapons, much can be learned from how the CTBT was fought for, opposed, and finally negotiated between 1994 and 1996, when it was adopted by the U.N. General Assembly. In South Asia a nuclear arms race continues, led by India and followed by...

 

Egypt Plans Tender for First Nuclear Power Plant

Posted: Jul 22, 2014 17:03 CST
PennEnergy

Egypt said it plans to hold a tender by the end of 2014 for its first nuclear power plant. According to RIA Novosti, it is expected that the new power plant will have a capacity of 1,000 to 1,200-MW and will be located in the city of Dabaa west of Alexandria on the Mediterranean coast. It is not known if the tender will be an opened or closed one.

 
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Lockheed Goes Global To Build Its Nuclear Business

Posted: Jul 22, 2014 15:34 CST
Dallas News (originally published Jul 21, 2014)

In a nondescript strip mall across town from the heavy security of its fighter jet operations, defense contractor Lockheed Martin opens its doors each day to a rotating crew of Chinese engineers. While the U.S. and Chinese governments spar over the theft of classified military data, Lockheed has entered into a deal with China’s State Nuclear Power Technology Corp. to help build that country’s next generation of nuclear plants. The only hitch is that the Chinese want their own engineers workin...

 
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India's Nuclear Capacity Could Jump Threefold by 2023-24: Modi

Posted: Jul 22, 2014 15:33 CST
Business Standard

During his four-hour visit to BARC, Modi praised the contribution of nuclear scientists in the successful implementation of India’s three-stage nuclear program. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said the department of atomic energy (DAE) should strive to meet the target of increasing nuclear capacity threefold from the present level of 5,780 Mw by 2023-24, within the projected cost.

 

Russia Targets 2030 for BN-1200

Posted: Jul 22, 2014 15:32 CST
World Nuclear News

Russia plans to start construction of three BN-1200 sodium-cooled fast neutron reactors before 2030, the director general of Rosenergoatom, Evgeny Romanov, said on 21 July. Russian nuclear engineering company OKBM Afrikantov is developing a BN-1200 reactor as a next step towards future reactor designs, commonly known as Generation IV. "We associate fast reactors with our strategic goal of a closed nuclear fuel cycle," Romanov said. The first of these units will be located at the Beloyarsk nuc...

 

UK Decision to Take over Foreign Plutonium Raises Safeguards Questions

Posted: Jul 22, 2014 15:31 CST
International Panel on Fissile Materials (originally published Jul 19, 2014)

The UK Government has announced that it has struck an agreement with German and Swedish governments to take title to plutonium arising from the reprocessing at Sellafield and management at Dounreay respectively of spent nuclear fuel from the two nations. In a written statement to the UK Parliament on 3 July 2014 by then energy minister Michael Fallon--who has since been promoted to become Defense Secretary--it was revealed that the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has agreed ...

 

“The Six’s” Guiding Principles in Negotiating with Iran

Posted: Jul 22, 2014 15:30 CST
ISIS

The recent negotiations in Vienna have shown that the principles driving the positions of the “The Six”--the United States, Britain, France, Germany, China, and Russia--differ markedly from those of Iran. Based on several discussions with senior members of the Six, the principles underpinning a deal must include: 1) sufficient response time in case of violations; 2) a nuclear program meeting Iran’s practical needs; 3) adequate irreversibility of constraints; 4) stable provisions; and 5) adequ...

 

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