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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...

 

Missile Defense: DOD’s Report Provides Limited Insight on Improvements to Homeland Missile Defense and Acquisition Plans

Posted: Jul 22, 2014 15:28 CST
Government Accountability Office (originally published Jul 17, 2014)

The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) is developing the Ground-based Midcourse Defense System (GMD) to defend the United States against an intermediate and intercontinental ballistic missile attack. As part of this system, the Department of Defense (DOD) has already deployed 30 ground-based interceptors—consisting of a booster with a kill vehicle on top—and a fire control system that uses information from sensors to formulate a battle plan. According to DOD, GMD is able to protect the United State...

 
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West Still Struggles to Cut Feared Bomb Risk in Iran Nuclear Talks

Posted: Jul 22, 2014 15:28 CST
Reuters (originally published Jul 21, 2014)

Major powers appear to have made only limited headway in making sure Iran will not be able to build an atomic bomb any time soon, underlining the uphill task they face after talks that began in February were extended by four months. Western officials say some progress was achieved during the most recent round of negotiations with Iran - enough to justify continuing the high-stakes diplomacy. Iran's enrichment capacity goes to the heart of the dispute over its atomic ambitions as it determines...

 

Iran Wanting What Argentina Got Shows Nuclear Market Precedent

Posted: Jul 21, 2014 16:02 CST
Bloomberg (originally published Jul 20, 2014)

War with an industrial power and nuclear technology developed under military rule doesn’t preclude a country from enriching uranium. Just ask Argentina. As world powers reached an impasse with Iran over the Persian Gulf country’s nuclear work, Argentina said it will become just the 11th nation to begin large-scale enrichment of the heavy metal used for industrial, medical and energy applications. It’s been producing enriched uranium on an experimental scale since the 1980s, the government sai...

 

CB&I Lands $100 Million Contract from Entergy for Reactor Safety Enhancements

Posted: Jul 21, 2014 16:01 CST
Nuclear Street

Fresh on the heels of an expanded partnership with China's state-controlled nuclear enterprise, Chicago Bridge & Iron last week announced $100 million in contracts to help upgrade Entergy nuclear plants in the U.S.

 
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Iberdrola Adds Impetus to Plan to Generate Power from Nuclear Waste

Posted: Jul 21, 2014 16:00 CST
PennEnergy

A plan to generate power from the UK’s nuclear waste has received a boost with the news that Iberdrola has signed a memorandum of understanding with GE Hitachi to participate in the PRISM project. The Spanish utility is to be involved in the building of the 622 MW nuclear plant at Sellafield, which is focused on turning the UK's 100 tonnes of plutonium into a metal fuel, a new source of low carbon energy.

 

Status of Iran’s Nuclear Program in Relation to the Joint Plan of Action

Posted: Jul 21, 2014 16:00 CST
IAEA (originally published Jul 20, 2014)

As foreshadowed in GOV/2014/2, this report provides information on the status of the Islamic Republic of Iran’s (Iran’s) nuclear program in relation to the “voluntary measures,” that Iran has agreed to undertake as part of the Joint Plan of Action (JPA) agreed between the E3+3 and Iran on 24 November 2013. According to the JPA, the first step would be time-bound (six months) and renewable by mutual consent. The JPA took effect on 20 January 2014.

 
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Iran Eliminates Sensitive Stockpile under Interim Nuclear Deal: IAEA

Posted: Jul 21, 2014 15:59 CST
Reuters (originally published Jul 20, 2014)

Iran has moved to eliminate its most sensitive stockpile of enriched uranium gas under an interim nuclear deal reached with six world powers last year, according to a monthly update by the U.N. nuclear watchdog obtained by Reuters on Sunday.

 

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