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UAE Applies for First Nuclear Operating License

Posted: Mar 27, 2015 22:21 CST

The Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) has submitted its application for an operating license for the first two units at the Barakah nuclear power plant. The 15,000 page operating license application (OLA) is the culmination of five years of work by teams from ENEC and reactor builder Korean Electric Power Company (Kepco), with further input from international experts. The submission includes a final safety analysis report, an independent safety verification and design review, details...


Waste Isolation Pilot Plant Technical Assessment Team Report

Posted: Mar 27, 2015 15:43 CST
U.S. Department of Energy

The Technical Assessment Team (TAT) is an independent team of technical experts that evaluated the mechanisms and chemical reactions contributing to the failure of a waste drum at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP). In its report, the TAT concluded that one drum, Drum 68660, was the source of radioactive contamination released during the February 14, 2014, radiological event at WIPP.

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Crimea Ready to Deploy Nuclear Weapons Systems on Russian President's Order

Posted: Mar 27, 2015 15:42 CST
Sputnik News

Crimea will welcome the deployment of nuclear weapons in the republic if Russian President Vladimir Putin deems it necessary, Crimean head Sergei Aksenov told Sputnik. “If there is such an order from the supreme commander, we would support it,” Aksenov said. On Wednesday, the chair of Russian State Duma Defense Committee, Vladimir Komoyedov, said that needed, Russia was ready to place nuclear weapons in Crimea.

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Iran May Run Centrifuges at Fortified Site

Posted: Mar 27, 2015 15:41 CST
AP (originally published Mar 26, 2015)

The United States is considering letting Tehran run hundreds of centrifuges at a once-secret, fortified underground bunker in exchange for limits on centrifuge work and research and development at other sites, officials have told The Associated Press. The trade-off would allow Iran to run several hundred of the devices at its Fordo facility, although the Iranians would not be allowed to do work that could lead to an atomic bomb and the site would be subject to international inspections, accor...


IAEA Urges India to Take Further Action for Nuclear Regulation

Posted: Mar 27, 2015 15:39 CST

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) urged India on Friday to further tighten its nuclear safety regulations by assuring the legal independence of its atomic watchdog and allowing more outside inspections. After a 12-day visit to India, the agency recommended that India and its Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB) take further action to assure safety in its nuclear industry. "The government should embed the AERB's regulatory independence in law, separated from other entities having...

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Closing the Gaps in Nuclear Security

Posted: Mar 27, 2015 15:39 CST
Washington Post (originally published Mar 26, 2015)

An initiative to address a persistent and potentially catastrophic threat to global security is a terrible thing to waste. But that is what’s about to happen to President Obama’s effort to prevent nuclear terrorism by securing the world’s most dangerous materials. The Nuclear Security Summit process is expected to conclude next year, when Obama will again host the gathering in the United States. Early indications are that the 2016 event will lead to the announcement of additional voluntary pr...

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Russia Ready to Lease a Second Nuclear Submarine to India

Posted: Mar 27, 2015 15:39 CST
Russia & India Report

Russia is ready to lease a second Project 971 Shchuka-B submarine to India for a period of ten years, a source in the shipbuilding industry told Interfax-AVN on Friday. The decision has been made on leasing a second nuclear submarine, remarked the source. That may be K-322 Kashalot or another submarine of the Chakra class, he said.


Saudi Ambassador to U.S. Won't Rule Out Building Nukes

Posted: Mar 27, 2015 15:38 CST
CNN (originally published Mar 26, 2015)

The Saudi Ambassador to the United States would not rule out the possibility of the Saudis creating their own nuclear bomb to counterbalance a nuclear-armed Iran in an interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer on Thursday. "This is not something we would discuss publicly," Ambassador Adel Al-Jubeir said on "The Situation Room." Later, when pressed, he said, "This is not something that I can comment on, nor would I comment on." "But the kingdom of Saudi Arabia will take whatever measures are necessary...


The Dangerous Disregard of Nuclear Experts for One Another

Posted: Mar 26, 2015 17:41 CST
Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

This year’s meeting of the International Studies Association (ISA) in New Orleans began on the first day of Lent. Noting that there were no less than fifteen panels on nuclear weapons issues on the ISA program, one speaker declared that we are in the midst of an academic “renaissance in nuclear studies.” But much of the “renaissance” looks more like recycling than rejuvenation, and it has created an intellectual terrain that is oddly partitioned.


Energy Secretary Reiterates Priority of Reopening Nuke Dump

Posted: Mar 26, 2015 15:50 CST
AP (originally published Mar 25, 2015)

U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said Wednesday that his department is committed to reopening the federal government's underground nuclear waste repository in southern New Mexico. Moniz made assurances to members of a U.S. Senate subcommittee during a hearing Wednesday in Washington, D.C., that resuming operations at the troubled facility would be done with worker safety in mind. "We're doing all that we can," Moniz said. "At the very beginning, I insisted that we not set schedules before w...

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Namibia Commissions Demonstration Uranium Plant

Posted: Mar 26, 2015 15:50 CST
World Nuclear News

Bannerman Resources has officially opened a heap leach demonstration plant at the Etango uranium project in Namibia. Construction work began on the plant in October 2014 and it is expected to deliver its first test results by the end of June. The plant will demonstrate the design and projected performance in the definitive feasibility study for the project, as well as building knowledge and enabling the company to pursue value engineering ahead of full production.

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Westinghouse, German Companies to Offer Nuclear Decommissioning Services

Posted: Mar 26, 2015 15:49 CST

Westinghouse Electric Co. signed an agreement with HOCHTIEF team to offer integrated decommissioning, decontamination and remediation (DD&R) services for nuclear power plants in Germany. Westinghouse brings its safety-focused nuclear expertise and experience in decommissioning, decontamination, remediation, segmentation and waste handling. HOCHTIEF Infrastructure and HOCHTIEF Engineering offer knowledge in licensing, civil engineering and construction of interim storage.

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Pentagon Declassifies Documents Confirming Israel Has Nukes

Posted: Mar 26, 2015 15:49 CST
Sputnik News

In the latest example of the strained relationship between the United States and Israel, the Pentagon has quietly released a classified document which reveals the extent of Israel’s nuclear program. A program the Israeli government has long denied even exists.The 386-page report, entitled "Critical Technological Assessment in Israel and NATO Nations," dates back to 1987 and critical details on a nuclear program Israel has never admitted having.

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RIAC: The Future of the British Nuclear Deterrent - More of the Same?

Posted: Mar 26, 2015 15:48 CST

In 2016 the British government will have to decide on the future of its nuclear deterrent. Before then however, there is a national election (to be held on May, 7, 2015) to determine the composition of those decision-makers tasked with the job. While it appears likely that the deterrent will undergo modernization, the issue is gaining more political attention and experiencing heightened scrutiny. The UK has initiated a process of modernizing its nuclear deterrent capability. Its current fleet...

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Iranian Nuclear Talks 'Not In the Endgame' Despite Nearing Deadline

Posted: Mar 26, 2015 15:46 CST
The Guardian (originally published Mar 25, 2015)

Even if a deal is agreed during this week’s international negotiations on key elements of Iran’s nuclear program, much of it may be kept secret until a final deadline at the end of June, a senior European official has said. That date was laid down by foreign ministers last November, after a previous deadline was missed, but European officials sought to play down expectations over what could be achieved in the next few days. A senior European official said: “This is not the endgame this week. ...

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Cutting Losses on Iran Nuclear Deal, Israel Eyes Small Print

Posted: Mar 26, 2015 15:44 CST

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has begun to signal that Israel could resign itself to an Iranian nuclear deal that would leave its enemy with some uranium enrichment capability, a compromise he has long opposed. The shift seems surprising given Netanyahu's contentious speech to the U.S. Congress earlier this month in which he argued against world powers letting Tehran keep thousands of uranium centrifuges and remain on possible course to a bomb.

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Russia Successfully Test-Fires RS-26 Ballistic Missile

Posted: Mar 26, 2015 15:43 CST
Sputnik News

Russia carried out a successful test-firing of an RS-26 Rubezh ballistic missile from its southern Kapustin Yar launch center, a military representative said. The missile’s dummy warhead hit its target at the Sary Shagan range in Kazakhstan just minutes after takeoff from the Kapustin Yar rocket launch and development site in the southern Astrakhan region on March 18, Kommersant newspaper reported Thursday, citing a Defense Ministry source in Moscow.

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Open for Applications: IAEA Coordinated Research Activities in 2015

Posted: Mar 25, 2015 17:45 CST

Research institutes and organizations interested in gaining access to vast global databases of research findings and taking part in papers submitted to high-level, peer-reviewed journals, can now submit a proposal for a Research Contract or Agreement to take part in IAEA-coordinated research activities this year.

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USA Explores Waste Options alongside Yucca

Posted: Mar 25, 2015 14:58 CST
World Nuclear News

A new Department of Energy (DOE) initiative on radioactive waste disposal could "finally bring some progress the nation's long-neglected nuclear waste management policy," said Marv Fertel, the head of US trade body the Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI).


Russia and Jordan Agree on $10 Billion Construction Project

Posted: Mar 25, 2015 14:58 CST
World Nuclear News

Russia and Jordan have signed an intergovernmental agreement on cooperation in the construction and operation of the Middle Eastern country's first nuclear power plant. The document was signed yesterday by Sergey Kirienko, Rosatom director general and Khaled Toukan, chairman of the Jordan Atomic Energy Commission (JAEC).



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