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IAEA Concludes Safety Review at France's Flamanville Nuclear Power Plant

Posted: Oct 23, 2014 19:08 CST
IAEA

An international team of nuclear safety experts led by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) today completed an assessment of operational safety at the Flamanville Nuclear Power Plant in France. The Operational Safety Review Team (OSART) was assembled at the request of the French Nuclear Safety Regulatory Authority (ASN). The in-depth review, which began 6 October, focused on aspects essential to safe operation of the plant's 1 and 2 reactors. The team identified a number of good pra...

 
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Bruce Nuclear Waste Site Is Safe, Says OPG

Posted: Oct 23, 2014 15:33 CST
The Toronto Star

Burying nuclear waste deep underground near the Bruce nuclear station is safe and sustainable, Ontario Power Generation says in its final submission to a federal panel. OPG wants to entomb low and intermediate level waste in a “deep geologic depository,” or DGR, 680 meters below the surface at the Bruce station, near Kincardine on the shore of Lake Huron. “The proposed DGR is capable of safely isolating the waste from people and the environment over the hundreds and thousands of years that th...

 

Federal Agency Considering 10-Year Extension for MOX

Posted: Oct 23, 2014 15:32 CST
Aiken Standard

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is considering granting a request for a 10-year extension for construction of the Savannah River Site’s Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility. If the request is denied, MOX construction would have to end in 2015 once authorization expires.

 
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U.S. Said to Join Russia in Blocking Nuclear Safety Moves

Posted: Oct 23, 2014 15:31 CST
Bloomberg

The U.S. and Russia are joining forces to block a European plan to raise the protection of nuclear reactors against natural disasters after the meltdowns at Japan’s Fukushima Dai-Ichi power plant, diplomats say. Envoys from both countries are trying to derail a Swiss-led initiative that would force nuclear operators to invest more on safety, undermining attempts to harmonize global safety regulation, according to eight European and U.S. diplomats who attended meetings in Vienna last week. All...

 
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Floating Plant to Be Delivered in 2016

Posted: Oct 23, 2014 15:31 CST
World Nuclear News

The Baltiysky Zavod in St Petersburg is on schedule to deliver the first floating nuclear power plant to its customer, Russian nuclear power plant operator Rosenergoatom, in September 2016, the shipyard's general director Aleksey Kadilov said today.

 
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How the International Safeguards Regime Can Benefit From Efforts to Enhance the Identification Method Used for UF6 Cylinders

Posted: Oct 23, 2014 15:29 CST
Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs (originally published Oct 20, 2014)

Improvements to the current methods used by nuclear industry to track and identify uranium hexafluoride (UF6) cylinders would benefit International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) safeguards, nuclear inspectorates, and regulatory authorities, as well as facility operators. A move towards a standardized UF6 cylinder identifier is gaining momentum within industry.

 
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Paducah Deactivation Begins

Posted: Oct 22, 2014 15:10 CST
World Nuclear News

Work to deactivate the former Paducah gaseous diffusion enrichment plant can begin in earnest after Centrus Energy subsidiary United States Enrichment Corporation formally handed back full control of the Kentucky complex to the US Department of Energy (DoE).

 
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Is Iran About to Blow It?

Posted: Oct 22, 2014 15:08 CST
National Interest (originally published Oct 21, 2014)

Iran’s negotiators have successfully framed these final days of the nuclear talks on their terms—and that might lull them into making big mistakes. That’s Brookings Iran watcher Suzanne Maloney’s argument in a deep analysis of Iranian tactics ahead of the November 24 expiration of the interim agreement. Tehran, she says, is taking four steps to strengthen its hand.

 

Kerry: U.S. Ready to Reduce Military Presence in Asia if N. Korea Gives Up Nuclear Program

Posted: Oct 22, 2014 15:07 CST
Yonhap

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Wednesday the United States is prepared to reduce its military presence in Asia if North Korea rejoins nuclear negotiations and follows through on its denuclearization commitment. Kerry made the remark in Berlin during a joint news conference with German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, expressing hope for restarting the long-stalled six-party nuclear talks "in the next weeks, months perhaps." "We've said from day one that if North Korea want...

 

A Response to Critics of U.S.-Russian Nuclear Security Cooperation

Posted: Oct 22, 2014 15:05 CST
Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs (originally published Oct 21, 2014)

Most U.S. policymakers support critical U.S. investments in improving security to prevent the theft of nuclear weapons and weapons usable material in Russia. A few, however, are starting to raise doubts about whether this cooperation is a good idea. Skeptics argue that, because of Russia’s incursion into Ukraine, the federal government needs to make a stronger case for nuclear security cooperation with Russia. They argue that the U.S. case needs to address issues like the cost of nuclear secu...

 
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Russia Completes TVS-5 Tests

Posted: Oct 22, 2014 15:01 CST
World Nuclear News

Russia has completed testing of the TVS-5 fuel assembly with mixed-oxide (MOX) fuel containing nitrides, the prototype fuel for the pilot demonstration BREST-OD-300 reactor that is to be built at the site of the Siberian Chemical Combine (SCC) in Tomsk. Construction work is to start in 2016 and be completed in 2020.

 
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EU-APWR Passes EUR Assessment

Posted: Oct 22, 2014 15:01 CST
World Nuclear News

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries' (MHI's) European version of its Advanced Pressurized Water Reactor (EU-APWR) has been formally certified as compliant by the European Utility Requirements (EUR) organization. The EU-APWR is based on the 1538 MWe APWR planned for units 3 and 4 of Japan Atomic Power Co's Tsuruga nuclear power plant. However, the reactor will feature design changes that reflect the demands of European customers for enhanced performance. The proposed enhancements include a thermal eff...

 

Rosatom Groups Engineering Expertise

Posted: Oct 22, 2014 15:00 CST
World Nuclear News

Atomenergoproekt (AEP) has been placed under the executive control of another Rosatom subsidiary in order to consolidate Russia's nuclear power engineering expertise into a single division. Rosatom director general Sergey Kirienko announced the change at a meeting with AEP management, the state nuclear corporation said today.

 
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'No Question of India Joining NPT as Non-nuclear Weapon State'

Posted: Oct 22, 2014 15:00 CST
The New Indian Express

India has made it clear that there is no question of it joining the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) as a non-nuclear weapon state while reaffirming its commitment to check further proliferation of atomic weapons. India also reiterated its stand of "no first use" of nuclear weapons and not targeting non-nuclear weapons states and offered to enter into agreements incorporating the two principles.

 
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Nuclear Secrecy Feeds Concerns of Rogues Getting Weapons

Posted: Oct 22, 2014 14:59 CST
Bloomberg (originally published Oct 21, 2014)

As the world’s nuclear monitor tries to prevent weapons-grade material getting into the wrong hands, its determination to keep its methods secret is raising concerns among analysts that it may be risking a fatal mistake. The International Atomic Energy Agency has increased its role trying to vouch for the safety of nuclear materials in Iran, North Korea and Syria, just as investigators have become less forthcoming about how they reach their conclusions. By feeding the distrust between the nuc...

 
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New Minister Says ‘Safe’ Nuclear Reactors Will be Re-Started in Japan

Posted: Oct 21, 2014 16:57 CST
PennEnergy

Japan’s new Trade minister, Yoichi Miyazawa, says he will continue with the policy of re-starting nuclear reactors that are deemed safe by the atomic regulator. Miyazawa, the recently appointed Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry also said he would move towards restarting Kyushu Electric Power Co's Sendai nuclear power plant in southwestern Japan, according to Reuters.

 

South Africa Plans Next Steps with Vendors

Posted: Oct 21, 2014 15:47 CST
World Nuclear News

South Africa is moving towards signing framework agreements with China and Japan and is inviting would-be reactor vendor countries to participate in workshops to showcase their offerings as it moves through the pre-procurement phase of its nuclear new-build plans. In a statement, the South African Department of Energy said that it expects energy minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson to sign an inter-governmental agreement with China during the first week of November and also to sign one with Japan ...

 
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The UCS Nuclear Weapons Complex Map

Posted: Oct 21, 2014 15:46 CST
Union of Concerned Scientists

The UCS Nuclear Weapons Complex Map is a free, publicly available, interactive tool that allows users to explore the U.S. nuclear weapons complex in Google Earth and provides information about its facilities. All the information comes from public sources.

 
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The Unaffordable Arsenal: Reducing the Costs of the Bloated U.S. Nuclear Stockpile

Posted: Oct 21, 2014 15:45 CST
Arms Control Association

The United States currently plans to spend some $355 billion to maintain and rebuild its Cold War-era nuclear arsenal over the next decade, even as the overall U.S. defense budget is declining and U.S. military planners and the president have determined that the United States can deter nuclear threats against the United States and its allies with far fewer nuclear weapons. This report argues that the increasingly high cost of nuclear weapons, combined with shrinking budgets and stockpiles, sh...

 
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Report Says U.S. May OK More Centrifuges in Iran Nuclear Talks

Posted: Oct 21, 2014 15:44 CST
Los Angeles Times

The Obama administration has sweetened its offer to Iran in ongoing nuclear negotiations, saying it might accept Tehran operating 4,000 centrifuges, up from the previous 1,300, according to a semiofficial Iranian news agency. The Mehr news agency also said Monday that Iran and the six world powers seeking to negotiate a nuclear deal remained divided over how much uranium-enrichment capacity the Middle East nation should be allowed to maintain, and how to lift punitive sanctions from its econo...

 

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