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Posted: Mar 20, 2013 10:08 CST
Since Dr. Barretto will be involved in conducting the IAEA Nuclear Energy Management School, which will take place at Texas A&M University from March 18th through April 5th, there will be no Paulo’s Corner during this time.
Posted: Mar 15, 2013 17:39 CST
Canadian nuclear suppliers are undertaking a trade mission to the United Kingdom next week.
Ten companies that supply parts and services to CANDU reactors are hoping to pick up some of the work that's being created as Britain expands its nuclear program.
The Organization of Canadian Nuclear Industries represents almost 200 companies and about 30,000 workers that supply parts and services to the CANDU fleet of reactors.
The organization has held trade missions in the past to Romani...
Posted: Mar 15, 2013 17:22 CST
By Wolf Richter, ENERGY TRIBUNE
(originally published Mar 13, 2013)
Catastrophic nuclear accidents, like Chernobyl in 1986 or Fukushima No. 1 in 2011, are very rare, we’re incessantly told, and their probability of occurring infinitesimal. But when they do occur, they get costly. So costly that the French government, when it came up with cost estimates, kept them secret. But now the report was leaked to the French magazine, Le Journal de Dimanche. Turns out, the upper end of the cost spectrum of an accident at a single reactor at the plant chosen for the stud...
Posted: Mar 15, 2013 16:59 CST
Editor: Mu Xuequan , XINHUA NEWS AGENCY
Commenting on Iranian plans to submit a written promise to the United Nations that it will not seek to develop nuclear bombs, the diplomats told Xinhua on condition of anonymity that the promise made no sense without substantial step to meet the world's concerns.
The diplomats urge Tehran to increase the transparency of its nuclear program, to meet the demands of the P5+1 countries, namely China, US, Britain, Russia, France, Germany, and to cooperate with the UN nuclear watchdog to clarif...
Posted: Mar 15, 2013 16:44 CST
Naeem Salik and Kenneth N. Luongo, ARMS CONTROL ASSOCIATION
(originally published Mar 14, 2013)
....Pakistan has taken its responsibility for nuclear security seriously. It has collaborated with the United States on best practices, training, and personnel screening. It is participating in international forums devoted to preventing nuclear terrorism and improving nuclear security. It has made strides domestically to improve the legal and regulatory system for preventing proliferation of sensitive materials and technologies. Not least, the authorities in Pakistan, the first Islamic countr...
Posted: Mar 15, 2013 16:38 CST
British Defense Secretary Philip Hammond on Thursday said the United Kingdom still needs its nuclear deterrent, the London Daily Telegraph reported.
Hammond made his comments during a trip to Scotland, where the governing Scottish National Party hopes that a 2014 vote on independence will allow for ejection of British Vanguard-class submarines and Trident ballistic missiles now housed in the country. There is also an ongoing debate on whether the United Kingdom needs to move ahead with a ...
Posted: Mar 15, 2013 16:29 CST
By Diane Barnes, GSN-NTI
A U.S. House of Representatives panel on Thursday passed new legislation to ensure the nation is in compliance with two international nuclear security agreements, but it does not address points of contention from an earlier draft blocked in the Senate last year.
The bill would complete U.S. ratification of the International Convention for the Suppression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism. The pact, which entered into force in 2007 and now has 84 states parties, requires member nations to crimin...
Posted: Mar 15, 2013 16:22 CST
By Rachel Oswald, GSN-NTI
“I’m cautiously optimistic that we will find a way because there is interest in both sides in continuing important aspects of this cooperation,” said Andrew Weber, Defense undersecretary for acquisition, technology and logistics on matters related to WMD defense programs.
The Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction program since 1991 has supplied Russia with substantive U.S. financial and technical assistance for eliminating and securing aging nuclear warheads, chemical warfare material...
Posted: Mar 15, 2013 15:57 CST
Construction has officially begun on a new reactor at the Vogtle power plant in Georgia. It is the second AP1000 construction to start in America this week.
Some 5350 cubic metres of concrete were poured to form the basemat for the nuclear portion of Vogtle 3. It will support the reactor itself and buildings to shield it and house fuel handling facilities and auxiliary equipment.
First concrete at Vogtle 3 came just four days after the same milestone at VC Summer 2 - the first of two A...
Posted: Mar 14, 2013 18:59 CST
New York utility regulators on Thursday approved a proposal to seek 1,350 megawatts (MW) of generation or transmission later in March to keep the power grid reliable in case Entergy Corp's Indian Point nuclear power plant is closed.
The New York Public Service Commission (PSC) staff said that if the 2,037-MW plant shuts in 2015 when its last reactor operating license expires, the additional power would be needed by the summer of 2016.
The PSC said it was not taking a position on wheth...
Posted: Mar 14, 2013 18:52 CST
THE TIMES OF ISRAEL
Contrary to statements by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that the moment of truth concerning Iran’s nuclear program was spring 2013, Obama said that the US estimates that Iran can produce a bomb only in about a year given its current rate of progress.
“There is a window, not an infinite period of time, a window of time where we can resolve this diplomatically,” Obama said. ”Right now we think that it would take over a year or so for Iran to actually develop a nuclear weapon, but we obvi...
Posted: Mar 14, 2013 18:19 CST
By PennEnergy Editorial Staff, WASEDA UNIVERSITY
(originally published Mar 12, 2013)
A research team led by Prof. Yoshiaki Oka of Waseda University has succeeded in developing a conceptual nuclear power reactor design of high plutonium breeding by light-water cooling for the first time in the world. The team devised a new fuel assembly where fuel rods are closely packed for reducing a reactor coolant to a fraction of fuel volume for high breeding. Prof. Oka succeeded in high plutonium breeding by light-water cooling through computational analysis.....
High breeding with wa...
Posted: Mar 14, 2013 18:13 CST
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is to provide a €300 million ($388 million) loan to bring all of Ukraine's operating nuclear power reactors in line with modern safety standards. The total cost for the program to bring all of Ukraine's 15 operating nuclear reactors into line with both international standards and local regulations is estimated at €1.4 billion ($1.8 billion). Euratom, the European Atomic Energy Community, is also to provide €300 million directly to th...
Posted: Mar 14, 2013 18:03 CST
By Siegfried S. Hecker and Scott D. Sagan, THE NEW YOURK TIMES
(originally published Mar 11, 2013)
ROOM FOR DEBATE: North Korea’s recent nuclear test was followed by a threat that it might “exercise the right to a pre-emptive nuclear attack to destroy the strongholds of the aggressors.” Some prominent South Koreans have called for U.S. tactical weapons to be returned to South Korea, and some believe that a South Korean nuclear arsenal is the only way to negotiate a "grand bargain" with Pyongyang. North Korean threats must be countered by Washington and Seoul, but not by the U.S. deploying ...
Posted: Mar 14, 2013 17:55 CST
By Yoon Min-sik, THE KOREA HERALD
(originally published Mar 13, 2013)
North Korea on Wednesday dismissed South Korea’s claim that the armistice agreement remains valid, arguing that the South is not qualified to discuss the matter.
“The (South Korean) puppets that worked as a tool for America and drove the Korean Peninsula to the brink of war should not be shamelessly discussing the current problem,” the Rodong Sinmun, the daily of the North’s ruling Workers’ Party, said. “Furthermore, the South Korean puppets are not even the directly involved party in the ...
Posted: Mar 14, 2013 17:48 CST
By Jeong Yong-soo, Kim Hee-jin, KOREA JOONGANG DAILY
After two Korea-U.S. joint military drills end, American vessels equipped with nuclear weapons will stay in South Korean waters to fully guarantee the U.S. “nuclear umbrella” in case North Korea attacks.
A high-ranking South Korean government official told the JoongAng Ilbo yesterday, “If North Korea makes a nuclear attack, retaliation can come from U.S. nuclear weapons stationed in Okinawa or Guam. But considering the time that might take, we need to have a nuclear weapon near the Korean ...
Posted: Mar 14, 2013 17:38 CST
By Rachel Oswald, NTI-GSN
The Bush administration established the Proliferation Security Initiative in May 2003 with the goal of fostering a greater worldwide capability to stop the illicit movement of materials that can be used to produce biological, chemical, and nuclear weapons. At present, 102 nations have signed on to the effort.
Participating nations pledge to exchange information about suspected illicit WMD transfers and to take action to interdict unconventional weapons and related materials as they move t...
Posted: Mar 14, 2013 17:31 CST
By Hans M. Kristensen and Robert S. Norris, BULLETIN OF THE ATOMIC SCIENTISTS
(originally published Mar 13, 2013)
As of early 2013, the United States has continued to reduce its nuclear stockpile, and retirement alone has accounted for a dip of over 250 warheads since last year. Of the total stockpile of approximately 4,650 warheads, an estimated 2,150 warheads are deployed. The arsenal is composed of roughly 1,950 strategic warheads deployed with approximately 800 missiles and bombers, as well as nearly 200 nonstrategic warheads deployed in Europe. In this article, the authors scrutinize the US nuclear ...
Posted: Mar 14, 2013 17:26 CST
By Aliya Sternstein, GSN-NTI
Senators requested a national intelligence assessment of foreign nations’ abilities to protect their nuclear weapons from digital strikes after the Pentagon's chief cyber officer said he does not know whether China, Russia or other nuclear powers, aside from the United States, have effective safeguards in place.
What’s more, the resiliency of most U.S. nuclear systems against a nuclear strike is untested, a new Defense Science Board report concluded.
Gen. Robert Kehler, chief of U.S....
Posted: Mar 14, 2013 17:18 CST
By Sally Bakewell, BLOOMBERG
(originally published Mar 13, 2013)
Electricite de France SA won environmental permits for its planned atomic power plant at Hinkley Point in Somerset, which will be the first new reactor to be built in Britain in more than two decades.
EDF obtained the three main permits required from the U.K. Environment Agency, the company said today in a statement. They govern control of emissions, cooling water and liquid waste discharges from the Hinkley Point C plant, as well as safe disposal of small amounts of low-level radioactive...