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Japan upgrades Rokkasho Uranium Enrichment Facility efficiency 400 to 500 percent

Japan Nuclear Fuel Ltd. started on Wednesday the operation of new, more efficient centrifuges at its uranium enrichment plant in Rokkasho, Aomori Prefecture. After a warm-up operation, the centrifuges — each capable of…

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American Nuclear Energy budget to increase in 2012 – “Better than we had anticipated”

The Office of Nuclear Energy is getting more money than expected for the 2012 fiscal year.  “There were certain areas where we did better than we had anticipated,” said Department of Energy spokesman…

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Former NRC Member – Nuclear renaissance is imploding

A former nuclear regulator, an economic analyst and a congressional think-tank adviser say 2011 marked the fall of the so-called U.S. nuclear renaissance, despite regulators’ approval last week of a new reactor design….

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Former NRC Expert Says Jazcko Complaints – “Doesn’t pass the straight-face test”

Chairman Jaczko, while under fire from the industry, drew a spirited defense on Wednesday from a predecessor at the agency.  Peter A. Bradford, who was a commission member from 1977 to 1982, can be considered…

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Australian interest in American Nuclear Submarines Growing – India obtains Russian models

In December a DEVASTATING report into the nation’s Collins-class submarine fleet has warned of profound safety risks arising from inexperienced crews, a paucity of experts, poor reliability and a dysfunctional maintenance system. The…

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NRC and Diablo Canyon Prepare for Fukushima-like crisis

Diablo Canyon Power Plant is an electricity-generating nuclear power plant at Avila Beach in San Luis Obispo County, California. The plant has two Westinghouse-designed 4-loop pressurized-waternuclear reactors operated by Pacific Gas & Electric. The facility is located on about 750 acres…

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Actual cost of nuclear power is beyond our wildest dreams

How we could have been so awestruck by the vision of cheap energy that we blinded ourselves to the waste disposal hazards? Caretaking our nuclear waste stockpile will provide jobs for both unskilled…

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DOE to build new concrete vaults for low-level radioactive waste at INL

Idaho National Laboratory (INL) is an 890-square-mile  complex located in the high desert of eastern Idaho, between the town of Arco to the west and the cities ofIdaho Falls and Blackfoot to the east. It lies within Butte, Bingham, Bonneville and Jefferson counties. Most of INL is desert with…

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Radioactive pollution in Athens, Greece due to the Fukushima nuclear accident

J Environ Radioact. 2011 Dec 22. [Epub ahead of print] Radioactive pollution in Athens, Greece due to the Fukushima nuclear accident. Kritidis P, Florou H, Eleftheriadis K, Evangeliou N, Gini M, Sotiropoulou M, Diapouli E, Vratolis S. Source NCSR “Demokritos“, Institute…

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Kyushu Electric Chief Toshio Manabe Closer To Resignation

It’s an age-old tradition in Japan. When things fall out of line, you must resign.  A company executive sent emails to employees at affiliate offices and subsidiaries late last summer directing workers to…

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Former Chief of British Nuclear Fuels and Windscale Development Advocate Dies at 91

Coningsby Allday, who has died aged 91, was a leader of the nuclear industry as chief executive of British Nuclear Fuels Ltd, and played a key role in the development of the Windscale…

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Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant SRV inoperable due to suspected leakage in first stage

Pilgrim Nuclear Generating Station is currently the only nuclear power plant operating in the United States Commonwealth of Massachusetts. It is located in the Manomet section of Plymouth on Cape Cod Bay, south of the tip of Rocky Point and north of Priscilla Beach. Like…

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Enformable releases first beta timeline of Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Disaster

Watch this video! We are very proud to release the first beta version of our timeline of the events pertaining to the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Disaster. The beta currently is based off of…

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All 6 Kyushu Electric reactors shut down for first time in over 30 years

SAGA —Kyushu Electric Power Co said Monday that it has shut down the No. 4 reactor at its Genkai nuclear power plant in Saga Prefecture for routine inspection. The shutdown now leaves Japan…

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Russia admits over 20,000 underwater radioactive waste objects

There are nearly 25,000 hazardous underwater objects containing solid radioactive waste in Russia, an emergencies ministry official said on Monday. The ministry has compiled a register of so-called sea hazards, including underwater objects…

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IAEA Chief Predicts Number of Nuclear Power Stations will triple by 2030

TOKYO –The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Yukiya Amano delivered a speech December 19 in Tokyo and presented a forecast that the number of nuclear power plants would increase by 90…

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NRC finds Entergy Safety Commitment Track Record Lacking

Vermont Yankee nuclear plant officials said Tuesday that a small amount of radioactive tritium was found in a Connecticut River water sample, but follow-up samples showed no signs of it and the finding…

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Indian citizens learn to be cautious about nuclear operations after Fukushima

Villagers living within five km radius of the Kaiga Nuclear Power Project look determined to intensify their agitation demanding their rehabilitation.  Presently, five members from each of the six villages of Hartuga, Balemane,…

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Can the Uranium industry really be regulated to the highest standards?

A highly anticipated National Academy of Sciences report on uranium mining concluded Monday that Virginia must overcome “steep hurdles” before it can assure that a rich deposit of the radioactive ore can be…

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Nuclear firms team up in response to nuclear safety – seismic hazards – risk assessment

Veteran Firms in the Nuclear Industry Announce New Venture Combining Expertise, Resources to Address Seismic Hazards & Risk Assessment Two veteran firms in the nuclear industry, Engineering Planning and Management (EPM) and Nuclear…

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