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South Korea wants nuclear reprocessing and uranium enrichment

the South Korean government also wants to acquire a uranium enrichment capacity to make the traditional fuel for reactors — another activity banned by the 1974 accord because enriched uranium can also be used for weapons………. South Korea’s ambition is tied to its drive to become a major exporter of nuclear reactors.

U.S. Wary of South Korea’s Plan to Reuse Nuclear Fuel, By CHOE SANG-HUN New York Times,  July 13, 2010 “……another nuclear dispute is emerging on the Korean Peninsula — this one between the United States and South Korea. South Korea, which has no oil reserves, derives 40 percent of its electricity from nuclear reactors and is running out of space to store the highly radioactive spent nuclear fuel. Continue reading


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American Indians confront USA’s ‘Blue Ribbon’ Nuclear Waste Commission

Tribes: Nuclear waste can’t be stored at Hanford, Google hosted news, (AP) – 15 July 2010, RICHLAND, Wash. — Northwest American Indian tribes say highly radioactive waste cannot be permanently stored at the nation’s most contaminated nuclear site.Members of the Yakama, Nez Perce, Umatilla and Wanapum tribes on Wednesday addressed a commission appointed by President Barack Obama to examine U.S. disposal of radioactive waste. It was prompted by his decision not to proceed with the Yucca Mountain waste repository in Nevada…..

The Associated Press: Tribes: Nuclear waste can’t be stored at Hanford

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65 years of lies and cover-up about nuclear bomb and radioactivity

When reports of thousands in Hiroshima and Nagasaki afflicted with a strange and horrible new disease emerged, General Groves, at first, called it all a “hoax”  and “propaganda” and speculated that the Japanese had different “blood.”

Secrecy, Cover-ups & Deadly Radiation: On the Birth of the Nuclear Age 65 Years Ago The Nation, Greg Mitchell J uly 14, 2010 While most people trace the dawn of the nuclear era to August 6, 1945, and the dropping of the atomic bomb over the center of Hiroshima, it really began three weeks earlier, in the desert near Alamogordo, New Mexico,  with the top-secret Trinity test. Its sixty-fifth anniversary will be marked—or mourned, if you will—this Friday, July 16. . Continue reading

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UK’s Trident nuclear weapons – expensive, unnecessary

“Describing this as a ‘value for money’ review is nonsense – the fundamental question is whether Britain needs a cold war weapons system decades after that conflict ended.

(UK) Nuclear weapon review ‘nonsense’ Morning Star,  14 July 2010, by Will Stone Anti Nuclear campaigners have branded the government’s proposed “value-for-money” review of the multibillion-pound renewal of Trident as nonsense. Continue reading

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Utah’s environment has a win over nuclear wastes

“We’re glad EnergySolutions finally figured out what Utahans have said for two years — that Italy should take care of its own waste,”

Utah firm nixes plan to import Italian nuke waste, Google hosted news, By BROCK VERGAKIS (AP) –15 July 2010, SALT LAKE CITY — EnergySolutions Inc. said Wednesday it is abandoning its plans to dispose of nuclear waste from Italy in Utah’s west desert and instead will try to help open a disposal facility in that country. Continue reading

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Pyroprocessed plutonium could quickly become nuclear weapon

a country with South Korea’s nuclear expertise could quickly turn pyroprocessed plutonium into weapons

U.S. Wary of South Korea’s Plan to Reuse Nuclear Fuel, By CHOE SANG-HUN New York Times,  July 13, 2010 “……..South Korean engineers are championing a new technology called pyroprocessing, which the Bush administration endorsed. They call it “proliferation-resistant” because the plutonium produced through pyroprocessing is not pure and cannot be used directly for nuclear weapons.
Skeptics say the technology is far more dangerous than leaving the spent fuel intact in storage because a country with South Korea’s nuclear expertise could quickly turn pyroprocessed plutonium into weapons-usable material should it decide to break out of the nonproliferation treaty…….
Washington is wary of South Korea’s motives. Seoul embarked on its short-lived nuclear arms program in the early 1970s when President Richard M. Nixon reduced the number of American troops in South Korea to 40,000 from 60,000. In 2004, South Korea revealed to the International Atomic Energy Agency that its scientists had dabbled in reprocessing and enrichment without first informing the agency. U.S. Wary of South Korea’s Plan to Reuse Nuclear Fuel –

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Energy insecurity with nuclear power

Nuclear power and energy insecurity, Greenpeace International,  by jmckeati – July 14, 2010………..Energy security is often cited as one of the major benefits of nuclear power…… The theory goes that those countries with nuclear reactors make themselves less reliant on gas and oil imports from unstable regions such as the Middle East.What the theory ignores is that these countries are exchanging one reliance for another: from fossil fuels to uranium. Like oil and gas, uranium is a finite resource and someone controls the supply of it. Any nuclear nation that does not have supplies of its own uranium is therefore reliant on other countries. That’s not what we’d call energy security.

Nuclear power and energy insecurity | Greenpeace International

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Vermont Yankee nuclear plant’s history of leaks and deception

In May, plant officials revealed that in cleaning up the tritium leak, they found strontium-90, which is a more potent radioactive isotope, in soil near where the leak occurred. Strontium-90 is a byproduct of nuclear fission that has been linked to cancer and leukemia……

Foes tell nuclear regulator to shutter Vt. plant, Google hosted news, By JOHN CURRAN (AP) – 15 July 2010, BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — Venturing into unfriendly territory, the chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission sat down Wednesday with representatives of seven anti-nuke groups who say the agency has fallen down on the job in keeping tabs on the problem-plagued Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant. Continue reading

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New book on Canada’s complicity in nuclear arms race

Paul McKay is an award-winning journalist, and the author of Atomic Accomplice: How Canada Deals in Deadly Deceit” Copies of his latest book, Atomic Accomplice, can be purchased online at:Website: http://www.paulmckay.comPaul Continue reading

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Long war would result from Israeli attack on Iran’s nukes

Israel is widely believed to have the Middle East’s only nuclear arsenal. The Jewish state neither confirms nor denies this.

Israeli attack on Iran would start long war – report  Jul 14, 2010  By Adrian Croft LONDON (Reuters) – An Israeli attack on Iranian nuclear facilities would start a long war and probably not prevent Iran from eventually acquiring nuclear weapons, a think-tank said on Thursday. Continue reading

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Nuclear scientist back to Iran

Google hosted news, The Associated Press  15 July 2010, TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — An Iranian nuclear scientist who disappeared a year ago headed back to Tehran on Wednesday, telling Iranian state media that he was abducted by CIA agents who tried to bribe him into speaking out against his homeland. The U.S. says he was a willing defector who changed his mind………

The Associated Press: AP News in Brief

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St Lawrence Seaway at risk from shipment of old nuclear reactors

the idea of having nuclear waste traveling on Lake Huron, through the Welland Canal and the St. Lawrence Seaway is raising concerns among the region’s environmental groups……..

Nuclear waste worries groups, SEAWAY CARGO: Canadian plant awaits OK for its shipping plan, Watertown Daily Times By JAEGUN LEE, JULY 14, 2010, Continue reading

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Uranium price down again

Sellers push uranium spot price down Industrial Fuels and Power,  July 14th, 2010 The spot price for uranium oxide slipped by 25 cents to US$41.50 in the week ended July 12, according to The Ux Consulting Company. TradeTech reported the decrease on July 9 as sellers were prepared to offer lower prices to push sales to completion.

Sellers push uranium spot price down | Industrial Fuels and Power

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Nuclear co-operation deal USA and Australia

(Does the Australian public know anything about this?)

If not opposed by a joint resolution of disapproval or other legislation, then the agreement will be considered approved at the end of this time period.

U.S.-Australia Civilian Nuclear Cooperation: Issues for Congress, East Asia: , 14 July 2010, Mary Beth Nikitin, Bruce Vaughn Continue reading

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Uranium mining not economic in the long run

Stakeholders need to consider the not-so-obvious long-term costs, as well as the much-touted short-term benefits of permitting uranium development throughout Virginia…….As deposits of economic interest are identified, the people near those deposits will find themselves stakeholders in public policy decisions regarding uranium mining. Who are these stakeholders-to-be?

Who bears the economic and environmental risks of uranium mining?  ALTAVISTA JOURNAL, By Katie Whitehead, July 14, 2010Virginia Uranium Inc. (VUI) and its public relations firm have framed uranium mining in Virginia as an opportunity for billions in benefits Continue reading

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