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China’s nuclear plants now threatened by computer worm

Stuxnet ‘cyber superweapon’ moves to China, Google hosted news, 1 Oct 10 (AFP) –  BEIJING — A computer virus dubbed the world’s “first cyber superweapon” by experts and which may have been designed to attack Iran’s nuclear facilities has found a new target — China.The Stuxnet computer worm has wreaked havoc in China, infecting millions of computers around the country, state media reported this week.Stuxnet is feared by experts around the globe as it can break into computers that control machinery at the heart of industry, allowing an attacker to assume control of critical systems like pumps, motors, alarms and valves.It could, technically, make factory boilers explode, destroy gas pipelines or even cause a nuclear plant to malfunction………AFP: Stuxnet ‘cyber superweapon’ moves to China

October 1, 2010 Posted by | China, safety | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Disposing of dead nuclear reactors – problem not yet solved

The problem of disposing of this kind of reactors is ripe everywhere, not only in Russia..this branch of the nuclear industry is least developed technically, technologically and marketingwise,..Apart from Russia, this kind of reactor is used in a number of European countries

Russia to retire uranium-graphite reactors  Voice of Russia, Oleg Nekhai , Sep 30, 2010 Russian nuclear scientists intend to shut down uranium-graphite reactors on a mass scale. Continue reading

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Ontario’s nuclear comedy show

a storyline where the plant is paid millions of dollars not to generate electricity. Too ridiculous? Well, head on over to Ontario in Canada where the people there  ‘paid Bruce Power nearly $60 million in 2009 to not generate electricity for the province’…The people of Ontario got ‘a bargain’ for handing over $60 million for something they didn’t need and didn’t get.

Nuclear power in Canada: busy doing nothing Greenpeace International, by Justin – September 30, 2010 Regular readers are probably asking themselves how our plans for a comedy show set in a nuclear power plant are progressing. Continue reading

October 1, 2010 Posted by | Canada, spinbuster | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Questions on Stuxnet’s ability to get into world’s top nuclear facilities

Among the questions that experts would like to answer concern the origin of the virus, its exact purpose and how it was able to spread between the protected and isolated infrastructures of some of the world’s top nuclear facilities.

All Eyes On Stuxnet At Annual Virus Researcher Summit, threat post September 29, 2010, The world will know more about the mysterious Stuxnet virus by week’s end, after top virus researchers  reveal the findings of their post mortem on Stuxnet at the annual Virus Bulletin Conference.  Continue reading

October 1, 2010 Posted by | 2 WORLD, safety | , , , , | Leave a comment

In situ mining subject to stricter rules and higher fees

New rules take effect for Colorado uranium mines | San Francisco Examiner, Associated Press. 09/30/10 PDTDENVER — New rules for uranium mining in Colorado are now in effect.State lawmakers passed three bills in 2008 that prompted the changes, and the new rules took effect Thursday.The legislation was aimed at protecting groundwater during in-situ uranium mining, which involves injecting a chemical mixture into a site to draw uranium out. The laws also updated mining fees and pushed for disclosure of more information during prospecting activities.Now, all uranium mines must have detailed environmental protection plans. Applicants for in-situ leach uranium mines have to show the technology they want to use has been used before without harming groundwater quality, and they can’t be in violation at another operation. New rules take effect for Colorado uranium mines | San Francisco Examiner

October 1, 2010 Posted by | Legal, Uranium, USA | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Slow progress in cleaning up uranium groundwater contamination

State records and Denver Water testing data indicate the pumping has failed to reduce uranium levels that far exceed drinking-water standards in Ralston Creek, which flows into Denver Water’s Ralston Reservoir.

Cotter Corp. puts a price on clean By Bruce FinleyThe Denver Post, 30 Sept 10, The federal government reimbursed Cotter Corp. nearly $3 million for cleanup of its toxic uranium mill near Cañon City — and could pay $3.3 million more for work in the future. But the work mopping up tailings and contaminated groundwater that began in 1984 is not scheduled to be complete until 2027. Continue reading

October 1, 2010 Posted by | Uranium, USA, water | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Law to protect patients from radiation overdose

Cali law will protect patients from radiation overdose, Dot Med News, September 30, 2010 by Heather Mayer, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a bill Wednesday that will protect hospital patients from radiation overdoses – a response to more than 260 accidental overexposures at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. The events were publicized in a New York Times series looking at overexposure risks.
The law would require hospitals to disclose radiation overdoses during computed tomography exams and to record the doses from all scans in the patient’s medical records. The bill’s author, Sen. Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima), noted that while the dose appears on the CT operator’s computer screen, there was no requirement to make that information available to the patient. DOTmed.com – Cali law will protect patients from radiation overdose

October 1, 2010 Posted by | Legal, USA | , , , | Leave a comment

New laser uranium enrichment technology fraught with problems

Regulatory agencies are worried that laser enrichment of uranium could lead to the proliferation of nuclear weapons….GE and Hitachi “are betting that there will be an upsurge of nuclear power plant construction—that’s a huge and extremely risky bet.”….laser enrichment has been held back by substantial technical hurdles.

Laser Uranium Enrichment Makes a Comeback The controversial technology poses proliferation risks, but nuclear firms press on, IEEE Spectrum: By Sandra Upson  1 October 2010 Two technology giants, GE and Hitachi, are betting big on a nuclear renaissance. Continue reading

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UK’s new Trident nuclear missiles likely to be postponed – forever

Postponing most of the investment until after the next general election—due by 2015—would make it easier for an incoming government to ditch Trident or, more likely, prevaricate for so long that it amounts to the same thing. That prospect pleases Lib Dems but dismays many Tory MPs,

(UK) The nuclear deterrent Gunning for Trident, The Economist, 1 Oct 10, The coalition government is divided over whether and to what extent Britain should remain a nuclear powerSep 30th 2010 “… Continue reading

October 1, 2010 Posted by | UK, weapons and war | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Radiologists warn on CT scans for children

Picture of Health: Doctors urge minimal use of CT scans in children , Baltimore Sun, 30 Sept, 10, Radiologists at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center are warning doctors to be careful about performing CT scans on children.Because CT scans and other tests that use X-ray technology expose the body to large doses of radiation, too much use can expose kids to cancer, the radiologists said.Nearly 7 million CT scans are performed on children every year in the United States and many are avoidable, the doctors found.Children’s growing tissues and rapidly dividing cells are more vunerable to the effects of radiation.Exposure at such a young age also gives cancerous mutations that much more time to develop into full-blown cancer. A single cat scan can deliver a much higher dose of radiation to a small child’s body than to an adult.

Parents should ask doctors if there are alternatives to CT scans. The Hopkins doctors recommend alternatives such as MRIs and ultrasounds.

Parents should also let doctors know if their child has had previous CT scans.

Picture of Health: Doctors urge minimal use of CT scans in children – Health care, wellness, food nutrition, exercise, medical research news by reporters Kelly Brewington, Meredith Cohn and Andrea K. Walker – baltimoresun.com

October 1, 2010 Posted by | general | , , , | Leave a comment

Mohawks join opposition to shipment of nuclear wastes over Great Lakes

Mohawks will not stand for nuclear shipment By Michelle Lalonde, Montreal Gazette September 30, 2010 The Mohawk community of Kahnawake is determined to stop a plan by Ontario’s Bruce Power to ship 16 massive steam generators from its nuclear facility in southwestern Ontario along the St. Lawrence Seaway for recycling in Sweden.”The fact that the Seaway was built through our territory without our approval in the first place is bad enough,” said Clinton Phillips, the chief responsible for environmental issues on the Mohawk Council of Kahnawake.

“To use it to transport nuclear waste literally through our backyard would be adding insult to injury in a huge way. There is absolutely no way we’ll stand for it.”……………

October 1, 2010 Posted by | Canada, indigenous issues | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Iran investments in nukes – banned by Russia

Russia bans Iranian investments in nuclear industry English.news.cn  MOSCOW, Sept. 30 (Xinhua) — Russia has prohibited Iranian investments in any commercial activities involving uranium production or use of nuclear material and technology, the Interfax news agency reported on Thursday.The decree was issued by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev last Wednesday to comply with the U.N. Security Council resolution No. 1929…….Earlier this week, Russia scrapped plans to deliver S-300 air defense missile systems to Iran as they fall under the U.N. sanctions.

Iranian officials responded that the country would sue Russia if Moscow fails to deliver the system to Iran.Russia bans Iranian investments in nuclear industry

October 1, 2010 Posted by | Iran, politics international | , , | Leave a comment