Nuclear: Mickey Mouse energy solutionToday's big stories from the nuclear industry:

The Mercury: Call to ban ships carrying nuclear fuel

‘An anti-nuclear group in Cape Town has urged the government to make sure that two vessels carrying what is reportedly the biggest ever shipment of plutonium stay out of its waters.’

The Slovak Spectator: Russians consider Slovakia as site for nuclear fuel plant

‘Russian state corporation Tvel, one of the world's largest producers of nuclear fuel, is interested in building a nuclear fuel production plant in Slovakia, reports the Hospodárske Noviny (HN)economic daily on March 3. The plant would be involved in producing uranium-based fuel cells for nuclear power stations, according information supplied by the company's communication department to HN.’

AFP: Six powers ready for direct nuclear talks with Iran

‘The five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany said Tuesday in a rare joint statement that they were ready for direct talks with Iran to resolve a long-running nuclear standoff.’

This Day: Don Makes Case for Nuclear Power Generation

‘A Professor in the Division of Applied Nuclear Nuclear Science and Technology, Centre for Energy Research and Development, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State; Prof. Francis Ibitoye has stressed the need for Nigeria to upgrade its education and training capabilities so as to enhance its nuclear power generation.’

Government Executive: Energy scrutinizes Los Alamos bookkeeping problems

‘A senior Energy Department official charged with overseeing operations at Los Alamos National Laboratory said on Monday the government had established specific performance criteria to address shortcomings in the lab's tracking of plutonium and would dock the contractor if it fails to fix the problems.’

Arms Control Association: Arms Experts Correct the Record on Iran Uranium Claims

‘Experts at the nonpartisan Arms Control Association (ACA) urged senior U.S. officials and the media to exhibit greater care to accurately state what is known about Iran's nuclear capabilities. The experts highlighted the confusion created over the weekend by inaccurate portrayals of the type of nuclear material Iran has produced which suggested that Tehran was closer to a nuclear weapon than public U.S. intelligence and International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) reports indicate.’

Reuters: Rosatom to hold majority of Siemens nuclear venture

‘Russia's state nuclear company Rosatom would hold a majority stake in a nuclear joint venture with German industrial conglomerate Siemens, the two companies said in a joint statement on Tuesday.’

Los Angeles Times: Little-known U.S. agency hunts down radioactive castoffs

‘The crew from the little-known National Nuclear Security Administration pulled the plutonium up by a rope, examined it to identify its origin and placed it into a specially lined barrel. The operation took only a few minutes, but federal officials were satisfied that they had eliminated a threat to national safety.'