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York Daily Record: USA - Local nuke plants didn't sense earthquake

Parts of York County and the surrounding region shook from Saturday's 3.4-magnitude earthquake in Lancaster County, but neither of the area's two nuclear plants sensed vibrations, a U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission spokesman said Sunday. The Three Mile Island nuclear plant is roughly 30 miles west of the earthquake's epicenter just outside Manheim. The Peach Bottom power station is about 35 miles south. Both facilities are equipped with seismic monitoring equipment, NRC spokesman Neil Sheehan said.

The Local: Germany - Economists criticise planned nuke phaseout

Leading economic institutes have warned that the German economy could suffer if the government refuses to delay the country's planned phaseout of nuclear energy. According to a report published by the news agency DDP on Sunday, a number of top institutes, fear that the consequent higher electricity costs would increase pressure on consumers and the economy at large in what are already difficult times. But heavy criticism of the institutes' position has come from the environmental protection organisation BUND, whose chairman Hubert Weiger vehemently rejected the claims. "This is pure lobbying for energy companies. The even larger protests against the (nuclear waste) transports in November, which again highlighted the lack of adequate disposal of radioactive waste, shows what people think of this kind of


BBC News: UK Dungeness - Meetings to discuss nuclear plans

A series of public meetings is to be held next month to discuss the possibility of building a new nuclear power station at Dungeness. British Energy and environmental consultants Royal Haskoning will be on hand to answer questions from people living on Romney Marsh. The site, on the Kent/Sussex border, is being considered for a new reactor.

The Korea Times: DPRK - NK May Seek More Aid From Obama

It appears likely that North Korea has high hopes for the incoming Barack Obama administration in Washington. The reclusive regime may be under the impression that it could get better deals, including more economic aid and other incentives, from the new progressive U.S. government, according to a report. The U.S. News and World Report, a U.S.-based news magazine, argued in its latest December issue that next year, Pyongyang may seek more incentives and economic and fuel aid for continuing to dismantle its nuclear programs. The report said that North Korea is now a ``de facto'' nuclear power. It also warned that it's far from clear whether Pyongyang genuinely wants to give up all its nuclear capabilities.

AFP: South Korea announces 28.5 bln dollar energy plan

South Korea on Sunday announced a massive investment plan to build more power plants, including 12 new nuclear reactors in the next four years, to meet growing energy demand. It plans to spend 37 trillion won (28.5 billion dollars) between 2009 and 2022 constructing 12 commercial reactors and 19 thermoelectric power plants, the ministry of knowledge economy said in a statement. The ministry said 12 nuclear reactors -- including eight under construction -- would be completed by 2012.

The Japan Times: Japan sent uranium to U.S. in secret

Enough highly enriched U.S. uranium to make about 20 nuclear weapons was sneaked back to the United States from Japan over a 12-year period until last summer in a secret operation aimed at keeping it out of terrorists' hands, a senior U.S. official and Japanese specialists recently revealed. The uranium, which was provided to Japan by the United States to build five nuclear research reactors, totaled more than 500 kg.