Some other stories from the nuclear industry you may have missed:
Space War: Japan pressured to oppose US-India nuclear deal
‘Anti-nuclear campaigners launched a campaign Friday to press nuclear energy suppliers to stop an accord between India and the United States, saying it would shatter anti-proliferation efforts. A loose coalition including activists and scholars focused efforts on Japan, which has been non-committal on the deal that would give India access to nuclear technology without signing the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).’
The London Times: Britain holds £160bn stockpile of nuclear fuel
‘Britain has a stockpile of plutonium and uranium that, if converted to fuel, could be worth nearly £160 billion and power three nuclear reactors for 60 years, scientists say.
The future of the stockpile - largely left over from burning fuel - will be decided by ministers over the next year, The Times has learnt. Its value is estimated as the equivalent of 2.6 billion barrels of oil.’
redOrbit: Wind Sector Believes 20 Percent Goal "Achievable"
‘The United States wind energy sector continues to believe it is possible to produce 20 percent of the nation's electricity with wind by 2030. But the 20 percent number is not a prediction, guarantee or projection. Instead, according to Randall Swisher, executive director of the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), the "20 Percent Vision" is "achievable but not inevitable." He made his comments at AWEA's 2008 conference in Houston. Wind presently provides less than 1 percent of the electricity in the United States. Foremost among the obstacles to achieving the "20 Percent Vision," he said, is breaking away from the federal wind energy production tax credit's on-and-ofF nature. The credit offers wind energy producers a two cent production tax credit (PTC) on every kilowatt-hour of power produced. Swisher said broad political support exists for the PTC, but that disagreement remains over how it should be paid and by whom.’
The National: The global search for uranium
‘The [United Arab Emirates]’s economy has long been tied to the price of oil. Now, it could be tied to the cost of uranium as well. Worried that shortages of natural gas could limit energy supplies and hold back economic growth, the Government has decided instead to develop nuclear power, a strategy which would unlock vast new sources of energy but also link the country’s energy future in part to the price and availability of imported uranium.’
The Hindu Business Line: Nuclear Power short-lists 4 suppliers for reactors
‘With the prospects of India’s access to global nuclear reactor technology brightening, Westinghouse Electric Company (AP1000 series of reactors), GE-Hitachi (ABWR reactor series) , Areva (1,000 MW European pressurised reactors) and the Russia’s atomic energy agency Rosatom (VVER 1,000 reactors) are among the frontrunners for new projects planned across the country.’
Washington Post: Potential for Conflict Grows With Government's Use of Contractors
‘For years, Science Applications International Corp. served as an adviser to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission on the development of rules for when radioactive materials could be released from nuclear facilities for recycling. At the same time, SAIC worked as a contractor on just such a recycling project at a Department of Energy facility, but it did not disclose the conflict as required by federal regulations, according to evidence gathered by the Justice Department. A company executive also helped run an association that advocated for favorable recycling standards, and the firm was planning a business that could have been affected by rules it was helping to write, Justice documents show.’