Some other stories from the nuclear industry you may have missed:

Kansas City InfoZine: Weapons Plutonium Fuel Test Fails

‘Citing the recent failure of an experimental plutonium fuel assembly test at a South Carolina nuclear plant, two watchdog groups today called on the Department of Energy (DOE) to suspend a risky, multibillion dollar program that would use 37 tons of surplus nuclear weapons plutonium for U.S. nuclear reactor fuel.’

AFP: Centrica says in talks over British Energy takeover

‘"Centrica confirms that it is in discussions with a third party with a view to Centrica taking a minority ownership position in British Energy, subject to various conditions, including this third party successfully acquiring British Energy," said a statement.’

World Nuclear News: Key nuclear bodies in the works for UAE

‘The five-year deals, which come with a $17 million prepayment for the first six months' work, were announced by Thorium Power on 1 August. The US-based firm said it would provide strategic advice on the development and launch of an independent nuclear safety regulator, to be called the Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation. More advice will be given on the structuring and launch of a company called Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (Enec), which will be a vehicle of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.’

The Daily Telegraph: US spin sparked nuclear crisis – book

‘HARDLINERS in the Bush Administration spun intelligence that triggered a nuclear crisis with North Korea and led to Pyongyang testing a bomb, says a new book to be released this week.’

Spiegel Online: 'The Nuclear Industry Has Invented the Energy Shortfall'

‘Bärbel Höhn, 56, deputy leader of the German Green Party's parliamentary group, discusses her party's opposition to nuclear energy, the market power of the major energy companies, and why she rejects warnings of a shortfall in energy supplies.’

The London Times: Ultra Electronics in nuclear talks with British Energy

‘The company’s reactor control systems are being fitted to the Royal Navy’s Vanguard Trident nuclear submarines and will also go into the next generation of Astute subs. Douglas Caster, Ultra’s chief executive, said yesterday that he was in talks with British Energy, which owns eight nuclear power stations in the UK, to provide similar technology for the civil market.’

The Financial Times: Tehran poised to restart nuclear talks

‘The world’s big powers have been told to expect a formal response as soon as Tuesday from the Tehran government that sets out an initiative designed to restart negotiations over Iran’s nuclear programme. The letter follows a conversation on Monday between Javier Solana, the European Union’s foreign policy head, and Saeed Jalili, Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator, that was described by Mr Solana’s office as inconclusive. Further talks “were not ruled out”, a spokesman said.’

(Thanks to No 2 Nuclear Power for The Times and Financial Times links)