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

World Nuclear News: Areva: no need to repeat MOX trials

‘A recent statement from Friends of the Earth and the Union of Concerned Scientists contended that the in-core test had been a failure which would derail the program to use MOX fuel while being carried out again. An Areva spokesman today said "there's no reason to expect the test would have to be repeated."’

World Nuclear News: New uranium mining approaches in Hungary

‘Australia's WildHorse Energy has joined with state-owned Mecsekérc to assess the feasibility of restarting uranium mining in the Mecsek Hills near Pécs in southern Hungary.’

BBC News: Nuclear walk-out talks break down

‘Workers at the Sellafield nuclear site in Cumbria are to be balloted for strike action after talks aimed at solving a pay dispute broke down.’

Yahoo! News: France: Iran reply on nuclear offer insufficient

‘France joined the United States on Wednesday in rejecting Iran's response to an incentives package aimed at defusing a dispute over its nuclear program as insufficient as negotiators from six major world powers plotted their next move.’

Reuters: High emissions reported at French nuclear plant

‘Radioactive gas emissions from a nuclear plant in southeast France were higher than normal in June and July but there was no threat to public safety, nuclear authorities said on Wednesday.[…] The authorities said an inspection last month showed that, since Jan. 1, the plant had emitted more radioactive carbon-14 gas than was permitted for the whole year.’

Reuters: U.S. lawmaker urges India nuclear deal be delayed

‘The chairman of the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee has urged the Bush administration to shelve a nuclear trade deal with India unless it can guarantee compliance with a U.S. law that would suspend trade if India tested a nuclear weapon again.’

Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation: U.S.-India Nuclear Energy Deal: What's Next?

‘Even in the unlikely event that Congress does take up the 123 agreement immediately upon returning from its August recess on September 8, there does not appear to be enough time left on the legislative calendar for Congress to take up the agreement before it adjourns on September 26. This is due to the fact that the Atomic Energy Act of 1954 requires that the President consult with the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the House Foreign Affairs Committee for no less than 30 days (counted as days of continuous session of Congress) concerning the terms of the proposed agreement. If the President begins consulting with the Committees on September 8, only 18 days will elapse by the time Congress is scheduled to adjourn, not the requisite 30’

YLE News: Greenpeace Objects To "Super Waste" Storage

‘According to Greenpeace, once the underground repository [at Finland’s Olkiluoto site] is sealed in a hundred years, nearly 90% of its radioactive contents will be comprised of waste from new European Pressurised Reactor (EPR) facilities. The group says that the spent fuel from these plants is hotter and more contains more radioactive materials than waste from older plant types. In addition, it is more brittle and would dissolve more easily into the groundwater supply in the event of a leak.’