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World Nuclear News: Stiff opposition to nuclear charge

‘Electrabel has reacted strongly against a plan from the Belgian government to force a one-off payment of €250 million ($338 million) from nuclear power generators.’

China View: European Commission underlines need to reinforce rules on nuclear safety

‘The European Commission underlined on Wednesday the need for a higher level of nuclear safety as a high-level group on nuclear safety and waste management met. "While we can see a potential rise in the use of nuclear energy around the globe as well as in the EU, European citizens call for a strong European role in the field of nuclear safety," said European Union (EU) Energy Commissioner Andris Piebalgs, who opened the meeting.’

OHS: NRC Updates Policy on Advanced Nuclear Power Plant Design

‘The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has published the latest update to its policy statement on advanced nuclear power plant designs. The policy provides expectations and guidance on safety, security and preparedness-related issues so designers can address them early in the development of advanced reactors.’

IOL: N Korea, Russia in first nuclear talks

‘North Korea's foreign minister met in Moscow on Wednesday with his Russian counterpart for nuclear talks bolstered by a US decision to drop Pyongyang from its terrorism blacklist.’

Counterpunch: The New Nuclear Navy

‘New large U.S. Navy amphibious assault ships will be required to be nuclear powered as part of the National Defense Authorization Act for 2009 signed into law by President George W. Bush on Tuesday, October 14.’

IHT: France's EdF pulls drops bid for US Constellation

‘French energy giant Electricite de France SA said Wednesday it is dropping its bid for Constellation Energy, a major U.S. power wholesaler, because of the global credit crisis.’

Whitehaven News: US-Anglo-French consortium finalises Sellafield takeover

‘THE Sellafield parent body competition has come to an end as the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority finalised an agreement with Nuclear Management Partners (NMP). The agreement marks the end of the competitive process to appoint a new organisation to take control of the Sellafield plant.’