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The Earth Times: Senate panel approves nuclear deal with India

‘US Senate committee on Tuesday approved the White House's plan for selling nuclear technology and material to India, bringing the agreement one step closer to passage. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted 19-2 to approve the nuclear cooperation agreement, but the deal still faces challenges in the House of Representatives and is confronting a closing window of opportunity for passage as Congress nears recess ahead of the November 4 general elections.’

Times of India: Nuke deal caught in US financial storm

‘Hurricanes Gustav and Ike are gone from mainland United States, but Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is flying into a perfect financial storm that could make the US-India nuclear deal, a pet project of the Indian leader and the US president, a momentary casualty.’

Monsters & Critics: IAEA Board to discuss North Korea, Iran on Wednesday

‘The debate will come a day after US president George W Bush told the United Nations General Assembly in New York that the world “must remain vigilant against proliferation by fully implementing the terms of Security Council (resolutions) and enforcing sanctions against North Korea and Iran.”’

The Guardian: Independence from the street up

‘Everything must spring from energy efficiency. We have an ocean of electricity and heating profligacy to mine in this country. British Gas ran an interesting experiment recently. Eight British streets were asked to compete in cutting their fuel bills, using only the easiest of efficiency measures. In no time at all, they cut their CO2 by an average 20% and fuel bills by a third.’

Reuters: Spain's 1,000 MW Asco I plant to halt for repairs

‘Spain's 1,000 megawatt Asco I nuclear plant began to step down power output on Tuesday with a view to disconnecting from the grid later in the day to fix an oil leak, a statement from the plant's operators said.’

The China Post: Nuclear plant construction unaffected by Sinlaku: AEC

‘Parts of an emergency safety system for the second reactor unit in the plant in northeastern Kungliao township were flooded during Typhoon Sinlaku, said the Atomic Energy Council (AEC). Rainwater gushing in from an unfinished tunnel leading to the unit reached 2-meter (78-inch) high after the plant's water pumps halted due to a power failure, the council said.’

News.com.au: Shut leaking reactor down – Greens

‘THE Australian Greens have called for Australia's only nuclear reactor to be closed down, following reports a chronic water seepage problem has yet to be fixed.’

The International News: Pakistan to install 10 N-power plants

‘"The Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC) has selected six sites on the basis of the Pakistan Nuclear Regulatory Authority (PNRA) and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)." According to a senior official, the PAEC have selected six sites for installation of more nuclear power plants (NPPs) that include 1) Qadirabad-Bulloki (QB) link canal near Qadirabad Headworks; 2) Dera Ghazi Khan (DG) canal near Tuansa barrage, 3) Taunsa-Punjnad (TP) canal near Multan; 4) Nara canal near Sukkur, 5) Pat Feeder canal near Guddu and 6) Kabul river near Nowshera. These sites are in addition to the Chashma site where four nuclear plants will be installed.’

The Age: BHP positioning to sell uranium to China

‘BHP Billiton Ltd, the world's largest mining company, is positioning itself to supply China with uranium for "decades" as the country ramps up its nuclear plant program in a carbon conscious world.’