Argentine Nuclear Plans Slated By Uruguay
‘MONTEVIDEO, URUGUAY - In the latest twist to the growing nuclear debate in Latin America, Uruguay accused Argentina of neglecting due process of consultation before going ahead with plans to build a new nuclear power station. The first hints of a developing row over Argentina's nuclear plans came nearly a month after Brazil unveiled plans to expand its uranium processing operations, possibly with sights set on export potential, and Venezuela's pledge to explore nuclear energy. Uruguay's open criticism of Argentina, conveyed indirectly through the media, came within a week of near resolution of a 5-year dispute between the two countries on an eucalyptus pulp mill near the shared Uruguay river.’

NSG meeting: China as 'responsible' nuclear power
‘The June 24 meeting of the 46 member NSG (Nuclear Suppliers Group) at Christchurch, New Zealand is an important event for many reasons but is likely to be over-shadowed by the defiant posture being adopted by China over the supply of two additional nuclear reactors to Pakistan - without the concurrence of the NSG. It is understood that the U.S. and some allies have conveyed their dismay to Beijing over this development - but in vain. China is reported to have taken a stand that this deal had been 'grandfathered' six years ago in mid 2004, when the details of Sino-Pak nuclear cooperation were first made public. The argument being advanced by Beijing is that this deal is for civilian nuclear energy -and similar to that arrived at between the U.S. and India in late 2008. While it is true that both India and Pakistan (as also Israel) are not signatories to the NPT, the comparison is not valid. India has been accorded an exceptional status by the NSG after many months of arduous negotiations when its non-proliferation track record and other attributes were closely scrutinized - and only then was the U.S. able to conclude its bi-lateral agreement with India for civil nuclear cooperation.’

Cameco Pursues Strategic Co-operation With China Guangdong Nuclear Power
‘Cameco announced today it is pursuing long-term co-operation opportunities with China Guangdong Nuclear Power Holding Co., Ltd. (CGNPC) to supply uranium fuel for its growing fleet of nuclear power plants. CGNPC, China's largest clean-energy enterprise, with the largest number of nuclear power plants under construction in the world, needs uranium to fuel its four existing reactors and others currently under construction. CGNPC indicates that it has about 20,000 megawatts (MW) of nuclear capacity under construction and expects to have over 50,000 MW on line by 2020. Cameco and CGNPC today signed a non-binding framework agreement committing the companies to negotiate long-term uranium purchase agreements and potential joint development of uranium resources. Discussions between the two companies are ongoing. "The announcement today moves Cameco one step closer to supplying uranium to one of the fastest growing nuclear companies in the world," said Jerry Grandey, Cameco's CEO. "Our plan to double uranium production by 2018 aligns well with China's vigorous reactor construction program."’

Uranium all over, health dept limits probe to centre
‘FARIDKOT: In the midst of a fear gripping Punjab after high concentrations of uranium were detected in drinking water, the state health department has reacted by directing its probe at the centre whose kids are the worst affected. This comes days after Germany's Microtrace Mineral Lab had found abnormally high presence of the radioactive element in hair samples of 80% of 149 neurologically disabled children at the Baba Farid Centre here. Instead of investigating the cause of toxicity, the department has chosen to make inquiries about the organisation taking care of the special children. The probe team formed by the government is yet to collect samples of water, soil, vegetation or hair of patients to verify the authenticity of Germany's laboratory report. Officials have directed the centre to submit details of its income, expenditure, approval certificate to run the institute, children treated, names and details of doctors working there and proof that kids have been affected by uranium.’

New Brunswick talks with French firm about building 2nd nuclear reactor

‘FREDERICTON _ The New Brunswick government has renewed efforts to see a second nuclear reactor built in the province, but at least one industry observer doesn’t believe it will ever happen. Energy Minister Jack Keir is heading to Florida for three days of discussions with French nuclear engineering group Areva, starting Sunday. "I would categorize it as more than preliminary," Keir said Thursday of the discussions. "I don’t want to raise expectations until I come back, but I’m excited about the opportunity." Keir said he has talked with company officials a number of times since they contacted him before Christmas last year. "They’ve come forward with plans to build the merchant plant to look to the New England area to sell that electricity, and have come forward with discussions about setting up a centre of excellence in nuclear," Keir said. He said Areva, which is controlled by the government of France, likes New Brunswick’s geographic location and the fact the province is bilingual. He said universities in the province could conduct research and produce employees who speak both English and French.’