Nuclear: Mickey Mouse energy solutionSome other stories from the nuclear industry you may have missed: A radioactive cheese grater at Genesee Township landfill points out toxic dangers from Chinese products

‘According to the state Department of Environmental Quality, the common kitchen utensil with an uncommon past set off the alarms at Genesee Recycling in August, sending ripples all the way to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission and Environmental Protection Agency. "We know it was manufactured in China but at this point we are still unsure what the source of the material is or was, or where it possibly entered the system," said Thor Strong, the state DEQ's chief of radiological protection.’

Rooted: Radioactive beer kegs menace public

‘The United Nations have called for increased screening on the disposal of radioactive goods, with reports of nuclear waste making its way into scrap smelters and ultimately consumer goods, Bloomberg reports. “Abandoned medical scanners, food processing devices and mining equipment containing radioactive metals such as cesium-137 and cobalt-60 are often picked up by scrap collectors and sold to recyclers, according to the International Atomic Energy Agency, the UN’s nuclear arm. De Bruin said he sometimes finds such items hidden inside beer kegs and lead pipes to prevent detection.”’ Hajime Izumi: We must share costs to denuclearize N. Korea

‘The United States removed North Korea from its list of state sponsors of terrorism. Behind the decision was the judgment by the administration of President George W. Bush that keeping Pyongyang at the negotiating table to give up its nuclear development program is indispensable, even if delisting means giving in to its demands to a certain extent.’

Forbes: Turkey to change nuclear energy tender law-source

‘Turkey will make changes to a nuclear energy tender law nearly two months after it received just one bid in a tender to build the country's first nuclear power plant, an Energy Ministry source told Reuters on Tuesday.’

The Guardian: Row over claims of Syrian nuclear find

‘Claims that traces of uranium were found at the site of an alleged Syriannuclear reactor which was bombed by Israel last year prompted a row about politically-motivated leaks yesterday.’

iStockAnalyst: Nuclear Plant Safety

‘We have long been skeptical about a federal program to convert surplus weapons-grade plutonium into fuel for nuclear plants. But if the program is to go forward, the new conversion facility at least should be built properly.’

World Nuclear News: ">Fuel loading starts at Kashiwazaki-Kariwa reactor

‘Tokyo Electric Power Co (Tepco) began loading fuel rods into Unit 7 of its Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear power plant on 8 November. All 872 rods are expected to be loaded by 16 November, after which safety confirmation tests will be conducted without starting up the reactor.’

World Nuclear News: ">UK OKs nuclear trade with India

‘The UK government has lifted its ban on nuclear-related exports to India, following the decision by the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) to allow the transfer of "trigger list" items to India for peaceful purposes.’