Associated Content: Israel Shoots Down UFO Over Nuclear Power Plant
‘A rather eye-catching piece of news was reported Thursday with regard to the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and the downing of what appears to be an actual UFO, an unidentified flying object. It remains a UFO due to the fact that the flying object has yet to be identified. At present, according to media sources like CNN, the IDF has been unable thus far to find debris of whatever it was they shot down. According to the IDF, the Israeli Air Force shot the unidentified flying object from the sky above the Dimona nuclear power plant in the Negev Desert. The air force was scrambled as soon as the object appeared in the no-fly zone that exists around the Dimona plant. The IDF said that the air force reacted according to procedure. The IDF has speculated that the UFO "could have been a party balloon." According to CNN, there were also unconfirmed reports that the object was motor-driven. It is reporting on incidents such as this in just this manner that prompts the conspiracy theorists and UFO enthusiasts and researchers toward imaginative speculation and accusation, then crying "cover-up" when further information is withheld or not forthcoming (regardless of the reason). And there appears to be no need, except perhaps to add a little more excitement to the story, because sources much closer to the event provided a much less ambiguous picture of what occurred and what the object actually was. Israel National News (INN) noted that the object entered Israeli airspace from Jordan, from the southern Dead Sea. Although INN says that the object was "thought to be a balloon," they also report that the Israeli Air Force said "the balloon was unmanned and that this was verified before it was shot down."’

PR Newswire: Nuclear Reactor Cost Expert Mark Cooper: EIA Report Officially Bursts 'Nuclear Bubble' in the U.S.
‘WASHINGTON, Dec. 16, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Dr. Mark Cooper, senior research fellow for economic analysis at the Institute for Energy and the Environment at Vermont Law School, issued the following statement today in the wake of the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) presentation of the early release reference case for the 2011 Annual Energy Outlook: "The U.S. Energy Information Administration has officially burst the nuclear bubble. They have admitted that the nuclear industry will be a permanent ward of the state.  The EIA has tripled its previous estimates of projected construction costs, reduced the number of reactors that might be built by 25 percent, and stated that the five reactors they expect to be built in the next century would be entirely the result of subsidies in the form of production tax credits and loan guarantees. This makes it entirely clear it is a huge mistake to continue to pump money into dead-end technology.  This just reinforces what I've been saying for years – nuclear power is uneconomic.  Additionally, the demand is not there.  The future is now officially bleaker than ever for nuclear."’

Barents Observer: Russian nuclear waste ship launched in Italy
‘The Italian Fincantieri shipyard today launched a ship designed to transport nuclear waste including spent fuel from Russian submarines. The vessel, which cost €70 million, will be delivered to Russia in 2011, where it will be used by Russia's state nuclear corporation Rosatom. The vessel is called Rossita, RIA Novosti reports. The vessel will be 84 meters long and 14 meters wide and have a depth of only 4 meters. This will make it possible for the vessel to enter any port on the Kola Peninsula. It can carry 640 tons of cargo. The vessel will shuttle between Gremikha, the Andreeva Bay, the Saida Bay, Severodvinsk and other naval bases in the Kola Peninsula. By far most of the spent nuclear fuel in the region stems from nuclear-powered submarines. Rossita was built as a result of an agreement signed by Russia and Italy in 2003 on cooperation on nuclear safety and scrapping of discarded nuclear submarines. Plans for the vessel are drawn by Russian specialists. Russian Trade and Industry Minister Viktor Khristenko and Italian Economic Development Minister Paolo Romani took part in the ship's launching ceremony.’

BuaNews: Eskom to shut down unit at Koeberg
‘A unit at the Koeberg nuclear power plant is to be shut down this weekend after higher than normal levels of radioactivity in Unit 1's primary coolant circuit have been reported. This was a result of one or more defective fuel rods in the reactor, Eskom said. "Eskom has decided to shut down Unit 1 for a short duration outage in order to find and replace the defective fuel. The short duration outage will last approximately one month," said the parastatal.’