Daily Telegraph: Pakistan's nuclear arms push angers America
‘The Institute for Science and International Security, a Washington-based nuclear watchdog, has obtained satellite images showing that a row of cooling towers at Pakistan's secret Khushab-III reactor has been completed. This suggests the plant could begin operation within months, allowing Pakistan substantially to increase its stockpiles of weapons-grade plutonium. Last year, Barack Obama, US president, called for "a new treaty that verifiably ends the production of fissile materials". In response, the Conference on Disarmament, a 64-nation coalition that negotiated the 1992 Chemical Weapons convention and the 1996 Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, agreed to negotiate a Fissile Materials Cut-off Treaty, intended to cap production of weapons-grade enriched uranium and most forms of plutonium. But Pakistan, which is deepening its nuclear ties to China, has blocked the Conference on Disarmament from starting discussions, saying a cut-off would hurt its national security interests.’

Daily Telegraph: Mission to stop nuclear terrorism
‘To the Warsaw motorists returning from their Saturday afternoon shopping trips, it looked like a nuclear emergency. Frantic policemen, some wearing ski masks and all armed with submachineguns, flashed their headlights and leant out of their patrol car windows, shouting and waving to make the traffic pull over and stop at the side of the road as helicopters clattered overhead. Then a convoy of seven lorries rumbled past, armed police in the cabs and radioactive warning signs stuck on the shipping containers they carried. The frightened-looking motorists and their families didn't know it but this convoy two weeks ago wasn't an emergency; it was no exercise though, and the cargo being moved through the Warsaw suburbs in a top secret operation was the stuff of nightmares. The lorries carried enough bomb-grade uranium for terrorists to build eight nuclear devices, sealed inside thick metal flasks weighing five tons each to stop radiation leaking.’

Today: Iran acknowledges espionage at nuclear facilities
‘Iran acknowledged on Saturday that some personnel at the country's nuclear facilities were lured by promises of money to pass secrets to the West but insisted that increased security and worker privileges had put a stop to it. The stunning admission by Vice-President Ali Akbar Salehi provides the clearest government confirmation so far that Iran has been fighting espionage at its nuclear facilities. In recent weeks, Iran has battled a computer worm that it says is part of a covert plot by the West designed to derail its nuclear programme. Tehran said on Saturday that it was ready to hold nuclear talks late this month or early next month.’

Arab Times: Iranian ‘militants’ kidnap N-worker
‘A Sunni militant group in Iran has claimed it kidnapped a man working at a nuclear facility and has threatened to spill his secrets if members of the group held by Tehran are not released. Jundallah (Soldiers of God) said on its website junbish.blogspot.com late on Saturday that it was holding hostage Amir Hossein Shirani, an “employee at a nuclear plant” in Iran’s central province of Isfahan. “Mr Shirani has important information, especially about senior Iranian nuclear experts... and release of his confessions will cost the Iranian regime dearly,” it said in a statement, without adding when Shirani was abducted. Jundallah has demanded that Tehran free what it said were more than 200 Sunni and Baluch political prisoners and members of the group held in Iranian jails, the statement added. It warned that failure to do so “within a week” would lead to “releasing to the public the information gathered from Mr Amir Hossein Shirani, so the world finds out more about the Iranian regime’s secret nuclear
activities.”’

Moscow Times: Uranium Deal Faces U.S. Objections
‘Russian uranium producer Atomredmetzoloto maintained a calm front Friday in the face of objections by powerful U.S. legislators to a deal that would give it control over a uranium mining operation in the United States. The Rosatom subsidiary is completing a complex transaction with Canada's Uranium One that would raise its share in the Canadian company to 51 percent. The transaction requires approval from the U.S. Treasury Department's Committee on Foreign Investment because of Uranium One's mining activities in Wyoming. "We have provided all relevant information requested in the U.S., and elsewhere and we expect approval in due time," ARMZ spokesman Dmitry Shulga said. He declined to comment further.’

Washington Post: Constellation shelves proposal for Calvert Cliffs reactor
‘Constellation Energy has shelved its proposal to build a new reactor at its Calvert Cliffs nuclear power plant, Obama administration officials said Friday, even though the administration had decided to award the project a $7.5 billion loan guarantee. Senior administration officials said Constellation's decision was "a surprise," but a Constellation Energy spokesman Larry McDonnell said that the administration's loan guarantee terms were "unworkable" and that Constellation had told the Energy Department "we can't move forward." The decision by Constellation deals a blow to the idea of a U.S. nuclear renaissance. Constellation and French power company Electricité de France are partners in Unistar, a joint venture that had intended to make the new Calvert Cliffs reactor the first of a fleet of identical units around the country. They filed the loan guarantee application in July 2007.’

Guardian: Port cuts 'to cost 60,000 green jobs'
‘Plans to build three new factories to make thousands of giant offshore wind turbines that would create an estimated 60,000 jobs are set to become the latest casualty of the spending review, it has emerged. The previous government had pledged £60m to upgrade ports, mainly in the north-east, to enable them to handle the next generation of giant turbines for installation off the UK coast. Siemens and General Electric have announced plans to invest £180m in two new manufacturing facilities in the UK, but say this is conditional on the necessary work on nearby ports. Mitsubishi is also interested in building a third factory. The Guardian has also learned that the nuclear industry has successfully lobbied the government to safeguard the huge budget to decommission the UK's old reactors, handled by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority. This year, about 60% of the NDA's budget – £1.7bn – came from taxpayers via the DECC, making up about 40% of the ministry's entire spending.’

channelonline.tv: Flamanville nuclear outfall to increase
‘The French government has given the go-ahead to Electricite de France to increase the amounts of radioactive tritium it discharges into the sea and the air at Flamanville on the Normandy coast. In future the two power generating nuclear reactors will be able to discharge another 20,000 billion becquerels of tritium per year. The Flamanville power station operates alongsite the site of the new European Pressurised reactor, which is due to start operating in 2014. Former Normandy Eurodeputy and long-time anti- nuclear campaigner Didier Anger called on France and EDF Flamanville to respect the discharges London Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment of the North-East Atlantic, which was signed by France in 1998.’