The Guardian: WikiLeaks cables: Bulgarian nuclear project 'dogged by safety concerns'
'One of Britain's biggest energy suppliers, which wants to build half a dozen nuclear reactors in the UK, helped develop one in Bulgaria which was "dogged by ongoing serious safety concerns", according to leaked US diplomatic cables. The German firm RWE, which owns npower and supplies electricity and gas to 6.7 million UK customers, bought a 49% stake in the project in December 2008 and quit as a strategic partner in October 2009. RWE said its decision to pull out of the troubled €7bn reactor project was due to the fact that "the project's financing could not be finalised within the agreed period". It said "safety issues were not a factor". But its involvement in such an apparently shoddy project, which the cables claimed "reeked of side deals" even before RWE bought the 49% stake, could hurt its reputation over safety and cast doubt on its judgment in selecting who to work with on reactor projects.'
Barents Observer: Emergency call from nuclear waste vessel Puma
‘Last week “Puma” delivered nuclear waste in Murmansk. On its return voyage around Norway’s Finnmark coast, a leakage happened and the vessel had to seek emergency assistance. The vessel is currently portside in Hammerfest in Northern Norway, reports the local newspaper Finnmark Dagblad. Over the last two weeks, BarentsObserver has reported about the small cargo vessel "Puma" that sailed all round Europe from Slovenia to Murmansk with spent nuclear fuel from a Serbian research reactor. "Puma" unloaded the highly radioactive waste in Murmansk last Thursday and then sailed back. The nuclear waste vessel got much attention while sailing around the coast of Norway. On the return on Saturday, the vessel got a leak and stared to take in water in its engine room. Luckily, the vessel did not have any nuclear waste onboard on its return voyage. The Joint Rescue Coordination Centre in Northern Norway was alarmed and a rescue vessel sailed to assist "Puma" around 9 pm. Saturday night. "Puma" then sailed in to sheltered wasters around Sørøya near Hammerfest where it anchored up.’
Reuters: Analyst view: North Korea reportedly makes fresh nuclear offer
‘(Reuters) - North Korea has told U.S. diplomatic troubleshooter Bill Richardson it is willing to allow nuclear inspectors to return to the country, CNN reported on Monday. The news came as the North backed off from a threat to strike back if South Korea went ahead with live-fire artillery exercises staged earlier in the day. CNN, which was accompanying New Mexico governor Richardson on an unofficial trip to Pyongyang, said the North had "agreed to allow International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) personnel to return to a nuclear facility in the country and agreed to negotiate the sale of 12,000 ... fuel rods and ship them to an outside country, presumably to South Korea." Following are comments from analysts about what the latest developments could mean: TADASHI KIMIYA, PROFESSOR AT THE UNIVERSITY OF TOKYO: "At the foreign ministers meeting, Japan, the United States and South Korea have set higher hurdles for North Korea. Allowing back in inspectors are also included in there, but the three countries have set some other conditions. "This is just referring to Yongbyon's (North Korea's main nuclear facility) plutonium issue. What's becoming serious now is the issue of highly enriched uranium ... To merely refer to the plutonium development without mentioning the highly enriched uranium issue seems somewhat delusive."’
Z News: Separate legal provision to deal radiation exposure: Experts
‘India needs to have a separate legal provision in place to deal with cases involving radiation exposure in public domain, enabling speedy compensation to victims of Mayapuri-like incident, nuclear scientists said here. "A separate legal provision is urgently needed for victims of radiation exposures in the public domain from sources owned by organisations like hospitals, varsities and industries...as it happened in Delhi...where due to Delhi University's negligence one person died," scientists from Bhabha Atomic Research Centre and other Universities and hospitals said. They were speaking on sidelines of an international conference on 'Isotope Technologies and Applications---New Horizons' held here last week. According to scientists, the recently passed Civil Liability for Nuclear Damage Act 2010 in the Parliament applies only to nuclear installations owned or controlled by the Centre either by itself or through any authority or Corporation established by it or a government company. "Therefore, a separate legal provision has to be in place as soon as possible so that the compensation to the victims could be given on time," they said.’