Some other stories from the nuclear industry you may have missed:

Reuters: Vattenfall sees ease in German nuclear opposition

‘German opposition to nuclear energy is starting to ease but the debate is still too emotional, the chief executive of Swedish power company Vattenfall said in an interview published on Monday.’

Associated Press: Spain seeks big fines over leak at nuclear plant

‘Spain's nuclear watchdog agency proposed a fine of up to 22.5 million euros ($33 million) over a leak at a power plant, accusing operators Monday of waiting three weeks to report it and downplaying the amount of contamination released.’ Liberals still powered by nuclear ambition

‘AUSTRALIA must embrace nuclear power to cut greenhouse gases, argues a senior Liberal frontbencher who warns coal-fired power generation is deadlier. In the strongest pro-nuclear remarks since former prime minister John Howard left politics, Coalition trade spokesman Ian Macfarlane says Australia "must get real" on nuclear energy to tackle climate change.’

World Nuclear News: A plan to license NGNP

‘The Next Generation Nuclear Plant (NGNP) project took another step forward on 15 August when the US Department of Energy (DoE) and Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) submitted a joint licensing plan for the advanced reactor.’

Wall Street Journal: Let's Invest in Clean Energy

‘Three weeks ago The Wall Street Journal kicked off a debate on how best to allocate scarce resources to solve the world's problems. Bjorn Lomborg offered a summary of the latest findings from his Copenhagen Consensus project, where he has enlisted some of the world's top economists to address the issue. Now we're offering views on the subject from top political and business leaders. How would you spend $10 billion of American resources (either directly or through regulation) over the next four years to help improve the state of the world?’

The Guardian: France says no decision on Areva-Alston tie-up

‘The French Finance Ministry said on Monday no decision had been made on the future of nuclear energy producer Areva in regard to a possible tie-up with Alstom. A ministry spokesman clarified comments by Economy Minister Christine Lagarde, who earlier on Monday said such a tie-up was not being included in the elaboration of the 2009 budget.’ What a Waste: Dream of Free Energy Turns Into £3bn-a-year Public Bill

‘Britain's nuclear complex at Sellafield is Europe's biggest single industrial site and home to what was meant to be a huge fuel reprocessing system that would produce power while reducing the legacy of radioactive waste. It was built amid enthusiasm that atomic power would be "too cheap to meter" and yet, 52 years on, its catalog of failures has left it with one of the world's largest stockpiles of plutonium and a bill to the taxpayer of about £3bn a year, a new report says.’

ABC News: Uranium mining, nuclear power and 'ethical' investment

‘A recent Corporate Watch Australia survey reveals that many so-called ethical investment funds invest in uranium mining. The number has risen significantly in recent years. Some fund managers justify investment in uranium with questionable arguments about nuclear power and climate change, but the primary reason for the shift is probably BHP Billiton's entry into the uranium industry with its 2005 acquisition of WMC Resources, which owns the Olympic Dam uranium mine in South Australia.’