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New York Times: Don’t Loosen Nuclear Rules for India

‘IN the next day or so, an obscure organization will meet to decide the fate of an Indian nuclear deal that threatens to rapidly accelerate New Delhi’s arms race with Pakistan — a rivalry made all the more precarious by the resignation on Tuesday of the Pakistani president, Pervez Musharraf. Nonetheless, President Bush is lobbying the Nuclear Suppliers Group, which governs international nuclear commerce, to waive its most crucial rules in order to allow the trade of reactors, fuel and technology to India. If the president gets his way, the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty — for 50 years, the bulwark against the spread of nuclear weapons — would be shredded and India’s yearly nuclear weapons production capability would likely increase from 7 bombs to 40 or 50.’

Business New Europe: Kazatomprom aims for top nuclear spot

‘As the nuclear industry enjoys a global revival, Kazatomprom is positioning itself to overtake Cameco as the world's largest producer of uranium. It said in July that it expects to achieve this as early as next year, rather than in 2010 as originally planned.’

The Australian: No need for nuclear, Government says

‘NUCLEAR power is important for other countries, but not for energy rich Australia, Resources Minister Martin Ferguson says. Encouraging the development of geothermal energy, however, was exceptionally important, he said.’

The London Times: British Energy profits plunge on falling output

‘British Energy profits dropped more than 60 per cent in the three months

to June from £179 million to £62 million, the nuclear operator said today. The group, which had a £12 billion takeover bid from France's EDF rejected by its shareholders at the beginning of the month, said the fall was due to lower output. It has been struck by a string of technical problems with its ageing reactors and the scheduled closure of


Helsingin Sanomat: Pekkarinen: Export of nuclear electricity could compel Finland to accept waste from abroad

‘Minister of Economic Affairs Mauri Pekkarinen (Centre) warns that producing electricity for export in nuclear power plants could oblige Finland to accept imports of nuclear waste from abroad for storage in this country. Last week, Minister of Finance Jyrki Katainen, who is also the chairman of the conservative National Coalition Party, called for a decision to authorise the construction of two new commercial nuclear reactors during the current Parliamentary term.’

China View: Brazil to build another 4 nuclear power plants

‘Brazil is to build a further four nuclear power plants in addition to finishing the halted Angra III plant, local media said Tuesday. Two plants will be built in the northeast and the other two will be built in the southeast, where three Angra plants are already located, local media said, adding that the four plants are expected to begin operating by 2014.’

Hot News Turkey: Iran launches an initiative to build new nuclear power plants

‘Iran's Atomic Energy Agency has launched an initiative to look for potential sites to build new nuclear power plants throughout the country. Director of Iran's nuclear energy production, Ahmad Fayaz-Bakhsh, said Monday that the agency had tasked six domestic companies with the hunt, the official news agency IRNA reported late on Tuesday. "The six companies have been given 13 months to find appropriate locations to build new atomic power plants. Construction of the plants will start after deciding their locations," he added without mentioning the number of plants to be built.’

Bloomberg: German Ministry Considers Digging Up Nuclear Waste, FAZ Reports

‘Germany's Environment Ministry is considering digging up radioactive waste, rather than leaving it buried for ever, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reported, citing a government document. Storage sites would need to be labeled and accessible for 1,000 years, so that future generations can retrieve the waste to neutralize or employ it as an energy source, the Frankfurt-based newspaper said, citing the document.’