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Palm Beach Post: Flooding prompts FPL to shut St. Lucie nuclear unit

‘Flooding from tropical Storm Fay triggered the shutdown of an 839-megawatt nuclear reactor unit at FPL Group's St. Lucie plant, but power supplies are still adequate, the company said today. Due to flooding in an area that holds equipment and pumps, the St. Lucie 1 reactor was taken offline around 6 a.m. Wednesday, said FPL spokeswoman Leslie Cifelli.’ NZ holding up India-US nuke pact

‘New Zealand diplomats last night played a major role inside a secretive international group to block a nuclear deal between India and the United States. The 45-member Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) - which includes New Zealand - was meant to have approved the deal in Vienna, Austria, but consensus was not reached.’

World Nuclear News: Areva to 'decaffeinate' ash to recover uranium

‘Areva and the University of Idaho have signed an agreement to develop technology for recovering uranium from incinerator ash at Areva's uranium fuel plant in Richland, Washington state. The process also reduces the amount of ash classified as radioactive waste.’

World Nuclear News: First look at damaged Windscale pile

‘The first visual inspection of the damaged areas of the Windscale 1 reactor core has been carried out, over 50 years since a fire ruined the military unit. The extra information should help workers dismantle it more quickly. The Windscale reactors were plutonium production units built in the pioneering days of nuclear energy. Their graphite cores were found to suffer from build-ups of Wigner energy and although a process was developed to release this energy, it was not fully understood. On 10 October 1957 a runaway Wigner release led to a fire that damaged unit 1 beyond repair.’

Associated Press: Researchers try veggie oil to clean up toxic spill

‘Researchers at the nation's most contaminated nuclear site last year injected 5,000 gallons of molasses into the soil to try to clean up toxic groundwater near the Pacific Northwest's largest waterway. This week, they're trying vegetable oil.’

Indian Country: Indian activists assert priorities before DNC Email this page

‘On the eve of the Democratic National Convention, some Indian activists are attacking perceived weaknesses in the mainstream political system on several issues of Native importance, including energy development and sovereignty.’