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

Space War: Nuke-proofing the U.S. border

‘Confusion and miscommunication at border crossings allowed large amounts of potentially dangerous materials to enter the United States without adequate checks, a government investigation has revealed.’

Bloomberg: Hitachi, GE to Develop Midsize Nuclear Reactors, Nikkei Says

‘The compact boiling-water reactors with outputs of 1 million kilowatts or less may meet demand in Vietnam, Indonesia and Thailand, which together may have plans to build as many as 12 facilities by 2025, Nikkei said. Eastern European and African countries also are expected to seek the smaller units as they introduce their first nuclear power plants.’

RIA Novosti: Russian nuclear project in Bulgaria gets the green light

‘The clock was started by the National Electric Company of Bulgaria, which gave the official go-ahead to Atomstroyexport, the Russian company that deals with overseas nuclear projects. This means that the basic construction cycle can begin, building machinery can be delivered to the site and work can start in earnest. Infrastructure is already being put into place, and a tender has been announced for Bulgarian building contractors.’

World Nuclear News: Russian reactor designer and constructor to merge

‘Russian reactor builder AtomStroyExport (ASE) and design organization St Petersburg Scientific Research and Design Institute AtomEnergoProekt (SPbAEP) are to merge to boost their chances in the international nuclear reactor market.’

World Nuclear News: ARMZ links with Areva, plans new U plant

‘Russian uranium mining company Atomredmetzoloto (ARMZ) has said it intends to set up a joint uranium prospecting and mining venture with French nuclear company Areva. Meanwhile, its Lunnoye subsidiary is to build a new uranium processing plant in Siberia.’

And finally, some good news…

Becks County Courier Times: Radioactive waste plan 'suspended'

‘Waste Management has “suspended” plans to dump 750 tons of radioactive sludge at its landfills in Falls and Tullytown after news reports in the Courier Times. The landfill operator said it received a “surprising” public response to the project, which was authorized by both the state Department of Environmental Protection and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The radiated material originated at the Limerick Nuclear Power Plant. “For the time being we will be suspending this project until such time as we can address the concerns of the public,” said company spokeswoman Gerri Rush.’