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AFP: Russia will complete Iran nuclear plant

‘The Russian company building Iran's first nuclear power plant has renewed a commitment to complete the project, the official IRNA news agency reported on Tuesday. Russia, one of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council, is building the plant at Bushehr on the Gulf coast of Iran despite a long-running standoff over Tehran's controversial nuclear drive.’

Chattanooga Times Free Press: Tennessee Valley Authority cuts contract for nuclear security

‘The Tennessee Valley Authority announced today that it will end its contract with a private security firm that has provided guards at TVA nuclear plants since 1997.’

World Nuclear News: Sanmen excavation completed early

‘Excavations for the nuclear island of Sanmen 1 are complete, China's State Nuclear Power Technology Corporation (SNTPC) told World Nuclear News. The quality of the pit was passed by the National Nuclear Safety Agency, some 67 days ahead of schedule SNTPC said, marking the official end of excavation. Excavation started about one month early too, according to Xinhua reports from the time.’

World Nuclear News: Graphite production for PBMR set to start

‘South Africa's National Nuclear Regulator (NNR) has given the go-ahead for the start of production of graphite feedstock for the Pebble Bed Modular Reactor (PBMR) demonstration unit.’

Bernama: Japan, China, Korea To Set Up Nuclear Accident Hotline

‘Japan, China and the Republic of Korea (RoK) have agreed to set up an inter-governmental hotline for alerts on disasters or accidents at the three countries' nuclear-related facilities, local media reported.’

Guardian: Environment: Solar plant yields water and crops from the desert

‘Vast greenhouses that use sea water for crop cultivation could be combined with solar power plants to provide food, fresh water and clean energy in deserts, under an ambitious proposal from a team of architects and engineers.’

Renewable Energy World: The Elephant Under the Rug: Denial and Failed Energy Projects

‘At the World Renewable Energy Conference in Glasgow I recently witnessed the strange phenomenon of group denial first hand. After a paper about hydrogen-fueled cars, some embarrassing questions were asked about the practicalities of storing and delivering hydrogen to the cars. The questions were dismissed and the questioners meekly backed down. I wanted to jump in and set them straight but keenly felt the group pressure to not ruin the party. I couldn't do it!’

Bloomberg: Germany May Sue Atomic Waste Site Operators Over Negligence

‘Germany may sue the operators of an experimental atomic waste site for negligence after a report showed that safety regulations were flouted for decades.’

Fox 44 News: Nuclear plant owner accused of consumer fraud

‘The Vermont Yankee nuclear plant is being targeted in a consumer fraud complaint with the state that says the plant's owners have been engaging in deceptive advertising.’