Today's big stories from the nuclear industry:

Spiegel Online: A Quarter Century after Chernobyl, Radioactive Boar on the Rise in Germany
‘As Germany's wild boar population has skyrocketed in recent years, so too has the number of animals contaminated by radioactivity left over from the Chernobyl nuclear meltdown. Government payments compensating hunters for lost income due to radioactive boar have quadrupled since 2007. It's no secret that Germany has a wild boar problem. Stories of marauding pigs hit the headlines with startling regularity: Ten days ago, a wild boar attacked a wheelchair-bound man in a park in Berlin; in early July, a pack of almost two dozen of the animals repeatedly marched into the eastern German town of Eisenach, frightening residents and keeping police busy; and on Friday morning, a German highway was closed for hours after 10 wild boar broke through a fence and waltzed onto the road. Even worse, though, almost a quarter century after the Chernobyl nuclear meltdown in Ukraine, a good chunk of Germany's wild boar population remains slightly radioactive – and the phenomenon has been costing the German government an increasing amount of money in recent years. According to the Environment Ministry in Berlin, almost €425,000 ($555,000) was paid out to hunters in 2009 in compensation for wild boar meat that was too contaminated by radiation to be sold for consumption. That total is more than four times higher than compensation payments made in 2007.’ Supes Agree Seismic Safety An Issue At Nuclear Power Plant
‘Public safety took center stage at Tuesday's Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors meeting. At issue -- studying the Shoreline earthquake fault and it's close proximity to PG&E's Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant in Avila Beach. In 2008 the earthquake fault line was discovered, since then energy officials with the power company have been conducting safety studies. One of the studies should be completed later this year. Followed by an intricate 3-D seismic study that could take up to three years to complete. Board members voted unanimously to send a letter to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, asking them not to re-new the power company's license until the seismic studies are completed.’

Danville News: Experts selected for NAS uranium study
‘A provisional committee of 13 scientists and experts was selected to conduct the scientific study to help Virginia’s leaders determine if uranium mining could be done safely in the state. National Research Council staff chose the panel of experts after a nomination process. Now, the public has 14 days left to comment on the selections. The committee will examine the scientific, technical, environmental, human health and safety and regulatory aspects of uranium mining, milling and processing in Virginia. The experts are expected to write the report by late fall next year. ‘For any of our reports, the committee tries to carry out its charge objectively and credibly,’ said spokeswoman Jennifer Walsh for the National Academy of Sciences/NRC. The Uranium Mining Subcommittee of the Virginia Coal and Energy Commission asked the National Academy of Sciences to study the impacts of uranium mining in Virginia, which had a moratorium on uranium mining since 1982. The NRC is an arm of the NAS.’

Nuclear N-Former: Nuclear builders begin race for Wylfa NPP contract
‘France’s Areva and the Westinghouse-led consortium Nuclear Power Delivery UK have started preparatory studies to be selected to build a nuclear power station in North Wales. Today both teams said that they had signed early works agreements with Horizon, the joint venture between Eon and RWE npower planning the new power station at Wylfa in Angelsey. Now the Westinghouse consortium team of Laing O’Rourke, Shaw Group and Toshiba will work up specific site designs using the AP1000 design, while the French Areva group works up proposals based on the European pressurized reactor design. Once the generic design assessment has been concluded by the Nuclear Installations Inspectorate, Horizon will plump for the reactor type to proceed with by the end of the year. Horizon said it aims to deliver a total of around 6 gigawatts of new nuclear capacity from two power stations by 2025, at a cost of around £15 billion.’

Nuclear N-Former: Pakistan seeking nuclear cooperation with France
‘Pakistan is keen on a ‘serious and substantive engagement’ with France in civil nuclear cooperation, President Asif Ali Zardari said on Tuesday. Zardari, currently on an official visit to France, made the remarks during a meeting with his French counterpart Nicolas Sarkozy, an official statement said. Zardari also called for the early establishment of a framework for a strategic dialogue between the two sides. Pakistan has stepped up efforts to gain access to civil nuclear technology since its rival India concluded a landmark deal with the US a few years ago. It has urged the world community to adopt a ‘non-discriminatory’ approach in civil nuclear cooperation. Zardari is on his second visit to France in 14 months and had raised the issue of civil nuclear cooperation during his last visit too. During his talks with Sarkozy, Zardari sought the establishment of a ministerial-level Joint Economic Commission, aggressive support for preferential access to EU markets and parliamentary exchanges to deepen political understanding between the two countries.’