Whitehaven News: Earthquake ‘could hit plans to bury nuclear waste'
‘WEST Cumbria’s potential for burying highly radioactive nuclear waste could have taken a step back as a result of Tuesday night’s earthquake, say campaigners. Seismic tremors have to be seriously considered as part of a watertight safety review if a site is eventually found which appears to have the right geology. With large areas of Cumbria already unsuitable, Copeland is seen by many as a favoured site. But yesterday campaigner Martin Forwood of Cumbrians Opposed to a Radioactive Environment said it would be “dangerous folly” to consider anywhere in West Cumbria for a repository. He told The Whitehaven News: “Our own house (at Broughton Mills) shook with the explosion. It was a real tremor and as soon as we heard it our first thought was: ‘This has put paid to the nuclear waste dump.’ “It would be stupidity to bury high levels of radioactive material underground in areas which can be affected by earthquakes. “[Tuesday] night’s was felt to a depth of eight-and-a-half miles. A tremor this far underground where nuclear waste happened to be buried would allow water into the dump and then consequences would be dangerous.”’

Indian Express: More protests against Haripur power plant
‘Russian President Dmitry Medvedev is visiting the country to forge greater ties in nuclear energy corporation. But villagers from Haripur, East Midnapore, the site of the proposed nuclear power plant with Russian collaboration, staged a demonstration today in Kolkata — front of the office Consulate General of the Russian Federation. Farmers and fishermen under the banner of Committee Against Nuclear Plant and To Save Homes, Life and Livelihood, said they will not allow the power plant at any cost. “I have very little land, but even if the state government stops giving everything, we can survive. We have salt from the sea and fish from sea and our land is multi-crop,” said Subhadra Giri, one of the protestors. The proposed plant will deploy small VVER (water-cooled, water-moderated energy reactor) reactors developed with Russian technology. The committee has not allowed government officials to visit the site over the last couple of years.’

Chosun Ilbo: Seoul Slams Chinese Support for North Korean Use of Nuclear Power
‘Seoul slammed Beijing on Wednesday for saying North Korea has the right to use nuclear power. "China appears to have lost its discernment and sense of balance," a Foreign Ministry official said. "It's possible to talk about the right to peaceful use of nuclear power for countries that are signatories to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and undergo International Atomic Energy Agency inspections. But neither is the case with the North, which withdrew from the NPT and expelled IAEA inspectors," the official said. "China surely understands this situation but is clouding the issue of the North's denuclearization." A diplomatic source said, "The North has boasted about its uranium enrichment since April last year" and showed its uranium enrichment facilities to a visiting U.S. expert last month. "Only now has it expressed willingness to admit IAEA inspection, claiming that this will show how transparently it has developed the equipment." But he said uranium enrichment itself "violates UN Security Council resolutions banning nuclear activities" and a Sept. 19, 2005 statement of principles from six-party nuclear talks stipulating that the North must give up its nuclear development program.’

Truthout: Sarkozy's India Visit: The Nuclear Fallout
‘India is readying to get the first lot of nuclear reactors, for which the famous US-India nuclear deal paved the way. But it is not getting them from any suppliers of the United States. On December 6, 2010, France took many by surprise by becoming the first country to sign agreements to build nuclear reactors in India. The event came 12 years after India's nuclear weapon tests (of May 11, 1998) and two years after the deal preceded by the death of the Nuclear Suppliers' Group's anti-India sanctions (October 8 and September 6, 2008, respectively). It was French President Nicolas Sarkozy's visit to India from December 4 to 7 that helped the Indian nuclear establishment's dream come true after all that frustrating delay. US President Barack Obama's India mission from November 6 to 8, too, had its nuclear dimension. He did reassure his hosts that his past record in the Senate as an opponent of the deal need not deter US-India nuclear trade now. The visit, however, left details of this post-deal nuclear partnership to be worked out later. Sarkozy, on the other hand, along with India's Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, presided over five agreements to set up the first two of a total of six reactors in Jaitapur in the State of Maharashtra. With this marketing coup, France's state-run Areva has pipped its US and Japanese competitors to the post. Lyrical, official prose hailed the pacts, which will cost this poor country $25 billion as "path-breaking" and the world's largest single lot of such agreements. The mandarins and the media friendly to them are not even counting the other costs for the party not consulted - the people of India.’

World Nuclear News: Delay in Thai nuclear power studies
‘Thailand's energy minister said that he may not be able to submit the nuclear power development plan to government in January as planned, according to a report in The Nation newspaper. Wannarat Charnnukul cited several obstacles, including the legal amendments to enhance safety measures. The cabinet was due to consider in January whether Thailand should proceed with the nuclear power plan as part of the national energy security. A study into the use of nuclear energy in the country was officially inaugurated in February 2008. The three-year, $44 million study has been conducted by the ministry's recently-created Nuclear Power Development Office. It includes details on feasibility studies, identification of potential sites, power plant technology, legal frameworks, human resource training and public education. Under Thailand's 2011-2021 Power Development Plan, four nuclear power reactors with a combined capacity of 4000 MWe are to be constructed at a cost of some $6 billion. The units would start operating between 2020 and 2021.’