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The Star: Energy board slams nuclear bill

‘The province's energy watchdog says Ontario Power Generation is spending far too much to operate its Pickering A and B nuclear stations and that electricity customers shouldn't have to bear the financial brunt.’ MOX fuel coming to ORNL

‘Tim Powers, Oak Ridge National Laboratory's manager of non-reactor nuclear programs, confirmed that five or six mixed-oxide fuel rods from the Catawba nuclear plant near Rock Hill, S.C., are coming to Oak Ridge National Laboratory in early 2009 for a detailed analysis. The Duke Energy reactor has been testing some of the MOX fuel assemblies, which were manufactured using surplus weapons-grade plutonium mixed with uranium, as a prelim to a much bigger effort.’

Bangkok Post: Egat signs nuclear feasibility study contract with US firm

‘The Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (Egat) signed a contract yesterday with a US-based consulting company to conduct a feasibility study for the country's first nuclear power plant.’

CNN: Under Obama, Dark Days Seen Ahead For Fossil Fuels

‘Under President-elect Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., the fossil fuels industry may face "dark days ahead," while alternative energy sectors are likely to flourish.’

Express India: EXPOSED: to radiation in France, to controversy near Pune

‘Vipras Castings Ltd, tucked away in Khopoli, some 70 km from Pune, is coping with one bit of international exposure it could have well done without. The source of its discomfort is a revelation last month that buttons installed in some 500 Otis elevators in France were radaioactive. The Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB) has traced the radioactive scrap metal to Vipras.’

Reuters: U.N. watchdog urges Spain action on nuclear waste

‘The United Nations' nuclear watchdog on Wednesday praised Spain's regulator but recommended stepping up efforts to find a permanent site for dumping spent nuclear fuel and high-level waste.’

Nanowerk : Key to closing nuclear cycle may be a thin layer of magnetic nanoparticles

‘Highly magnetic nanoparticles, originally devised for biomedical purposes, soon will be tested against one of the most toxic substances known to man – spent nuclear fuel.’

ABC: Derailment prompts uranium transport concern

‘An environment group says a BHP Billiton proposal to transport uranium yellowcake through the Northern Territory should be reconsidered in light of a train derailment near Katherine.’