Voice of America: India's Lower House Passes Foreign Nuclear Power Plants Bill
‘India's lower house of parliament has passed a controversial bill which will pave the way for foreign companies to build nuclear power plants in India. The legislation is crucial for American companies wanting to engage in civil nuclear commerce in India. The lower house of parliament passed the Civil Nuclear Liability Bill Wednesday after the government made several changes to win the support of the main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party. The amended bill triples the cap on compensation in the event of a nuclear accident to $322 million. It also extends provisions for liability claims to suppliers of nuclear reactors. The bill had been stalled for months by opposition parties and critics who demanded stricter liability for companies selling nuclear reactors if a mishap occurred. India's civil nuclear market opened up in 2008, when a landmark atomic energy pact with the United States led to the lifting of sanctions imposed for conducting nuclear tests. Prime Minister Singh says the bill is the last step in ending the country's nuclear isolation.’

Huntington News: Come and Get It --- Free Plutonium Sludge to Fertilize Your Organic Garden
‘Huntington, WV (HNN) - Back in 1999 Joe Harding told the Washington Post, “Everything was so safe, so riskless [at the Paducah enriched uranium gaseous diffusion plant] … We know the truth, I can feel it in my body.” Harding is no longer alive; he’s one of the workers who died of cancer. At the height of the Cold War in 1952, 1,800 men and women labored in hot, stadium sized buildings turning trainloads of dusty uranium powder into material for bombs, Joby Warrick wrote on August 8, 1999. However, plant management claimed that workers were safe due to an “insignificant amount of plutonium” processed at the Kentucky site. The workers were not monitored. From 1953 to 1976, the Post said , 103,000 metric tons of used uranium were sent to Paducah arriving in freight cars as fine black powder. Left from the plutonium –making process, “fission byproducts like technetium-99 and heavy metals known as "transuranics": neptunium and plutonium (which according the then Institute for Energy and Environmental Research is 100,000 times more radioactive per gram than uranium.) Workers were told respiratory protection was optional, they almost jokingly “salted” their bread in the cafeteria with green uranium dust, and when they got out of bed in the morning their linens would glow green.’

The Guardian: UK's nuclear reactor programme falls behind schedule
‘The schedule for the UK's nuclear reactor building programme has slipped behind already, the safety regulator has admitted, reinforcing concerns that the first reactor will not be built on time. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) said it would probably have to issue an "interim" decision on the safety of the two new proposed reactor designs next June, the deadline for its assessment programme. The regulator expects significant chunks of extra work will remain before it can finally approve or reject the designs, but did not say how long this would take. Kevin Allars, director of the assessment programme at the HSE, said that companies could continue planning and carry out preparatory construction on proposed nuclear sites while they waited for a final decision. But he insisted that construction of a reactor could not start without its consent. Allars promised there would be no repeat of the chaotic construction in Finland of what was supposed to be Europe's first new reactor in decades. The Areva plant is more than three years behind schedule and more than €2bn (£1.6bn) over budget, with the Finnish regulator trying to approve each component of the design while it is being built. EDF has promised that the UK's first reactor will be operational in 2018, although it had originally said it would be running by the end of 2017.’

The Irish Times: Smuggled uranium seized in Moldova
‘THREE PEOPLE have been arrested in Moldova for trying to sell 1.8kg of smuggled uranium, in the latest case to raise questions about nuclear security in the former Soviet Union. Moldovan police say two of those arrested are former interior ministry officials, and that they are now searching for four more members of the group, which sought to sell the uranium-238 abroad for €9,000,000. It is not clear if the gang had found buyers for the uranium, which was stored without special equipment in the garage of one of the suspects, some of whom have previous convictions in Moldova, Russia and Romania for possessing radioactive material. “Seven members of the criminal group came under suspicion of police in the middle of June when they started to look for ways of selling the radioactive material,” said Chiril Motpan, a spokesman for Moldova’s interior ministry. A US laboratory confirmed that the radioactive material discovered was uranium-238, which must be enriched before it can be used in a nuclear power plant or weapon.’