Nuclear: Mickey Mouse energy solutionToday's big stories from the nuclear industry:

REVE: Nuclear energy jeopardises green energy revolution

EU has set itself the goal that by the year 2020, 20% of Europe's final energy consumption in the areas of electricity, heating, and mobility should come from renewable sources. Today, many European countries offer favourable framework conditions for the expansion of renewable energies. If these remain in place and continue to evolve, the electricity production from renewables could multiply by the year 2020. The installed wind power alone will reach 180,000 MW throughout Europe, according to industry estimates - almost three times as much as the current capacity of around 65,000 MW. While presenting their plans for the construction of new nuclear power plants in England, E.on and EDF demanded a cap for the development of renewables once their share of power consumption had reached 20 % (EDF) or 30 % (E.on). This shows that Europe's large utility companies have long since understood the fact that renewable energies and nuclear power can only exist side by side until wind, solar, etc. gain the upper hand. After that, there is no more room on the grid for nuclear power. The utility companies will thus do everything in their power to fight the priority treatment of renewable energies.’ Nuclear wastelands

’"Nuclear is the answer being adopted by virtually every other country in the world," says Australian Opposition leader Ian MacFarlane, quoted on the website of ABC-Australia. That's a curious statement, since South Africa is the only nation in Africa with a nuclear power plant now, and few other nations in the Global South have nuclear power plants either, but, nevertheless, the answer to what? Global warming, MacFarlane claims, like most proponents of the nuclear renaissance, though I suspect that he also feels secretly anxious, like so many leaders of nations without nuclear weapons. As Ralph Nader pointed out in the 2008 presidential election, nuclear power plants are feedstocks for plutonium, which can be used to make nuclear bombs. Like most all nuclear power and weapons enthusiasts, nuclear's new advocates ignore the first step of the process, uranium mining, one of the worst toxic assaults on Native America, indigenous Africa, Australia, Canada, Latin America, and the rest of the indigenous world, and, now, on the rougly 30 million people who rely on the water in the Colorado River Basin, as I described in "Don't drink the uranium."’

RIA Novosti: U.S. approves new contract for Russian nuclear fuel imports

’MOSCOW, August 21 (RIA Novosti) - The U.S. Department of Commerce has approved a new long-term contract for imports by a U.S. company of Russian low-enriched uranium, Russia's state nuclear company Atomenergoprom said on Friday. On August 19, the department "approved a direct contract for deliveries by Techsnabexport [Atomenergoprom's uranium export arm] of enriched uranium to the U.S. energy company Constellation Energy Nuclear Group," the company said in a statement. The contract is the sixth in a series of deals between U.S. firms and Techsnabexport signed in May-July of this year.’

Denki Shimbun: President of nuclear fuel reprocessing company JNFL replaced

’TOKYO, JAPAN --It was decided August 17 that vice president Yoshihiko Kawai would replace Isami Kojima, who has been undergoing treatment for disease as president of Japan Nuclear Fuel Limited (JNFL). The company is constructing a reprocessing plant for spent nuclear fuel and has been conducting the last stage of testing. However, recurring problems have resulted in a recent decision to delay completion. A new schedule for completion will be announced during this month. At a press conference, new president Kawai stressed a careful and steady approach by saying, "We will considered until the last moment and take various risk factors into account in determining the new process.’

The National: US voices support for UAE nuclear accord

’WASHINGTON // A nuclear accord between the US and UAE was strongly endorsed by the US commerce secretary Gary Locke, who told a meeting with US business leaders that the agreement could create "tens of thousands" of job opportunities for Americans. Speaking at the US Chamber of Commerce on Friday, Mr Locke touted the pact as "groundbreaking and historic", adding that the success of the UAE programme would "require American know-how, American ingenuity and American tenacity". Opportunities for American companies in the UAE are many and diverse," said Mr Locke at the luncheon organised by the Washington-based Nuclear Energy Institute and the chamber's US-UAE business council. "The Department of Commerce wholeheartedly supports this agreement, and I believe it has tremendous potential to benefit US firms and create tens of thousands of jobs here in America."’

Washington Post: Russia sees no threat to deals in new Mongolia leader

’MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia is confident planned investments in Mongolia's uranium fields and rail network will not be undermined by the country's new leadership, a Kremlin official said ahead of the Russian president's visit this week. President Dmitry Medvedev will discuss military cooperation and investment in uranium on the two-day visit to Ulan Bator, which is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, chief Kremlin foreign policy aide Sergei Prikhodko told reporters on Sunday. Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj won Mongolia's presidency in May on a promise to ensure that voters benefit more from the country's mineral wealth, prompting fears among foreign investors that earlier deals might be revised. Russia's state rail monopoly in May signed a deal potentially totaling $7 billion to upgrade Mongolia's rail network and improve access to untapped deposits of uranium, coal and other minerals in the Gobi desert.’

AFP: Radioactive wreckage, landmines blight Iraq: minister

’BAGHDAD - Radioactive wreckage and tens of millions of landmines still blight Iraq after decades of war and the deadly violence that engulfed the nation after the 2003 invasion, the environment minister has said. Narmin Othman Hasan told AFP in an interview that a lack of funding and Iraq's fragile security situation is hampering efforts to clean up contaminated sites across the country. She said the only a fraction of tanks and other wartime vehicles contaminated with depleted uranium have been successfully treated and disposed of by the Iraqi authorities. "We have only found 80 percent (of the contaminated sites)... because of the (lack of) security there are still some areas we can't reach," Hasan estimated.’

The Times: China outraged as Japan's sabre rattler calls for nuclear arms

TROUBLING insight into ultra-conservative thinking at the top of Japan's armed forces has emerged after the dismissal of Toshio Tamogami, the chief of the air staff. He has become a hero to right-wing groups since being sacked last year for writing an article that said imperial Japan was not an aggressor in the second world war. His popularity has caused outrage in China and it could provide an early diplomatic headache for the opposition Democratic Party of Japan if, as expected, it wins the general election on August 30. A book outlining his philosophy has sold 100,000 copies since March and 20,000 copies of a second book calling for Japan to develop an atomic bomb were printed earlier this month. Tamogami, 61, is giving 20 speeches a month on conspiracy theories and anti-western themes of Japanese victimhood. Tamogami was received by an ecstatic audience in Hiroshima on August 6 when he gave a speech demanding nuclear weapons, despite the mayor requesting that he not do so, on the anniversary of the city's atomic bombing.’