AlterNet: Nuclear Energy Suffers Another Big Blow -- Will the Dying Industry Continue to Beg for More Government Subsidies?
The atomic energy industry has suffered another astonishing defeat. Because of it, 2010 again left the "nuclear renaissance" in the Dark Age that defines the technology.  But an Armageddon-style battle looms when Congress returns next year. The push to build new nuclear plants depends now, as always, on federal subsidies. Fifty-three years after the first commercial reactor opened at Shippingport, Pennsylvania, no private funders will step forward to pay for a "new generation" of nukes. So the industry remains mired in unsolved waste problems, disturbing vulnerability to terror and error, uninsured liability in case of a major catastrophe, and unapproved new design proposals. Two new reactor construction projects in Europe -- one in Finland and the other at Flamanville, France -- are sinking in gargantuan cost overruns and multi-year delays. To financiers and energy experts worldwide, it's a clear indicator the "rebirth" of this failed technology is a hopeless quagmire. Meanwhile the 104 reactors currently licensed in the US are leaking radiation and are under escalating grassroots attack. Vermont's new governor, Peter Shumlin, is committed to shutting the Yankee plant there, and public demands to close New York's Indian Point and Oyster Creek, New Jersey, among others, have reached fever pitch. 

Chattanooga Pulse: Brown’s Ferry Nuclear Plant Unit Shut Down
Officials at the Brown’s Ferry nuclear power station in North Alabama were forced to shut down one of their units for the third time this year.  TVA workers noticed an unusual vibration in the third unit on Sunday. They immediately lowered the output to the nuclear reactor, and when the vibrations continued proceeded to shutdown the entire unit. The unit will remain offline until it can be completely checked out by TVA and NRC officials. This is the third time units at Browns Ferry have been taken offline this year, first in June and then again in August.

Daily Nation: Kenya not ready for nuclear energy project: lobby
An environmental lobby has faulted the quest for nuclear energy. “We do not have the capacity to secure nuclear energy plants… Our country does not even have the capacity to secure its borders leave alone engaging in such a toxic and a lethal enterprise,” said Prof Karanja Njoroge, the executive director of the Green Belt Movement. The group was founded by the 2004 Nobel Peace laureate. Prof Wangari Maathai. Prof Njoroge said nuclear energy involved the use of uranium, which was highly toxic and the country did not have the capacity to secure its waste. He was speaking in Nyeri when he presented cheques for Sh4.1 million to women groups involved in conservation projects.

Global Times: South Korea calls for Six-Party Talks
South Korean President Lee Myung-bak said Wednesday that the framework of the Six-Party Talks is the only way to dismantle North Korea's nuclear program, but analysts argue that there is little possibility to hold the talks in the short term. "I think removal of the North Korean nuclear programs should be achieved through the Six-Party Talks next year," Lee said at a policy briefing by the South Korean foreign ministry, according to Reuters. This is the first time that South Korea has made an official statement on solving the problem by holding talks, replacing its consistent tough stance on the issue, after a series of independent and joint military drills by South Korea. The talks propose the ending of North Korea's nuclear ambitions. Involved in the talks were both Koreas, China, the US, Russia and Japan. Analysts and the media have used the words, such as "unreachable," "pessimism," and "impossible," to describe the possibility to facilitate the talks. "It is hard to see that the talks can be held in the near future based on the current situation of the heightened tensions in East Asia," said Lü Chao, a researcher at the Liaoning Academy of Social Sciences.

Montreal Gazette: Iran's nuclear ambition is dented
Iran no longer has the capability to create a nuclear weapon on its own, Israel's deputy prime minister, said Wednesday. The assessment would seem to make military action less likely in the near future and suggests the program has been seriously damaged by sabotage, sanctions or both. It lends weight to the theory that a highly sophisticated computer worm, called Stuxnet, was inserted last year into Iran's uranium enrichment program and forced the replacement of 1,000 uranium enrichment centrifuges by making them spin too fast and, therefore, break. Previously, reports had suggested the regime may have been able to build a bomb in about a year. Moshe Yaalon said Western pressure would force Iran to consider whether its nuclear program was worth pursuing. "I believe that this effort will grow, and will include areas beyond sanctions, to convince the Iranian regime that, effectively, it must choose between continuing to seek nuclear capability and surviving," he told Israeli radio.