International Panel on Fissile Materials: Fuel "recycling" a myth, a French report involuntarily demonstrates
‘French industry and government assertions about the "closed" character of the nuclear fuel "cycle" are misrepresentating the facts. This is the main finding of the High Committee for transparency and information on nuclear safety (Haut comité pour la transparence et l'information sur la sécurité nucléaire - HCTISN), which on 12 July 2010 published its conclusions on "the transparency of the fuel cycle management". The independent Committee was created by the 2006 Act on Nuclear Transparency, comprises operators, state authorities, trade-unions and environmental NGOs and advises Government and Parliament on nuclear issues. The report had been commissioned by the Minister of Environment and the Parliamentary Office for the Evaluation of Scientific and Technological Options (Office parlementaire d'évaluation des choix scientifiques et technologiques - OPECST) and was triggered by a controversy in October 2009 about French uranium exports to Russia. A TV documentary had shown that reprocessed uranium was sent to Russia for storage with little realistic perspective to be used, contradicting official assertions about the recycling of uranium and its benefits. The end of this uranium waste trade, confirmed by AREVA in May 2010, was reported by Greenpeace as effective as of 11 July 2010. Incidentally, the HCTISN report was presented to the Minister of environment the very next day. Although the report centers on this issue, providing unreleased public information on the long-standing natural, enriched, reprocessed and depleted uranium trade between France and Russia, it also develops a broader analysis of the nuclear materials of the French nuclear fuel chain, with a focus on current practices and future
prospects for the reuse of uranium and plutonium.’

New York Times: Radioactive Coal Ash
‘Coal contains significant quantities of uranium and thorium, two mildly radioactive elements. Burning coal concentrates these two metals and thus their radioactivity in coal ash. The amounts are significant enough that the United States Atomic Energy Commission, in the early 1950s when substantial domestic sources of high-grade uranium ore had not yet been located, seriously considered extracting uranium from coal ash for atomic bombs. Coal-fired power plants are the world's major source of radioactive releases into the environment; worldwide releases of uranium and thorium from coal burning total more than 30,000 metric tons a year. Nuclear power plants, in contrast, are forbidden by law from releasing radioactive materials except under conditions of careful sequestration.’

Proactive Investors: India's NALCO looking for Uranium in Namibia
‘India's largest state-owned company, the National Aluminium Company (NALCO) is planning to scout around for uranium assets in Namibia. The company is eyeing uranium for the nuclear power plant it plans to set up on the east coast of India, in Orissa's Ganjam district. The plant will be set up jointly with the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL). The proposed nuclear power plant is to be the first in India after the signing of the Indo-US nuclear deal. The details on the proposed nuclear power plant and the joint venture company to be formed by Nalco and NPCIL are yet to be worked out, said a senior official of Nalco. A Nalco official also told mediapersons in Mumbai that the company was trying to get allotment of some leases for uranium in Namibia. Based on indicative results, NALCO would then enter into a joint venture for exploration. Last year, India and Namibia signed an agreement to work together to explore for mineral resources, including gold, diamonds and uranium. This would pit the firm directly against mining majors like Rio Tinto, which have been on the African continent for around 3 decades.’

Reuters: Australia uranium industry concerned over new govt
‘SYDNEY, Sept 9 (Reuters) - Australia's budding uranium industry is concerned the nation's new Greens-backed minority government could be less supportive of its expansion and may look to tax uranium mines, an industry lobby group said on Thursday. Australia has the world's largest uranium reserves and is forecast to grow rapidly to meet demand for nuclear power, which is returning to vogue as countries look to cut carbon emissions. But listed uranium miners such as Paladin and Energy Resources of Australia (ERA) have lagged the wider local market since Aug. 21 elections, which returned Prime Minister Julia Gillard's Labor Party to power -- but only with the support of a Green MP whose party opposes uranium mining. "The industry is watching closely what might happen with a new arrangement with the Greens," Australian Uranium Association spokesman Simon Clarke said.’

Huffington Post: Can Turkey Defuse Iran's Nuclear Challenge?
‘Now is the time for Turkey to play a meaningful role in curbing Iran's ambition to acquire nuclear weapons. As sanctions intensify -- and before Israel or the United States seriously consider taking more coercive (including military) action against Iran's nuclear facilities -- Turkey's unique position, influence over and experience with Iran could be utilized. But for Turkey to play such a role, it must display the moral equivalence and the kind of pragmatic leadership that can engender confidence in its meditation efforts in the region. At this time in particular, Turkey could deliver a clear and strong message to Iran: There is indeed a way out of isolation, before it is too late. The pressure on Iran has increased significantly following the adoption of a fourth round of sanctions by the United Nations Security Council in June, as well as more stringent measures, which were subsequently adopted by the United States, the European Union, Canada, Japan and Australia. The banking and energy sectors -- and Iran's Revolutionary Guard -- have been particularly affected. As Tehran becomes increasingly cornered, it should be induced to seek avenues to break its international isolation. Since Iran has never claimed to be pursuing nuclear weapons, with Turkey's unique position of influence, it provides a logical channel through which Tehran could make a deal that would meet the demands of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the five permanent members of the United Nation Security Council (the US, China, Russia, France and Great Britain) plus Germany (P5+1) without losing face.’