The Market Oracle: Nuclear Renaissance or The End of Nations?
‘The Internet is a vast rumour mill and Internet-thinking can lead to paranoia and selfdelusion. This has infected the so-called "Nuclear debate" just like the Climate debate, the Peak oil debate, the Environment debate and other mix-and-muddle mass readership themes generated by political and corporate elites, put through the rumour mill, and sterilized. Due to this, the real dimensions of the nuclear challenge - extending right up to removing all remaining credibility from the notion of "the nation state" - has been sidelined and lost in a maze of lesser conspiracy theories, like the long-running or nearly endless saga of the Iran nuclear affair. To tweak up the hysteria level every few months, we have Bomb Iran calls, tacky histrionics and tinsel debate, but the threat of nation states simply being no longer defensible because of current civil nuclear proliferation and the massive plans and programs to build new civil reactors, almost everywhere, never gets airtime. Impassioned calls for Iran bombing are presented as the quick fix solution to nuclear weapons proliferation. In Iran's case, this would be a Doomsday Choice spilling long-lived radiation poisoning around the Gulf region, and further. It would also be a Doomsday Choice in any other country with large size reactors and extensive nuclear waste stores, uranium fuel fabricating plants and other parts of "the fuel cycle", that got bombed - for any reason at all.’

Bloomberg: Mexico Delays Decision on New Nuclear Plants as Gas Price Falls
‘Sept. 14 (Bloomberg) -- Mexico, one of three Latin American nations that use nuclear power, is delaying by as much as two years a decision on building nuclear plants as lower natural-gas prices reduce the attraction of the alternative energy source. The country, which operates the single 1,360-megawatt nuclear Laguna Verde plant in Veracruz state, needs more time to compare costs and will make a final decision on constructing as many as 10 new facilities “next year or 2012,” Energy Minister Georgina Kessel said yesterday in a telephone interview. Kessel had said in May that Mexico would make a decision this year. Mexico’s economy is likely to grow 4.5 percent this year and 3.8 percent next, fueling rising demand for electricity in industry and homes, according to the country’s Finance Ministry. The country is weighing nuclear power as it seeks to boost installed capacity by almost three-quarters to 86 gigawatts within the next 15 years, from about 50 gigawatts now. President Felipe Calderon is pledging to generate at least 35 percent of the country’s energy from so-called clean sources.’ An Indian wake-up call for the us nuclear industry
‘India’s Parliament last week gave the US nuclear industry the legal equivalent of a Bronx cheer: It passed a law that denied US firms legal immunity from being sued in the event of a nuclear accident. Besides upsetting executives at General Electric and Westinghouse, the law’s passage destroys one of the 2008 US-Indian nuclear deal’s key pitches— that it would energize the “world’s largest democracy” with up to $150 billion in US reactor sales. The US is up in arms, so to speak, because private US firms can’t take on such risk—but their French, Russian and other state-backed competitors can. US diplomats preparing for President Barack Obama’s planned November visit to New Delhi are lobbying their counterparts furiously to “fix” the situation. It’s unclear if they’ll succeed. But for everyone’s sake, I hope they won’t. Indians have little to gain from caving in to US pressure. Having suffered thousands of fatalities from the 1984 Bhopal incident and having received a pittance from Union Carbide in compensation, Indians are not just making an anti-imperialism point in protesting attempts to shield US firms from liability. They are protecting their population’s security.’

Superior Telegram: Cities Initiative opposes radioactive shipment along Great Lakes, St. Lawrence River
‘Today, the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative – a consortium of Great Lakes mayors that includes Duluth Mayor Don Ness and Superior Mayor Dave Ross – announced its opposition to the proposed shipment by Bruce Power of radioactive waste on the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River. The Great Lakes and St. Lawrence form the largest body of fresh water in the world. More than 40 million Canadians and Americans rely on them for safe drinking water. The Cities Initiative is opposing the proposed maritime shipment of sixteen, 100-ton steel radioactive steam generators, from Owen Sound, through Georgian Bay, Lake Huron, Lake Erie, Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence and out into the Atlantic to Sweden, according to a news release issued by the Cities Initiative. The opposition to the proposed shipment is based on three principle reasons. First, there is concern over the potential environmental impacts to the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence in the event of an accident during shipment. Second, the Cities Initiative has concerns about the review process, including information gaps about the proposed shipment. Third, the potentially precedent setting nature of the shipment, with the amount of radioactive waste exceeding the international allowable limit for a single shipment in inland waters by 50 times, is cause for concern.’

North West Evening Mail: Nuclear ship arrives in Barrow from Japan
‘A NEW £30m nuclear freight ship arrived at its home port of Barrow for the first time to begin at least two decades of work. The Pacific Egret yesterday docked into Barrow following its maiden voyage from Japan. And five of the crew on board the Pacific Egret were from the Barrow area. Pacific Egret was ordered by Pacific Nuclear Transport Ltd, which is also part-owned by Japan and France. The company is a subsidiary of International Nuclear Services, the world’s leading global shipper of nuclear materials, and is part of the Cumbria-based Nuclear Decommissioning Authority. Pacific Egret is the second new ship to arrive in the last two years. The Pacific Heron arrived in 2008. A third ship, Pacific Grebe will arrive later this year. The Egret is expected to be fitted out with military cannons so that it can work in two-ship convoys carrying mixed oxide (Mox) power station fuel, made at Sellafield and in France, which contains recycled high-grade plutonium.’

Associated Press: South Carolina radioactive waste program runs $1.5B over plan
‘COLUMBIA, S.C. — A federal audit shows that the cost of cleaning up millions of gallons of radioactive waste at a South Carolina facility will cost almost $1.5 billion more than expected. The report released Tuesday by the U.S. Government Accountability Office finds that the U.S. Department of Energy underestimated the true costs of cleaning up the Savannah River Site in its $3.2 billion bid. The GAO says the department underestimated labor costs by up to 70 percent and did not account for numerous other expenses. The 310-square-mile site on the Georgia-South Carolina state line once produced tritium and plutonium for nuclear weapons.’