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

Domain-B: Sellafield Ltd to be prosecuted for radiation accident news

The operators of the Sellafield nuclear facility in the UK are to be prosecuted after two employees of a contractor, received a "higher than anticipated" dose of radiation. Sellafield Ltd, which operates the Sellafield nuclear facility, has been charged with failure to discharge its duty under Secton 3(1) of the Health and Safety Act 1974 and the case will be heard at Whitehaven Magistrates' Court on 24 July. According to reports, two workers who were engaged in refurbishing a floor at the site's plutonium finishing and storage plant received a ''higher than anticipated'' dose of radiation in July 2007. A spokeswoman for the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) said, "The two contractors were exposed during the decontamination of an area of concrete floor.''

BBC: North Korea conducts nuclear test

North Korea has staged a "successful" underground nuclear test, the state-run KCNA agency reports. The agency says it was more powerful than an earlier test in October 2006. South Korea's president immediately convened an emergency security meeting and Japan is setting up a task force in the prime minister's office. Just hours later, North Korea appears to have test-fired a short-range missile, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported. Pyongyang has so far not commented on Yonhap's report.

Japan Times: Enrichment without IAEA checks mulled

Japan may entrust uranium enrichment to a Russian nuclear plant not inspected by the International Atomic Energy Agency, sources knowledgeable about Japan-Russia relations said Sunday. Such a move would indicate Tokyo is turning a blind eye to the principle of a recently struck bilateral deal that stipulates Moscow must accept IAEA checks. The purpose of the provision is to ensure that Japanese nuclear material is not taken advantage of for Russian military purposes. Japan and Russia signed the nuclear corporation deal May 12 when Prime Minister Vladimir Putin visited Tokyo. Japan plans to ship spent nuclear fuel for uranium enrichment to a plant in Seversk, a Siberian city which is currently closed due to its military status.

UPI: MOX fuel offloaded at Japan reactor

A second shipment of controversial mixed uranium-plutonium oxide nuclear fuel has arrived in Japan amid tight security, officials say. The arrival of the fuel was accompanied by about 75 anti-nuclear protesters from around Japan who had reportedly gathered in front of the plant's main entrance. The demonstrators called for an end to the MOX program, citing what they say are its safety and environmental drawbacks -- especially concerns over how to dispose of the mixed uranium-plutonium waste.

PNN: No less than 75 tons of depleted uranium found in Gaza soil and subsoil after Israel attacks

'Citizens Action to Dismantle Nuclear Weapons Completely' has prepared a 33 page report showing the presence of tens of tons of depleted uranium in the Gaza Strip. The Israeli attacks of late December and January are the culprit, report the international organization. "The quantity of depleted uranium may amount to no less than 75 tons found in the soil and subsoil in the Gaza Strip," is the study's quote. As many have suggested, the Israeli military used or may have used depleted uranium in the ground and air assaults on the Strip during the operation in the period between 27 December 2008 and January 18, 2009.

Japan Times: MOX use opposed by Genkai's leery residents

Genkai, Saga Pref. - Before a two-lane access road was built to connect it with other parts of the prefecture, the village of Genkai, nestled in high hills with deep ravines beside the Sea of Japan, was so remote that even locals called it the "Tibet of Saga Prefecture." But this town of 6,600 residents, almost in sight of the spot where the Mongolian invasion fleet was hit by "divine winds" over 700 years ago, ending Khubla Khan's dreams of conquest and adding the word "kamikaze" to the lexicon, may soon be the site of Japan's first commercial use of mixed uranium-plutonium oxide (MOX) fuel. Kyushu Electric Power Co., which operates the Genkai No. 3 reactor, plans to begin burning the new fuel, which was delivered Saturday, by November. The burning of MOX in Genkai, if everything goes as scheduled, will open a new chapter in Japan's quest to attain energy independence and reduce its use of imported coal and oil. It would also be a major victory for the nation's nuclear power industry, which has suffered a series of scandals and setbacks, some fatal, over the past decade.