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Study Shows Significant Impact of Chernobyl Nuclear Accident on Bone Development in Russian Women

Friday, September 19, 2008

This study of bone density compares BMD development in 2854 women affected by the Chernobyl nuclear accident with two non-contaminated control groups using the DXL Calscan portable bone densitometer device. By Prof. S.S. Rodionova, CITO (Moscow).

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Fallout From Soviet Atomic Bombs Persists in Kazakstan

Friday, September 19, 2008

ALMATY, Kazakstan, September 18, 2008 (ENS) - Kazakstan's nuclear test zone has lain deserted for the last 20 years largely forgotten by the outside world, but experts say radiation will continue to be a health risk until the huge site is cleaned up thoroughly.

The testing ground was closed for use in 1991. This month, the international Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization is running a series of trials at the Semipalatinsk site to test equipment that can identify and give the location of nuclear explosions.

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Australia may delay ratify uranium sale treaty with Russia

Friday, September 19, 2008

Melbourne, Sept 19 (PTI) Fearing that Russia may use the uranium from Australia for its nuclear weapons program, Federal Parliament's Treaties Committee today advised the government to delay ratifying the treaty with the nation.
Australia is expected to review a report by the committee which advised against uranium sale to Russia before its makes a final decision on the matter.

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High-Temperature Reactor to Appear in Russia by 2020

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Russian engineers announced plans on building high-temperature nuclear reactor with gas cooling in our country by 2020.

Existing atomic power plants are aimed at producing electricity and low-temperature heat for warming and water desalination. High-temperature reactors will expand plant workability.

Temperatures about 1000 degrees Centigrade allow using heat in other field of economy, such as hydrogen synthesis, fertilizer production, metallurgical industry and etc.

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Chinese tourists in Kyrgyzstan buy nuclear waste as souvenir

Monday, September 15, 2008

BEIJING, September 15 (RIA Novosti) - Three Chinese tourists have bought a 274-kg (604-lb) piece of depleted uranium and brought it home from Kyrgyzstan as a souvenir, the China Daily newspaper reported Monday.

The three tourists from the city of Aksu in the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region bought "the glittering treasure" for $2,000 at a flea market in Kyrgyzstan, hoping to make money by reselling it in China.

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Slovakia and Russia May Intensify Co-Operation in Nuclear Energy

Friday, September 12, 2008

Slovakia and Russia may intensify their mutual co-operation mainly in the field of nuclear energy, Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico and Russian government vice-chairman Igor Setchin agreed at their working lunch in Bratislava.

"I believe that the Italian company Enel will launch the completion of the construction of the 3rd and 4th blocks in the Mochovce nuclear power plant, and that Russian technology suppliers will be asked to co-operate (in this project)," said Fico.

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Cleaning up Serbia's nuclear legacy

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

The Vinca Institute of Nuclear Sciences, located 9 miles from Belgrade, is Yugoslavia's oldest nuclear research institute. Established in 1948 as the Institute of Research on the Structure of Matter, its efforts supposedly included an attempt to build a Yugoslav nuclear bomb. For almost 45 years, it collected Yugoslavia's and Serbia's radioactive waste.

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Nuclear waste dumps threaten environment

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

MAILUU-SUU, 10 September 2008 (IRIN) - "I carry clean [drinking] water with my truck to the villages upstream almost on a daily basis. I was born here and I remember that in the past the road on this side of the river was closed to traffic. They say that was because of some mines and radioactive waste tailings," Bakyt told IRIN in Kairygach, about 10-15 minutes' drive from Mailuu-Suu.

There are some signs warning about radioactivity - meaning there are waste dumps located not far from the road and the river. Actual waste dumps are natural or artificial holes filled with the toxic waste and covered with soil as a protective cover.

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Safety measures underway for Turkey's first nuclear power plant

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

As Turkey prepares to build its first nuclear power plant, the Turkish Atomic Energy Agency, or TAEK, has introduced new safety measures to protect people and the environment from nuclear radiation.

Besides safety measures against radiation, accidents and their harmful impact, close supervision and sanctions fall within the scope of the draft, titled the 'Nuclear Safety Draft Regulation'. The new law would revoke licenses of companies that fail to comply with appropriate safety measures.

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Belarus, Russia Emergencies Ministries to mull over joint exercises at Smolensk Nuclear Power Station

Saturday, September 6, 2008

On September 5, the Emergencies Ministries of Belarus and Russia will consider an opportunity to conduct joint exercises at the Smolensk Nuclear Power Station, BelTA learnt from Press Secretary of the Emergencies Ministry of Belarus Vitaly Novitsky.

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