Russia to build 26 nuclear power reactors

Friday, October 3, 2008

Russia intends to build 26 major nuclear power reactors over twelve years to come, chief of the state-run corporation Rosatom, Sergei Kiriyenko, said. Kiriyenko was speaking at the 52nd general conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on 29th september.

"The pace of commissioning new nuclear power reactors is pegged to our current plans, but it can be adjusted in terms of scale and deadlines," he said."Construction work is underway at five sites (Leningrad, Novovoronezh, Kalinin, Rostov and Beloyarsk NPPs)," he said, adding that design and exploration work was in progress on another 14 reactor projects.

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U.S. backing for Serbian IAEA project

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

VIENNA -- The U.S. has backed Serbian efforts to transfer the remaining nuclear waste at the Vinča Institute out of the country by 2010.

The U.S. delegation supported the project at the International Atomic Energy Association’s (IAEA) General Conference in Vienna, said Deputy Science and Technology Minister Miroslav Vesković.

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Nuclear watchdog to combat terrorist threat

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

An international watchdog aiming to prevent the theft from nuclear sites of material that could be used in terrorist attacks has been launched.

The World Institute for Nuclear Security (WINS), which will be based in Vienna, Austria, will seek to prevent the material falling into the wrong hands.

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Russia to contribute $17 mln to Chernobyl cleanup

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

VIENNA, September 29 (RIA Novosti) - Russia will provide $17 million to help improve safety at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, the site of the world's worst civilian nuclear disaster, and fully decommission it, a top Russian nuclear official said on Monday.

Three reactors of the Chernobyl plant continued to operate for several years after reactor number four exploded in 1986, the last reactor shutting down in 2000. The reactors still contain nuclear fuel rods, and require constant monitoring. The fourth reactor is housed in a Soviet-era sarcophagus set to be replaced by a $1.4 bln metal structure.

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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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Germany Says It Has `Critical' Lack of Nuclear Power Scientists

Friday, September 19, 2008

Sept. 19 (Bloomberg) -- Germany, which plans to end its use of nuclear power by 2021, has a ``critical'' lack of qualified nuclear scientists to inspect the 17 German atomic energy plants and maintain its expertise, Environment Minister Sigmar Gabriel said.

Germany must find ways to encourage people to enter the field even with the planned phaseout of nuclear energy, Gabriel said today at a Berlin briefing. The federal environment ministry, which is responsible for nuclear safety, has about 15 employees to oversee inspection for all of Germany, which isn't enough, he said.

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UN watchdog says black market nuclear network had sophisticated information

Friday, September 12, 2008

VIENNA, Austria - The International Atomic Energy Agency says a black market nuclear network operating from Pakistan had substantial and up-to-date information on how to make an atomic bomb.

The United Nations nuclear watchdog says much of the sensitive information was passed on to customers in electronic form.

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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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Report on Possibility of Building Nuclear Research Reactor in Azerbaijan to be Prepared within three years: IAEA Secretariat

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Azerbaijan, Baku, 3 September /corr. Тренд News R.Novruzov / The IAEA will devise a report on the possibility of building nuclear research reactor in Azerbaijan within three years, IAEA technical coordinator, Andrei Chupov, who is on visit to Azerbaijan, briefed the media on 3 September.

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IAEA nuclear leak did not reach environment: probe

Friday, August 29, 2008

VIENNA (Reuters) - A small amount of plutonium which leaked from an ageing International Atomic Energy Agency laboratory near Vienna did not reach the environment, according to an independent inquiry cited by the U.N. watchdog on Friday.

The August 3 incident at the Seibersdorf analytical lab, which occurred overnight and caused no injury, raised a stir in Austria, which hosts the IAEA but rejects nuclear energy itself as fundamentally dangerous.

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