EU, IAEA to enhance cooperation in nuclear energy

Thursday, May 8, 2008

BRUSSELS, May 7 (Xinhua) -- The European Commission and the UN nuclear watchdog on Wednesday signed a joint statement on enhanced cooperation in nuclear energy.

The purpose of the joint statement is to highlight the mutual will to further strengthen cooperation, emphasize the specific priority areas and provide for regular high-level meetings to facilitate this reinforced cooperation, said the commission, the executive body of the European Union (EU).

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Safety better at Swedish nuclear plant, but more needed: IAEA

Friday, February 29, 2008

STOCKHOLM (Thomson Financial) - The UN's nuclear watchdog today noted improved security measures at a problem-prone nuclear plant in Sweden, but recommended a number of other steps to increase safety further.

The Forsmark nuclear plant on Sweden's east coast 'has introduced or extended several programmes contributing to improved operational safety,' Miroslav Lipar, head of International Atomic Energy Agency mission in Sweden, said in a statement.

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Nuclear security undervalued

Friday, February 15, 2008

Nature 451, 745 (14 February) The world's only agency for assuring global standards and security in nuclear installations needs an upgrade. This cannot be done on the cheap.

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Uranium Could Have Made Dirty Bomb

Friday, December 7, 2007

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — Two Hungarians and a Ukrainian arrested in an attempted sale of uranium were peddling material believed to be from the former Soviet Union, and it was enriched enough to be used in a radiological "dirty bomb," police said Thursday.

The three, who were arrested Wednesday in eastern Slovakia and Hungary, were trying to sell about a pound of uranium in powder form, said First Police Vice President Michal Kopcik.

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Uranium - blessing or curse?

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

DAKAR, 10 October 2007 (IRIN) - As the global demand for nuclear energy rises, analysts say the large amount of uranium in Niger is not a benefit to the country’s people but adds to the serious problems facing the region.

Niger, an impoverished country on the southern fringe of the Sahara desert, has one of the world’s largest reserves of uranium, the main source of nuclear fuel - but virtually nothing to show for it.

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Vatican says Nothing Wrong with Nuclear Power

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Nuclear power should be considered a useful energy source, a senior Catholic cardinal has said on Wednesday.

Nuclear power should be considered a useful energy source, a senior Catholic cardinal has said on Wednesday.

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Sweden asks UN nuclear watchdog to inspect troubled Forsmark plant

Friday, February 16, 2007

STOCKHOLM (AFX) - The Swedish government has asked the UN's nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), to inspect its Forsmark nuclear power plant after a series of incidents that have raised concerns about atomic safety in the country.

The decision follows a request from Vattenfall, which owns the Forsmark nuclear plant on Sweden's east coast.

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Georgia nuclear hunt draws a blank

Monday, July 1, 2002

Two Soviet-era nuclear generators which sparked a huge international hunt in Georgia may not exist, authorities admitted on Monday.

The Strontium 90 generators were believed to be hangovers from the Soviet military presence in Georgia.

Dozens of experts took part in a two-week search of 550 square kilometres (200 square miles) of land in the west of the country, some of it so remote that they had to travel on foot or on horseback.

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Neutral Sweden Quietly Keeps Nuclear Option Open

Thursday, November 24, 1994

In the Stockholm suburb of Agesta, a small rock hillock rises amid pine forests and horse farms. It might be just another playground for Scandinavian climbers but for one startling feature: Protruding from the top of the mound, like a missile peeking from a silo, is the conical tip of a nuclear reactor cooling tower.

Thirty years ago, this 65-megawatt reactor buried 50 yards deep and capable of sizable plutonium production was a key component of a vigorous Swedish program to develop a nuclear bomb option, a project that at its Cold War height secretly employed 350 scientists and technicians at the Defense Ministry.

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