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Friday, April 2, 2010

The Little Nukes That Got Away What Obama's new weapons treaty left out.

The Little Nukes That Got Away
What Obama's new weapons treaty left out.

START Follow-On Talks Successfully Concluded: What's Next?

START Follow-On Talks Successfully Concluded: What's Next?
Conclusion of the Treaty of Prague is, without doubt, a success. Now Obama and Medvedev need to outline the contours of the next treaty — perhaps as early as at the 2010 NPT Review Conference.

Restarting the Six Party Talks - Bulletin of Atomic Scientists

Restarting the Six Party Talks - Bulletin of Atomic Scientists

How to Deal With Iran's Nuclear Program - CSIS

How to Deal With Iran's Nuclear Program - CSIS

Is North Korea Unraveling? - Peterson Institute for International Economics

Judging the New START Treaty - Brookings Institution



Judging the New START Treaty - Brookings Institution

Obama set to reject ‘nuclear posture’ on eve of Start deal with Russia

Obama set to reject ‘nuclear posture’ on eve of Start deal with Russia
President Obama will rewrite America’s policy on nuclear weapons next week, heralding further reductions in the US stockpile and giving a pledge not to develop new systems.

After a review of the nation’s nuclear weapons arsenal that has involved, among others, the Pentagon, the Department of Energy and the intelligence services, as well as the White House, Mr Obama is expected to reject the doctrine on nuclear weapons — the “nuclear posture” — adopted by George W. Bush, which included the possibility of the United States launching an attack on a non-nuclear state.

News Analysis: China embraces summit diplomacy

News Analysis: China embraces summit diplomacy

Nuclear summit

Nuclear summit

China's Hu to attend nuclear summit in Washington

Despite Strains, China Leader to Attend Nuclear Meeting in U.S. -- New York Times

Despite Strains, China Leader to Attend Nuclear Meeting in U.S. -- New York Times

BEIJING — President Hu Jintao of China will attend a nuclear security summit meeting in Washington this month, an indication that strained relations between the United States and China may be easing.

Until the announcement on Thursday by the Chinese Foreign Ministry, American officials feared that Mr. Hu would boycott the talks to express China’s displeasure over a series of recent diplomatic clashes, including a White House decision to sell arms to Taiwan and President Obama’s meeting with the Dalai Lama, the exiled Tibetan leader.

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Thursday, April 1, 2010

U.S. Can Suspend Reprocessing if 'National Security' Is Threatened Siddharth Varadarajan, The Hindu



U.S. can suspend reprocessing if ‘national security' is threatened

Siddharth Varadarajan

Iranian Scientist Defects: US Covert Ops Hurt Iran Nuclear Program Scott Peterson, The Christian Science Monitor


Iranian Scientist Defects: US Covert Ops Hurt Iran Nuclear Program
Scott Peterson, The Christian Science Monitor

An Iranian nuclear scientist who disappeared while on a religious pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia last year is reported to have defected to the United States and been briefing the CIA on Iran’s controversial nuclear program.
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Pakistan in 'Civil Nuclear Deal' with China Sajid Chaudhry, Daily Times


Pakistan in 'Civil Nuclear Deal' with China
Sajid Chaudhry, Daily Times

Editor's Note: This article reports that there has been cabinet approval in Pakistan to a "framework agreement" for nuclear reactor construction projects with China, but it remains unclear whether there has been official Chinese approval.
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Next Steps on New START Daryl G. Kimball, Arms Control Association


Next Steps on New START
Daryl G. Kimball, Arms Control Association

U.S. and Russian negotiators, with a push from Presidents Barack Obama and Dmitry Medvedev, have concluded the most important strategic nuclear arms reduction treaty in nearly two decades.
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The Obama Nuclear Agenda One Year After Prague George Perkovich, Policy Outlook

The Obama Nuclear Agenda One Year After Prague
George Perkovich, Policy Outlook

ObamaA year ago in Prague President Obama declared America's commitment to seeking a world free of nuclear weapons. Obama's vision has been misinterpreted by the right and the left and, more importantly, key countries have not done enough to help achieve progress, concludes a new paper by George Perkovich that analyzes, country by country, reactions to Obama’s nuclear agenda.
Full Article

Mobile Nuclear Reactors Could Provide Power and Jet Fuel for Military, DARPA Says

Mobile Nuclear Reactors Could Provide Power and Jet Fuel for Military, DARPA Says
Navy Aircraft Could nuclear-powered carriers use their reactors and seawater to provide jet fuel for their aircraft? U.S. Navy/Stephen Rowe

From Popular Science:

Making U.S. Navy carrier groups and Army bases more self-sufficient and energy-efficient could mean turning to mobile nuclear reactors. The Pentagon's DARPA scientists have put forth the modest proposal of deploying miniature reactors to convert hydrogen and carbon into military jet fuel, as well as providing power, The Register reports.

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US nuclear neighbours not nimby

US nuclear neighbours not nimby

Eighty-two per cent of people living close to US nuclear power plants are in favour of nuclear energy and 71% would be willing to see a new reactor near them, a new public opinion survey has found.

Support for reprocessing and action on waste

Support for reprocessing and action on waste
26 March 2009

A clear majority of US citizens would support recycling and reprocessing of used nuclear fuel, according to a new opinion poll which also found good all-round support for nuclear.

US public support for nuclear at record high from World Nuclear News by Jeremy Gordon

US public support for nuclear at record high
from World Nuclear News by Jeremy Gordon


Public support for nuclear energy in the USA has reached a record high, with 74% of people saying they are in favour of nuclear energy, according to the results of a new poll.

Iran's Nuclear Threat

Iran's Nuclear Threat

* CIA: Iran Inching Toward Nukes
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3870148,00.html



* Obama, Sarkozy Push Sanctions
http://www.realclearpolitics.com/news/ap/politics/2010/Mar/30/obama__sarkozy_push_for_un_sanctions_on_iran.html


* Iran Nuke Scientist Defects to US
http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/iran-nuclear-scientist-defects-us-cia-intelligence-coup/story?id=10231729

Ariz. nuclear plant eyes license extension

Ariz. nuclear plant eyes license extension
Owners of the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station in Arizona plan to obtain a water supply and extend operating licenses through 2047. "There have been successes, but we are nowhere near satisfied," said Randy Edington, chief nuclear officer. New licenses and enhanced safety measures could guarantee that utilities in Arizona, California, New Mexico and Texas continue to receive power from Palo Verde.

Feds grant $592M nuclear-waste contract to CH2M Hill

Feds grant $592M nuclear-waste contract to CH2M Hill
CH2M Hill Newport News Nuclear has secured a $592 million deal from the Energy Department to manage about 30,200 cubic meters of nuclear waste that has been kept at the Idaho National Laboratory. The material needs to be treated and transported to a permanent disposal facility in New Mexico before 2015. Google/The Associated Press (3/31)

Obama is "warming up" to Republicans' energy plans, lawmaker says

Obama is "warming up" to Republicans' energy plans, lawmaker says
President Barack Obama "appears to be warming up" to Republican-supported plans to promote nuclear power and energy research and development, demonstrated by his proposal to permit expanded offshore oil and gas drilling, said Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn. "Those are low-cost steps to a clean-energy policy, which Republicans have advocated, and the president seems to be moving in that direction," he said. Chattanooga Times Free Press (Tenn.) (3/31)

South Korean consortium secures $130M nuclear deal with Jordan

South Korean consortium secures $130M nuclear deal with Jordan
A South Korean consortium has signed a deal worth $130 million to build a 5-megawatt nuclear reactor, an isotope-manufacturing plant and a nuclear-training center in Jordan. The group, led by state-run Korean Atomic Energy Research Institute and Daewoo Engineering and Construction, was picked by Jordan in December. United Press International

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Nuclear Power in China

Nuclear Power in China

(Updated March 2010)

* Mainland China has 11 nuclear power reactors in commercial operation, 20 under construction, and more about to start construction soon.
* Additional reactors are planned, including some of the world's most advanced, to give a sixfold increase in nuclear capacity to at least 60 GWe or possibly more by 2020, and then a further substantial increase to 160 GWe by 2030.

* China is rapidly becoming self-sufficient in reactor design and construction, as well as other aspects of the fuel cycle.

Most of mainland China's electricity is produced from fossil fuels (80% from coal, 2% from oil, 1% from gas in 2006) and hydropower (15%). Two large hydro projects are recent additions: Three Gorges of 18.2 GWe and Yellow River of 15.8 GWe. Rapid growth in demand has given rise to power shortages, and the reliance on fossil fuels has led to much air pollution. The economic loss due to pollution is put by the World Bank at almost 6% of GDP.1 In 2009 power shortages were most acute in central provinces, particularly Hubei, and in December the Central China Grid Co. posted a peak load of 94.6 GW.

Domestic electricity production in 2009 was 3643 billion kWh, 6.0% higher than the 3,450 billion kWh in 2008, which was 5.8% more than in 2007 (3,260 billion kWh) and it is expected to rise to 3,810 billion kWh in 2010. Installed capacity had grown by the end of 2009 to 874 GWe, up 10.2% on the previous year's 793 GWe, which was 11% above the previous year's 713 GWe.2 Capacity growth is expected to slow, reaching about 1600 GWe in 2020. At the end of 2007, there was reported to be 145 GWe of hydro capacity, 554 GWe fossil fuel, 9 GWe nuclear and 4 GWe wind, total 713 GWe. In 2008, the country added 20.1 GWe of hydro capacity, 65.8 GWe coal-fired capacity, and 4.7 GWe wind.

These capacity increase figures are all the more remarkable considering the forced retirement of small inefficient coal-fired plants: 26 GWe of these was closed in 2009, making 60 GWe closed since 2006, cutting annual coal consumption by 69 million tonnes and annual carbon dioxide emissions by 139 Mt.

The State Grid Corporation of China's grid system is sophisticated and rapidly growing, utilising ultra high voltage (1000 kV AC and 800 kV DC). By 2020, the capacity of the UHV network is expected to be some 300 GW, of which hydropower will account for 78 GW, and wind power from the north a further significant portion. Wind capacity by 2020 is planned to be 100 GWe. At the end of 2009, China had budgeted to spend $600 billion upgrading its grid.

Among the main listed generators, Huaneng Power produced 203.5 billion kWh from its domestic plants in 2009, 10.2% up on 2008. Datang Power produced 141.9 billion kWh, 12% up on 2008. Huadian Power produced 107.5 billion kWh, 6.75% above 2008. CPI Development produced 43.9 billion kWh, 2.0% above 2008 level.
Much more at the link
http://www.world-nuclear.org/info/inf63.html

Heavy Manufacturing of Power Plants

Heavy Manufacturing of Power Plants

updated 18 March 2010

* A critical issue for accelerating nuclear power plant construction is the availability of heavy engineering plants to make the reactor components, especially for those units of more than 1100 MWe.
* The supply challenge is not confined to the heavy forgings for reactor pressure vessels, steam turbines and generators, but extends to other engineered components.
* As with other generation technologies, supply constraints plus escalating steel and energy prices flow on to plant costs.
* New investment in major forges and steelmaking lines is dependent on actual orders rather than simply uncommitted plans or vague proposals.

State Nuclear Power Technology Corp (SNPTC) First AP100 CV Bottom Head Placement completed

State Nuclear Power Technology Corp (SNPTC) First AP100 CV Bottom Head Placement completed First AP100 CV Bottom Head Placement completed

At 15:28 on December 21, 2009, China third Generation Nuclear Power Self-reliance Program Supporting Project as well as the world first AP1000 NPP——Sanmen 1# NI CV Bottom Head Placement completed. This is a new breakthrough in pave the new route for Standardized design, Shop prefabrication, Module installation, Professional management and Self-reliance construction. At 12:08,Sanmen 1#NI CV Bottom Head was lifting slowly from transporter. The whole process lasted for three hours eight minutes.

Sanmen Nuclear Power Company, Ltd.


Sanmen Nuclear Power Company, Ltd.

Zhejiang Sanmen Nuclear Power Project is a nuclear electricity project of self-dependence support approved by state council in order to adapt the requirement of social development and structure adjustment for energy sources in our country, and meet the electricity supply demands resulted from the fast development of economy of Zhejiang province. The State Council approved the first phase of Sanmen nuclear power project on July 21, 2003. The State Development and Reform Committee also passed the project suggesting report of phase one of Sanmen nuclear power project on Sept. 1, 2004, and approved to build 6x1000MW nuclear power units in Sanmen site, two units of phase one with introduce into the international advanced technology of third generation of PWR through inviting international bidding. According to the planning, Sanmen nuclear power project will start construction in 2007, and the first unit will put into operation in 2011.

The board of directors and the board of surveillants of Sanmen NPP built on Apr. 8, 2005. The board of directors consists of five shareholders: China National Nuclear Corporation, Zhejiang Energy Company (Group) Ltd., China Electricity Investment Nuclear Power Company, China Huadian Company Ltd. and China Nuclear Enginerring and Construction Corporation. The Sanmen Nuclear Power Company founded on Apr. 17, 2005, is the owner of Sanmen nuclear power project, and takes the responsibility for building this project as like a demonstration project. At present, The preliminary civil work of the site such as leveling ground, constructing road, providing water supply, power supply and telecommunication facilities has been completed, which lays a sound foundation for the formal starting of the project.
Add: Haiyan County, Zhejiang Province, China

Firms flock to Chinese supply chain


Firms flock to Chinese supply chain
07 January 2010


China's ambitious expansion of nuclear power capacity is driving huge growth in its domestic supply industry, with companies quickly diversifying into the sector.

China discusses nuclear with Belarus, Pakistan

China discusses nuclear with Belarus, Pakistan
31 March 2010


Officials have conducted talks on Chinese involvement in civil nuclear power projects in both Belarus and Pakistan, where Chashma 3 and 4 now look closer to reality.

Questions Persist Over Arms Pact's Missile Defense Terms

Questions Persist Over Arms Pact's Missile Defense Terms
Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Russia yesterday reaffirmed its right to withdraw from a pending successor to the 1991 Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty if the United States bolstered its missile defense forces past a certain degree, possibly throwing into question a compromise the countries had reached on the issue, the Washington Times reported (see GSN, March 29).

Iran Sanctions Are Failing. What's Next?

Iran Sanctions Are Failing. What's Next?

G8 ministers to call for 'strong steps' over Iran's nuclear activity


G8 ministers to call for 'strong steps' over Iran's nuclear activity

Foreign ministers from the Group of Eight leading industrial nations will call on the international community to take "appropriate and strong steps" to show its resolve over Iran's nuclear activities.

Obama Expects U.N. Sanctions on Iran to Be Approved Soon -- New York Times

Obama Expects U.N. Sanctions on Iran to Be Approved Soon -- New York Times

WASHINGTON — President Obama predicted on Tuesday that he would be able to persuade the United Nations to “move forcefully” against Iran with new sanctions within weeks, not months, as he turned up the pressure on Tehran to back off its nuclear program.

“We think that we can get sanctions within weeks,” Mr. Obama told reporters after meeting at the White House with President Nicolas Sarkozy of France, who has been pressing for an aggressive approach to Iran.

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The Illusion of Nuclear Disarmament. US-Russian START Treaty: A Comprehensive Flicker by Eric Walberg

The Illusion of Nuclear Disarmament. US-Russian START Treaty: A Comprehensive Flicker

by Eric Walberg

S.C. county's suit over Yucca Mountain has no merit, lawyers say

S.C. county's suit over Yucca Mountain has no merit, lawyers say
South Carolina's Aiken County does not have the legal standing to intervene in the federal government's move to withdraw its application for the Yucca Mountain nuclear-waste repository in Nevada, according to lawyers for the Department of Energy and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. "By Aiken County's own account, it will not suffer its alleged harms unless and until the NRC makes a final decision on the withdrawal motion," court documents show. The county filed a petition in a federal appeals court in February to block the closure of the project. Aiken Standard (S.C.)

German utilities predict construction of U.K. nuclear plant by 2020

German utilities predict construction of U.K. nuclear plant by 2020
A joint nuclear venture between RWE and E.ON seeks to construct a British nuclear plant at Wylfa in Wales by 2020. The facility would help the country meet its energy needs while fighting climate change, an official said. Reuters

U.S., Vietnam forge nuclear-cooperation agreement

U.S., Vietnam forge nuclear-cooperation agreement
The U.S. and Vietnam signed a memorandum of understanding for the peaceful development of nuclear energy. The deal would allow better nuclear cooperation and "would facilitate the participation of the US companies in the Vietnamese nuclear sector," U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam Michael Michalak said. Google/Agence France-Presse

Roubini: India Will Beat China Hands Down

Roubini: India Will Beat China Hands Down
Vincent Fernando, CFA | Mar. 31, 2010, 6:29 AM | 454 | comment

“China might be facing a greater challenge in maintaining its double-digit growth rate than India is facing in achieving a double-digit growth,


Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/clusterstock#ixzz0jlVey1h8

The Impact Of An EMP Attack On The U.S.

The Impact Of An EMP Attack On The U.S.
from War News Updates by Bookyards
Image from US Infrastructure

EMP: The Nex
t Weapon Of Mass Destruction? -- Time Magazine

If America needs a new threat around which to organize its defenses, try this one: Bad guys explode nuclear weapons miles above U.S. soil, sending out an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) that fries the electronic guts of everything in America. The nation's financial and transportation systems collapse, hospitals and the Internet go dark, water and electrical grids freeze and runaway Toyotas with electronic throttles are finally brought to a stop. "The EMP resulting from the blast would cause widespread damage, devastating the economy and resulting in the deaths of millions of Americans," the hawkish Heritage Foundation warned last week, launching a call on Congress to establish an EMP Recognition Day.

Read more ....

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Go-Ahead for Nuclear Fuel Reserve


Go-Ahead for Nuclear Fuel Reserve

World Nuclear News
A reserve of low-enriched uranium is to be set up in Russia, according to an agreement the country made with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) today.
Full Article

START Follow-On: The Senate Calculus


START Follow-On: The Senate Calculus

John Isaacs, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
It took nearly a year of protracted negotiations for Washington and Moscow to reach consensus on a follow-on agreement to START. But is the toughest fight--Senate ratification--still to come?
Full Article

Nuclear Prevention and Red Lines: The Case of Iran

Nuclear Prevention and Red Lines: The Case of Iran
Pierre Goldschmidt, Paper prepared for IISS-CFR Workshop
UN Security CouncilPrecautionary measures have not been sufficiently applied to preventing against the risks of nuclear proliferation. Iran has repeatedly crossed red lines regarding its nuclear program with impunity. The best way to prevent the Iranian nuclear crisis from escalating would be for the UN Security Council (UNSC) to adopt a resolution under Chapter VII of the UN Charter deciding that if Iran were to produce high enriched uranium, to separate plutonium, or to notify its withdrawal from the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), a number of strong and well-defined sanctions would automatically be implemented without requiring a further UNSC resolution. Although there is no precedent for such a preventive UNSC resolution, it should be more effective in making clear to Iran the negative consequences of its actions than any post facto curative measure.
Full Articlehttp://www.carnegieendowment.org/publications/index.cfm?fa=view&id=40449

South Korean companies secure nuclear contract in UAE

South Korean companies secure nuclear contract in UAE
A contract was granted to Samsung C&T and Hyundai Engineering and Construction for the construction of the United Arab Emirates' first nuclear energy facilities. Hyundai has a 55% stake in the deal, with the rest going to Samsung, according to a filing published on the Korea Stock Exchange's Web site. Gulf News (United Arab Emirates)

http://gulfnews.com/business/general/nuclear-hyundai-samsung-awarded-5-59b-uae-nuclear-contract-1.605163

U.S. signs nuclear-reprocessing agreement with India

U.S. signs nuclear-reprocessing agreement with India
U.S. and India officials have reached a deal on procedures for reprocessing used nuclear fuel. Under the terms, India would be able to reprocess U.S. nuclear material under International Atomic Energy Agency rules and permit U.S. companies to take part in its civil nuclear energy industry, according to the U.S. State Department. Bloomberg BusinessWeek

U.S. to announce updated offshore-drilling plan

U.S. to announce updated offshore-drilling plan
The federal government is expected to unveil by Wednesday its offshore oil- and gas-drilling program, including whether to permit exploration along the East Coast. The plan could help the country curb its reliance on foreign oil and enable a new source of domestic energy. Reuters

Feds ask Westinghouse to provide more data on reactor design

Feds ask Westinghouse to provide more data on reactor design
Westinghouse Electric needs to file more detailed input on how the structure designed to house its AP1000 nuclear reactors could withstand calamities before they are approved for a facility in Georgia, federal regulators said. "We need to see that information before we can conduct a complete review of the AP1000 as Westinghouse is describing it," Nuclear Regulatory Commission spokesman Scott Burnell said. Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

U.S., Russia hit language barrier in pact

U.S., Russia hit language barrier in pact

Missile limit debate, Senate pose hurdles for START

European atom smasher sets collision record

Israel Tests It's Missile Defense System

Israel Tests It's Missile Defense System

Israeli Air Force Conducts First In Series Of Tests Of Country's Missile-Defense Systems -- Haaretz

The Israel Air Force conducted a first test late last week of all air defense systems connected to the country's missile defense. The test was completed to examine how the various systems would behave if a barrage of missiles were launched against Israel from a variety of distances - from the Gaza Strip to Iran.

Over the next few years, the Israel Defense Forces is set to acquire several active anti-missile defense systems: Iron Dome, for missiles fired from a maximum distance of six kilometers, and which will be operational in the coming months; Magic Wand and Arrow 3, for longer distances, which are still in development and expected to be deployed in about two years.

The systems will be operated by the air force air-defense units. Over the past year, work on the operational doctrine of the systems has been underway, which will seek to combine the various systems in the most effective way.

Read more ....

http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1159589.html

Obama kickstarts India's nuclear deal

Obama kickstarts India's nuclear deal
The deal this week allowing spent nuclear fuel from the United States to be reprocessed in India is an important step forward in making the earlier US-India civilian nuclear agreement meaningful and a timely affirmation for Delhi of its importance in US President Barack Obama's strategy for the region. India has welcomed the progress, which comes after Washington rebuffed Pakistan's calls for similar nuclear cooperation. - M K Bhadrakumar (Mar 30, '10)

Beijing Challenges the US-NATO-Israel Military Agenda: China's Stance Boosts Iran

Beijing Challenges the US-NATO-Israel Military Agenda: China's Stance Boosts Iran
- by Atul Aneja - 2010-03-29

War Games: Israel gets ready to Strike at Iran's Nuclear Sites

War Games: Israel gets ready to Strike at Iran's Nuclear Sites

Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament: Shifting the Mindset - by David Krieger - 2010-03-30

Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament: Shifting the Mindset
- by David Krieger - 2010-03-30

CIA: Iran capable of producing nukes Report finds Tehran keeping options open

CIA: Iran capable of producing nukes
Report finds Tehran keeping options open

Monday, March 29, 2010

China Testing Ballistic Missile ‘Carrier-Killer’

Ballistic Missiles As "Carrier-Killers"
from War News Updates by Bookyards

China Testing Ballistic Missile ‘Carrier-Killer’ -- The Danger Room

Last week, Adm. Robert Willard, the head of U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM), made an alarming, but little-noticed disclosure. China, he told legislators, was “developing and testing a conventional anti-ship ballistic missile based on the DF-21/CSS-5 [medium-range ballistic missile] designed specifically to target aircraft carriers.”

What, exactly, does this mean?

Read more ....
http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2010/03/china-testing-ballistic-missile-carrier-killer/#more-23446

From Bookyards: The US has also been looking at developing such a weapon system .... but for anti-terrorism purposes. The problem with such a system is that when used the other side will not be able to determine if it is carrying a nuclear payload .... or a conventional one. All countries will assume the worse, and will take counter measures immediately.

If the Chinese are developing such a capability .... and it clearly appears that they are .... they are raising the nuclear threat level to a very dangerous point.

Is underground coal gasification a sensible option?

Is underground coal gasification a sensible option?
from It is 6 Minutes to Midnight | Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists by Kurt Zenz House

There's a lot of coal in the ground. In 2006, the U.S. Energy Information Agency estimated that global coal reserves (i.e., the total quantity of coal that can be economically produced) stood at roughly 840 gigatonnes. That's enough to supply the world for more than 130 years.

Sixth Rajasthan reactor now on-grid from World Nuclear News by Jeremy Gordon

Sixth Rajasthan reactor now on-grid
from World Nuclear News by Jeremy Gordon


India has 19 nuclear reactors supplying power to the grid after the synchronisation of Rajasthan Atomic Power Project unit 6 (RAPP 6). Reactor power will now gradually be increased, all the while supplying India's Northern Grid. Once final tests have been carried out and the reactor is at full power, it will be declared as in 'commercial operation'. Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd said the synchronisation occurred at 1.53 am on 28 March and that the 202 MWe reactor follows its twin, RAPP 5, which entered commercial operation last month. Two other 700 MWe reactors are under construction at the site and predicted for completion in 2017.

China struggles with stance on nuclear power as summit nears

BEIJING -- Two weeks before the United States hosts a summit on nuclear security, one of its most important invitees, China, has yet to RSVP.

Chinese President Hu Jintao will be in the neighborhood for a meeting in Brazil three days after the Washington summit is scheduled to end April 13. But China's coyness in accepting an invitation that went out to the leaders of more than 40 countries reflects an uncertainty about how to deal with the Obama administration's call for a nuclear-weapons-free world and its role as a rising nuclear power, even while the United States and Russia move to cut their nuclear stocks, according to Chinese government sources and Western analysts.

Officials in Washington had assumed that China would not participate in the summit as punishment for a $6.4 billion U.S. weapons sale to Taiwan that was announced in January. But some U.S. officials and analysts say China's failure to announce its intentions suggests that the government is trying to figure out how it can take part.

"China is going to have to weigh its desire to punish the United States with its own desire to send a signal to the world that they are a responsible player that need not be viewed as threatening," said Christopher P. Twomey, an expert on China's nuclear strategy at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif.

Energy Majors Pushing To Keep Government From Blocking Shale Gas's Key Technology from Clusterstock by Vincent Fernando, CFA

Energy Majors Pushing To Keep Government From Blocking Shale Gas's Key Technology
from Clusterstock by Vincent Fernando, CFA


AP UK Gas

BP, Shell, and ConocoPhillips are pushing for U.S. lawmakers to create a provision that prevents federal oversight of 'fracking', or hydraulic fracturing, which is basically the technology that turned cheap and abundant U.S. shale gas from a dream into reality.

As we've said before, energy majors seem highly confident that current technology can make the domestic gas boom happen. The only real question is whether or not the U.S. government will allow it:

Rig Zone:

The companies prepared the document, according to sources familiar with it, at the request of the Senate team that is drafting climate change law, which includes Sens. John Kerry, D-Mass., Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Joseph Lieberman, I-Conn.

If incorporated into the climate change law, it would keep the Environmental Protection Agency from imposing regulations on fracturing, which is now regulated at the state level.

The document recommends that states adopt standards for disclosing the contents of hydraulic fracturing chemicals "to health professionals or state agencies" in order to protect health or environmental safety but maintain "the confidentiality of trade secret information" in the fluids.

Read the full article
The author owns shares in Chesapeake Energy (CHK), a shale gas play.

See Also:

* U.S. Shale Gas Won't Just Revolutionize Energy, It Will Also Make The U.S. Chemicals Industry Ultra-Cost Competitive
* India's Richest Man Dying For A Piece Of The U.S. Shale Gas Revolution
* Two More Huge Signs Of A Recovery

Go-ahead for nuclear fuel reserve from World Nuclear News by Jeremy Gordon

Go-ahead for nuclear fuel reserve
from World Nuclear News by Jeremy Gordon


Amano - Kiriyenko (D. Calma)A reserve of low-enriched uranium is to be set up in Russia, according to an agreement the country made with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) today.

Germany's nuclear plants may run for another 28 years, official says

Germany's nuclear plants may run for another 28 years, official says
Germany is considering extending the lives of its nuclear facilities by 28 years, which would mean the reactors would run for six decades, Economy Minister Rainer Bruederle said. This comes as the center-right government studies how many years it should add to the lifespan of the plants, which under a previous government were allowed only 32 years to operate

Vt. House panel to take up new cleanup bill for Vermont Yankee

Vt. House panel to take up new cleanup bill for Vermont Yankee
Vermont's House Natural Resources and Energy Committee will begin discussing a bill related to long-term cleanup of the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant, said Rep. Tony Klein, D-East Montpelier, the panel's chairman. Two previous decommissioning proposals were approved by the state Legislature but vetoed by Gov. James Douglas. Rutland Herald (Vt.)/Vermont Press Bureau

Some senators urge Obama to hold nuclear-power summit

Some senators urge Obama to hold nuclear-power summit
President Barack Obama should co-sponsor a nuclear-energy summit to be attended by political leaders and corporate executives, said a bipartisan group of senators. They hope the conference could incite development of new nuclear facilities and that it could be staged within four months. The Hill/E2 Wire blog

Chu: Feds may grant $2B each to fund USEC, Areva nuclear projects

Chu: Feds may grant $2B each to fund USEC, Areva nuclear projects
The Energy Department is studying options to provide $2 billion in loan guarantees to USEC's American Centrifuge project in Ohio and Areva's enrichment venture in Idaho, Secretary Steven Chu said. "We are working on mechanisms so that each can apply for the original size of their loan guarantee independently," he added. Chillicothe Gazette (Ohio)

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Should Pakistan Get a Nuke Deal? Only if it finally abandons its support for terrorism. BY C. CHRISTINE FAIR

Should Pakistan Get a Nuke Deal?
Only if it finally abandons its support for terrorism.
BY C. CHRISTINE FAIR
http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2010/03/23/should_pakistan_get_a_nuke_deal

Stop Worrying About Nukes John Mueller, Issues in Science & Technology

Stop Worrying About Nukes
John Mueller, Issues in Science & Technology

Calming Our Nuclear Jitters

An exaggerated fear of nuclear weapons has led to many wrongheaded policy decisions. A more sober assessment is needed.

The fearsome destructive power of nuclear weapons provokes understandable dread, but in crafting public policy we must move beyond this initial reaction to soberly assess the risks and consider appropriate actions. Out of awe over and anxiety about nuclear weapons, the world's super-powers accumulated enormous arsenals of them for nearly 50 years. But then, in the wake of the Cold War, fears that the bombs would be used vanished almost entirely. At the same time, concerns that terrorists and rogue nations could acquire nuclear weapons have sparked a new surge of fear

http://www.issues.org/26.2/mueller.html

Imagining an Israeli Strike on Iran

New York Rejects Entergy Spin-Off Plan: Time to Move On

New York Rejects Entergy Spin-Off Plan: Time to Move On
from SeekingAlpha.com: Home Page by John Clark
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Entergy’s (ETR) spin-off of nuclear power plants looks to be dead in the water according to a recent article from Reuters after the New York Public Services Commission rejected their most recent plan.

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Successful user trials of naval and land-based Prithvi ballistic missile news

India successfully testfires two short-range ballistic missiles


India successfully testfires two short-range ballistic missiles

Dhanush, Prithvi-II test-fired successfully



Dhanush, Prithvi-II test-fired successfully

India Successfully Tests Fires Two Nuclear Capable Ballistic Missiles -- RIA Novosti


India Successfully Tests Fires Two Nuclear Capable Ballistic Missiles -- RIA Novosti


India has successfully test-fired two short-range nuclear-capable missiles off the coast of the Orissa state on Saturday, the IANS news agency reported, quoting military officials.

The Dhanush was test-fired from a naval ship off the coast of India's eastern Orissa state, while the Prithvi II was launched from the Chandipur firing range, some 200 kilometres northeast of the state capital Bhubaneswar.

Both tests occurred at 5:30 a.m. (11:00 GMT).

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Russia Needs Minimum 50 Nuclear Subs For Fleet

Moscow (RIA Novosti) Mar 23, 2010
The Russian Navy ideally needs to have at least 50 nuclear-powered submarines, a high-ranking Navy officer said during a live interview with Ekho Moskvy radio station on Saturday. The Russian Navy has some 60 strategic, multi-functional and diesel-powered submarines in its fleet that are combat ready. "The number of nuclear submarines in Russia's Navy should be no less than 40-50," F ... more

Russia Needs Minimum 50 Nuclear Subs For Fleet

Ex US president Carter urges talks with N.Korea or risk war

Former US President Jimmy Carter urged the United States and South Korea Tuesday to talk directly with North Korea, saying a failure to negotiate nuclear disarmament might lead to a "catastrophic" war.

"No one can predict the final answers from Pyongyang, but there is no harm in making a major effort, including unrestrained direct talks," he said in a speech after receiving an honorary doctorate from Korea University in Seoul.

"The initiative must be from America and South Korea
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Ex US president Carter urges talks with N.Korea or risk war

Nuclear 'roadmap' in latest Russia-India accords

Nuclear 'roadmap' in latest Russia-India accords

New agreements between Russia and India cover cooperation in nuclear power and a roadmap for this year's work by the two countries. Meanwhile, the Indian government has deferred a bill that could be vital to opening nuclear trade with the USA.

Twists and Turns on Way to Arms Pact With Russia -- New York Times

Twists and Turns on Way to Arms Pact With Russia -- New York Times

Nuclear weapons-free world: a vision of Kennedy, Reagan, Obama -- Christian Science Monitor

Nuclear weapons-free world: a vision of Kennedy, Reagan, Obama -- Christian Science Monitor

Backgrounder: Treaties on strategic arms reduction between U.S., Russia -- Xinhuanet

Backgrounder: Treaties on strategic arms reduction between U.S., Russia -- Xinhuanet

Japan Finalizing US Base Relocation Proposal -- Washington Post

Japan Finalizing US Base Relocation Proposal -- Washington Post

TOKYO -- Japan is still seeking to move a contentious American military base off the southern island of Okinawa and will finalize its proposal for Washington by the end of March, the prime minister said Friday.

Officials have considered various options but will boil them down to one proposal to resolve the dispute by May as promised, Yukio Hatoyama told a news conference.

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Iran Planning/Building New Nuclear Sites

Agencies Suspect Iran Is Planning New Atomic Sites -- New York Times

WASHINGTON — Six months after the revelation of a secret nuclear enrichment site in Iran, international inspectors and Western intelligence agencies say they suspect that Tehran is preparing to build more sites in defiance of United Nations demands.

The United Nations inspectors assigned to monitor Iran’s nuclear program are now searching for evidence of two such sites, prompted by recent comments by a top Iranian official that drew little attention in the West, and are looking into a mystery about the whereabouts of recently manufactured uranium enrichment equipment.

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Iran Planning/Building New Nuclear Sites