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India’s N-Power Generation Drive Sparks Safety Fears

With the Indian Government launching a massive drive for stepping up the country’s nuclear power generation capacity, the issue of nuclear safety has assumed great significance. Some analysts say there could be cause for alarm, given the non-transparent nature of India’s state-controlled nuclear energy sector – there is no way to estimate whether safety issues will be carefully followed. India ...

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The Business of Profitably Disposing of Nuclear Waste

The US House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Energy and the Environment on 3 November 2009 unanimously approved a legislation to ban the importation of foreign radioactive waste for disposal in the US. Congressman Bart Gordon (D-TN) introduced H.R. 515: Radioactive Import Deterrence Act in January of 2009 and the bill could soon be up for a vote in ...

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IAEA Guide on Staying Safe from Radioactive Sources

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has just released a Guide on Security of Radioactive Sources for implementing security measures on radioactive sources. It is published under the IAEA’s Nuclear Security Series, the publication includes guidance and recommended measures for the prevention and detection of, and response to malicious acts involving radioactive sources. This publication provides guidance that can be ...

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French Regulator Says 900MWe N-Reactors Safe for 40 Years

There are no generic problems that would affect the ability of France’s 900 MWe reactors to enjoy a 40-year operating life, the country’s nuclear regulator has told plant operator Electricité de France (EdF). In a formal letter to EdF, André-Claude Lacoste, president of France’s Nuclear Safety Authority (Autorité de sûreté nucléaire, ASN), noted that on the basis of the evidence ...

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Sweden Keen to Offer N-Waste Management Expertise to India

Sweden is offering India its considerable expertise in nuclear waste management and areas relating to nuclear security. The country, having world leadership in management of used fuel has its nuclear waste management well in hand. Earlier this year, Swedish companies operating in the nuclear sector came to India on an exploratory trip for discussions with Nuclear Power Corporation of India ...

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EIL to Build N-Waste Storage Caverns with Swedish Help

State-owned Engineers India Ltd (EIL), which provides engineering and related technical services for industrial projects, plans to enter the nuclear business by constructing underground caverns to store nuclear waste and is likely to use the services of Swedish consultants SWECO and SKB International Consulting AB. SWECO is a consultant to EIL for constructing an underground crude oil storage facility in ...

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India May Sign Nuclear Liability Accord After Polls, Saran Says

India, the second fastest-growing major economy, may enact a law that will limit the liability of U.S. suppliers in case of a nuclear accident after a new government takes office following general elections. “The internal processes of India becoming a member of the convention have been completed,” Shyam Saran, special envoy to the prime minister, said in an interview in ...

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India on Guard against Terrorist Attacks on N-Plants

India’s nuclear establishment has tightened security at its various atomic reactors and power plants across the country In wake of the recent terrorist attacks on Mumbai in which nearly 200 people were killed. According to Atomic Energy Commission Chairman Anil Kakodkar, the security of the nuclear power plants across the country is being reviewed and any additional measures required to ...

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