Australian news, and some related international items

Discredited Global Nuclear Energy Partnership resuscitated under a new name

In October 2007 a panel of  the U.S.  National Academy of Sciences condemned the plan – the Global Nuclear Energy Partnership (GNEP) as unproven and risky, and concluded that the program, even if pursued, would not be ready in time to deal with the commercial nuclear waste accumulating at 104 U.S. commercial power reactors and the waste expected to be added from any future reactors. The U.S. Senate and Congress were unwilling to pass funds for this grandiose plan.

The GNEP languished, discredited – until now. The same plan is now resuscitated, and re-launched under a new name –   The the International Framework for Nuclear Energy Cooperation (IFNEC)

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Senator Scott Ludlam raises nuclear problems in Senate Estimates

Reporting on Senate Estimates Committee, Scott Ludlam, 19 June 2010, Midway through week one, estimates got radioactive as it always does. A serious leak of radioactive water from the Ranger Uranium Mine into Kakadu National Park made my usual talk with the Office of the Supervising Scientist a little more interesting, with new revelations emerging about pollution spikes and long term impacts in Kakadu. Continue reading

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GNEP becomes the IFNEC

Global Nuclear Energy Partnership Steering Group Members Approve Transformation to the International Framework for Nuclear Energy Cooperation Department of Energy U.S. Department of Energy , 18 June 2010,
The Global Nuclear Energy Partnership Steering Group met in Accra, Ghana on June 16-17, 2010 and approved unanimously several transformative changes to reflect global developments that have occurred since the Partnership was established in 2007. The transformation includes a new name – the International Framework for Nuclear Energy Cooperation Continue reading

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Public kept in dark about radioactivity used in Sydney war games

Radioactive material used in Sydney games Herald Sun: AAP * June 18, 2010 AUSTRALIAN and American military forces reportedly used radioactive material during war training games across Sydney.The material was shifted around the city and its surrounding suburbs throughout May, the Seven Network reported on Friday Continue reading

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UK rejects loan for nuclear technology

The announcement is a blow both to the company and the nuclear sector

UK Axes GBP80 Mln Sheffield Nuclear Industry Loan – WSJ.comBy Selina Williams Of DOW JONES NEWSWIRES LONDON (Dow Jones) 17 June 2010, –The U.K. government Thursday axed an GBP80 million loan to Sheffield Forgemasters International Ltd. for equipment to make the large forgings for nuclear power stations as part of broader spending cuts. Continue reading

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Radiation leak investigated in Queensland

Qld Health investigating radiation, Rockhampton News, 19th June 2010 A QUEENSLAND Health representative yesterday confirmed the department was investigating a radioactive substance leak at QMAG’s Parkhurst plant last week…….e small leakage of caesium-137.The leak was detected during statutory testing, where a high radiation reading was reported at the base of a cylinder on a gauge………The spokesperson said Queensland Health was investigating the cause of the incident.

Qld Health investigating radiation | Rockhampton News | Local News in Rockhampton | Rockhampton Morning Bulletin

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Sweden’s pro nuclear decision by no means a sure thing

The Riksdag voted in favor of renewing nuclear power—….by the near-divided vote of 174-172. The left-leaning opposition party has vowed to reverse the legislation if it gains power in September’s general election…..Even if the overturn of the ban stands, political will alone does not new nuclear power plants make–as neighboring Finland can attest

Sweden Goes Nuclear (maybe) TIME,  by Eben Harrell Friday, June 18, 2010, The Riksdag, Sweden’s parliament, voted on June 17 to overturn a three-decades old ban on new nuclear reactors in what many see as a test-case for the long-predicted “nuclear renaissance ” in Europe.The legislation annuls a a referendum in 1980 in which Sweden’s population voted against renewing or replacing the country’s fleet of 12 power plants…….

But yesterday’s vote is no simple victory for nuclear supporters. Continue reading

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