US and India form new Contact Group

02 October 2014

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The USA and India have established an inter-agency Contact Group to sort out outstanding liability and technical issues to accelerate the full implementation of the US-India civil nuclear cooperation agreement introduced in 2005.

Concluded between the previous Manmohan Singh government and the George W. Bush administration, the Indo-US nuclear deal has been stalled because of issues relating to liability laws.

But at their first bilateral summit, held on 30 September, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Barack Obama "reaffirmed their commitment" to the agreement.

In a joint statement, the two leaders said they had "established a Contact Group on advancing the implementation of civil nuclear energy cooperation in order to realize early their shared goal of delivering electricity from US-built nuclear power plants in India."

IAEA launches laboratory upgrade project

02 October 2014

renual ground breaking 48The International Atomic Energy Agency last week attended a symbolic ground-breaking ceremony to mark the start of the Renovation of the Nuclear Applications Laboratories (ReNuAL) project at Seibersdorf, near Vienna.

Sweden faces future without nuclear

01 October 2014

Sweden may be facing the phase out of nuclear power following agreement by the country's Social Democrats and their junior coalition partner, the Green Party, to set up an energy commission tasked with achieving a 100% renewable electricity system.

Wylfa cleared for continued operation

01 October 2014

Wylfa 1 (Magnox) 48Wylfa unit 1 - the world's last operating Magnox reactor - will be able to continue generating electricity until the end of 2015 after the UK nuclear regulator approved the plant's latest periodic safety review.

Westinghouse signs eight new US fuel contracts

02 October 2014

Westinghouse has booked nearly $500 million worth of additional nuclear fuel contracts with eight utility customers in its Americas region within the past year. The contracts encompass the fabrication and delivery of nuclear fuel and associated engineering to 13 nuclear power plants, the Toshiba majority-owned company said yesterday.

Path mapped to WIPP reopening

01 October 2014

WIPP at sunrise 48The USA's Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) transuranic waste disposal facility will resume limited waste disposal operations in early 2016 under a stepwise approach set out in a newly released recovery plan. The facility has been out of action following two incidents earlier this year.

Regulators group responds to Fukushima

01 October 2014

New nuclear safety reference levels have been published by the Western European Nuclear Regulators Association (Wenra) as part of its response to the Fukushima accident.

Editorial

COP 21 will need to prove that the international community has not failed on climate change, writes Jonathan Cobb.

In 2009, world leaders met in Copenhagen - along with 40,000 civil servants, NGOs and journalists - in what was described as a vital conference in progressing beyond the Kyoto Protocol in the fight against climate change. The leaders agreed to make pledges that were far less effective than they needed to be, while most of the NGOs found themselves locked out due to overcrowding. Coupled with the controversy over the Climategate emails, these failings produced the perfect storm to seed growing scepticism over climate change.

Since then, the annual UNFCCC COP/MOP meetings have continued each year with far less fanfare and little obvious progress. And despite the global financial crisis that took people's minds off the long-term threat of climate change and refocused them on the more pressing economic trials, global emissions of greenhouse gases have continued to rise. 

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