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Dutch police detain 28 anti-nuclear protesters at reactor

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Dutch police said they detained 28 anti-nuclear demonstrators at a reactor on Tuesday ahead of a visit by a delegation of energy sector bosses. The protesters blocked the entrance to the site in Petten, north of Amsterdam, where two reactors are used for research. The delegates, including chief executives from global energy firms, are visiting the Netherlands in conjunction with a two-day security summit in The Hague that concludes on Tuesday.

China says Japan nuclear stockpile move step in right direction

BEIJING (Reuters) - China said on Tuesday that Japan's agreeing to turn over sensitive nuclear material of potential use in bombs to the United States was a step in the right direction, but that it had other material it still needed to hand over. The leaders of Japan and the United States, meeting at a nuclear security summit in the Netherlands, said that hundreds of kilograms (pounds) of material of potential use would be downgraded and disposed of.

Chubu Electric to invite bids to build new fossil power capacity

Chubu Electric Co. will invite bids by March 2015 to build new fossil fuel-powered generation capacity totaling 1 million kilowatts over 15 years from around 2022, President Akihisa Mizuno said Tuesday. The capacity close to that of a nuclear reactor is expected to use inexpensive coal as fuel to save costs. Chubu Electric itself could become a bidder. While the restart of its nuclear power plant remains uncertain, Chubu Electric now depends heavily on fossil fuel-powered plants, most of which are outdated.

UK reviewing Russia nuclear power pact due to Ukraine crisis

By Susanna Twidale LONDON (Reuters) - Britain is reviewing its nuclear cooperation agreement with Russian state firm Rosatom because of the Ukraine crisis, the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) said. The UK last November opened the doors to Russia to build nuclear power plants in the country by signing a pact with Rosatom to help the company prepare potentially to enter the British market.

Nuclear summit final statement highlights IAEA role

The world must construct a system to fight nuclear terror with the world's atomic watchdog playing a central role, a draft of the Nuclear Security Summit's final statement says. The draft, of which a final version is to be agreed later on Tuesday by the leaders of more than 50 countries at the third Nuclear Security Summit, calls on countries to "build and sustain a strong nuclear security culture and effectively combat nuclear terrorism and other criminal threats."

Fukushima water decontamination system down again

The operator of Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear plant said Tuesday it had shut down a key decontamination system used to clean radiation-tainted water, just hours after it came back online. Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO) switched off its Advanced Liquid Processing System (ALPS) after workers discovered leaks "seeping" from a tank late Monday. About eight litres (2.1 gallons) of tainted water is believed to have leaked out, a company spokesman said. He added there was no immediate safety risk as the water had been recovered.

Fukushima fishermen approve plan to release groundwater from plant: media

TOKYO (Reuters) - Fishermen working off Japan's destroyed Fukushima nuclear plant have agreed to allow the release of uncontaminated groundwater around the facility into the ocean, Jiji news agency reported on Tuesday, in a rare victory for the site's operator. Tokyo Electric Power Co (Tepco), the operator of the Fukushima station that suffered triple nuclear meltdowns after the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami, has been lobbying local fishermen to allow a "groundwater bypass" for nearly two years.

Japan to return plutonium to U.S. in bid to cut nuclear materials

Japan agreed with the United States on Monday to return hundreds of kilograms of uranium and plutonium provided for research during the Cold War era, as part of efforts to reduce global stockpiles of nuclear materials. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Barack Obama agreed the bilateral pact was "a good message" to other countries in the context of nuclear security, according to Japanese Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato.

U.S. to help in 'elimination' of sensitive Japanese nuclear stockpile

By Jeff Mason and Fredrik Dahl THE HAGUE (Reuters) - Japan will turn over hundreds of kilograms (pounds) of sensitive nuclear material of potential use in bombs to the United States to be downgraded and disposed of, the two countries' leaders said as a nuclear security summit began on Monday. China had voiced concern earlier this year about regional rival Japan's holding of plutonium but Washington and the United Nations nuclear agency have made it clear they are not worried about the way Tokyo is handling the issue.

US, Japan in historic plutonium return deal

Japan pledged Monday to return hundreds of kilos of weapons-grade uranium and plutonium given to Tokyo for research during the Cold War era, in the first major deal announced at a summit on nuclear security. "By removing this nuclear material, we can prevent the risk of nuclear terrorism," Japan's special nuclear advisor, Yosuke Isozaki, said on the sidelines of the 2014 Nuclear Security Summit (NSS) in The Hague.
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