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US releases $450 mln in frozen Iran funds

The United States has authorized the release of a $450 million installment in Iranian assets that were frozen as punishment for Tehran's disputed nuclear program, the State Department said Thursday. It came after a new report by the UN's nuclear watchdog found that Iran was complying with the terms of a November interim deal with world powers calling for a partial freeze to its controversial nuclear drive.

Tiny power plants hold promise for industry under scrutiny, new global nuclear chief says

PARIS - Small underground nuclear power plants that could be cheaper to build than their behemoth counterparts may herald the future for an energy industry under intense scrutiny since the Fukushima disaster, the incoming head of the Nuclear Energy Agency told The Associated Press.

Radiation study on evacuation zones kept undisclosed for 6 months

The government kept undisclosed for six months a report on an individual radiation dose study in areas around the crisis-hit Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, including a district recently released from an evacuation order. The study, covering the city of Tamura and the villages of Kawauchi and Iitate, showed that the radiation level in many areas is still beyond 1 millisievert per year -- a level the government is seeking to achieve at contaminated lands in the long term.

Areva says in line to build British nuclear waste plant

French nuclear power group Areva said on Tuesday it was part of a consortium retained for a major contract in Britain to handle radioactive metallic waste. The treatment of waste materials from nuclear power plants is a highly expensive and environmentally controversial issue. Areva, which did not divulge the value of the deal, said it would work with British companies Mace and Atkins in the joint-venture called a.m.a.

Ex-mayor of nuclear-reliant village voices opposition to nuclear power

The former mayor of a village that had a pioneering role in Japan's nuclear development expressed his opposition Sunday to the nation continuing to look to nuclear power as an energy source. "It has been said that a local community can enjoy benefits by hosting a nuclear power plant, but it is just an illusion," Tatsuya Murakami, who served as mayor of Tokaimura, Ibaraki Prefecture, for 16 years until his retirement last September, told a public gathering in Tokyo.

Inspection report falsification suspected at Monju fast-breeder

The operator of the Monju prototype fast-breeder reactor in Fukui Prefecture is suspected of falsifying its inspection report to regulators as they later found new pieces of equipment that had not been inspected there, Nuclear Regulation Authority sources said Thursday.

N. Korea nuclear reactor may have been temporarily shut down

North Korea may have temporarily suspended the operation of a nuclear reactor around February due to a cooling system problem, a U.S. institution monitoring the country said Monday. The U.S.-Korea Institute under Johns Hopkins University warned of the possibility of a fire or release of radioactivity at the plant in the Yongbyon nuclear complex, the centerpiece of the country's nuclear program, if a similar problem were to recur.

Radioactivity risk at N.Korea nuke site: US think tank

North Korea's main nuclear site appears to have suffered water supply problems that could lead to an escape of radioactivity in an accident, a US think tank said Monday. Citing recent satellite images, the US-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins University said the Yongbyon complex seems to be struggling to ensure a stable water supply following heavy rain and floods last summer. The problems pose particular risks for North Korea's first light water reactor which is near completion, it said.

Inspectors re-enter New Mexico nuclear waste site after leak

By Joseph L. Kolb ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico (Reuters) - Inspectors ventured into an underground nuclear waste disposal vault in New Mexico on Wednesday to begin an on-site investigation of a radiation leak nearly seven weeks ago that exposed 21 workers and forced a shutdown of the facility.

Shizuoka governor rejects using plutonium-mix fuel at nuclear plant

Shizuoka Gov. Heita Kawakatsu said during a recent interview with Kyodo News he cannot stick to his predecessor's decision to allow one of the nuclear reactors in the prefecture to use a controversial type of fuel created through spent fuel reprocessing. "We will take back (the decision)," Kawakatsu said, referring to a project called "pluthermal" in Japan, in which ordinary reactors use plutonium-uranium mixed oxide fuel, or MOX fuel. The fuel is created by plutonium and uranium extracted from reprocessing conventional uranium fuel.
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