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Radiological Safety News March 24 – March 31, 2010

April 1, 2010       

Panel to study what to do with US nuclear waste (CNN International) The Hanford facility is one of more than 100 nuclear sites across the country where about 70000 tons of radioactive waste.

Source of nuclear plant leak is found (Boston Globe) The owner of the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Plant said yesterday that it had found.

NY Regulators Reject Entergy Nuclear Spinoff (Vermont Public Radio) New York utility regulators have rejected Entergy Corporation’s plan to spin off its six nuclear power stations into a separate company.

N Korea Threatens US, S Korea With Nuclear Attacks (RTT News)‎ North Korea’s military on Friday threatened the United States and South Korea with “unprecedented nuclear attacks

Israel could use tactical nukes on Iran: thinktank (Washington Post) JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Deeply concerned as it is by the risk of a nuclear-armed Iran, Israel has never even hinted at using atomic weapons.

FDA panel recommends tanning bed ban for teens (The Money Times)‎ A tanning bed or sunbed is a device emitting ultraviolet radiation used to produce a cosmetic tan.

EPA questions method of mining uranium. (BillingsGazette) Concerned about the potential contamination of aquifers that provide drinking water, the U.S. EPA has told the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to go back to the drawing board with its site-specific environmental reviews of three proposed in situ uranium mines in Wyoming,

Radioactive Leak Is Fixed at Vermont Nuclear Plant (NYT) The Vermont Yankee nuclear reactor has fixed two holes in an underground pipe that leaked tritium into groundwater.

Hanford waste stranded by Yucca Mountain decision (TCH) The tanks are still there, 177 in all, packed with 53 million gallons of radioactive waste. One million gallons have leached into the desert soil.

As nuclear summit nears, China struggles with role as rising power (NYT) Two weeks before the United States hosts a summit on nuclear security, one of its most important invitees, China, has yet to RSVP.

Iran may have 2 more nuclear plants in works (SFC) Six months after the revelation of a secret nuclear enrichment site in Iran, international inspectors and Western intelligence agencies say they suspect that Tehran is preparing to build more sites in defiance of U.N. demands.

Safer nuclear reactors could result from Los Alamos research (Eurekalert) Self-repairing materials within nuclear reactors may one day become a reality as a result of research by Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists.

Scientists Say FDA Ignored Radiation Warnings (NYT) Urgent warnings by government experts about the risks of routinely using powerful CT scans to screen patients for colon cancer were brushed aside by the Food and Drug Administration, according to agency documents and interviews with agency scientists.

Madison company seeks piece of isotope market (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel) Piefer plans to use his Madison company’s nuclear fusion technology to make molybdenum-99. The substance, known as Mo-99, produces technetium-99m, an isotope that’s critical for certain medical imaging tests that diagnose, monitor and treat some cancers, as well as heart and brain diseases.

Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant could be affected by new rules (San Luis Obispo Tribune) New state rules would require that the cooling system used at Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant be phased out within the next 15 years, but would allow plant managers to apply for alternatives that reduce cost.

Nuclear disarmament hinges on missile defence dispute (New Scientist) After almost a year of negotiation, the US and Russia have finally settled on a plan to further reduce their vast nuclear arsenals. If the new agreement is approved, the number of deployed warheads by will be cut by 30 per cent over previous targets. But an ongoing dispute over a European missile defence shield has the potential to scupper the plans.

Nuclear Labs Raise Doubts Over Viability of Arsenals (NYT) In a challenge to the White House, the nation’s nuclear weapons laboratories have warned Congress that federal programs to extend the life of the nation’s aging nuclear arsenal are insufficient to guarantee the viability of the weapons for decades to come.

Airline radiation a concern, but not from scans (Chicago Tribune)  Passengers may be suspicious of the low-level radiation doses coming from full-body scanners being deployed at airports, but a far greater threat comes from the radiation that creeps into airliners while in flight.

Pakistani court keeps curbs on nuclear scientist (WP) A Pakistani court on Monday rejected a petition by disgraced nuclear scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan challenging restrictions on his movements, a government lawyer said.

A controversial drilling practice hits roadblock in New York City (Yale Environment 360) Last fall hydro fracturing ran headlong into opposition from New York City. For now, stiff resistance from the city, which fears the contamination of its pristine water supply in upstate New York, seems to have slowed the fracking momentum.

Philadelphia seeks ban on natural gas-drilling method (Reuters) Philadelphia officials on Thursday asked a state regulator to ban the natural-gas drilling technique known as hydraulic fracturing until its environmental effects – especially on drinking water – are studied.

More tritium found at Vt. Yankee, NRC plans closed-door meeting (WCAX)  More tritium has been found on the grounds of the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant in Vernon.

Tritium leak at Oconee Nuclear site proves elusive (Greenville) The source of radioactive tritium in monitoring wells at Oconee Nuclear Station remains a mystery, and area residents are waiting for answers while workers are digging new test wells to narrow down the possibilities.

US to Deploy Radiation Detectors at Italian Seaports (Global Security Newswire) The United States is set to supply several Italian seaports with detection technology to catch the illicit trafficking of nuclear or radiological material, the U.S. National Nuclear Security Administration announced yesterday.

U.S. and India reach agreement on nuclear fuel reprocessing (WP) India and the United States announced Monday the successful conclusion of negotiations granting rights to India to reprocess spent nuclear fuel, a new step toward opening nuclear commerce between the two countries, potentially worth billions of dollars.

Agreement Signed for First International Nuclear Fuel Bank (Global Security Newswire) The International Atomic Energy Agency and Russia yesterday inked an agreement to establish the world’s first international nuclear fuel repository at a uranium enrichment facility in Angarsk, Siberia, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reported,

US hopes nuclear arms pact to be ratified this year(WP) The Obama administration hopes to win Senate ratification of a major new nuclear arms deal with Russia by the end of this year, a senior State Department official said on Monday.

Second radioactive substance at Vermont Yankee(SPI) Test results have confirmed the presence of another, more dangerous, radioactive substance in the soil at Vermont’s only nuclear power plant, officials said Tuesday, five days after announcing they had found and stopped tritium leaks at Vermont Yankee.

Fight Over Radioactive Waste Disposal in Andrews Heats Up Again (NewsWest9) An environmental group in Austin is trying to keep the Waste Control Specialists (WCS) site from expanding.  Now, both those for and against a low-level radioactive dump in Andrews County are taking the next stage of their fight to the Internet.


DOE tells Aiken County that Yucca suit premature (Augusta Chronicle) The U.S. Department of Energy says Aiken County can’t sue over the closing of Yucca Mountain because the nuclear waste disposal facility’s demise is not final, according to a court filing.

Radioactive Waste To Be Trucked Via I-81 Starting Next Summer (Greeneville Sun) Beginning in July 2011, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) plans to begin trucking two different types of “transuranic” radioactive waste along Interstate 81 through Greene County en route to a disposal facility in New Mexico.

Review Set for Major US Radiation Detection Program (Global Security Newswire) The U.S. Government Accountability Office plans to review the progress of a federal program that deploys technology at foreign seaports to detect nuclear or radiological weapons materials that could be used in an act of terrorism

PNNL to offer support in anti-smuggling effort (Mid Columbia Tri City Herald) Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland will be helping with work to prevent smuggling of radioactive material through Italian ports.

Edmonton scientists working on medical isotope shortage (Montreal Gazette ) A team of researchers is attempting to solve the ongoing shortage of radioactive medical isotopes by building a new particle accelerator in Edmonton.  The federal government approved the initial $3-million grant for the project this week.

U.S., world leaders press Iran on its nuclear program (WP) President Obama and ministers from the world’s top industrialized countries turned up the heat on Iran on Tuesday, raising the prospect of new U.N. sanctions within weeks to discourage its nuclear program.

USA and Vietnam agree to nuclear cooperation (World Nuclear News) The USA has signed with Vietnam for increased cooperation in the peaceful use of nuclear energy. Meanwhile, it has moved closer to opening nuclear trade with India with an agreement on nuclear fuel reprocessing.

Arms Control May Be Different on Paper and on the Ground(NYT) An official photograph of a B-52 bomber at Barksdale Air Base in Louisiana shows it with a formidable arsenal of nuclear weapons it can carry all at once — 14 air-launched cruise missiles, four B61-7 gravity bombs and two B83 gravity bombs.


Story tips from the US Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory April 2010(Eurekalert) Science, medicine and engineering will at ORNL for its annual Biomedical Science and Engineering Conference. Up to four times as much land is available to site small nuclear power plants as compared to large plants, according to a study by ORNL.

Is Toyota’s sudden-acceleration issue the result of cosmic rays? (Toronto Star)  NASA scientists brought in to examine everything from software faults to electromagnetic radiation.

Iranian nuclear scientist defects to U.S.: report (WP) An Iranian nuclear scientist who has been missing since June has defected to the United States and is helping the CIA, ABC news reported on Tuesday.

US public support for nuclear at record high http://iubmx.tk

Steel liner installation starts at Chinese EPR http://4v0g1.tk

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China discusses nuclear with Belarus, Pakistan http://3z5c1.tk

Shimane offline following faulty inspections http://r34q4.tk

USA and Vietnam agree to nuclear cooperation http://ezxj2.tk

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China discusses nuclear with Belarus, Pakistan http://7u518.tk

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Horizon picks its first nuclear site http://mjm3b.tk

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Decommissioning milestones for UK plants http://nsrks.tk

MOX fuel contract for Hokkaido reactor http://nougq.tk

Go-ahead for nuclear fuel reserve http://edrbe.tk

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Chinese Candu reactor trials uranium reuse http://ho32f.tk

Go-ahead for nuclear fuel reserve http://c4527.tk

Sixth Rajasthan reactor now on-grid http://oh9pt.tk

Japanese company buys Kalahari stake http://uwt8d.tk

New York commission rejects Entergy spin-off plan http://l4e0i.tk

ESP application for new Texan plant http://k3wb9.tk

New Brunswick-Quebec energy deal off http://qhhr3.tk

New York commission rejects Entergy spin-off plan http://l1pvi.tk

Isotope producers under repair http://6×7df.tk

ESP application for new Texan plant http://6e9xp.tk

Aliens eye up Australian waste site http://xs8pm.tk

Westinghouse assumes management of UK fuel plant http://9qgrg.tk

UK on target for low-carbon future http://f5upt.tk

Nuclear a competitive energy option, study shows http://cem43.tk

Construction licence for Ignalina waste facility http://d7pip.tk

USEC, DoE reach $90 million cost share agreement http://l1imj.tk

Chinese reactor trials Candu fuel reuse http://xksxe.tk

Name change proposed for FPL Group http://nfnj6.tk

China plans ‘28 more’ reactors by 2020 http://r5fjv.tk

German reactor restarts after lengthy outage http://64o5w.tk

Polls show support for nuclear, but waste concerns http://88zeu.tk

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Radiological Safety News March 17 – March 23, 2010

March 23, 2010       

Also in World News Irish Independent - ‎16 hours ago‎  Bomb-makers who have been active in Afghanistan might already have the ability to produce a “dirty bomb” using knowledge acquired over the internet. …

Soham murderer Ian Huntley attacked in prison The Northern Echo - Tony Kearney – ‎Mar 22, 2010‎ In 2007, al Qaida terrorist Dherin Barot, who planned to carry out a dirty bomb attack on the UK, was scarred for life after fellow prisoners poured a

US Needs to Develop Nuke, “Dirty Bomb” Recovery Plan, GAO Finds
Global Security Newswire - ‎Mar 2, 2010‎
Presently, much of federal planning for dealing with a “dirty bomb” attack has centered on immediate response efforts such as evacuating residents and …

Radioactive waste plans thrown out Northamptonshire Evening Telegraph‎ Campaigners against radioactive waste being dumped at a rural site are celebrating after a council committee voted.

Utility Regulators Want Yucca Open Wall Street Journal An underground train is shown at the entrance of Yucca Mountain in Nevada in this April 2006 photo.

US state agencies push to keep Yucca nuclear site Reuters India  The Obama administration this month asked the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to pull the license application for the Yucca waste storage site.

State Regulators Urge Obama to Reconsider Yucca Mountain Wall Street Journal  The regulators said the dismissal of the Yucca Mountain application will significantly undermine the government’s ability to fulfill its outstanding.

Iran ready to exchange more than 1 ton of low-enriched uranium Monsters and Critics.com Tehran – Iran said it was ready to exchange more than 1 ton of its low-enriched uranium for uranium enriched to a higher level.

Entergy units want to continue possible nuclear power development CanadianBusiness.com Entergy Louisiana and Entergy Gulf States Louisiana are studying the possibility of a second nuclear generator at the River Bend Power Plant.

Mandelson backs nuclear industry with £80m loan Financial Times The UK government has agreed to lend £80m to nuclear engineering company Sheffield Forgemasters as part of the policy of “industrial.

Toxic waste weighs on revival of nuclear industry Moneycontrol.com Reviving the US nuclear industry could get hung up on the political minefield of how to handle the security, legal and environmental risks.

VY may extract tainted water from under plant (Battleboro Reformer) Engineers are working on a plan to extract up to 300,000 gallons of tritium contaminated groundwater from under the site of Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant in Vernon

Is Nuclear Energy Safe? (Discovery News) With a financial push from the Obama administration (and even Bill Gates), nuclear energy is out in front as an alternative to generating electricity with fossil fuels.

V.A. Is Fined Over Errors in Radiation at Hospital (NY Times) The Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Wednesday announced its second-largest fine ever against a medical institution — $227,500 — after finding that the veterans hospital in Philadelphia had caused an “unprecedented number” of radiation errors in treating prostate cancer patients.

Report: Thyroid cancer radiation a public threat (USA Today) A Nuclear Regulatory Commission rule allowing hospitals to discharge radioactive thyroid cancer patients to their homes and hotels poses a public health threat, a congressional report says today

Nuclear power revival? Clinton attempts a comeback (Illinois Times) Clinton Power Station is a silent sentry at the edge of a 5,000-acre man-made lake, six miles east of Clinton, and about 68 miles from Springfield. Its powder blue dome rises above silos, cornfields and endless country roads with names like “500 North” and “County Road 14

US Ambassador Urges China Cooperation on Iran (ABC News/Associated Press) Washington’s ambassador to Beijing said Thursday bilateral disputes should not interfere with cooperation between the U.S. and China on international issues such as global warning and Iran’s nuclear program

Hillary Clinton in Moscow to push arms treaty, Middle East (Washington Post) U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton visited Russia on Thursday to clear obstacles to a new treaty cutting arsenals of nuclear weapons and to seek Moscow’s backing for tougher sanctions against Iran.

U.S. Criticizes Russia on Iran Nuclear Plant, Holds START Talks Democracy Now  The Obama administration is criticizing Russia for announcing plans to finish construction of a long-delayed civilian nuclear power plant in Iran.

Russia to boost nuclear energy role RT  Russia is targeting a quarter of the world’s nuclear power construction and maintenance station market. Russia is planning to build 26 new nuclear power

Safety Issues Linger as Nuclear Reactors Shrink in Size New York Times  A Russian-made nuclear-powered Alfa class submarine, which could go 45 mph underwater. A blog about energy, the environment and the bottom line.

Exelon to Shut Oyster Creek if State Requires Towers BusinessWeek   Exelon Corp., the biggest US nuclear power producer, will shut its Oyster Creek nuclear power plant in New Jersey.

Powell Says New Sanctions on Iran Won’t Stop Nuclear Program BusinessWeek  “The Iranians are determined to have a nuclear program,” Powell said in the interview, which will be broadcast on Bloomberg Television’s “Conversations.

Nuclear leaks appear to turn corner (Bennington Banner) The main source of radioactive tritium leaking at the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant appears to have been stopped, and levels measured in a nearby monitoring well have been dropping for weeks. But plant, state and federal officials say the story is far from over.

Nuclear waste piling up in region (Chattanooga Times Free Press) Three nuclear power plants along the Tennessee River near Chattanooga are storing 3,013 metric tons of highly radioactive nuclear waste.

Pakistan seeks to probe nuclear secrets scientist (WP) Pakistan wants to investigate a disgraced scientist on charges of transferring nuclear secrets to Iraq and Iran, a government lawyer said Monday, just before important nuclear talks begin with Washington.

State agency fines Hopkins $370000 on radiation issues (Baltimore Sun) The Maryland Department of the Environment announced Friday that it fined the Johns Hopkins University and Johns Hopkins Hospital $370,000 – the largest such penalty ever paid by Hopkins – after finding problems related to how the university and hospital handled radiation materials.

Radioactive seeds offer hope in breast-cancer fight(Orlando Sentinel) Florida Hospital is one of the few facilities in the state and across the country that uses a radioactive seed about the size of a grain of rice implanted in a woman’s breast. A Geiger counter is used to read the radioactive signal and guide the surgeon to the tumor, which is removed along with the seed.

State Senator Andy Berke Fights Foreign Nuclear Waste With New Bill(WDEF News 12) Energy Solution Incorporated is considering a deal to import 20,000 tons of nuclear waste from Italy to process at Oak Ridge.

Russian diplomat sees US arms pact in days: report (Reuters)  Russian and U.S. negotiators could finalize a new nuclear arms treaty within days, RIA news agency quoted a Russian deputy foreign minister as saying on Monday.

Areva plans new reactors that make nuclear waste disappear (Times Online)  A new type of nuclear reactor that could permanently “destroy” atomic waste is being developed by French scientists, according to the chief executive of Areva, the world’s largest nuclear energy company.

US support for nuclear power reaches record 62% (USA Today) As President Obama promotes nuclear power plants, a record share of US adults — primarily Republicans — support this energy source, according to a Gallup.

World’s 1st AP1000 nuke to power up by 2013 (China Daily) The world’s first generation III AP1000 reactor, the Sanmen nuclear power plant in east China’s Zhejiang province, will be put into use by 2013, said Wang Binghua, chairman of the State Nuclear Power Technology Corp. (SNPTC), the Beijing Times reported Monday.

Nuclear power legislation melts down in Ky. House (BW)  Legislation that would lift Kentucky’s ban on construction of nuclear plants has melted down in the House after easily passing the Senate nearly two months ago.

Goshutes fight N-waste rulings (SLT)    The Skull Valley Band of Goshutes asked a federal judge Monday to throw out two U.S. Interior Department rulings that killed their proposal to use their Tooele County reservation as a parking lot for high-level nuclear waste.

GAO evaluates ill Hanford worker claims (TCH)   Compensation claims for Hanford and other nuclear site workers with cancer take about three years to process if radiation exposure must be estimated, according to a Government Accountability Office report released Monday.

Tougher TCE standard will affect ICBM site cleanup (Houston Chronicle)  Plans by the Environmental Protection Agency to set a tougher standard for the amount of a toxic chemical allowed in drinking water will raise the bar for cleaning up contaminated groundwater near old nuclear missile sites.

Y-12 celebrates dedication of uranium storehouse (Knoxville News Sentinel) U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu was in town Monday to help celebrate a new $549 million storehouse for the nation’s supply of bomb-grade uranium – a high-security facility so stout it reportedly could withstand the impact of a commercial aircraft.

Special inspection team sent to Neb. nuclear plant (NTV) The malfunction of a water pump last month at 1 of Nebraska’s two nuclear power plants has led the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission to order a special inspection.

Increased risk of ‘dirty bombs’ (The Press Association) Britain faces an increased risk of being targeted with terrorist “dirty bombs” as a result of a rise in the illegal trafficking of radioactive material, Government reports warned.

Bill Gates and Toshiba discuss nuclear power venture (BBC News) A company backed by Microsoft chairman Bill Gates is in talks with Japan’s Toshiba to develop a new generation of nuclear reactors.

World will stop Iran getting nuclear arms: Blair (AFP) Middle East peace envoy Tony Blair warned Iran on Monday the world will do “whatever it takes” to stop it acquiring a nuclear weapon.

Geneva atom smasher sets March 30 for collisions (Atlanta Journal Constitution) Operators of the world’s largest atom smasher say they will try to collide proton beams at record high energy in one week.

UV radiation, not vitamin D, might limit multiple sclerosis symptoms(Science News) Ultraviolet radiation from sunshine seems to thwart multiple sclerosis, but perhaps not the way most researchers had assumed, a new study in mice suggests.

Pakistani scientist could face inquiry : Islamabad seeks to reopen nuclear proliferation probe (WP) The Pakistani government on Monday sought a court’s permission in Lahore to reopen its probe into scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan and his role in nuclear weapons-related discussions and transactions with Iran and Iraq.

BMW to supply engines to police car builder (WP) Carbon Motors is developing the Carbon E7 squad car, which it says is the first vehicle specifically designed for police use. The prototype includes bulletproof door and dash panels, radiation and biological threat detectors and diesel engines that can reduce fuel costs by up to 40 percent.

UK ‘dirty bomb’ alert: Nuclear or chemical weapons terror attack threat is rising Daily Mail - Tim Shipman – ‎Security minister Lord West made the chilling assessment as he published the first counter-terrorism strategy to prevent a ‘dirty bomb’ attack in this …

5 terror suspects on trial in Madrid CNN - Al Goodman – The defendants also allegedly searched for a substance called “red mercury” that could be used to make a so-called “dirty bomb,” the prosecutor said in the

Exclusive: Nuclear Terrorism: How Did We Get Here? Where Are We? And Where Can Family Security Matters - Peter Huessy – ‎Admiral Blair, Annual Threat Assessment, February 2, 2010 Although a terror group could certainly try and build a nuclear bomb, a dirty bomb,

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Radiological Safety News March 10 – March 16, 2010

March 17, 2010       

Acceptable’ Risk: Holder’s Undisclosed Padilla Connection AINA - Bill Burck – ‎Mar 10, 2010‎… Supreme Court supporting Jose Padilla, the US citizen suspected of working with KSM and others in an al-Qaeda plot to explode a dirty bomb in a US city. ..

Cell Phone Warning Debate (CBS News ) A great debate is brewing over warning labels for cell phones, detailing the risk of radiation.

Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer Cases Jump (CBS News) New research reveals that skin cancer has become widespread — particularly the non-melanoma type.

China More Concerned About Iran, Wary on Sanctions (New York Times) China has become more concerned about international tensions over Iran’s nuclear program, but remains doubtful that sanctions can resolve the stand-off.

Reports Shine Light on Nuclear Weapons Vigilance (Washington Post) While public attention is focused on a new arms-control treaty between Russia and the United States, the slow, dull work of keeping nuclear warheads and weapons-grade uranium and plutonium protected from terrorists goes on almost unnoticed.

Russia Sees U.S. Nuclear Arms Deal Soon (Washington Post) A nuclear arms reduction pact between Russia and the United States could be ready for signing by late March or early April, Russian news agencies reported.

Iran Plans to Reduce Cultural Relations with Britain (Washington Post) Iran says the country plans to reduce its cultural relations with Britain, an indication of the deteriorating relations between the two countries and tensions regarding Iran’s nuclear program.

ORNL Researchers Win 251M Hours on Supercomputer (Oak Ridger) Oak Ridge National Laboratory researchers will lead projects that have been awarded a total of 251 million processor hours of computing time on supercomputers at ORNL and Argonne National Laboratory near Chicago.

Bill Gates, Son Take Personal Tour of Hanford (Seattle Post-Intelligencer) The Hanford nuclear reservation had a famous guest this month: Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, who toured the site with his 10-year-old son.

Taking a Risk With Nuclear Technology (New York Times) Citizens that burying radioactive waste deep underground is an environmentally sound trade-off for generating nuclear power free of greenhouse gases.

Utah: Nuclear Waste Burial Scrutinized (New York Times) By AP… More than 10000 drums of nuclear waste that have been buried in Utah are likely to include some material that is so radioactive state law forbids it

Senators urged to visit planned waste dump site (ABC Online) The Greens say a Senate inquiry into the Federal Government’s proposed radioactive waste management legislation will not visit the site of the proposed dump

Technology developed to cut radioactivity in demolished nuclear power plants (Mainichi Daily News) In a world first, Shimizu Corp. has developed technology that reduces radioactive concrete chunks from demolished nuclear power plants to one-hundredth.

Tritium could affect VY cleanup costs (Brattleboro Reformer)  Tritium has a half-life of 12.3 years, which means it will have lost half of its radioactivity during that period of time. Other factors include groundwater

Yucca Mountain shutdown criticized (Las Vegas Review – Journal) A departing leader of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission last week criticized President Barack Obama’s handling of the Yucca.

Stricter training urged for imaging, radiation (American Medical News) When it is delivered correctly, a single CT scan can deliver as much radiation as 300 chest x-rays.

India Defers Introduction of Civil Nuclear Liability Bill (Voice of America) The Indian government has deferred the introduction of a bill considered crucial for American companies to tap into India’s nuclear power market

Russian, US Presidents Discuss Nuclear Pact (Global Security Newswire) Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and US President Barack Obama spoke by telephone Saturday in an effort to move toward finalizing a landmark nuclear arms.

Experts at symposium see risks in uranium mining (The Virginian-Pilot ) A company called Virginia Uranium Inc. wants to mine uranium in Pittsylvania County in south-central Virginia.

Court rules in favor of uranium mining (Cibola County Beacon) This ruling is good news for us (the uranium mining industry). “Now we can proceed with other permits in order to start mining uranium in New Mexico.

Gold Wheaton Supports First Uranium Convertible Note Financing (press release) Proceeds of the Offering will be used for MWS capital expenditures including completion of the first module uranium plant.

Russia Aims To Boost India Ties On Nuclear Energy, Space, Defense (RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty) Putin’s spokesman said the total value of defense and nuclear-energy-sector deals expected to be signed.

Pakistan navy test fires missiles, torpedoes (AFP) Last month, India successfully tested a nuclear-capable surface-to-surface Agni-III missile with a range of more than 3000 kilometres (2000 miles).

Iowa Senate OKs nuclear-energy study (Dubuque Telegraph Herald) The Iowa Senate approved a bill that would allow an Iowa energy company to raise fees to pay for a study on the feasibility of building a nuclear power plant in the state.

Sierra Club hoping for tight landfill controls (The State) The South Carolina Court of Appeals sided with conservationists Wednesday in their fight against a 39-year-old nuclear waste dump that has buried atomic garbage in open trenches and leaked radioactive pollutants into groundwater.

Board seeks Yankee leak information (Rutland Herald) Exactly what role and what power the Vermont Public Service Board has over the ongoing radioactive tritium leak at the Vermont Yankee reactor dominated a largely procedural hearing Wednesday.

Agency needs new plan after Yucca decision (Las Vegas Review) With the Yucca Mountain repository apparently off the table, safety regulators will need to retool to determine whether nuclear waste can remain stored at reactor sites for periods of a hundred years or longer, officials said Wednesday.

Experts Say Earthquakes Shouldn’t Hinder Chile Nuclear Power (Wall Street Journal) Despite a devastating 8.8-magnitude earthquake that rocked Chile & apos’s central-southern regions, experts believe a nuclear power plant could be safely built and operated in the country.

US, Canadian health officials OK Polish isotopes (Reuters) U.S. and Canadian health officials have approved the use of the medical isotopes created at a Polish nuclear reactor, a move that will help ease a shortage of the materials used in millions of diagnostic tests, health products provider Covidien said on Thursday.

Study suggests too many invasive heart tests given (WP) The researchers said the findings suggest doctors must do better in determining which patients should be subjected to the cost and risks of an angiogram. The test carries a small but real risk – less than 1 percent – of causing a stroke or heart attack, and also entails radiation exposure.

Maine gov cool to cell phone health warnings bill (WP) Researchers last week told the committee that studies in Europe show electromagnetic radiation from cell phones poses risks of brain cancer, especially in children. They want consumer warnings on cell phones and their packaging.

Senegalese Government Considering Building Nuclear Power Plant (BusinessWeek) Senegal is considering building what would be Africa’s first nuclear power plant outside of South Africa to supply domestic and regional markets, an Energy Ministry spokesman said.

Gates to Discuss Iran With Emirates Leaders (NYT) Like other Gulf countries, the U.A.E. is increasingly nervous about the buildup of Iran’s nuclear capacity, which Iran says is peaceful but which Western nations believe is a covert nuclear arms program.

Japan Says It Allowed U.S. Nuclear Ships to Port (NYT) Japan ended decades of denials on Tuesday by confirming the existence of secret cold war-era agreements with Washington that, among other things, had allowed American nuclear-armed warships to sail into Japanese ports in violation of Japan’s non-nuclear policies.

Leaky Nuclear Plants Versus States Rights (The Epoch Times) The people of Georgia may soon be neighbors to the first two new U.S. nuclear plants approved in decades, thanks to billions in loan guarantees just proposed by the Obama administration. But discontent in state legislatures is signaling that those new nuclear plants may not be warmly welcomed in every neighborhood.

Robot explorer stuck in pipe at Yankee Nuclear (BurlingtonFreePress) A small robot looking for the source of a radioactive leak at the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant is stuck in the mud.

‘Sweet’ victory savored (Las Vegas Review) “How sweet it is. How sweet it is. And it really is.”  Richard Bryan, former Nevada governor and US senator, pumps his fist in victory Tuesday at a mock wake for the Yucca Mountain Project.

Legislature seeks to create radioactive waste cleanup fund (SLT) The state could keep up to $4 million in fees from companies burying radioactive waste in Utah in case the state has to take over the sites, under a bill that passed the Senate on Tuesday and now goes to the governor for his signature.

Hanford tours hot ticket, sold out for year (TCH) In 13 hours and 9 minutes all 2,544 seats for Hanford public tours this year from April through September had been claimed.

PNNL installs 850 radiation detectors at border crossings (Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce) Every car and truck that enters the U.S. through a customs station along the Canadian or Mexican borders now is screened for radioactive contraband thanks to Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

Tanning beds added to dangerous-radiation list (Oklahoma Daily) A listing of the most dangerous forms of radiation that cause skin cancer now includes a new item: tanning beds, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation.

The Arab Quest for Nuclear Power (Christian Broadcasting Network) On the sidelines of an international conference on nuclear energy this week, Syria’s deputy foreign minister said his country is pursuing “alternative energy sources, including nuclear energy.”

Costs Climb for Los Alamos Research Site (Global Security Newswire) The anticipated cost of a planned nuclear research complex at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico has risen from $600 million to $4.5 billion, due in large part to an extended construction period and new plans to reinforce the site against earthquakes

Australian Scientists Aim to Improve Radiation Detectors (Global Security Newswire) Australian scientists have been developing a mathematical equation which would decrease the number of “nuisance alarms” set off by harmless materials passing through radiation scanning equipment at airports and seaports, the Australian reported today

Feds work to track down Indians entitled to radiation payouts (Denver Post) The U.S. Justice Department on Tuesday launched an “intensive outreach effort” in the Four Corners area to American Indians whose work in the uranium industry during the Cold War exposed them to radiation.

The Good Guys Are Not Supposed to Hire the Bad Guys’ Lawyers National Review Online (blog) - ‎Mar 11, 2010‎ … who is suspected of plotting a dirty-bomb attack and was convicted on charges of conspiracy to murder, kidnap and maim overseas, conspiracy to provide …

Quake-prone Japan upgrades its nuclear power plants MinnPost.com - Jonathan Adams – ‎Mar 12, 2010‎…If terrorists got their hands on MOX fuel, they could potentially make a ” dirty bomb.” To prevent that, MOX fuel is shipped from Europe to Japan by..

Designing an Unmanned Chopper for Nuclear Disasters Discovery News - Clark Boyd – ‎Mar 12, 2010‎…One possible scenario that has been put forward: The choppers could be deployed after a nuclear strike, or a dirty bomb…
explosion, to search for survivors,

‘Hard to separate terrorism and Pakistan’s nukes’ MyNews.in - Prasanna D Zore – What are the odds that the terror factories operating out of Pakistan can lay their hands on a dirty bomb, given the dangerous liaison between some of the …

Frankland Prison inmate stabs three officers ChronicleLive - Sophie Doughty – ‎Mar 15, 2010‎…Terrorist Dhiren Barot, the al Qaeda mastermind behind a dirty bomb plot, suffered severe burns after being doused with boiling hot cooking fat and water by …

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Radiological Safety News March 2, 2010 to March 9, 2010

March 10, 2010       

Ig Nobel tour showcases the bra that doubles as a gas mask The Guardian - Elena Bodnar – ‎Mar 8, 2010‎ a critical time window to escape from fires, explosions, natural disasters and biological and radiological terrorist attacks (including a “dirty bomb”).

Remediation gel wins award HazMat Management Magazine (subscription) - ‎Mar 8, 2010‎… Nuclear (CBRN) first responder units concerned about immediate clean up after a major incident from accidents or acts of terrorism such as a dirty bomb.

Uranium bank deposit imminent, Moscow says (UPI.com) A reserve of low-enriched uranium will be deposited into an international nuclear fuel bank by the end of the year, Russian executives said in Paris.

Jal on Radioactive Waste Route(KTSM News) Jal could see low-level radioactive waste travel through the community next year on the way to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant disposal site near Carlsbad.

Obama wants more nuclear power, but what about the waste? (Crosscut)
Washington state Attorney General Rob McKenna is dubious about where this, and where it might leave Hanford.

Aging Reactors Put Nuclear Power Plant ‘Safety Cultures’ in the in the Spotlight The pumps incident landed CENG on the NRC’s carpet, leading to apologies by company executives and pledges to improve the safety culture at the plant, whose first unit started up 40 years ago. The NRC is holding open its investigation of the incident pending a further inspection.

New Helicopter Design Would Investigate Nuclear Disasters Space Daily - ‎Mar 7, 2010‎  Roughly six feet long and weighing 200 pounds, the re-engineered aircraft is designed to fly into American cities blasted by a nuclear weapon or dirty bomb.

Israel, Syria announce nuclear energy ambitions (WP) Mideast rivals Israel and Syria on Tuesday each announced ambitions to develop nuclear energy, with Israel facing the prospect that its plan could bring new international attention to its secretive nuclear activities.

Israel wants to build nuclear power plants (WP) Israel’s infrastructure minister says his country wants to build nuclear power plants in cooperation with its Arab neighbors.

Russia sees new nuclear arms treaty by April (WP) A new treaty limiting U.S. and Russian strategic nuclear arsenals could be signed within two or three weeks, Russian news agencies cited Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov as saying Tuesday.

Pipe inspection continues at VY (Barre Montpelier Times Argus) Vermont Yankee engineers and technicians are continuing their investigation into the source of a radioactive isotope leaking from the nuclear plant.

E.U. to Begin Press on Nuclear Standards (NYT) The head of the European Commission was to begin a push Monday for European safety standards for nuclear power plants to become binding worldwide, a development that might benefit France as it competes to sell its expensive technology and expertise against countries offering cheaper alternatives.

Iran Close to Having Nukes, DOD Official Tells Oil Execs HSToday - Anthony L. Kimery – ‎Mar 4, 2010‎ tactical nuclear bombs or highly enriched uranium for use in so-called “dirty bomb” attacks against US and Western interests around the world.

Rail system being built at Hanford to safely move radioactive waste (The Spokesman Review) Work has begun on a custom-designed rail system to safely move samples of radioactive waste through the laboratory at Hanford’s vitrification plant.

Sarkozy urges global expansion of nuclear energy (WP) French President Nicolas Sarkozy on Monday urged developing countries to embrace nuclear energy and rich lenders to help pay for it, but stood firmly against countries that “cheat” and use the technology to make weapons.

Obama faces tough decision on nuclear weapons (WP) President Obama’s top national security advisers will within days present him with an agonizing choice on how to guide U.S. nuclear weapons policy for the rest of his term.

Uranium tailings cleanup reaches million-ton milestone (Salt Lake Tribune) The U.S. Department of Energy said this week that more that 1 million tons of uranium mill tailings have been moved from the banks of the Colorado River near Moab to a disposal cell 30 miles away at Crescent Junction, north of Interstate 70.

Earthquake prone Japan sees green in new nuclear power plants Yahoo! News - Jonathan Adams – ‎Mar 2, 2010‎  MOX fuel is a tightly regulated material that could be used to make a “dirty bomb.” It’s transported by custom-built, armed ships with an elite police.

Tawkon Measures The Radiation Spewing From Your iPhone.  No Wonder Apple Doesn’t Approve It (WP)Israeli startup company Tawkon develops application to analyze how much cellular radiation your iPhone emits at any given moment or location.  However, Apple has denied approval on the grounds that a diagnostic tool of this nature “would create confusion” with iPhone owners from a usability perspective.

Study finds elevated cancer risk in Crestwood (Chicago Tribune) Cancer rates are “significantly elevated” in Crestwood, according to a new state report that focuses on a south suburb where residents unwittingly drank contaminated water for more than two decades.

China Looks to North Korea Nuclear Talks Before July (NYT) China wants stalled six-party talks aimed at ending North Korea’s nuclear arms activities to restart before July, a senior Chinese diplomat said, warning that progress was by no means certain.

US Needs to Develop Nuke, “Dirty Bomb” Recovery Plan, GAO Finds Global Security Newswire - ‎Mar 2, 2010‎…Presently, much of federal planning for dealing with a “dirty bomb” attack has centered on immediate response efforts such as evacuating residents and

Obama’s Nuclear Posture Review will set tone for U.S. weapons policy(WP) President Obama’s top national security advisers within days will present him with an agonizing choice on how to guide U.S. nuclear weapons policy for the rest of his presidency.

U.S. criticized on Iran sanctions (WP)The Obama administration is pushing to carve out an exemption for China and other permanent members of the U.N. Security Council that would tighten sanctions on companies doing business in Iran.

Utah:   Nuclear Waste Burial Scrutinized (WP) More than 10,000 drums of nuclear waste that have been buried in Utah are likely to include some material that is so radioactive state law forbids its burial, a report released Wednesday by the group Healthy Environment Alliance of Utah says.

Flawed Nuke Detection Program Dialed-Back by DHS Pacific Free Press - Tom Burghardt – ‎Feb 28, 2010‎…As with existent monitors, the ASP was unable to distinguish between components required to manufacture a radiological dirty bomb from natural radiation

Nuclear waste blue ribbon panel to start work (Las Vegas Review) The federal commission charged with exploring alternatives to storing nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain will begin its work later this month, the Department of Energy said Wednesday.  The Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future will meet on March 25 and 26 in Washington.

Hanford:  DOE files to end Yucca, state files to block DOE (Mid Columbia Tri City Herald) The Department of Energy filed a petition to withdraw its Nuclear Regulatory Commission license application for the Yucca Mountain, Nev., radioactive waste repository this afternoon.

Hanford: State leaders in DC want action on B Reactor (Mid Columbia Tri City Herald) The National Park Service needs to include Hanford’s historic B Reactor in a proposed Manhattan District National Historic Park, said nine members of the Washington Congressional delegation in a letter to the park service director.

Delaying post-surgical radiation increases risk of breast cancer recurrence in older women (EurekAlert) Older women who have had breast cancer surgery have a greater risk of the cancer returning if they delay their post-surgical radiation treatment, report Dana-Farber Cancer Institute scientists.

CT scans for children face more scrutiny (St. Louis Post-Dispatch) The booming use of the scans along with research showing their overuse and link to cancer has experts launching initiatives to ensure patients are exposed to the least amount of radiation possible. Particular concern has focused on the unique threats the tests pose to children.

Syria denies concealing nuclear activities(WP) Syria on Thursday denied hiding nuclear activities from the world and said Israel was the source of suspicious uranium particles found at a Syrian desert complex bombed two years ago by the Jewish state.

U.S., allies attack Iran for decision to make higher grade of enriched uranium (WP) Iran came under renewed attack Wednesday for its decision to make a higher grade of enriched uranium, a move that weapons experts say would dramatically shorten the country’s path to nuclear weapons.

Delayed US Nuclear Review Likely To Call For Cuts (NPR) The Obama administration has missed its own deadline for mapping out its policy on nuclear weapons, which was supposed to be submitted to Congress two days ago.

Hybrid fusion: the third nuclear option (New Scientist) There is a way of returning to nuclear while overcoming all these concerns: hybrid nuclear fusion. The concept has been around for decades, and has been discussed in the technical literature and at the International Atomic Energy Agency.

The US is lagging on nuclear reactor technology (New Scientist) IT SEEMS obvious: if you’re planning a new generation of nuclear power stations, you should invest in the most advanced and efficient designs available. Yet that’s not what seems to be happening in the US.

New Iran Sanctions Draft Circulated (NYT)  The proposed new sanctions would both broaden the scope and intensify three previous rounds of sanctions enacted since 2006 in an effort to convince Iran to halt uranium enrichment and negotiate the future of its nuclear development program.

Maine lawmakers mull cell phone health warnings (Reuters) Maine’s state Legislature could soon vote on a bill making the Northeast U.S. state the first to require that cellular phones carry warnings of a possible link between mobile phone radiation and brain cancer.

Medical Radiation Treatment Safeguards Pledged (PhysOrg.com) A dozen witnesses representing a cross-section of the radiation industry — doctors, professors, manufacturers, radiologists, medical physicists and patients — testified before a bipartisan assemblage of subcommittee members in a packed hearing room.

NRC: Tritium response is to emotion, not risk (Morris Daily Herald) The tritium issue that first saw light at Braidwood Generating Station five years ago is fueling headlines today at Yankee Nuclear Power Station in Vermont.

Report: Keep depleted uranium out of Utah (SLT) Depleted uranium from a government cleanup in South Carolina is too radioactive and contains fission waste that should not be buried in Utah, says a new report from technical experts working with the Healthy Environment Alliance of Utah.

Water tower at D Reactor tumbles down (TCH) The last water tower that once served Hanford’s plutonium-production reactors along the Columbia River has come crashing down.

Homeland Security Scales Back Development of New Radiation Monitors(Global Security Newswire) The U.S. Homeland Security Department is curtailing its efforts on a new generation of radiation monitors that were at one point intended to replace the current line of sensors that screen cargo containers coming into the United States for material that could be used in a nuclear attack, a Senate committee announced yesterday.

Salem County nuclear complex could produce Cobalt-60 (NJ.com)  Hope Creek could become only the second commercial nuclear power reactor in the U.S. to produce Cobalt-60 under a proposal now being reviewed by the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission, officials said Tuesday.

UN council ready to tackle Iran nuclear issue (Reuters) Gabon’s U.N. Ambassador Emanuel Issoze-Ngondet, president of the Security Council for March, said the Iranian nuclear issue was not on the agenda of the 15-nation panel this month, but council members might still hold a meeting on it.

US nuclear arms treaty stalls over Russian demands (Sydney Morning Herald)  The US President plans ”dramatic reductions” in the US nuclear weapon stockpile as part of a sweeping review designed to prove his commitment to the goal of global nuclear disarmament.

US Agency Selects Rochester for Radiation Research Contract (University of Rochester Newsroom) The University of Rochester Medical Center has received a $3.9 million one-year contract, with options to increase to a total of $42 million over the next four years, to develop a simple, quick blood test to measure radiation exposure after an act of terrorism or nuclear accident.

In Vermont, unease over aging, leaky nuke plant (WP) But at this year’s annual exercise in New England-style democracy they also weighed in on a debate that has consumed lawmakers in Montpelier and dominated radio talk shows and newspaper opinion pages: the continued operation of an aging nuclear power plant whose “leaks and lies” are fueling a push to close it.

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Welcome to K8 Community

March 9, 2010       

Thanks for visiting k8community.com. Check back with us regularly for a compilation of weekly news on radiological safety issues. Your comments on the K8 alarming device and these topics are welcome. We would love to here what the public and public safety professionals are thinking.

In addition to the state police and city fire professionals who have already deployed K8 in the Western US, the K8 radiation detector is being well received at many municipalities here in Southern Connecticut as well as Homeland Security officials in the Midwest.  I was pleasantly surprised by the interest in an event security application that I ran into yesterday. It’s also been encouraging to see how knowledgeable many of the law enforcement and first responders have been on face to face visits.

One challenge that I have been running into is that a few emergency managers and public safety professionals feel that because they have sophisticated radiation detection equipment at their disposal that K8 is redundant. The point that a I try to drive home is that a radiological hazard first needs to be identified before the current technologies will be deployed and I’m afraid too many people will suffer overexposure before the hazard is correctly identified, including the first responders.

That’s the benefit of a K8 Personal Radiation Indicator. K8 is hands free, effortless to carry (at 1/2 oz) and on the job 24/7 on the cuffs, shirt pockets and belts of your public safety people who will be the first responders. If K8 alarms, then they know to quarantine the area immediately and call in the big guns with the radiological response team. And, K8 will help them know and respond a whole lot faster.

That’s brings me to my new favorite three-letter acronym for 2010 – PDM. It stands for pre-disaster mitigation, and that’s K8 in a nutshell. K8 will help detect the nuclear leak, spill, dirty bomb, or RDD pre-disaster.  Just flip it (the switch) and clip it (wherever it’s most comfortable).

Thanks for reading,

Jeff

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