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Dangerous spent fuel returned to US

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

WASHINGTON: Germany has returned more than 20 pounds (9 kilograms) of highly enriched uranium fuel to the U.S. for safeguarding from terrorists or potential misuse, the government said Tuesday.

The National Nuclear Security Administration said the spent fuel shipment was transported by ship and rail under secret and secure conditions. Spokeswoman Casey Ruberg said the material was secured at a site in the southern state of South Carolina on Sept. 23.

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No Italian nuclear waste coming to Utah, for now

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Nuclear waste from Italy won't be rolling into Utah anytime soon.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission said Monday it is postponing a decision on whether low-level radioactive waste from Italy can be buried in Tooele County. In order to grant a license, federal regulators must be sure that the waste has somewhere suitable to go, and they won't have that assurance unless a federal court ruling clears the way, the NRC said.

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U.S. and Romania agree to equip border crossings to help prevent nuclear smugglins

Monday, September 15, 2008

WASHINGTON DC – The U.S. National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and Romanian Frontier Police (FP) today announced an agreement to coordinate efforts to prevent nuclear smuggling by installing radiation detection equipment at multiple border crossings in Romania. The agreement signed today provides the framework for the two countries to work together to detect illicit shipments of nuclear and other radioactive material.

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Radiographer Overexposure

On September 2, 2008, a team of three radiographers, consisting of the main radiographer and two assistants, were performing radiographs of pipeline welds near Ardmore, Oklahoma.
The camera, which contained an Ir-192 source with an activity of 4.1 TBq (111 curies) was mounted on an all terrain vehicle. Assistant #2 was responsible for positioning the camera and making exposures at each weld.

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Weapons-grade allegations

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Expert accuses US Nuclear Regulatory Commission of shunning safe practice and hushing-up his independent guidance

THE accusation: "They refused to forward my questions to the applicant. They want[ed] me to water things down [and didn't] want me to criticise. I was not allowed to provide independent review." In this case 'they' is the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), the 'applicant' is Shaw Areva Mox Services (SAMS), and the disgruntled tce quotee is Daniel Tedder, professor emeritus of chemical engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology, US.

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Duke halts use of test fuel at plant

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

CHARLOTTE - Duke Energy has removed test bundles of mixed-oxide or MOX fuel from its Catawba nuclear plant on Lake Wylie as it investigates unusual physical changes in the assemblies.

Anti-MOX groups say the halt means the testing should start all over again, delaying by years a billion-dollar federal program to use surplus weapons plutonium at Catawba.

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Potential Industrial Radiographer Overexposure

On March 11, 2008, the Nebraska Division of Public Health (DPH) notified the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) that a radiographer employed by an industrial radiographer licensee may have received an occupational dose in excess of the regulatory limits. According to DPH, the event involved an AEA 660B radiographic device containing a 1.2 TBq (33 Ci) Ir-192 sealed source.

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Company's plans to bring in Italian nuclear waste to US raises fears

Thursday, November 22, 2007

CHARLESTON, South Carolina: Environmentalists and some federal lawmakers voiced concerns over the planned shipment to the United States of radioactive nuclear waste from Italy, questioning the volume of waste being brought in and whether it exceeds federal safety standards.

EnergySolutions wants to ship about 200,000 cubic feet (5,664 cubic meters) of the radioactive waste into the United States, process it in Tennessee before burying it at a site in Clive, Utah, where the company is based.

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Potential Radiographer Overexposures

On September 17, 2007, Texas Department of Health notified the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) that three occupational personnel employed by a radiography licensee may have received radiation dose(s) in excess of the regulatory limits. The event involved a QSA model 943 radiographic device containing a Co-60 sealed source with an activity of approximately 3.5 terabecquerel (TBq) [94 Ci].

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Potential Overexposures to Members of the Public

On February 23, 2007, Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality (ODEQ) notified the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) that personnel (non-occupational) employed by a well logging licensee may have received a radiation dose in excess of the regulatory limits for members of the public. The event involved a sealed well logging source containing approximately 33 gigabecquerel (GBq) [0.90 Ci] of Cs-137.

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