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Russian nuclear sites need to be safer

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

By Russell Hotten
Daily Telegraph 04 December 2007

Russia has created a vast state-run company that brings together organisations and agencies involved in the country's civil and military nuclear sector, with the aim of overseeing billions of pounds of investment in new power stations and pitching for contracts abroad.

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Lithuania nuclear chief sees delay to new plant

Friday, November 30, 2007

VISAGINAS, Lithuania, Nov 29 (Reuters) - A planned new Lithuanian nuclear plant faces a delay of at least two years to 2017, the head of the country's current sole atomic power facility said on Thursday. Viktor Shevaldin, head of the Ignalina nuclear plant, due to be shut down at the end of 2009 under Lithuania's European Union entry terms, said several uncertainties remained about the planning and eventual construction of a new plant.

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U.N. to promote self-reliance in Chernobyl area

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

By Edith Honan, Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.N. efforts to help people affected by the Chernobyl nuclear disaster two decades ago should focus on rebuilding self-reliance instead of treating them as victims, a U.N. official said on Monday.

The U.N. General Assembly is expected to pass a resolution on Tuesday saying U.N. activity in the region must move beyond humanitarian assistance in favor of a focus on development.

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Siemens, Russia to develop atomic power generation

Friday, November 16, 2007

MOSCOW (Reuters) - German engineering conglomerate Siemens signed an agreement on Tuesday with Russia to help the country boost nuclear power generation.

Russia's atomic energy agency, known as Rosatom, said its chief, Sergei Kiriyenko, had signed the memorandum in Moscow with Rudi Lamprecht, a member of Siemens' managing board.

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Russia says radiation leak at Urals Mayak plant

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Mon Oct 29, 2007 1:27pm EDT
By Natalya Shurmina

YEKATERINBURG, Russia (Reuters) - Safety breaches have caused a radiation leak at a major nuclear reprocessing plant in the Ural mountains, Russia announced on Monday, but officials said there was no danger to humans.

Local Emergencies Ministry officials said a faulty tap allowed radiation to leak from a tank holding liquid radioactive waste onto 1.5 km (just under a mile) of a road at the Mayak plant. The incident happened four days ago.

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Latvia, Russia to conclude nuclear deal

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Nov 06, 2007
In cooperation with BNS

RIGA -- The Latvian government has endorsed an agreement to send used nuclear fuel from the decommissioned Salaspils nuclear research facility to Russia.

The Environment Ministry proposal was given the green light at a government meeting on Nov. 6, meaning that a full agreement with russia can go ahead next week.

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Russia, China to build plant for uranium enrichment

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

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MOSCOW, November 6 (Itar-Tass) -- Russia and China have agreed to start joint action to build a gas centrifuge plant in Chinese territory to enrich uranium for the nuclear power industry.

The chief of Russia’s atomic energy industry Sergei Kiriyenko and chairman of China’s Defense Science, Technology and Industry committee, Zhang Qinwei, signed a protocol to the corresponding agreement of December 18 1992 within the framework of the twelfth regular meeting of Russian and Chinese prime ministers on Tuesday.

The two men also put their signatures to a protocol on the de

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Russia to supply 7 kg of nuclear fuel for Ukraine test reactor

Monday, November 5, 2007

MOSCOW, November 1 (RIA Novosti) - Russian state-run nuclear fuel producer TVEL will supply 7 kilograms of low enriched uranium to a research reactor in Ukraine in 2008, the company announced on Thursday.

The nuclear fuel will be delivered under a Russian-U.S. program, Reduced Enrichment for Research and Test Reactors (RERTR), aimed at developing technical methods to convert reactors from the use of highly-enriched uranium (HEU), which can be used in atom bombs, to low enriched uranium (LEU).

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Belarus to hold tender in 2008 to build nuclear power plant

Friday, October 19, 2007

MINSK, October 19 (RIA Novosti) - Belarus will hold a tender next year for a project to build its first nuclear power plant, at which Russian and Western partners are expected to bid, the prime minister said on Friday.

The Belarusian leadership has said the country needs the plant to ensure national energy security amid rising hydrocarbon prices. Russia doubled its gas price for Belarus at the start of the year, after over a decade of heavily discounted prices. The new plant is expected to provide 15% of the country's power consumption.

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Police Break Up Ecological Demonstration

Friday, October 12, 2007

By Galina Stolyarova
Staff Writer

Alexander Belenky / The St. Petersburg Times
An ecological demonstrator is carried away by a policeman as a protest on St. Isaac’s Square, in front of the Legislative Assembly building, was broken up on Thursday.

The police on Thursday disrupted an environmental picket outside the St. Petersburg Legislative Assembly, detaining more than 10 activists from local and international ecological groups campaigning against the import of spent nuclear fuel and depleted uranium hexafluoride. The picket was held in the wake of a hefty cargo of depleted uranium arriving in the city.

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