Mystery drones fly over French nuclear sites

PARIS (AP) — French security officials are investigating a spate of mysterious and illegal flights by drone aircraft over more than a dozen nuclear power stations in France, raising security concerns in a country that largely lives off atomic energy.

In what environmental activists call a worrisome development, authorities have tallied at least 15 overflights of nuclear sites since early October, culminating Friday with five at separate sites, government and utility officials said Monday.

DOE spending $13M to boost advanced nuclear reactors

The Hill

To encourage the development of advanced nuclear reactors – anticipated to be more efficient – the Department of Energy is spending $13 million to help major companies including AREVA, GE Hitachi and Westinghouse in their research of the technology, The Hill reports.

French probe of drones that flew over nuke plants


France is trying to find out who was responsible for drones illegally flying over seven of EDF’s nuclear power plants in the country earlier this month, as Greenpeace denies it had anything to do with the incidents, Platts reports.

Sailors can sue TEPCO in US over radiation: Judge


U.S. District Judge Janis L. Sammartino has rejected a request from the Tokyo Electric Power Company to throw out a class action lawsuit filed against it by U.S. Navy sailors exposed to radiation after the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant disaster, Bloomberg reports.

Report finds problem with Hanford nuclear vapors

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Energy does not have an adequate system to detect whether harmful vapors are sickening workers at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, the nation's most polluted nuclear site, according to a new report issued Thursday.

Dozens of workers in the past year have reported smelling vapors and then becoming ill after working around some of the 177 underground nuclear waste storage tanks at Hanford. The waste is a byproduct of the Cold War-era production of plutonium for nuclear weapons.

Iran foils sabotage attempt on heavy water tanks

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian authorities have foiled a sabotage attempt involving tanks used for the transportation of heavy water, a key component in nuclear reactors, an Iranian newspaper reported on Thursday.

The independent Arman daily quoted Asghar Zarean, deputy head of Iran's nuclear department, as saying that Iranian nuclear experts thwarted the sabotage attempt "in recent weeks" but did not provide a more specific timing.

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Green groups urge court to halt nuke renewals

Environmental groups headed back to court on Wednesday to raise fresh challenges to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's recent finding that spent fuel can be safely stored for decades at nuclear power plants after final closure.

The groups filed suit in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, charging NRC failed to live up to a court order to fully evaluate the safety of spent fuel held in pools and dry casks at plants if no permanent repository is built.

Group wants court review of reactor license

LOS ANGELES (AP) — An environmental group asked a federal court Tuesday to review its claim that California's last operating nuclear power plant is violating federal law and should be shut down at least temporarily.

In a petition filed in Washington with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, Friends of the Earth said the Nuclear Regulatory Commission violated its own rules when it altered the operating license for the Diablo Canyon reactors.

Japan hopes for future market for nuclear fuel tech

The Wall Street Journal

Japan is hoping that it could benefit in the future from adapting technologies developed to deal with melted spent nuclear fuel in the crippled reactors at the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant, The Wall Street Journal reports.

US general: NKorea may have nuke missile knowhow

WASHINGTON (AP) — North Korea may be capable of fielding a nuclear-armed missile that could reach U.S. soil, but because it has not tested such a weapon the odds of it being effective are "pretty darn low," the commander of U.S. forces in South Korea said Friday.

In remarks at the Pentagon, Army Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti noted that North Korea claims to have such a missile, although some have questioned whether they have achieved all of the key technological breakthroughs, including manufacturing a nuclear warhead small enough for a long-range missile.


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