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Senate panel approves Vietnam nuclear agreement

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Foreign Relations Committee has approved an agreement on civilian nuclear cooperation between the U.S. and Vietnam, as Washington looks to expand its relationship with its former Southeast Asian foe.

The agreement would allow U.S. companies into Vietnam's expanding market for nuclear power. The U.S. and Vietnamese governments reached the agreement in October, and it was approved by President Barack Obama in February this year. It now has to be endorsed by the full Senate. The prospects for passage remain uncertain.

Magwood must leave NRC, green groups urge Obama

Source: 
The Hill

Bill Magwood, a member of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission who is headed to become chief of the Paris-based Nuclear Energy Agency, should be asked to leave his NRC post, groups including Sierra Club and Friends of the Earth wrote to President Obama, The Hill reports.

Contractor gets $1.9M bonus days after WIPP fire

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Albuquerque Journal

A $1.9 million bonus the Department of Energy awarded to the contractor that operated the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, five days after the fire that crippled the facility, praised Nuclear Waste Partnership for excellent performance, the Albuquerque Journal reports.

Obama: Significant gaps on Iran nuclear talks

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says there are "still significant gaps" and more work to do on Iran nuclear talks.

The president told reporters Wednesday that he will consult with Congress and allies to determine whether negotiations need to be extended after the July 20 deadline.

Japanese reactor restarts could boost struggling uranum prices

Source: 
Bloomberg

Japan's move to vouch for the safety of two idled reactors is a step toward a nuclear restart in the country, a development market analysts say could boost struggling uranium prices, Bloomberg reports.

Japanese nuclear plant deemed safe, nears restart

TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese nuclear plant won preliminary approval Wednesday for meeting stringent post-Fukushima safety requirements, clearing a major hurdle toward becoming the first to restart under the tighter rules.

The Nuclear Regulation Authority accepted a 418-page report that found that design upgrades and safety improvements at Kyushu Electric Power Co.'s two reactors at the Sendai Nuclear Power Station have complied with the requirements introduced last July.

Iranian Nukes: Gaps remain, but talks continue

WASHINGTON (AP) — World powers and Iran still face significant gaps in their negotiations to curb Tehran's nuclear program, foreign ministers said Tuesday while forging ahead with efforts to secure a deal that could finally bridge a decades-long diplomatic chasm between the Islamic republic and the West.

Sunday's deadline for an agreement could be extended, but that issue is controversial, too. And without an accord on the nuclear talks, the U.S. risks losing opportunities to negotiate with Iran on other pressing regional issues, including sectarian fighting in Syria and Iraq that is threatening to rip apart the Mideast.

Iran lays out possible deal that features nuclear freeze

Source: 
The New York Times

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told The New York Times that Iran is willing to freeze its nuclear fuel production capacity for seven years in exchange for sanction relief in an effort to reach a deal with world powers ahead of a July 20 deadline.

Facing deadline, US and Iran press nuclear talks

VIENNA (AP) — The top U.S. and Iranian diplomats searched Monday for a breakthrough in nuclear talks, their efforts complicated by crises across the Middle East and beyond that have Washington and Tehran aligned in some places but often opposed.

The state of U.S.-Iranian relations was adding a new wrinkle to the long negotiation aimed at curbing the Islamic republic's uranium and plutonium programs.

How nations are tackling nuclear waste storage

TOKYO (AP) — For years, Japan has struggled to find a site to safely store highly radioactive waste from nuclear power plants for as long as 100,000 years.

Tens of thousands of tons of spent fuel stored at nuclear power plants will remain dangerously radioactive for thousands of years — a vexing problem that nuclear-powered nations around the world face. After decades of studies, scientists now agree that underground storage is the best option, but finding a community willing to host a radioactive dump site is difficult.

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