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2006-07-24 00:04:31

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Pakistan is building a reactor that could produce enough plutonium for 40 to 50 nuclear weapons in what would be a major expansion of its nuclear program, The Washington Post reported on Monday. Satellite photos show what appears to be the construction site for a larger nuclear reactor adjacent to Pakistan's only plutonium production reactor, according to an analysis by nuclear experts at the Washington-based Institute for Science, the newspaper said. The...

2006-07-14 11:26:20

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Homeland Security said on Friday it awarded $1.16 billion in contracts to three companies to develop sophisticated equipment to scan cargo at border cities for nuclear weapons material. Raytheon Co., Thermo Electron Corp. and Canberra Industries were awarded the contracts for a program known as the advanced spectroscopic portal. The equipment will be used by U.S. Customs and border officials to more clearly distinguish between naturally...

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2006-07-14 11:15:00

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Homeland Security said on Friday it awarded $1.16 billion in contracts to three companies to develop sophisticated equipment to scan cargo at border cities for nuclear weapons material. Raytheon Co., Thermo Electron Corp. and Canberra Industries were awarded the contracts for a program known as the advanced spectroscopic portal. The equipment will be used by U.S. Customs and border officials to more clearly distinguish between naturally occurring...

2006-05-16 13:30:00

By Chris Baltimore WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A key GOP lawmaker warned on Tuesday that the opening of a nuclear waste dump in the Nevada desert that is already 10 years behind schedule may be further delayed because the U.S. government has no plans to recycle waste from 103 nuclear power plants. Republican Pete Domenici, chairman of the Senate Energy Committee and a vocal nuclear industry proponent, complained at a hearing that "confusion is rampant. Timeframes are all out of whack." The...

2006-04-12 04:16:51

TOKYO (Reuters) - Radioactive water leaked inside a Japanese nuclear reprocessing plant but no one was injured and the leak had no impact outside the plant, a spokesman for the plant's operator, Japan Nuclear Fuel Ltd, said on Wednesday. About 40 liters of water containing plutonium and uranium leaked inside a concrete-lined cell at the plant for reprocessing spent nuclear fuel in Rokkasho, northern Japan, on Tuesday when an employee made an error in a remote-controlled process, the...

2006-04-12 03:53:22

TOKYO (Reuters) - Radioactive water leaked inside a new Japanese nuclear reprocessing plant but no one was injured and the leak had no effects outside the plant, a spokesman for the plant's operator, Japan Nuclear Fuel Ltd, said on Wednesday. About 40 liters of water containing plutonium and uranium leaked inside a concrete-lined cell at the plant for reprocessing spent nuclear fuels in Rokkasho, northern Japan, on Tuesday while an employee was conducting a remote-controlled...

2006-03-08 20:16:11

By Jeremy Lovell SELLAFIELD (Reuters) - It is the regular beeping that grates. But if it stops, prepare to be scared. The signal audible every second in every corridor of the high-level toxic nuclear waste plant on Britain's sprawling Sellafield site is a sign all the alarms are working. If it stops, or changes tone, something has gone very wrong. "The people who work here every day tell me they get used to it. But it tends to get on the nerves of everyone who visits the plant,"...

2006-03-08 20:15:00

By Jeremy Lovell SELLAFIELD -- It is the regular beeping that grates. But if it stops, prepare to be scared. The signal audible every second in every corridor of the high-level toxic nuclear waste plant on Britain's sprawling Sellafield site is a sign all the alarms are working. If it stops, or changes tone, something has gone very wrong. "The people who work here every day tell me they get used to it. But it tends to get on the nerves of everyone who visits the plant," Sellafield information...

2006-02-13 13:33:35

By Tom Doggett WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Bush administration's plan to recycle spent nuclear fuel could thwart recruitment efforts by terrorist groups in poor countries by providing impoverished nations with affordable electricity supplies that would improve their economies and the lives of their citizens, U.S. Energy Secretary Sam Bodman said on Monday. The administration has asked Congress for $250 million in the Energy Department's 2007 budget to develop technology for...

2006-02-06 10:50:00

By Tom Doggett WASHINGTON -- President George W. Bush on Monday asked the U.S. Congress for $250 million in research funds to restart a controversial program that would reprocess spent nuclear fuel. The United States abandoned the technology in the 1970s because it was too expensive and there was fear terrorist groups or rogue nations could get access to the plutonium and make nuclear bombs. However, the administration said it wants to phase-out the old recycling methods that separated...