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2006-02-04 16:34:51

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President George W. Bush will propose funding for the creation of an atomic energy partnership with Russia in his upcoming fiscal 2007 budget, according to the New York Times. The proposal would involve having the United States and Russia provide nuclear reactor fuel to other countries for use in generating nuclear power, the newspaper reported on Saturday. The spent fuel would be taken back to prevent its use in weapons. A White House spokeswoman declined to...

2006-01-18 14:13:20

By Carol Giacomo, Diplomatic Correspondent WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Bush administration, confronting a potential threat to its 2005 nuclear deal with India, has signaled it will set aside concerns that New Delhi violated a previous agreement with the United States. In documents released by a Senate panel, the State Department said it could not determine whether the project in question -- a 40 megawatt nuclear reactor called Cirus -- had violated a 1956 U.S.-India contract. Some...

2005-12-02 13:32:34

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union agreed on Friday to include India in a 10-billion-euro project to build an experimental nuclear fusion reactor that in the long-run could provide virtually unlimited, cheap and clean energy. The EU's willingness to work with India on a civil nuclear project comes months after the United States said it would support India's nuclear power development despite its refusal to sign a global treaty barring the spread of atomic weapons. That move was...

2005-09-28 16:08:59

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. "“ Purdue University nuclear engineers have developed an advanced nuclear fuel that could save millions of dollars annually by lasting longer and burning more efficiently than conventional fuels, and researchers also have created a mathematical model to further develop the technology. New findings regarding the research will be detailed in a peer-reviewed paper to be presented on Oct. 6 during the 11th International Topical Meeting on Nuclear Reactor Thermal...

2005-09-15 00:36:06

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - New satellite photos show for the first time that North Korea has resumed some work on a nuclear reactor that could enable the communist state to vastly increase stocks of weapons-grade plutonium, but the activity seems to be modest, an analyst said. The photos, obtained by the Washington-based Institute for Science and International Security, also appear to confirm earlier reports that the North Koreans have unloaded and restocked a smaller plutonium-producing...

2005-09-01 18:48:22

By Laura Zuckerman SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) - The United States is poised to produce plutonium-238 for the first time since the end of the Cold War but it will be used for space missions, not weapons, officials said this week. The U.S. Department of Energy will decide this fall whether to move forward with its proposal to produce the radioactive metal at a federal nuclear facility in southeast Idaho, a department spokesman said. Under the $300 million plan, the Idaho National...

2005-06-27 05:57:27

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The United States plans to producehighly radioactive plutonium 238 for the first time since theCold War, The New York Times reported on Monday. The newspaper quoted project managers as saying most, ifnot all, of the new plutonium was intended for secret missions.The officials would not disclose details, but the newspapersaid the plutonium in the past powered espionage devices. The Times said Timothy Frazier, head of radioisotope powersystems at the U.S. Energy...

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2005-06-15 07:15:54

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) -- The Idaho National Laboratory is waiting for a green light to begin producing plutonium that would supply battery power for NASA spacecraft. Later this month the Department of Energy is expected to release an environmental study on a plan to consolidate plutonium-238 production across the nation at the Idaho site. The project has other applications besides providing voltage on the far side of Mercury. The batteries could run surveillance equipment in more remote -...

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2005-02-17 08:15:00

LONDON (AFP) -- A civilian nuclear fuels reprocessing plant in northwest England cannot account for some 30 kilograms (66 pounds) of plutonium, enough for seven or eight nuclear bombs. The annual audit of nuclear material at all of Britain's civil nuclear plants is expected to reveal that the quantity of plutonium at Sellafield was classified as "material unaccounted for" last year, The Times newspaper said Thursday. Figures published by the British Nuclear Group (BNG) each year reveal an...