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World's Nuclear Waste Could Find Home in Australian Outback

Storage in South Australia could bring in $183B

(Newser) - If the world is looking for another dumping ground for its nuclear waste, it may soon find a willing volunteer in South Australia. A report by the Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission offered tentative findings that storing spent fuel rods—429,900 tons now being temporarily stored in areas around... More »

Nuclear Smugglers Seek ISIS Buyers

Nightmare for the West coming true in Moldova

(Newser) - A nightmare scenario for the West is coming true in a former Soviet republic, where smugglers linked to Russia have radioactive material for sale and are actively seeking Islamic extremists to buy it, according to an AP investigation. In a case in Moldova earlier this year, a smuggler called Valentin... More »

Town Hit by Sleeping Illness Gets Answer, No Resolution

A nearby uranium mine may be the culprit, but how?

(Newser) - The mysterious sleeping sickness that has befallen dozens of villagers in a remote region of Kazakhstan continues to befuddle scientists. Following reports of victims passing out in schools, at home, and even on a motorcycle, and sometimes failing to snap out of it for days at a time, scientists descended... More »

As Russia Sought Uranium Deal, Cash Rolled to Clintons

Report: Clinton Foundation received donations from Uranium One chair

(Newser) - Between 2009 and 2013, Russia's state atomic energy agency took control of Canadian company Uranium One, which controlled some 20% of America's uranium deposits. The deal was approved by several US government agencies, including the State Department, then headed by Hillary Clinton. The New York Times takes a... More »

Iran Balks at 11th Hour, Says Deal Still 'Doable'

Tehran suddenly says it won't ship uranium to Russia

(Newser) - A German foreign minister today cited "some progress and some setbacks" in an 11th-hour attempt to reach a nuclear agreement with Iran in Swiss talks—and those "setbacks" include a seemingly sudden decision by Iran not to ship the bulk of its uranium to Russia as it had... More »

Mystery 'Sleeping' Illness Strikes Tiny Town

Village in Kazakhstan struck by 'sleeping sickness'

(Newser) - Activities like cooking, running, and driving a car have gotten a whole lot riskier for villagers in northern Kazakhstan—because they might fall asleep at any moment and stay that way for days, the Smithsonian reports. So far 152 residents in tiny Kalachi have fallen ill with the mystery sickness,... More »

Old Uranium Mines Still Haunt the Navajo

Retired Navajo miners suffer from high lung-cancer rates

(Newser) - During the Cold War, Navajos worked in uranium mines in the Southwest—which helped the US build atomic bombs and compete with the Soviets. Now those ex-miners are getting lung cancer at 29 times the rate of other Navajos, while their grown children become ill fairly often and their grandchildren... More »

Nun, 84, Gets 3 Years for Breaking Into Uranium Locker

Megan Rice was one of 3 activists charged with defacing storage bunker

(Newser) - An 84-year-old nun has been sentenced to nearly three years in prison for breaking into and defacing a storage bunker holding bomb-grade uranium in a peace demonstration at a Tennessee weapons plant. Megan Rice was sentenced Tuesday along with activists Greg Boertje-Obed, 58, and Michael Walli, 65. The men were... More »

Iran Nuke Deal Will Take Effect on Jan. 20

EU confirms all sides have agreed to implementation

(Newser) - Iran and six world powers have agreed on how to implement a nuclear deal struck in November , with its terms going into effect on Jan. 20, the Islamic Republic's official state news agency reported today. The report from IRNA quoted Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi confirming the news,... More »

Iran Could Have Bomb in a Month: Report

But negotiators point to progress in talks

(Newser) - In just a month, Iran could have enough weapons-grade uranium to build a nuclear bomb, a US expert says. "Breakout times"—a reference to the period needed to get weapons-grade uranium from low-enriched uranium—"are currently too short and shortening further." The findings, from the Institute... More »

Cops: Smuggler at JFK Had Uranium in Shoes

Feds say he thought he was selling to Iran for nukes

(Newser) - How's this for an unusual airport bust: Authorities say a guy at JFK flew into the country with uranium ore hidden in the soles of his shoes. The suspect thought he was working on a deal to sell that ore and much more to Iran for use in nuclear... More »

Iran Rolls Out 2 New Nuclear-Linked Projects

Uranium mine, processing plant opened after talks fail

(Newser) - Iran has inaugurated two key nuclear-related projects just days after another round of talks with world powers seeking to limit its atomic program ended in another stalemate. Operations are now under way at Iran's biggest uranium mine and a uranium ore concentrate production plant, according to state media. Neither... More »

Grand Canyon Uranium Mine to Reopen Despite Federal Ban

Native tribe, environmentalists react with angry lawsuit

(Newser) - An energy company plans to reopen its uranium mine near the Grand Canyon despite a 20-year federal ban on new uranium mines in the area, the Arizona Republic reports. The Huvasupai Tribe and environmentalists are hopping mad, but Energy Fuels Resources has an argument: Its mine is grandfathered because it... More »

Iran: We Have More Uranium, Will Build 16 New Plants

Announcement comes on eve of nuke talks

(Newser) - Days before returning to the nuclear bargaining table, Iran says it has found more raw-uranium deposits and plans to build 16 new nuclear power stations, Reuters reports. A state news agency said the new deposits exist in "southern coastal areas" and triple Iran's estimated amount of raw uranium.... More »

Kodak Couldn't Really Have Made Nuclear Warhead

Physics Central explains that nuclear reactor thing

(Newser) - Much was made of the revelation this week that Kodak once had a nuclear reactor in its basement, with even your humble Newser wondering what sort of nuclear Kodak moments the photo giant might have planned. But in truth, Kodak couldn’t have developed even one nuclear warhead, Physics Central... More »

In Kodak's Basement: Nuclear Reactor

Imaging giant had enriched uranium in Rochester

(Newser) - Would nuclear war have made a good Kodak moment? Until 2006, the company could have found out: It had 3.5 pounds of weapons-grade uranium stashed in a nuclear reactor in the basement of its headquarters—right in the busy city of Rochester, New York. It remains unclear why the... More »

Confirmed: Iran Enriching Uranium Underground

Higher level of enrichment at Fordo prompts international concern

(Newser) - Iran's claim has been confirmed: The country has indeed begun enriching uranium at an underground bunker, two diplomats tell the AP today. They call the news particularly worrying because the Fordo site is being used to make material that can be upgraded more quickly and easily for use in... More »

Iran: We're Enriching Uranium Underground

Hardline newspaper claims Fordo enrichment site now active

(Newser) - Another day, another claim of nuclear advances from Iran: Just a week after saying it had produced its first nuclear fuel rod , Iran is now claiming via a semi-official newspaper that it has started enriching uranium at an underground site protected from possible airstrikes. The Kayhan daily says it has... More »

US Weapons Caused Birth Defects in Fallujah

Study finds link to weapons like depleted uranium

(Newser) - US weapons likely caused a horrifying spike in birth defects among the people of Fallujah, according to doctors and a recent study of hair samples. Evidence has long connected American weapons like white phosphorous and depleted uranium to birth defects in the Iraqi city, which suffered devastating US attacks in... More »

Quietly, Canada Slips US Bomb-Grade Uranium

Nuclear material moving as part of recent agreement

(Newser) - Canada is discreetly moving hundreds of pounds of weapons-grade uranium to the US, with one payload already across the border, a confidential memo obtained by the Canadian Press reveals. The shipments are the result of a pact President Obama and Canadian PM Stephen Harper signed last year to keep the... More »

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