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WORLD
February 8, 2010 | By Borzou Daragahi and Julian E. Barnes
In a move possibly meant to deflect attention from his domestic political woes, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Sunday ordered the nation's atomic energy agency to begin enriching uranium to a higher level of purity to serve as fuel for a Tehran medical reactor. The command to enrich uranium from 3.5% to 20% purity comes amid Iran's diplomatic impasse with the United States and its allies over a proposal to exchange nuclear fuel that the international community hopes would slow the development of Tehran's nuclear capabilities.
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WORLD
October 24, 2009 | Borzou Daragahi
The international community waited anxiously today for Iran's response to a proposal to transfer the bulk of its nuclear material abroad to be turned into fuel for a peaceful medical research and treatment reactor. Earlier in the day, the United States, Russia and France formally signed off on the plan, which would retrofit the bulk of Iran's nuclear fuel stockpile into rods for a Tehran reactor used to diagnose and treat cancer. The U.S. delivered its positive response to the proposal to Mohamed ElBaradei, chief of the International Atomic Energy Agency, or IAEA, a spokesman for the National Security Council confirmed this morning.
SCIENCE
March 18, 2011 | By Ralph Vartabedian, W.J. Hennigan and Thomas H. Maugh II, Los Angeles Times
Workers struggling to contain radioactive releases from the Fukushima power plant face two critical tasks to avoid turning a nuclear disaster into a catastrophe: preventing a runaway chain reaction into the nuclear fuel and maintaining a massive flow of seawater through the damaged pools and reactor vessels. There are few options, none of them good. "The most imaginative engineers in the world couldn't have dreamed up a situation like this," said Najmedin Meshkati, a USC professor and nuclear power expert.
WORLD
March 29, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Iran has proposed setting up a nuclear fuel production facility within its borders with international help, the Iranian Embassy said Tuesday. The proposal is an alternative to Russia's offer to play host to Iran's nuclear fuel production to ease concern that Tehran could develop weapons. Iran says its nuclear program is for generating electricity.
NEWS
June 27, 1991 | Associated Press
A device that was lowering a nuclear fuel bundle into a pool of water at the Pilgrim plant accidentally dropped its load Wednesday, but no damage was detected, plant officials said. A refueling process that was about two-thirds complete was halted.
WORLD
October 24, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Iran has launched a second batch of centrifuges at its pilot nuclear fuel plant despite possible U.N. Security Council sanctions, diplomats said. Tehran this month fired up the new cascade of 164 interconnected centrifuges, which can enrich uranium for power-plant or nuclear-bomb fuel, to go with an initial batch of 164 centrifuges, the diplomats said.
OPINION
July 16, 2002
The overwhelming congressional vote approving Yucca Mountain apparently has had no effect on the fanatics looking to put an end to nuclear power (July 10). Having failed to thwart the democratic process, they now are attacking the shipment of spent nuclear fuel. Transporting nuclear waste poses essentially no risk to the public. There have been thousands of shipments of nuclear fuel over the last few decades without a single incident that threatened the public. The containers are designed to withstand tremendous impact and fire, and these shipments will be carefully routed and monitored.
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