February 8, 2010 |
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.
October 24, 2009 |
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.
March 18, 2011 |
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.
December 31, 2013 |
The world is rightly worried about Iran's uranium enrichment program. Iran claims this technology is for producing fuel for nuclear power plants, but it could be quickly shifted to making nuclear bomb material. Unfortunately, some in Congress, in their eagerness to stem the spread of such technologies, have introduced legislation - separate from their effort to slap further sanctions on Iran - that probably would make stopping nuclear proliferation harder, not easier. Their idea is to limit future U.S. peaceful nuclear cooperation only to countries that make a legal commitment to forgo building facilities for either uranium enrichment or plutonium reprocessing (the other path to nuclear bomb material)
January 27, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - The interim nuclear deal between Iran and world powers will allow Tehran to continue far more research and development on centrifuges to enrich uranium than has been publicly recognized, according to a veteran Washington nuclear analyst. In a new report, David Albright, president of the nonpartisan Institute for Science and International Security, said the deal may delay development of new centrifuges at the Natanz uranium enrichment facility that haven't yet been fed with uranium hexaflouride, a compound used to produce nuclear fuel.
March 29, 2006 |
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.
June 27, 1991 |
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.
October 24, 2006 |
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.