Nuclear Forensics, Uranium Trading, Ionizing Radiation Exposure

Topics in this issue include post-detonation forensics, lifting of Fukushima evacuation order, Aus-India uranium trading, nuke worker cancer risk and more…

Mighty Saber Demonstrates Post-Nuclear Detonation Technical Forensics Capabilities

DTRA says that Mighty Saber, which ran from 27 July to21 August 2015, successfully met each of its objectives, including demonstrating U.S. government post- detonation nuclear forensics processes; the value of prompt diagnostics data provided by the Discreet Oculus ground-based sensor network; and how prompt diagnostics complements radiochemistry in providing a robust post-detonation nuclear forensics capability. HSNW >>

Evacuation Order Lifted For Fukushima Town

The evacuation order has been lifted for the town of Naraha in Fukushima prefecture, allowing residents to permanently return to their homes there. Naraha, located within 20 kilometres of the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, is the first of seven municipalities that were fully evacuated to have its order removed. World Nuclear News >>

How Many US Troops Were Killed By Iranian IEDs in Iraq?

Explosively formed penetrators — a particularly deadly form of roadside bomb — killed 196 American soldiers in Iraq over a five-and-a-half-year period, according to recently declassified Pentagon documents. Defense One >>

Treatment for Ionizing Radiation Exposure

The Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP) Joint Warfighter Medical Research Program (JWMRP) has awarded a contract for further development of entolimod, a novel, broad-spectrum investigational drug being developed to mitigate the life-threatening consequences of a radiological attack. Global Biodefense >>

Complacency Contributed to Fukushima Accident, Says Amano

Japan considered its nuclear power plants safe and was therefore not prepared for the March 2011 accident at the Fukushima Daiichi plant, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) director general Yukiya Amano has said in a comprehensive report on the accident. World Nuclear News >>

Russian Pacific Fleet Prepares For Arrival of New Missile Submarines

Later this fall (possibly this month) the first new Borei-class (sometimes spelled Borey) nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine (SSBN) is scheduled to arrive at the Rybachiy submarine base near Petropavlovsk on the Kamchatka Peninsula. Federation of American Scientists >>

Unexploded Legacies of War Dangerous a Century Later

Lenoir City, TN, September 3 – Unexploded bombs, artillery shells, and other munitions are legacies of war that can remain deadly for years, decades – even more than a century. When legacy explosives are found, modern techniques and professionals are in the best position to protect people and property. Government Security News >>

Cautious Approval for Australia-India Uranium Trade

An Australian governmental committee has recommended that uranium sales to India should only be allowed to proceed after its concerns about non-proliferation, nuclear regulation and safeguards have been addressed. World Nuclear News >>

Nuclear Regulators Drop Cancer Risk Study

Federal nuclear energy regulators have decided to end a study they had started to determine the risks of cancer near nuclear power plants. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), which had hired the National Academy of Sciences to conduct the study, said Tuesday that it determined that the cost and time of the second phase of its research would be too high given the agency’s budget restraints. The Hill >>

Upgrades at US Nuclear Bases in Europe Acknowledge Security Risk

Security upgrades underway at U.S. Air Force bases in Europe indicate that nuclear weapons deployed in Europe have been stored under unsafe conditions for more than two decades. Commercial satellite images show work underway at Incirlik Air Base in Turkey and Aviano Air Base in Italy. The upgrades are intended to increase the physical protection of nuclear weapons stored at the two U.S. Air Force Bases. Federation of American Scientists >>

In Year of U.S. Wildfires, Nepal Earthquake, NSF Awards 27.5M in Hazards Research Grants

The National Science Foundation has awarded 11 new grants totaling $27.5 million through its Interdisciplinary Research in Hazards and Disasters (Hazards SEES) solicitation. The effort is part of NSF’s Science, Engineering and Education for Sustainability (SEES) investment. National Science Foundation >>

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