February 26, 2009

A look inside Bushehr, Iran's nuclear facility

MSNBC's Ali Arouzi takes a look inside Bushehr.

As we were bused from the airport in the southwestern coastal city of Bushehr toward Iran's nuclear power plant, the most noticeable feature was the large number of anti-aircraft guns dotted across the landscape to protect the facility from attack.

It was a rare occasion - after years of delays, Iranian and Russian engineers carried out a series of critical tests at Iran's first nuclear power plant Wednesday. The Iranian authorities offered a group of journalists a guided tour of the facility to showcase the event.


[via MSNBC.com]

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February 13, 2009

K-25 demolition progress



A lot of progress has been made at K-25 in the two months since demolition of the World War II-era facility began Dec. 16, with major sections of the west wing already on the ground. Over the next few years, dismantlement of the mile-long building -- the biggest building in the world at the time it was built -- will generate nearly 400,000 cubic yards of radioactive or hazardous waste.

Most of the contaminated rubble will be trucked to a nuclear landfill seven miles away on the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge reservation.

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February 06, 2009

Pakistan says nuke scientist Khan is free citizen

A Pakistan court declared disgraced nuclear scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan a "free citizen" on Friday after years of de facto house arrest because of his alleged role in leaking atomic weapons technology to countries including Iran, North Korea and Libya.

Khan, the architect of Pakistan's nuclear program, took sole responsibility in 2004 for leaking the nuclear secrets but was immediately pardoned by former President Pervez Musharraf and placed under de facto house arrest.[via MSNBC.com]

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