After $10 billion spent, countless papers and a large helping of controversy, are we any closer to knowing whether Yucca Mountain in the Nevada desert offers a secure resting place for America's nuclear legacy?

The energy we can get from uranium is set to rocket, but safety fears and waste disposal problems loom : a report.

In the nuclear industry, memories can be distressingly short. In 1976, the UK Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution declared that it would be "morally wrong" to make a major commitment to nuclear power without demonstrating a way of safely isolating radioactive waste. Yet the UK is about to embark on a programme to build at least 10 reactors while still lacking a disposal site for the waste that has accumulated over the past 50 years. What's more, spent fuel from these reactors will be far more radioactive than existing waste and may even require a second repository. (Editorial)

For the global nuclear industry, climate change seems to be a blessing.

Safety breaches caused radiation leak at a major nuclear reprocessing plant in the Ural mountains, the Russian government announced on October 29. The incident happened four days before the

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Nine months ago, India's big power ambitions suffered a setback. The 3,000-km range Agni-3, launched for the first time last July from Wheeler Island off Orissa coast, fell into the Bay of Bengal. The then defence minister Pranab Mukherjee looked at it positively. "Partial success," he called it.

The centre's decision to set up five new nuclear power projects has caused concern among anti-nuclear activists. They say these projects will feed India's weapons programme. "India's nuclear programme has always been used as a cover for its weapons programme,' says Suren Gadekar, an anti-nuclear activist.

Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd runs 16 plants capable of producing 3,900 MW of power. Seven more with a combined capacity of 3,000 MW are nearly over.

Nuclear power in India: Failed past, dubious future - Presentation by M V Ramana.

Southern California residents can take it easy. State health officials have decided to more than triple the number of potassium iodide (ki) pills distributed among communities around the state's two