Nuclear energy news roundup for 01/25/09

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In one of its last official acts, the Bush Administration signed a nuclear cooperation agreement with the United Arab Emirates. The Wall Street Journal reported that the pact could help the UAE become the first Arab nation to develop a nuclear-power industry as early as 2017.

The UAE published a nuclear energy policy (large PDF) in last July and has plans to build nuclear power, fossil, and solar generation capacity of up to 40 GWe by 2020. The policy has a strong emphasis on zero emission energy sources.

However, some US lawmakers are seeking to block the UAE because of its ties to Iran. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) the ranking Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, has introduced legislation that would delay the nuclear-cooperation accord until the UAE limits export of key military technologies to Iran.


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