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US firm funds nuclear waste study

THE CONSULTANCY company Encon, Trnava has received a $149,000 grant from the US Trade and Development Agency (TDA) to help conduct a feasibility study on a project to handle radioactive waste from Slovakia's two nuclear power plants.

US-based Environmental Technologies is overseeing the project, which should eventually lead to a plasma enhanced melter facility to process nuclear waste. The feasibility study should be completed by the end of June 2003.

TDA is a US government agency that provides grants and technical assistance to US companies pursuing overseas business opportunities. Since 1991, TDA has granted over $4 million to various projects concerning Slovak economic development.

Encon is a consultancy in nuclear energy directed by Tibor Mikuš, former director of power utility Slovenské elekrárne and an MP for the opposition HZDS party.

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Kysuce highway stalled due to missing money

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Slovak film won Generation Kplus section at Berlinale

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State insulation falls behind expectations, ministry widens support

Only 134 homeowners in the first round and 62 in the second applied for a subsidy via the insulation programme.

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US philosopher with Slovak roots, Michael Novak, dies

The man who advised politicians and even presidents Gerald Ford and James Carter died on February 17, aged 83.

Michael Novak