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Index / Climate Change, Anthropocene & Associated Issues

Eduardo Porter asks if there is a more environmentally conscious state than California? It has been at the forefront of climate policy for decades, from demanding stringent fuel economy and emissions standards to wholeheartedly embracing renewable energy from the sun and wind.

It has fighting words for the incoming Trump administration. We will not deviate from our leadership because of one election, the State Senate leader, Kevin de Leon, told The New York Times. Last fall, the state legislature committed to cutting its greenhouse gas emissions 40% below their 1990 level by 2030. C... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Nuclear Power - Economics, Design, and Industry

WNN reports that in June last year (2016), the French regulator (ASN) said it had identified 18 French nuclear power reactors operated by EDF, of both 900 MWe and 1,450 MWe capacity, whose steam generators could contain high carbon concentrations. Of these, 12 are equipped with channel heads manufactured by JCFC liable to contain a particularly high carbon concentration. A high-carbon content in steel can lead to mechanical properties lower than expected.

The nine that can now be restarted are Bugey 4, Dampierre 3, Fessenheim 1, Gravelines 2 and 4, Saint-Laurent B1, and Tricastin 1,... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Nuclear Power - Economics, Design, and Industry

Stuart Nathan reports that last year, Rolls-Royce announced that it is proposing to develop a SMR capable of producing 220 to 440 MWe depending on its configuration, designed specifically to be built and commissioned in factories, with a reactor module some 16 meters high and 4 meters in diameter, small enough to be transported on a truck, train or barge. Although it included no technical details of the reactor design, its publicity material identifies UK facilities involved in the project that are mostly part of its submarine operations, making it likely that the submarine reactor is the basi... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Nuclear Power - Economics, Design, and Industry

Henry Spitz opines by asking whether there is a better answer to electricity that is supplied 24-7 than nuclear power? Not coal, which emits more carbon than any other form of energy. Not natural gas, which has a history of price volatility. Not solar and wind power, which are of no use when the sun is not shining and the wind does blow enough. The sun only shines about half the time. Wind turbines generate electricity about half the time.

Nothing else in Ohio provides as much full-time clean energy as the Davis-Besse and Perry nuclear power plants. And does it at a price that has b... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Related Environmental Issues / Environmental Impact - Cases, Nuclear Wastes

Bruce Davidson opines that former Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid retirement has breathed new life into plans to store high-level nuclear waste at Nevada Yucca Mountain. The Reid departure is good news for efforts to solve the U.S. nuclear waste storage dilemma ... unless you are among the entrenched Nevada opposition to the Yucca Mountain repository or other anti-nuclear activist groups.

High-level nuclear waste is now stored temporarily at reactor sites around the nation, and reactors continue to produce more waste every year. The revived heartbeat at Yucca Mountain does not me... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Nuclear Power - Economics, Design, and Industry

As the peoples of Earth begin to seriously prepare for our first journey to Mars, there has been a flurry of research into novel propulsion methods to help get us there... quicker. One very promising avenue leads to the VASIMR nuclear electric thruster, which opens up the possibility of a journey to the Red Planet in only 40 days. The technology is still in development, and has some key challenges, most notably building a space-capable nuclear reactor to power the engine array, but it seems to be one of the most immediately realizable technologies for fast interplanetary travel.

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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Related Environmental Issues / Environmental Impact - Cases, Nuclear Wastes

This Final Environmental Statement was prepared by the staff of the U. S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission and issued by the Commission 0ffice of Nuclear Material Safety and Safeguards. This action is administrative.

The proposed action is the issuance of a Source Material License to United Nuclear Corporation for the construction and operation of the proposed Morton Ranch Uranium Mill with a product (yellowcake) production limited to l,008,640 kg (2,400,000 lb) per year.

Summary of environmental impacts and adverse effects includes...

a) impacts to the area du... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Nuclear Power - Economics, Design, and Industry

The Croatia of the energy market is, without a doubt, uranium. This metal suffers from many misconceptions because of the fact that it is associated with nuclear threats and radioactive disasters that occurred in Chernobyl because of poor management and incident in Fukushima.

Uranium mining is an industry on the rise, and just like Thailand was a country full of potential but very little practical touristic infrastructure 30 years ago, and today is considered a must-visit destination for beach lovers, uranium will be considered a must-have energy source in our future on this planet... More →
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Index / Mining & Minerals - Evaluations / Off-World Exploration, Mining, & Technology

David Brown reports in Atlantic that last week, upon leaving the president-elect office, Douglas Brinkley, a historian and conservationist, reported that Trump was very interested in a man going to the moon.

The principal arguments for a moon base involve mines and building fuel depots. Though the moon lacks the resources to ever be truly self-sustaining (?), it only takes a few days to reach from Earth. If the U.S. decides that the goal of human spaceflight should be to gather resources, the moon and its quarry of helium-3 will be a compelling target. The isotope is extremely rare ... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Nuclear Power - Economics, Design, and Industry

Maria Korsnick CEO of NEI reports that small modular reactors and new large reactor designs represent a major component of our future energy infrastructure. The NEI will work with the new Congress and the White House to increase funding to develop them. The potential for SMRs in the energy market, both here in the U.S. and abroad, is tremendous.

In the U.S., small reactor designs could be used to replace retiring, fossil-fueled power plants that will not meet federal clean air requirements. Small reactors also provide a clean electricity option capable of providing the necessary op... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Nuclear Power - Economics, Design, and Industry

Bennett Hall reports that nearly a decade after setting up shop to commercialize technology developed at Oregon State University, NuScale Power has become the first company to submit a design certification application for a small modular reactor (SMR) to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

The company, a Fluor Corp. subsidiary which is headquartered in Portland and employs hundreds of people in Corvallis, filed the application on Thursday and announced the milestone during a press conference in Washington, D.C.

John Hopkins, a former Fluor executive who championed the... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Exploration, Mining, Marketing, Acquisitions

Kazatomprom Chairman, Askar Zhumagaliyev, announced today that due to the prolonged recovery in the uranium market, planned 2017 production from Republic of Kazakhstan will be reduced by approximately 10%. This will amount to a volume greater than 2,000 MtU or more than 5 million lb U3O8 reduction in 2017 planned output. For greater context, this is equal to 3% of total global uranium production (based on 2015 UxC Consulting figures).

The uranium output of Kazakhstan is produced by mining operations either wholly owned by Kazatomprom, or managed through joint-ventures with internati... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Nuclear Power - Economics, Design, and Industry

James Burgess reports that even though the radioactive effects are becoming apparent in uranium stocks for the biggest producers and developers, including Cameco Corporation , NexGen Energy, AREVA, BHP Billiton, and Uranium One, with both Cameco up 40% and NexGen stock up over 70% in recent weeks, the window to get in on this while it is still undervalued is closing.

But this is the tipping point. Japan is getting its nuclear energy back on track, 61 new reactors are under construction around the world, another 149 new reactors are planned, and long-term uranium contracts are set to... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Related Environmental Issues / Environmental Impact - Cases, Nuclear Wastes

Dr. Conca reports that WIPP, located near Carlsbad, New Mexico, was closed in 2014 after a minor radioactive leak. Transuranic waste (more than 100 nCi per g but less than 23 Curie per liter) generated from defense operations. In other words, bomb waste, some of which is quite radioactive.

WIPP is 2130 ft (655 m) below the surface in a massive portion of the Permian-age Salado Salt Formation in the arid Delaware Basin of southeastern New Mexico.This type of massive salt is the most popular rock in the United States. And Yucca Mountain was chosen in 1987.

WIPP had operated... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Nuclear Power - Economics, Design, and Industry

David Klepper and Frank Eltman report that a plan to close the aging Indian Point nuclear power plant by 2021 removes a long-held fear of an accident occurring miles from the New York City. Although the plant provides about a quarter of the electricity in NYC and suburban Westchester County, experts agree that taking the plant offline should have a negligible long-term impact on supply. Whether electric rates climb as a result remains an open question.

It is difficult to know how likely it will impact rates, because terms of the shutdown have not been laid out in any detail yet, sai... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Nuclear Power - Economics, Design, and Industry

Dr. Conca reports that despite two unexpected outages, the nuclear power plant near Richland, WA generated a record 9.6 billion kWhrs of electricity in 2016, edging out its previous record of 9.5 billion kWhs in 2014.

The Columbia Generating Station, operated by the non-profit Energy Northwest, has been generating electricity constantly for thirty-two years, but seems to have really found its groove over the last six. The power plant electricity output has been steadily increasing over this period because of continuous management and safety improvements, well-timed maintenance, tech... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Exploration, Mining, Marketing, Acquisitions

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Mead Gruver reports that Federal officials withdrew a requirement for companies to clean up groundwater at uranium mines across the U.S. and will reconsider a rule that congressional Republicans criticized based on reports from the uranium industry as too harsh on industry.

The plan that the EPA put on hold Wednesday involves in-situ mining, in which water *containing chemicals* is used to dissolve uranium out of underground sandstone deposits. *Water laden with uranium, a toxic elemen... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Nuclear Power - Economics, Design, and Industry

Some engineers and investors are making big bets to develop a new generation of nuclear reactors. Miles OBrien has the story. It was a co-production with our friends at PBS NOVA tied to the January 11 documentary The Nuclear Option.

His story is part of our weekly series the Leading Edge.

MILES OBRIEN: This is where nuclear power began. Welcome to the Idaho National Laboratory. It covers a vast swathe of high desert nearly the size of Rhode Island. It is dotted with experimental nuclear reactors that wrote the textbooks on how to generate power by splitting atoms. And now... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Exploration, Mining, Marketing, Acquisitions

Donald Levit reports that uranium prices have started to edge higher, with the commodity advancing by $2.00 in December to close at $20.25 per lb. The 10% positive monthly movement was the first time in a while that the commodity ascended.

Uranium fell from $35 per lb. at the start of 2016 as the near-term demand for the commodity sunk. Uranium has been in the doldrums since the 2011 Fukushima nuclear tsunami dented demand for the commodity. Analysts have remained long-term bulls on uranium prices, continuously expecting a recovery, but their bullish calls have repetitively been mi... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Exploration, Mining, Marketing, Acquisitions

The Salamanca mine, 3 hours drive west of Madrid, currently in construction by Berkeley Energia, is the only new uranium mine of its kind and size being developed in the world today, and when it is operating will be Europe only nearby major source of uranium.

Government reticence about commissioning replacement plants and expansion of nuclear power capacity has changed recently, largely because of increased demand for electricity bolstered by decarbonization treaties. But building new reactors takes time, so the Salamanca project finds itself alone. But it has good reasons to exist.... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Nuclear Power - Economics, Design, and Industry

Dr. Conca reports that for the nuclear power industry, 2016 was a mixed bag. Currently, there are 450 nuclear power reactors in operation globally, 98 in the United States (WNI Status Report). Sixty new plants are under construction, five in the U.S. World nuclear power generation increased by 1.3% in 2016, reversing a decade-long decline, driven mostly by the Asia Pacific region. China alone increased its nuclear generation by almost 30%, passing Korea to become the world fourth-largest producer of nuclear power. China even released a design for a floating nuclear power plant.

Alth... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Nuclear Power - Economics, Design, and Industry

Steve Antony opines that in a world anxious about notable political shakeups, the U.S. nuclear sector may be reenergized under President-Elect Trump through his nomination of Rex Tillerson (CEO of Exxon-Mobil) for Secretary of State, and Rick Perry (former Governor of Texas) as Energy Secretary.

Antony reminds us that the two major platforms of Trump campaign were U.S. energy independence and jobs. It follows that Trump and his team can greatly promote both of these interests through nuclear energy and uranium mining. While many people think about oil when discussing energy independ... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Exploration, Mining, Marketing, Acquisitions

Jocelyn Aspa, a few days later than a previous report, indicates that industry leaders look back and then plan for the future. The spot price erosion was primarily due to sellers desperation and underfeeding. Sellers desperate for cash including traders unwinding positions and producers needing to pay their bills with sellers insensitive to price like the U.S. DOE dumping some of their uranium stockpiles to fund legacy clean-up operations. Underfeeding where uranium enrichment suppliers become essentially uranium producers was also an issue because the demand for enrichment services is also le... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Exploration, Mining, Marketing, Acquisitions

Joe Reagor reports that there are two parts to why the the spot price of uranium has not recovered. First is the uranium spot market has been rather tight in terms of overall % of production, and there have been some nuclear plant closures in addition to shutdowns in Japan after Fukushima. Add to that uranium production growth that has come on-line and ramping up production and creating a larger amount of spot uranium to be sold into a weak market. The Cameco Corp. Cigar Lake is an example of that. Extra pressure is building on the spot market, but contract pricing has remained relatively stro... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Related Environmental Issues / Environmental Impact - Cases, Nuclear Wastes

Ben Wolfgang reports that the retirement of Sen. Harry Reid may give new life to a project he has made a career out of opposing. For years, the Senate minority leader and Nevada Democrat has been the most vocal opponent of a plan to store nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain, a remote site about 100 miles northwest of Las Vegas.

Analysts say Mr. Reid staunch political opposition to the proposal partly led to the Obama administration to pull the plug on Yucca Mountain in 2011. But the incoming Trump administration reportedly wants to give the site another look, and they will no longer ha... More →
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