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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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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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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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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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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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Kerri Rempp reports that the Crow Butte Uranium Mine at Crawford will be allowed to continue its operation according to a partial ruling issued by the Atomic Safety and Licensing Board (ASLB). In its second partial ruling Dec. 7, the ASLB ruled on the eight remaining contentions in the case, finding in favor of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) environmental analysis (EA) on seven contentions and issuing a split ruling on one contention. Despite finding that the EA did not meet the required standards in one area, the ASLB declined to stop mining operations at the site.

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James McGovern opines that the time has never been riper for a government policy of supporting nuclear energy and stimulating its production. Environmental problems from the burning of fossil fuels could make next year a major turning point for the use of nuclear technology in New Jersey and nationally.

The political climate for nuclear energy today is very different than the one that existed a few years ago when national environmental groups insisted that renewable energy sources like solar and wind power, combined with improvements in demand management, would eliminate the need fo... More →
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Kerri Rempp reports that in the wake of a win before the Atomic Safety and Licensing Board, Crow Butte Uranium Mine also received support from the Dawes County Commissioners as a review of a proposed change in regulations continues.

Vlad Dorjets, of the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, hosted a conference call Dec. 20 with the county commissioners and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission regarding possible changes to 40 CFR Part 192, which addresses uranium and thorium mining. The regulation was first issued in 1983 and was last revised in 1995.

EPA is proposing an upda... More →
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On March 11, 2011, a 9.0-magnitude earthquake struck Japan and was followed by a 45-foot tsunami, resulting in extensive damage to the nuclear power reactors at the Fukushima Dai-ichi facility. The NRC has taken significant action to enhance the safety of reactors in the United States based on the lessons learned from this accident. This page is intended to serve as a navigation hub to follow the NRC's progress in implementing the many different lessons-learned activities.

A plethora of repors have been released by NRC and others ...

For example ..

1. Mitigatin... More →
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Katherine Mcalpine reports that in findings that could change the way industries like nuclear energy and aerospace look for materials that can stand up to radiation exposure, University of Michigan researchers have discovered that metal alloys with three or more elements in equal concentrations can be remarkably resistant to radiation-induced swelling.

The big problem faced by metals bombarded with radiation at high temperatures, such as the metals that make up nuclear fuel cladding, is that they have a tendency to swell up significantly. They can even double in size.

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Updated in late 2016, WNA reports about the main conventional types of nuclear reactor. A nuclear reactor produces and controls the release of energy from splitting the atoms of certain elements. In a nuclear power reactor, the energy released is used as heat to make steam to generate electricity. In a research reactor the main purpose is to utilize the actual neutrons produced in the core. In most naval reactors, steam drives a turbine directly for propulsion.

The energy released from continuous fission of the atoms of the fuel is harnessed as heat in either a gas or water, and is ... More →
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U.S. space law is codified in several laws beginning with the 1958 National Aeronautics and Space Act (NASA Act), signed into law on July 29, 1958. The NASA Act created NASA to conduct a U.S. civilian space program, with military space activities assigned to the Department of Defense (DOD). The Act has been amended several times over the decades. The current version is posted on the NASA history office website.

Five international treaties and five declarations and legal principles were developed through the U.N., which maintains an Office of Outer Space Affairs (OOSA) in Vienna, Au... More →
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Dr. Conca reports that everyone seems fixated on Perry shifting DOE away from renewable energy and toward oil and the other fossil fuels that he championed during his 14 years as Governor of Texas. But this is strange as DOE does not have a whole lot to do with energy, except in general scientific research and development and some loan guarantees.

DOE has nothing to do with fossil fuels and never has. Most of what the DOE does, and is budgeted to do, involves nuclear weapons and nuclear waste. Even nuclear energy is a relatively small part of the DOE mission and budget. Renewable e... More →
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Dr. Conca reports that we might actually make a move that brings us closer to the disposal of nuclear waste than ever before. Give each of the two main types of nuclear waste, from weapons and from electrical power generation, has their own deep geologic repository.

Last week, President Obama authorized the Energy Department to move forward with a plan for a separate repository for high-level radioactive waste that was created from making atomic and nuclear weapons.

Immediately, Energy Secretary Ernie Moniz announced what we have been wanting for decades a separate deep g... More →
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