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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Nuclear Power - Economics, Design, and Industry

Douglas Busvine reports that India, like other nuclear nations, has been closely watching the fate of Japanese-owned Westinghouse, which filed for Chapter 11 in March after an estimated $13 billion of cost overruns at two U.S. projects, casting a shadow over the nuclear industry. There has been debate over potential U.S. support since owner Toshiba, the laptop-to-chips conglomerate, announced the blow-out at Westinghouse last year.

Some form of U.S. backing or involvement, industry experts say, could avoid a Chinese or Russian buyer unpalatable to Washington, which would prefer to k... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Related Environmental Issues / Environmental Impact - Cases, Nuclear Wastes

The Editors of the Columbian News (Vancouver) often have difficulty finding common ground with the new U.S. administration, but when it comes to pursuing Yucca Mountain in Nevada as a repository for nuclear waste, we are of one mind ... Get it done.

Energy Secretary Rick Perry made clear in recent testimony before Congress that the administration plans to revive a process that was shelved by the Obama administration in 2010. As The Hill reported, We have a moral obligation to remove this from as many of these sites as we can and put it in the safest repository, Perry said at a House... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Nuclear Power - Economics, Design, and Industry

Hidden from public, on the shores of the Bay of Bengal at Kalpakkam near Chennai, Indian nuclear scientists are in the final throes of starting a high-tech giant stove more than 15 years in the making. This novel nuclear reactor is a kind of an akshaya patra, the mythical goblet with a never-ending supply of food.

The Indian Department of Atomic Energy is getting ready to commission its ultra-modern indigenously designed and locally mastered fast-breeder reactor. Experts say to make nuclear energy sustainable, one way is to make fast-breeder reactors mainstream.

Yukiya A... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Related Environmental Issues / Environmental Impact - Cases, Nuclear Wastes

Kevin Bryant reports that the mew administration proposed budget contains a provision that threatens thousands of U.S. workers and a very successful nuclear anti-proliferation treaty. Last month, the new administration proposed the termination of a program designed to keep nuclear weapons out of terrorists hands.

The effort to close the Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility in South Carolina, which converts plutonium from nuclear weapons into fuel for power generation, began under the Obama administration as a concession to nuclear-power opponents with the claim that closing the fa... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Nuclear Power - Economics, Design, and Industry

Joshua Emerson Smith opines that the words nuclear power once sent chills down the spines of everyone from school children to grandparents. During the 1970s and 80s, televisions routinely broadcast footage of protests against the construction of new reactors. Americans feared that radiation leaks would harm legions of people.

In the public imagination today, images of mushroom clouds have to a notable extent been replaced by scenes of melting glaciers, flooding from sea-level rise and demonstrations over oil and gas pipeline projects.

Individuals might still harbor concer... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Related Environmental Issues / Environmental Impact - Cases, Nuclear Wastes

Matthew Daly, of the Associated Press, shows his bias in the title. A House panel on Wednesday approved a bill to revive the mothballed (stalled) nuclear waste dump (facility?) at Nevada Yucca Mt, while also moving forward (evaluating?) separate plans for a temporary storage site in New Mexico or Texas.

Supporters said the bill represents a comprehensive package to solve a nuclear-waste management problem that has festered for more than three decades. The House Energy and Commerce Committee approved the bill, 49-4, sending it to the full House.

Republican Reps. Greg Walde... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Nuclear Power - Economics, Design, and Industry

The nuclear industry brought more than 9 GWe of new plant generation of electricity on line last year, the largest annual increase in 25 years, according to a new World Nuclear Association report, putting it on track to achieve the Harmony goal of providing 25% of electricity in 2050 using 1,000 GWe of new capacity.

In the World Nuclear Performance Report 2017, the Association detailed power generation and construction achievements for the previous year. The ten new reactors which came on line in 2016 added 9.1 GWe to global capacity and took the total nuclear capacity supplying el... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Nuclear Power - Economics, Design, and Industry

Dipanjan Roy Chaudhury reports that nuclear power generation may no longer be an attractive proposition in certain pioneering countries in the sector primarily owing to bankruptcy issues. But Russia continues to invest in this form of energy both in domestic and international markets and now possesses the most advanced (Generation 3 plus) reactor in Novovoronezh, about 600 kms from Moscow.

The technology in Novovoronezh is being offered to Bangladesh for its maiden nuclear power plant and could be offered to India for the second Russian built six set of reactors. The generation III... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Nuclear Power - Economics, Design, and Industry

Katie Fehrenbacher reports that As the wind gusts across the rural plains of Idaho rise and fall, a new type of nuclear plant could react in kind, generating more and less power in tandem with the wind farm. That is the vision laid out in a new paper from nuclear startup NuScale Power using computer models for a planned nuclear farm built near the Horse Butte Wind Project in Idaho. The company, founded a decade ago, recently looked at how its modular nuclear reactors could follow clean energy, lowering and raising electricity output, if needed.

The surge of wind and solar in grids a... More →
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Index / Renewable Energy (Other Energy Resources)

Dr. Conca reports that last week, twenty-one prominent scientists issued a sharp critique to one of their own scientists. Mark Jacobson of Stanford said America could easily become 100% renewable by mid-century, but refused to acknowledge sound scientific principles in his research and address major errors pointed out by the scientific community. And then he played politics.

The critique is so unusual that the group of scientists only decided to issue it when Jacobson refused to correct obvious scientific errors even as he began to seriously influence public policy and political act... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Exploration, Mining, Marketing, Acquisitions

Nolan and Weber opine that uranium (U) contamination of groundwater has been primarily
associated with anthropogenic activities such as mining, milling, nuclear testing, and disposal of spent nuclear fuel. However, groundwater U concentrations across the United States exceed the U.S. EPA MCL of 30 mg/L in many regions, including those without
anthropogenic U activity, indicating a source of natural U contamination. This is significant because consumption of U-contaminated drinking water has been linked to nephrotoxicity and osteotoxicity and, thus, poses a health risk.

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

Dr. Conca also just reported that natural gas, the darling energy industry, has decided it needs to attack its biggest competitor, nuclear power. The American Petroleum Institute has flooded the airwaves in Ohio and Pennsylvania with anti-nuke commercials and has even drawn in AARP by pushing fear, fear of higher prices and fear of radiation. Just the opposite of what is true.

This is ironic since the natural gas industry emits more radioactivity than all of nuclear in America combined (as radium scale is gas and oil piping i.e., NORM). And more people die every year from natural ga... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Nuclear Power - Economics, Design, and Industry

Dr. Conca reports that the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment passed draft nuclear waste legislation, the Nuclear Waste Policy Amendments Act of 2017. The bill would be the first changes in 30 years to the Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1982 since its 1987 Amendment that codified into law the proposed Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository in Nevada.

But lots of activity led up to that point. First off, on Monday of last week, Governor Matt Bevin of Kentucky announced he was signing a bill, SB11, to lift the nuclear moratorium in the state, clearing the way for... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Nuclear Power - Economics, Design, and Industry

David Stanway reports that China is betting on new, small-scale nuclear reactor designs (SMRs)that could be used in isolated regions, on ships and even aircraft as part of an ambitious plan to wrest control of the global nuclear market. Within weeks, state-owned China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) is set to launch a small modular reactor (SMR) dubbed the Nimble Dragon with a pilot plant on the island province of Hainan, according to company officials.

Unlike new large scale reactors that cost upward of $10 billion per unit and need large safety zones, SMRs create less toxic wa... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Nuclear Power - Economics, Design, and Industry

Brad Plumer opines that over the last decade, a glut of less dirty, cheap natural gas from hydraulic fracturing has driven hundreds of dirtier coal plants in the U.S. out of business, a big reason carbon dioxide emissions fell 14% from 2005 to 2016.

But more recently, that same gas boom has started pushing many U.S. nuclear reactors into shutterment or early retirement, a trend with adverse consequences for climate change.

The U.S. fleet of 99 nuclear reactors still supplies 20% of the U.S. electricity without generating any planet-warming greenhouse gases. When those rea... More →
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Index / Gas Hydrates / Related Environmental Issues / Environmental Impact

Tia Ghose reports that a highly combustible form of energy locked deep in the ocean finally can be harvested using a new technique, but deploying that technique on a broad scale could spell trouble for the climate, experts say.

The solid material, called methane hydrate, is a form of the hydrocarbon methane that is locked in cages of ice called clathrates. Though billions of tons of this form of methane may be locked deep beneath the ocean floor, scientists had no safe or simple way to extract the material and convert it into a form that could be used.

But in a new demons... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Nuclear Power - Economics, Design, and Industry

Governor Matt Bevin is joining state and local officials in Paducah to ceremonially sign the bill that effectively lifted the nuclear moratorium in Kentucky. The state legislature passed Senate Bill 11 -known as the Leeper Act earlier this year. The measure is named after McCracken County Judge Executive and former State Senator Bob Leeper who had championed similar legislation. State Senator Danny Carroll of Paducah and others continued the effort that led to passage.

McCracken County is home to the DOE Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant that produced enriched uranium through the diff... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Related Environmental Issues / Environmental Impact - Cases, Nuclear Wastes

Henry Fountain reports that beneath a forested patch of land on the Gulf of Bothnia, at the bottom of a steep tunnel that winds for three miles through granite bedrock, Finland is getting ready to store its nuclear waste. If all goes well, sometime early in the next decade the first of what will be nearly 3,000 sealed copper canisters, each up to 17 feet long and containing about two tons of spent reactor fuel from Finland nuclear power industry, will be lowered into a vertical borehole in a side tunnel about 1,400 feet underground. As more canisters are stored, the holes and tunnels, up to 20... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Nuclear Power - Economics, Design, and Industry

Naomi Tajitsu reports that Toshiba Corp will contribute $3.68 billion to continue building two nuclear reactors in the U.S. state of Georgia, enabling the completion of a plant project begun by the Japanese conglomerate now-bankrupt nuclear unit.

Toshiba said in a statement on Saturday it had reached an agreement with Georgia Power, a subsidiary of energy provider Southern Co., to begin payments from October through January 2021 to compete the Vogtle plant.

The move comes after Georgia Power took over the plant project management from Westinghouse Electric Corp, which fil... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Nuclear Power - Economics, Design, and Industry

Fred Pearce presents in this article the standard litany of anti-nuclear half-truths, misrepresentations and outright falsehoods common to those pandering to the under-informed base of their followers. A discerning reader should pick up the tiring rhetoric of this group.

Yes, cheap natural gas and coal are still having an impact of the economics of electricity produced by nuclear power plants. But natural gas is needed to compete fairly... and coal burning should go away.

Yes, Westinghouse and Toshiba have been having financial issues. But large projects, like the major ... More →
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Index / Climate Change, Anthropocene & Associated Issues

Dr. Conca reports that even as the spokesmen for the new administration indicates it will pull the U. S. out of the Paris Climate Agreement, the governors of California, WA, NY, Massachusetts, Vermont, Connecticut and Rhode Island have banded together to continue to work toward meeting the targets of the global climate accord. These seven states represent almost 15% of the country emissions. Two of the governors are Republican.

Many businesses also want to remain in the accord, including Exxon Mobil and Chevron. They understand the global business opportunities and technology sharin... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Nuclear Power - Economics, Design, and Industry

Keep up to date with coverage of the latest government, industry and regulatory activities impacting nuclear energy in Japan.

Kansai Electric Power Co. (Kepco) restarted its Takahama 4 pressurized water reactor in Fukui prefecture on May 17, after being off-line for more than a year.

The 830-megawatt reactor was shut down Feb. 29, 2016 because of an electrical problem, just a few days after it had been restarted. The following month, a regional court issued an injunction to halt operations at Takahama 3 and 4 in response to a request by anti-nuclear groups. Kepco filed an... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Nuclear Power - Economics, Design, and Industry

Robert Zullo reports that The federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission says it will issue a license soon for a proposed third nuclear reactor at the Dominion Energy North Anna plant near Mineral in Louisa County, Virginia. However, given the cost of the project, which has been opposed by a few consumer and environmental groups and has yet to be approved by the State Corporation Commission, it remains unclear whether the utility will actually build the reactor.

Basically, having a combined operating license allows us the ability to build and operate a new unit at such time as makes bus... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Nuclear Power - Economics, Design, and Industry

Speaking at the forum, Rosatom CEO Aleksei Lihachev emphasized that the company has a wide array of projects and proposals in the areas of transport, energy, mining, and environmental protection, many of them taken into account by the government and by companies operating in the region.

For example, Rosatom nuclear icebreakers are actively assisting in the creation of the so-called Northern Sea Route, the new northern shipping route running along the Russian Arctic coast from the Kara Sea to the Bering Strait. The Bilibino Nuclear Power Plant, meanwhile, provides power to the Arctic... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Exploration, Mining, Marketing, Acquisitions

Export portfolio of JSC Techsnabexport, Russia largest exporter of nuclear fuel and nuclear fuel cycle technology (subsidiary of Rosatom state nuclear corporation), includes 25 contracts for the supply of uranium products to US energy companies worth some $6.5 billion, the company said Tuesday. The statement added that the Russian side had used the limits of uranium deliveries by 2020 had been used by 95%, while the limits agreed for a 2011-2016 period had been supplied to the full extent.

According to the website of the JSC Techsnabexport, in 1986 the company reached an agreement o... More →
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