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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Related Environmental Issues

Gail H Marcus recently assessed the nuclear power industry environmental credentials in comparison to fossil fuels and renewable energy sources. The environment is a shared resource, and in recent years the question of how to moderate the impacts of human activity on the air, water and land has become increasingly important.

One of the characteristics that has received the most attention in this effort is the greenness of our energy supply. Yet the term green seems not to be well understood and it is not consistently applied. Some sources define a green energy source as one with a ... More →
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Index / Climate Change, Anthropocene & Associated Issues

David Stanway reports that the nuclear-energy industry needs an annual investment of $80 billion in order to meet climate change goals, the director of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said on Friday. Dohee Hahn told a nuclear industry conference in China that between 10 and 20 reactors will need to be built every year through 2030, if the global temperature rise is to be held to within 2 degrees.

The agency estimates that total global nuclear capacity needs to reach 862 gigawatts by 2040, up from 376 gigawatts in 2014, in order to meet the goals set in the Paris agreem... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Nuclear Power - Economics, Design, and Industry

Koerth-Baker opined in 2016 that this is the face of nuclear development in the U.S. today ... slow, over-budget, economically untenable. Yet the dream of a nuclear-powered society is still alive. Nationwide, the U.S. gets about 20% of our electricity from nuclear. It produces the lion share (64%) of the U.S. clean energy, provided that by clean, she means anything but fossil fuels. In addition to Watts Bar 2 there are four other reactors currently under construction in this country, signaling that perhaps America has a renewed interest in going nuclear.

Look abroad and there is eve... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Nuclear Power - Economics, Design, and Industry

Herkewitz emphasizes the importance of Severnini research on why coal-fired power plants should not replace nuclear plants. Severnini also argues that his research is all the more reason not just to move to renewable energy sources like wind and solar, but to readopt nuclear power generation as quickly as possible.

Although incidents like the Three Mile Island accident or the Fukushima nuclear accident in March 2011 generated unfounded, but deep public anxiety and uncertainty about the future of nuclear energy (mostly created by the fear-mongering media since no one was killed or i... More →
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Index / Coal / Related Environmental Issues / Environmental Impact

Severnini, an economics and public policy researcher at Carnegie Mellon, just published the results of a unique case study about what happens to communities located around new or ramped-up coal power plants. In 2015, he reported that when environmental regulations focus on a subset of power plants, the ultimate goal of human health protection may not be reached. Because power plants are interconnected through the electrical grid, excessive scrutiny of a group of facilities may generate more pollution out of another group, with potential de1eterious effects to public health.

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

Dr. Conca reports that led by Ontario, Canada is looking to fill their looming energy supply gap, and address climate change, by building a fleet of the new super-safe small modular nuclear reactors (SMRs) over the next 20 years.

Ontario electricity supply is quite low-carbon already, with about 60% nuclear and 20% hydropower, with natural gas about 10%. Canada overall is about 60% hydropower and 16% nuclear, with the rest spread out among coal, gas and wind. At 50 grams of CO2 per kWh, Canada is one of the cleanest grids in the world.

Aggressive targets for further reduc... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Nuclear Power - Economics, Design, and Industry

Professors Gattie and Jones (of University of Georgia) opine that as the U.S. nuclear industry works to increase its contribution to the civilian power sector, recent issues with Toshiba and Westinghouse may have reignited the debate regarding the future of nuclear power in the U.S.

On one side, opponents leverage these issues to argue that nuclear power has no future due to economics and they conclude that the U.S. should abandon nuclear and go all-in on renewable energy. This position is strongly supported by anti-nuclear activists promoting a chimerical renewable-energy-only econ... More →
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Index / Coal

Karla Lant reported that although Britain has historically run on coal-generated power, the country just went without any for a full 24 hours. This is a first for the area, and it will be the first of many such days to come. The National Grid confirmed that April 21 was the first full day of coal-free power in 135 years, following a relatively long stretch of 19 hours in May 2016. This is not due to any one alternative power source, but to an increasingly varied range of power options.

Gridwatch observers estimate that about half of the energy used that day came from natural gas, wh... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Nuclear Power - Economics, Design, and Industry

Andrew Follett reports that General Atomics has developed nuclear reactor fuel that uses uranium carbide instead of uranium oxide, which is normally used to fuel light water reactors. Helium coolant will make meltdowns impossible, and the fuel could also reduce the amount of used nuclear fuel to be disposed of, according to Christina Back, vice president of nuclear technologies and materials at General Atomics.

Recent technological advancements could turn environmentalists into huge fans of nuclear power, according to a nuclear physicist. Christina Back said her company, General Ato... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Exploration, Mining, Marketing, Acquisitions

WNN reports that the Uranium Producers of America recommends that the DOE should stop all sales by DOE when the uranium spot market price is below the U.S. EIA reported production cost for uranium (currently $35.453 per pound), and that under no circumstance should it transfer more uranium than the U.S. uranium industry is producing that year.

It calls for the DOE to work with Congress to pass legislation establishing statutory limits on excess uranium transfers and enhancing transparency and predictability associated with transfers. It also says the DoE should seek to maximize taxp... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Nuclear Power - Economics, Design, and Industry

Wallace McKelvey, in a not-so-subtle, biased article opines that nuclear power, which generates more than 30% of Pennsylvania electricity, could soon disappear from the state amid a glut of cheap natural gas from the Marcellus Shale play. And the first of 5 Pennsylvania plants to close could be the Three Mile Island facility, as soon as 2019. Yes, Three Mile Island nuclear power plant has been operating since the 1970s.

TMI owner Exelon is seeking the PA Legislature help to keep marginally economic reactors like TMI open. The same argument is being made in other states as well, Illi... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Nuclear Power - Economics, Design, and Industry

Leia Toovey opines that demand for nuclear power will grow over the coming years with dozens of new nuclear plants currently under development, both large and small scale. Most of the planned and under construction plants are in emerging markets, particularly China. Even though there are concerns about nuclear power, it remains one of the most cost-effective and environmentally friendly ways to generate electricity.

While China has been moving forward with nuclear power plant builds in the aftermath of the Fukushima nuclear disaster, Europe had been reluctant to expand its nuclear p... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Nuclear Power - Economics, Design, and Industry

Yuthana Praiwan Yuthana reports that what appeared to be a devastating accident at Japan Fukushima nuclear power plant in 2011, which later was found to have killed or injured no one but minor injuries, and no radiation, sparked worldwide fears for a period that forced many countries, including Thailand, to scrap their nuclear power development plans. However, experts soon realized that meltdowns can be managed and still believe that the technology is needed to help drive Thailand economic transformation forward.

Radiation experts say areas suitable for developing new nuclear power ... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Related Environmental Issues / Environmental Impact - Cases, Nuclear Wastes

David Iaconangelo reports that in late 2013, operators at a Los Alamos nuclear lab stuffed the wrong kind of kitty litter into a waste drum and shipped it off to Carlsbad, N.M. Deep below the earth, at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, a chemical reaction popped open the drum and sent small amounts of radioactivity ascending to the surface, contaminating nearly two dozen workers.

That now-infamous accident, coming less than two weeks after a fire hospitalized six workers with minor burns at the underground plant, shut down WIPP for three years out of an abundance of caution and safet... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Nuclear Power - Economics, Design, and Industry

Chris Mooney opines on the Perry study of the U.S. electric grid having a particular emphasis on recent coal and nuclear plant closures on whether environmental policies may be driving them.

Perry asked his team to undertake a 60-day inquiry into the extent to which continued regulatory burdens, as well as mandates and tax and subsidy policies, are responsible for forcing the premature retirement of baseload power plants, such as those fueled by coal or nuclear energy, among other grid-related questions.

Yet even this inquiry has stirred controversy in the new administra... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Related Environmental Issues / Environmental Impact - Cases, Nuclear Wastes

Gary Martin reports that the U.S. House energy committee has scheduled a hearing next week to begin the legislative process to revive the mothballed Yucca Mountain nuclear repository in Nevada. Rep. Walden, R-Ore., the chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, said Wednesday that legislation on a comprehensive solution to nuclear waste management policy would be the subject of the hearing.

The hearing by the environment subcommittee, under Chairman Shimkus, R-Ill., would examine the federal government responsibility to dispose of nuclear waste from plants across the count... More →
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Index / Coal / Exploration, Production, Coal Ash, Rare Earths

Keith Williams provides a summary of Chinese activities in coal as of 2017 ...

1. China continues to experiment with setting a price for coal by manipulating local production.

2. China bans coal imports from North Korea in 2017 and Mongolia dramatically increased export of coking coal to China in 2016.

3. International coal producers, Indonesia, Australia to benefit, but what about Mongolia?

4. Experts do not think this reflects a fundamental shift in coal industry decline.

5. Paris climate agreement ratification continues, record global t... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Nuclear Power - Economics, Design, and Industry

Mary Jane Fountain opines on the nature of the uranium market and provides a summary, as follows ...

1. Despite negative sentiment from Fukushima, analysts say uranium fundamentals support rising prices.

2. The World Nuclear Association says a 100% increase in international power stations is being either planned or proposed, 160 already being planned.

3. The price of uranium got off to a good start in 2017, but has it fizzled out? The ETF chart for the stock URA suggests not, and it is just correcting the February high.

4. According to several analys... More →
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Index / Renewable Energy (Other Energy Resources) / Economics, Batteries

Giles Parkinson opines with the question .... Ever hear the story about why renewable energy can not compete without a subsidy? You hear it all the time from the fossil fuel industry, he says. And the response from renewables? Take away fossil fuel subsidies, and they would be glad to compete on level terms.

David Hochschild, a commissioner with the California Energy Commission, at the Energy Productivity Summer Study in Sydney, illustrates why the fossil fuel and nuclear industries do not want that to happen.

Studies by the International Energy Agency point out that glob... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Related Environmental Issues / Environmental Impact - Cases, Nuclear Wastes

Stateside reports that the nuclear power industry has a problem, caused by the Federal government. It has no way to dispose of spent nuclear fuel rods, some of which are high-level nuclear waste.

Since 1987, the Federal plan was a facility in Nevada known as Yucca Mountain. The Obama administration basically put that project on hold. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission completed a safety evaluation report and completed an Environmental Impact Statement last year, both of which favored opening the facility for business.

Now the new administration indicates Yucca Mountain is ... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Nuclear Power - Economics, Design, and Industry

Dr. Conca reports that recently, 4 municipal election candidates from the traditionally anti-nuclear Green Party in Finland published an opinion piece in which they stated that humanity no longer has the luxury of opposing nuclear power. As discussed by J. M. Korhonen, this is significant.

Well over a 100 election candidates from all the major parties, these Greens included, signed a petition calling for feasibility studies for nuclear district heating to provide heat for Finnish cities.

The Green Party was a major winner in these Finnish elections, taking over 12% of th... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Exploration, Mining, Marketing, Acquisitions

David Emery reported in late 2016 that allegations of a quid pro quo deal giving Russia ownership of 20% of U.S. uranium deposits in exchange for $145 million in donations to the Clinton Foundation are unsubstantiated and untrue.

In the months leading up to the 2016 U.S. presidential election, stories abounded about the relationships between the Clinton Foundation and various foreign entities. May 2015 saw the publication of a book called Clinton Cash ... The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich, an expose of alleged Clinto... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Related Environmental Issues / Environmental Impact - Cases, Nuclear Wastes

Steven Mufson reports that new administration budget proposal would boost Energy Department spending on managing the nation nuclear waste stockpile and reviving the controversial Yucca Mountain storage facility for nuclear power plant waste but would slash spending on a host of science and climate areas.

The budget would cut spending overall by $1.7 billion, or 5.6% from current levels, to $28 billion. But the money is redistributed. The National Nuclear Security Administration budget would grow 11.3% while the rest of the Energy Department programs would be cut by 17.9%.

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

The bill would reform the Nuclear Regulatory Commission budget and fee recovery programs to improve transparency and accountability, and require the NRC to establish performance metrics and periodically report to Congress. It would also develop a reliable regulatory framework for the licensing of advanced nuclear reactors, enhance the efficiency of uranium recovery licensing, and increase the transparency of the process by which the U.S. Department of Energy disposes of excess uranium.

EPW Committee Chairman Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY) reintroduced NEIMA last week with cosponsors Sens... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Related Environmental Issues / Environmental Impact - Cases, Nuclear Wastes

Ken Silverstein opines that Yucca Mountain was the site that was intended to store the 70,000 tons of radioactive nuclear waste now stored around the U.S. Yucca Mt. has lain practically unused since 2010, although it may now get a new lease on life given that the new administration has budgeted money to license it.

Nuclear energy is an industry of 99 plants, but a small group of adversaries. On the one hand, it is a carbon-free fuel in a plant that can produce electricity around the clock and that has an outstanding safety record in this country. But, on the other hand, nuclear plan... More →
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