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Index / Coal / Related Environmental Issues

Adam Beam reports that the new administration promised to bring back coal jobs, but even the U.S. 3rd-largest coal producer appears to be hedging its bets on a comeback. Kentucky is on the cusp of doing what was once unthinkable, opening the door to nuclear power.

The Republican-controlled state legislature is close to lifting its decades-long moratorium on nuclear energy in a state that has been culturally and economically dominated by coal. Politicians from both parties have promised for years to revive the struggling coal industry, with the new president famously billing himself ... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Nuclear Power - Economics, Design, and Industry

WNN reports that James Fisher Nuclear in collaboration with EDF Energy, Serco (now Amec), Bloodworth Consulting and the University of Manchester, developed eddy-current inspection tools designed to assess the condition of graphite within vacated fuel channels in AGRs, and can be used to measure the electrical conductivity and the inferred graphite density.

AGRs feature a graphite moderator and are cooled using carbon dioxide. The graphite blocks cannot be replaced or repaired during the operating period of the reactors. However, radiation exposure changes the shape and size of the c... More →
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Index / Mining & Minerals - Evaluations / Off-World Exploration, Mining, & Technology

June Javelosa opines that each century has an individual that redefines our world, a person who transforms the way that we think and act, a person who fundamentally reshapes our understanding of ourselves and our place in the cosmos. This century, that man seems to be Elon Musk.

He is the man behind Tesla Motors, SolarCity, and the Chief Executive of SpaceX, a company that has ushered us into the era of reusable rockets and which has made no secret of its intent to send people to Mars. Yes, SpaceX plans to create a permanent Martian settlement. Musk has made it clear that he thinks... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Nuclear Power - Economics, Design, and Industry

Dr. Conca reports that NuScale Power is a company with a mission, to build the first small modular nuclear reactor in America. As of now, they are certainly on track. In January, NuScale submitted the first design certification application for any SMR in the U.S. to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

This week, NRC has accepted their design certification application, light speed for our nuclear bureaucracy. By accepting the DCA for review, the NRC staff confirms that NuScales submission addresses all of the NRC requirements and contains sufficient technical information to conduct a ... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Related Environmental Issues / Environmental Impact - Cases, Nuclear Wastes

Karla Lant reminds that in 2011, the Great Tahoku Earthquake triggered a 15-meter-high tsunami wave that hammered the eastern coast of Japan. The wave flooded many buildings, and disabled the cooling and power supply of three reactors, causing the nuclear fuel rods to overheat at the Fukushima Daiichi plant. With the power out, the emergency cooling generators could not function, and explosions (from accumulated boiling water creating hydrogen) began in the reactor containment buildings. This in turn caused nuclear material to leak out into the atmosphere. As emergency response system failed, ... More →
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Index / Mining & Minerals - Evaluations / Off-World Exploration, Mining, & Technology

Karla Lant opines that billionaire space entrepreneurs Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk are racing to the moon and beyond. Musk and SpaceX announced plans to bring two paying space tourists into orbit for a weeklong trip circumnavigating the Moon by the end of 2018. We learned that Amazon Prime really would be everywhere by 2020 when word leaked that Blue Origin and Bezos plan to begin delivery of human habitats, science experiments, and other gear to the Moon.

This progress characterizes the new space race, in which private companies are fueling innovation as much, or more than, countries ... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Related Environmental Issues / Environmental Impact - Cases, Nuclear Wastes

Dr. Conca reports that the DoE released a Draft Plan for a Defense Waste Repository for public comment on December 16, 2016. This would only be for nuclear waste generated from our production of nuclear weapons and includes both categories of weapons waste, high-level waste (HLW) and transuranic waste (TRU).

And so begins our attempt to get back to science with respect to our nuclear waste disposal program. Meaning, let us find the right rock in the right place and a community willing to take it. Separating defense from commercial waste is reasonable as they are quite different in f... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Exploration, Mining, Marketing, Acquisitions

India and Mongolia plan to begin governmental talks in Mid-2017 on trading in uranium, a mineral abundant in the land-locked Asian country and a key attraction for New Delhi as it seeks new sources of fuel for its ever-growing chain of nuclear plants by needing a tighter partnership with a nation on the periphery of China. But also, Mongolia will be testing its traditional dependence on China by increasing its engagement with other countries i.e., going beyond China dominion.

Mongolia has a long history of uranium exploration commencing with joint Russian and Mongolian endeavors fro... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Exploration, Mining, Marketing, Acquisitions

Tom Lydon, of ETF Trends, opines that after a multi-year run of disappointing investors, the Global X Uranium ETF, which holds uranium miners, started rebounding in significant fashion in the 4th quarter. That ebullience has carried into 2017 with the uranium exchange traded fund higher by more than 23%.

However, investors still need to approach URA with some caution. For example, URA has pulled big in a big way after touching a 52-week high. From that high above $19, URA now resides closer to $16, a decline that took just a few weeks to materialize.

Adding to the recent ... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Exploration, Mining, Marketing, Acquisitions

The U.S. Department of Energy is asking for comments and information about a possible change in its transfers of uranium for cleanup services at the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant in Piketon, Ohio. DOE is considering a new Secretarial Determination covering potential continued transfers and issued a Request for Information last July seeking information about uranium markets and domestic uranium, conversion, and enrichment industries and the potential effects of DOE uranium transfers on the domestic industries.

The agency also commissioned an independent analysis of the potentia... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Nuclear Power - Economics, Design, and Industry

EBR suggests that nuclear energy is regarded as one of the prominent sources of energy with a huge potential. As nuclear power plants emit low greenhouse gas emissions, the energy is seen as environmentally friendly. Using a nuclear fission reaction, the power plants produce high amount of electricity with uranium as fuel. Although nuclear energy offers various advantages, concerns have been raised over the disposal of radioactive waste and harmful radiations from the nuclear plants.

Here are the major pros and cons of nuclear power plants.

Advantages

Low harmf... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Exploration, Mining, Marketing, Acquisitions

Paul Garvey reports that Labor victory in the West Australian election has cast a shadow over the state uranium sector, with the industry urging the incoming government to keep the door open for the most advanced uranium projects. Labor went to the polls on a platform opposed to the development of uranium projects, with the exception of any proposal that had already received government approvals.

The WA uranium projects of ASX-listed duo Vimy Resources and Toro Energy, along with Canadian uranium heavyweight Cameco, were all approved by Colin Barnett government in the months leading... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Related Environmental Issues / Environmental Impact - Cases, Nuclear Wastes

Kim Martini reported in 2013 that the tsunami wreaked havoc on Japan. It also resulted in the largest nuclear disaster since Chernobyl when the tsunami damaged the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. Radioactive particles were released into the atmosphere and ocean, contaminating groundwater, soil and seawater which effectively closed local Japanese fisheries, and all other industry in the area as well.

As a media event, this has also led to some wild speculation on the widespread dangers of Fukushima radiation on the internet. Posts with titles like Holy Fukushima, Radiation Fr... More →
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Index / Wind Energy / Economics

June Javelosa reports that renewable energy met a major milestone in the U.S., with wind powering over 50% of the U.S. electric demand....that is, for only a matter of a few minutes that is. The Southwest Power Pool (SPP), a grid operator responsible for powering 14 states, notes that while it may have been brief, the fact that the U.S. hit the mark even for a short period of time is notable, since it was the first a North American power grid to achieve the feat.

According to their report, wind power reached 52.1% last February, beating the previous record of 49.2%. Ten years ago, t... More →
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Index / Mining & Minerals - Evaluations

Henry Lazenby reports that while global economic growth came in at a disappointing 2.3% in 2016, and with growth for 2017 pegged at 2.5% and 2.7% for 2018, several analysts outlined bullish long-term scenarios for base and precious metals, pointing to growing supply gaps from 2020 onwards in key economic inputs.

There is some question whether the $1-trillion infrastructure plan promised by the new U.S. President will materialize, noting, however, that it paled in comparison with about $3-trillion in spending plans announced by China. He noted, moreover, that retaliatory measures cou... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Related Environmental Issues / Environmental Impact - Cases, Nuclear Wastes

Suddenly, Yucca Mountain is being discussed again. Officials in South Carolina are in favor of it and 28 other states with nuclear reactors are also in favor of finishing the Yucca Mt. Nuclear Storage Site.

The notion of protecting Yucca Mountain enjoyed powerful Washington allies for years, notably Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada, the Senate Democratic leader from 2005 until January, and President Barack Obama. But Obama is no longer the president, Reid is no longer a senator and Democrats do not control Congress or the White House.

Secretary of Energy-designate Rick Perry, wh... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Nuclear Power - Economics, Design, and Industry

Anya Litvak opines that either the Ohio-based company will shut down the 1,800-megawatt plant, two decades ahead of schedule, or it will sell it to another operator. The latter option is a nonstarter unless something, aka someone, aka legislators in Pennsylvania and Ohio, intervenes to equalize nuclear energy with gas.

The Beaver County nuclear plant and two others in Ohio share the same chopping block as about a dozen fossil fuel plants in FirstEnergy portfolio across several states where electricity generation is not directly supported by ratepayers.

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

Charles Kenny blogs that while (some in) the U.S. remain lukewarm about nuclear power, shutting down plants (because of low natural gas prices), the developing world is rapidly adding capacity. Ten new plants came online in 2016, nine of them in the developing world, supporting the largest addition of nuclear power since 1990. This is good news for people living in developing countries and for the global climate, but to make faster progress with safer designs (but can not get much safer), it is high time America started investing in next-generation nuclear power (but that is already well under... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Other, RTGs, Thorium, Helium-3 and Fusion Research

September 30, 2016, scientists and engineers at the MIT Plasma Science and Fusion Center made a leap forward in the pursuit of clean energy. The team set a new world record for plasma pressure in the Institute Alcator C-Mod tokamak nuclear fusion reactor. Plasma pressure is the key ingredient to producing energy from nuclear fusion, and MIT new result achieves over 2 atmospheres of pressure for the first time.

Nuclear fusion has the potential to produce nearly unlimited supplies of clean, safe, carbon-free energy. Fusion is the same process that powers the sun, and it can be realize... More →
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Index / Coal / Related Environmental Issues / Hydrogeology & Water Resources

Dom Galeon reports that signs that fossil fuels are on the decline are everywhere. For one, nations are keen on cutting down their fossil fuel consumption. Then there is the growing solar energy business that is looking to overtake coal? The technology industry is also taking steps to ensure the demise of fossil fuels. And, in perhaps one of the clearest signs of decline, the Navajo Generating Station near Page, Arizona, announced that it will be closing by 2019, more than two decades ahead of its EPA-mandated 2044 shutdown.

The Navajo station is the largest coal-fire power plant in... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Nuclear Power - Economics, Design, and Industry

The U.S. nuclear energy plants are vital national assets that provide reliable, carbon-free electricity to tens of millions of households and businesses around the country.

Nuclear Matters is a coalition that works to inform the public and policymakers about the clear benefits of nuclear energy. The coalition advocates for policy solutions that properly value nuclear energy as a reliable, affordable, safe and carbon-free electricity resource that is essential to the U.S. energy future.

On December 1, 2016, the CASEnergy Coalition and Nuclear Advocacy Network (NAN) joined... More →
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Index / Mining & Minerals - Evaluations / Off-World Exploration, Mining, & Technology

Dr. Conca opines that investing in a backup planet might be a good idea, given what has been happening on Earth lately. The cost would only be a little over $20 trillion, but some nice real estate just came on the market. The discovery of seven Earth-like planets orbiting a nearby star has really gotten everyone thinking about space colonization again. Found by NASA orbiting Spitzer Space Telescope and the ground-based TRAPPIST Telescope, there seems to be at least seven Earth-sized planets orbiting the star TRAPPIST-1.

The biggest surprise is that three or four of these planets ar... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Nuclear Power - Economics, Design, and Industry

Rafael Farinas blogs via faint praise that as the world looks at solar and wind power as viable, but unreliable and expensive, alternatives to power the grid, the solution obviously lies in other energy sources ... Nuclear and natural gas in a long transition to the ultimate power source, fusion energy or perhaps off-world solar. Solar and wind do have a place in remote areas, but not to power the grid.

Nuclear energy has remained a core source of energy for years and has made significant advancements toward a clean-energy future, with nearly endless energy for generations to come (... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Nuclear Power - Economics, Design, and Industry

Duke Energy recently announced that its 11 Carolina nuclear plants produced nearly 90 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity in 2016. Their success this past year was based on enhancements in outage planning and execution, along with our ongoing commitment and focus on continuous improvement, re Bill Pitesa, Duke Energy chief nuclear officer.

The lower costs of nuclear fuel, coupled with shorter refueling outages, continue to be a major factor in keeping our customers costs down. The plants produced two kilowatt-hours more than they did in 2015. The 11 plants also attained a collect... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Nuclear Power - Economics, Design, and Industry

Tomohiro Ichihara reports that one major driving force behind the expansion of Toshiba nuclear power plant business is the growing demand for electricity in Asia.

According to the World Nuclear Association, 99 of 447 nuclear power plants now operating in the world are in the U.S.. Three countries, the U.S., France and Japan, account for more than 50% of all nuclear power plants in operation on an output basis. But the projected output of plants under construction tells a very different story. China alone accounts for nearly 40% of the total and Asia as a whole makes up over 60% curr... More →
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