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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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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Exploration, Mining, Marketing, Acquisitions

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.

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

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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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Exploration, Mining, Marketing, Acquisitions

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

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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Index / Mining & Minerals - Evaluations / Off-World Exploration, Mining, & Technology

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

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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Index / Mining & Minerals - Evaluations / Off-World Exploration, Mining, & Technology

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

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

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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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Related Environmental Issues

1: Boice JD Jr, Mumma MT, Blot WJ. Related Articles, Links
Cancer and noncancer mortality in populations living near uranium and vanadium mining and milling operations in Montrose County, Colorado, 1950-2000.
Radiat Res. 2007 Jun;167(6):711-26.
PMID: 17523851 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

2: Boice JD Jr, Mumma M, Schweitzer S, Blot WJ. Related Articles, Links
Cancer mortality in a Texas county with prior uranium mining and milling activities,
1950-2001.
J Radiol Prot. 2003 Sep;23(3):247-62.
PMID: 14582717 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Exploration, Mining, Marketing, Acquisitions

Jack Spencer and Katie Tubb report that on a tract of private land in Virginia, 119 million pounds of uranium ore lie buried in the largest known uranium deposit in U.S. The Virginia General Assembly is currently considering whether to issue regulations that allow this resource to be developed. The debate has been overtaken by purposeful misinformation, decades of cultural bias, and manipulation by special interests.

A closer analysis, however, reveals that uranium mining is conducted around the world safely and to great economic benefit. Studies show that the net economic benefit ... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Related Environmental Issues / Environmental Impact - Cases, Nuclear Wastes

Steve Sebelius reports that Harry Reid did his level best to fight the nuclear waste repository during his long career in Congress, stripping funds from its budget and promoting the idea of on-site storage at nuclear plants in dry casks. Reid repeatedly insisted that Yucca Mountain was closed, dead and forever destined to remain a monument to political folly, an $8 billion hole in the ground, thanks to Democrat stupidity.

According to E and E News, a draft list of questions directed to Department of Energy officials indicates the Yucca Mountain project is not dead, at least in the m... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Nuclear Power - Economics, Design, and Industry

Tom Henry reports that President-elect Donald Trump advisers are seeking help from the U.S. Department of Energy on ways they might stave off more premature closures of nuclear plants struggling because of intense competition from natural gas and renewable energy. The move comes one day after another nuclear plant appears headed for premature closure because of failing economics. It might help FirstEnergy Corp. Beaver Valley plant near Pittsburgh, the Davis-Besse nuclear plant in Ohio, and the DTE Energy Fermi 2 nuclear plant in Ohio remain in the mix.

Jennifer Young, FirstEnergy sp... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Exploration, Mining, Marketing, Acquisitions

WNN reports that developing production capacity to meet the world uranium needs, rather than the availability of uranium resources, is a likely challenge over coming years according to the latest edition of the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) and International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) joint report on uranium resources, production and demand.

Known as the Red Book, Uranium 2016 - Resources, Production and Demand was published on 30 November. It is the 26th edition of the report, currently updated every two years, and provides a reflection of information current as of 1 January 20... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Related Environmental Issues / Environmental Impact - Cases, Nuclear Wastes

The Honorable Kevin Scarce reports that South Australia can safely increase its participation in nuclear activities. Such participation brings social, environmental,
safety and financial risks. The state is already managing some of these risks, and the remainder are manageable.

Some new nuclear fuel cycle activities are viable. One in particular, the disposal of international used fuel and intermediate level waste, could provide significant
and enduring economic benefits to the South Australian community.

Viability analysis undertaken for the Commission determin... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Exploration, Mining, Marketing, Acquisitions

This NEA-IAEA report presents the results of the most recent review of world uranium market fundamentals and offers a statistical profile of the world uranium industry as of 2015. It contains official data provided by 37 countries and 12 national reports on uranium exploration, resources, production and reactor-related requirements...

1. Projections of nuclear generating capacity and reactor related uranium requirements through 2035 are presented, as well as a discussion of long-term uranium supply and demand issues.

2. Total identified uranium resources have increased b... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Nuclear Power - Economics, Design, and Industry

Dan Petrella reports that Bill Stoermer, spokesman for the Quad-Cities Nuclear Plant in Cordova, said the bill, when signed by Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner, will ensure the continued operations of the Clinton and Quad-Cities nuclear power stations for a decade and protects 4,200 related jobs.

Along with keeping open two of the state reliable and efficient nuclear power plants, passage of the bill will maintain Illinois competitive electric rates and preserve and create tens of thousands of jobs, Stoermer added. The Cordova facility employs about 800 people and is Rock Island County's ... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Nuclear Power - Economics, Design, and Industry

Andrew Follett reports that nuclear power plants have far less environmental impacts than any other energy source, according to top International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) officials. They also said nuclear power is more sustainable than wind or solar because waste is fully accounted for and plans to decommission plants exist before reactors are even built.

As for the future, nuclear power plants (NPPs) and nuclear sites are the most sustainable energy sources in terms of environmental impact, of course, if there are no nuclear disasters, Mikhail Chudakov, deputy director of the IA... More →
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Index / Hydroelectric Power (Dams and Pumped Storage)

Dr. Conca reports that the Department of Energy released a plan to expand hydropower by 50% through electrifying existing dams and emplacing pumped hydro storage at existing non-powered dams to facilitate more intermittent renewables like wind and solar onto the electric grid.

According to DOE Hydropower Vision, the United States could increase its hydropower electricity generation capacity from about 100 GW to 150 GW by 2050 by energizing existing dams (dams that presently have no ability to produce power), upgrading plants already producing power with more capacity, and constructi... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Other, RTGs, Thorium, Helium-3 and Fusion Research

Eric Roston, of Bloomberg, blogs that fusion has always drawn energy futurists. It is the perfect topic for them, since it has been 30 years away for at least four decades. While fission produces energy by splitting atoms of uranium or plutonium, fusion would eliminate planet-warming carbon dioxide emissions if scientists could only harness its power in a controlled fashion.

Such technology would not produce long-lasting radioactive waste, and unlike a sun that sets or wind that dies down, fusion would not need battery back-up. It would work all the time, not unlike the current fis... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Nuclear Power - Economics, Design, and Industry

Dr. Conca reports that companies like Snapchat, Facebook and Twitter sell digital ads but contribute little in terms of employment, job multipliers or tax receipts. Their revenues are small, ten times less than their value. On the other hand, Exelon produces enormous amounts of cheap, clean energy, in this case from nuclear power. Exelon brings in more revenue than it is valued, and supports tens of thousands of jobs.

The media firms are hailed as leaders of the new economy, despite their insignificant contributions to employment or products. They manage their message carefully to r... More →
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