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

Larry Bell appropriately opined in 2011 that much media coverage of the nuclear component of Japan earthquakes and tsunamis tragedy has lacked objectivity and proportionality, compounding already high public anxiety and confusion levels. Excessive attention has been directed to hypothetical radiation dangers relative to the enormous scale of broader havoc wrought by those incredible once-in-three-century natural disasters. Realistic risks have often been exaggerated by poorly informed reporters, along with alarmist agenda-driven commentators presented as experts.

Is it sometimes wor... More →
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Jhoo Dong-Chan reports that Korea is the sixth-largest nuclear-powered country in power plant capacity among International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) member countries. A series of earthquakes struck the Korean southeast but no significant damage has been reported.

According to a report released by the IAEA, Thursday, the capacity of the the Korean nuclear power plants totals 21,733 megawatts, as of end of last year. The U. S.topped the list with 99,185 megawatts, followed by France with 63,130 megawatts and Japan with 40,290 megawatts. Chinese capacity was 26,774 megawatts while Ru... More →
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Dr. Conca reports that the MOX Fuel Fabrication Facility (MFFF) in South Carolina is under fire again, with the Administration trying to cut its funding and kill the project, and Russia saying that to do so would abrogate a key nuclear weapons treaty.

Mixed Oxide Fuel (MOX) is a blend of uranium and plutonium (U and Pu) into new commercial nuclear fuel that can be burned in nuclear power reactors but cannot be used to make nuclear weapons.

MOX is one of the pillars of our nuclear weapons non-proliferation strategy, and is the basis of the Plutonium Management and Disposit... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Nuclear Power - Economics, Design, and Industry

Dr. Conca reports that the costs of energy are usually discussed in terms of dollars required to construct, fuel and operate power plants or arrays, or the cost of transmitting that energy to whomever is using it. But there are some additional costs that are rarely discussed because we do not know how to determine them, and we do not know who to charge for them. Known as externalities, these vague eventually-someone-has-to-pay kind of costs are hard to put a value on because they are mainly associated human health and environmental effects.

Everyone has heard of the carbon footprint... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Nuclear Power - Economics, Design, and Industry

Kirk Sorensen reports that the short answer to the title question is that uranium-fueled reactors can be built right away, but they use fuel inefficiently. Thorium-fueled reactors, on the other hand, are fuel-efficient, almost perfectly so, but that comes at the end of a three-phase process, with the first phase shared by thorium and uranium fuel.

Uranium is the only element with a naturally occurring fissile isotope, meaning the isotope nucleus splits into two smaller nuclei when struck by a neutron traveling at any speed. Few isotopes are fissile. But all thorium and nearly all ur... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Nuclear Power - Economics, Design, and Industry

Licensing small modular reactors (SMRs) presents a new opportunity for standardization in the nuclear power industry, Vanessa Jakovich, counsel at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, told delegates at the World Nuclear Association 41st Annual Symposium in London. Jakovich, who chairs the WNA Licensing and Permitting Task Force, said traditional licensing frameworks and standards pose challenges in terms of standardization and cooperation. But, noting that 19 of the current reactor designs being considered by regulators are SMRs, she said, this seems to be the new world.

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

1. McArthur River Mine, Canada
2015 mine production: 7,354 tonnes

Located in Saskatchewan, Canada, the McArthur River mine is the largest uranium mine, and its annual output dwarfs that of other projects. Production at the McArthur River mine dropped slightly from 7,356 in 2014 to 7,354 in 2015. In 2015, the mine accounted for 12% of uranium mined worldwide.

Major miner Cameco holds a 69.8% stake in McArthur River and is its operator. It is entitled to 234.9 million pounds in proven and probable uranium reserves. AREVA Resources Canada, a subsidiary of AREVA owns the... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Exploration, Mining, Marketing, Acquisitions

WNO reports that representatives of both long-established and more recent mining operations yesterday debated issues related to the current market situation. They looked at patterns from past market cycles and the measures that producers are taking to position themselves now and in the future.

Speaking at the World Nuclear Association 41st Annual Symposium in London, Swakop Uranium CEO Zheng Keping said the company Husab project, in Namibia has been ten years in the making. Swakop Uranium is owned by China CGN-Uranium Resources Co, the China-Africa Development Fund and Namibian stat... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Exploration, Mining, Marketing, Acquisitions

The World Nuclear Organization just updated its statements on the world supply of uranium. Current usage is about 66,000 tU per yr. Thus the world present measured resources of uranium (5.9 Mt) in the cost category around 1.5 times present spot prices and used only in conventional reactors, are enough to last for about 90 years. This represents a higher level of assured resources than is normal for most minerals.

Further exploration and higher prices will certainly, on the basis of present geological knowledge, yield further resources as present ones are used up. An initial uranium... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Exploration, Mining, Marketing, Acquisitions

Kristen Moran reports that uranium in the U.S. is used primarily for nuclear power, of course. However, uranium mining originally had its roots in the production of uranium-bearing ore in 1898. At that time, sandstone material on the Colorado Plateau in Colorado and Utah was mined primarily for its vanadium content.

Then, in the 1950s, the U.S. permitted a great deal of uranium mining promoted by federal subsidies and rising global demand largely driven by nuclear weapons procurement programs. The trend lasted until the early 1980s, when changing geopolitical circumstances created b... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Nuclear Power - Economics, Design, and Industry

Dr Conca says No. In fact, Clinton generally supports nuclear energy. She does not want any nuclear power plants to close prematurely, particularly the New York Indian Point nuclear plant. Clinton says that rapidly shutting down our nuclear power fleet puts ideology ahead of science and would make it harder and costlier to build a clean energy future, agreeing with EPA chief Gina McCarthy, leading climate scientist Dr. James Hansen and almost all nuclear scientists.

Clinton opposes the Yucca Mountain nuclear repository and supports the Blue Ribbon Commission recommendations for our ... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Nuclear Power - Economics, Design, and Industry

The U.K. plans to invest in new nuclear power following the France lead, but breaking ranks with Germany and the big Green pressure groups.

The U.K. Department of Energy & Climate Change published this infographic, but then took it down. Businesses reaping billions in subsidies from solar and wind deemed it unhelpful.

The facts according to the U.K. government?

Acres required to power 6 million homes:

Wind 250,000 acres
Solar 130,000 acres
Nuclear 430 acres (in construction)...160 acres in operation.

The Daily Telegraph call... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Nuclear Power - Economics, Design, and Industry

Jason Deign reports that a company touting a new nuclear reactor design landed CAD$5.3 million ($4 million) last month to complete the first phase of its vendor design review. The Series A funding achieved by Canadian firm Terrestrial Energy, from unnamed investors, added to a March grant of CAD$5.7 million ($4.4 million) from the Canadian government to bring the companys total fundraising to CAD$22.5 million ($17.2 million) so far.

Terrestrial Energy is looking to use the money to commercialize an Integrated Molten Salt Reactor (IMSR) design based on Manhattan Project-related resea... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Nuclear Power - Economics, Design, and Industry

Gail Reitenbach (pp. 42 to 52) reports that the second World Nuclear Exhibition was held at a moment in time when the prospects for nuclear power are both tantalizing and frustrating. One thing is clear ... The dynamics of the nuclear power industry have changed recently, and so have the solutions proposed for achieving greater certainty.

One of the strongest arguments nuclear power has going for it these days, around the world, is that generating power with fissile material does not emit carbon dioxide. Whether that attribute is enough to ensure the industry current footprint, neve... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Nuclear Power - Economics, Design, and Industry

NEI opines that the U.S. nuclear energy plants are the largest source of carbon-free power. They produce clean, reliable electricity as well as well-paying jobs. Although several dependable nuclear plants have closed in recent years for economic reasons, nuclear energy is getting a fresh look for its ability to produce vast amounts of power without emitting greenhouse gases. And with new reactor designs, both big and small, scientists and technologists are re-engineering the future of nuclear energy for the benefit of all.

Built in a factory and delivered by truck to locations in ne... More →
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James Hansen, et al., opines that to solve the climate problem, policy must be based on facts and not prejudice. Alongside renewables, Nuclear will make the difference between the world missing crucial climate targets or achieving them. The authors have dedicated their scientific careers to understand the processes and impacts of climate change, variously studying ocean systems, tropical cyclones, ice sheets and ecosystems as well as impacts on human societies. They have used both climate models and geological records of past climates to better understand lessons from warmer periods in the Ear... More →
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Jude Clemente opines that as a non-carbon source of baseload energy, it will be virtually impossible to meet climate change and environmental goals without a major expansion of nuclear energy. Today, nuclear accounts for 5% of global energy supply and 11% of world-generated electricity and is 0% of CO2 emissions.

Nuclear faces a bright future under both IEA World Energy Model Reference Case and the 450 Scenario, the latter setting an energy pathway consistent with the goal of limiting the global increase in temperature to 2 degrees C by limiting concentration of greenhouse gases in... More →
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Dr. Conca opines that Party Platforms are generally tools to appease the faithful, and the Democratic and Republican Party 2016 Platforms do just that. However, in different ways, both of these platforms would do irreparable harm to our National environmental health and energy infrastructure. Unfortunately, this has become a normal state of affairs in the new ideology-over-science era that America has entered over the past few years.

Kiona Davis and Tammy Adereti compared the Democratic and Republican platforms with respect to energy issues, and they found the parties even further a... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Exploration, Mining, Marketing, Acquisitions

Tom Lydon reports The Global X Uranium ETF, which tracks uranium miners, has stumbled for several years and over that time, there has been no shortage of uranium market observers voicing bullish opinions on the commodity. Uranium remains controversial even five years after the 2011 Fukushima incident in Japan (No one died or was irradiated).

In response to the fallout, anti-nuclear activists have aggressively petitioned courts to block restarting the plants. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has also been a vocal nuclear power proponent, arguing that atomic power, which generated ... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Related Environmental Issues / Hydrogeology & Water Resources

It is actually a frozen soil wall around the four crippled reactor units, intended to block the flow of groundwater and prevent its mixing with contaminated water. The principal benefit of the frozen barrier compared with a physical barrier is that it avoids the challenges of building a wall around such underground obstacles as pipes, and creates a seamless barrier. Its effectiveness was demonstrated in tests held in March through April of 2014, when it maintained the ground temperature below 0 degrees Celsius.

The barrier is being funded by the government, with construction being u... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Nuclear Power - Economics, Design, and Industry

Nuclear power has been a constant, with the nearest plant to NYC, Entergy Indian Point Energy Center in Buchanan, working nearly around the clock this summer to provide power needed to keep the lights, and the air conditioners, on in New York City and its suburbs.

Without Indian Point to meet demand, experts say, New York would have to rely on dirtier and more expensive sources of power, such as the dual-fired plants flipped on to meet so-called superpeaks and natural gas, which in NY State can be pricey because of distribution bottlenecks. And that is why experts are scratching the... More →
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Rafi Letzter blogs that the U.S. has committed to cutting 80% of the greenhouse gases it currently pumps into the air by 2050. It is a major project, and an expensive one, too. But Columbia University environmental economist Geoffrey Heal said nuclear power could cut those costs significantly. Here is why...

Shifting to an 80% cleaner grid will likely involve building up solar and wind from about 6% to 66% of total electric generation on the U.S. grid. In addition to the costs of the windmills and photovoltaic panels themselves, the country will need to build giant batteries and int... More →
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Megan Dailey reports that while there is no telling exactly when oil will be bouncing back for real, we can see pretty clearly how the uranium price will be taking off within the next year or two. It is important to note that uranium does not trade on the open market like oil does. You do not invest directly in the commodity, but rather in the companies that work with it.

That said, uranium does cater to the whims of supply and demand. Over the past 10 years, uranium prices have been beaten to a pulp. Before 2007, investment into energy technologies, nuclear included, was rising ste... More →
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Sally McPherson blogs that less than a year ago the coal industry was said to be terminal, and yet the commodity has recently staged a comeback, with its steepest price rise in five years. The cargo prices from the Newcastle terminal (Australia) are seen as the benchmark for Asia, and they have jumped by more than 35% since mid-June this year, up to almost $US70 per tonne.

The increase in prices is due to mine closures in Australia, the U.S. and Indonesia, along with policy changes by authorities in China, which has limited its production of coal to 276 days per year, cutting output... More →
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David Louis reports that Energy Fuels Inc.(EFI), is quickly becoming a leading producer of uranium in the U.S. Although the company does not have any mines currently producing in the Grand Canyon state, an exploratory site eight miles south of Tusayan is showing promise. The company announced that drill intercepts have located several large and high-grade areas of mineralization at its Canyon Mine, the site of a previous small-scale conventional uranium mine with a surface disturbance of 15 acres, located in the Arizona strip.

The company is currently conducting underground delineat... More →
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