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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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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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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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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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The S-A Editorial staff concludes that the Waste Control Specialists site near Andrews near the Texas-New Mexico border is suited for spent nuclear waste. And the casks that transport nuclear waste are virtually indestructible.

There has been no shortage of local anxiety over a proposal to transport and store high-level nuclear waste in West Texas. Bexar County Commissioners Court unanimously voted to oppose the transport of spent nuclear fuel to Andrews County, and City Councilman Ron Nirenberg has said he wants the city to legally oppose Waste Control Specialists application.
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Nuclear Power - Economics, Design, and Industry

Small Modular Reactors (SMRs) are nuclear power plants that are smaller in size (300 MWe or less) than current generation base load plants (1,000 MWe or higher). These smaller, compact designs are factory-fabricated reactors that can be transported by truck or rail to a nuclear power site. SMRs will play an important role in addressing the energy security, economic and climate goals of the U.S. if they can be commercially deployed within the next decade.

Development of clean, affordable nuclear power options is a primary element of the DOE Nuclear Energy Research and Development R... More →
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Rep. Tom Rice (R-SC) and Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) recently introduced legislation that would modify the U.S. tax code to enable nonprofit partners in nuclear power facilities to effectively utilize the nuclear production tax credit (PTC).

Other energy technologies (such as wind and solar plant operations) are able to fully use their credits with public-private partnerships and nuclear energy should have the same consideration, Rice said. This bill helps to correct a disparity of current law so savings can be passed on to millions of consumers in South Carolina and across the country wh... More →
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Reuters reports that the U.S. Senate committee easily passed a bill on Wednesday to enable the nuclear regulator to license advanced nuclear reactors that backers say are safer than conventional plants and can help deal with a growing waste problem.

The Nuclear Energy Innovation and Modernization Act requires the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to develop a regulatory framework to enable the licensing of advanced nuclear reactors that could come into development in 10 or 15 years. The bill passed 18-3 in the Environment and Public Works Committee.

Republican Senator James I... More →
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Jonathan Tirone reports that Urenco Ltd., the world second-biggest maker of nuclear fuel, is advancing its attempt to supply smaller nuclear reactors (called SMRs) in order to boost demand for its services. The company is developing, in conjunction with Amec Foster Wheeler Plc, a generation of small, modular reactors called SMRs or U-Batteries, Chief Executive Officer Thomas Haeberle said in an interview from the company headquarters in England. Urenco miniature reactors can generate 10 megawatts of power, about 1% of what comes from a current nuclear plant.

The U-Battery is being d... More →
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Leia Toovey reports that Spot uranium prices continue to show little change, week-over-week, and seem to have found some stability following their recent crash which saw uranium prices bottoming at $17.75 per lb in December. Now, prices have found stability in the low to mid $20s, suggesting that sell-off in uranium is over. However, the lack of a consistent move higher indicates that a larger fundamental change is needed to really power a rally.

Market participants have long been optimistic about the future of uranium, but it still remains a waiting game before new nuclear plants a... More →
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The Indian Point nuclear power plant, located in Westchester County just 30 miles north of New York City, has been a target of environmentalists since it first opened in 1974. An irrational distrust of nuclear power has motivated opponents to declare it an unacceptable risk and call for its closure, despite the power plant overwhelming safety record. Feeding this irrational hysteria, Governor Cuomo has long referred to Indian Point indeed nuclear power generation as a ticking time bomb and has promised to shut the plant by 2021.

Last week two environmental groups released a report t... More →
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