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

Will Boisvert reports that four years ago a large earthquake and tsunami devastated northeast Japan. More than 15,000 people were killed. A subsequent nuclear meltdown added fear to grief. As terrible as the meltdown appeared to be - with the accumulated hydrogen gas igniting and blow the roof off the pumphouse, it did not have significant public health consequences, much less catastrophic than many feared and some continue to claim.

On the fourth anniversary of the tsunami, earthquake, and meltdown, journalist Will Boisvert investigated and unearthed five public health findings fro... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Nuclear Power - Economics, Design, and Industry

The Michigan State Senate is urging the federal government to open up the Nevada Yucca Mountain nuclear waste depository. Senator Phil Pavlov of St. Clair Township says Michigan residents have been paying this on their utility bills for years. We have the Canadian government contemplating building a nuclear waste repository very close to Lake Huron, Pavlov said. It is time that they take that responsibility. Let us fix this problem, let us get the federal government to resolve this matter and get this funded.

Michigan is home to three nuclear power plants. The Nevada Yucca Mountain ... More →
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Dr. Conca reports that the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission thinks America should spend a lot of money and effort to change the safest radiological program in the world just so we can be the same as Europe. As if conformity in this area is important or that their safety record is better than ours. Which it is not.

NRC has proposed a rulemaking - ANPR - to change the existing U.S. radiation protection regulations to align with those of the International Commission on Radiological Protection - ICRP. The most important change would be to drop our present worker radiation lim... More →
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Pia Rivera reports that the 5th Annual Small Modular Reactor Summit 2015 will be hosting a panel discussion on integrating small modular reactors - SMRs - into nuclear co-generation and hybrid energy systems. The panelists include Shannon Bragg-Sitton, Deputy National Technical Director, Idaho National Lab, Fred Moore, Executive Director, NGNP Alliance Ltd, Kajetan Rozycki, Head of New Reactor Technologies Team, European Nuclear Cogeneration Industrial Initiative NC2i, and Mike Middleton, Strategy Manager, UK Energy Technologies Institute. The 5th Annual Small Modular Reactor Summit 2015 wil... More →
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Anders Lorenzen reports that when Francois Hollande was elected President of France in 2012, he pledged that he would reduce the nuclear energy contribution to the country electricity mix from 75 per cent to 50 per cent by 2025. However, this pledge may no longer be a reality. Energy Minister, Ms. Segolene Royal, said last month that it was no longer a high priority to do so. She said that she was not in favor of quitting nuclear power and added that France needs to continue investing in it, particularly in fourth-generation reactors which will consume less nuclear fuel and recycle nuclear was... More →
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Public support for nuclear energy in the U.S. is increasing with more than two-thirds of citizens favorable towards it, according to a new survey commissioned by the NEI. The survey found an overall increase in the percentage in favor of nuclear energy over the past three decades.

The telephone survey of a national sample of 1,000 adults was conducted early this year by Bisconti Research and Quest Global Research. It is the latest in the NEI 32-year public opinion tracking program. A total of 68 per cent of those surveyed said they favored the use of nuclear energy for electricity g... More →
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Susan Montoya reports that U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said Wednesday that his Department is committed to reopening the federal government underground nuclear waste repository in southern New Mexico. Moniz made assurances to members of a U.S. Senate subcommittee during a hearing Wednesday in Washington, D.C., that resuming operations at the facility would be done with worker safety in mind.

We are doing all that we can, Moniz said. At the very beginning, I insisted that we not set schedules before we understood what the issues were. Otherwise, safety could be comprised. The W... More →
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The NEI News Notes regularly is asked to discuss the issue of water use and nuclear power plants because anti-nuclear activists can not help but manipulate or obscure the facts when it comes to explaining how much water is used to cool an operating reactor. The latest example comes from the Huffington Post where Kyle Rabin of the Grace Communications Foundation writes that thermoelectric power plants account for 45 per cent of water withdrawals in the U.S.

The discussion of electricity generation water use contains some misleading statements that mask the truth. Power plant water us... More →
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In applying the Holistic Environmental Management approach, the NEI Fact Sheets suggest that the electricity production and the availability of water are interdependent. While electricity generation requires water for cooling, usable water production requires substantial amounts of electricity for pumping and purification.

To manage this interdependence responsibly, a range of issues should be taken into account. Within the energy sector, these issues include the potential environmental impacts of power plant cooling systems, the environmental footprint of various energy sources, an... More →
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Reuters reports that cutting the share of nuclear power in the French electricity mix from 75 to 50 per cent by 2025 is not the most important issue in a planned energy law, Energy Minister Segolene Royal said. In October, 2014, the lower house of the French parliament passed a much-delayed energy transition bill that included the 2025 target and capped nuclear power production at current levels. But earlier this month the senate, in which the conservative opposition has a majority, and which has the power to amend but not block laws, scrapped the cap and removed any reference to 2025.
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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 weapons and power 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 geologic nuclear waste repository for our defense-... More →
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Barry W. Brook and Corey J. A. Bradshaw of the University of Adelaide report that leading conservation scientists from around the world have called for a substantial role for nuclear power in future energy-generating scenarios in order to mitigate climate change and protect biodiversity.

In an open letter to environmentalists with more than 60 signatories, the scientists ask the environmental community to weigh up the pros and cons of different energy sources using objective evidence and pragmatic trade-offs, rather than simply relying on idealistic perceptions of what is green. Org... More →
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Llewellyn King reports that the 17 rare earth elements have energy supply by the throat. They are used in everything from oil refineries to solar and wind generators. These rare earths are, as John Kutsch, director of the Thorium Energy Alliance, says, the great multipliers. They make metals stronger, generators more efficient, cell phones smaller, television sets sharper, and laptops lighter. They are, in their way, as important to modern manufacturing as energy.

Back in the days, the U.S. was a major supplier of rare earths - with supplemental supplies coming from countries aroun... More →
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Nick Cunningham reporter for oilprice.com asks a well biased question -
Can nuclear help avoid the worst effects of climate change? Does that mean the O and G folks believe there is a problem in Houston?

The International Energy Agency recently provided a roadmap for nuclear power, detailing how the technology could help keep global temperature increases within a 2-degree scenario. According to the IEA report, between 2015 and 2050 total installed nuclear power capacity around the world would need to more than double from 396 gigawatts to 930 GW.

To get there, the IE... More →
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Llewellyn King, reporter for oilprice.com, laments that this will be an unhappy year for Vernon, a small town in the state of Vermont. It is losing its economic mainstay. The owner of its proud, midsized nuclear plant, which has sustained the community for 42 years, Entergy, is closing the plant. Next year the only people working at the plant will be those shuttering it, taking out its fuel, securing it and beginning the process of turning it into a kind of tomb, a burial place for the hopes of a small town.

What may be a tragedy for Vernon may also be a harbinger of a larger, multi... More →
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World Nuclear News reported that China has now resumed construction of new nuclear power plant projects, starting with the fifth unit at the Hongyanhe nuclear plant in Liaoning. All nuclear construction in China has been halted for the past 15 months.

The pouring of first concrete for the reactor basemat marks the official start of construction of the unit, the first of two that will form the second phase of the Hongyanhe plant. A total of some 4452 cubic meters of concrete will be poured to complete the foundation slab of the unit, plant constructor China Nuclear Engineering Corpor... More →
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Christine Todd Whitman says that with oil prices low, it would be easy to perceive that we as a nation have our energy issues under control. But despite the current benefits derived from oil prices that have not been this low in six years, we still need an overarching energy policy for the U.S. In 1977, President Carter outlined a national energy plan based on 10 principles, the first of which was that we can have an effective and comprehensive energy policy only if the government takes responsibility for it and if the people understand the seriousness of the challenge. Those words are just as... More →
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Alan Caruba blogs that the American people have spent 30 years and 15 billion dollars to determine whether Yucca Mountain would be a safe repository for the U.S. civilian and defense-related nuclear waste. Compare that with the one year and 45 days it took to build the Empire State Building or the five years it took to build the Hoover Dam in the depths of the Great Depression. In the first half of the last century, Americans knew how to get things done, but the rise of environmentalism, aka adversarialism, in the latter half, starting around the 1970s, has increased the cost and time of any c... More →
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There is a growing possibility that Japan will rely on nuclear energy for more than 20 per cent of its total power output in 2030, compared with about 30 per cent before the Fukushima nuclear disaster started in March 2011, sources said. Following the triple reactor core meltdown at Tokyo Electric Power Co. Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, the government initially looked to reduce the dependence on nuclear energy as much as possible, issuing incentives that led to a glut in solar energy and costly natural gas imports.

However, to decrease the energy costs, the Ministry of Economy, Tra... More →
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Dr. Conca reports that one problem that has afflicted nuclear power over the decades is the lack of standard designs and standard regulations. With only a few exceptions, all nuclear power plants are different. The industry was supposed to evolve into a few best standard designs, but the reactors lasted so long and worked so well that the pressure to do so was never very great.

And then we stopped building them.

But now the new generation nuclear industry wants to standardize all new reactors, the regulations and the safety systems. They want to have a relatively few cook... More →
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Uranium prices have surged on increased demand from major Asian economies, but current stockpiling is forecast to see the commodity facing a short-term slump before a long-term price hike. JP Morgan expects the uranium spot price to increase to US42 a pound this year and increase to US50 in 2016 before easing to US45 a pound in 2017. The long-term forecast remains at US75 a pound, but it does not expect that price to be achieved until 2020.

Prices have increased in recent months to US39 a pound, 40 per cent higher than a mid-2014 trough of US28 a pound, as Japan edges closer to rest... More →
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The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission - NRC has approved Westinghouse testing approach for its small modular reactor design. Approval is a significant step toward design certification and will reduce the time ultimately needed to license the Westinghouse SMR, the company said yesterday. In a letter dated 27 February, the NRC told Westinghouse that it has granted a Safety Evaluation Report for the licensing topical report that the company submitted in April 2012 for agency review and approval. The report identified what would occur in the unlikely event of accident due to a small break in wate... More →
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Iran worldwide search for uranium to feed its nuclear program has sparked a local revolt in this marshy town in Bolivian eastern lowlands, whose inhabitants are alarmed by plans to extract radioactive minerals from a nearby mountain.

Bolivian officials treat information about the uranium deposits in San Ignacio and other locations in Bolivia as a state secret. Chief ministers reacted indignantly to recent claims by Israel that Iran was receiving uranium from Bolivia and Venezuela.
Bolivia is a peaceful nation that would never aid an effort by Iran or any other country to develo... More →
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David R. Baker reports that the California last remaining nuclear plant, Diablo Canyon, can withstand a major earthquake striking on multiple nearby faults at once, according to a report Pacific Gas and Electric Co. filed with federal regulators Thursday. The report says Diablo Canyon, near San Luis Obispo and nearly surrounded by faults, could withstand the strongest quake likely to hit in 10,000 years. Perched on an 85-foot seaside cliff, the plant also could survive tsunamis generated by offshore quakes or landslides, according to PG and E. At least one critic called the report self-serving... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Related Environmental Issues / Environmental Impact - Cases, Nuclear Wastes

Annalee Grant reports that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission will study the groundwater impacts of the Yucca Mountain geological repository for nuclear waste as a supplement to the DOE environmental impact statement, according to a notice to be published in the Federal Register on March 12.

The NRC previously concluded that the original EIS published by the DOE in 2002 did not adequately address all of the impacts that the proposed repository would have on groundwater or the impacts from surface discharges of groundwater. The announcement came a day after Senate Minority Leader Harr... More →
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