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

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

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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Index / Mining & Minerals - Evaluations / Rare Earth Exploration, Mining, Processing, Uses

Afghanistan and Kazakhstan, two countries in Central Asia, may become new global centers of rare earth metals production during the next several years, according to recent statements of some U.S. and Russian scientists.

In the case of Afghanistan, according to recent studies, conducted by the US Geological Survey - USGS, total value of the country rare and rare earth metals, is estimated at 1 trillion U.S. dollars. In their studies, the U.S. geologists used the Soviet maps, which were prepared by Soviet scientists in 1979-1980. At that period of time the USSR had plans for the estab... More →
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The Carbon Capture Report is one of the primary sources of daily news and public perception reports of carbon capture and sequestration, climate change, and the energy sector around the world, 365 days a year. Based on more than a decade of research on global information discourse, the Carbon Capture Report has become an important resource for governments, companies, environmental groups, law firms, venture capitalists, researchers, and even private citizens, with subscribers in more than 120 countries.

The CCR is a service of the University of Illinois devoted to being the preemi... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Related Environmental Issues / Environmental Impact - Cases, Nuclear Wastes

Dr. Conca reports that the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan in March of 2011 was a disaster of epic proportions where over 20,000 people died, over 300,000 left homeless, a blow to the economic and infrastructure of Japan unlike anything in the last 40 years. A week later, the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, crippled by the tsunami, released a cloud of radiation that impacted neighboring prefectures and triggered a mass evacuation. The plant is still leaking.

But the real health and environmental impacts from the Fukushima reactors are nothing compared to the tsunami... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Nuclear Power - Economics, Design, and Industry

This report was submitted by Dug Wells and others on the current research on low-energy nuclear propulsion aircraft principles at the NASA Langley Research Center. It serves as the final written documentation for the Aeronautic Research Mission Directorate - ARMD - Seedling Funds Low-Energy Nuclear Reaction - LENR - Aircraft Phase I project.

The findings presented include propulsion system concepts, synergistic missions, and aircraft concepts. LENR is a form of nuclear energy that potentially has over 4,000 times the energy density of chemical energy sources. It is not expected to ... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Other, RTGs, Thorium, Helium-3 and Fusion Research

Thor Benson reports that scientists from General Atomics and the U.S. DOE Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory - PPPL - have made a breakthrough in understanding nuclear fusion. They were attempting to figure out how to control potentially damaging heat bursts - ELMs - that regularly occur in a reactor. Researchers were able to use tiny magnetic fields to control the bursts and maintain a safe reaction. Using these magnetic fields, researchers were able to harness heat from the reactor in a controlled manner, rather than through dangerous bursts. The configuration changes suddenly when the plas... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Nuclear Power - Economics, Design, and Industry

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

Meredith Angwin blogs that a pico is the metric term for one-trillionth, i.e., ten-to-the- minus twelve, or one-thousandth of a billionth. In other words, it takes one thousand pico-meters to equal one billionth of a meter. But of course he is not talking about meters. He is talking about radiation here. There is almost nothing else that you can measure in picos. One gram of radium releases one curie of radiation. Radiation limits of various sorts, e.g., tritium or strontium 90 in water, are generally expressed as pico-curies. Trillionths of a curie. Why do we measure them as trillionths of a ... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Nuclear Power - Economics, Design, and Industry

Jasper Johnson reports that Minneapolis lawmakers have proposed bills that would lift the moratorium on constructing nuclear plants in Minnesota, which has existed since 1994. Lifting the ban could help Minnesota transition to using safer and more sustainable nuclear energy.

Nuclear energy has come a long way since its inception. Gone are the days when nuclear power was a risky venture into the unknown. Modern reactors are reliable and have numerous fail-safe mechanisms that prevent any meltdowns. The Fukushima nuclear incident represented a perfect storm of dangerous circumstances ... More →
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John T. Greilick reports that like it or not, coal has a dwindling place in the Michigan energy future. Federal regulations assure that. Renewable forms of energy, nuclear power and natural gas will take its place, along with ramped up efforts to eliminate energy waste.

The Governor adequately combined the state need to shift dependence off coal, largely because of tightening federal mandates with a market-driven approach to increasing efficiency and use of renewables. We want to respect the marketplace in terms of making sure it makes good economic sense, Snyder said.

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Bloomberg News reports that China approved the construction of new nuclear reactors for the first time since the Fukushima tsunami disaster in 2011 as the biggest polluter seeks to drive protective masks out of fashion.

The Bloomberg chart of the day compares the total electricity output of China with amounts generated from thermal coal, hydroelectric power and atomic reactors. The world largest energy consumer derived 77 per cent of its electricity from coal and gas-fired utilities last year, compared with 17 per cent provided by hydropower and 2.4 per cent by nuclear, according to... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Related Environmental Issues / Environmental Impact - Cases, Nuclear Wastes

Dr. V. K. Mathur opines that not too many years ago, coal and nuclear power competed fiercely against each other in the energy arena. But now natural gas, cheap and abundant, is superseding both in the production of electricity. But, the cost can also be much higher...

Although a political cloud hangs over both (notice he lumps coal and nuclear together) and environmentalists (he means adversaries) are causing headaches (say irritations because they are often misinformed and distribute falsehoods), coal and nuclear power are here to stay (coal for burning will go away, but nuclear w... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Nuclear Power - Economics, Design, and Industry

Matthew Bandyk reports that about two years ago, the small modular nuclear reactor was looking to be on track to be the next generation of nuclear technology, as suggested by U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz.

In 2013, Generation mPower, a venture between Babcock and Wilcox Co. and Bechtel Corp., had recently been awarded a quarter of a billion dollars in U.S. Department of Energy funding to help get its small modular reactor built by the early 2020s. Politicians were exploring what the fuss was about - the Legislature in Indiana, for example, passed a resolution citing renewed ... More →
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NEI reports that large majorities of Americans support nuclear energy and believe it will be important for the future, a new national public opinion survey shows. Public support for nuclear energy is particularly strong in the Midwest and in the South, where five reactors are being built.

Sixty-eight per cent of those surveyed said they favor the use of nuclear energy as one of the ways to provide electricity in the United States. A similar survey conducted last year found 63 per cent favorable. In the Midwest, 76 per cent of respondents favor the use of nuclear energy, as do 71 per... More →
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Mohammad Tayseer reports that Jordan will sign an agreement with Russia Rosatom before the end of this month to build the first nuclear reactor in the Middle East at a cost of 10 billion dollars, said Khalid Toukan, Chairman of the Jordan Atomic Energy Commission.
Under the agreement, Rosatom will commit to provide nuclear fuel for the first 10 years for the reactor to operate starting in 2022, Toukan said at a press conference in Amman. Jordan can also return nuclear fuel waste to Russia. The project needs final government approval.

Rosatom will finance 49.9 per cent of the p... More →
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Sean Edwards reports that the environmental, scientific, economic, philosophical and moral arguments stack up, suggesting it is time for South Australia to embrace nuclear power. Nowadays anti-nuclear activists are among the greatest obstacles to the environmental healing of planet Earth.

Try as the greenies - aka adversaries - might, they can not meaningfully oppose nuclear power on environmental grounds. That is because nuclear reactors produce no emissions that contribute to global warming, acid rain or smog. In fact, the life-cycle emissions of nuclear energy rank alongside thos... More →
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Richard Harris reports that California is regarded as the leading state when it comes to addressing climate change. But in 2012, according to analysts at Rhodium Group, the California carbon emissions actually increased more than 10 per cent, bucking the national trend of decreases. That is in large part because California shut down one of its few remaining nuclear power plants.

That rise in carbon emissions underscores the huge impact nuclear power can have in efforts to combat climate change. Armond Cohen, executive director of the Clean Air Task Force, cites the shutdown of the S... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Related Environmental Issues / Environmental Impact - Cases, Nuclear Wastes

David Ropeik reports that five environmental groups have just released a series of videos attacking nuclear power that demonstrate a disturbing and frightening truth, a truth that has nothing to do with nuclear energy. The videos make depressingly clear that our intellectual ability to think carefully and objectively about the enormous and complex threats we face is hogtied by powerful subconscious instincts that produce perceptions based far more on emotion than reason. The videos are a stark reminder that for all the rational firepower of the human brain, the subjective and instinctive aspec... More →
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Dr. Conca suggests that we can be confident that we can handle our nuclear waste in America. On Tuesday, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission also agreed. The NRC made a small but incredibly important decision about nuclear waste that could finally help to get nuclear energy construction moving forward again.

In response to a 2012 ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals, the NRC approved a generic environmental impact statement that clears the way for storing spent nuclear fuel for a hundred years or more - NRC Ruling. New nuclear power plants can now be built without waiting for a final n... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Nuclear Power - Economics, Design, and Industry

Jeb Handwerger blogs that the world seems to be warming back up to the use of nuclear energy. Japan was using 50-year-old reactors while China, India and Russia are building next generation nuclear reactors, which are much safer than the first generation dinosaurs of the past, the later reactors had an outstanding safety record, except for one disaster by the Soviet Union, and one overblown incident created by poor software and pandered by the movie, China Syndrome, which contributed grossly misleading information to the general public that set back nuclear power development by decades. Thanks... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Other, RTGs, Thorium, Helium-3 and Fusion Research

David Warmflash reports that nuclear power has long been a contentious topic. It generates huge amounts of electricity with zero carbon emissions, and thus is held up as a solution to global energy woes. But it also entails several risks, including weapons development - but not within domestic plants, meltdown - but such can and has been controlled, and the hazards of disposing of its waste products - but has been solved by on-site storage and will have the Yucca facility opened sooner or later.

But those risks perceived by anti-nuclear adversaries and the benefits proclaimed by pr... More →
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James Kanter and Stanley Reed report that the European Union authorities vowed on Wednesday to accelerate efforts to knit together their diverse energy systems amid deepening tensions with Russia, a major supplier of the regional natural gas.

The European Commission said its proposal for an energy union represented an important step toward unifying member economies and could help wean some countries from dependence on Russia, which supplies about a quarter of the area natural gas.

About half of those Russian gas supplies are piped through Ukraine, where Russia is involved... More →
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Index / Climate Change, Anthropocene & Associated Issues

Dr. Conca reports that for the first time since the climate debate began, a team of researchers led by the U.S. DOE Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory directly measured the contribution of increasing atmospheric carbon dioxide to heating of the Earth. Of course, this will spark further debate and push-back from folks who really do not want climate change to be our fault. Those who do not believe the planet is warming at all, do not have to read any further.

Ever since we explored the planet Venus, with its thick atmosphere of CO2 that keeps its surface temperatures over 800 degre... More →
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