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In January 2013, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA), the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), the Department of Energy (DOE), the Indian Health Service (IHS), and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), in consultation with the Navajo Nation, completed a Five-year effort to address uranium contamination in the Navajo Nation.

The effort focused on the most imminent risks to people living on the Navajo Nation. While the last five years represent a significant start in addressing the legacy of uranium mining, much... More →
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Holman W. Jenkins, Jr. opines in the Wall Street Journal that Wade Allison, emeritus professor of physics at Oxford, has a more realistic idea for fighting global warming than any being promoted at the climate summit in Paris .. Increase by 1,000-fold the allowable limits for radiation exposure to the public and workers from nuclear power plants.

Politicians in Paris might notice their host country ranks 20th in per capita income but 50th in greenhouse emissions. You know why? France gets 75% of its electricity from nuclear. France has waded forward even while, for reasons having to... More →
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Dr. Conca opines that the Trump administration and Congress seem to be trying to raise Yucca Mountain from the dead. Yucca Mountain is the site of a proposed high-level nuclear waste repository in Nevada that was halted in 2010.

The site has always been political, from its initial choice to its recent death. The problem this time is that most of our high-level nuclear waste is no longer high-level. And most scientists agree we should not dispose of spent nuclear fuel until we reuse it in our new reactors that are designed to burn it. So there really is not much to go into Yucca Moun... More →
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Allen Taylor reports that The DOE will begin considering locations this year for interim storage facilities for spent nuclear fuel. How it proceeds may hinge more on politics than science. The situation has its genesis in the passing of the Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1982, when the Cold War was still a fact of life, wherein Congress mandated a 1998 deadline for the DOE to establish a central repository for used fuel from commercial nuclear power facilities as well as defense-related sources.

Starting in 1983, consumers of nuclear-powered electricity have been contributing to a fun... More →
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This presents a series reports on the possible occurrence of cancer and other diseases associated with mining of uranium and other natural materials by the Pub-Med Survey team, a service of the National Library of Medicine and the national Institutes of Health.

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"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]

"Cancer mortality in a Texas... More →
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In a setback for the Obama administration, a panel of judges at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission ruled on Tuesday that the Energy Department could not withdraw its application to open a nuclear waste dump at Yucca Mountain in Nevada.

Making good on a campaign pledge by President Obama, the Energy Department had formally sought to drop its plan for Yucca Mountain, a volcanic structure about 100 miles from Las Vegas. But states with major accumulations of waste from nuclear weapons production had petitioned to prevent the department from doing so.

In a 47-page decision, th... More →
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Dr. Conca reports that the damage to the Fukushima Daiichi Power Plant following the devastating tsunami in Japan on the 11th of March in 2011 has proven costly in many ways ... politically, economically and emotionally. Strangely, the costs that never materialized were the most feared, those of radiation-induced cancer and death. No radiological health effects have yet to result from the Fukushima disaster ... neither cancers, deaths nor radiation sickness... although the WHO models indicate a slight increase is statistically possible. No one received enough dose, even the 20,000 workers who ... More →
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Andrew M. Seaman reports that while the study cannot pinpoint why flight crews are at higher risk, the researchers suggest it could be the result of greater exposure to ultraviolet - UV - radiation, which causes damage to the DNA in skin cells, at high altitudes. This is very worrisome and awareness needs to increase and protective measurements must be undertaken, said the study lead author, Dr. Martina Sanlorenzo from the University of California, San Francisco.

Pilots and other members of the cabin crew should be aware of the increased risk, she told Reuters Health in an email. Ad... More →
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Federal regulators have been working closely with the nuclear power industry to keep the nation's aging reactors operating within safety standards by repeatedly weakening those standards, or simply failing to enforce them, an investigation by The Associated Press has found. Time after time, officials at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission have decided that original regulations were too strict, arguing that safety margins could be eased without peril, according to records and interviews. Leakage of Tritium in the ground water on and off site have been noted.... More →
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WNN reports that Areva Inc is to take a lead role in designing, constructing and operating a proposed interim storage facility for used nuclear fuel in Texas, after signing an agreement to be Waste Control Specialist (WCS) exclusive primary subcontractor. NAC International is to work alongside Areva to support the project.

Earlier this year, WCS notified the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) that it intends to submit an application for an independent spent fuel storage installation licence by April 2016. The facility would be at Andrews in Texas, where WCS already operates two ... More →
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In FY 2012, the UFD program will continue conducting R&D on generic geological media.The lessons learned in this country and internationally in evaluating the performance of repositories in various geologic environments are valuable; however, more advanced understanding is needed of various disposal concepts in various media. Through the UFD Campaign, the Department will initiate workshops to determine the best approaches for understanding the behavior of salt in response to heat producing radioactive waste; work with industry to initiate the development of an RD&D plan and road map fo... More →
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Dr. Conca reports that Australia is thinking about building a deep geologic nuclear repository that would take nuclear waste from the whole world, or at least from those countries that have no viable option for their small amount of nuclear waste. The South Australian Royal Commission, after looking into the Nuclear Fuel Cycle, recommended that the government pursue building facilities to store used nuclear fuel storage and nuclear waste that can be used by other countries.

This is a very big deal. And also a very good idea. The nuclear fuel cycle includes mining the uranium ore nee... More →
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The Post Editorial Board reports that the U.S. nuclear power plants have produced massive amounts of reliable electricity for decades while emitting negligible amounts of carbon dioxide. The big drawback is the more than 70,000 tons of radioactive spent fuel U.S. nuclear facilities have piled up with 2,000 more tons added to the total every year. A report the NRC released in late January, 2015 underscores that this problem is solvable if only Congress and the White House would stick to a plan.

For decades, the plan was to open a permanent, geologically isolated storage facility in Y... More →
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A white paper by the United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation to guide the Scientific Committee's future programme of work evaluating radiation science for informed decision-making.The document concludes that understanding of the mechanisms of so-called non-targeted and delayed effects is improving and that there is some evidence for differential responses in gene and protein expression for high- and low-dose radiation exposures, but there is a lack of consistency and coherence among reports. There is as yet no indication of a causal association of those phenomena... More →
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1. A New Consent-Based Approach to Siting
Siting storage or disposal facilities has been the most consistent and most intractable challenge for the U.S. nuclear waste management program. Of course, the first requirement in siting any facility centers rests on the ability to demonstrate adequate protection of public health and safety and the environment.

2. A New Organization to Implement the Waste Management Program
DOE and its predecessor agencies have had primary responsibility for implementing U.S. nuclear waste policy for more than 50 years. In that time, DOE has ach... More →
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Dave Sweeney reports that Queensland Premier Campbell Newman broke his 2012 election promise and overturned a longstanding ban on uranium mining in Queensland, writes Sweeney, and is now looking at exporting the radioactive material across the Great Barrier Reef. The legacy of uranium mining lasts longer than the promises of politicians...but why across? This lesson has particular resonance today as it was not so long ago Premier Campbell Newman wrote to the ACF with a promise that only lasted a matter of weeks.

The risk of a maritime accident involving a radioactive uranium shipmen... More →
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Dr. Conca reports that in January, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Advanced Nuclear Technology Act of 2017, HR 590, that is intended to foster civilian research and development of advanced nuclear energy technologies and enhance the licensing and commercial deployment of such technologies. The bill was sponsored by two Republicans and three Democrats and has now moved to Committee in the Senate, chaired by John Thune (R-SD).

At the same time, the latest version of the Interim Consolidated Storage Act was introduced in the House by Darrell Issa (R-CA) and Mike Conaway (R... More →
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Dr. Conca reports that it is always amazing when a United Nations report that has global ramifications comes out with little fanfare. The latest one states that no one will get cancer or die from radiation released from Fukushima, but the fear and overreaction is harming people (UNIS, UNSCEAR Fukushima, UNSCEAR A-68-46). This is what we have been saying for almost three years but it is nice to see it officially acknowledged.

According to the report, drafted last year but only recently finalized by the U.N., The doses to the general public, both those incurred during the first year a... More →
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Elsebeth Lynge reports that commercial air transport is a rapidly growing business and the work of aircrews entails occupational exposure to cosmic radiation mostly in the range of 2 to 4 mSv per year. In 1991, the International Commission on Radiological Protection recommended an occupational exposure limit of 20 mSv per year. The actual exposure level of aircrews is thus normally well below the recommended limit. This limit is based, however, on disease occurrence in populations exposed to other types of ionizing radiation, e.g. following the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombing. A detailed monito... More →
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Background - Flight attendants are exposed to cosmic ionizing radiation and other potential cancer risk factors, but only recently have epidemiological studies been performed to assess the risk of cancer among these workers. The aim of the present work was to evaluate the incidence of various types of cancer among female cabin attendants by combining cancer incidence estimates reported in published studies.

Methods - All follow-up studies reporting standardized incidence ratio -SIR- for cancer
among female flight attendants were obtained from online databases and analyzed. A me... More →
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Dr. Conca reports that yes, we can. It is called Deep Borehole Disposal and is pretty easy for some nuclear waste. Especially some highly radioactive materials that have sat in some fairly small capsules for almost 40 years.

This was exactly the topic of discussion in Washington this week when Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz answered questions from Rep. Dan Newhouse - R-WA - at a House Science, Space and Technology committee hearing. The answer from Moniz was positive. He discussed a pilot project that would demonstrate the idea of deep borehole disposal using these capsules. Deep ... More →
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Center for Nuclear Waste Regulatory Analyses - Technical Papers Published.
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The WHO released the UN report 20 years after the disaster that provides definitive answers and ways to repair lives in Belarus, Russia and Ukraine. A total of up to 4,000 people ?could? eventually die of radiation exposure from the Chernobyl nuclear power plant (NPP) accident nearly 20 years ago, an international team of more than 100 scientists has concluded.

As of mid-2005, however, fewer than 50 deaths had been directly attributed to radiation from the disaster, almost all being highly exposed rescue workers, many who died within months of the accident, but others who died as la... More →
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The modeling approach has proved to be capable of rather accurately reproducing independent field characterization and monitoring data relevant to 90Sr speciation inside the trench and radionuclide releases from the trench to the aquifer. The developed parameter database and modeling approach are of general value for radiological assessments of Chernobyl contaminated areas, and for possible similar accidental situations in future. Thus, acquired knowledge and data serve to increase the confidence level in radionuclide transport assessments from nuclear fuel source term to soils and geo-sphere.... More →
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Frank von Hippel, Professor (Emeritus) of public and international affairs in the Program on Science and Global Security at Princeton University, opines that superficially, it is reasonable to leap to the conclusion that fear generated by the Chernobyl disaster turned the public against nuclear power, so strongly that even now, 30 years later, there is serious doubt (by only a few anti-nuclear groups) that it will ever be a major alternative to climate-threatening fossil fuels (Not true. Already is a major energy source).

In the 15 years before the Chernobyl accident, an average of... More →
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