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Index / Health & Safety - Travel, Mining, Environmental
Nevada is at risk of numerous geohazards which are detailed below. NBMG scientists continue to research these hazards to help us learn how to protect ourselves from danger.

The Great Basin Science Sample and Records Library (GBSSRL) houses information on many of these geohazards. All materials in the following collections are open for free public viewing during GBSSRL office hours, and the staff will help locate and pull files for a fee. Many related publications are also available through our Publications Sales Office and for free on our website.

Such hazards in Nevada i... More →
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Index / Mining & Minerals / Other Non-Metals
Greg Klein asks what prompted Electra Stone to become the first publicly traded company to pursue jade? For starters, president John Costigan answers, a tremendous price increase. In 2004, A-grade B.C. jade was $40 a kilogram. Last year it sold for $1,800 a kilogram. Obviously something big was happening, but under the radar of other juniors. Taking advantage of the British Columbia importance to global jade supply, Electra began acquiring properties, not to mention expertise. Now, with summer exploration slated to begin imminently, the company sees jade opportunities beyond exploration and mi... More →
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Index / Renewable Energy (Other Energy Resources) / Economics
Michael Bastasch reports that recently President Obama was pointing to Germany as an example of how the U.S. should develop green energy. That was before news that the European biggest economy might be running out of money for its green-energy revolution. The German $412 billion plan to power itself with green energy may be running low on cash, according to financial consultants, as consumer energy prices skyrocket and traditional power plants require more subsidies to stay in business.

The necessary equity funds for the expansion of the network infrastructure and offshore wind can ... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Nuclear Power - Economics, Design, and Industry
Samuel Brinton, a young nuclear engineer, reports that the American energy sector has experienced enormous technological innovation over the past decade in everything from renewables (solar and wind power), to extraction (hydraulic fracturing), to storage (advanced batteries), to consumer efficiency (advanced thermostats). What has gone largely unnoticed is that nuclear power is poised to join the innovation list.

A new generation of engineers, entrepreneurs and investors are working to commercialize innovative and advanced nuclear reactors. This is being driven by a sobering realit... More →
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Index / Consultants & Vendors - Mining and Environmental
For over 16 years, Advanced Groundwater Technologies has been offering groundwater and contaminant transport modeling and simulation training for private and public sector organizations. The difference is their focus on real-world applications and adapting innovative software technologies to solve problems. From protecting municipal water resources to optimization of industrial water supply, our instructors provide attendees with the technical know-how to tackle some of the most challenging projects today.

For software webinars, see: http://www.advancedgwt.com/webinar-new-software.... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Nuclear Power - Economics, Design, and Industry
Peter Fairley, a consummate supporter of solar and wind power, gives faint praise to nuclear in an attempt to downplay its positive features. He indicates that nuclear plants deliver steady, low-carbon energy - a valuable commodity in a world confronting climate change. Yet the role of nuclear has been diminishing for two decades. Bottom line - just too expensive. But both claims are too general and therefore misleading.

Concern over dependence on fossil fuels drove rapid growth in nuclear-plant construction through the 1980s, especially after the oil crises of the 1970s. But nuclea... More →
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Index / Mining & Minerals / Rare Earth Exploration, Mining, and Processing
Frontier Rare Earths Limited announced the results of a Pre-feasibility Study prepared in accordance with Canadian National Instrument 43-101 (NI 43-101) on the Zandkopsdrift rare earth element project in South Africa. Zandkopsdrift is being developed by Frontier in partnership with Korea Resources Corporation, the wholly-owned mining and natural resource investment arm of the South Korean Government, which owns a 10% interest in the Project.

The results of the PFS indicate that the proposed development of Zandkopsdrift to produce a range of high purity, separated rare earths is bot... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Exploration, Mining, Marketing, Acquisitions
Christopher Ecclestone reports that no one in the West paid much attention to Nigerian mining activities before 2003 and hardly anyone knew that Niger was an important uranium producer. All that changed in the run-up to the Iraq War where the smoking gun for the invasion of Iraq was the supposed attempts by Saddam Hussein of Iraq to obtain yellowcake from Niger to feed some sort of nuclear program. Subsequently the whole affair proved to be a bogus false-flag operation and the matter degenerated into a morass of lawsuits known as the Plame Affair. It turned out that a former US ambassador had ... More →
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Index / Health & Safety - Travel, Mining, Environmental
Catherine Matacic reports that when Xue Feng landed his first job after academia in 2000, he was delighted. His new employer, Englewood, Colorado based IHS, had high ambitions for the young geologist. His assignment was to overhaul how the company gathers corporate intelligence on oil and gas data in China. Feng embarked on his assignment with gusto, so much so that in 2005, when he was 40 years old, he suffered a mild heart attack. By 2005, he had obtained a rare, unclassified database of 30,000 oil wells in China from a private broker. The database promised substantial profits for IHS and, i... More →
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Index / Solar Energy / Space and Other Applications
Tim Wogan reports that a new, highly efficient process for splitting water into hydrogen and oxygen has been demonstrated by researchers in Switzerland. The process combines a stable catalyst with a highly efficient perovskite solar cell. The perovskite solar cells do have a major drawback in that they breakdown after a few hours, but the researchers believe further advances in solar cell technology should take care of this problem.

As the most abundant energy source on the planet, solar energy is extremely attractive for weaning the human race off fossil fuels, but making the switc... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Nuclear Power - Economics, Design, and Industry
Dr. Conca reports that 2014 saw German carbon emissions fall for the first time since the big 2009-2013 emissions increase that occurred concurrently with their record renewable energy installation and nuclear phase-out, breaking the so-called Energiewende Paradox.

German electricity costs are still one of the highest in the world, and their electricity production is still made primarily from coal, with a significant amount of nuclear, wind, biomass, solar, natural gas and hydro, in that order. Renewables grew exponentially from 2005 to 2012, but have slowed in the last few years ev... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Nuclear Power - Economics, Design, and Industry
The mission of Nuclear Matters is to inform the public about the clear benefits that nuclear energy provides to our nation, raise awareness of the economic challenges to nuclear energy that threaten those benefits, and to work with stakeholders to explore possible policy solutions that properly value nuclear energy as a reliable, affordable and carbon-free electricity resource that is essential to the American energy future.

In furtherance of this mission, Nuclear Matters will reach out to stakeholders around the country to hear directly from them about the importance of nuclear ene... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Nuclear Power - Economics, Design, and Industry
Annette Cary reports that a bill to support the manufacturing of small modular reactors in Washington state passed the state Senate 31-12 on Tuesday as the Legislature wrapped up its work.

Senate Bill 5113 would require the Department of Commerce to coordinate and advance the manufacturing of small modular reactors in the state to make sure that Washington is a player in what could be a new energy production field. It also would promote a clean-energy education program, which would include nuclear power. The bill says that we will lay the groundwork to make sure that Washington is c... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Exploration, Mining, Marketing, Acquisitions
Matthew L. Wald is an ex-media reporter of 38 years for the New York Times. He began his presentation by saying that people in the corporate world, the laboratory and the academic world look at newsrooms like a black box. You can see what they produce but you can not figure out the inner workings. Well, news flash, journalists look at industry and science the same way. Especially the utility industry. Having recently made the transition from one world to the other, I have been asked to play translator for a few minutes here today, he said.

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Dr. Conca reports that his local electric utility in Washington State just raised my base electricity price and are having to buy renewable energy credits because they are required to supply 9% of his state electricity from renewable sources next year and his state only produces 85% from renewables now.

Yes, electricity generation in Washington State is 79% hydroelectric, 8% nuclear, 6% wind, 4% coal and 3% gas. They have the most renewable energy generation and the lowest carbon footprint in America and have more than surpassed any reasonable low-carbon goal one could possibly imag... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Exploration, Mining, Marketing, Acquisitions
Mark Melin reports that there is one magical component in the world that has a rather odd duplicity. Uranium is simultaneously used for power enhancement but to two different outcomes. In one sense uranium is used to generate electricity while eliminating short term air pollution that can be a pesky problem. The other use is in nuclear weapons. Both appear to be in an uptrend.

Calling Uranium the clean, affordable alternative fuel of the future, the authors of a Goldman Sachs Group Inc., Global Metals and Mining report appear stimulated by the demand potential for an ecological extr... More →
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Australia's uranium has been mined since 1954, and three mines are currently operating. More are planned. Australia's known uranium resources are the largest in the world or 31% of the world total.

In 2014, Australia produced 5897 tonnes of U3O8 (5000 tU). It is the third-ranking producer in the world, behind Kazakhstan and Canada. All production is exported.

Australia uses no nuclear power, but with high reliance on coal, any likely carbon constraints on electricity generation will make it a strong possibility.

In 2015 the South Australian government set up ... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Exploration, Mining, Marketing, Acquisitions
Uranium production has steadily increased over the years, with slight dips the past two years. In 2014, the total world production was 56,217 tonnes of uranium.

This number falls short of the 59,370 tonnes produced in 2013, as well as the 58,394 tonnes produced in 2012. The decline was not limited to one country, but spread across the world because of the low uranium price.

The current 10 top uranium-producing countries of 2014, as per statistics from the World Nuclear Association are reviewed. They are -

1. Kazakhstan
2. Canada
3. Australia
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Candu Energy is hopeful about selling the first Canadian nuclear reactor in years after Romanian and Chinese state-owned companies signed a letter of intent to invest in and develop two new reactors in Romania. The subsidiary of SNC-Lavalin said the new units would be built at the Cernavoda site where initial construction was halted in the early 1990s. They would expect that Candu would be a part of that because we are the exclusive licensee of that technology, Candu spokeswoman Katherine Ward said in an interview. She said Candu officials are in Romania meeting with the China Nuclear Power En... More →
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Josh Bevan reports on the activities of the South Australia Royal Commissioner looking into Nuclear Energy by Kevin Scarce who has just returned to Australia from overseas. He conducted a series of inspections of nuclear facilities and processing plants in Asia, including Japan, and Europe. He gave Ian Henschke and 891 listeners a comprehensive account of what he discovered.
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Nuclear Power - Economics, Design, and Industry
The World Nuclear Association offers the Information Library, which consists of over 180 frequently-updated pages, and which together provide encyclopedic coverage of topics related to nuclear power and other nuclear technologies while answering some of the key questions about nuclear energy.

The World Nuclear Association is the international organization that promotes nuclear energy and supports the many companies that comprise the global nuclear industry.
Our membership encompasses virtually all world uranium mining, conversion, enrichment and fuel fabrication, all reactor v... More →
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Index / Health & Safety - Travel, Mining, Environmental
This new Electrical Storm Warning resource outlines procedures that provide direction to identify the presence of electrical storms and protect the workers, equipment and facilities from hazards created by the presence of electrical storms. Additionally, this procedure applies to all mining functional areas, operations, projects, geology, exploration, and offices, including employees, vendors, visitors and contractors performing work on mine property.

1. PURPOSE

This procedure provides direction to identify the presence of electrical storms and protect the workers, equipm... More →
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WNN reports that Ukraine is preparing the legal document required to cancel its contract with Russia concerning the completion of two units at the Khmelnitski nuclear power plant. The move was announced yesterday by Svetlana Kulchitskaya, of the atomic energy and nuclear industry department of the Ministry of Energy and Coal.

Measures are being taken to cancel the agreement signed in 2010 with Russia. Today, an instruction was received from the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine, which gives the Foreign Ministry and other relevant bodies the authority to resolve this matter as soon as ... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Nuclear Power - Economics, Design, and Industry
Nine utilities including Tokyo Electric Power Co., the operator of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi complex, voted down all antinuclear proposals at their general shareholder meetings, with company officials expressing eagerness to reactivate nuclear plants as soon as possible to improve their business conditions hurt by the halt of all nuclear reactors in the country.

The shareholders meetings were held at a time when a nuclear plant in southwestern Japan is expected to be the first to go back online, possibly this summer, under new safety requirements.

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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Nuclear Power - Economics, Design, and Industry
Jim Puzzanghera reports that kill the Export-Import Bank, all that House Republican leaders opposing it have to do is let the bank charter expire Tuesday and they are leaving Friday for the Fourth of July recess without even holding a vote to reauthorize it. The 81-year-old federal agency that helps companies sell their products abroad has been a prime target of conservatives, who want to reduce the size of government and eliminate what they call crony capitalism.

Shutting down the bank, though, also would eliminate tens of thousands of jobs, say business executives, trade groups an... More →
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