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Index / Mining & Minerals / Rare Earth Exploration and Mining
Mining giant BHP Billiton is unlikely to approve a long awaited expansion of its Olympic Dam copper and uranium mine in South Australia outback this decade. This news comes as the biggest miner disclosed plans to build a pilot processing plant at the mine and conduct a four-year long trial of a processing method BHP hopes will help make the project profitable.

The miner, which put the US 33 billion dollar expansion plan on hold two years ago, as a result of falling commodity prices and higher costs, was supposed to begin work at the site last year. Doubts about the lauded project fi... More →
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Index / Mining & Minerals / Rare Earth Exploration and Mining
The State Government is set to begin accepting applications for uranium mining in Queensland, promising the substance will be exported via existing ports in Darwin and South Australia and only to nations that have a bilateral safeguard arrangement with Australia and only for peaceful purposes. It has also announced plans to open the abandoned Mary Kathleen Mine, shut since 1982, for competitive tender, saying the move will unlock significant deposits of rare earth elements. It comes as the Newman Government releases its uranium mining framework and calls for applications to mine the substance ... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Recovery / Mining Technology
The Western Australian Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said Monday it has completed its assessment of Cameco-Mitsubishi proposed Kintyre uranium mine and recommended state approval for the project, under certain conditions. According to the regulator, Kintyre located in the east Pilbara, near Karlamilyi National Park, can go ahead as far as Cameco monitors close by fauna including bilbies, mulgaras and rock wallabies, and assess any potential radiological impacts to plants and animals.

The project has an expected mine life of about 13.5 years and includes the construction of m... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Recovery / Mining Technology
Uranium producer Paladin Energy on Monday reported strong full-year 2014 and fourth-quarter output, meeting its guidance. Paladin, which produces yellowcake from operations in Africa, reported combined output of 7.94 million pounds of uranium oxide, which was down 3.8 percent year-on-year, but met the upper end of the company guidance of between 7.8 million pounds and 8 million pounds.

The Langer Heinrich mine, in Namibia, produced a record 5.592 million pounds of uranium oxide, up 5.7 percent year-on-year, and for the three months ended June, the mine produced 1.3 million pounds of... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Related Environmental Issues / Environmental Impact
40 miles from the Village of Elim up the Tubuktulik River, a small gauge sits at the water edge, just downstream from the state-owned Boulder Creek site - the largest known uranium deposit in Alaska, and a hot spot for potential mining.

At the base of the gauge, a level troll device pulls temperature and depth recordings every 15 minutes from the bed of the river. The device is there because residents of Elim do not want to see mining develop near the Tubuktulik. During the 2008 Iditarod race, students and elders rallied at the Elim checkpoint to protest Triex Minerals Corporation, ... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Related Environmental Issues
The UK government has today published a White Paper setting out a revised process for siting and implementing a geological disposal facility (GDF) for radioactive waste. Over the past 18 months, the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has been reviewing the previous siting process, and has consulted widely. During this review, the Geological Society has provided evidence to two consultations, and has taken part in workshops and meetings with other stakeholders, to help ensure that geoscience is used and communicated as effectively as possible in the new siting and implementation pr... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Economics - Nuclear Power
Dr. Conca reports that Japan better get used to generating all of its electricity from fossil fuel, and to having a permanent trade deficit, now that the new nuclear regulatory agency is throwing its weight around to impress the public with a tough-on-nuclear stance. The administrators at the Japanese Nuclear Regulation Authority (JNRA) have decided to redefine what an active geologic fault is with respect to nuclear power plants, contrary to all the other scientists in the world, and have decided that an active fault is one that has moved within the last 120,000 years. That is almost funny, b... More →
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Index / Health & Safety
Rick Marlowe, Director of Safety Awareness at CONSOL Energy, recently gave a presentation on Risk Management and addressed the issue of how would CORESafety and its focus on risk assessment could impact the safety incidents at your location in the past year.

Please download the Risk Management presentation or visit the Fatality Prevention/Risk Management module for more information and resources.
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Economics - Nuclear Power
The UK government has published its framework policy for the long-term management of higher activity radioactive waste, including details of how it intends to work with interested communities to site a geological disposal facility. A long-term geological repository is the UK favored method for management of its intermediate- and high-level radioactive waste, with a site selection process centered on community voluntarism. Two communities in Cumbria - Copeland and Allerdale - had expressed interest in hosting a repository, but the selection process ground to a halt in January 2013 when the loca... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Economics - Nuclear Power
A new National Academy of Sciences (NAS) assessment examining the causes of and lessons learned from the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident is notable for the extent to which it affirms the culture of safety adhered to by the U.S. nuclear industry.

Core findings from the NAS study - Lessons Learned from the Fukushima Nuclear Accident for Improving the Safety of U.S. Nuclear Plants - validate the actions that the U.S. industry has initiated in recent years and that the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission is requiring to be ready to manage plants if extreme natural events occur th... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Economics - Nuclear Power
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission this week released a study on the environmental impacts of storing spent nuclear fuel. The report found that dry casks designed to store spent nuclear fuel can withstand natural disasters, and the risk of a terrorist attack is unlikely. The Entergy Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant in Vernon is scheduled to close at the end of the year for economic reasons. The Louisiana-based company plans to store spent fuel from the reactor in steel dry casks on site indefinitely. The environmental impacts outlined in the report focus on construction and management ac... More →
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Index / Geochemistry & Hydrochemistry
Ricardo A. Valls, P. G., M. Sc., released this report as a step-by-step guide for field geologists. Compositional data arise naturally in several branches of science, including geology. In geochemistry, for example, these constrained data seem to occur typically, when one normalizes raw data or when one obtains the output from a constrained estimation procedure, such as parts per one, percentages, ppm, ppb, molar concentrations, etc.

Vallas suggests that compositional data have proved difficult to handle statistically because of the awkward constraint that the components of each ve... More →
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Index / Astrogeology
The Earth Impact Database (EID) comprises a list of confirmed impact structures from around the world. To date, there are 184 confirmed impact structures in the database. The database was conceived of in its earliest form when a systematic search for impact craters was initiated in 1955 by the Dominion Observatory, Ottawa, under the direction of Dr. Carlyle S. Beals. This was achieved via the study of over 200,000 aerial photographs of the Canadian Shield. Since that time the list has grown as new craters have been added. When the Dominion Observatory impact group moved to the Geological Surve... More →
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Index / Mining & Minerals / Off-World Exploration and Mining
The UN International Seabed Authority (ISA) has opened up massive new regions of the ocean floor for mining companies to search for and dig up valuable minerals including copper, gold and manganese by issuing seven new exploration licences. State-owned and private companies from the UK, Germany, India, Brazil, Singapore and Russia are among those to benefit.

Seabed Resources, an English subsidiary of the US defense giant Lockheed Martin, has secured exploration rights to an area larger than the entire UK, likely to perfect remote mining techniques and technology for off-world one da... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Economics - Nuclear Power
Egypt plans to organize a tender for its first nuclear plant by the end of 2014, a major Egyptian newspaper reported. According to a report by Al Ahram newspaper published on Saturday, it is still undetermined whether the tender will be an open or closed one.
It is expected that the capacity of the nuclear plant will be from 1,000 to 1,200 megawatts. Egyptian authorities have already chosen its future location, the city of Dabaa west of Alexandria on Mediterranean coast. International Atomic Energy Agency experts earlier confirmed that Dabaa complies with all the international requirement... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Economics - Nuclear Power
Dr. Conca reports today that a lone nuclear power plant, Columbia Generating Station, near Richland, Wash., generated a record 9.7 billion kilowatt hours of electricity for the fiscal year that ended June 30. The reactor has been operating since 1984 and has produced well over 200 billion kWhrs of electricity averaging between 4 and 5 cents per kWhr.

Columbia Generating Station has an installed capacity of 1170 MW, so this 9.7 billion kWhrs represents a capacity factor of 95 percent for the year. Capacity factor (cf) is the amount of energy actually produced over a year divided by t... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Exploration
Fission Uranium has released assay results from 68 holes of its recent winter drilling program. Of particular note are holes that returned composited assay intervals including an astounding 9.34 percent U3O8 over 10.0m and 26.32 per cent U3O8 over 1.0m within an interval of 3.78 percent U3O8 over 49.0m, which returned composited assay intervals of 10.35 percent U3O8 over 14.0m within a larger interval of 3.96 percent U3O8 over 40.0m. Six holes of the eight holes returned substantial high-grade assays and all eight holes intersected widespread mineralization.

The Patterson Lake area... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Exploration
Upon the release of results from the company 43-101 report, Sadowski and Chang remained encouraged by the results.Specifically, Ur-Energy said that its recent resource analysis for Shirley Basin, which Sadowski describes as the top pipeline asset for Ur-Energy as identified as measured and indicated resource of 8,816,000 pounds of U3O8 averaging 0.23-percent eU308. Significantly, as Sadowski points out, 85 percent of that resource estimate is in the higher confidence measured category. Further, the analysis confirms historic resources of 10M lbs at 0.21 percent U3O8.

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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Economics - Nuclear Power
The formation of a group of high-profile advocates from past Democratic and Republican administrations plus the President Obama mandate to cut heat-trapping pollutants offers the nuclear industry an uncommon chance to re-emerge as one of this country premier fuels used for electric generation. The push here is to re-brand itself, although there is no need to do so, as a climate-friendly energy source that should be green-lighted for a major expansion in the United States. The logic goes something like this. By 2050, world population will grow 40 percent from today's levels and demand more ener... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Other, including Thorium and Helium-3 / Rare Earth Elements
Conglomerate Grupo Mexico, the largest mining company in Mexico, is considering expanding into rare earth metals, a group of elements of increasing importance in variety of industries including green technology, defense systems, consumer electronics, and high-tech applications.

The mining powerhouse may start at its operations in Sonora and Chihuahua states, which have already proven to have economically viable rare earths deposits. Later, the firm would expand further south in Oaxaca and Chiapas. The news come only weeks after the government announced it would begin funding explora... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Related Environmental Issues
Dr. Whicker reports that we live in a radioactive environment. We are continuously bombarded with radiation We are continuously bombarded with radiation energy from space and from the earth energy from space and from the earth surface. We take in radioactive materials with the air we breath, the water we drink, and the food we eat. Our bodies contain radioactive materials. Our biosphere is powered by nuclear fusion reactions in the sun reactions in the sun.
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Recovery / Mining Technology
Sid Maher reports that Australian uranium sales to India could begin soon. The China free-trade agreement negotiations remain on track to be clinched by the end of the year and the Trans-Pacific Partnership deal could be signed by mid-2015. Trade Minister Andrew Robb also said yesterday that the nation had a unique window of opportunity to secure its 200 billion dollar pipeline in infrastructure projects. International companies were looking to Australia for opportunities and the world was awash with cheap money, he said. And with Joe Hockey encouraging the states to sell assets to fund new in... More →
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Index / Hydrogeology/Geology/Environmental
The International Hydrogeological Map of Europe, scale 1 to 1,500,000 (IHME1500) is a series of general hydrogeological maps comprising 25 map sheets, partly with explanatory notes, covering nearly the whole European continent and parts of the Near East. The national contributions to this map series were compiled by hydrogeologists and experts in related sciences of the countries concerned under the auspices of the International Association of Hydrogeologists (IAH). The project is supported by the Commission for the Geological Map of the World (CGMW). The scientific editorial work is promoted ... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Economics - Nuclear Power
US energy infrastructure company CB and I has increased its cooperation with the Chinese nuclear industry by signing a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC). The agreement will see them cooperate on the development of nuclear power plants. Texas-based CB and I said that the MoU with CNNC includes cooperation in operation and maintenance support services for the CNNC operating nuclear power plants. CNNC currently has nine reactors in operation at two sites, Qinshan and Tianwan, as well as a further 12 units under construction at five other sites. In ad... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Economics - Nuclear Power
Tim Boreham in Melbourne, reports that it was long forgotten in favor of graphite, rare earths, potash and even nickel, the uranium sector has received its best news since the March 2011 Fukushima disaster sent the sector into meltdown. Not that local uranium stocks were emulating the stricken plant by blowing their tops off this morning. Japan National Regulation Authority has given approval for two reactors at Kyushu Electric Sendai plant to be restarted, signalling the revival of more of Japan 48 reactors.

Pre-Fukushima, Japan was one-third reliant on nuclear energy and was enter... More →
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