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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Economics - Nuclear Power
Bob Audette reports that the five-member board that oversees the Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Tuesday voted to end a two-year moratorium on issuing new power plant licenses. The moratorium was in response to a June 2012 decision issued by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia that ordered the NRC to consider the possibility that the federal government may never take possession of the nearly 70,000 metric tons of spent nuclear fuel stored at power plant sites scattered around the country. In addition to lifting the moratorium, the five-member board also approved guidance re... More →
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Index / Climate Change (Global Warming or Cooling)
Ben Adler reports that in March 2007, the E.U. adopted climate and energy goals for 2010 to 2020. The 27 member countries set a goal of reducing carbon emissions 20 percent by 2020 and increasing renewables to 20 percent of their energy portfolio. Unfortunately, they underestimated the carbon intensity of burning wood - a.k.a. biomass - for electricity, and they categorized wood as a renewable fuel.

The result is that E.U. countries with smaller renewable sectors turned to wood to replace coal. Governments provided incentives for energy utilities to make that switch. Now, with a bun... More →
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Index / Climate Change (Global Warming or Cooling)
Dr. Conca reports that we have been hearing that the Earth is not really heating since the mean global surface temperatures have been almost flat for the last 17 years. But there is no hiatus, no lull, and no reverse in global warming the Earth is just warming in different ways. Indeed, there is more than one way to heat a planet.

As a geologist, this is no surprise given the complexity of planetary heat transfer and other global processes. Some areas get colder, some hotter, some drier, some even get more snow as the winters get warmer. The average temperature of the lower atmosphe... More →
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Index / Coal / Graphite, Graphene, and Carbon Uses
Dave Smith reports that the extraordinary features and benefits of graphene make it sound like it was taken out of a comic book, e.g., adamantium, vibranium, but while the super material could change our world as we know it, graphene must overcome several obstacles related to viability before it is ready for mass usage.

Using graphene is a complicated technology to deliver. The race to find value is more of a marathon than a sprint.

It may be awhile until graphene is readily available to the public - the material was finally isolated only a decade ago - but scientific... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Economics - Nuclear Power
Poland will reduce dependence on brown and black coal by introducing nuclear power and renewables, according a draft energy policy to 2050 released for consultation. The Polish government put forward two main scenarios for future energy supply. Both see nuclear power introduced in 2020 and expanding to become an important element of the energy sector after 2025, along with renewable sources.

One forecast has nuclear power producing 50 TWh per year from 2035 - in line with the government ambition to build two nuclear power plants with capacity of 3,000 MWe each. At the same time, ren... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Economics - Nuclear Power
Vanessa Mock reports that closure of three nuclear power plants in Belgium leaves government fearing winter energy crunch. Belgian authorities are racing to map out emergency plans in case of a severe energy crunch this winter. The country could face energy shortfalls in the depths of winter after the sudden closure of three major nuclear power plants over the past months.

Two nuclear reactors, Doel 3 and Tihange 2, were closed in May after cracks appeared in the steel reactor casings, and another large plant, Doel 4, closed down on August 5 last year.
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Economics - Nuclear Power
The U.S. Department of Energy - DOE - has announced nearly 67 million dollars in nuclear energy research and infrastructure enhancement awards. 83 projects were selected from across the country based on their potential to create scientific breakthroughs that both help strengthen the energy security and reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions. The support for cutting-edge nuclear science and engineering across our universities, national laboratories, and industry reflects the key role of nuclear energy in helping ensure a low-carbon future, said Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz. These awards not o... More →
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Index / Health & Safety
Howard J. Gordon, CPG-07190 indicated that the first sentence of the American Geological Institute 1992 book,Planning for Field Safety, states that safe fieldwork is no accident. In the world of safety professionals, there are no such things as accidents, just unsafe acts and unsafe conditions or a combination of the two. In the November-December issue of The Professional Geologist - TPG, an article by N. Price, How Safe is Fieldwork discussed the tragic death of Alyssa Heberton-Morimoto at the hands of a now-convicted murderer. He was sentenced to life in prison. The article presented well th... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Economics - Nuclear Power
Betsy Blaney reports that depleted uranium from federal energy facilities can be buried at a nuclear-waste dumping site in West Texas, state regulators decided Wednesday. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality also will triple the Dallas-based Waste Control Specialists facility capacity of storing low-level radioactive waste from the majority of U.S. states going from 2.3 million cubic feet to 9 million cubic feet.

The first of two containers with low-level radioactive waste from Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico were loaded into a reinforced 8-inch-thick concrete ... More →
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David Conti reports that Westinghouse Electric Co. has an inside track on providing two of its new reactors for a proposed nuclear power plant in Utah. The Cranberry company and Orem, Utah-based developer Blue Castle Holdings on Wednesday announced they will exclusively negotiate a deal to partner on the project. Blue Castle wants to use the Westinghouse AP1000 reactors and potentially a modified version for earthquake-prone areas in its applications for permits and licenses to build at the Green River site. The project has won several regulatory battles but is four or five years from receivin... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Economics - Nuclear Power
Kimberlee Kruesi reports that U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz championed the use of nuclear power and urged politicians and leaders in the energy industry to adapt and modernize energy production to help minimize the fallout from global warming.

Moniz indicated that the predictions of a world where we do nothing predict unhealthy outcomes for our forests. Working hard on it means innovating energy technology. And he emphasized that the goal of energy is very simple, keep the costs down. As we have seen, that will make the policy-making easier.

Repeating the Obama philo... More →
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Index / Mining & Minerals / Rare Earth Exploration and Mining
Paul Zink indicates that the Chinese government has started to stockpile rare earths again and that there is a lot of pressure building for higher prices. The big six Chinese firms that have been designated to consolidate the industry there have reported pretty poor financial results and continue to face an escalating cost structure - their environmental costs are going up. Their labor costs are going up. They are mining lower grades. One industry watcher has suggested that that prices need to be 20 percent higher just so the Chinese can handle the new environmental rules alone.

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Index / Health & Safety
In the past, healthcare providers and public health entities interpreted federal law as a requirement that a paper copy of each VIS had to be handed to the recipient prior to vaccination, and that the recipient must take this copy away with him or her following the vaccination. The evolution of electronic media has resulted in broadening of this interpretation.

VISs may be reviewed on a computer monitor or any video display.

VISs may be downloaded by the recipient to a smartphone or other electronic device to read at his or her convenience. VISs have been specially forma... More →
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Index / Geothermal Energy / Economics
Megan Geuss reports that most people think of Iceland when they think of geothermal power. On that island, approximately 90 percent of homes are heated by geothermal energy. But some 12 gigawatts of geothermal power are generated worldwide, and the US is one of the largest producers of it, generating nearly 3.4 gigawatts in 2013.

The Steamboat Complex is within the Reno city limits, and it is made up of seven smaller plants that collectively generate 78 megawatts of power. A typical coal-fired power plant can generate around 660 megawatts of power, so the Ormat system 78 megawatts a... More →
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Index / Coal / Exploration and Production
Frik Els reports that China burns almost as much coal as the rest of the world combined and is reliant on the fossil fuel for two-thirds of total energy consumption and 80 per cent of its electricity generation. 2013 was the 14th consecutive year of rising coal consumption, output and imports for the country albeit at a slower pace but 2014 could become a turning point as the country wages a war on pollution.

The China July coal production rose in July for the first time in three according the latest official data released by the China Coal Transport and Distribution Association on ... More →
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Index / Coal / Related Environmental Issues / Environmental Impact
Travis McPherson reports that more than three-quarters of China electricity is currently generated by coal. In fact, China burns more coal than the rest of the world combined. They burn coal not only for electricity but also for smelting steel. China produces half of the steel globally, and for baking limestone to make cement. China also produces half of the world cement. The International Energy Agency - IEA - estimates that this trend will not slow. He suggests that Bejing plans to double its coal-power plants in just 25 years. However, other reports suggest that China is backing out of coa... More →
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Index / Mining & Minerals / Rare Earth Exploration and Mining
The World Trade Organization (WTO) slapped down Chinese restrictions on rare-earth element exports as a phony environmental ruse that actually gives the domestic industries an unfair price advantage. The issue had been percolating for years amid a spike in demand for rare earths from the makers of high-tech products, including smartphones, aircraft engines and most electric and hybrid cars. Now, the WTO Appellate Body has sided with the U.S., the EU and Japan, which lodged a formal complaint against China in 2012. The WTO final ruling says China must drop its export tariffs and quotas within a... More →
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Index / Climate Change (Global Warming or Cooling)
Dr. Conca reports that long-term changes in global and local temperatures kill animals. Plants, too. We geologists have a good understanding of changes in global temperatures through time and some things are pretty clear. First, major climatic changes have happened over and over again for the last billion years. Whenever it occurs, there follows lots and lots of death. Second, it is not about the absolute temperature or the absolute amount of CO2 in the atmosphere. It is about the rate of change. Temperatures have been much higher many times in the past. Atmospheric CO2 levels have been much h... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Exploration
The Government of the Australian State of Queensland says it is now ready to accept applications for uranium mining projects following its announcement of a new regulatory framework. The state lifted its long-standing ban on uranium mining in 2012. Mine Minister Andrew Cripps indicated that a modern and robust framework is required to ensure that uranium mining in Queensland is carried out according to the best environmental protection and safety standards.

The government said that the framework provides regulatory efficiency and investment certainty for uranium mining in Queensland... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Related Environmental Issues
Malcolm Sutton reports that fears that dust from a planned mine on Yorke Peninsula could contaminate crops with low-level uranium and potentially travel as far as Adelaide have been raised by campaigners. The YP Landholders Group said an estimated 3 million kilograms of dust produced annually by Rex Minerals Hillside copper, gold and ore mine could include radioactive uranium and its decay products, called radon gas and radon daughters.
Chairman Stephen Lodge cited a joint paper written by a US doctor Dale Dewar that found long-lived radioisotopes from uranium mines could spread on surrou... More →
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Index / Coal / Graphite, Graphene, and Carbon Uses
Focus Graphite is developing one of the most important graphite projects in North America at Lac Knife, Quebec. Focus has already signed a 10-year strategic agreement for up to 40,000 tons per year - 400,000 ton total - of graphite concentrate with a Chinese-based industrial consortium located in the port city of Dalian, Lianing Province, China, one of the most important centers for trade and industry, and home to many of high-tech companies. Grafoid Inc. is Focus Graphite graphene research and development partner, which has been cooperating with a number of companies worldwide to achieve a co... More →
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Index / Mining & Minerals / Rare Earth Exploration and Mining
Hongpo Shen reports that as a result of the WTO Appellate Body issuing its report on August 7th, 2014, while it has upheld a ruling that China violated international trade rules with restrictions on the export of rare earths, China Ministry of Commerce - MOFCOM - responded to this ruling with a statement saying that it regretted the WTO reaffirmation of its earlier ruling, according to the Xinhua News Agency. The MOFCOM also reportedly vowed to study the decision and adopt measures which are in accordance with the WTO rules in the future. Despite the MOFCOM has not yet announced its counter-me... More →
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Index / Mining & Minerals / Mineral Exploration Activities - General
Ajoy K Das reports that India has awoken to the need to allow junior miners to play a greater role in mineral exploration and drive much-needed foreign investments in the sector. The Federation of Indian Mineral Industries - FIMI - has urged the government to frame a policy to promote junior exploration companies to attract foreign and domestic investment into the industry.

FIMI president Hukam Chand Daga said that mineral-rich countries like Canada, Australia, Brazil or Chile do not spend taxpayer money on mineral exploration which was fraught with risk. These countries with highly... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Economics - Nuclear Power
Mia Shanley reports that the Swedish government is looking at building a nuclear reactor purely for research, although a decision will not be taken until after a general election in September, Swedish daily Dagens Industri reported. The International Energy Agency has said Sweden must replace its aging nuclear plants between 2022 and 2035, assuming an operational lifespan of 50 years for each reactor.

Dagens Industri quoted Swedish Education Minister Jan Bjorklund as saying that such an investment could help Sweden become one of the world leaders in this area of research. He said he... More →
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Jake Whittenberg reports that a legislative task force exploring the possibility of nuclear reactors in Washington state is preparing to visit an Oregon plant with a promising new product. NuScale is developing the answers to all the problems posed by nuclear power plants. The company, operating on a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy, is producing Small Nuclear Reactors. They are much smaller, less expensive to construct and produce less waste.

The eight-member task force is supposed to have recommendations for the full Legislature by December 1, 2014 about whether to invest ... More →
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