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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.

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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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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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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Economics - Nuclear Power
Bloomberg View reported that from a nuclear safety standpoint, it is difficult to imagine a scarier scenario than what happened on March 11, 2011. An earthquake measuring 9.0 on the Richter scale powerful enough to shift the position of the Earth axis by about 6.5 inches hit 80 miles off the Japanese coast. Within minutes, a series of seven tsunamis, some as high as 50 feet, slammed into the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. Backup diesel generators, designed to keep the reactor cooling water pumps operating, quickly failed. A day later, a hydrogen explosion blew the roof off the Unit 1 reactor... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Economics - Nuclear Power
Delayed Japanese reactor restarts have undeniably added to the negative sentiment towards uranium over the last several months. However, the country nuclear watchdog just gave preliminary safety approval for the restart of two reactors at the Sendai plant.

At this point, opposition groups now have a month to make their case against the approval before a final decision is reached. Should all go well, the Sendai reactors could be the first to power back up under the new safety regulations. Under those regulations, considerations have been made to safeguard against natural disasters li... More →
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Experts are unsure what caused a giant hole in Siberia earlier this week. The phenomenon was revealed in incredible footage from a helicopter. It is in the Yamal Peninsula, also known as the end of the world. At the time some thought it may have been caused by a meteorite, but predominant theories now suggest it is a pingo or the result of a gas explosion from deep below surface. A pingo is an accumulation of ice underground that melts, leaving a hole. The explosion theory is based on the abundance of gas in the area. An expedition is currently underway to learn more about the feature. A revie... More →
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Esmarie Swanepoel reports that while the long-term fundamentals for uranium remained sound, advisory firm Argonaut has warned that the post-Fukushima recovery could be slower than previously anticipated. Argonaut metals and mining research analyst Matthew Keane said that the longer-than-expected recovery meant that there was a bigger focus on exploration companies, which have less exposure to the near-term uranium price. Keane pointed out that uranium explorers had benefited from the slow recovery over the past 12 months, outperforming their development and producing peers. We have a surplus o... More →
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China rapid urbanization is not only gulping up cement, but also water and energy. On Friday, China President Xi Jinping told a government meeting that development of nuclear energy should be accelerated. By adopting top international standards and ensuring safety, China should lose no time in constructing nuclear power projects in eastern coastal regions, he said, as the state-run Xinhua newswire reported.

At the end of 2013, China 17 operational nuclear power plants were generating about 2 percent of the country total energy, according to Xinhua. But Ye Qizhen, an expert in nuclea... More →
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Uranium may rebound from the lowest prices in nine years as Japan moves closer to restarting the first of its idled nuclear reactors, signaling a potential increase in consumption of the atomic fuel. Japan nuclear regulator vouched for the safety of two facilities in the country south, setting in motion the possible return of atomic power. A resumption of plants may boost uranium prices that slid after the 2011 disaster in Fukushima, said Cantor Fitzgerald LP, a New York-based broker.

Uranium has fallen about 60 percent since the meltdown at Tokyo Electric Power Co. Fukushima Dai-Ic... More →
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Funding for licensing of the Yucca Mountain repository and for construction of the MOX plant are included in the fiscal 2015 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act. The bill has been approved by the US House of Representatives but awaits final approval by the Senate. The legislation provides annual funding for national defense nuclear weapons activities, the Army Corps of Engineers, various programs under the Department of Energy (DoE) and other related agencies. The House of Representatives approved the bill for FY2015 (beginning 1 October 2014) in a 253-170 vote on 10 July. The bill... More →
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Japan's ongoing reliance on imported fossil fuels while its nuclear reactors await permission to restart continues to impact on the country's greenhouse gas emissions and trade deficit. The 2014 Annual Report on Energy, published by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), shows that Japan depended on imported fossil fuels for 88% of its electricity in fiscal year 2013, compared with 62% in fiscal 2010, the last full-year before the March 2011 accident at the Fukushima Daiichi plant. With almost its entire nuclear fleet offline, Japan reliance on fossil fuels peaked in fiscal year 2... More →
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Index / Health & Safety
The winter of 2013-14 will be remembered for seemingly incessant rain and flooding, particularly in the Somerset Levels and across southeast England. Records from the UK Meteorological Office show that this winter was one of the most exceptional periods of winter rainfall in at least 248 years for England and Wales possibly the most. For south-east and central southern England, over 492 mm of rain fell - 238 percent of the average and beating the previous (1915) record of 437.1 mm. However, not only flooding made the headlines. During three weeks in late February/early March, over 25 sinkholes... More →
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Where does the UK energy come from, and how this has changed over time. Carbon capture and storage, and fracking are also defined. Types of floods are discussed and what can be done to protect humans, livestock and property. An overview of significant volcanic eruptions and the volcanic products that can cause damage on the ground and in the air.
Earthquakes are discussed, as well as sites located and a discussion on how they are characterized.

A list of factsheets (with PDFs) is presented on how geoscientists serve and protect the general public. This is a series of 12 A4 (col... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals)
JT Long of The Energy Report (7/10/14)reports-
Jeb Handwerger, are you brave enough to buy straw hats in winter? From uranium to oil services to lithium, savvy investors can find innovative ways to make money based on fundamental supply and demand rather than emotion and fashion. In this interview with The Energy Report, Gold Stock Trades editor Jeb Handwerger outlines the trends that will shape the future of energy commodity investing, and names some of the best examples of shabby chic stocks worth more than their current price tags.... More →
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Dr. Conca reports that there are some easy decisions to make that will save us a trillion dollars and they could be made soon by the Environmental Protection Agency. EPA could raise the absurdly low radiation levels considered to be a threat to the public across the regulatory spectrum. These radiation limits would go from between 4 to 25 mrem (40 to 250 microSv) to more reasonable levels, like 500 to 20,000 mrem, depending upon the regulation and the particular office in EPA.

We have a patchwork of radiation-related statutes from those that apply to routine operation of nuclear pow... More →
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MICHAEL SPECTER reports that he did not give much thought to nuclear power before 1979, when the accident at Three Mile Island made environmental apathy impossible or, at least, detestable. But there are few more obvious signs that the world is moving in the wrong direction than an event that threatens to despoil the planet forever. To be for nuclear power after Three Mile Island (and, even worse, after the accident at Chernobyl, in 1986) was to be for corporations, for lying, callous governments, and for the inane notion that the benefits of new technologies always outweigh the risks. Nuclear... More →
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Biased piece from FAIR, reviewed the CNN-aired the pro-nuclear power film, the Pandora Promise on November 7, 2013. They claim that the film was little more than propaganda (FAIR Action Alert, 10,25,13), booking virtually no dissent from the views of the film seven principal stars - one-time, anti-nuclear environmentalists who now say the planet can only be saved from the ravages of fossil fuels by a rapid, large-scale investment in new, supposedly fail-safe fast reactors.

In advance of the airing, FAIR and RootsAction presented CNN with a petition signed by over 27,000 activists, d... More →
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