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Index / Health & Safety - Mining, Environmental, Cyber

CORESafety is based on 20 modules and timelines developed by mine safety professionals specifically for U.S. mining. The goal is to achieve zero fatalities and a 50 percent reduction in the rate of injuries within five years (0:50:5).

CORESafety provides a common roadmap and a common language for all mining companies to achieve the 0:50:5 objective, and is designed to be integrated into your company unique operations, management structure and culture.

This video provides a quick look at each of the 20 CORESafety modules ...... More →
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Index / Gas Shales / Related Environmental Issues / Environmental Impact

Bobby Magill opines that the U.S. is expected to reach a major carbon emissions milestone this year. For the first time, CO2 emissions from burning natural gas for electricity in the U.S. are set to surpass those from burning coal, the globe chief climate polluter. Emissions from burning natural gas are expected to be 10% greater than those from coal in 2016, as electric companies rely more on power plants that run on natural gas than those that run on coal, according to U.S. DOE data.

The EIA expects the U.S. will emit about 1.5 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide from natural ga... More →
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Index / Mining & Minerals - Evaluations / Off-World Exploration, Mining, & Technology

Elon Musk reports that by talking about the SpaceX Mars architecture, he wants to make Mars seem possible, make it seem as though it is something that we can do in our lifetime. He thinks there are really two fundamental paths. History is going to bifurcate along two directions. One path is where we stay on Earth forever, and then there will be some eventual extinction event. He does not have an immediate doomsday prophecy, but eventually, history suggests, there will be some doomsday event. The alternative is to become a space-bearing civilization and a multi-planetary species, which he hopes... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Exploration, Mining, Marketing, Acquisitions

Michael Alkin, the founder of The Stock Catalyst Report, presents a video on the state of uranium based on nearly 20 years in the hedge-fund industry. He worked for a few multi-billion dollar hedge funds. During his career, he has been an analyst, portfolio manager and partner. He has also been a dedicated short-seller, managed both a long and short portfolio and at times have been responsible for several hundred million dollars of capital.

His investing career has taken him to many countries searching for mispriced stocks. He has invested in microcaps to mega caps, across myriad ... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Nuclear Power - Economics, Design, and Industry

Dr. Conca also just reported that natural gas, the darling energy industry, has decided it needs to attack its biggest competitor, nuclear power. The American Petroleum Institute has flooded the airwaves in Ohio and Pennsylvania with anti-nuke commercials and has even drawn in AARP by pushing fear, fear of higher prices and fear of radiation. Just the opposite of what is true.

This is ironic since the natural gas industry emits more radioactivity than all of nuclear in America combined (as radium scale is gas and oil piping i.e., NORM). And more people die every year from natural ga... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Nuclear Power - Economics, Design, and Industry

Dr. Conca reports that the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment passed draft nuclear waste legislation, the Nuclear Waste Policy Amendments Act of 2017. The bill would be the first changes in 30 years to the Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1982 since its 1987 Amendment that codified into law the proposed Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository in Nevada.

But lots of activity led up to that point. First off, on Monday of last week, Governor Matt Bevin of Kentucky announced he was signing a bill, SB11, to lift the nuclear moratorium in the state, clearing the way for... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Nuclear Power - Economics, Design, and Industry

David Stanway reports that China is betting on new, small-scale nuclear reactor designs (SMRs)that could be used in isolated regions, on ships and even aircraft as part of an ambitious plan to wrest control of the global nuclear market. Within weeks, state-owned China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) is set to launch a small modular reactor (SMR) dubbed the Nimble Dragon with a pilot plant on the island province of Hainan, according to company officials.

Unlike new large scale reactors that cost upward of $10 billion per unit and need large safety zones, SMRs create less toxic wa... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Nuclear Power - Economics, Design, and Industry

Brad Plumer opines that over the last decade, a glut of less dirty, cheap natural gas from hydraulic fracturing has driven hundreds of dirtier coal plants in the U.S. out of business, a big reason carbon dioxide emissions fell 14% from 2005 to 2016.

But more recently, that same gas boom has started pushing many U.S. nuclear reactors into shutterment or early retirement, a trend with adverse consequences for climate change.

The U.S. fleet of 99 nuclear reactors still supplies 20% of the U.S. electricity without generating any planet-warming greenhouse gases. When those rea... More →
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Index / Mining & Minerals - Evaluations / Rare Earth Exploration, Mining, Processing, Uses

Zhehan Weng et al., report that in 2015 the global rare earth oxides (REO) market was dominated by Chinese production, which peaked in 2006 at 133,000 tonnes REO per year, accounting for some 97.1% of global production, causing concern about the long-term supply of REE resources. Although the REE consist of 17 individual elements (15 lanthanides plus scandium and yttrium) that are hosted by numerous types of mineralization, the relatively modest scale of the global REE mining sector has limited our knowledge of REE mineral resources and mineralizing systems compared to metals such as copper an... More →
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Index / Gas Hydrates / Related Environmental Issues / Environmental Impact

Tia Ghose reports that a highly combustible form of energy locked deep in the ocean finally can be harvested using a new technique, but deploying that technique on a broad scale could spell trouble for the climate, experts say.

The solid material, called methane hydrate, is a form of the hydrocarbon methane that is locked in cages of ice called clathrates. Though billions of tons of this form of methane may be locked deep beneath the ocean floor, scientists had no safe or simple way to extract the material and convert it into a form that could be used.

But in a new demons... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Nuclear Power - Economics, Design, and Industry

Governor Matt Bevin is joining state and local officials in Paducah to ceremonially sign the bill that effectively lifted the nuclear moratorium in Kentucky. The state legislature passed Senate Bill 11 -known as the Leeper Act earlier this year. The measure is named after McCracken County Judge Executive and former State Senator Bob Leeper who had championed similar legislation. State Senator Danny Carroll of Paducah and others continued the effort that led to passage.

McCracken County is home to the DOE Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant that produced enriched uranium through the diff... More →
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Index / Coal / Exploration, Production, Coal Ash, Rare Earths

Zielinski and Finkelman reported in 1997 that coal is largely composed of organic matter, but it is the inorganic matter in coal, minerals and trace elements, that have been cited as possible causes of health, environmental, and technological problems associated with the use of coal. Some trace elements in coal are naturally radioactive.

These radioactive elements include uranium, thorium, and their numerous decay
products, including radium and radon. Although these elements are less chemically toxic than other coal constituents such as As, Se, Hg, and REEs, questions have bee... More →
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Index / Coal / Lignite, Graphite, Graphene, and Carbon Uses

Chelsea Gohd reports that an international team comprising scientists from the Carnegie Institution for Science and Yanshan University has developed an incredible new form of carbon. It is extremely light, ultra-strong, elastic, and even electrically conductive. This unusual combination of qualities makes this material versatile for a number of applications.

Carbon is unique in the sense that its electron configuration allows it to self-bond in a number of different ways, which means it is capable of taking many different forms. The scientists created this interesting type of carbon... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Related Environmental Issues / Environmental Impact - Cases, Nuclear Wastes

Henry Fountain reports that beneath a forested patch of land on the Gulf of Bothnia, at the bottom of a steep tunnel that winds for three miles through granite bedrock, Finland is getting ready to store its nuclear waste. If all goes well, sometime early in the next decade the first of what will be nearly 3,000 sealed copper canisters, each up to 17 feet long and containing about two tons of spent reactor fuel from Finland nuclear power industry, will be lowered into a vertical borehole in a side tunnel about 1,400 feet underground. As more canisters are stored, the holes and tunnels, up to 20... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Nuclear Power - Economics, Design, and Industry

Naomi Tajitsu reports that Toshiba Corp will contribute $3.68 billion to continue building two nuclear reactors in the U.S. state of Georgia, enabling the completion of a plant project begun by the Japanese conglomerate now-bankrupt nuclear unit.

Toshiba said in a statement on Saturday it had reached an agreement with Georgia Power, a subsidiary of energy provider Southern Co., to begin payments from October through January 2021 to compete the Vogtle plant.

The move comes after Georgia Power took over the plant project management from Westinghouse Electric Corp, which fil... More →
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Index / Coal / Exploration, Production, Coal Ash, Rare Earths

Texas Mineral Resources Corp., an exploration company targeting the heavy rare-earths and a variety of other high-value elements and industrial minerals, announce that DOE Office of Fossil Energy selected a Texas Mineral Resources consortium assembled by Texas Mineral Resources as one of only three projects to each receive a $1 million grant as part of a two-phase $23.75 million Funding Opportunity Announcement published in September 2016 (FOA-0001627)... Production of Rare-Earth Elements from Domestic U.S. Coal and Coal Byproducts.

TMRC project partners include Inventure Renewable... More →
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Index / Coal / Exploration, Production, Coal Ash, Rare Earths

Harleigh Hobbs reports that DOE has announced that three projects have been selected to receive approximately US$3 million for research aimed at producing salable rare-earth elements (REEs) from domestic coal and coal byproducts (Ash?). In addition, DOE has announced the availability of an additional US$3.95 million for projects in three new topic areas to accelerate separation and extraction processes for REEs.

REEs are a series of 17 chemical elements found in the Earth crust. Due to their unique chemical properties, REEs are essential components of technologies spanning a range o... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Nuclear Power - Economics, Design, and Industry

Fred Pearce presents in this article the standard litany of anti-nuclear half-truths, misrepresentations and outright falsehoods common to those pandering to the under-informed base of their followers. A discerning reader should pick up the tiring rhetoric of this group.

Yes, cheap natural gas and coal are still having an impact of the economics of electricity produced by nuclear power plants. But natural gas is needed to compete fairly... and coal burning should go away.

Yes, Westinghouse and Toshiba have been having financial issues. But large projects, like the major ... More →
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Index / Gas Hydrates / Related Environmental Issues / Environmental Impact

Turner, et al., reported in early 2016 that the global burden of atmospheric methane has been increasing over the past decade, but the causes are not well understood. National inventory estimates from the U.S. EPA indicate no significant trend in U.S. anthropogenic methane emissions from 2002 to present.

In this paper they use satellite retrievals and surface observations of atmospheric methane to suggest that U.S. methane emissions have increased by more than 30% over the 2002 to 2014 period. The trend is largest in the central part of the country, but we cannot readily attribute ... More →
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Index / Mining & Minerals - Evaluations / Off-World Exploration, Mining, & Technology

Christopher Rawluk reports that even the largest Earth-based mining operations seem to have trouble managing costs. After all, mid-grade and marginal deposits seem to have trouble finding any money and the process of moving a project from prospect to mine can take decades and cost hundreds of million of dollars. Rawluk is the first to admit that the whole idea of asteroid mining was initially right up there with Star Trek-style transporters and desktop cold fusion, but a few recent events have piqued my curiosity on the subject. He elaborates in the following.

First, one of the many... More →
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Index / Mining & Minerals - Evaluations / Off-World Exploration, Mining, & Technology

Lockheed Martin Advanced Development Programs (ADP), also known as Skunk Works, revealed new information about their hypersonic technologies. Specifically, they discussed the successor to the SR-71 Blackbird reconnaissance aircraft. The SR-72 is a strike and reconnaissance aircraft. The SR-72 tops Mach 6, and is currently in development within the advanced aircraft-development division. According to Lockheed Martin statements to Aviation Week, hypersonic technologies, including a combined cycle propulsion system that blends a rocket engine and a supersonic jet engine, are sufficiently advanced... More →
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Index / Climate Change, Anthropocene & Associated Issues

Dr. Conca reports that even as the spokesmen for the new administration indicates it will pull the U. S. out of the Paris Climate Agreement, the governors of California, WA, NY, Massachusetts, Vermont, Connecticut and Rhode Island have banded together to continue to work toward meeting the targets of the global climate accord. These seven states represent almost 15% of the country emissions. Two of the governors are Republican.

Many businesses also want to remain in the accord, including Exxon Mobil and Chevron. They understand the global business opportunities and technology sharin... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Nuclear Power - Economics, Design, and Industry

Keep up to date with coverage of the latest government, industry and regulatory activities impacting nuclear energy in Japan.

Kansai Electric Power Co. (Kepco) restarted its Takahama 4 pressurized water reactor in Fukui prefecture on May 17, after being off-line for more than a year.

The 830-megawatt reactor was shut down Feb. 29, 2016 because of an electrical problem, just a few days after it had been restarted. The following month, a regional court issued an injunction to halt operations at Takahama 3 and 4 in response to a request by anti-nuclear groups. Kepco filed an... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Nuclear Power - Economics, Design, and Industry

Robert Zullo reports that The federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission says it will issue a license soon for a proposed third nuclear reactor at the Dominion Energy North Anna plant near Mineral in Louisa County, Virginia. However, given the cost of the project, which has been opposed by a few consumer and environmental groups and has yet to be approved by the State Corporation Commission, it remains unclear whether the utility will actually build the reactor.

Basically, having a combined operating license allows us the ability to build and operate a new unit at such time as makes bus... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Nuclear Power - Economics, Design, and Industry

Speaking at the forum, Rosatom CEO Aleksei Lihachev emphasized that the company has a wide array of projects and proposals in the areas of transport, energy, mining, and environmental protection, many of them taken into account by the government and by companies operating in the region.

For example, Rosatom nuclear icebreakers are actively assisting in the creation of the so-called Northern Sea Route, the new northern shipping route running along the Russian Arctic coast from the Kara Sea to the Bering Strait. The Bilibino Nuclear Power Plant, meanwhile, provides power to the Arctic... More →
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