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Index / Mining & Minerals - Evaluations / Off-World Exploration, Mining, & Technology

Justin Bachman opines that one never sees the space surrounding our pale blue dot as a cosmic junkyard. Debris abounds, moving at high speeds and presenting plenty of difficulties for satellite operators who do business in orbit.

This pollution poses a risk to greater commercialization of space, from the grand ambitions of Elon Musk of SpaceX Corp. and Jeff Bezos, Blue Origin, to other players who see promising futures for an array of space activities, from tourism, to imaging, to pharmaceutical research.

In low-earth orbit, space debris travels at velocities approaching ... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Related Environmental Issues / Environmental Impact - Cases, Nuclear Wastes

Nevada lawmakers are being asked to commit $3.6 million per year for the next two years to fight a federal proposal to store the U.S. waste from nuclear power plants at Yucca Mountain, about 100 miles northwest of Las Vegas.

State Agency for Nuclear Projects chief Robert Halstead says the fund would be for the legal and administrative fight (for lawyers).

Halstead told state Senate and Assembly members on Monday that he thinks Nuclear Regulatory Commission hearings could start before 2019 on licensing the project designed, built, and paid for to accept spent nuclear fuel ... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Related Environmental Issues / Environmental Impact - Cases, Nuclear Wastes

Susan Smallheer reports that there would be no significant environmental impact stemming from Entergy Nuclear using the Vermont Yankee decommissioning trust fund to help pay for the handling and storage of high-level radioactive waste, according to a notice published in the Federal Register by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

Shortly after Vermont Yankee shut down its Vernon nuclear reactor in 2015, Entergy had asked for an exemption that would allow it to tap the plant decommissioning trust fund to pay for future radioactive fuel costs.

At the same time, the company sa... More →
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Index / Coal / Related Environmental Issues

Adam Beam reports that the new administration promised to bring back coal jobs, but even the U.S. 3rd-largest coal producer appears to be hedging its bets on a comeback. Kentucky is on the cusp of doing what was once unthinkable, opening the door to nuclear power.

The Republican-controlled state legislature is close to lifting its decades-long moratorium on nuclear energy in a state that has been culturally and economically dominated by coal. Politicians from both parties have promised for years to revive the struggling coal industry, with the new president famously billing himself ... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Nuclear Power - Economics, Design, and Industry

WNN reports that James Fisher Nuclear in collaboration with EDF Energy, Serco (now Amec), Bloodworth Consulting and the University of Manchester, developed eddy-current inspection tools designed to assess the condition of graphite within vacated fuel channels in AGRs, and can be used to measure the electrical conductivity and the inferred graphite density.

AGRs feature a graphite moderator and are cooled using carbon dioxide. The graphite blocks cannot be replaced or repaired during the operating period of the reactors. However, radiation exposure changes the shape and size of the c... More →
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Space News Stories ...

SpaceX Files to Put up Another 7,000 Satellites, OneWeb, 2,000

Virgin Branches into Orbit

$17,000,000 For Blue to Upgrade Launch Complex in Florida

ESA Pouring $91,000,000 into Reusable Methane Engine Design

SpaceX CRS-10, Turbopump Cracks, and Lunar Cruises

Orbital ATK Awarded $78,000,000 Contract, sues DARPA

Aerojet Rocketdyne AR1 Engine Production to Add 100 Jobs in Huntsville, Alabama

Nanoracks, Boeing to build commercial ISS airlock

SolAero Expanding in Albuquerque
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June Javelosa opines that each century has an individual that redefines our world, a person who transforms the way that we think and act, a person who fundamentally reshapes our understanding of ourselves and our place in the cosmos. This century, that man seems to be Elon Musk.

He is the man behind Tesla Motors, SolarCity, and the Chief Executive of SpaceX, a company that has ushered us into the era of reusable rockets and which has made no secret of its intent to send people to Mars. Yes, SpaceX plans to create a permanent Martian settlement. Musk has made it clear that he thinks... More →
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Tariq Malik reports that the administration released its 2018 budget request March 16, a proposal that calls for the cancellation of NASA astronauts-to-an-asteroid mission along with four Earth Science missions and the NASA Office of Education.

The White House budget request for NASA offers $19.1 billion for the space agency in 2018, a 0.8% decrease from 2017 space-spending levels, according to the Office of Management and Budget.

The 2018 budget request cancels the NASA project to bring part of an asteroid near the Moon so astronauts could visit the space rock and retrie... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Nuclear Power - Economics, Design, and Industry

Dr. Conca reports that NuScale Power is a company with a mission, to build the first small modular nuclear reactor in America. As of now, they are certainly on track. In January, NuScale submitted the first design certification application for any SMR in the U.S. to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

This week, NRC has accepted their design certification application, light speed for our nuclear bureaucracy. By accepting the DCA for review, the NRC staff confirms that NuScales submission addresses all of the NRC requirements and contains sufficient technical information to conduct a ... More →
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Index / Professional Associations, Institutes & Societies

Since 1956, IAH has provided an international forum on the management of groundwater for the benefit of mankind and the environment. IAH is organized and operated exclusively for scientific and educational purposes as a 501(c)(3) public benefit, nonprofit corporation. As a Chapter of IAH, the USNC also operates within the overall IAH framework and global organizational bylaws.

The main objectives of the USNC include...

1. Represent U.S. members of IAH in the activities of the parent organization and in other international hydrogeological activities.

2. Encourag... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Related Environmental Issues / Environmental Impact - Cases, Nuclear Wastes

Karla Lant reminds that in 2011, the Great Tahoku Earthquake triggered a 15-meter-high tsunami wave that hammered the eastern coast of Japan. The wave flooded many buildings, and disabled the cooling and power supply of three reactors, causing the nuclear fuel rods to overheat at the Fukushima Daiichi plant. With the power out, the emergency cooling generators could not function, and explosions (from accumulated boiling water creating hydrogen) began in the reactor containment buildings. This in turn caused nuclear material to leak out into the atmosphere. As emergency response system failed, ... More →
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Karla Lant opines that billionaire space entrepreneurs Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk are racing to the moon and beyond. Musk and SpaceX announced plans to bring two paying space tourists into orbit for a weeklong trip circumnavigating the Moon by the end of 2018. We learned that Amazon Prime really would be everywhere by 2020 when word leaked that Blue Origin and Bezos plan to begin delivery of human habitats, science experiments, and other gear to the Moon.

This progress characterizes the new space race, in which private companies are fueling innovation as much, or more than, countries ... More →
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Dom Galeon and Abby Norman opine that where there is water, life abounds, at least, that has been the experience here on Earth. As such, many planetary probes have been designed to look for the presence of water, or signs of it. In our solar system, there are celestial bodies that have been found to contain great amounts of water. These so-called ocean worlds include Jupiter moons.... Europa and Ganymede, and the Saturn moon Enceladus.

Now, NASA has just made its plans to explore deeper into these ocean worlds official. NASA hosted the Planetary Science Vision 2050 Workshop, where p... More →
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Abby Norman and Karla Lant opine that NASA current plans, first outlined in 2010 and later in 2015, place humans on the red planet in the 2030s. They are currently developing the necessary capabilities to make it happen in tandem with other agencies and private companies. NASA is collaborating with private innovators, like engineering professor Behrokh Khoshnevis, to 3D print structures on the Moon with the eventual goal of creating similar structures that can withstand the radiation of the Martian atmosphere.

Elon Musk sees colonizing Mars as a necessity, and SpaceX has a congruent... More →
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Index / Education, Ethics, Society, Employment Issues

Scott Santens asks that if you were guaranteed $1,000 per month for the rest of your life, what would you do? That is around what the amount would most likely be here in the U.S., at least at first. So think about that amount for a moment, and do not think about what others might do with it, think about what you would do with it. So what is that?

You have compared this idea to communism, so let us focus on that first. In doing so, let us also talk about what was actually done in the former Soviet Union and not what was intended. What they actually did there, simply put, was transfer... More →
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Index / Hydrogeology/Geology/Environmental/ / Remediation Methods and Tools

Hartman Environmental Geoscience will be providing a comprehensive and practical training class in Dallas-Ft. Worth and Austin in May, 2017. The course is open to all environmental professionals on how to understand and assess the vapor intrusion pathway.

The course will also cover ramifications of the new ASTM Phase 1 Standard relating to the vapor encroachment condition in Phase 1 assessments.

The course is highly interactive with numerous class exercises from real sites and demonstrations of sampling methods. A draft topic outline follows ...


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Index / Geospatial Information Use

The web application is open source and free for private use through Iowa State GeoFabLab. It allows anybody with a 3-D printer to easily and quickly print terrain models of any place on the planet, including the ocean floor.

To demonstrate, Franek Hasiuk, an Iowa State assistant professor of geology and David Morehouse Faculty Fellow, placed four tiles of 3-D-printed plastic, each about 4 inches square, on the desk in front of him. Put them together, and there is a scale model of Sheep Mountain and its central ridge rising out of the Bighorn Basin.

That is a teaching tool... More →
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Index / Hydroelectric Power (Dams and Pumped Storage)

Conventional hydroelectric generators account for 7% of the operating electricity generating capacity in the U.S. and about 6% to 7% of U.S. electricity generation each year. Conventional hydroelectric plants are different from pumped-storage facilities, which produce electricity from water previously pumped to an upper reservoir. Many of these generators are among the oldest power plants in the U.S. Hydropower plants account for 99% of all currently operating capacity built before 1930. Until 2014, hydroelectricity exceeded the electricity produced by all other renewable sources combined.
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Index / Conventional Oil & Gas Resources / Production Technology and Hydraulic Fracturing

This webinar (to be presented April 14, 20170) features respected experts from state governments in Oklahoma, Texas, and Ohio, who will discuss the range of state-level actions and approaches taken by these three oil- and gas-rich states to monitor and reduce the occurrence of induced earthquakes.

Speakers are:

Jeremy Boak, Ph.D., Director, Oklahoma Geological Survey, Mewbourne College of Earth & Energy, University of Oklahoma

Michael H. Young, Ph.D., Associate Director for Environment, Texas Bureau of Economic Geology, John A. and Katherine G. Jackson Scho... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Exploration, Mining, Marketing, Acquisitions

Without a doubt, 2016 was one of the toughest years in recent memory for the uranium industry, in particular, prices dropped to 12-year lows to $18.75 per pound in October, and reactors have been slow coming back online since the 2011 Fukushima damage via tsunami.

Of course, a number of companies in the sector have also felt the ramifications of the low price. Ted OConnor, CEO of Plateau Uranium, said that the resource sector had been in the worst downturn seen in decades at the end of 2016, and we were seeing classic bottom of market events. What is more, OConnor added that you can... More →
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Index / Mining & Minerals - Evaluations / Gold-Silver Exploration and Mining Projects

Wishbone Gold plc is a gold shipper based in Dubai that matches buyers with small producers in Africa and South America. It began operating in August and shipped 105 kilos (3,380 ounces) in total in December, its peak month.

Richard Poulden, chief executive, said that overall 2016 had been a successful year for Wishbone with good volumes. Wishbone has supply agreements with miners based in Peru, Ghana, Chile and Colombia.

Subsidiary Black Sand management visited Peru and Chile recently, which would provide more opportunities for the company said Poulden while its early st... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Exploration, Mining, Marketing, Acquisitions

Ryan Heinsius reports that the U.S. EPA has awarded a grant to Dine College to study abandoned uranium mines. It will allow students on the Navajo Nation to develop cleanup strategies at 50 of the most dangerous sites.

Through the $380,000 grant, students will assist federal officials with assessment in the Cove Watershed area of northeastern Arizona. They will study streams, unregulated wells, and livestock watering areas to determine levels of radiation contamination and heavy metals.

The claim has been made that uranium has affected almost every segment of social life... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Exploration, Mining, Marketing, Acquisitions

Michael K. Murphy opines that it is obvious to even the most casual observer that the new administration plans to pursue a much different agenda for environmental regulation and domestic energy production than the prior administration. Similarly, it is predictable that conflicts will arise between the new administration and blue states like California, New York and Massachusetts.

These conflicts inevitably will result in litigation, and indeed, the red states previously sought protection from the courts to limit the scope and reach of the Obama U.S. EPA in the name of federalism. N... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Related Environmental Issues / Environmental Impact - Cases, Nuclear Wastes

Dr. Conca reports that the DoE released a Draft Plan for a Defense Waste Repository for public comment on December 16, 2016. This would only be for nuclear waste generated from our production of nuclear weapons and includes both categories of weapons waste, high-level waste (HLW) and transuranic waste (TRU).

And so begins our attempt to get back to science with respect to our nuclear waste disposal program. Meaning, let us find the right rock in the right place and a community willing to take it. Separating defense from commercial waste is reasonable as they are quite different in f... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Exploration, Mining, Marketing, Acquisitions

Ray W reports that a large uranium mine planned for Greenland would produce 100 million tonnes of ore, drilled, loaded, crushed, and processed to extract uranium and rare earths. An environmental report by Dr. Nyheder revealed that there will be an open-pit mine in Kvanefjeld in S. Greenland, which is located near a small village of Narsaq. The operations will include employment and new infrastructure never before realized.

The plan is for 3 million tonnes of ore per year to be mined. In addition to the mine, there are plans for two processing plants, a new port for unloading raw ma... More →
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