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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Related Environmental Issues / Environmental Impact - Cases, Nuclear Wastes

Gary Martin reports that the U.S. House energy committee has scheduled a hearing next week to begin the legislative process to revive the mothballed Yucca Mountain nuclear repository in Nevada. Rep. Walden, R-Ore., the chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, said Wednesday that legislation on a comprehensive solution to nuclear waste management policy would be the subject of the hearing.

The hearing by the environment subcommittee, under Chairman Shimkus, R-Ill., would examine the federal government responsibility to dispose of nuclear waste from plants across the count... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Exploration, Mining, Marketing, Acquisitions

Christopher Ecclestone reports that Western Uranium Corporation origins are based on the combination of a number of assets ... the Sunday Mine Complex, the Pinon Ridge Mill project and license and uranium assets in Utah and Colorado. It is still assumed that it is only the top 10% of a series of deposits that one sees above the waterline (water table?).

Though what one sees of Western Uranium data are largely the Sunday Mine Complex, the Hansen/Taylor asset needs serious further consideration particularly because it is larger in resource volume than many of the well-known names of t... More →
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Index / Coal / Exploration, Production, Coal Ash, Rare Earths

Keith Williams provides a summary of Chinese activities in coal as of 2017 ...

1. China continues to experiment with setting a price for coal by manipulating local production.

2. China bans coal imports from North Korea in 2017 and Mongolia dramatically increased export of coking coal to China in 2016.

3. International coal producers, Indonesia, Australia to benefit, but what about Mongolia?

4. Experts do not think this reflects a fundamental shift in coal industry decline.

5. Paris climate agreement ratification continues, record global t... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Nuclear Power - Economics, Design, and Industry

Mary Jane Fountain opines on the nature of the uranium market and provides a summary, as follows ...

1. Despite negative sentiment from Fukushima, analysts say uranium fundamentals support rising prices.

2. The World Nuclear Association says a 100% increase in international power stations is being either planned or proposed, 160 already being planned.

3. The price of uranium got off to a good start in 2017, but has it fizzled out? The ETF chart for the stock URA suggests not, and it is just correcting the February high.

4. According to several analys... More →
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Index / Coal / Lignite, Graphite, Graphene, and Carbon Uses

AZoCleantech reports that in preliminary electrical conductivity testing, AGCs DEXDG conductivity-enhanced, diluent product significantly outperformed TIMCAL TIMREX KS4 premium primary synthetic graphite and Superior Graphite premium-quality natural flake graphite, both commercially available conductivity-enhanced products.

DEXDG is a form of processed natural crystalline flake graphite with improved electrical conductivity in electrode matrixes for Li-ion (secondary or rechargeable), lithium (primary or non-rechargeable) and alkaline battery cells. Additionally, DEXDG is preferabl... More →
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Index / Renewable Energy (Other Energy Resources) / Economics, Batteries

Giles Parkinson opines with the question .... Ever hear the story about why renewable energy can not compete without a subsidy? You hear it all the time from the fossil fuel industry, he says. And the response from renewables? Take away fossil fuel subsidies, and they would be glad to compete on level terms.

David Hochschild, a commissioner with the California Energy Commission, at the Energy Productivity Summer Study in Sydney, illustrates why the fossil fuel and nuclear industries do not want that to happen.

Studies by the International Energy Agency point out that glob... More →
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Index / Coal / Economics

Zachary Shahan also reports on coal subsidies. The largest and yet most overlooked type of subsidy is related to externalities.

The full cost of a good is often not paid by the producer. That hidden cost is also not included in the price. But that cost is still being paid by others, which means that the price of that good is artificially low and is being subsidized by those others.

Such external costs (costs external to the company) are called externalities. Perhaps the most common type of externality is pollution. Pollution increases the costs of healthcare and degrade... More →
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Index / Conventional Oil & Gas Resources / Related Environmental Issues

Zachary Shahan in following up on his post earlier on the subsidies to coal, also posted oil and natural gas subsidies. Just as with coal, oil and natural gas cause a tremendous amount of pollution(?), which results in sizable subsidies in the form of uncorrected externalities? Unlike coal, he is unaware of any comprehensive studies that attempt to quantify the health and environmental costs of oil or natural gas. However, there are documented effects and calculations. Starting with natural gas...

As Environment America writes, natural-gas fracking has left a trail of contaminated w... More →
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Index / Conventional Oil & Gas Resources / Economics

Tom Shepstone reports that the facts on federal energy subsidies dramatically favor investment in natural gas over other energy sources commanding large subsidies and producing little.

The Energy Information Administration (EIA) released some fascinating data a few weeks ago regarding Federal subsidies of the energy industry. The information is a powerful illustration of why Shepstone concludes that natural gas is the future of energy for the U.S. and, for that matter, the world.

Requested by Congress, the data come from a special study summed in this article. It demonst... More →
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Index / Conventional Oil & Gas Resources / Economics

This is the most recent federal government report that focuses on financial interventions and subsidies that meet the following criteria ... 1) they are provided by the federal government, 2) they provide a financial benefit with an identifiable federal budget impact, and 3) they are specifically targeted at energy.

These criteria, particularly the energy-specific requirement, exclude some subsidies that benefit the energy sector. For example, Section 199 of the American Jobs Creation Act of 2004, referred to as the domestic manufacturing deduction, provides reductions in taxable ... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Related Environmental Issues / Environmental Impact - Cases, Nuclear Wastes

Stateside reports that the nuclear power industry has a problem, caused by the Federal government. It has no way to dispose of spent nuclear fuel rods, some of which are high-level nuclear waste.

Since 1987, the Federal plan was a facility in Nevada known as Yucca Mountain. The Obama administration basically put that project on hold. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission completed a safety evaluation report and completed an Environmental Impact Statement last year, both of which favored opening the facility for business.

Now the new administration indicates Yucca Mountain is ... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Nuclear Power - Economics, Design, and Industry

Dr. Conca reports that recently, 4 municipal election candidates from the traditionally anti-nuclear Green Party in Finland published an opinion piece in which they stated that humanity no longer has the luxury of opposing nuclear power. As discussed by J. M. Korhonen, this is significant.

Well over a 100 election candidates from all the major parties, these Greens included, signed a petition calling for feasibility studies for nuclear district heating to provide heat for Finnish cities.

The Green Party was a major winner in these Finnish elections, taking over 12% of th... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Exploration, Mining, Marketing, Acquisitions

David Emery reported in late 2016 that allegations of a quid pro quo deal giving Russia ownership of 20% of U.S. uranium deposits in exchange for $145 million in donations to the Clinton Foundation are unsubstantiated and untrue.

In the months leading up to the 2016 U.S. presidential election, stories abounded about the relationships between the Clinton Foundation and various foreign entities. May 2015 saw the publication of a book called Clinton Cash ... The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich, an expose of alleged Clinto... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Related Environmental Issues / Environmental Impact - Cases, Nuclear Wastes

Steven Mufson reports that new administration budget proposal would boost Energy Department spending on managing the nation nuclear waste stockpile and reviving the controversial Yucca Mountain storage facility for nuclear power plant waste but would slash spending on a host of science and climate areas.

The budget would cut spending overall by $1.7 billion, or 5.6% from current levels, to $28 billion. But the money is redistributed. The National Nuclear Security Administration budget would grow 11.3% while the rest of the Energy Department programs would be cut by 17.9%.

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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Nuclear Power - Economics, Design, and Industry

The bill would reform the Nuclear Regulatory Commission budget and fee recovery programs to improve transparency and accountability, and require the NRC to establish performance metrics and periodically report to Congress. It would also develop a reliable regulatory framework for the licensing of advanced nuclear reactors, enhance the efficiency of uranium recovery licensing, and increase the transparency of the process by which the U.S. Department of Energy disposes of excess uranium.

EPW Committee Chairman Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY) reintroduced NEIMA last week with cosponsors Sens... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Related Environmental Issues / Environmental Impact - Cases, Nuclear Wastes

Ken Silverstein opines that Yucca Mountain was the site that was intended to store the 70,000 tons of radioactive nuclear waste now stored around the U.S. Yucca Mt. has lain practically unused since 2010, although it may now get a new lease on life given that the new administration has budgeted money to license it.

Nuclear energy is an industry of 99 plants, but a small group of adversaries. On the one hand, it is a carbon-free fuel in a plant that can produce electricity around the clock and that has an outstanding safety record in this country. But, on the other hand, nuclear plan... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Related Environmental Issues / Environmental Impact - Cases, Nuclear Wastes

The S-A Editorial staff concludes that the Waste Control Specialists site near Andrews near the Texas-New Mexico border is suited for spent nuclear waste. And the casks that transport nuclear waste are virtually indestructible.

There has been no shortage of local anxiety over a proposal to transport and store high-level nuclear waste in West Texas. Bexar County Commissioners Court unanimously voted to oppose the transport of spent nuclear fuel to Andrews County, and City Councilman Ron Nirenberg has said he wants the city to legally oppose Waste Control Specialists application.
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Nuclear Power - Economics, Design, and Industry

Small Modular Reactors (SMRs) are nuclear power plants that are smaller in size (300 MWe or less) than current generation base load plants (1,000 MWe or higher). These smaller, compact designs are factory-fabricated reactors that can be transported by truck or rail to a nuclear power site. SMRs will play an important role in addressing the energy security, economic and climate goals of the U.S. if they can be commercially deployed within the next decade.

Development of clean, affordable nuclear power options is a primary element of the DOE Nuclear Energy Research and Development R... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Nuclear Power - Economics, Design, and Industry

Rep. Tom Rice (R-SC) and Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) recently introduced legislation that would modify the U.S. tax code to enable nonprofit partners in nuclear power facilities to effectively utilize the nuclear production tax credit (PTC).

Other energy technologies (such as wind and solar plant operations) are able to fully use their credits with public-private partnerships and nuclear energy should have the same consideration, Rice said. This bill helps to correct a disparity of current law so savings can be passed on to millions of consumers in South Carolina and across the country wh... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Nuclear Power - Economics, Design, and Industry

Reuters reports that the U.S. Senate committee easily passed a bill on Wednesday to enable the nuclear regulator to license advanced nuclear reactors that backers say are safer than conventional plants and can help deal with a growing waste problem.

The Nuclear Energy Innovation and Modernization Act requires the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to develop a regulatory framework to enable the licensing of advanced nuclear reactors that could come into development in 10 or 15 years. The bill passed 18-3 in the Environment and Public Works Committee.

Republican Senator James I... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Nuclear Power - Economics, Design, and Industry

Jonathan Tirone reports that Urenco Ltd., the world second-biggest maker of nuclear fuel, is advancing its attempt to supply smaller nuclear reactors (called SMRs) in order to boost demand for its services. The company is developing, in conjunction with Amec Foster Wheeler Plc, a generation of small, modular reactors called SMRs or U-Batteries, Chief Executive Officer Thomas Haeberle said in an interview from the company headquarters in England. Urenco miniature reactors can generate 10 megawatts of power, about 1% of what comes from a current nuclear plant.

The U-Battery is being d... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Nuclear Power - Economics, Design, and Industry

Leia Toovey reports that Spot uranium prices continue to show little change, week-over-week, and seem to have found some stability following their recent crash which saw uranium prices bottoming at $17.75 per lb in December. Now, prices have found stability in the low to mid $20s, suggesting that sell-off in uranium is over. However, the lack of a consistent move higher indicates that a larger fundamental change is needed to really power a rally.

Market participants have long been optimistic about the future of uranium, but it still remains a waiting game before new nuclear plants a... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Nuclear Power - Economics, Design, and Industry

The Indian Point nuclear power plant, located in Westchester County just 30 miles north of New York City, has been a target of environmentalists since it first opened in 1974. An irrational distrust of nuclear power has motivated opponents to declare it an unacceptable risk and call for its closure, despite the power plant overwhelming safety record. Feeding this irrational hysteria, Governor Cuomo has long referred to Indian Point indeed nuclear power generation as a ticking time bomb and has promised to shut the plant by 2021.

Last week two environmental groups released a report t... More →
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Index / Wind Energy / Resource Evaluation

Barry Butterfield opines that Nebraska publicly owned power systems have what it takes to generate clean, reliable power. Especially at a time when there is an urgent need for carbon mitigation, implementing policies that achieve emissions-reduction goals is critically important, even if the economic and environmental benefits are not immediate.

Nebraska should be a pioneer in this effort. To lead public utilities into an era of carbon-free, baseload power, Nebraska utilities ought to consider the use of small modular nuclear reactors (SMRs).

A SMR uses uranium fuel to pr... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Nuclear Power - Economics, Design, and Industry

Judd Gregg opines that when opportunity comes knocking, you would presume that the new administration would move quickly to take it, a team who clearly relishes taking advantage of opportunities. Well, nuclear power has a pretty loud knock.

Whether the goal is to create jobs, or to make America energy independent, or to do large infrastructure construction projects, or to maintain and expand our strategic advantage in the world, or to grow our economy ..... nuclear power fits the bill.

The U.S. created the civilian nuclear industry and has led the way in its development ... More →
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