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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Exploration, Mining, Marketing, Acquisitions

In January 2016, a team of experts from the uranium industry and researchers from two New Mexico universities assembled at the Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge for a three-day workshop to discuss topics associated with in situ recovery (ISR) of uranium. Part of the motivation for this workshop was the recognition that there has been little new research completed by the uranium industry or the academic community, and that much of the current uranium knowledge base consists of research, mapping and technology from the 1970s and 1980s.

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Table of Contents

UCOM Committee Personnel
UCOM Committee Activities
UCOM Publications and Nuclear Outreach
Objectives of UCOM Reports
Executive Summary
Introduction
Energy Subsidies
Uranium Prices
Industry Response to Uranium Price Fluctuations
Uranium Price Recovery
The Impact of Japan
Long-Term Contract Prices
New and Future Uranium Contracts
Uranium Feed, Enrichment Services, Uranium Loaded
Uranium Production in the U.S.- 4th Quarter, 2016
U.S. Uranium Mill in Production (by State)
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Exploration, Mining, Marketing, Acquisitions

Dr. Conca reports that we have more uranium (U) than we need for hundreds of years of nuclear power as a big chunk of our energy generation. Which is critical, since we need to double nuclear power to address climate change and replace coal, even as we ramp up renewables.

We also need to provide an extra 300 billion kWhs each year to charge the 100-million-plus fleet of fully-electric vehicles America needs by 2040 in order to have any chance of putting a real dent in our fossil fuel use.

There is a plethora of U in the world, and more keeps being discovered by the outsta... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Nuclear Power - Economics, Design, and Industry

Rod Adams reports that the Ohio Division of the American Petroleum Institute, the public relations wing of the oil and gas industry, called on corporate supporters of the legislation to stop misleading Ohio consumers with false information on the economic and environmental consequences of shuttering nuclear power plants in the state. In question are bills before the Ohio House Public Utilities Committee and the state Senate which would grant Zero Emission Credits to FirstEnergy Perry and Davis-Besse nuclear power plants to ensure their continued operation.

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

John Funk opines that the electric company that championed competitive electricity markets less than a decade ago is now banking on a federal shakeup of those same markets, as well as a handout from Ohio lawmakers (now that they see that wind, natural gas, and solar have unfair market advantages).

FirstEnergy top executive today said the outcome of a 60-day U.S. Department of Energy study into whether the emphasis on the lowest price in regional wholesale power markets (favoring cheap natural gas) is driving old coal and nuclear plants into retirement will be critical to whether the... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Related Environmental Issues

Gail H Marcus recently assessed the nuclear power industry environmental credentials in comparison to fossil fuels and renewable energy sources. The environment is a shared resource, and in recent years the question of how to moderate the impacts of human activity on the air, water and land has become increasingly important.

One of the characteristics that has received the most attention in this effort is the greenness of our energy supply. Yet the term green seems not to be well understood and it is not consistently applied. Some sources define a green energy source as one with a ... More →
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Index / Federal Resources / Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Welcome to TechDirect! Since the April 1 message, TechDirect gained 245 new subscribers for a total of 38,947. If you feel the service is valuable, please share TechDirect with your colleagues. Anyone interested in subscribing may do so on CLU-IN at https://clu-in.org/techdirect . All previous issues of TechDirect are archived there. The TechDirect messages of the past can be searched by keyword or can be viewed as individual issues.

The TechDirect purpose is to identify new technical, policy and guidance resources related to the assessment and remediation of contaminated soil, sedi... More →
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Index / Education, Ethics, Society, Employment Issues

Karla Lant reports that Dutch historian Rutger Bregman gave a TED talk on universal basic income (UBI) in which he explored this loaded question ... Why do the poor make such poor decisions? His answer was simple ... people in poverty save less money, eat less healthful foods, and do drugs more often because their basic needs are not met.

UBI is the simplest, fastest way to meet those needs for everyone, without danger of unfairness, Bregman argued. It is his position that the need and the means to establish UBI already exist, and only action and the will to implement it remain unfi... More →
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Index / Federal Resources / Department of Energy (DOE)

U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry has issued a Determination permitting the Department of Energy to continue making uranium transfers to support ongoing clean-up work at the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant in Ohio, while also reducing the total amount of those transfers per year from 1,600 metric tons of uranium (MTU) to 1,200 MTU.

An analysis conducted by DOE to inform this Determination found that future transfers for cleanup work at a rate of up to 1,600 MTU per year would not constitute an adverse material impact to the domestic uranium mining, conversion, and enrichment in... More →
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Index / Astrogeology, Asteroids, Robots, Extraterrestrials

Welcome to Planet Hunters. With your help, we are looking for planets around other stars. The NASA Kepler spacecraft is one of the most powerful tools in the search for extrasolar planets (exoplanets), planets orbiting stars outside of our own Solar System, and its discoveries continue to revolutionize our understanding of how planetary systems grow and evolve. Approximately every 30 minutes, Kepler monitors the brightness of many thousands of stars simultaneously for the signature of exoplanets via the transit technique. When an exoplanet passes or transits in front of its parent star, the st... More →
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Index / Climate Change, Anthropocene & Associated Issues

David Stanway reports that the nuclear-energy industry needs an annual investment of $80 billion in order to meet climate change goals, the director of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said on Friday. Dohee Hahn told a nuclear industry conference in China that between 10 and 20 reactors will need to be built every year through 2030, if the global temperature rise is to be held to within 2 degrees.

The agency estimates that total global nuclear capacity needs to reach 862 gigawatts by 2040, up from 376 gigawatts in 2014, in order to meet the goals set in the Paris agreem... More →
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Index / Health & Safety - Mining, Environmental, Cyber

Kim Riley reports that cybersecurity threats to the U.S. electric grid are growing, Fowke said, offering a personal corporate example. Last year, Xcel Energy identified more than 500,000 individual cyberattacks on its networks and already this year, the company reports a 10% increase in various intrusions over the same period in 2016.

While most cyberattacks against a utility are similar to the attacks targeting any other company in that cybercriminals and hackers seek personal or corporate data, attempt to defraud the company or its customers, or hold the company network hostage in... More →
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To understand and predict the behavior of volcanoes an increasing number of scientists are combining geological monitoring and geochemical models. By measuring and monitoring the prevalence of gases like CO2, scientists hope to be able to better predict the likelihood of volcanic eruptions.

In 2010 Iceland Eyjafjallajokull volcano erupted, releasing 250 million cubic meters of ash into the atmosphere. The eruption disrupted 100,000 flights and 10 million journeys, bringing the global aviation industry to a standstill and costing hundreds of millions of dollars.

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Index / Mining & Minerals - Evaluations / Rare Earth Exploration, Mining, Processing, Uses

The research study focuses on Global Rare Earth Phosphors Market with major leading industry players with information such as company profiles, product picture and specification, capacity, production, price, cost, revenue and contact information. Upstream raw materials, equipment and downstream consumers analysis is also carried out.

Global Rare Earth Phosphors Industry Research Report 2017 provides a unique tool for evaluating the market, highlighting opportunities, and supporting strategic and tactical decision-making. This report recognizes that in this rapidly-evolving and compe... More →
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Index / Mining & Minerals - Evaluations / Rare Earth Exploration, Mining, Processing, Uses

Meng Fanbin and Yuan Hui report that nontoxic colorant from rare earths is expected to be put into full production in the current year in Baotou, the biggest city in the Inner Mongolia autonomous region, following a decision by the local government to upgrade the rare earths industry to value-added processes against previously mining the raw materials.

Due to its perfect coloring and nontoxic properties the coloring agent, mainly for plastics and leathers, can replace most existing dyes in the market, said Zhang Hongjie, inventor of the colorant and member of the Chinese Academy of ... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Exploration, Mining, Marketing, Acquisitions

UEX Corp has increased the width of the new discovery zone along the western margin of the Orora Zone at the Christie Lake project in Canada. With its latest results, UEX said it had identified an ultra-high grade structural trap ranging from 8-16 meters wide, skirted by a halo of uranium mineralisation.

President and CEO Roger Lemaitre said the team had begun to understand the orientation of the deposit and was eagerly awaiting the summer drill program. UEX Corp rated highly in the RSC Mining & Mineral Exploration drill results table last month with earlier drilling from its wi... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Nuclear Power - Economics, Design, and Industry

Koerth-Baker opined in 2016 that this is the face of nuclear development in the U.S. today ... slow, over-budget, economically untenable. Yet the dream of a nuclear-powered society is still alive. Nationwide, the U.S. gets about 20% of our electricity from nuclear. It produces the lion share (64%) of the U.S. clean energy, provided that by clean, she means anything but fossil fuels. In addition to Watts Bar 2 there are four other reactors currently under construction in this country, signaling that perhaps America has a renewed interest in going nuclear.

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Herkewitz emphasizes the importance of Severnini research on why coal-fired power plants should not replace nuclear plants. Severnini also argues that his research is all the more reason not just to move to renewable energy sources like wind and solar, but to readopt nuclear power generation as quickly as possible.

Although incidents like the Three Mile Island accident or the Fukushima nuclear accident in March 2011 generated unfounded, but deep public anxiety and uncertainty about the future of nuclear energy (mostly created by the fear-mongering media since no one was killed or i... More →
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Index / Coal / Related Environmental Issues / Environmental Impact

Severnini, an economics and public policy researcher at Carnegie Mellon, just published the results of a unique case study about what happens to communities located around new or ramped-up coal power plants. In 2015, he reported that when environmental regulations focus on a subset of power plants, the ultimate goal of human health protection may not be reached. Because power plants are interconnected through the electrical grid, excessive scrutiny of a group of facilities may generate more pollution out of another group, with potential de1eterious effects to public health.

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