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Dr. Conca answers the question .... Is hacking nuclear power plants something we should be afraid of?

The answer is ....No! Nuclear plants are still mostly analog and not connected to the Internet. On purpose. Hackers have been penetrating the computer networks of companies that operate nuclear power stations and other energy facilities, as well as manufacturing plants. A joint report from the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI suggests many of the hackers are backed by governments like Russia and China.

U.S. nuclear plants, like our own Columbia Generating Stati... More →
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William Gloege, a world explorer, responds to a recent editorial referring to waste from nuclear plants, wherein the editorial calls them lethal and deadly. One would expect to find a lot of dead bodies and sick people from lethal, deadly nuclear waste as we see from burning fossil fuel. These are typical scare terms used by nuclear adversaries.

But the fact is we have not found one single injury or fatality from nuclear waste. All we have is a mantra from anti-nuclear activists (typically left-wing tribal supporters) against the possibility of someday stored reactor waste hurting i... More →
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Jiji Press reports that the Matsuyama District Court on Friday rejected a petition for an injunction to halt the operations of the No. 3 reactor at Shikoku Electric Power Co. Ikata nuclear plant in Ehime Prefecture.

The reactor resumed operations in August last year after passing the Nuclear Regulation Authority screening under the new safety standards, introduced after the March 2011 triple meltdown at Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc. Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant.

There is nothing unreasonable about the new standards, presiding Judge Keiko Kuboi said. The peti... More →
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Stephen Joyce reports that Connecticut and Ohio could be the next states to grant financial concessions to the nuclear power industry despite fierce opposition from a coalition of oil, natural gas, manufacturing and environmental interests. Lawmakers in those two states this fall are expected to revive nuclear bills, which could benefit FirstEnergy Corp. and Dominion Energy Inc. Those moves would follow the enactment of policies by Illinois and New York that essentially provide ratepayer-financed subsidies to keep struggling nuclear power plants from being shut down even though they are licens... More →
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William Gloege opines that South Korea has elected a liberal president. Expressing the liberal tribal belief, their leaders want to cut nuclear power. But if they care about safety, they should be for 100 percent nuclear power.

Nuclear reactors save lives, according to leading American environmental scientist James Hansen of Columbia University. Burning fossil fuels kills 3 million people worldwide each year, according to the International Energy Agency.

Extreme nuclear accidents exist only in movies and imaginations of an anti-nuclear cult pandering fear to support their... More →
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Batkins, et al., report that nuclear power is among the safest, but also the most regulated forms of energy in the world. As measured by harmful emissions, workplace injuries or fatalities on the job, nuclear has a sterling safety record, but the regulation imposed on the industry generates incredible costs and deters new reactor construction from producing zero-carbon energy.

Based on a review of publicly available 10-Ks, the American Action Forum (AAF) found $15.7 billion in regulatory liabilities for the industry, or $219 million per plant. These were largely related to long-term... More →
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Bloomberg Editorial Board opines that if market forces are allowed to shut down nuclear power plants in the U.S., the climate and public health will suffer. The bankruptcy of Westinghouse Electric Co. is yet more evidence, if anyone needed any, that the economics of nuclear power are not good with cheap natural gas, a fossil fuel.

Unlike coal, however, nuclear energy is a crucial tool in the fight against climate change. So the public subsidies that benefit the nuclear industry in the U.S. are justified, whereas efforts to prop up the coal industry are not.

And states ar... More →
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Jim Polson, a natural gas supporter, opines that a decade ago, nuclear power plants in the U.S. were cash cows. Now more than half of them are bleeding cash, knocked from profitability by the shale-gas glut that has tanked electricity prices. Five nuclear plants were closed prematurely in the past five years, and more are on the chopping block. The industry used to look down on the subsidies needed by its clean-energy rivals, wind and solar power.

Now some states are offering subsidies to nuclear plants similar to the ones that wind and solar generators, whose costs have plunged, a... More →
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Dr. Conca reports that the French environment and energy minister, Nicolas Hulot, announced that the country would keep the previous President to promise to reduce the amount of nuclear energy from 75% to 50% of the French electricity generation, and replace it with wind and solar energy as part of a plan to fight global warming. But earlier in May, candidate Macron said he would delay this nuclear phaseout.

The plan to phase out nuclear plants actually predates Macron, stemming from a political pact made by former French President, FranÃÂÂ&... More →
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Charles McConnell, Executive Director of Rice University Energy and Environment Initiative, opines that some disasters arise unexpectedly, like an earthquake or massive storm. Others seem inevitable. Who did not see the 2008 financial crisis coming? In hindsight, most of us.

In reality, most crises that seem inevitable after the fact often catch nearly all of us by surprise when they occur. The factors were obvious enough, but few people saw them coming together. There is a potential crisis that will seem predictable, after the fact. It is better to take thoughtful consideration and... More →
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WNN reports that a memorandum of understanding (MOU) has been signed by Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom and Vietnam Ministry of Science and Technology on the construction of a nuclear science and technology center in Vietnam. An inter-governmental agreement to build the center was signed between Russia and Vietnam in 2011.

The nuclear science and technology center will be equipped with Russian-designed research reactors, a multipurpose cyclotron, as well as research laboratories, an engineering complex, equipment and infrastructure to ensure the safe operation of the cente... More →
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Douglas Busvine reports that India, like other nuclear nations, has been closely watching the fate of Japanese-owned Westinghouse, which filed for Chapter 11 in March after an estimated $13 billion of cost overruns at two U.S. projects, casting a shadow over the nuclear industry. There has been debate over potential U.S. support since owner Toshiba, the laptop-to-chips conglomerate, announced the blow-out at Westinghouse last year.

Some form of U.S. backing or involvement, industry experts say, could avoid a Chinese or Russian buyer unpalatable to Washington, which would prefer to k... More →
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Hidden from public, on the shores of the Bay of Bengal at Kalpakkam near Chennai, Indian nuclear scientists are in the final throes of starting a high-tech giant stove more than 15 years in the making. This novel nuclear reactor is a kind of an akshaya patra, the mythical goblet with a never-ending supply of food.

The Indian Department of Atomic Energy is getting ready to commission its ultra-modern indigenously designed and locally mastered fast-breeder reactor. Experts say to make nuclear energy sustainable, one way is to make fast-breeder reactors mainstream.

Yukiya A... More →
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Joshua Emerson Smith opines that the words nuclear power once sent chills down the spines of everyone from school children to grandparents. During the 1970s and 80s, televisions routinely broadcast footage of protests against the construction of new reactors. Americans feared that radiation leaks would harm legions of people.

In the public imagination today, images of mushroom clouds have to a notable extent been replaced by scenes of melting glaciers, flooding from sea-level rise and demonstrations over oil and gas pipeline projects.

Individuals might still harbor concer... More →
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The nuclear industry brought more than 9 GWe of new plant generation of electricity on line last year, the largest annual increase in 25 years, according to a new World Nuclear Association report, putting it on track to achieve the Harmony goal of providing 25% of electricity in 2050 using 1,000 GWe of new capacity.

In the World Nuclear Performance Report 2017, the Association detailed power generation and construction achievements for the previous year. The ten new reactors which came on line in 2016 added 9.1 GWe to global capacity and took the total nuclear capacity supplying el... More →
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Dipanjan Roy Chaudhury reports that nuclear power generation may no longer be an attractive proposition in certain pioneering countries in the sector primarily owing to bankruptcy issues. But Russia continues to invest in this form of energy both in domestic and international markets and now possesses the most advanced (Generation 3 plus) reactor in Novovoronezh, about 600 kms from Moscow.

The technology in Novovoronezh is being offered to Bangladesh for its maiden nuclear power plant and could be offered to India for the second Russian built six set of reactors. The generation III... More →
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Katie Fehrenbacher reports that As the wind gusts across the rural plains of Idaho rise and fall, a new type of nuclear plant could react in kind, generating more and less power in tandem with the wind farm. That is the vision laid out in a new paper from nuclear startup NuScale Power using computer models for a planned nuclear farm built near the Horse Butte Wind Project in Idaho. The company, founded a decade ago, recently looked at how its modular nuclear reactors could follow clean energy, lowering and raising electricity output, if needed.

The surge of wind and solar in grids a... More →
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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