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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.

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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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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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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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Leia Toovey reports that Kazakhstan and China have set up a joint venture under which Kazakhstan will start producing nuclear fuel for Chinese power plants through 2019, according to Reuters.

The joint venture between Kazakh state nuclear company Kazatomprom and China CGNPC aims to produce ready-to-use fuel assemblies. During the first stage of the joint venture, about 200 tons of nuclear fuel will be produced, per year, using technologies and equipment supplied by French Areva using enriched uranium from either China or Russia.

The joint venture, Ulba-FA, is now building... More →
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Kennedy Maize opines in an unusually negative view of the future of nuclear power. Only time will tell. Maize begins with a perspective-setting ditty. In 1957, legendary Calypso singer Harry Bellefonte recorded Jamaica Farewell, which became a major hit in the U.S. The song chorus ... Sad to say, I am on my way, will not be back for many a day.... Over the top maybe?

Now to his arguments...that looks like the theme song for nuclear power in the U.S. (and perhaps Western Europe as well). With the bankruptcy of Westinghouse and the pending dismemberment of its Japanese parent Toshiba,... More →
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Leia Toovey opines that It is unanimous that we can expect nuclear power use to increase in the future, but a close examination of different country plans for nuclear power use shows a very split perspective, as of today at least.

While dozens of nuclear power plants are currently under construction, they are located primarily in developing countries with China and India leading the way.

China and India are fully embracing a nuclear future, but Europe is moving away from nuclear power as part of its energy mix. In Europe, the decommissioning of nuclear power plants is pic... More →
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Palisade Research opines that since 1929, uranium has seen three momentous bull markets. The first occurred from 1943 to 1955, and was spurred by an incentive program created by the US Government. The competition for nuclear warheads had begun, and the DoD was in dire need of uranium. Through the Atomic Energy Commission, a generous price for uranium was offered, igniting a staking frenzy. By the 1950s, the program was scaled back and incentives halted, ending the first uranium bull market.

The 1973 to 1979 bull run was triggered by OPEC oil embargo, resulting in a global economic c... More →
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Yomiuri Shimbun reports that the Japan Nuclear Regulation Authority officially approved a screening certificate for the Nos. 3 and 4 reactors at Kansai Electric Power Co. Oi nuclear power plant in Fukui Prefecture. The screening certificate indicates that the reactors conform with new NRA safety regulations for operating nuclear plants. The regulations were introduced after the incident at Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc. Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant caused by the tsunami in 2011.

KEPCO aims to reactivate the reactors in autumn this year at the earliest. To date, 12... More →
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Robert Tracinski reports that In the New York Times, David Leonhardt praises China and India for cutting carbon dioxide emissions, despite the fact that hundreds of millions of people in both China and India live in poverty, unable to afford basics, decent food, shelter, medical care, and education, that Westerners take for granted.

Pause here for a moment to reflect on the progressives of The New York Times, in their superior compassion and love of humanity, congratulating desperately poor foreigners on choosing to remain poor. Leonhardt goes on to excoriate we Westerners, who live... More →
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WNA reports that uranium mining in the U.S. today is undertaken by few companies on a relatively small scale because of the low U prices today. Uranium exploration is undertaken by many companies, often going over areas that were mined in the 1950s to the 1980s. Uranium production is from one mill (White Mesa, Utah) fed by four or five underground mines and several in-situ leach (ISL) operations.

Most US uranium-producing states are agreement states vis a vis the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and have authority to issue permits and regulate uranium mining and milling. NRC role... More →
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The Akron Beacon Journal editorial board opine that that is the cost customers would pay to keep the Perry and Davis-Besse nuclear power plants in operation under a proposal put forward by FirstEnergy. To be sure, the Akron-based power company would benefit from the additional revenue. What Gov. John Kasich and Ohio lawmakers would do well to heed are the benefits to the state as a whole.
They clearly exceed costs.

Unfortunately, too many at the Statehouse appear inclined to see the matter without the required urgency or eye on the long run. It is disappointing to see many envi... More →
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Dr. Conca opines that the U.S. was the dominant force in the global civilian nuclear trade for decades, enjoying both the rewards and responsibilities that come along with that position. As pioneers in nuclear energy, the U.S. was able to develop world-class products and establish a successful export regime in the 1970s and 1980s. We are still making profits off of some of those earlier deals.

Today, America has a multi-billion dollar nuclear energy industry that employs a domestic workforce of more than 100,000 people. At the same time, the U.S. has used its commercial leadership t... More →
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Joel Rose, who wrote a 2008 article that is still applicable today, reported that for nearly 30 years, Three Mile Island has been synonymous with the 1979 accident that caused the partial meltdown of one of its reactors. As a result of the accident, 140,000 people voluntarily evacuated the area around the plant in central Pennsylvania, amid fears that its reactor had released radioactivity into the environment. No one died, no one was irradiated. A media-induced panic about perceived radioactivity. This brought a halt to nuclear power in the U.S.

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To ramp up nuclear power generation in India, the Union Cabinet on Wednesday cleared a proposal to build ten new pressurized heavy water reactors. Each reactor will have the capacity to produce 700 MW of electricity.

Currently, India has installed nuclear power capacity of 6,780 Mw from 22 operational plants. Another 6,700 Mw of nuclear power is expected to be added by 2021-22 when currently under-construction projects go onstream in Rajasthan, Gujarat and Tamil Nadu.

The 10 reactors would be built at Mahi Banswara (Rajasthan), Chutka (Madhya Pradesh), Kaiga (Karnataka) ... More →
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Andy Murdock opines that following the Fukushima incident in Japan, Germany Chancellor Merkel announced that the country would completely phase out its use of nuclear power by 2022. This move was hailed by anti-nuclear activists, but criticized by some environmentalists. At a critical moment in the fight against climate change, it took away a working clean power source.

When you look at the technology, and you ask yourself, how are we going to solve this problem of climate change, and how are we going to decarbonize? To not have nuclear energy on the table makes the job much harder,... More →
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Lucy McNally reports that Mr Barilaro, the leader of the NSW Nationals, will address his party annual conference in Broken Hill today, where he will make the case for a nuclear debate. He is challenging his members to look for exciting solutions and think about the generations to come. He said that we live in a resource-rich nation, where energy should be our competitive advantage, but we have had the settings wrong, we have been led by political correctness and unfortunately by fear and outright lies about nuclear, I am sorry to say, and these mistruths had stifled debate.

Can you ... More →
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