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Kristen Moran reports that while plans to ban uranium mining in Queensland again have miners in the state up in arms, other Australian states are reportedly ready to reap the benefits. For instance, Mines Minister, Bill Marmion, sees the situation as an opportunity for WA to capitalize on investment in the sector. Marmion told Australian Mining Thursday that this is working to maximize uranium opportunities in WA, as opposed to the Queensland Labor short-sighted approach - based on input from misguided and ill-advised influences within Labor Party and from the greenies.

Since WA had... More →
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Dr. Conca reports that one problem that has afflicted nuclear power over the decades is the lack of standard designs and standard regulations. With only a few exceptions, all nuclear power plants are different. The industry was supposed to evolve into a few best standard designs, but the reactors lasted so long and worked so well that the pressure to do so was never very great.

And then we stopped building them.

But now the new generation nuclear industry wants to standardize all new reactors, the regulations and the safety systems. They want to have a relatively few cook... More →
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U3O8.biz is a leading provider of business news, financial information and analytical tools on the uranium market. The company's Website - U3O8.biz - offers uranium investors and the industry comprehensive news, views and commentary on all aspects of the uranium business including information on the industry's leading companies, players and events.
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Dr. Conca reports that we might actually make a move that brings us closer to the disposal of nuclear waste than ever before. Give each of the two main types of nuclear waste weapons and power their own deep geologic repository. Last week, President Obama authorized the Energy Department to move forward with a plan for a separate repository for high-level radioactive waste that was created from making atomic and nuclear weapons.

Immediately, Energy Secretary Ernie Moniz announced what we have been wanting for decades a separate deep geologic nuclear waste repository for our defense-... More →
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Uranium prices have surged on increased demand from major Asian economies, but current stockpiling is forecast to see the commodity facing a short-term slump before a long-term price hike. JP Morgan expects the uranium spot price to increase to US42 a pound this year and increase to US50 in 2016 before easing to US45 a pound in 2017. The long-term forecast remains at US75 a pound, but it does not expect that price to be achieved until 2020.

Prices have increased in recent months to US39 a pound, 40 per cent higher than a mid-2014 trough of US28 a pound, as Japan edges closer to rest... More →
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In applying the Holistic Environmental Management approach, the NEI Fact Sheets suggest that the electricity production and the availability of water are interdependent. While electricity generation requires water for cooling, usable water production requires substantial amounts of electricity for pumping and purification.

To manage this interdependence responsibly, a range of issues should be taken into account. Within the energy sector, these issues include the potential environmental impacts of power plant cooling systems, the environmental footprint of various energy sources, an... More →
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The NEI News Notes regularly is asked to discuss the issue of water use and nuclear power plants because anti-nuclear activists can not help but manipulate or obscure the facts when it comes to explaining how much water is used to cool an operating reactor. The latest example comes from the Huffington Post where Kyle Rabin of the Grace Communications Foundation writes that thermoelectric power plants account for 45 per cent of water withdrawals in the U.S.

The discussion of electricity generation water use contains some misleading statements that mask the truth. Power plant water us... More →
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Susan Montoya reports that U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said Wednesday that his Department is committed to reopening the federal government underground nuclear waste repository in southern New Mexico. Moniz made assurances to members of a U.S. Senate subcommittee during a hearing Wednesday in Washington, D.C., that resuming operations at the facility would be done with worker safety in mind.

We are doing all that we can, Moniz said. At the very beginning, I insisted that we not set schedules before we understood what the issues were. Otherwise, safety could be comprised. The W... More →
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Public support for nuclear energy in the U.S. is increasing with more than two-thirds of citizens favorable towards it, according to a new survey commissioned by the NEI. The survey found an overall increase in the percentage in favor of nuclear energy over the past three decades.

The telephone survey of a national sample of 1,000 adults was conducted early this year by Bisconti Research and Quest Global Research. It is the latest in the NEI 32-year public opinion tracking program. A total of 68 per cent of those surveyed said they favored the use of nuclear energy for electricity g... More →
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Anders Lorenzen reports that when Francois Hollande was elected President of France in 2012, he pledged that he would reduce the nuclear energy contribution to the country electricity mix from 75 per cent to 50 per cent by 2025. However, this pledge may no longer be a reality. Energy Minister, Ms. Segolene Royal, said last month that it was no longer a high priority to do so. She said that she was not in favor of quitting nuclear power and added that France needs to continue investing in it, particularly in fourth-generation reactors which will consume less nuclear fuel and recycle nuclear was... More →
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Pia Rivera reports that the 5th Annual Small Modular Reactor Summit 2015 will be hosting a panel discussion on integrating small modular reactors - SMRs - into nuclear co-generation and hybrid energy systems. The panelists include Shannon Bragg-Sitton, Deputy National Technical Director, Idaho National Lab, Fred Moore, Executive Director, NGNP Alliance Ltd, Kajetan Rozycki, Head of New Reactor Technologies Team, European Nuclear Cogeneration Industrial Initiative NC2i, and Mike Middleton, Strategy Manager, UK Energy Technologies Institute. The 5th Annual Small Modular Reactor Summit 2015 wil... More →
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Dr. Conca reports that the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission thinks America should spend a lot of money and effort to change the safest radiological program in the world just so we can be the same as Europe. As if conformity in this area is important or that their safety record is better than ours. Which it is not.

NRC has proposed a rulemaking - ANPR - to change the existing U.S. radiation protection regulations to align with those of the International Commission on Radiological Protection - ICRP. The most important change would be to drop our present worker radiation lim... More →
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Llewellyn King, reporter for oilprice.com, laments that this will be an unhappy year for Vernon, a small town in the state of Vermont. It is losing its economic mainstay. The owner of its proud, midsized nuclear plant, which has sustained the community for 42 years, Entergy, is closing the plant. Next year the only people working at the plant will be those shuttering it, taking out its fuel, securing it and beginning the process of turning it into a kind of tomb, a burial place for the hopes of a small town.

What may be a tragedy for Vernon may also be a harbinger of a larger, multi... More →
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Matthew Bandyk reports that a new executive order issued by President Barack Obama to cut greenhouse gas emissions from federal government agencies could finally benefit what has become a pet project of the administration - small modular reactors, aka SMRs. The in-development technology is the only form of nuclear energy to qualify as clean energy under the order....oddly enough.

The order, announced March 19, requires federal agencies to ensure that increasing amounts of the electric and thermal energy they consume come from low-carbon dioxide-emitting alternative energy sources. A... More →
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World Nuclear News reported that China has now resumed construction of new nuclear power plant projects, starting with the fifth unit at the Hongyanhe nuclear plant in Liaoning. All nuclear construction in China has been halted for the past 15 months.

The pouring of first concrete for the reactor basemat marks the official start of construction of the unit, the first of two that will form the second phase of the Hongyanhe plant. A total of some 4452 cubic meters of concrete will be poured to complete the foundation slab of the unit, plant constructor China Nuclear Engineering Corpor... More →
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Almost 40 countries are considering introducing nuclear power. The majority of these are located in Southeast Asia, the Middle East and Africa. Though the group is large, caution should be exercised in assessing which might actually build a first nuclear plant and over what time frame.

There are many stages to introducing nuclear power. An adequate regulatory framework, overseen by an entity that is both competent and independent, is imperative. Also critical are a country underlying economic, political and social conditions. To build a large-scale reactor, adequate financial resour... More →
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Barry W. Brook and Corey J. A. Bradshaw of the University of Adelaide report that leading conservation scientists from around the world have called for a substantial role for nuclear power in future energy-generating scenarios in order to mitigate climate change and protect biodiversity.

In an open letter to environmentalists with more than 60 signatories, the scientists ask the environmental community to weigh up the pros and cons of different energy sources using objective evidence and pragmatic trade-offs, rather than simply relying on idealistic perceptions of what is green. Org... More →
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Oscar Archer reports that the entrenched Australian anti-nuclear narrative has crumbled. A federal senator proposes a bold plan for a next-generation nuclear industry in South Australia. Australia does not generate power with nuclear reactors but its single research reactor, operated by ANSTO, is a world-class multi-purpose facility which this year is set to triple its production of medical isotopes. As Senator Edwards pointed out that Australia is already a nuclear nation. The Federal Government runs the reactor in suburban Sydney, 40 km from downtown.

The proposal would be to esta... More →
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Sean Edwards reports that the environmental, scientific, economic, philosophical and moral arguments stack up, suggesting it is time for South Australia to embrace nuclear power. Nowadays anti-nuclear activists are among the greatest obstacles to the environmental healing of planet Earth.

Try as the greenies - aka adversaries - might, they can not meaningfully oppose nuclear power on environmental grounds. That is because nuclear reactors produce no emissions that contribute to global warming, acid rain or smog. In fact, the life-cycle emissions of nuclear energy rank alongside thos... More →
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Mohammad Tayseer reports that Jordan will sign an agreement with Russia Rosatom before the end of this month to build the first nuclear reactor in the Middle East at a cost of 10 billion dollars, said Khalid Toukan, Chairman of the Jordan Atomic Energy Commission.
Under the agreement, Rosatom will commit to provide nuclear fuel for the first 10 years for the reactor to operate starting in 2022, Toukan said at a press conference in Amman. Jordan can also return nuclear fuel waste to Russia. The project needs final government approval.

Rosatom will finance 49.9 per cent of the p... More →
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NEI reports that large majorities of Americans support nuclear energy and believe it will be important for the future, a new national public opinion survey shows. Public support for nuclear energy is particularly strong in the Midwest and in the South, where five reactors are being built.

Sixty-eight per cent of those surveyed said they favor the use of nuclear energy as one of the ways to provide electricity in the United States. A similar survey conducted last year found 63 per cent favorable. In the Midwest, 76 per cent of respondents favor the use of nuclear energy, as do 71 per... More →
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Matthew Bandyk reports that about two years ago, the small modular nuclear reactor was looking to be on track to be the next generation of nuclear technology, as suggested by U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz.

In 2013, Generation mPower, a venture between Babcock and Wilcox Co. and Bechtel Corp., had recently been awarded a quarter of a billion dollars in U.S. Department of Energy funding to help get its small modular reactor built by the early 2020s. Politicians were exploring what the fuss was about - the Legislature in Indiana, for example, passed a resolution citing renewed ... More →
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This report was submitted by Dug Wells and others on the current research on low-energy nuclear propulsion aircraft principles at the NASA Langley Research Center. It serves as the final written documentation for the Aeronautic Research Mission Directorate - ARMD - Seedling Funds Low-Energy Nuclear Reaction - LENR - Aircraft Phase I project.

The findings presented include propulsion system concepts, synergistic missions, and aircraft concepts. LENR is a form of nuclear energy that potentially has over 4,000 times the energy density of chemical energy sources. It is not expected to ... More →
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The Carbon Capture Report is one of the primary sources of daily news and public perception reports of carbon capture and sequestration, climate change, and the energy sector around the world, 365 days a year. Based on more than a decade of research on global information discourse, the Carbon Capture Report has become an important resource for governments, companies, environmental groups, law firms, venture capitalists, researchers, and even private citizens, with subscribers in more than 120 countries.

The CCR is a service of the University of Illinois devoted to being the preemi... More →
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David R. Baker reports that the California last remaining nuclear plant, Diablo Canyon, can withstand a major earthquake striking on multiple nearby faults at once, according to a report Pacific Gas and Electric Co. filed with federal regulators Thursday. The report says Diablo Canyon, near San Luis Obispo and nearly surrounded by faults, could withstand the strongest quake likely to hit in 10,000 years. Perched on an 85-foot seaside cliff, the plant also could survive tsunamis generated by offshore quakes or landslides, according to PG and E. At least one critic called the report self-serving... More →
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