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The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission has published the final two volumes of its safety evaluation report for the proposed Yucca Mountain geologic nuclear waste repository, completing the technical safety review of the Department of Energy application.

The final volumes to be published are volume 2, covering repository safety before permanent closure, and volume 5, which covers proposed conditions on the construction authorization, likely licence specifications and overall conclusions. All five volumes of the report are now available on the NRC website.

Although finding th... More →
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Hannah Northey reported that Democratic Sen. Patty Murray of Washington is calling for the completion of a stalled review of the abandoned Yucca Mountain, Nev., nuclear waste project in what some industry sources say shows the waning power of the fiercest foe of the project, outgoing Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid - D-Nev.

With the largest nuclear waste site, Hanford, in her home state, Murray yesterday sent a letter to Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairwoman Allison Macfarlane praising the NRC for resuming its safety review of Yucca, a project the White House has deemed unworka... More →
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Dr. Conca reports that in Germany you can now go to a company called MAXATOMSTROM to purchase electricity that was produced completely from nuclear energy. Starting last week, MAXATOMSTROM offers a 100 per cent nuclear power plan, a first for Germany. Timed to coincide with the 20th United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Lima, Peru, the new power plan consists solely of nuclear power, which leaves the smallest carbon footprint of any mix of sources, including renewables, which are load-followed by fossil fuel plants.

According to Jan Pflug, MAXATOMSTROM spokesperso... More →
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Christina Black opines that as a physicist the importance of safe and efficient power generation to energy security, and national security, challenges me to push the boundaries of what is possible.

Nuclear energy is by far the largest source of clean, non-intermittent electricity in the U.S. We have more reactors than any other nation and produce over 25% of the global supply of nuclear power. But nuclear energy is not just important to the U.S., it also plays a critical role in energy markets around the world. As of 2015, 13 countries relied on nuclear energy to provide at least 25... More →
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Senators Feinstein (D-CA) and Alexander (R-TN), the leaders of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water, and Senators Wyden (D-OR) and Murkowski (R-AK), Chairman and Ranking Member of Energy and Natural Resources, just introduced the Nuclear Waste Administration Act of 2013 (S. 1240).

The NWAA creates a new and independent Nuclear Waste Administration to manage nuclear waste, construct an interim storage facility(s) and site a permanent waste repository through a consent-based process. All of this will be funded by on-going fees collected from nuclear power ratepayers (th... More →
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China rapid urbanization is not only gulping up cement, but also water and energy. On Friday, China President Xi Jinping told a government meeting that development of nuclear energy should be accelerated. By adopting top international standards and ensuring safety, China should lose no time in constructing nuclear power projects in eastern coastal regions, he said, as the state-run Xinhua newswire reported.

At the end of 2013, China 17 operational nuclear power plants were generating about 2 percent of the country total energy, according to Xinhua. But Ye Qizhen, an expert in nuclea... More →
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Dr. Conca reports that X-energy, LLC announced that it has started the conceptual design phase for its Xe-100 high temperature gas-cooled (HTGR) pebble bed modular reactor. The Xe-100 is an innovative advanced nuclear power plant design, that uses its own made-in-the-USA proliferation-resistant spherical nuclear fuel elements, called pebbles.

The Xe-100 is a 200 MWt (75MWe) reactor that takes less time to construct because of factory-produced components. It cannot meltdown and is walk-away safe under any accident scenario without the need for human intervention.

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Mead Gruver reports that one of the biggest uranium mines in Wyoming, the top producer in the U.S. of the radioactive metal, proposes to more than double in size amid hope that weak prices since the 2011 Fukushima nuclear damage will begin to climb back upward soon.

Littleton, Colorado-based Ur-Energy plans to expand its Lost Creek in-situ mine in south-central Wyoming to an area covering some 15 square miles. Under the plan, production from the site would increase from around 800,000 pounds per year to as much 1.2 million pounds. Total permitted production would increase from 1 mil... More →
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WNN reports that global nuclear generating capacity increased slightly in 2015 as 10 new reactors began supplying electricity and 8 were permanently shut down, according to World Nuclear Association data.

Last year saw new reactors with total capacity of 9,497 MWe connected to the grid, up from the 4,763 MWe added in 2014. China added 8 units, which were, in month order: Fangjiashan 2, Yangjiang 2, Hongyanhe 3, Ningde 3, Fuqing 2, Yangjiang 3, Fangchenggang 1 and Changjiang 1.

South Korea and Russia added Shin Wolsong 2 and Beloyarsk 4. Uprates saw a further 484 MWe adde... More →
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The WNU was inaugurated in 2003 in a London ceremony commemorating the 50th anniversary of President Eisenhower's historic Atoms for Peace initiative, the visionary proposal that gave birth to the IAEA. That UN agency is one of the four world organizations known as the WNU’s “Founding Supporters”. Within the UN system, the WNU is recognized as a "Partnership for Sustainable Development" by the UN Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD).
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WNTI was founded in 1998 by British Nuclear Fuels plc (BNFL) of the United Kingdom, COGEMA of France, and the Federation of Electric Power Companies (FEPC) of Japan to represent the collective interests of the radioactive materials transport sector, and those who rely on safe, effective and reliable transport. Over the past decade, WNTI has grown dramatically with member companies drawn from a wide range of industry sectors, including major utilities, fuel producers and fabricators, transport companies, package producers, and the production and supply of large radiation sources.... More →
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The World Nuclear Association country profiles near-term developments and the prospective long-term role for nuclear power in national energy policies. New plants coming on line are largely balanced by old plants being retired. Over 1996-2013, 66 reactors were retired as 71 started operation.

There are no firm projections for retirements over the period covered by this report, but the WNO estimate that at least 60 of those now operating will close by 2030, most being small plants. The 2015 Nuclear Fuel Report reference scenario has 132 reactors closing by 2035, and 287 new ones com... More →
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William Freebairn and Wes Becker report that world nuclear generation tracked by Platts in 2014 rose 1 per cent compared to 2013, the first annual gain since the 2011 accident at Fukushima in Japan curbed global nuclear output sharply, an analysis shows. The analysis considers only the generation by the nuclear plants reporting gross generation to Platts. Those plants generated about 2.039 billion MWh in 2014.

That was a slight increase from the 2.018 billion MWh in reported generation in 2013. About 350 of the world 429 nuclear units report gross generating data to Platts. The unit... More →
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World Nuclear News is the only free online service dedicated to covering developments related to nuclear power. Established in January 2007, WNN has grown rapidly and now welcomes over 35,000 individual readers to the website each month. WNN's free daily and weekly emails both reach more than 16,000 people. These figures represent a broad audience that includes not only nuclear professionals but also journalists, researchers, opinion leaders, policy-makers, and the general public.
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The World Nuclear Association offers the Information Library, which consists of over 180 frequently-updated pages, and which together provide encyclopedic coverage of topics related to nuclear power and other nuclear technologies while answering some of the key questions about nuclear energy.

The World Nuclear Association is the international organization that promotes nuclear energy and supports the many companies that comprise the global nuclear industry.
Our membership encompasses virtually all world uranium mining, conversion, enrichment and fuel fabrication, all reactor v... More →
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World uranium mining statistics...
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The WNA Nuclear Energy Index is designed to serve as a fair, impartial and transparent measure of the performance of the Global Nuclear Energy Industry. It embodies certain characteristics that distinguish it from other indexes attempting to cover the same industry. Key defining factors include: Global. The WNA Nuclear Energy Index embraces companies from around the world. As a result, the index reflects the different factors driving the ongoing development of the industry, including important growth opportunities in key middle income markets. Inclusive. The WNA Nuclear Energy Index striv... More →
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Ryan Vanzo reports have anticipated an eventual rise in uranium prices. Since 2013, Cameco Corporation management team has touted the belief that the long-term outlook for the uranium industry is very strong, despite current market uncertainty. Uranium prices remain perpetually weak, however, continuing a slow drift downward that started in 2008.

Will miners such as Cameco ever get to benefit from a rebound in uranium prices? J.P. Morgan estimates that uranium prices will more than double by 2020, based on classic supply and-demand dynamics. By 2035, the world energy demand is e... More →
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Dr. Conca says Clinton generally supports nuclear energy. She does not want any nuclear power plants to close prematurely, particularly the New York Indian Point nuclear plant. Clinton says that rapidly shutting down the U.S. nuclear power fleet puts ideology ahead of science and would make it harder and costlier to build a clean energy future, agreeing with EPA chief Gina McCarthy, leading climate scientist Dr. James Hansen and almost all nuclear and geoscientists.

But Clinton opposes the Yucca Mountain nuclear repository and supports the President Blue Ribbon Commission recommenda... More →
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Dr Conca says No. In fact, Clinton generally supports nuclear energy. She does not want any nuclear power plants to close prematurely, particularly the New York Indian Point nuclear plant. Clinton says that rapidly shutting down our nuclear power fleet puts ideology ahead of science and would make it harder and costlier to build a clean energy future, agreeing with EPA chief Gina McCarthy, leading climate scientist Dr. James Hansen and almost all nuclear scientists.

Clinton opposes the Yucca Mountain nuclear repository and supports the Blue Ribbon Commission recommendations for our ... More →
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2014 could be the year for investors looking for good news in the uranium market. Over the last few weeks, the uranium market has started to show some signs of life, and if analysts are correct, those signs could be pointing prices toward the take-off platform that they missed in 2013.

In the last few weeks, both Dundee Capital Markets David Talbot and Raymond James David Sadowski have released industry research reports hinting none too subtly at bullish uranium market factors. While revisiting the notion of a bullish market might have some investors rolling their eyes and calling t... More →
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Dr. Conca observes that there is little doubt that the words nuclear and radiation engender fear and anxiety in many humans. What is less certain is why. Although we tend to interpret reality through the lens of our present knowledge and awareness, the roots of common societal sentiments are not as obvious as images of mushroom clouds. They are the result of how humans interpret and project fundamental symbols of good and evil, how they incorporate new ideas and new capabilities into their existing lore.

Understanding this fear requires understanding how knowledge arises and is pass... More →
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Myra P. Saefong reports that the outlook for the uranium market (and for increased exploration and mergers) might have brightened in August after Japan restarted the nuclear reactor at the Sendai power plant. But demand for uranium fell in the aftermath of the 2011 disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi reactor. Uranium investments, including shares of producers and exchange-traded funds, have been slow to recover. Now, analysts say, the first restart of a Japanese reactor since Sept. 2013 presages a revival for prices of the commodity and related investments.

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David Anderson asks if the jury is still out on nuclear power safety? Or is it ready to issue a verdict? Nuclear power, in the imagination of a few, is dangerous because of one of its potential uses - Nuclear weapons. However, the distinction has now been made by most.

But for nuclear-generated electricity, Anderson asks if we should be worried? A review in the U.K. medical journal Lancet, concludes that nuclear electricity is far safer for workers than coal mining, for example. In terms of fatalities, it is more than five times safer for workers in the nuclear industry, including m... More →
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Zuzanna Nowak reported that while discussions around Ukrainian energy dependence on Russia usually focus on gas, the Ukrainian nuclear sector is even more dominated by Russia. And more strategically, it supplies half of the country electricity. And whereas Ukraine wants to use less gas, the government intends to expand the country nuclear power production significantly.

The good news for Ukraine is that it has plenty of its own uranium. With Western support the country could make its nuclear sector emerge from the Russian shadow, writes Zuzanna Nowak of the Polish Institute of Int... More →
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