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Richard K. Lester reports that a variety of timely forces are inspiring a renewed push for nuclear energy. Here is a proposed roadmap for innovation over the next few decades.

The future role of nuclear energy is attracting new attention. Several recent climate policy assessments have concluded that meeting the growing appetite for energy while achieving deep reductions in global greenhouse gas emissions will be impossible without rapid nuclear energy growth, along with massive increases in the deployment of solar, wind, and other low-carbon energy technologies. But if nuclear energ... More →
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Dr. Conca reports that there are some easy decisions to make that will save us a trillion dollars and they could be made soon by the Environmental Protection Agency. EPA could raise the absurdly low radiation levels considered to be a threat to the public across the regulatory spectrum. These radiation limits would go from between 4 to 25 mrem (40 to 250 microSv) to more reasonable levels, like 500 to 20,000 mrem, depending upon the regulation and the particular office in EPA.

We have a patchwork of radiation-related statutes from those that apply to routine operation of nuclear pow... More →
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Thomas Gelsthorpe reports that news thrive on scary scenarios more than statistics. The relentless stories of minor difficulties at the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Plymouth are inflated into propaganda by activists - also inappropriately called environmentalists by some, and Luddites and crackpots by others - to convey the impression that nuclear energy is too dangerous for generating electricity. Only infrequent letters to the editor counter popular exaggerations with accurate, first-hand knowledge.

Impartial assessments today and over the years show that nuclear energy is the... More →
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As the peoples of Earth begin to seriously prepare for our first journey to Mars, there has been a flurry of research into novel propulsion methods to help get us there... quicker. One very promising avenue leads to the VASIMR nuclear electric thruster, which opens up the possibility of a journey to the Red Planet in only 40 days. The technology is still in development, and has some key challenges, most notably building a space-capable nuclear reactor to power the engine array, but it seems to be one of the most immediately realizable technologies for fast interplanetary travel.

Sol... More →
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Richard Martin reports that one of the most promising developers of advanced nuclear power plants, the Canadian startup Terrestrial Energy, has landed $7 million in funding. Although the investment is small, it is an important signal that the private sector might back innovative nuclear reactors as the search for low- or no-carbon forms of power generation accelerates.

More than $1.3 billion in private capital has been invested in North American companies working on advanced nuclear reactor technologies, according to Third Way, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank. But much of that m... More →
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Alliance Resources has shipped first batch of uranium ore concentrate from its Four Mile mine in South Australia. The ore concentrate has been shipped to Cameco's facility at Blind River, Ontario, in September for further testing prior to sale.The company is set to make a second shipment in mid-October to Canada. Alliance said that the first shipment comprised 300,000 lb, while second shipment contains 210,000 lb. Due to limited availability of maritime transport, the first shipment of uranium was delayed.

Located 550 km north of Adelaide, the Four Mile project is a joint venture of... More →
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Dr Conca reports that this week, like much of July, a heat wave is cooking America with extreme temperatures, affecting energy production as well as causing fires and water shortages, sucking electricity like crazy to power the cooling necessary to avoid discomfort and even death. According to the National Weather Service, 122 million Americans are under heat alerts. Fortunately, nuclear power has not minded, scoring record capacity factors of 96% and up with no increase in price. Other energy sources do not fare so well.

It is all about diversity. Whether in biology, in culture, in... More →
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The American Nuclear Society is a not-for-profit, international, scientific and educational organization. It was established by a group of individuals who recognized the need to unify the professional activities within the diverse fields of nuclear science and technology. December 11, 1954, marks the Society's historic beginning at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C. ANS has since developed a multifarious membership composed of approximately 11,000 engineers, scientists, administrators, and educators representing 1,600 plus corporations, educational institutions, and govern... More →
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Professors Gattie and Jones (of University of Georgia) opine that as the U.S. nuclear industry works to increase its contribution to the civilian power sector, recent issues with Toshiba and Westinghouse may have reignited the debate regarding the future of nuclear power in the U.S.

On one side, opponents leverage these issues to argue that nuclear power has no future due to economics and they conclude that the U.S. should abandon nuclear and go all-in on renewable energy. This position is strongly supported by anti-nuclear activists promoting a chimerical renewable-energy-only econ... More →
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Samuelson, Washington Post, opines that regarding climate change, curb your enthusiasm. It is not that the recent international conference in Paris did not take significant steps to check global warming. It did. Nearly 200 countries committed to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions (if possible). The goal of limiting warming to 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) from pre-industrial times was reaffirmed. The trouble is that what is being attempted is so fundamentally difficult that even these measures may be wildly unequal to the task.

Renewable energy ... mainly wind and so... More →
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For the first time since the Fukushima nuclear non-disaster in 2011, the nuclear industry reports that it has something to celebrate. In October, the U.S. licensed its first new plant in 20 years, in Tennessee, and Britain took a step further towards building its first nuclear-power station in a generation at Hinkley Point. Japan has recently restarted two of its 43 reactors that have been shut since 2011. And China, which put some of its nuclear building plans on hold after Fukushima, has unveiled plans to triple its nuclear capacity by 2020.

But the nuclear landscape is divided in... More →
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Barry W. Brook and Cary Bradshaw have announced their conclusions that as conservation scientists concerned with global depletion of biodiversity and the degradation of the human life-support system this entails, we support the broad conclusions drawn in the article Key role for nuclear energy in global biodiversity conservation published in Conservation Biology.

Thay argue that the full gamut of electricity-generation sources including nuclear power must be deployed to replace the burning of fossil fuels, if we are to have any chance of mitigating severe climate change. They provid... More →
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Dr. Conca reports that a new report from an anti-nuclear group gives some alternative spin to the same old dogma ... shut down all nuclear plants and replace them with renewables. Lots of spin, but no evidence.

This report, from McCullough Research, again targets their imagined nemesis the Columbia Generating Station, Washington State own public power nuclear plant that has been operating for decades, breaking production and safety records over and over, especially for the last five years.

The main point of this report is its claim that Northwest power customers would sa... More →
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Dr. Conca reports that anti-nukes were downright gleeful this week after a graduate student in Public Affairs at the University of Texas, claimed in a report that nuclear plants are vulnerable to terrorist attacks and the plants must be able to defend against them independently, by themselves. Those of us who have actually worked within the nuclear complex can tell you this study is grossly flawed. You need only read the limited source materials the author used in making her case and the absence of any references that contradict her thesis. And the lack of any expert review.... More →
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Colter Anstaett reports that in 1980s, a 119-million-pound, world class uranium deposit, the largest in the U.S., was discovered near Coles Road in Chatham, Virginia. Soon after, the state of Virginia responded to adversaries to the mining project and imposed a statewide uranium mining ban, which remains in effect today. Ever since the ban was implemented, efforts have been made to get it lifted so that the uranium can be mined with significant benefit to the local economy, the local nuclear power plants, and from taxes, with no safety issues.

The U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal... More →
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Dr. Conca reports that in one fell swoop, the unnecessary closing of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, aka SONGS, in San Diego negated nearly all the low-carbon electricity generation from all the wind and solar installed in California. The plant retirement is equivalent to rolling back the clock on twenty years of solar and wind deployment in the Golden State.

Also lost were 1,500 local jobs and over 400 million dollars in lost revenue and increased costs to Southern California. But that may be closer to a billion dollars if you add the three huge new transmission project... More →
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Dr. Conca reports that the Obama Administration actually wants nuclear power. It even looks like the Environmental Protection Agency new carbon rules were written in order to ensure the future of nuclear power. Last week, EPA Chief Gina McCarthy flatly stated that the primary aim in implementation of moderately increased carbon cutback requirements is to kick-start the U.S. nuclear power industry. Coming from Illinois, the largest producer of nuclear power in the United States, President Obama knows nuclear, and appreciates its reliability and low-carbon footprint. All of us in the nuclear are... More →
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Ken Silverstein reports that when the 3 amigos met in Canada, they had vowed to collectively produce half of all their electricity from clean power sources. But what the leaders of the U.S., Canada and Mexico did not plan on was that their joint announcement would coincide with the closure of a major nuclear plant in California, which has become the clean energy capital of the world.

It is ironic and begs the question of why the traditional environmental movement is so vehemently opposed to nuclear energy, especially since it is the only fuel that can burn around the clock without r... More →
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Damian Carrington blogs that industry is looking to the UK to develop factory-built reactors ready to provide affordable, low-carbon energy wherever it is needed, but issues around security and waste disposal remain, or so says Mr. Carrington.

Mini nuclear power plants could be trucked into a town near you to provide your hot water, or shipped to any country that wants to plug them into their electricity grid from the dock. That is the aim of those developing small modular reactors (SMRs) and, from the U.S. to China to Poland, they want the UK to be at the center of the nascent indu... More →
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Ken Silverstein reports that while the U.S. is working to get 4 new nuclear units up-and-running in Georgia and South Carolina, it is also partnering with China and Canada to operate some highly advanced next-generation nuclear plants.

Molten salt reactors that burn thorium are not only safer but they also create less radioactive waste than uranium. As for China, its next-generation 100 megawatt smaller plant could be operational within a decade. Similarly, the national labs here are partnering with a Canadian firm to build such a thorium modular reactor, an effort that is expected ... More →
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Russian President Vladimir Putin is to sign an agreement today, during a state visit to Moscow by Argentine President Cristina Fernndez de Kirchner, that paves the way for Rosatom to build a sixth nuclear reactor in the South American country.

Kirchner said in a statement yesterday that the agreement reflected the leaders shared belief that constructing nuclear power plants will be a trend across the world thanks to the appeal of low-cost electricity generation. Nuclear power is growing in prestige in the world, and it is cheaper, cleaner and less subject to external vulnerabilities... More →
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Loren Thompson opines that on August 15, only days before global equity markets suffered their worst declines in years, European plane-maker Airbus disclosed the biggest order in its history. IndiGo, a fast-growing economy carrier based in India, ordered 250 A320neo, the latest version of an aircraft that competes directly with Boeing 737. The eye-popping price-tag for the transaction was $26.6 billion, meaning that thousands of jobs will be created at Airbus sites in Europe. And not at Boeing sites in America.

We may never know precisely what role the easy availability of expor... More →
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Greg Klein reports that the Japan Sendai 1 nuclear reactor began its restart process August 11, a move that is psychologically important for the whole industry, for Japan and the market, Cameco Corp Tim Gitzel told Bloomberg. But the CEO does not expect an immediate effect on uranium markets due to significant inventories held by Japan.

As nuclear energy returns to Japan, the industry gets a boost in morale. The reactor should begin supplying electricity to the grid by August 14 and reach commercial operation in early September, stated the World Nuclear News. Japanese utilities have... More →
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Henry To reports that in two separate articles last month (Modi Budget Boosts Bullish Outlook for Indian Stocks and Investing In The Potential of New Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank), he discussed the importance and imminent rise of infrastructure spending in Asia, supported by the China creation of the $100 billion Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) and the desperate need for infrastructure in the region, particularly in India. This week, China announced that 57 countries are joining the AIIB as founding members, including U.S. allies such as Australia and South Korea, as well a... More →
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Jeff Desjardins presents a graphic illustrating the uranium deposits in the Athabasca Basin, Canada. The Basin currently accounts for 15.5% of annual uranium production. Even more interesting, is the grade of these deposits. 10 of the 15 highest grade uranium deposits in the world are found in the region. Further, Athabasca deposits such as Phoenix, McArthur River, and Cigar Lake range from 15 to 20% uranium, several times the grade of their nearest competition outside of the Basin.
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