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Monday, March 2, 2015

IAEA Director General Highlights Importance of Nuclear Techniques for Development

IAEA Director General Highlights Importance of Nuclear Techniques for Development

IAEA Board of Governors, 2 March 2015
IAEA Board of Governors meeting at the IAEA Headquarters in Vienna, Austria. (Photo: D. Calma/IAEA)
Helping countries meet their development needs using nuclear technology was one of the main points addressed by IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano in his introductory statement to the Agency's Board of Governors today. He also congratulated Guyana on becoming the 163rd Member State of the IAEA, and spoke about nuclear energy, nuclear verification, technical cooperation and nuclear applications, as well as nuclear safety and security.
Strengthening nuclear security
Mr Amano called on Member States who had not yet done so to become party to the Amendment to the Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material. The Convention establishes measures related to the prevention, detection and punishment of offences relating to nuclear material, while the 2005 Amendment strengthens provisions for States Parties to protect nuclear facilities and material in peaceful domestic use, storage and transport.
"Entry into force of the Amendment is within our grasp," the Director General said. "As of today, we need 17 States to become party to the Amendment to bring it into force. I encourage all States which have not yet done so to become party to the Amendment so it comes into force this year."
Peace and development
In describing the IAEA’s work in international development, Mr Amano underscored the impact of nuclear technology in meeting global needs. "When I visit Member States, I see first-hand the great importance of the Agency's work to make nuclear technologies available for development. It is gratifying to observe the beneficial impact this remarkable technology has on the lives of millions of people."
He highlighted the Agency's involvement in technical cooperation projects, including a new project designed to support Africa's regional capacities for responding to diseases like the Ebola Virus Disease, which broke out in 2014. "The project will support the establishment of early warning systems and build national and regional capacity for the fast and sensitive diagnosis of zoonotic diseases," Mr Amano said. These are infectious diseases of animals, like Ebola, that can be transmitted to humans.
Much of the IAEA's assistance to Member States is supported by the IAEA nuclear applications laboratories in Seibersdorf, Austria. These laboratories are undergoing modernization under the ReNuAL project, which is now "moving into a critical period as far as extrabudgetary contributions are concerned," said Mr Amano. Commitments of extrabudgetary financial contributions are needed by June to enable construction to begin this year, he noted. "I again appeal to all Member States to contribute generously, and I thank those that have already done so."
Nuclear verification
Turning to the implementation of safeguards, Mr Amano expressed concern about the nuclear programme of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK). He called upon the DPRK to resolve all outstanding issues, including complying fully with its obligations under relevant Security Council resolutions.
Regarding Iran, Mr Amano said: "The Agency continues to verify the non-diversion of nuclear material declared by Iran under its Safeguards Agreement. However, the Agency is not in a position to provide credible assurance about the absence of undeclared nuclear material and activities in Iran, and therefore to conclude that all nuclear material in Iran is in peaceful activities." The Agency continues the monitoring and verification of nuclear-related activities set out in the Joint Plan of Action agreed between Iran and the E3+3 countries, and remains ready to accelerate the resolution of all outstanding issues under the Framework for Cooperation between Iran and the Agency.
Looking toward the future, Mr Amano shared the IAEA's priorities for 2016 to 2017 with the Board. These include a continued focus on nuclear energy, technical cooperation and the Programme of Action for Cancer Therapy, as well as nuclear safety, nuclear security and the ongoing work at the Seibersdorf laboratories.
In closing, the Director General underlined the IAEA's commitment to increasing the representation of women at all levels within the Agency.

Strong Link Between California Drought & Climate Change Revealed Today

Strong Link Between California Drought & Climate Change Revealed Today



http://cleantechnica.com/2015/03/02/strong-link-california-drought-climate-change-revealed-today/

New Links / Reports on Fukushima Daiichi Accident Reports Page

Posted: 02 Mar 2015 10:12 AM PST
I've added some new links on this blog's "Fukushima Daiichi Accident Reports" page.  Use the link below to get to that page (always also accessible from the right sidebar) and then scroll all the way down.  Particularly the first two links there offer a major spread of further links that could encompass hours worth of reading material on the latest information from METI (Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Japan) as well as from the IAEA.

Fukushima Daiichi Accident Reports at Atomic Power Review

We're of course watching for results from the muon detection method which it's hoped will fairly accurately detail the location of melted nuclear fuel in the containment vessels / reactor vessels of Units 1, 2 and 3 and will report on that here if and when any details emerge.  The process takes a lot of time, so quick results or preliminary findings aren't really expected.

1:15 PM Eastern 3/2/2015
ATOMIC POWER REVIEW

It’ll Take How Long?


It’ll Take How Long?

http://actinideage.com/2014/12/31/itll-take-how-long/

Moniz Eager to Discuss Texas Nuclear Waste Storage Plan

Moniz Eager to Discuss Texas Nuclear Waste Storage Plan


http://wcsstorage.com/moniz-eager-to-discuss-texas-nuclear-waste-storage-plan/

Chinese firm close to start mining uranium in Namibia

Chinese firm close to start mining uranium in Namibia

Chief Executive Officer at Dynatom International GmbH
China General Nuclear Power Holding Corp (CGNPC), the country’s biggest producer of nuclear energy, is getting ready to begin mining for uranium at its Husab mine, located in western-central Namibia.

According to African Review, the clean energy corporation intends to start processing the ore in February 2016, with operations slated to begin later this year.

CGNPC, which acquired the mine after taking control of Kalahari Minerals and Extract Resources, has spent over US$2bn in the project since work began in 2012, which makes it China’s largest investment in the African nation so far.

Once fully operational, Husab mine will have the potential to produce 15 million pounds of uranium oxide.
Once fully operational, Husab mine will have the potential to produce 15 million pounds of uranium oxide.

Canada’s Cameco Corp (TSX:CCO), the country’s biggest uranium producer, has been signalled in the past as potential buyer for offtake output from the project, located 8 kilometers (5 miles) south of Rio Tinto Group’s Z20 deposit in the Namib-Naukluft national park.

Uranium mineralization was first discovered in the Namibia’s Rossing Mountains, Namib Desert, in 1928 by Capt. G. Peter Louw. Uranium exploration official started in 1960s with Rio Tinto obtaining exploration rights for the Rössing deposit in 1966. It started production in 1976.

The Rössing mine is currently Namibia’s longest running and one of the world’s largest open pit uranium mines.
http://www.mining.com/chinese-firm-close-to-start-mining-uranium-in-namibia-84331/?utm_source=digest-en-china-150225&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=digest

Plant Vogtle nuclear reactors expected to cost $7.5bn - Power Engineering

Plant Vogtle nuclear reactors expected to cost $7.5bn - Power Engineering

Nuclear Notebook

http://thebulletin.org/nuclear-notebook-multimedia

Beijing restarts power sector reform

Beijing restarts power sector reform

Director
Overhaul of grid transmission and distribution tariffs will ultimately intensify competition so that the stronger generators take market share
Beijing has restarted the mainland's power sector reform engine by overhauling the way power grid transmission and distribution tariffs are set.

The reform, first envisioned in 2002 when former industry behemoth State Power Corp was broken up, will in the long term intensify competition among power generators so that stronger ones will take market share from weaker ones.

It will pave way for the liberalisation of upstream on-grid prices charged by power producers and introduce competition in the downstream retail segment, while allowing new entrants to break the state-owned distribution monopolies' grip on last-mile distribution.

The ultimate goal of the restructuring is to enhance efficiency and reduce costs for the entire supply chain, which will benefit major users such as metals smelters, as well as billions of residential users.

Full article: http://www.scmp.com/print/business/china-business/article/1727065/beijing-restarts-power-sector-reform


To share ideas and updates on a range of topics related to China's energy situation (present and future), join the China Energy LinkedIn discussion Group:https://www.linkedin.com/groups?home=&gid=8144816&trk=anet_ug_hm 

In holy city, Iran’s Rouhani sought clergy’s backing for nuclear talks


In holy city, Iran’s Rouhani sought clergy’s backing for nuclear talks


http://blogs.reuters.com/faithworld/2015/03/02/in-holy-city-irans-rouhani-sought-clergys-backing-for-nuclear-talks/

Green Dreams in America, Coal in Africa

Green Dreams in America, Coal in Africa

Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/352832/green-dreams-america-coal-africa-robert-bryce

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/352832/green-dreams-america-coal-africa-robert-bryce

Is America a ‘Clean Energy’ Laggard?

Is America a ‘Clean Energy’ Laggard?

Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/414611/america-clean-energy-laggard-robert-bryce


http://www.nationalreview.com/article/414611/america-clean-energy-laggard-robert-bryce

Iran's Leaders Are Not Suicidal

Iran's Leaders Are Not Suicidal

Critics of a nuclear deal claim the regime in Tehran is fanatical. Where's their evidence?
http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2015/03/irans-leaders-are-not-suicidal-nuclear-deal/386507/

Nuclear Industry Pursues New Fuel Designs and Technologies

http://accessintelligence.imirus.com/Mpowered/book/vpow15/i3/p54

Llewellyn King: Keystone XL, Yucca and Obama — Who Is Calling The Shots?

Llewellyn King: Keystone XL, Yucca and Obama — Who Is Calling The Shots?

The Environmental Voices in Obama’s Ear
By Llewellyn King

http://www.nucleartownhall.com/blog/llewellyn-king-keystone-xl-yucca-and-obama-who-is-calling-the-shots/

NASA releases first precipitation map from GPM mission

NASA releases first precipitation map from GPM mission
Greenebelt MD (SPX) Feb 27, 2015 - Global Precipitation Measurement mission has produced its first global map of rainfall and snowfall. Like a lead violin tuning an orchestra, the GPM Core Observatory - launched one year ago on Feb. 27, 2014, as a collaboration between NASA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency - acts as the standard to unify precipitation measurements from a network of 12 satellites. The result is NAS ... morehttp://www.spacedaily.com/reports/NASA_Releases_First_Global_Rainfall_and_Snowfall_Map_from_New_Mission_999.html

IPCC sea-level rise scenarios not fit for purpose for high-risk coastal areas


IPCC sea-level rise scenarios not fit for purpose for high-risk coastal areas
Southampton UK (SPX) Feb 27, 2015 - The sea-level rise scenarios of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) do not necessarily provide the right information for high-risk coastal decision-making and management, according to new research involving scientists from the University of Southampton. A commentary, published in the journal Nature Climate Change, warns that the IPCC scenarios are often inappropriate or in ... morehttp://www.terradaily.com/reports/IPCC_sea_level_rise_scenarios_not_fit_for_purpose_for_high_risk_coastal_areas_999.html

The sun has more impact on the climate in cool periods

The sun has more impact on the climate in cool periods
Aarhus, Denmark (SPX) Mar 02, 2015 - The activity of the Sun is an important factor in the complex interaction that controls our climate. New research now shows that the impact of the Sun is not constant over time, but has greater significance when the Earth is cooler. There has been much discussion as to whether variations in the strength of the Sun have played a role in triggering climate change in the past, but more and mo ... morehttp://www.spacedaily.com/reports/The_sun_has_more_impact_on_the_climate_in_cool_periods_999.html

U.S. Nuclear Industry Supports Growth Despite Aging Plant Retirements


U.S. Nuclear Industry Supports Growth Despite Aging Plant Retirements


http://breakingenergy.com/2015/03/02/u-s-nuclear-industry-supports-growth-despite-aging-plant-retirements/

Polar vortex – the sequel

Polar vortex – the sequel


http://www.pennenergy.com/articles/pennenergy/2015/02/energy-market-polar-vortex-the-sequel.html

North Korean leader tells army: 'prepare for war'


North Korean leader tells army: 'prepare for war'
Seoul (AFP) Feb 28, 2015 - North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un has urged his army to prepare for war with the United States and its allies, state media said Saturday, as Pyongyang ramps up the rhetoric ahead of US-South Korea military drills. Kim's comments came after South Korea and the United States Friday conducted a joint naval drill involving 10 South Korean warships and a US Aegis destroyer, ahead of the launch of l ... morehttp://www.spacewar.com/reports/North_Korean_leader_tells_army_prepare_for_war_999.html

US sets out 'bottom lines' for Iran nuclear deal

US sets out 'bottom lines' for Iran nuclear deal
Washington (AFP) Feb 28, 2015 - The United States on Friday set out what it called its "bottom lines" to reach a deal with Iran to rein in its nuclear program, ahead of new talks next week. Washington had stuck to its guns that it wanted a "good deal" and had agreed to several extensions of the negotiations "because we have held firm to certain bottom lines," a senior US administration official said. "We will only acce ... morehttp://www.spacewar.com/reports/US_sets_out_bottom_lines_for_Iran_nuclear_deal_999.html

Energy News Roundup: California Drought, Saudi Oil Policy & Wisconsin Renewables Slash

Energy News Roundup: California Drought, Saudi Oil Policy & Wisconsin Renewables Slash

By Conor O'Sullivan
Statewide Drought Forces Californians To Take Drastic Measures For Water Conversation
Farmers in California are facing another water crisis with the federal government confirming it won’t send any of its reservoir water to the Central Valley. “Many farmers had been bracing for the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation’s announcement as California’s drought enters its fourth year. Some farms are exempt from complete cuts under California’s antiquated water

Shifting Sands: How Energy Is Shaping Canada’s Foreign Policy

Shifting Sands: How Energy Is Shaping Canada’s Foreign Policy
By Mike De Souza, Dec. 9, 2014
The recent rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline project in November by the United States Senate is only the latest chapter of an ongoing saga reflecting a dramatic shift in Canada’s foreign relations in recent years. The Canadian government has been engaging in an aggressive public relations campaign for its booming oil and gas industry. The strategy includes prominent marketing and behind-the-scenes lobbying in close partnership with oil industry executives. Prime Minister Stephen Harper, first elected in 2006, has long maintained his goal was to make Canada an energy superpower. But he has also changed the country’s role and policies in international climate change efforts as a means to achieve that goal. ... READ THE RESThttp://www.worldpoliticsreview.com/articles/14621/shifting-sands-how-energy-is-shaping-canada-s-foreign-policy?utm_source=Weekly+Headlines&utm_campaign=1ac0625ff3-free-to-weekly-030215&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_6e36cc98fd-1ac0625ff3-62711729

US Nuclear Facility Miscalculated Workers' Radiation Exposure

US Nuclear Facility Miscalculated Workers' Radiation Exposure
Washington DC (Sputnik) Mar 02, 2015 - Workers at the Palisades nuclear power plant in the US state of Michigan were not exposed to dangerous levels of radiation, but the plant's operator Entergy Nuclear Operations failed to follow standard guidelines in measuring radiation exposure, the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission said in a statement on Friday. "The licensee failed to ensure that radiation dosimeters were placed in the hi ... morehttp://www.terradaily.com/reports/US_Nuclear_Facility_Miscalculated_Workers_Radiation_Exposure_999.html

Cost estimation for Nuclear Decommissioning Projects

Cost estimation for Nuclear Decommissioning Projects
Manchester, UK (SPX) Mar 02, 2015 - Although the Nuclear industry has experienced tough market conditions in recent years, one subsector which has grown substantially is decommissioning. The NDA estate now accounts for Pounds 3.2 billion annually in decommissioning spend, with analysts estimating the overall value of the sub-sector at Pounds 18 billion - clearly the nuclear downturn has benefits for the canny operator. Whi ... morehttp://www.nuclearpowerdaily.com/reports/Cost_estimation_for_Nuclear_Decommissioning_Projects_999.html

Investment in nuclear R&D key to UK success

Investment in nuclear R&D key to UK success
The UK can only be a competitive player in the global nuclear market if the government commits to a program of research and development aimed at advanced reactor and fuel cycle technologies, as well as developing a skilled workforce, the Nuclear Innovation and Research Advisory Board suggests.http://www.world-nuclear-news.org/NP-Investment-in-nuclear-RnD-key-to-UK-success-0203154.html

Fuel Fix » Climate Skepticism: Today’s Witch Hunt and McCarthyism

Fuel Fix » Climate Skepticism: Today’s Witch Hunt and McCarthyism

California energy chief calls Jerry Brown’s fuel target a ‘moon shot’


California energy chief calls Jerry Brown’s fuel target a ‘moon shot’

http://fuelfix.com/blog/2015/02/28/california-energy-chief-calls-jerry-browns-fuel-target-a-moon-shot/

Operation Rent Seeking

http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/magazine/marchaprilmay_2015/on_political_books/operation_rent_seeking054219.php?page=all

Washington Monthly

March/April/May 2015 Operation Rent Seeking How the war on terrorism became a business model.
By Mike Lofgren
In present-day America’s politically polarized atmosphere, it is easy to characterize divisive issues like the war on terrorism, the Wall Street bailout, or the Affordable Care Act as symbols of a clash of ideologies. Ideology is present in all of these issues, but it is possible to overrate it as a factor in contemporary policymaking. When I was a congressional staffer, I became acutely aware that elected officials choose issues to put at the top of their agendas mainly for their ability to shake money out of the purses of contributors. The subsequent histrionics in the House or Senate chamber are pure theater for the benefit of C-SPAN and the poor recluses who watch it. Behind every political cause is a racket designed to privatize the profits and socialize the losses.
It is no wonder, then, that James Risen, national security correspondent for the New York Times, has been in legal jeopardy with two presidential administrations of different parties. His new book, Pay Any Price: Greed, Power, and Endless War, is a chronicle of fascinating and heretofore secret stories in America’s war on terrorism. The book has a simple and arresting thesis: the longest war in America’s history is pure nirvana for the greedy and unscrupulous. Whatever the architects of the war on terrorism thought they were doing, the Iraq War’s purpose rapidly evolved within the iron cage of the Washington public-private ecology into a rent-seeking opportunity for contractors and bureaucratic empire building for government employees. Its real, as opposed to ostensible, purpose seems to be endless, low-level war. The rote appeals to patriotism are just another way of mau-mauing critics. With a theme that attacks the underlying bipartisan consensus on terrorism of the last dozen years, it is no wonder the Justice Department once contemplated heaving Risen into federal prison.http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/magazine/marchaprilmay_2015/on_political_books/operation_rent_seeking054219.php?page=all

Wardrobe error docks nuclear plant


Wardrobe error docks nuclear plant


http://www.heraldpalladium.com/news/local/wardrobe-error-docks-nuclear-plant/article_b32ea5bc-7b46-54bf-b5d5-1c2b0e2cff63.html

The Value of Energy, Nuclear and Non-, in Illinois

The Value of Energy, Nuclear and Non-, in Illinois


http://neinuclearnotes.blogspot.com/2015/02/the-value-of-energy-nuclear-and-non-in.html

Should Australia consider thorium nuclear power?

Should Australia consider thorium nuclear power?


http://theconversation.com/should-australia-consider-thorium-nuclear-power-37850

Abe views Fukushima site for radioactively contaminated waste

Abe views Fukushima site for radioactively contaminated waste


http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20150301p2g00m0dm032000c.html

Finland's waste fund grows to €2.4 billion


Finland's waste fund grows to €2.4 billion

27 February 2015
Finnish nuclear operators had set aside a total of €2.38 billion ($2.67 billion) by the end of 2014 - up from €2.27 billion ($2.55 billion) by the end of 2013 and €2.16 billion ($2.42 billion) by the end of 2012 - for waste disposal and decommissioning activities, the country's Ministry for Employment and the Economy has reported.
http://world-nuclear-news.org/WR-Finlands-waste-fund-grows-to-over-2-billion-euro-27021501.html

NRC Affirms Licensing Decisions May Go Forward

NRC Affirms Licensing Decisions May Go Forward

  • Commission denies petitions to suspend reactor licensing decisions
  • Reaffirms no waste disposal findings necessary for reactor licensing
  • Used fuel can be managed safely at reactor sites after a reactor’s licensed life

http://www.nei.org/News-Media/News/News-Archives/NRC-Affirms-Licensing-Decisions-May-Go-Forward

Towers of power Plant Vogtle expansion must endure delays to reap long-term benefits


Towers of power

Plant Vogtle expansion must endure delays to reap long-term benefits


http://chronicle.augusta.com/opinion/editorials/2015-03-01/towers-power

Energy Quote of the Day: Keystone XL has Become Perfect Symbol of Washington’s Dysfunction

Energy Quote of the Day: Keystone XL has Become Perfect Symbol of Washington’s Dysfunction



http://theenergycollective.com/ed-dodge/2199526/energy-quote-day-keystone-xl-has-become-perfect-symbol-washington-s-dysfunction?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=The+Energy+Collective+%28all+posts%29

The IEA's Central Projections for Renewables Continue to Look Way Too Low

The IEA's Central Projections for Renewables Continue to Look Way Too Low


http://theenergycollective.com/onclimatechangepolicy/2199371/iea-s-central-projections-renewables-continue-look-way-too-low?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=The+Energy+Collective+%28all+posts%29

Nuclear Communication

Nuclear Communication


http://theenergycollective.com/swaldmansympaticoca/2199926/nuclear-communication?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=The+Energy+Collective+%28all+posts%29

Nuclear Innovation Workshop - Participant Info

Nuclear Innovation Workshop - Participant Info

Can a Nationwide Conversation Ignite a New Era of Nuclear Energy Innovation?


Can a Nationwide Conversation Ignite a New Era of Nuclear Energy Innovation?

http://theenergycollective.com/jessejenkins/2199916/can-nationwide-conversation-ignite-new-era-nuclear-energy-innovation

Fukushima Update 3/2/15

Fukushima Update 3/2/15

Japan’s Press, fisheries, and NRA continue to bash Tepco over the rainwater incident… There was a “dramatic decrease” in F. Daiichi radionuclides in the Pacific from 2011 to 2012… PM Shinzo Abe inspected the new rural waste storage facility in Futaba… A major highway through the Tohoku Region is now fully open… The NRA says it will shift nuke accident focus to the treatment of “low exposure victims”.

http://www.hiroshimasyndrome.com/fukushima-accident-updates.html

FAS Roundup: March 2, 2015

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Battle of the Bands: Army Music Doctrine: The U.S. Army has issued a new doctrine on the role of music in military operations. Secrecy News has obtained a copy of the doctrine which “provides key guidance pertaining to the mission, organization, and operation of music performance units (MPUs)” — otherwise known as Army bands. “This manual should serve as a guide for training and operations based on the tenets of music supporting unified land operations.”

The INF Crisis: Bad Press and Nuclear Saber Rattling: Last year, the United States accused Russia of violating the INF Treaty by test-launching a ground-launched cruise missile (GLCM) in a range that violates provisions of the treaty. Russia rejected the accusation and counter-accused the United States of violating the treaty. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter appears to confirm that the GLCM Russia allegedly test-launched in violation of the INF Treaty is a nuclear missile and threatened further escalation if it is deployed. The Obama administration is currently considering how to respond if Russia does not return to INF compliance but produces and deploys the new nuclear GLCM. Diplomacy and sanctions have priority for now, but military options are also being considered. Hans M. Kristensen writes that both Russia and the United States have to be in compliance with their arms control obligations, but threatening counterforce would be counterproductive.

CRS on DoD Procurement Programs: Secrecy News has obtained recently released CRS reports on topics such as DoD procurement programs including a look at the Navy Ohio Replacement (SSBN[X]) ballistic missile submarine program, U.S. government agency plans to adapt to the effects of climate change and China's air defense identification zone (ADIZ). 

 

Ballistic Missile Defense and Strategic Stability in East Asia


On February 20, 2015, FAS hosted a workshop examining ballistic missile defense in East Asia and strategic stability between the United States and China. A new project led by Charles Ferguson, FAS president, and Bruce MacDonald, Adjunct Senior Fellow for National Security Technology, is examining the security implications of possible Chinese deployment of strategic ballistic missile defense. In the Winter 2015 Public Interest ReportFerguson writes about nuclear strategic stability between the United States and China, and results from research travel to China.

Frank Rose, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Arms Control, Verification and Compliance at the State Department, served as the keynote speaker at the workshop. Rose spoke about China’s ballistic missile program, its relationship to China’s anti-satellite (ASAT) weapons program, and how to achieve strategic stability between the United States and China.
Rose’s remarks are available here.

 

Interactive Nuclear Notebook Infographic


A new interactive infographic detailing information on the world's nuclear arsenals from 1945 to 2013 is now live on the website of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.

The Nuclear Notebook is published in the Bulletin and is written by FAS' Hans M. Kristensen and Robert S. Norris. The research and data provided in the Notebook by Kristensen and Norris gives reliable information on worldwide nuclear force levels and trends that is widely cited by scholars, the media and policymakers. This information is critical for the public debate as it shines a spotlight on status operations and modernization of nuclear weapons worldwide.

For more information on the Notebook, click here. 

The new Nuclear Notebook infographic can be viewed here.
 

FAS in the News

Does Obama's Keystone Veto Matter? | MIT Technology Review

Does Obama's Keystone Veto Matter? | MIT Technology Review

Bill Gates, Other Business Leaders Critical of Government's Commitment to Energy R&D | MIT Technology Review

Bill Gates, Other Business Leaders Critical of Government's Commitment to Energy R&D | MIT Technology Review

245 Carnival of Nuclear Energy

The Hiroshima Syndrome’s Fukushima Commentary hosts the 2450th Carnival of Nuclear Energy Bloggers. This week’s edition includes articles by Dr. Gail Marcus, Rod Adams, Meredith Angwin, Dan Yurman, Will Davis, Brian Wang, and Leslie Corrice.
http://www.hiroshimasyndrome.com/fukushima-commentary.html

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Next Big Future: China could build 200 nuclear reactors in the next 15 years

Next Big Future: China could build 200 nuclear reactors in the next 15 years

Next Big Future: Concentrated solar does set birds on fire and Wind turbines club birds so Environmentalists make stuff up about nuclear energy

Next Big Future: Concentrated solar does set birds on fire and Wind turbines club birds so Environmentalists make stuff up about nuclear energy

Climate Deniers Exposed: Top Scientist Got Funding From ExxonMobil, Koch Brothers, Big Coal

Climate Deniers Exposed: Top Scientist Got Funding From ExxonMobil, Koch Brothers, Big Coal


http://truth-out.org/news/item/29331-climate-deniers-exposed-top-scientist-got-funding-from-exxonmobil-koch-brothers-big-coal

Why Does Maryland Have The Most Millionaires Per Capita? The Answer Might Make You Angry

Why Does Maryland Have The Most Millionaires Per Capita? The Answer Might Make You Angry

5 things Netanyahu won't tell congress

5 things Netanyahu won't tell congress

Ghosts of Pelindaba nuclear site break-in return to haunt South Africa

http://neutronbytes.com/2015/03/01/ghosts-of-pelindaba-nuclear-site-break-in-return-to-haunt-south-africa/

Ghosts of Pelindaba nuclear site break-in return to haunt South Africa

Saturday, February 28, 2015

75% of Air and Rain Samples Contain Monsanto’s RoundUp

75% of Air and Rain Samples Contain Monsanto’s RoundUp


http://www.globalresearch.ca/75-of-air-and-rain-samples-contain-monsantos-roundup/5434013

Why electricity from Russian nuclear power plants is cheaper?



http://in.rbth.com/economics/2015/02/27/why_electricity_from_russian_nuclear_power_plants_is_cheaper_41689.html

Energy and Water Subcommittee Hearing on FY2016 Request for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Energy and Water Subcommittee Hearing on FY2016 Request for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission

 
ENERGY AND WATER DEVELOPMENT SUBCOMMITTEE (Lamar Alexander, Chairman)
 
Hearing to review the Fiscal Year 2016 funding request and budget justification for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
 
2:30 p.m., Room 192, Dirksen Senate Office Building
 
Witnesses:
 
Stephen G. Burns
Chairman
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
 
Kristine L. Svinicki
Commissioner
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
 
William C. Ostendorff
Commissioner
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
 
Jeff Baran
Commissioner
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
 
Subcommittees: 
Energy and Water Development
Date: 
Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 2:30pm

THE WEEK AHEAD: BUDGET HEARINGS ON AGENDA, INCLUDING TESTIMONY FROM TOP ADMINISTRATION OFFICIALS


THE WEEK AHEAD: BUDGET HEARINGS ON AGENDA, INCLUDING TESTIMONY FROM TOP ADMINISTRATION OFFICIALS

http://www.bna.com/week-ahead-budget-b17179923502/

Feds Allow Lawsuit To Shut Down Diablo Canyon To Proceed

Feds Allow Lawsuit To Shut Down Diablo Canyon To Proceed
https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2015/02/27/18769260.php

Proponents of Nuclear Energy need to stop Demonizing Fossil Fuels

Proponents of Nuclear Energy need to stop Demonizing Fossil Fuels


https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/proponents-nuclear-energy-need-stop-demonizing-fossil-jon-morrow

Yes Vermont Yankee The Local Grid: Pictures at the Edge


Yes Vermont Yankee

The Local Grid: Pictures at the Edge


On a recent cold morning, the New England grid had 243 MW excess capacity with 20,000 MW projected demand. (A 1% safety margin!))  In this post, Meredith Angwin shares screen shots from the grid operator website. These are  "Pictures at the Edge (of reliability)." Oh yeah, prices also soared past $230 MWh.

The “Pause” in Global Warming Is Finally Explained


The “Pause” in Global Warming Is Finally Explained

http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/observations/2015/02/26/the-pause-in-global-warming-is-finally-explained/

"Surprise! CO2 Directly Linked To Global Warming "

 Surprise! CO2 Directly Linked To Global Warming http://www.forbes.com/sites/jamesconca/2015/02/27/surprise-co2-directly-linked-to-global-warming/

Japan’s largest nuclear power station moves to center of reactor restart efforts


Japan’s largest nuclear power station moves to center of reactor restart efforts

  • TEPCO calls for rate increase if it cannot restart of Kashiwazaki-Kariwa
  • KANSAI gets preliminary approval to restart Takahama 3 & 4
  • MIT’s Richard Lester offers TEPCO and Japan advice on reducing greenhouse gasses by investing in nuclear energy

http://neutronbytes.com/2015/02/22/japans-largest-nuclear-power-station-moves-to-center-of-reactor-restart-efforts/

The Real Subject of Netanyahu's Congressional Spectacle (It Isn't Nukes)

http://nationalinterest.org/blog/paul-pillar/the-real-subject-netanyahus-congressional-spectacle-it-isnt-12337?page=show



The Real Subject of Netanyahu's Congressional Spectacle (It Isn't Nukes)

Benjamin Netanyahu will talk next week, as he has innumerable times before, about how an Iranian nuclear weapon is supposedly an extremely grave and imminent (he has been saying for years that it is just around the corner) threat to world peace and to his nation. There has been genuine concern in Israel about this subject, but Netanyahu's own behavior and posture indicate this is not the concern that is driving his conduct and in particular his diplomacy-wrecking efforts. He is acting out of other motives, ones that—quite unlike the objective of avoiding an Iranian nuclear weapon—are not shared with the United States and instead directly conflict with U.S. interests.
There have been plenty of reasons to doubt all along Netanyahu's alarmist rhetoric. There has been his history of wolf-crying on the subject, against the background of an Iran that has not even decided to build a nuclear weapon. There is the further background of Israel's overwhelming military superiority in the region, at not only the conventional level but also at the level about which Netanyahu is raising such alarm [4]. And there are the repeated indications that his alarmism goes beyond what even his own security services believe [5].

http://nationalinterest.org/blog/paul-pillar/the-real-subject-netanyahus-congressional-spectacle-it-isnt-12337?page=show

Three takeaways from Babcock & Wilcox’s latest earnings


Three takeaways from Babcock & Wilcox’s latest earnings

http://www.bizjournals.com/charlotte/blog/energy/2015/02/three-takeaways-from-babcock-wilcox-s-latest.html

Can Obama's Iran Deal Outlive His Presidency?

Senior Fellow John Isaacs quoted in Bloomberg View On Iran

Can Obama's Iran Deal Outlive His Presidency?



http://armscontrolcenter.org/press/hits/John_Isaacs_in_BloombergView_on_Iran/

Center Board Member Col. Klass Publishes Iran End Game Article in Roll Call

Center Board Member Col. Klass Publishes Iran End Game Article in Roll Call


http://armscontrolcenter.org/press/hits/Roll_Call_Blog_Klass_Iran_02272015/

Diseconomy of scale – world’s largest canned-motor reactor coolant pump


Diseconomy of scale – world’s largest canned-motor reactor coolant pump


On February 16, 2015, an AP article by Ray Henry titled Nuclear plants delayed in China, watched closely by US firms contained a short paragraph that has contributed to a number of sleepless nights. I’m pretty sure there are plenty of other people affected in the same manner who have far more at stake than I do. Here are the worry-simulating words.
Officials at China’s State Nuclear Power Technology Corp. blame the delays on the late delivery of equipment from the United States. Westinghouse Electric Co. and project manufacturers are working to redesign a coolant pump for the plant.
(Emphasis added.)


http://atomicinsights.com/diseconomy-of-scale-worlds-largest-canned-motor-reactor-coolant-pump/

Atomic Show #233 – Innovators discuss advanced reactor development in US

 

Atomic Show #233 – Innovators discuss advanced reactor development in US


There are a growing number of innovative small companies and a few divisions of larger companies that have recognized that nuclear energy offers solutions to a number of important human challenges. Despite the proclamations by opponents, the Nuclear Renaissance is not any more dead in 2015 than the original Renaissance was dead in 1315.
http://atomicinsights.com/atomic-show-233-innovators-discuss-advanced-reactor-development-in-us/

Friday, February 27, 2015

As Antarctica Melts Away, Seas Could Rise Ten Feet Within 100 Years

As Antarctica Melts Away, Seas Could Rise Ten Feet Within 100 Years

Based on rapid thawing, continent has become 'ground zero of global climate change without a doubt,' says geophysicist


http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/02/27/antarctica-melts-away-seas-could-rise-ten-feet-within-100-years

More Americans Dying From Hypothermia, CDC Says: MedlinePlus

More Americans Dying From Hypothermia, CDC Says: MedlinePlus

▶ New York City Surrounded by Ice Floes - YouTube

▶ New York City Surrounded by Ice Floes - YouTube

Global Warming Dead on Arrival


Global Warming Dead on Arrival


http://drsircus.com/world-news/global-warming-dead-on-arrival

Climate scientist says rational threat assessment needed for nuclear power

Climate scientist says rational threat assessment needed for nuclear power http://globalnews.ca/news/1854499/climate-scientist-says-rational-threat-assessment-needed-for-nuclear-power/

The Ultimate Nightmare: Are the U.S. and China Destined for War?

The Ultimate Nightmare: Are the U.S. and China Destined for War?


http://nationalinterest.org/feature/the-ultimate-nightmare-are-the-us-china-destined-war-12331

China’s Space Weapons Threaten U.S. Satellites

China’s Space Weapons Threaten U.S. Satellites

Stratcom worried by antisatellite missiles, satellite weapons, lasers


http://freebeacon.com/national-security/chinas-space-weapons-threaten-us-satellites/

Is Obama’s Vision of Nuclear Zero Leading to Nowhere?

A Dangerous Rivalry Renewed

Is Obama’s Vision of Nuclear Zero Leading to Nowhere?

by SHAMS UZ ZAMAN
Islamabad.


http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/02/27/is-obamas-vision-of-nuclear-zero-leading-to-nowhere/

Nuclear power: Energy for the future or relic of the past?

Nuclear power: Energy for the future or relic of the past?


http://www.bbc.com/news/business-30919045

Climate of Incivility Climate McCarthyism is Wrong Whether Democratic or Republican


Climate of Incivility


Climate McCarthyism is Wrong Whether Democratic or Republican



https://www.blogger.com/blogger.g?blogID=247854211242866212#editor/src=dashboardhttp://thebreakthrough.org/index.php/voices/michael-shellenberger-and-ted-nordhaus/climate-incivility

Broad, Bipartisan Group Announces Market-Based Solution Preserving Low-Carbon Energy in Illinois -- SPRINGFIELD, Ill., Feb. 26, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --

Broad, Bipartisan Group Announces Market-Based Solution Preserving Low-Carbon Energy in Illinois -- SPRINGFIELD, Ill., Feb. 26, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --

European Commission May Axe Hungary-Russia Nuclear Plant Deal

European Commission May Axe Hungary-Russia Nuclear Plant Deal
Moscow, Russia (SPX) Feb 24, 2015 - The European Commission (EC) is looking into the legality of Hungary's contract with Russia to construct new units of the Paks nuclear power plant in central Hungary, the Financial Times reported Monday. On December 9, 2014, Moscow and Budapest signed a contract for the construction of two new 1,200-megawatt power generating units for Paks. Last week, Russia's nuclear agency Rosatom ... morehttp://www.nuclearpowerdaily.com/reports/European_Commission_May_Axe_Hungary_Russia_Nuclear_Plant_Deal_999.html

Fukushima operator concealed radioactive leak for nearly a year

Fukushima operator concealed radioactive leak for nearly a year
Tokyo, Japan (Sputnik) Feb 27, 2015 - Tokyo Electric Power Co., TEPCO, has been slammed by fishermen, for knowingly allowing radioactive substances to flow freely into the sea for ten months. Operators of the tsunami-stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant admitted that a drainage ditch allowed highly-contaminated water to flow into the sea, and that the leak was first detected back in May 2014. Fishermen were shocked to hear ... morehttp://www.terradaily.com/reports/Busted!_Fukushima_Operator_Concealed_Radioactive_Leak_for_Nearly_a_Year_999.html

Lulu Li: Modeling the Maelstrom inside a Reactor


Lulu Li: Modeling the Maelstrom inside a Reactor

Reactor physicist Lulu Li wants to make reactors safer by studying the "kinetic choreography" of the rapidly moving neutrons inside of them.

http://mitei.mit.edu/news/lulu-li-modeling-maelstrom-inside-reactor?utm_source=MIT+Energy+Initiative&utm_campaign=ef89743b2a-eNewsletter_Test10_16_2012&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_eb3c6d9c51-ef89743b2a-70117141

Ernest Moniz and Ratan Tata Talk Energy Innovation at ARPA-E Summit


Ernest Moniz and Ratan Tata Talk Energy Innovation at ARPA-E Summit

“The time is now for countries to use new technologies to solve old problems.”

http://mitei.mit.edu/news/ernest-moniz-and-ratan-tata-talk-energy-innovation-arpa-e-summit?utm_source=MIT+Energy+Initiative&utm_campaign=ef89743b2a-eNewsletter_Test10_16_2012&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_eb3c6d9c51-ef89743b2a-70117141

Bridging the Fuel Gap to the Future

Bridging the Fuel Gap to the Future

At one of the ten panels open to the public at the upcoming MIT Energy Club Conference, MIT energy economist Christopher Knittel will explore the future of shale gas with fellow experts in the field.


http://mitei.mit.edu/news/bridging-fuel-gap-future?utm_source=MIT+Energy+Initiative&utm_campaign=ef89743b2a-eNewsletter_Test10_16_2012&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_eb3c6d9c51-ef89743b2a-70117141

BOOK REVIEW: Game Changers: Energy on the Move

BOOK REVIEW: Game Changers: Energy on the Move

Foreign Affairs reviews former Secretary of State George P. Shultz and MITEI Director Robert C. Armstrong's book on the future of energy innovation.


http://mitei.mit.edu/news/book-review-game-changers-energy-move?utm_source=MIT+Energy+Initiative&utm_campaign=ef89743b2a-eNewsletter_Test10_16_2012&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_eb3c6d9c51-ef89743b2a-70117141

Fukushima Update 2/26/15 – Sunday’s short-lived radiation alarm has touched off a news media feeding frenzy… Area radiation levels in Kawamata have been cut in half… and more.

Fukushima Update 2/26/15 – Sunday’s short-lived radiation alarm has touched off a news media feeding frenzy… Area radiation levels in Kawamata have been cut in half… and more.

Independent Renewables & Environment Professional

Fukushima Accident Updates (Blog) hiroshimasyndrome.com

The internet's top source of Fukushima news. Many call it the Fukushima nuclear disaster. The Fukushima accident is a major topic around the world.http://www.hiroshimasyndrome.com/fukushima-accident-updates.html

Small Modular Reactors in Nuclear Co-generation and Hybrid Systems in 5th Annual Small Modular Reactor Summit | Uranium Investing News

Small Modular Reactors in Nuclear Co-generation and Hybrid Systems in 5th Annual Small Modular Reactor Summit | Uranium Investing News

SMRs “back on the agenda next year”, says new report by Nuclear Energy Insider

SMRs “back on the agenda next year”, says new report by Nuclear Energy Insider

Fort Calhoun Nuclear Waste Needs A Home

Fort Calhoun Nuclear Waste Needs A Home

Vermont asks to join petition to study Entergy's finances | masslive.com

Vermont asks to join petition to study Entergy's finances | masslive.com

Palisades Nuclear Plant’s Safety Rating To Be Downgraded | WLNS.com

Palisades Nuclear Plant’s Safety Rating To Be Downgraded | WLNS.com

NRA chief slams TEPCO for data reporting delay


NRA chief slams TEPCO for data reporting delay

http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0001964267

India: Damage claim for nuclear accident only under liability law, says Government

India: Damage claim for nuclear accident only under liability law, says Government 

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/politics-and-nation/damage-claim-for-nuclear-accident-only-under-liability-law-says-government/articleshow/46379229.cms

NEI: FERC Has Key Role in Meeting EPA Emission Goals

NEI: FERC Has Key Role in Meeting EPA Emission Goals


http://www.nei.org/News-Media/News/News-Archives/NEI-FERC-Has-Key-Role-in-Meeting-EPA-Emission-Goal

What would happen if an 800-kiloton nuclear warhead detonated above midtown Manhattan?

What would happen if an 800-kiloton nuclear warhead detonated above midtown Manhattan?

Steven Starr, Lynn Eden, Theodore A. Postol http://thebulletin.org/what-would-happen-if-800-kiloton-nuclear-warhead-detonated-above-midtown-manhattan8023

Energy Startup Series: Gridium

Energy Startup Series: Gridium

By Breaking Energy
New Combined Electricity Project Connect Spain and France
Adam Stein (left) and Tom Arnold (right) became friends at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and together co-founded TerraPass, a pioneering greenhouse gas management company. This business partnership continues today at Gridium, where Adam is President and VP of Product, and Tom is CEO. Buildings use Gridium software to operate more efficiently,

Another US Nuclear Plant Shuts Down

Another US Nuclear Plant Shuts Down

By EEnergy Informer
Anniversary Of Nuclear Disaster At Three Mile Island Marked Near The Site
Low demand, depressed wholesale prices & low cost shale gas are to blame  In late December 2014, Entergy Corp. announced that Yankee nuclear power plant would cease operation after 42 years of service during which it generated 171 billion kWhrs of carbon-free electricity – more than 70% of Vermont’s electricity total demand since 1972. Bill

Aussie Wave Energy Deployment Makes Splash, but Next Project Will Be Real Test

Aussie Wave Energy Deployment Makes Splash, but Next Project Will Be Real Test

By Pete Danko
ceto 5 and ceto 6
It’s been a long, hard winter for wave energy, with reports of failure and retrenchment streaming out of Europe. But, hey, it’s still summer Down Under, and Australia has delivered a rare sunny wave story. The question is whether the Carnegie Wave Energy system near Perth – it officially began piping energy to the grid