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Major Energy and Environmental News and Commentary affecting the Nuclear Industry.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

All Cards on the Table: First-Use of Nuclear Weapons

All Cards on the Table: First-Use of Nuclear Weapons

Fitch NY Proposal Could Be A Lifeline For Nuclear Power Plants

Fitch NY Proposal Could Be A Lifeline For Nuclear Power Plants

Monks to lead prayer walk to Hanford nuclear site - Roanoke Times: Wire

Monks to lead prayer walk to Hanford nuclear site - Roanoke Times: Wire

Enhancing radiation safety, IAEA signs two practical arrangements with Russian regulatory authorities | WAM

Enhancing radiation safety, IAEA signs two practical arrangements with Russian regulatory authorities | WAM

Bangladesh- Russia ink $11.385b loan deal with for Rooppur nuclear plant | New Age

Bangladesh- Russia ink $11.385b loan deal with for Rooppur nuclear plant | New Age

A hefty nuclear subsidy - The Observation Deck

A hefty nuclear subsidy - The Observation Deck

Russia, Turkey Discuss Akkuyu Nuclear Power Plant Project

Russia, Turkey Discuss Akkuyu Nuclear Power Plant Project

China nuclear giant CGN wins French wind power contract | ENGLISH.JSCHINA.COM.CN

China nuclear giant CGN wins French wind power contract | ENGLISH.JSCHINA.COM.CN

Why Eskom's Brian Molefe is pumping up the nuclear propaganda | Business | RDM

Why Eskom's Brian Molefe is pumping up the nuclear propaganda | Business | RDM

UPDATE1: TEPCO asks for removal of Pokemon Go character from nuclear plant

UPDATE1: TEPCO asks for removal of Pokemon Go character from nuclear plant

Gov't cited as second-least reliable source of info on nuclear accidents: survey - The Mainichi

Gov't cited as second-least reliable source of info on nuclear accidents: survey - The Mainichi

US warns DPRK on nuclear programme

US warns DPRK on nuclear programme


http://english.cctv.com/2016/07/26/VIDE42kSKNDRWaHt5vI7rUE8160726.shtml

EDF Plans Final Hinkley Point C Financial Decision This Week

EDF Plans Final Hinkley Point C Financial Decision This Week


http://www.power-eng.com/articles/2016/07/edf-plans-final-hinkley-point-c-financial-decision-this-week.html?cmpid=enl-poe-weekly-july-26-2016&cmpid=enl_PE_Weekly_2016-07-26&eid=288118515&bid=1478248

CB&I Sues Westinghouse Over $2 Billion Nuclear Sale Assertion

CB&I Sues Westinghouse Over $2 Billion Nuclear Sale Assertion


http://www.power-eng.com/articles/2016/07/cb-i-sues-westinghouse-over-2-billion-nuclear-sale-assertion.html?cmpid=enl-poe-weekly-july-26-2016&cmpid=enl_PE_Weekly_2016-07-26&eid=288118515&bid=1478248

Will Putin Get a Pulitzer? – Patrick J. Buchanan - Official Website

Will Putin Get a Pulitzer? – Patrick J. Buchanan - Official Website

General Atomics invests in compact Energy Multiplier Module technology


General Atomics invests in compact Energy Multiplier Module technology
General Atomics' Energy Multiplier Module reactor technology could result in nuclear reactors that can be built within 42 months and are small enough to fit on a tractor-trailer. The company has invested $40 million in the development of the technology so far and estimates that the first commercial reactor based on the technology could be built in the 2030s.http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-general-atomics-nuclear-20160724-snap-story.html

Book Notes: Is Anti-nuclear Advocacy a Threat to the Planet?

Book Notes: Is Anti-nuclear Advocacy a Threat to the Planet?


https://neutronbytes.com/2016/07/25/books-notes-is-anti-nuclear-advocacy-a-threat-to-the-planet/

New York Chooses A Clean Energy Standard As The Best Way To Lower Carbon

New York Chooses A Clean Energy Standard As The Best Way To Lower Carbon
It’s about time we instituted a true Clean Energy Standard that promotes all low-carbon energy rather than continuing with a Renewable Energy Standard. If you care about climate change, and don’t just have an ideological stand on a particular technology, then you know that we need all low-carbon sources as fast as possible to have any hope of reigning in the most adverse environmental effects of burning fossil fuels. New York’s Governor seems committed to do just that, directing the Department of Public Service to develop a Clean Energy Standard to meet the State’s policy goals of generating 50% of electricity from renewable resources by 2030, while maintaining existing nuclear power plants so that their carbon savings are maintained.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Tokyo Electric Power : Situation of storing and treatment of accumulated water including highly concentrated radioactive materials at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station (262nd Release)


Tokyo Electric Power : Situation of storing and treatment of accumulated water including highly concentrated radioactive materials at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station (262nd Release)



http://www.4-traders.com/TOKYO-ELECTRIC-POWER-COMP-6491247/news/Tokyo-Electric-Power-Situation-of-storing-and-treatment-of-accumulated-water-including-highly-conc-22743897/

IAEA Launches New Version of Advanced Reactors Database

IAEA Launches New Version of Advanced Reactors Database
http://www.theenergycollective.com/dan-yurman/2383505/iaea-launches-new-version-of-advanced-reactors-database-2?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=The+Energy+Collective+%28all+posts%29

Moving Forward

ENERGY
In a recent major development, Pakistan has decided to construct, in the medium term, another three nuclear power plants of 3,300 MWe combined capacity in Punjab, one in Chashma and two in Muzaffargarh, at an estimated cost of $13 billion. On the other hand, construction work on the two coastal nuclear power projects near Karachi, namely Kanupp-2 and Kanupp-3, each of 1,100 MWe installed capacity costing total $9.5 billion, is progressing according to schedule.  The committed plan for enhancing nuclear power generation capacity is being implemented with the Chinese technical and economic assistance extended under the all-weather friendship with Pakistan.


https://www.thenews.com.pk/magazine/money-matters/137321-Moving-forward

Sticker Shock: The Soaring Costs Of Germany’s Nuclear Shutdown


Sticker Shock: The Soaring Costs
Of Germany’s Nuclear Shutdown

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s 2011 decision to rapidly phase out the country’s 17 nuclear power reactors has left the government and utilities with a massive problem: How to clean up and store large amounts of nuclear waste and other radioactive material.


http://e360.yale.edu/feature/soaring_cost_german_nuclear_shutdown/3019/

Nuclear power and 3D printing are the driving forces behind Audi F-Tron Concept car

Nuclear power and 3D printing are the driving forces behind Audi F-Tron Concept car



http://www.3ders.org/articles/20160725-nuclear-power-and-3d-printing-are-the-driving-forces-behind-this-audi-concept-car.html

South Korea signs $880 million nuclear reactor staffing deal in UAE

South Korea signs $880 million nuclear reactor staffing deal in UAE


http://www.upi.com/Business_News/2016/07/25/South-Korea-signs-880-million-nuclear-reactor-staffing-deal-in-UAE/9691469456937/


Korea clinches W1tr UAE nuclear reactor deal

KHNP to dispatch around 3,000 Korean workers to support operation by


http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20160725000724


Korea wins W1 trillion deal to operate UAE nuclear reactors 



http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2016/07/116_210199.html

NY Times Pushes Nukes While Claiming Renewables Fail to Fight Climate Change

NY Times Pushes Nukes While Claiming Renewables Fail to Fight Climate Change

http://www.ecowatch.com/ny-times-pushes-nukes-claiming-renewables-fail-climate-change-1942048130.html

Editorial: Green subsidies


Editorial: Green subsidies


http://www.reviewjournal.com/opinion/editorials/editorial-green-subsidies

New York Times Shills For Moribund Nuclear Power, Disses Renewables Revolution


New York Times Shills For Moribund Nuclear Power, Disses Renewables Revolution

http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2016/07/25/3800630/nuclear-power-renewables-times/

British Nuclear Power Stations May Be Too Big A Risk For French EDF

British Nuclear Power Stations May Be Too Big A Risk For French EDF


http://www.forbes.com/sites/marcelmichelson/2016/07/25/british-nuclear-power-stations-may-be-too-big-a-risk-for-french-edf/#736cc0e92d3e

NRC Blog Update: Incorporating Enhanced Fines Into the NRC’s Enforcement Policy

Incorporating Enhanced Fines Into the NRC’s Enforcement Policy

Russell Arrighi
Senior Enforcement Specialist
Starting next month, the NRC’s tools for enforcing our regulations will get a boost through increased fines, referred to as “civil penalties” in the NRC’s regulations and policies. The agency’s enforcement staff is working these changes into the process for assigning penalties when a person or company breaks our rules.
budgetThe NRC has always had the authority, under the Atomic Energy Act, to levy fines. We just issued an interim final rule that increases the maximum civil monetary penalty for violations of the Act to $280,469 per violation, per day. That’s double the previous maximum fine.
This change stems from the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015, which helps keep fines high enough to deter violations. The law required federal agencies to make an initial “catch-up” adjustment by July 1, 2016, effective by August 1. The NRC and other agencies must also make annual adjustments for inflation beginning in 2017.
The NRC is making changes to its Enforcement Policy to keep the policy’s dollar amounts in line with the new maximum fine. For instance, we’re doubling the base civil penalty that applies to nuclear plants and other large licensees for the most severe violations.
We’re also increasing the policy’s lesser penalties for other licensee types, such as material users, to maintain the proportional relationship between penalties. An exception to these changes involves fines for the loss, abandonment, or improper transfer or disposal of regulated material. The NRC can adjust these fines relative to the estimated or actual cost of authorized disposal.
You can find more information on these changes through a set of Questions and Answers we’ve posted on the Office of Enforcement’s section of the NRC website.

'We're not going to cost cut our way out of this problem'

'We're not going to cost cut our way out of this problem'


http://www.eenews.net/stories/1060040694

Texas radioactive waste company eyes New Mexico site

Texas radioactive waste company eyes New Mexico site


http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/business/national-business/article91687107.html

The truth about the Indian Point nuclear plant documentary

The truth about the Indian Point nuclear plant documentary

The facility is safe, but when I said that, the filmmakers stopped inviting me to discussion sessions



http://www.crainsnewyork.com/article/20160725/OPINION/160719891/the-truth-about-the-indian-point-nuclear-plant-documentary

Fukushima Update 7/25/16

Fukushima Update 7/25/16

Regional banks have been reopening in evacuation zone communities… A Russian company says it can be a part of the F. Daiichi wastewater clean-up effort… Tokyo declassifies 7.7 tons Chiba City’s contaminated waste… Rent-free evacuee housing is extended for another year… Tokyo tells nuclear operators to be wary of the new “Pokémon Go” game.

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

NRC Blog Update: Incorporating Enhanced Fines Into the NRC’s Enforcement Policy


Incorporating Enhanced Fines Into the NRC’s Enforcement Policy

Russell Arrighi
Senior Enforcement Specialist
Starting next month, the NRC’s tools for enforcing our regulations will get a boost through increased fines, referred to as “civil penalties” in the NRC’s regulations and policies. The agency’s enforcement staff is working these changes into the process for assigning penalties when a person or company breaks our rules.
budgetThe NRC has always had the authority, under the Atomic Energy Act, to levy fines. We just issued an interim final rule that increases the maximum civil monetary penalty for violations of the Act to $280,469 per violation, per day. That’s double the previous maximum fine.
This change stems from the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015, which helps keep fines high enough to deter violations. The law required federal agencies to make an initial “catch-up” adjustment by July 1, 2016, effective by August 1. The NRC and other agencies must also make annual adjustments for inflation beginning in 2017.
The NRC is making changes to its Enforcement Policy to keep the policy’s dollar amounts in line with the new maximum fine. For instance, we’re doubling the base civil penalty that applies to nuclear plants and other large licensees for the most severe violations.
We’re also increasing the policy’s lesser penalties for other licensee types, such as material users, to maintain the proportional relationship between penalties. An exception to these changes involves fines for the loss, abandonment, or improper transfer or disposal of regulated material. The NRC can adjust these fines relative to the estimated or actual cost of authorized disposal.
You can find more information on these changes through a set of Questions and Answers we’ve posted on the Office of Enforcement’s section of the NRC website.

Take the nuclear digitalization survey and get the results this week


We’re putting together the 2016 Nuclear Digitalization survey and as a nuclear expert we want your thoughts!
All you need to do is answer these 10 multiple questions and we’ll send you the results at the end of the week.
Take the survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/F9RD3S2
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Saturday, July 23, 2016

The ‘formula’ that made Roger Ailes and Fox | Newsday

The ‘formula’ that made Roger Ailes and Fox | Newsday

Nuclear News Roundup for July 23, 2016

Nuclear News Roundup for July 23, 2016

Utah Court Ruling Kills Environmental Appeal,
OKs Green River Nuclear Plant


https://neutronbytes.com/2016/07/23/nuclear-news-roundup-for-july-23-2016/

Generation Gap: The age of nuclear retirement

Generation Gap: The age of nuclear retirement

Nuclear moves forward as part of climate change battle

Nuclear moves forward as part of climate change battle

A nuclear future? | Opinion | thenews.com.pk

A nuclear future? | Opinion | thenews.com.pk

The Statesman: Going nuclear to fuel growth

The Statesman: Going nuclear to fuel growth

Are General Electric's Nuclear Ambitions Doomed? -- The Motley Fool

Are General Electric's Nuclear Ambitions Doomed? -- The Motley Fool

Japan’s Business Lobby Calls For A Shift From Nuclear Power To Renewables | OilPrice.com

Japan’s Business Lobby Calls For A Shift From Nuclear Power To Renewables | OilPrice.com

Earth on track for hottest year ever as warming speeds up | Reuters

Earth on track for hottest year ever as warming speeds up | Reuters

US, Mexico to negotiate nuclear power deal | TheHill

US, Mexico to negotiate nuclear power deal | TheHill

Why San Onofre's nuclear waste stays on the beach | SanDiegoUnionTribune.com

Why San Onofre's nuclear waste stays on the beach | SanDiegoUnionTribune.com

Fmr. Gov. Cecil Andrus details his fight against storing nuclear waste in Idaho

Fmr. Gov. Cecil Andrus details his fight against storing nuclear waste in Idaho



http://www.kivitv.com/news/fmr-gov-cecil-andrus-details-his-fight-against-storing-nuclear-waste-in-idaho

CB&I sues Westinghouse over claims related to nuclear business sale | Reuters

CB&I sues Westinghouse over claims related to nuclear business sale | Reuters

Several Nonpowered Dams Along the Ohio River to be Converted to Hydroelectric Dams in 2016

Several Nonpowered Dams Along the Ohio River to be Converted to Hydroelectric Dams in 2016

Fitch warns utilities: Retail net metering could damage your creditworthiness | Utility Dive

Fitch warns utilities: Retail net metering could damage your creditworthiness | Utility Dive

IAEA Launches New Version of Advanced Reactors Database

IAEA Launches New Version of Advanced Reactors Database

New ARIS database now includes specific categories for molten salt and small and medium sized reactors.


https://neutronbytes.com/2016/07/23/iaea-launches-new-version-of-advanced-reactors-database/

Friday, July 22, 2016

Court upholds veto of mountaintop mining permit again

Court upholds veto of mountaintop mining permit again


http://www.pennenergy.com/articles/pennenergy/2016/07/court-upholds-veto-of-mountaintop-mining-permit-again.html?cmpid=EnlWeeklyPowerJuly222016&eid=288118515&bid=1475725

Shenhua Said to Seek CGN Merger to Form $204 Billion Power Giant

Shenhua Said to Seek CGN Merger to Form $204 Billion Power Giant



http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-07-21/shenhua-said-to-seek-cgn-merger-to-form-204-billion-power-giant

ČEZ requests EIA for new Dukovany units

ČEZ requests EIA for new Dukovany units

21 July 2016
Czech utility ČEZ has requested the Ministry of Environment carry out an environmental impact assessment (EIA) for the potential construction of two new reactors at the Dukovany nuclear power plant.


http://www.world-nuclear-news.org/NN-CEZ-requests-EIA-for-new-Dukovany-units-2107166.html

Germany Gets Realistic about Renewables

Germany Gets Realistic about Renewables

The following is a guest post from Matt Wald, senior director of policy analysis and strategic planning at NEI. Follow Matt on Twitter at @MattLWald.
The German parliament voted on July 8 to slow the growth of renewable energy, by ending lavish subsidies intended to develop as much wind, sun and biomass as quickly as possible. Instead, the government will pick and choose which energy projects make sense for the system based on reliability, cost, and other criteria.

The German electric system is suffering a more extreme version of some of the same problems seen in in the U.S.


http://neinuclearnotes.blogspot.com/2016/07/germany-gets-realistic-about-renewables.html

NEI Urges New York to Adopt Zero-Emission Credit Plan

NEI Urges New York to Adopt Zero-Emission Credit Plan

  • NY Public Service Commission proposal values nuclear’s zero-carbon attributes
  • Would preserve state’s at-risk nuclear plants, allow long-term investments
  • Proposed formula generates benefit-cost ratio of more than five-to-one

http://www.nei.org/News-Media/News/News-Archives/NEI-Urges-New-York-to-Adopt-Zero-Emission-Credit-P

NY's proposed nuclear plant subsidy: pro and con (Your letters)

NY's proposed nuclear plant subsidy: pro and con (Your letters)


http://www.syracuse.com/opinion/index.ssf/2016/07/ny_nuclear_plant_subsidy_pro_and_con_your_letters.html

WCS submits information to better explain high-level nuke waste storage plan

WCS submits information to better explain high-level nuke waste storage plan



http://www.mrt.com/business/article_91230432-4eca-11e6-8c8d-77afbf6dd211.html

Atoms for green energy: What role should nuclear power play in decarbonization?

Atoms for green energy: What role should nuclear power play in decarbonization?

Heated rhetoric over who's to blame for nuclear closures masks serious questions about its future in the power mix



http://www.utilitydive.com/news/atoms-for-green-energy-what-role-should-nuclear-power-play-in-decarbonizat/422985/

Deconstructing Pilgrim: Close Pilgrim now - News - The Barnstable Patriot - Hyannis, MA

Deconstructing Pilgrim: Close Pilgrim now - News - The Barnstable Patriot - Hyannis, MA

System being deployed to monitor radiation around Belarusian nuclear power plant

System being deployed to monitor radiation around Belarusian nuclear power plant

Japan business lobby says Abe government can't rely on nuclear energy | Reuters

Japan business lobby says Abe government can't rely on nuclear energy | Reuters

Utah court ruling kills environmentalists' appeal, OKs Green River nuclear plant | The Salt Lake Tribune

Utah court ruling kills environmentalists' appeal, OKs Green River nuclear plant | The Salt Lake Tribune

Nuclear Hub: India’s Andhra Pradesh to Get US, Russian Nuclear Power Plants

Nuclear Hub: India’s Andhra Pradesh to Get US, Russian Nuclear Power Plants

Hinkley Point: EDF to make final decision on future of nuclear power plant project next Thursday | West Country - ITV News

Hinkley Point: EDF to make final decision on future of nuclear power plant project next Thursday | West Country - ITV News

Appellate court upholds water rights diversion for planned nuclear power plant | Deseret News

Appellate court upholds water rights diversion for planned nuclear power plant | Deseret News

Utah teen launches consumer drone that can fly over 70 mph | ZDNet

Utah teen launches consumer drone that can fly over 70 mph | ZDNet

Pro-nuclear green group: Bring back San Onofre | SanDiegoUnionTribune.com

Pro-nuclear green group: Bring back San Onofre | SanDiegoUnionTribune.com

Review 'Indian Point' sagely examines the nuclear power debate from all sides


Review

'Indian Point' sagely examines the nuclear power debate from all sides

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/movies/la-et-mn-indian-point-review-20160718-snap-story.html

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Protests force DOE to abandon borehole project


Protests force DOE to abandon borehole project

http://www.eenews.net/stories/1060040601

IAEA Associate Communication Officer

Hello everyone,

My office at ANL is again seeking applicants for a State Dept. funded position at the IAEA in Vienna, Austria. The position is called Associate Communication Officer / Junior Professional Officer in the Dept. of Nuclear Energy. Details of the position are here https://international.anl.gov/staffing/docs/Associate%20Communication%20Officer_NE.pdf.

Applicants must be US citizens and under the age of 33. If you know someone who graduated in the last few years with a couple of years of experience under his or her belt, and want to live in Vienna for year (who wouldn’t?!), referrals would be greatly appreciated. Assignment is to start in September prior to the IAEA’s General Conference Sept. 26-30.

People can contact me directly if they questions or can go to our web page http://international.anl.gov/careers.html#jpo

Thanks

Steve


Steven Amundson
IAEA Talent Acquisition Specialist
International Programs
U.S. Support Program to IAEA | Non-Safeguards
Argonne National Laboratory
Phone:  (630) 252-5491
ZA102637861ZA102637857

Nuclear weapons contractors repeatedly stifle whistleblowers, auditors say

Nuclear weapons contractors repeatedly stifle whistleblowers, auditors say

The Energy Department lets its private contractors police themselves, producing “chilled work environments” in which employees who find wrongdoing have no useful path for complaints



https://www.publicintegrity.org/2016/07/18/19976/nuclear-weapons-contractors-repeatedly-stifle-whistleblowers-auditors-say

DOE Releases Final Request for Proposal for Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant Deactivation and Remediation Services

DOE Releases Final Request for Proposal for Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant Deactivation and Remediation Services

http://energy.gov/em/articles/doe-releases-final-request-proposal-paducah-gaseous-diffusion-plant-deactivation-and

Fukushima Update 7/21/16

Fukushima Update 7/21/16

The Yomiuri Shimbun wants Tokyo to investigate the ban of the word “meltdown” in 2011… Tokyo removes the word “sarcophagus” from the latest F. Daiichi decommissioning plans… The NRA further fuels the fires of fear over Fukushima contaminated water… Tepco is ordered to compensate a distant golf course for “false rumor” losses… Kagoshima’s antinuclear governor-elect calls for shuttering Sendai station… Greenpeace Japan continues to foment Fukushima radiophobia.

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

Atoms for green energy: What role should nuclear power play in decarbonization?

Atoms for green energy: What role should nuclear power play in decarbonization?

Heated rhetoric over who's to blame for nuclear closures masks serious questions about its future in the power mix



http://www.utilitydive.com/news/atoms-for-green-energy-what-role-should-nuclear-power-play-in-decarbonizat/422985/

Draft Dem platform doesn't even mention nuclear power


Draft Dem platform doesn't even mention nuclear power


http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2016/07/draft_dem_platform_doesnt_even_mention_nuclear_power.html

One of a Kind Nuclear Power Unit to be Connected to Electrical Grid

One of a Kind Nuclear Power Unit to be Connected to Electrical Grid


http://sputniknews.com/russia/20160721/1043379583/nuclear-plant-energy-russia.html

As Nuclear Power Plants Close, States Need to Bet Big on Energy Storage

As Nuclear Power Plants Close, States Need to Bet Big on Energy Storage

Can nuclear power plants like California Diablo Canyon be replaced without greatly raising emissions? It's an open question.



http://www.govtech.com/fs/perspectives/As-Nuclear-Power-Plants-Close-States-Need-to-Bet-Big-on-Energy-Storage.html

Hillary And Dem Platform Doesn't Mention Nuclear Power | The Daily Caller

Hillary And Dem Platform Doesn't Mention Nuclear Power | The Daily Caller

Trump's energy whisperer - POLITICO

Trump's energy whisperer - POLITICO

Nuclear Subsidies Are Key Part of New York’s Clean-Energy Plan - The New York Times

Nuclear Subsidies Are Key Part of New York’s Clean-Energy Plan - The New York Times

Shenhua Said to Seek CGN Merger to Form $204 Billion Power Giant - Bloomberg

Shenhua Said to Seek CGN Merger to Form $204 Billion Power Giant - Bloomberg

Global Nuclear Energy Leadership - Centrus Energy Corp

Global Nuclear Energy Leadership - Centrus Energy Corp

Trump Energy: Making America Great in a Very Real Way | The American Spectator

Trump Energy: Making America Great in a Very Real Way | The American Spectator

US NRC Blog Update: Throwback Thursday – A July Trip to Tennessee


Throwback Thursday – A July Trip to Tennessee

tbtzechOn July 16, 1987, this Chairman visited the NRC’s Technical Training Center in Chattanooga, Tenn. The TTC was transferred to the agency’s Office of Analysis and Evaluation of Operational Data as part of a reorganization that year. During his visit to the TTC, the then-Chairman was briefed on a reactor simulator that had been leased from the Westinghouse Electric. Co., for training in PWR technology.
Can you name the Chairman?

Nuclear Energy in the Developing World

Nuclear Energy in the Developing World

 Nuclear Energy in the Developing World
http://ansnuclearcafe.org/2016/07/21/nuclear-energy-in-the-developing-world/#sthash.XywPAYQH.dpbs

Who is Qualified to Determine Nuclear Plant Safety?


Who is Qualified to Determine Nuclear Plant Safety? - See more at: http://ansnuclearcafe.org/2016/07/13/who-is-qualified-to-determine-nuclear-plant-safety/#sthash.JT7kQ6Ci.dpuf
 Who is Qualified to Determine Nuclear Plant Safety?
http://ansnuclearcafe.org/2016/07/13/who-is-qualified-to-determine-nuclear-plant-safety/#sthash.JT7kQ6Ci.dpbs

Small Modular Reactors Take Large Step Forward

Small Modular Reactors Take Large Step Forward
Small Modular Reactors Take Large Step Forward

http://ansnuclearcafe.org/2016/07/20/small-modular-reactors-take-large-step-forward/#sthash.28WOpW7u.dpbs

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Did Oil Kill The Dinosaurs?

Did Oil Kill The Dinosaurs?


http://oilprice.com/Energy/Energy-General/Did-Oil-Kill-The-Dinosaurs.html

Should the U.S. Pull Its Nuclear Weapons From Turkey? - Room for Debate - NYTimes.com

Should the U.S. Pull Its Nuclear Weapons From Turkey? - Room for Debate - NYTimes.com

New nuclear power: assessing power station designs - GOV.UK

New nuclear power: assessing power station designs - GOV.UK

As nuclear power plants close, states need to bet big on energy storage

As nuclear power plants close, states need to bet big on energy storage

China’s proposed nuclear power plant in East Sea raises concerns



China’s proposed nuclear power plant in East Sea raises concerns
VietNamNet
Bridge - Scientists say It will be very difficult to ensure safety for a
nuclear power plant on the sea and fix problems from radiation leaks.


News VietNamNet

AREVA Contends Fessenheim Unit 2 Steam Generator Is Sound - News - Nuclear Power News - Nuclear Street - Nuclear Power Plant News, Jobs, and Careers

AREVA Contends Fessenheim Unit 2 Steam Generator Is Sound - News - Nuclear Power News - Nuclear Street - Nuclear Power Plant News, Jobs, and Careers

Cinema Review: Indian Point | Under the Radar - Music Magazine

Cinema Review: Indian Point | Under the Radar - Music Magazine

GE Hitatchi, Rosatom Fuel Alliance Moves Forward - News - Nuclear Power News - Nuclear Street - Nuclear Power Plant News, Jobs, and Careers

GE Hitatchi, Rosatom Fuel Alliance Moves Forward - News - Nuclear Power News - Nuclear Street - Nuclear Power Plant News, Jobs, and Careers

TIMELINE-Entergy N.Y. Indian Point nuclear plant relicensing | Reuters

TIMELINE-Entergy N.Y. Indian Point nuclear plant relicensing | Reuters

Palisades nuclear plant workers on leave due to fire check records

Palisades nuclear plant workers on leave due to fire check records

Cause of 2012 San Onofre nuclear plant leak revealed - CBS News 8 - San Diego, CA News Station - KFMB Channel 8

Cause of 2012 San Onofre nuclear plant leak revealed - CBS News 8 - San Diego, CA News Station - KFMB Channel 8

San Onofre Nuclear Leak Caused by Pushing Generator Limits, Watchdog Group Says

San Onofre Nuclear Leak Caused by Pushing Generator Limits, Watchdog Group Says

The conclusion was based on confidential documents released by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission under the Freedom of Information Act.



http://patch.com/california/oceanside-camppendleton/san-onofre-nuclear-leak-caused-pushing-generator-limits-watchdog

Report: San Onofre Shutdown Due to ‘Redlined’ Steam Generators



http://timesofsandiego.com/politics/2016/07/19/report-san-onofre-shutdown-due-steam-generators/

Report: San Onofre reactor was pushed too far, leak resulted


Report: San Onofre reactor was pushed too far, leak resulted



http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/2016/jul/19/san-onofre-reactor-leak-redlining/

BP Announces Final Estimate Of Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, But Are They Being Honest?

BP Announces Final Estimate Of Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, But Are They Being Honest?
http://www.theenergycollective.com/desmog/2383275/bp-announces-final-estimate-of-deepwater-horizon-oil-spill-but-are-they-being-honest?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=The+Energy+Collective+%28all+posts%29

Closing Diablo Canyon Nuclear Plant Will Cost Money And Raise Carbon Emissions

Closing Diablo Canyon Nuclear Plant Will Cost Money And Raise Carbon Emissions


http://www.forbes.com/sites/jamesconca/2016/07/15/closing-diablo-canyon-nuclear-plant-will-cost-money-and-raise-carbon-emissions/#23bb264f76fb

Only Trump Stands Between You and Utter Destruction « InvestmentWatch

Only Trump Stands Between You and Utter Destruction « InvestmentWatch

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

EDF Ready to Make Hinkley Point Investment Decision

EDF Ready to Make Hinkley Point Investment Decision


https://neutronbytes.com/2016/07/09/edf-ready-to-make-hinkley-point-investment-decision/

"Dream Team" chosen to study basic science of nuclear waste

"Dream Team" chosen to study basic science of nuclear waste



http://semiconductors.einnews.com/pr_news/335682113/dream-team-chosen-to-study-basic-science-of-nuclear-waste

What Will Trump’s Nuclear Energy Policy Look Like?

What Will Trump’s Nuclear Energy Policy Look Like?


http://oilprice.com/Energy/Energy-General/What-Will-Trumps-Nuclear-Energy-Policy-Look-Like.html

Thank the ‘no nukes’ crowd for unemployment after Diablo nuclear plant closes

Thank the ‘no nukes’ crowd for unemployment after Diablo nuclear plant closes


Read more here: http://www.sanluisobispo.com/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/article90129222.html#storylink=cpy

http://www.sanluisobispo.com/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/article90129222.html

DOE hearing in Boise to consider issues around handling of nuclear waste

DOE hearing in Boise to consider issues around handling of nuclear waste


Read more here: http://www.idahostatesman.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/robert-ehlert/article89438247.html#storylink=cpy

http://www.idahostatesman.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/robert-ehlert/article89438247.html

No Country for Old Nukes?

No Country for Old Nukes?


https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/country-old-nukes-mike-twomey

Democrats Ignore Inconvenient Math on Nuclear Power Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/438038/nuclear-power-necessary-green

Democrats Ignore Inconvenient Math on Nuclear Power

Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/438038/nuclear-power-necessary-green

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/438038/nuclear-power-necessary-green

“What are the radiation levels at a nuclear fuel storage site?” (plus 9 more FAQs)

“What are the radiation levels at a nuclear fuel storage site?” (plus 9 more FAQs)


http://us.arevablog.com/2015/04/13/what-are-the-radiation-levels-at-a-nuclear-fuel-storage-site-plus-9-more-faqs/

The Education of an Environmentalist

The Education of an Environmentalist

How an award-winning filmmaker who created the definitive Earth Day documentary learned to love nuclear power in an age of global warming

http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/guest-blog/the-education-of-an-environmentalist/

A brief history of the nuclear triad


A brief history of the nuclear triad


http://blog.nuclearsecrecy.com/2016/07/15/brief-history-nuclear-triad/

Op-ed: TransCanada lawsuit highlights need to scuttle TPP

Op-ed: TransCanada lawsuit highlights need to scuttle TPP



http://www.msnbc.com/msnbc/op-ed-transcanada-lawsuit-highlights-need-scuttle-tpp

How Renewable Energy Is Blowing Climate Change Efforts Off Course

How Renewable Energy Is Blowing Climate Change Efforts Off Course


http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/20/business/energy-environment/how-renewable-energy-is-blowing-climate-change-efforts-off-course.html?_r=0

Renewables Subsidies Are Killing Nuclear and Threatening Climate Progress, Bloomberg New Energy Finance Study Shows

Renewables Subsidies Are Killing Nuclear and Threatening Climate Progress, Bloomberg New Energy Finance Study Shows


http://www.environmentalprogress.org/big-news/2016/7/14/bloomberg-new-energy-finance-renewables-killing-nuclear

ANS Utility Working Conference and Vendor Technology Expo


2016 Utility Working Conference and Vendor Technology Expo “Delivering on the Nuclear Promise”

Be part of the Solution
UWC - Join the conversation
The 2016 Challenge:  Delivering on the Nuclear Promise

Don’t miss UWC’s three days of thought-provoking discussion and hot topics led
by some of the most involved officials in the industry. Each day kick-starts with engaging plenary sessions – then roll up your sleeves and join the conversation!

 
Featured Plenary Sessions:

Monday, August 15
Delivering the Nuclear Promise/Light Water Reactor Sustainability
Adam Cohen - Deputy Under Secretary for Science and Energy, US Dept. of Energy
Kathryn McCarthy – Director, Light Water Reactor Sustainability Program, US Dept. of Energy
Maria Korsnick - Chief Operating Officer, Nuclear Energy Institute

Tuesday, August 16
Keeping Nuclear Viable by Influencing the Political Landscape
Joe Dominquez - EVP Governmental and Regulatory Affairs and Public Policy, Exelon
Donald R. Hoffman - President/CEO, EXCEL Services Corporation

Tom Craig - Director of Federal Affairs, Duke Enegy
Emily Hammond - Professor of Law, George Washington University Law School

Wednesday, August 17
International Perspective on Nuclear Power
William Magwood - Director, OECD Nuclear Energy Agency
Neil Wilmshurst - Vice President of Nuclear, EPRI
Tracks:
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  • Engineering/Equipment Reliability
  • Equipment Innovations and Supply
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  • Operations and Ops Training
  • Performance Improvement
  • Regulatory Relations
  • Risk Management
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Fazl wants Saudi Arabia to become nuclear power

Fazl wants Saudi Arabia to become nuclear power



http://tribune.com.pk/story/1144586/difa-e-haramain-moot-fazl-wants-saudi-arabia-become-nuclear-power/                         

Bernie, Sweden, 'the Three Amigos,' and the Future of US Nucear power


Bernie, Sweden, 'The Three Amigos,' and the Future of US Nuclear Power


Read more: Bernie, Sweden, 'The Three Amigos,' and the Future of US Nuclear Power
Important: Can you afford to Retire?


http://www.newsmax.com/Finance/StreetTalk/bernie-sweden-three-amigos-nuclear-power/2016/07/18/id/739205/

Five things Bill Gates gets right on energy

Five things Bill Gates gets right on energy



http://www.mckinsey.com/industries/oil-and-gas/our-insights/five-things-bill-gates-gets-right-on-energy

The Cruel Market: Nuclear Pain and Environmental Loss

The Cruel Market: Nuclear Pain and Environmental Loss


https://whchronicle.com/?p=3398

22 security guards at Palisades placed on leave for falsifying fire inspection records


22 security guards at Palisades placed on leave for falsifying fire inspection records

http://enformable.com/2016/07/22-security-guards-palisades-placed-leave-falsifying-fire-inspection-records/                          

Who’s Stranded Now?

Who’s Stranded Now?

Utility costs are like taxes.  Everyone knows they have to be paid, but most people have a reason that their own share should be smaller.  And, just as with taxes, there are limitless ways to divide up the revenue burden.
It’s been 20 years since electricity deregulation raised the specter of stranded utility costs – past investments that have turned out to deliver less value than was originally expected — and the question of who should pay those costs: Electricity ratepayhttp://www.theenergycollective.com/severinborenstein/2383186/whos-stranded-now?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=The+Energy+Collective+%28all+posts%29ers? Customers switching to buy from a competing electricity supplier? Utility shareholders?

The Cruel Market — Nuclear Pain and Environmental Loss by Llewellyn King

The Cruel Market — Nuclear Pain and Environmental Loss by


http://www.insidesources.com/the-cruel-market-nuclear-pain-and-environmental-loss/

NRC Blog Update: Pokémon Go — Not a Go at Nuclear Plants

Pokémon Go — Not a Go at Nuclear Plants

Prema Chandrathil
Public Affairs Officer
NRC Region III

The highly popular cellphone game has found its way to a U.S. commercial nuclear power plant.
pokemanThe Pokémon Go game lets users chase and catch virtual creatures with their cellphone cameras. However, Pokémon Go and other games that use the GPS signals in our phones are creating safety and security issues. Local law enforcement officials across the country have cautioned folks to pay attention while playing and be careful not to wander into traffic (warnings that have not always been heeded). The phrase “heads up” takes on new meaning here.
The games have even enticed players to trespass on private property — including the Perry nuclear power plant in northeastern Ohio.
Recently, three teenagers pursued one of the strange looking cartoon creatures into the employee parking lot of the Perry plant, at 3 in the morning! Instead of catching the Pokémon, they were caught by security officers and escorted off the property.
But it could have ended very differently – and much more seriously — for these Pokémon pursuers.
Commercial nuclear plants are among the best-protected facilities in the country. Their security officers are highly trained professionals who carry guns and are authorized to use them in protecting the plant. Though you might not always see the protective measures and many details are not publically available, security is in place. (Click here for more info on the NRC’s security requirements for nuclear power plants.)
So have fun exploring and climbing over rocks searching for those virtual creatures, but the bottom line is be safe while playing these games. A nuclear power plant is not the place to be searching for Pikachu.

Mike Rencheck Appointed President and CEO of Bruce Power

Mike Rencheck Appointed President and CEO of Bruce Power


http://www.brucepower.com/mike-rencheck-appointed-president-and-ceo-of-bruce-power/

Solar Powered Smart Flowers Are New Focus for Cape Wind Champion Jim Gordon

In the get a life department:

 

 

Solar Powered Smart Flowers Are New Focus for Cape Wind Champion Jim Gordon


Jennifer Runyon
July 15, 2016 | Post Your Comment
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An innovative solar plus storage solution that was launched in Europe about 2.5 years ago is coming to the U.S. The product is called “SmartFlower” and it looks like a gigantic sunflower with a short, fat stalk. Full Article http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/articles/2016/07/solar-powered-smart-flowers-are-new-focus-for-cape-wind-champion-jim-gordon.html?cmpid=renewablesolar07192016&eid=288118515&bid=1468716

Rosatom signs contract with U.S. on Russian nuclear fuel testing


Rosatom signs contract with U.S. on Russian nuclear fuel testing

http://rbth.com/news/2016/07/19/rosatom-signs-contract-with-us-on-russian-nuclear-fuel-testing_612883

Russia to sell nuclear fuel to US

Russia to sell nuclear fuel to US


https://www.rt.com/business/352026-russia-us-nuclear-fuel/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Energy Department Awards $40 Million for Research to Support Waste Cleanup at DOE Nuclear Sites

Energy Department Awards $40 Million for Research to Support Waste Cleanup at DOE Nuclear Sites

July 18, 2016 - 1:00pm
WASHINGTON – U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz today announced up to $40 million in awards for four new Energy Frontier Research Centers (EFRCs) to accelerate the scientific breakthroughs needed to support the Department of Energy (DOE)’s environmental management and nuclear cleanup mission. The four centers will be led respectively by Florida State University, Ohio State University, the University of South Carolina and DOE’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
The new EFRCs will conduct basic research aimed at assisting with the cleanup of hazardous waste that resulted from decades of nuclear weapons research and production during the 20th century—a core mission of the DOE and will take decades more for completion.  The goal is to achieve fundamental advances in science to enable safe, efficient, and cost-effective waste cleanup and storage technologies.  The new EFRCs are funded by DOE’s Office of Science and are designed to support the work of DOE’s Office of Environmental Management, which is responsible for the Department’s cleanup mission.  
“The four new EFRCs announced today lay the foundation for continuing success in our environmental cleanup efforts, which depend upon advances in innovative science and research technologies,” said Secretary Moniz.  “As one of America’s most successful use-inspired basic research initiatives, the EFRC program can be counted on to further discoveries that will greatly enhance cleanup efforts and accomplish one of DOE’s core missions.”
The new centers were competitively selected based on a comprehensive merit review process with awards ranging from $2 million to $4 million per year for each center for up to four fiscal years. The awards are subject to available appropriations and the outcome of a formal progress review in the second year of the four year period of performance.
Since the establishment of the EFRC program by the Department’s Office of Science in 2009, the Energy Frontier Research Centers have produced over 7,500 peer-reviewed scientific publications and have helped lay the scientific groundwork for fundamental advances in solar energy, electrical energy storage, carbon capture and sequestration, materials and chemistry by design, biosciences, and materials in extreme environments.
EFRC research has also has benefited a number of large and small companies, including start-up firms, and generated hundreds of inventions at various stages of the patent process. Each of the new centers is a multi-institutional team and includes several university and/or national laboratory partners in addition to the lead institution.
Additional information about the EFRCs can be found HERE.http://energy.gov/articles/energy-department-awards-40-million-research-support-waste-cleanup-doe-nuclear-sites