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Thursday, February 23, 2017

EDITORIAL: Local consent needed despite OK to restart Oi nuclear plant:The Asahi Shimbun

EDITORIAL: Local consent needed despite OK to restart Oi nuclear plant:The Asahi Shimbun

China leads demand in a complex nuclear industry- Nikkei Asian Review

China leads demand in a complex nuclear industry- Nikkei Asian Review

Eight nuclear reactors to be built this year

Eight nuclear reactors to be built this year

Study: Savings possible by shutting down nuclear power plant - Free - The Daily Astorian

Study: Savings possible by shutting down nuclear power plant - Free - The Daily Astorian

Nuclear reactors to power space exploration | LAMonitor.com

Nuclear reactors to power space exploration | LAMonitor.com

Connecticut girds for nuclear power debate as critics line up against Millstone support bill | Utility Dive

Connecticut girds for nuclear power debate as critics line up against Millstone support bill | Utility Dive

IAEA Concludes Safety Review at Doel Nuclear Power Plant in Belgium


IAEA Concludes Safety Review at Doel Nuclear Power Plant in Belgium

Doel, Belgium
2017/7
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An International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) team of nuclear safety experts today completed an assessment of long-term operational safety at the Doel Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) Unit 1 and 2 in Belgium.
The Safety Aspects of Long Term Operation (SALTO) review mission was requested by the Belgian Ministry of Security and the Interior (IBZ). The in-depth review, which began on 14 February, focused on aspects essential to the safe long-term operation (LTO) of the two units, which were put in commercial operation in 1975. Doel units 3 and 4 were not part of the review.
In October 2015, the Belgian Federal Agency for Nuclear Control (FANC) approved the operator’s application to extend the operation of Units 1 and 2 by 10 years to 2025, pending the fulfilment of several safety-related conditions.
The SALTO team reviewed the plant’s organization and programmes related to LTO, including human resources and knowledge management. The findings of SALTO reviews are based on the IAEA safety standards.
The IAEA team concluded that the plant had made significant progress on ageing management and preparation for safe LTO. The plant’s LTO project has addressed most of the areas recommended by IAEA safety standards, and is addressing remaining topics.
The team identified several good practices at the plant that will be shared with the nuclear industry globally, including:
  • The plant uses integrated risk management for LTO at programme and individual project levels.
  • The plant’s comprehensive scoping methodology for LTO evaluation.
  • The plant uses incentives to keep staff and takes measures to ensure knowledge is not lost with turnover.
 The team provided a number of recommendations for improvements to LTO safety, including:
  • The plant should ensure that all required systems, structures and components are included in the scope of ageing management during the LTO period.
  • The plant should ensure consistency and completeness of data for structures and components in the scope of LTO.
  • The plant should complete the review and update of the ageing management programmes for civil structures and components for the purpose of LTO.
The Doel plant management said it was committed to implementing the recommendations and requested that the IAEA schedule a follow-up mission in approximately two years.
The team has provided a draft report to the plant management. The plant and FANC will have an opportunity to make factual comments on the draft. A final report will be submitted to the plant, FANC and the Belgian Government within three months.
The review team comprised experts from Canada, the Czech Republic, Finland, Japan, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland and the IAEA.
Background
General information about SALTO missions can be found on the IAEA Website. A SALTO peer review is a comprehensive safety review addressing strategy and key elements for the safe long term operation of nuclear power plants. They complement OSART missions, which are designed as a review of programmes and activities essential to operational safety. Both SALTO and OSART reviews are not regulatory inspections, nor are they design reviews or substitutes for an exhaustive assessment of a plant's overall safety status.

Hey Greenpeace, could you find us Finns a warm place to live in?


Hey Greenpeace, could you find us Finns a warm place to live in?

https://jmkorhonen.net/2017/02/22/hey-greenpeace-could-you-find-us-finns-a-warm-place-to-live-in/

Exporters Can Ship Nuclear Materials Abroad Without Federal Inspection


Exporters Can Ship Nuclear Materials Abroad Without Federal Inspection


http://dailycaller.com/2017/02/22/exporters-can-ship-nuclear-materials-abroad-without-federal-inspection/

No ‘Showstoppers’ to Defense Department’s Using Very Small Nuclear Reactors

http://www.natlawreview.com/author/aaron-flyer

How Much Money Palisades Has For Cleanup And Why It Matters

How Much Money Palisades Has For Cleanup And Why It Matters


http://wmuk.org/post/how-much-money-palisades-has-cleanup-and-why-it-matters

Guy Page: NorthStar decommissioning of Vermont Yankee means economic, environmental benefits sooner rather than later

Guy Page: NorthStar decommissioning of Vermont Yankee means economic, environmental benefits sooner rather than later


http://www.caledonianrecord.com/opinion/columns/guy-page-northstar-decommissioning-of-vermont-yankee-means-economic-environmental/article_b99f708a-1be0-506b-9cba-9128d0d1c80c.html

FirstEnergy seeks subsidies in Ohio, eyes sale of plants


NUCLEAR

FirstEnergy seeks subsidies in Ohio, eyes sale of plants


http://www.eenews.net/stories/1060050441

Whistleblowers and the NRC: Do as I say, not as I don’t


Whistleblowers and the NRC: Do as I say, not as I don’t

http://thebulletin.org/whistleblowers-and-nrc-do-i-say-not-i-don%E2%80%99t10528

How Nuclear Safety Undermines Nuclear Economics

How Nuclear Safety Undermines Nuclear Economics
Failed EPR and AP1000 reactor projects have brought giant energy companies to their knees, and even pro-nuclear lobbyists now acknowledge that the industry is in crisis. Jim Green, editor of the Nuclear Monitor newsletter, takes stock of the crisis in the global nuclear sector and concludes that the industry’s likely response, a retreat from post-Fukushima efforts to strengthen safety standards, risks making a bad situation worse.

http://www.theenergycollective.com/energy-post/2399091/nuclear-safety-undermines-nuclear-economics?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=The+Energy+Collective+%28all+posts%29

The Energy Collective Daily: How Nuclear Safety Undermines Nuclear Economics |

How Nuclear Safety Undermines Nuclear Economics | The Energy Collective Daily

Link to The Energy Collective

Fate of Toshiba’s Nuclear Projects Remains Uncertain

By Dan Yurman, Publisher of Neutron Bytes, a blog about nuclear energy. – February 20
The company’s self-inflicted troubles, caused by cooking the books and mismanagement of its major acquisitions in the nuclear sector, have impacted projects in the U.S., the U.K., and India. The firm said it would exit the nuclear business worldwide. After weeks of media speculation, Japan’s Toshiba said on 2/14/17 it would book a barn burner of a loss estimated to be $6.3 billion related to its Westinghouse business unit which is building four nuclear reactors in the U.S. and four more in China. Conflicting statements about the firm’s 60% equity stake in NuGen’s Moorside power station, for three reactors, raised doubts with investors and the U.K. government about the future of the project. A plan to build six new reactors in India, which has been in the works for years, was thrown into limbo. The write down that wipes out its shareholder equity and leaves the conglomerate with virtually no cash. Toshiba’s chief executive officer and chairman Shigenori Shiga resigned from his post, assuming “management responsibility” for the company’s loss related to Westinghouse’s acquisition of CB&I Stone and Webster. Read on...http://www.theenergycollective.com/dan-yurman/2398836/fate-toshibas-nuclear-projects-remains-uncertain

How Nuclear Safety Undermines Nuclear Economics

By Jim Green, for Energy Post. – February 23
The crisis over Toshiba that is it hitting the headlines is part of a much deeper crisis in the global nuclear sector. The venerable Japanese company is far from the only nuclear player in crisis. Take France. The French government is selling assets so it can prop up its heavily indebted nuclear utilities. √Člectricit√© de France (EDF) announced in 2015 that it would sell €10bn of assets by 2020 to rein in its debt, which now stands at €37.4bn. EDF is being pressured by the French government to purchase parts of its bankrupt sibling Areva, which has accumulated losses of over €10bn over the past five years. French EPR reactors under construction in France and Finland are three times over budget ‒ the combined cost overruns amount to about €15bn. Bloomberg noted in April 2015 that Areva’s EPR export ambitions are “in tatters“, and now Areva itself is in tatters. Read on...http://www.theenergycollective.com/energy-post/2399091/nuclear-safety-undermines-nuclear-economics

70% of Oil and Gas Companies Have Been Hacked – and the Threat is Growing

 
By Judy Marks, CEO Siemens USA.  – February 21
It’s common practice to think of challenges as opportunities in disguise. But for the oil and gas industry, opportunities are creating challenges. Look no further than the emergence of digital oil and gas fields. By embracing software and digital solutions, firms can drive efficiency and uptime, improve safety, and reduce costs in a low-price market. That’s the opportunity. Now, by engaging with the Ponemon Institute to survey more than 300 oil and gas companies, Siemens has learned more about the challenge: If cybersecurity isn’t fully aligned with a digital strategy, oil and gas companies are extremely vulnerable to hackers trying to steal valuable information and supplies, disrupt operations, or otherwise inflict harm. Read on...http://www.theenergycollective.com/jmarks/2398848/70-oil-gas-companies-hacked-threat-growing

The Conflictual Relationship Between Donald Trump And The US "Deep State" - Part 2 | Zero Hedge

The Conflictual Relationship Between Donald Trump And The US "Deep State" - Part 2 | Zero Hedge

Tomgram: Andrew Bacevich, At the Altar of American Greatness | TomDispatch

Tomgram: Andrew Bacevich, At the Altar of American Greatness | TomDispatch

The New Wave Of Violent Protests Is Exactly What The Elite Want - Here's Why | Zero Hedge

The New Wave Of Violent Protests Is Exactly What The Elite Want - Here's Why | Zero Hedge

The Trump-Netanyahu Circus: Now, No One Can Save Israel From Itself by -- Antiwar.com

The Trump-Netanyahu Circus: Now, No One Can Save Israel From Itself by -- Antiwar.com

Tic Toc Why The Clock Stops for Progressives if Trump is Dumped

Tic Toc Why The Clock Stops for Progressives if Trump is Dumped

War News Updates: Spike In Radiation Particles Spreading Across Europe Is Still Unknown

War News Updates: Spike In Radiation Particles Spreading Across Europe Is Still Unknown

Fed's National Activity Index Drops In January | Zero Hedge

Fed's National Activity Index Drops In January | Zero Hedge

War News Updates: Chaos In President Trump's Administration Is No Different From What Previous Administrations had To Go Through

War News Updates: Chaos In President Trump's Administration Is No Different From What Previous Administrations had To Go Through

War News Updates: U.S. Senator McCain Makes A Secret Trip To Syria

War News Updates: U.S. Senator McCain Makes A Secret Trip To Syria

Peter Schiff: Angry Elites Should "Blame The Fed" For Trump's Rise To Power | Zero Hedge

Peter Schiff: Angry Elites Should "Blame The Fed" For Trump's Rise To Power | Zero Hedge

Articles: Trump's Mandate: Make America Prosperous Again

Articles: Trump's Mandate: Make America Prosperous Again

China is funding Baidu to take on the United States in deep learning research — Quartz

China is funding Baidu to take on the United States in deep learning research — Quartz

Exelon Will Survive The Nuclear Crisis


Exelon Will Survive The Nuclear Crisis


http://seekingalpha.com/article/4048161-exelon-will-survive-nuclear-crisis

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Peak Nuclear Power

http://nuclear-economics.com/16-peak-nuclear-power/

#AdvancingNuclear took over Twitter yesterday


#AdvancingNuclear took over Twitter yesterday

https://atomicinsights.com/advancingnuclear-took-twitter-yesterday/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+AtomicInsights+%28Atomic+Insights%29

Bulletin of Atomic Scientists Nuclear Roundup February 22, 2017



Nuclear Roundup
February 22, 2017
A compilation of quality nuclear policy news published on the Web, around the world.

Iran Nuclear Deal

UN hopeful Iran nuclear deal won’t unravel despite Trump criticism

https://www.ft.com/content/b5b863be-f906-11e6-9516-2d969e0d3b65

President Trump, Don't Walk Away From The Iran Deal. Not Yet

http://www.forbes.com/sites/realspin/2017/02/21/president-trump-dont-walk-away-from-the-iran-deal-not-yet/#439395be729b

United States

NNSA Elite Unit Marks 20 Year Anniversary

http://www.ladailypost.com/content/nnsa-elite-unit-marks-20-year-anniversary

Anti-Nuke Dogma Trumps Common Sense On Nuclear Energy

http://www.forbes.com/sites/jamesconca/2017/02/22/anti-nuclear-group-ideology-trumps-common-sense-on-nuclear-energy/#1c91da8641ac

International

Why Donald Trump Is the One Leader Who Can Stop North Korea

http://fortune.com/2017/02/21/donald-trump-nuclear-north-korea/

Talks with N. Korea would give Trump same old lesson Pyongyang isn’t interested in disarming: ex-official

http://english.yonhapnews.co.kr/national/2017/02/22/0301000000AEN20170222000200315.html

South Korea’s Dangerous Leadership Vacuum

http://thediplomat.com/2017/02/south-koreas-dangerous-leadership-vacuum/

Reconsidering the reversal: South Korea’s nuclear choices

http://thebulletin.org/reconsidering-reversal-south-korea%E2%80%99s-nuclear-choices10522

China open to India joining NSG, says Foreign Secretary Jaishankar
http://www.deccanchronicle.com/world/neighbours/220217/china-open-to-india-joining-nsg-says-foreign-secretary-jaishankar.html

Russian navy to flash nuclear power in Baltic Sea

https://thebarentsobserver.com/en/security/2017/02/russian-flash-nuclear-power-baltic-sea

UK needs national lab to coordinate nuclear R&D
http://www.world-nuclear-news.org/NP-UK-needs-national-lab-to-coordinate-nuclear-RD-22021701.html

European iodine mystery solved

http://www.world-nuclear-news.org/RS_European_iodine_mystery_solved_1711112.html

The CTBT & North Korea Discussed at Munich Security Conference

https://www.ctbto.org/press-centre/highlights/2017/the-ctbt-north-korea-discussed-at-munich-security-conference/

General Interest

The Nuclear Industry Must Change, Or Die

http://www.theenergycollective.com/shellenberger/2398737/nuclear-industry-must-change-die

Disarmament while the chance remains

http://thebulletin.org/can-treaty-banning-nuclear-weapons-speed-their-abolition/disarmament-while-chance-remains

The Trouble with Doomsday

http://www.realcleardefense.com/articles/2017/02/22/the_trouble_with_doomsday_110848.html


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Bruce Power awards more Candu extension contracts

Bruce Power awards more Candu extension contracts
Bruce Power has awarded L3 MAPPS a contract to replace the digital control computer system of unit 6 of the Bruce B nuclear power plant in Ontario. Bruce Power has also awarded SNC-Lavalin contracts worth almost $28 million for its major component replacement program.http://www.world-nuclear-news.org/C-Bruce-Power-awards-more-Candu-extension-contracts-22021702.html

UK needs national lab to coordinate nuclear R&D

UK needs national lab to coordinate nuclear R&D
The UK's National Nuclear Laboratory cannot fulfil the role its name describes while it relies on commercial work for part of its funding. That was the consensus of three expert witnesses to the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee's inquiry into priorities for nuclear research and technologies.http://www.world-nuclear-news.org/NP-UK-needs-national-lab-to-coordinate-nuclear-RD-22021701.html

US NRC Blog Update: Principles of Good Regulation: Clarity

Principles of Good Regulation: Clarity

Regulations should be coherent, logical, and practical. There should be a clear nexus between regulations and agency goals and objectives whether explicitly or implicitly stated. Agency positions should be readily understood and easily applied.
Maureen Conley
Public Affairs Officer
graphic-pogr_clarityThe NRC has a double challenge when it comes to clarity. We are a regulatory agency that derives its authority from a series of laws passed by Congress and we regulate a highly technical industry with many of our experts holding advanced technical degrees.
For those reasons, it can sometimes be challenging to explain what we do and why we do it.
Over the years, the agency has employed a variety of different ways to communicate with clarity. This blog and all our social media platforms are one avenue. Producing less technical executive summaries for otherwise quite complex documents is another way.
We often work with technical experts to help prepare them for public meetings and to ensure their presentations are “user friendly” for the audience expected to attend. The agency’s training center offers many courses to help technical experts present their complex work clearly in a way that is more accessible for both technical and non-technical audiences.
The agency’s website also provides a wealth of information to meet the needs of both technical audiences and the general public. Even our student corner section helps clarify the agency’s mission and activities.
The NRC’s work may involve an abundance of acronyms and technical jargon, but we are always striving to convey what we do and why we do it in the clearest way possible.
This post is the fourth of five that will explore each of the five principles separately. For the history of the Principles of Good Regulation, read this post.

New Areva, CNNC, Sign Cooperation Accord

 
New Areva, CNNC, Sign Cooperation Accord
 
French nuclear fuel spinoff New Areva said Wednesday that it had signed an agreement with China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) that establishes a framework for industrial and commercial cooperation focusing on nuclear fuel cycle activities. The company also said it remained in negotiation with CNNC concerning a capital investment that followed the example set by previously announced agreements with two investors. Read more http://nuclearstreet.com/nuclear_power_industry_news/b/nuclear_power_news/archive/2017/02/22/new-areva_2c00_-cnnc_2c00_-sign-cooperation-accord-022202#.WK3w5xCXRSx
 

Chernobyl in 360 Degree Videos

Chernobyl in 360 Degree Videos
 
Check out Chernobyl's Control Room of Reactor 4 and the New Safe Confinement Arch in these European Bank for Reconstruction and Development 360 degree videos. Don't forget to click and drag the video while it is playing to look in all directions. View Videos http://nuclearstreet.com/nuclear_power_industry_news/b/nuclear_power_news/archive/2017/02/22/chernobyl-in-360-degree-videos-22203#.WK3uwhCXRSx

ENERGY TECH Stabilizing energy storage

ENERGY TECH
Stabilizing energy storage Salt Lake City UT (SPX) Feb 22, 2017 - Because the sun doesn't always shine, solar utilities need a way to store extra charge for a rainy day. The same goes for wind power facilities, since the wind doesn't always blow. To take full advantage of renewable energy, electrical grids need large batteries that can store the power coming from wind and solar installations until it is needed. Some of the current technologies that are potenti ... morehttp://www.energy-daily.com/reports/Stabilizing_energy_storage_999.html

Russia's Rosatom Subsidiaries Produced 7,900 Tonnes of Uranium in 2016

Russia's Rosatom Subsidiaries Produced 7,900 Tonnes of Uranium in 2016 Moscow (Sputnik) Feb 22, 2017 - Russian state-owned nuclear energy corporation Rosatom's subsidiaries produced the total of 7,900 metric tons of uranium in 2016, which is on the 2015 level, the company said Monday. "Uranium production: 7,900 tonnes (including 4,900 tonnes produced abroad)," the company said on its website, which also indicates that Rosatom's uranium production amounted to 7,900 metric tons in 2015 as wel ... morehttp://www.nuclearpowerdaily.com/reports/Russias_Rosatom_Subsidiaries_Produced_7900_Tonnes_of_Uranium_in_2016_999.html

Greenpeace: Greenpeace Japan 01 | No Return to Normal House Case Studies of the Current Situation and Potential Lifetime Radiation Exposure in Iitate, Fukushima Prefecture February 2017 No Return to Normal : The Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Disaster


Greenpeace Japan
01
|
No Return to Normal
House Case Studies of the Current Situation
and Potential Lifetime Radiation Exposure
in Iitate, Fukushima Prefecture

http://www.greenpeace.org/japan/Global/japan/pdf/NRN_FINweb4.pdf

OIL AND GAS Study finds 6,600 spills from fracking in just four states

OIL AND GAS
Study finds 6,600 spills from fracking in just four states Durham NC (SPX) Feb 22, 2017 - Each year, 2 to 16 percent of hydraulically fractured oil and gas wells spill hydrocarbons, chemical-laden water, hydraulic fracturing fluids and other substances, according to a new study. The analysis, which appears Feb. 21 in Environmental Science and Technology, identified 6,648 spills reported across Colorado, New Mexico, North Dakota and Pennsylvania during a 10-year period. "This st ... morehttp://www.oilgasdaily.com/reports/Study_finds_6600_spills_from_fracking_in_just_four_states_999.html

Environmentalists face litigation under RICO Act


Environmentalists face litigation under RICO Act
A law firm is relying on the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, most commonly used against organized crime, in a $300 million lawsuit in which the firm represents Canada-based Resolute Forest Products against Greenpeace, Stand.earth and other environmentalist groups. The case centers on the characterization of Resolute as a "forest destroyer" and involves defamation and free-speech issues.
Reuters (2/22)  http://www.reuters.com/article/us-environment-legal-landrights-idUSKBN1611DK

Report recommends INL changes to boost profile


Report recommends INL changes to boost profile

http://www.postregister.com/articles/news-daily-email-todays-headlines-west/2017/02/21/report-recommends-changes-inl-boost#

2 more nuclear reactors effectively clear regulator's safety review


2 more nuclear reactors effectively clear regulator's safety review



http://asia.nikkei.com/Politics-Economy/Policy-Politics/2-more-nuclear-reactors-effectively-clear-regulator-s-safety-review

Industry fears budget fight will chill nuclear, grid work


Industry fears budget fight will chill nuclear, grid work


http://www.eenews.net/greenwire/2017/02/21/stories/1060050357

Nuclear energy sustains New York: Letter

Nuclear energy sustains New York: Letter


http://www.lohud.com/story/opinion/readers/2017/02/21/nuclear-energy-sustains-ny-letter/98149282/

Anti-Nuke Dogma Trumps Common Sense On Nuclear Energy

Anti-Nuke Dogma Trumps Common Sense On Nuclear Energy


http://www.forbes.com/sites/jamesconca/2017/02/22/anti-nuclear-group-ideology-trumps-common-sense-on-nuclear-energy/#7fe5de8441ac

US Oil Production Putting Pressure on OPEC



US Oil Production Putting Pressure on OPEC

By By Michael McDonald,   /  Tuesday, February 21, 2017 9:19 AM
Source: http://www.eia.gov/beta/international/regions-topics.cfm?RegionTopicID=OPEC
Danielle Izzo, Breaking Energy Staff For the past two years oil prices have suffered because of excess supply.  To respond to this slump, OPEC, in conjunction with other oil producing countries, came to an agreement that would ensure a reduction in the production of crude oil.  As of January 2017, the agreement has gone into

EPA’s Greenhouse Gas Inventory Makes Progress But Misses Forest For Trees


EPA’s Greenhouse Gas Inventory Makes Progress But Misses Forest For Trees

By By Environmental Defense Fund Energy Exchange Blog,   /  Tuesday, February 21, 2017 10:00 AM
Germany Expands Its Electricity Grid
In its draft 2017 GHG inventory, published this week, the EPA estimates methane emissions from the oil and gas industry were lower than their previous estimate in the 2016 inventory. The vast majority of the decrease comes from methodological changes in how EPA does these estimates and does not represent actual reductions from improved industry

U.S. Uranium Production Lowest Since 2005

U.S. Uranium Production Lowest Since 2005
http://www.theenergycollective.com/todayinenergy/2399036/u-s-uranium-production-lowest-since-2005?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=The+Energy+Collective+%28all+posts%29

Breaking News! California Electricity Prices are High


Breaking News! California Electricity Prices are High


http://www.theenergycollective.com/jamesbushnell/2399041/breaking-news-california-electricity-prices-high?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=The+Energy+Collective+%28all+posts%29

Nuclear Industry: In an Era Where Facts No Longer Matter, Consequences Still Do

Nuclear Industry: In an Era Where Facts No Longer Matter, Consequences Still Do



http://www.theenergycollective.com/mzconsulting/2399042/nuclear-industry-era-facts-no-longer-matter-consequences-still?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=The+Energy+Collective+%28all+posts%29

Bulletin of Atomic Scientists Develoment and Disarmament Roundtable



Development and Disarmament Roundtable
Over the objections of most nuclear-armed nations, a UN committee on disarmament and security resoundingly approved a resolution last October mandating negotiations toward a treaty that outlaws nuclear weapons. Talks are set to begin in March; there could be a ban treaty with dozens of state signatures by the end of 2017.

Outright prohibition of nuclear weapons would contrast starkly with the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, which allows five countries to retain nuclear weapons for an unspecified time—as they "pursue negotiations in good faith… on a treaty on general and complete disarmament under strict and effective international control."

What should a ban treaty entail, and could it truly succeed in speeding the disarmament process? Our newest roundtable argues these questions.

Round One:
The ban treaty: An interim step, but politically profound, by Joelien Pretorius

Assessing the ban treaty from Ukraine, by Polina Sinovets
To abolish nuclear weapons, strip away their handsome mask, by Mustafa Kibaroglu

Round Two:
Succeed or fail, the ban treaty won't erode the NPT, by Joelien Pretorius
Arms control is realistic; general disarmament probably isn't, by Polina Sinovets
Reality: Humanity can't indefinitely avoid using nuclear weapons, by Mustafa Kibaroglu

Round Three:
How I learned to hate the Bomb, by Joelien Pretorius
Better to bear the ills we have, by
Polina Sinovets
Disarmament while the change remains, by Mustafa Kibaroglu

Arabic translations
Chinese translations
Spanish translations
Russian translations

Further reading:
Does the fight over a nuclear weapons ban threaten global stability? by Heather Williams
The terrifying geography of nuclear and radiological insecurity in South Asia, by Hannah E. Haegeland and Reema Verma
Reconsidering the reversal: South Korea's nuclear choices, by William Caplan and Kenneth B. Turner
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