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Monday, October 20, 2014

Republicans call for Senate vote on Yucca Mountain

Republicans call for Senate vote on Yucca Mountain


http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/senate/221079-republicans-call-for-senate-vote-on-yucca-mountain

The ‘Threat Multiplier’ of Climate Change

The ‘Threat Multiplier’ of Climate Change

Image of Planet Earth taken from Apollo 17
Climate change – what the Pentagon calls a “threat multiplier” – could put the world on course toward worsening chaos or even extermination as nuclear-armed nations scramble to cope with environmental dislocations and resource shortages, a danger that could define the future, says ex-CIA analyst Paul R. Pillar.

French watchdog seeks plan for new system to price nuclear power

French watchdog seeks plan for new system to price nuclear power


http://af.reuters.com/article/commoditiesNews/idAFL6N0SF4B920141020

TVA's Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant removed from federal 'watch list'

TVA's Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant removed from federal 'watch list'



http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2014/oct/20/tvas-browns-ferry-nuclear-plant-removed-federal-wa/

NRC Renews Operating Licenses of Limerick for an additional 20 years


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NRC Renews Operating Licenses of Limerick Nuclear Plant for an additional 20 years
for an Additional 20 Year





http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/doc-collections/news/2014/14-070.pdf

Areva Chief Executive Oursel Steps Down to Fight Illness

Areva Chief Executive Oursel Steps Down to Fight Illness



http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-10-20/areva-chief-executive-oursel-steps-down-to-fight-illness.html

A long view of nuclear ---- EDITORIAL

A long view of nuclear  ---- EDITORIAL

http://www.world-nuclear-news.org/E-Looking-at-nuclear-2010141.html
20 October 2014

More than a century has passed since radiation and nuclear energy were discovered and the image of those energy sources has undergone much evolution with the passing of several cultural waves, each of which left its mark on the public's perception and attitude to nuclear power, writes Jeremy Gordon. 

NASA's New Winds Mission Installed, Gathers First Data

NASA's New Winds Mission Installed, Gathers First Data
Pasadena CA (JPL) Oct 08, 2014 - NASA's newest Earth observing mission, the International Space Station-Rapid Scatterometer, or ISS-RapidScat, is collecting its first science data on ocean wind speeds and direction following its successful installation and activation on the exterior of the station's Columbus module. Ground controllers at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston robotically assembled the RapidScat instrument ... morehttp://www.spacedaily.com/reports/NASAs_New_Winds_Mission_Installed_Gathers_First_Data_999.html

ANS Update 10/20 “Get to Know Nuclear” – National Nuclear Science Week 2014, Day One

“Get to Know Nuclear” – National Nuclear Science Week 2014, Day One

By Will Davis on Oct 20, 2014 06:00 am

Monday, October 20 marks the first official day of National Nuclear Science Week – a week long, annual co-ordinated educational event that promotes nuclear science and technology. Five years ago the Smithsonian Affiliated National Museum of Nuclear Science and History … Continue reading
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Ebola Virus Outbreak 2014: Nina Pham's Boyfriend In Isolation

Ebola Virus Outbreak 2014: Nina Pham's Boyfriend In Isolation



http://www.hngn.com/articles/46389/20141019/ebola-virus-outbreak-2014-nina-phams-boyfriend-in-isolation.htm

Why the Work of Dr. Nancy J. Sullivan Could Be Key to a Potential Ebola Vaccine

Why the Work of Dr. Nancy J. Sullivan Could Be Key to a Potential Ebola Vaccine

After Years of Delay, Researchers Rush to Field Test a Shot to Prevent the Disease


http://online.wsj.com/articles/ebola-vaccine-push-ramps-up-1413762856

CDC Updates Ebola Protocol as Anxiety Rises

CDC Updates Ebola Protocol as Anxiety Rises


http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/ebola-virus-outbreak/cdc-updates-ebola-protocol-anxiety-rises-n229341

usiness 10/20/2014 @ 8:25AM 1,645 views The ITER Nuclear Fusion Experiment: Who Is Providing The Funding? [Infographic]

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The ITER Nuclear Fusion Experiment: Who Is Providing The Funding? [Infographic]



http://www.forbes.com/sites/niallmccarthy/2014/10/20/the-iter-nuclear-fusion-experiment-who-is-providing-the-funding-infographic/

China and Iran increase economic ties

China and Iran increase economic ties

http://www.journalpioneer.com/Opinion/Columnists/2014-10-19/article-3908487/China-and-Iran-increase-economic-ties/1 

Fukushima Updates 10/20/14

Fukushima Updates 10/20/14

More than 99% of unit #4’s used fuel bundles have been removed… The percentage of evacuees refusing to go home continues to rise... Additional decontamination has begun in Kawauchi village… A Tokyo volcanologist says it makes no sense to operate nukes near volcanos… Satsumasendai city approves the Sendai Station restart… Tepco shows its advanced ALPS system to the Press… Greenpeace say grid problems due to renewable feed-ins are merely a utility company ploy to restart nukes.

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

ANS applauds NRC Yucca Safety Evaluation Report

ANS applauds NRC Yucca Safety Evaluation Report


http://www.ans.org/pi/news/article-408/

Romania's Nuclearelectrica has selected China General Nuclear Power Corporation










Romania's Nuclearelectrica has selected China General Nuclear Power Corporation


http://www.balkans.com/open-news.php?uniquenumber=197919

Is France’s Love Affair with Nuclear Over?

Is France’s Love Affair with Nuclear Over?



http://oilprice.com/Alternative-Energy/Nuclear-Power/Is-Frances-Love-Affair-with-Nuclear-Over.html

Finding core support for nuclear power

Finding core support for nuclear power

Nuclear energy has had a difficult time in recent years, but the industry is cautiously optimistic that the world is realizing its benefits



http://www.macleans.ca/economy/finding-core-support-for-nuclear/

Innovation Needed for Gas to Bridge to Somewhere

Innovation Needed for Gas to Bridge to Somewhere


http://theenergycollective.com/alextrembath/2144596/innovation-needed-gas-bridge-somewhere?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=The+Energy+Collective+%28all+posts%29

Kirk Statement on Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Kirk Statement on Nuclear Regulatory Commission 
http://politicalnews.me/?id=30667&keys=NUCLEAR-WASTE-REPOSITORY-YUCCA

NRC Staff Report Reignites Yucca Mountain Debate

NRC Staff Report Reignites Yucca Mountain Debate


http://eponline.com/articles/2014/10/20/nrc-staff-report-reignites-yucca-mountain-debate.aspx

Volcanoes and nukes – Japan’s latest Press-driven phobia



Volcanoes and nukes – Japan’s latest Press-driven phobia

After 3/11/11, fear of earthquakes causing nuke accidents proliferated across Japan. If anything, the temblor of 3/11/11 demonstrated that massive quakes are not a realistic threat to nuke safety. Now, its fear of volcanoes that takes center stage, built entirely on uncertainty and doubt.

http://www.hiroshimasyndrome.com/fukushima-commentary.html

France prepares to deep fry its energy future


France prepares to deep fry its energy future


http://neutronbytes.com/2014/10/19/france-prepares-to-deep-fry-its-energy-future/

In Tennessee, Time Comes for a Nuclear Plant Four Decades in the Making


In Tennessee, Time Comes for a Nuclear Plant Four Decades in the Making


http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/20/us/in-tennessee-time-comes-for-a-nuclear-plant-four-decades-in-the-making.html

Power Plants Seek to Extend Life of Nuclear Reactors for Decades


Power Plants Seek to Extend Life of Nuclear Reactors for Decades


http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/20/business/power-plants-seek-to-extend-life-of-nuclear-reactors.html?smid=tw-share&_r=0

Why Natural Gas Won't Help Save the Planet


Why Natural Gas Won't Help Save the Planet

A new study argues that expanding the fracking-enabled gas boom won’t cut global greenhouse-gas pollution.


http://www.nationaljournal.com/energy/why-natural-gas-won-t-help-save-the-planet-20141015

SONGS NPP D&D website

SONGS NPP D&D website 

 

Decommissioning Of Fukishima Reactors More Challenging Than Previously Thought - Reports

Decommissioning Of Fukishima Reactors More Challenging Than Previously Thought - Reports 

 

 

Entergy Vermont Yankee NPP D&D website


Entergy Vermont Yankee NPP D&D website



VY Decommissioning vydecommissioning.com

Welcome to the Entergy Vermont Yankee Decommissioning homepage. You can find all Vermont Yankee decommissioning related news and information here. You can also Contact Us with your feedback to help us improve our communications about SAFSTOR...

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NRC says Yucca nuclear waste storage plans meet safety objectives

Nuclear Regulatory Commission says the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste facility that had been planned northwest of Las Vegas meets all post-closure design requirements …more>>
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EPA clears Victoria gas fired power station expansion

EPA finalizes greenhouse gas permit for Victoria Power Station expansion; $200 million project will create 80 construction jobs …more>>
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Wartsila to supply 139 MW Flexicycle gas power plant in Mexico

Wärtsilä to supply a 139 MW Flexicycle gas power plant consisting of seven 50SG gas engines and a combined cycle in Mexico …more>>
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America’s leading companies continue to invest big in solar power

The Top 25 companies for solar power capacity have more than 569 MW of solar photovoltaics at 1,110 different facilities as of August 2014 …more>>
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Opower announces next generation of customer engagement platform

Rich customer analytics and open ecosystem of partners deliver new capabilities for utilities …more>>
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Unit 2 of Vogtle nuclear plant restarts operations

Unit 2 of the Alvin W. Vogtle Nuclear Plant has restarted operations after a month of being offline …more>>
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Yahoo signs renewable energy PPA with OwnEnergy

Yahoo!, Inc. has entered into a long-term Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with OwnEnergy for wind power which will be used to offset much of Yahoo's energy usage in the Great Plains region …more>>
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Vermont described as a pioneer in renewable energy

A member of the California Energy Commission hails Vermont as creating an inspiring legacy of achievements that put the state in the forefront of renewable energy …more>>
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Technology revolution in nuclear power could slash costs below coal

Technology revolution in nuclear power could slash costs below coal

A report by UBS said the latest reactors will be obsolete by within 10 to 20 years, yet Britain is locking in prices until 2060



http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/energy/11120003/Technology-revolution-in-nuclear-power-could-slash-costs-below-coal.html

Big wind’s public relations problem

Big wind’s public relations problem


http://vtdigger.org/2014/10/14/mark-whitworth-big-winds-public-relations-problem/

Remarks of Richard Lester on Nuclear Innovation given at Science & Technology in Society Forum 10th Annual Meeting Kyoto, Japan


SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY IN SOCIETY FORUM 10TH ANNUAL MEETING
KYOTO, JAPAN

Remarks prepared for delivery by Richard K. Lester Massachusetts Institute of Technology
October 6, 2014
My topic is nuclear innovation, and its role in solving the world’s energy problem. This is a challenging subject, especially here in Japan, but it is also a very important one. http://web.mit.edu/nse/lester/media/STSJapan_remarks.pdf

Some Recent Energy & Environmental News - 10/20/14


Our latest Energy and Environmental Newsletter, is now online. There is some great material there, so please set aside some time to check it out. Below are some highlights.

This is a sample of some interesting energy articles in the current Newsletter —













Here are some examples of worthwhile global warming reports —







Thank you for your continued support!

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physicist & environmental advocate

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Nuclear Fusion 18 - Will the Polywell Nuclear Fusion Reactor Design Work? -

 Nuclear Fusion 18 - Will the Polywell Nuclear Fusion Reactor Design Work?
Nuclear Fusion 18 - Will the Polywell Nuclear Fusion Reactor Design Work? - See more at: http://nucleotidings.com/article/nuclear-fusion-18-will-polywell-nuclear-fusion-reactor-design-work#sthash.poeyOQj6.dpuf

http://nucleotidings.com/article/nuclear-fusion-18-will-polywell-nuclear-fusion-reactor-design-work

Japan: More & Larger Volcanic Eruptions Expected Over Next Decades – A Ticking Nuclear Time Bomb

Japan: More & Larger Volcanic Eruptions Expected Over Next Decades – A Ticking Nuclear Time Bomb



http://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/10/19/japan-more-larger-volcanic-eruptions-expected-over-next-decades-a-ticking-nuclear-time-bomb/

Ebola: High Stakes of Quarantine Jumping

Ebola: High Stakes of Quarantine Jumping



http://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/10/19/ebola-high-stakes-of-quarantine-jumping/

CEO Of EDF Replaced By President Hollande Amid Nuclear Rethink


CEO Of EDF Replaced By President Hollande Amid Nuclear Rethink

http://oilprice.com/Latest-Energy-News/World-News/CEO-Of-EDF-Replaced-By-President-Hollande-Amid-Nuclear-Rethink.html

UAMPS stepping forward to serve customers

UAMPS stepping forward to serve customers



http://atomicinsights.com/uamps-stepping-forward-serve-customers/

Restart of nuclear reactors in Japan suffers major setback

Restart of nuclear reactors in Japan suffers major setback


http://neutronbytes.com/2014/10/19/restart-of-nuclear-reactors-in-japan-suffers-major-setback/

Q&A: Small generators pose big challenge to utilities

Q&A: Small generators pose big challenge to utilities



http://fuelfix.com/blog/2014/10/19/qa-small-generators-pose-big-challenge-to-utilities/

Yeniseysky underground laboratory by 2024

Yeniseysky underground laboratory by 2024

 Russia's national operator for radioactive waste management (NO RAO) aims to build by 2024 an underground research laboratory tasked with studying the possibility of final waste disposal of high-level radioactive waste in the Nizhnekansky Granite Massif in Krasnoyarsk.

http://www.world-nuclear-news.org/WR-Teniseysky-underground-laboratory-by-2024-17101401.html

Utilities pressed to make quick decision on scrapping aged reactors

Utilities pressed to make quick decision on scrapping aged reactors



http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/10/17/national/utilities-pressed-to-make-quick-decision-on-scrapping-aged-reactors/#.VEP1v-e7nlN

Vermont Yankee: Shutdown to cost $1.24 billion

Vermont Yankee: Shutdown to cost $1.24 billion

http://hosted2.ap.org/NHWLV/280158b974a7406dadf01c0811671fc2/Article_2014-10-17-VT-Vermont-Yankee-Decommissioning/id-ed9c2dde1a8f4ea68f61823a71dfef2b

Don’t Get Too Excited – No One Has Cracked Nuclear Fusion Yet


Don’t Get Too Excited – No One Has Cracked Nuclear Fusion Yet



http://io9.com/don-t-get-too-excited-no-one-has-cracked-nuclear-fusi-1648014206

Russia welcomes India's decision to go for more nuclear energy

Russia welcomes India's decision to go for more nuclear energy


http://articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com/2014-10-17/news/55148264_1_kadakin-russian-ambassador-india-alexander-m

→ Chinese nuclear firms enter eastern European market

 

Chinese nuclear firms enter eastern European market

  • China General Nuclear to build two reactors in Romania
  • Chinese government expresses interest in supporting a bid for new tender at Temelin

 

http://neutronbytes.com/2014/10/19/chinese-nuclear-firms-enter-eastern-european-market/

Los Alamos scientist says nuclear "needs to be a viable part of our energy mix."

Los Alamos scientist says nuclear "needs to be a viable part of our energy mix."

Paul Dixon is Multi-Lab Manager of the Advance Simulation Capability for Environmental Management at Los Alamos National Laboratory.
The Michigan native and Albion College alumnus talks about the state and future of nuclear energy in the United States.


http://www.mlive.com/environment/index.ssf/2014/10/los_alamos_scientist_says_nucl.html

Ghost of Yucca Mtn returns to haunt Sen. Harry Reid

Ghost of Yucca Mtn returns to haunt Sen. Harry Reid

The release of a long sequestered technical report by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission may put the site back on the road to a license.


http://neutronbytes.com/2014/10/18/ghost-of-yucca-mtn-returns-to-haut-sen-harry-reid/

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