Michele Kearney's Nuclear Wire

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

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Lessons from the Coal Bust

Lessons from the Coal Bust



http://energyoutlook.blogspot.com/2016/04/lessons-from-coal-bust.html

Texas Firm Files with NRC for Interim Storage Site License for Spent Nuclear Fuel

Texas Firm Files with NRC for Interim Storage Site License for Spent Nuclear Fuel



http://www.theenergycollective.com/dan-yurman/2377456/texas-firm-files-with-nrc-for-interim-storage-site-license-for-spent-nuclear-fuel-2?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=The+Energy+Collective+%28all+posts%29

Globalization of the Gas Market: It has Been Going on Longer Than You Think

Globalization of the Gas Market: It has Been Going on Longer Than You Think
http://www.theenergycollective.com/energy-post/2377461/globalization-of-the-gas-market-it-has-been-going-on-longer-than-you-think?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=The+Energy+Collective+%28all+posts%29

Chinese Nuclear Firms Seen by U.S. Winning Deals With Financing

Chinese Nuclear Firms Seen by U.S. Winning Deals With Financing


http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-05-03/chinese-nuclear-firms-seen-by-u-s-winning-deals-with-financing

DTE Energy Co. says its Fermi 2 nuclear power plant in southeastern Michigan has been shut down for repairs

DTE Energy Co. says its Fermi 2 nuclear power plant in southeastern Michigan has been shut down for repairs



http://www.dailyjournal.net/view/story/28f1fd43cd6e4f8aac12e143ab6597e1/MI--Fermi-2-Repairs

Korean energy giant linked to Moorside nuclear power project in west Cumbria

Korean energy giant linked to Moorside nuclear power project in west Cumbria


http://www.in-cumbria.com/Korean-energy-giant-linked-to-Moorside-nuclear-power-project-in-west-Cumbria-d5e4cf40-91e0-484b-b33a-9e1c818f0e45-ds

Plant Vogtle Aims to Set Standard of Nuclear Energy, Success Could Mean More Power Plants in Georgia

Plant Vogtle Aims to Set Standard of Nuclear Energy, Success Could Mean More Power Plants in Georgia


http://wjbf.com/2016/05/03/plant-vogtle-aims-to-set-standard-of-nuclear-energy-success-could-mean-more-power-plants/

AREVA Components Problem Escalates

AREVA Components Problem Escalates



http://nuclearstreet.com/nuclear_power_industry_news/b/nuclear_power_news/archive/2016/05/04/areva-components-problem-escalates-050401#.VypFRXpmouc

New Nuclear Reactor may come to the INL

New Nuclear Reactor may come to the INL


http://www.localnews8.com/news/New-Nuclear-Reactor-may-come-to-the-INL/39361766

Rs 3,000 crore per annum plan to boost nuclear power sector



http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/industry/energy/power/rs-3000-crore-per-annum-plan-to-boost-nuclear-power-sector/articleshow/52108028.cms

Panelists Consider Potential of Nuclear Power As Climate Change Solution

Panelists Consider Potential of Nuclear Power As Climate Change Solution


http://cornellsun.com/2016/05/04/panelists-consider-potential-of-nuclear-power-as-climate-change-solution/

International Tokomak Fusion project delayed another ten years and will cost $4 billion euro more and their are better energy project choices

International Tokomak Fusion project delayed another ten years and will cost $4 billion euro more and their are better energy project choices


http://nextbigfuture.com/2016/05/international-tokomak-fusion-project.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+blogspot%2Fadvancednano+%28nextbigfuture%29

Communicating Nuclear Energy: You Don't Have to Do It Alone

Communicating Nuclear Energy: You Don't Have to Do It Alone


http://neinuclearnotes.blogspot.com/2016/05/communicating-nuclear-energy-you-dont.html

NUSCALE TO PUT BEST VALUE SMR INTO THE RING AS UK-U.S. VENTURE TAKES SHAPE

NUSCALE TO PUT BEST VALUE SMR INTO THE RING AS UK-U.S. VENTURE TAKES SHAPE


http://newsroom.nuscalepower.com/press-release/nuscale-put-best-value-smr-ring

Clean Energy is on the Decline — Here's Why, and What We Can Do About It

Clean Energy is on the Decline — Here's Why, and What We Can Do About It
http://epillinois.org/news/2016/5/1/why-environmentalists-changed-their-mind-on-nuclear

Watts Bar Unit 2 could begin power production soon

Watts Bar Unit 2 could begin power production soon

http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/business/aroundregion/story/2016/may/03/tva-start-new-reactor-watts-bar-month/363535/

Plant Vogtle Aims to Set Standard of Nuclear Energy, Success Could Mean More Power Plants in Georgia

Plant Vogtle Aims to Set Standard of Nuclear Energy, Success Could Mean More Power Plants in Georgia



http://wjbf.com/2016/05/03/plant-vogtle-aims-to-set-standard-of-nuclear-energy-success-could-mean-more-power-plants/

Armada Media Gets Four Radioactive MI Stations.


Armada Media Gets Four Radioactive MI Stations.


http://www.insideradio.com/free/armada-media-gets-four-radioactive-mi-stations/article_1355c838-11ca-11e6-82ce-cf4350260cd6.html

The Nuclear Security Summit-2016: Expectation Vs Reality!

 
The Nuclear Security Summit-2016: Expectation Vs Reality!
http://southasiamonitor.org/detail.php?type=n&nid=16753

Developing a New Solution for Nuclear Waste Disposal -

Developing a New Solution for Nuclear Waste Disposal - See more at: http://www.labmate-online.com/news/laboratory-products/3/carbolite/developing_a_new_solution_for_nuclear_waste_disposal/38624/#sthash.sxcgEAZE.dpuf


http://www.labmate-online.com/news/laboratory-products/3/carbolite/developing_a_new_solution_for_nuclear_waste_disposal/38624/

TVA prepares to start America's first new nuclear power reactor in 20 years


TVA prepares to start America's first new nuclear power reactor in 20 years

http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/business/aroundregion/story/2016/may/04/tvas-new-47-billinuclear-unit-will-be-first-n/363677/

Pavel Luzin: The modernization of Russia's nuclear forces

Pavel Luzin: The modernization of Russia's nuclear forces


https://www.kyivpost.com/article/opinion/op-ed/pavel-luzin-the-modernization-of-russias-nuclear-forces-413124.html

Concerns raised over nuclear power programme in South Africa

Concerns raised over nuclear power programme in South Africa


https://asokoinsight.com/news/concerns-raised-over-nuclear-power-programme-in-south-africa/

Journal of Analytical Atomic Spectrometry High-Precision Measurement of W Isotopes in Fe-Ni alloy and the Effects from the Nuclear Field Shift


High-Precision Measurement of W Isotopes in Fe-Ni alloy and the Effects from the Nuclear Field Shift


http://pubs.rsc.org/en/Content/ArticleLanding/2016/JA/C6JA00015K#!divAbstract

Liberal Cabinet Divided on Future of Nuclear Energy


Liberal Cabinet Divided on Future of Nuclear Energy

http://www.theasianconnectionsnewspaper.com/liberal-cabinet-divided-on-future-of-nuclear-energy/

South Korean energy giant linked to Moorside nuclear project

South Korean energy giant linked to Moorside nuclear project


http://www.newsandstar.co.uk/news/business/South-Korean-energy-giant-linked-to-Moorside-nuclear-project-d5e4cf40-91e0-484b-b33a-9e1c818f0e45-ds

Ohio Failed To Protect Customers And Markets – So Federal Regulators Came To The Rescue

Ohio Failed To Protect Customers And Markets – So Federal Regulators Came To The Rescue
By Environmental Defense Fund Energy Exchange Blog, Tuesday, May 3, 2016 10:00 AM
American Electric Power's (AEP) Mountain
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) recently rejected Ohio-based utilities FirstEnergy and AEP’s bailout deals, which the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) recently approved. FERC, which is responsible for ensuring fair wholesale electricity prices, recognized that these backroom bailouts were “abusive,” taking advantage of “captive” customers and harming the competitive market. Fortunately, FERC’s rulings protect… Keep reading →http://breakingenergy.com/2016/05/03/ohio-failed-to-protect-customers-and-markets-so-federal-regulators-came-to-the-rescue/?utm_campaign=Breaking+Energy+Daily+Digest&utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=29239525&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-8OOunAYgvQxMiyuh4Mst-YBv4Tc2UFZhWT7l2wpzJrVXpSb4uh3ojntIC76xI8NQQdSVZGLUG5YmRvafvTaNMkX_QeAg&_hsmi=29239525

Senate Passes First Comprehensive, Bipartisan Energy Bill Since 2007

Senate Passes First Comprehensive, Bipartisan Energy Bill Since 2007
By Thomas R. Burton, Sahir Surmeli | Mintz Levin - Energy & Clean Technology Matters, Tuesday, May 3, 2016 3:00 PM

Energy Department Announces $25 Million To Accelerate Integration Of Solar Energy Into Nation’s Electrical Grid

Energy Department Announces $25 Million To Accelerate Integration Of Solar Energy Into Nation’s Electrical Grid
By U.S. Department of Energy, Tuesday, May 3, 2016 5:00 PM
danko doe solar2
WASHINGTON, D.C. — As part of the Energy Department’s ongoing efforts to modernize the nation’s grid through the Grid Modernization Initiative, the Energy Department today announced $25 million in available funding through an effort called Enabling Extreme Real-Time Grid Integration of Solar Energy (ENERGISE) to help software developers, solar companies, and utilities accelerate the integration… Keep reading →http://breakingenergy.com/2016/05/03/energy-department-announces-25-million-to-accelerate-integration-of-solar-energy-into-nations-electrical-grid/?utm_campaign=Breaking+Energy+Daily+Digest&utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=29239525&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-8z_NMdAQn7a3jIsvTsVwAl_uEJQ9Dery8NJXUpppk7Z9EkZLeyHlJnX356etymxigA53hiaJFu9qnEpkYLOfZiVxY69Q&_hsmi=29239525

Trade group recognizes Maine company's tidal energy system

Trade group recognizes Maine company's tidal energy system


http://www.pennenergy.com/articles/pennenergy/2016/05/trade-group-recognizes-maine-company-s-tidal-energy-system.html?eid=288118515&bid=1394770

Christie vetoes bill supporting windmills off Atlantic City

Christie vetoes bill supporting windmills off Atlantic City

$subtitles.get($x) New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie vetoed a bill supporting a proposed windmill farm off the coast of Atlantic City. … Continue Reading http://www.pennenergy.com/articles/pennenergy/2016/05/christie-vetoes-bill-supporting-windmills-off-atlantic-city.html?cmpid=EnlDailyPowerMay42016&eid=288118515&bid=1394770
Share: Facebook Linkedin Twitter Forward to Friend

NDA, RWM, Sellafield, Magnox, Fortum, Vattenfall, EnBW, EDF and more discuss Europe's nuclear decommissioning challenges

    NDA, RWM, Sellafield, Magnox, Fortum, Vattenfall, EnBW, EDF and more discuss Europe's nuclear decommissioning challenges

    Europe’s nuclear fleet is aging with more and more power plants heading towards shutdown. However, with political and economic pressures now also playing a part in NPP retirements, the next decade will see certain expansion in the European nuclear decommissioning and waste management market.

    That’s why NDC2016 (31st May – 1st June, Manchester) the largest meeting point for the European nuclear decommissioning and waste management executives, is more timely than ever.

    This Friday (6th May) is your last chance to save £200 when you purchase your delegate pass for the conference.

    Register here: http://bit.ly/1OYzblB

    The attendee list is the best the event has ever seen, check out just some of those attending:

    • EDF - Director of International Development
    • EDF/NNB - Head of Decommissioning/Environmental Planning
    • EnBW Kernkraft - Director Nuclear Decommissioning Services
    • EnBW Kernkraft – Senior Consultant
    • Environment Agency - RSR Manager (Legacy & Waste Issues)
    • Fortum - Senior Project Manager Decommissioning
    • LLWR - Transport & Logistics Manager
    • Magnox - Knowledge and Information Lead
    • Magnox - Head of Cost
    • NDA - Radioactive Waste Management Director
    • NDA - Head of Contract Delivery Requirements
    • RWM Ltd - Managing Director
    • RWM Ltd - Stakeholder Engagement and Communications
    • Sellafield - Head of Knowledge Management and Intellectual Property
    • Sellafield - Head of Estimating
    • Sellafield - Project Architect – Capability Task Manager
    • Sellafield - IWS manager
    • Sogin - Waste Management & Decomissioning
    • ENGIE - Head of Decommissioning
    • Vattenfall – Managing Director
    • Vattenfall - Procurement Decommissioning Coordinator
    • Vattenfall – Decommissioning Specialist
    • Westinghouse - Director - D&D Business Development
    • EDF Energy - Group Head - Nuclear Liabilities
    • NNL - Acting Director of Waste Management & Decommissioning
    • NNL - Business Leader
    • OKG AB - Decommissioning
    • ENEC - Executive Director

    Let me know if you have any questions

    Thanks

    Mike

    mvickery@nuclearenergyinsider.com
    +44 (0) 207 375 7177

European Nuclear Decommissioning Market Map

European Nuclear Decommissioning Market Map

http://img03.en25.com/Web/FCBusinessIntelligenceLtd/%7Bec236481-dcd8-47bd-baf8-6f5863bb8afd%7D_4356_-_NEI_Market_Map_V5.pdf?utm_campaign=NEI%2004MAY16%20Newsletter%20Subject%20Line%20A.htm&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Eloqua&elqTrackId=d3a6c5ef5d614cb7b3e71a82f7e4ed02&elq=bfeb2c29ddc04e7da4d65cea5e0dc33b&elqaid=17913&elqat=1&elqCampaignId=7779

US utilities must commit to digitization to cut operating costs by 30%

US utilities must commit to digitization to cut operating costs by 30%



http://analysis.nuclearenergyinsider.com/us-utilities-must-commit-digitization-cut-operating-costs-30?utm_campaign=NEI%2004MAY16%20Newsletter%20Subject%20Line%20A.htm&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Eloqua

US operator seeks swift SMR licensing to optimize low-carbon output

US operator seeks swift SMR licensing to optimize low-carbon output


http://analysis.nuclearenergyinsider.com/us-operator-seeks-swift-smr-licensing-optimize-low-carbon-output?utm_campaign=NEI%2004MAY16%20Newsletter%20Subject%20Line%20A.htm&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Eloqua

Chinese Nuclear Firms Seen by U.S. Winning Deals With Financing

Chinese Nuclear Firms Seen by U.S. Winning Deals With Financing


http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-05-03/chinese-nuclear-firms-seen-by-u-s-winning-deals-with-financing

Mothers for Nuclear: New group tries to keep Diablo Canyon open

Mothers for Nuclear: New group tries to keep Diablo Canyon open


http://www.sfchronicle.com/business/article/Mothers-for-Nuclear-New-group-tries-to-keep-7390914.php

Nuclear plants critical to New York region

Nuclear plants critical to region



http://www.democratandchronicle.com/story/opinion/guest-column/2016/04/29/essay-nuclear-power-plants/83707110/

Lockheed Still Supporting Portable Nuclear Generator

Lockheed Still Supporting Portable Nuclear Generator



http://www.defensenews.com/story/defense/innovation/2016/05/03/lockheed-nuclear-fusion-generator-investment/83870398/

WHITE HOUSE AXING TOP NUCLEAR ENERGY POST

WHITE HOUSE AXING TOP NUCLEAR ENERGY POST


http://www.nucleartownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/Director-for-Nuclear-Energy-Policy-Letter.pdf

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Something Big Coming In 2016?: Five Prominent Watchmen Issue Exceedingly Ominous Warnings

Something Big Coming In 2016?: Five Prominent Watchmen Issue Exceedingly Ominous Warnings

EIA: Natural gas net imports in 2015 at lowest level since 1986

Natural gas net imports in 2015 at lowest level since 1986

graph of natural gas trade, production, and consumption, as explained in the article text
Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Natural Gas Monthly

U.S natural gas net imports fell to 2.6 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) in 2015, continuing a decline that began in 2007, when net imports of natural gas exceeded 10 Bcf/d. While both U.S. natural gas consumption and production have increased in recent years, natural gas production has grown slightly faster, resulting in a decline in net imports. Increasing domestic production of natural gas has reduced U.S. reliance on imported natural gas and kept U.S. natural gas prices relatively low.
Most U.S. imports of natural gas come by pipeline from Canada. A small and declining amount of imported liquefied natural gas (LNG) comes mainly from Trinidad. Most U.S. exports of natural gas are sent by pipeline to Mexico and Canada. The United States also exported LNG and compressed natural gas to several countries, but these volumes were relatively minimal in 2015. EIA's Short-Term Energy Outlook expects that the United States will become a net exporter of natural gas by mid-2017.
In recent years, increasing production from shale plays in the United States has resulted in an increase in U.S. natural gas exports. Since 2012, the natural gas pipeline industry has added 3.4 Bcf/d and 0.2 Bcf/d of export capacity to Mexico and Canada, respectively. As a result, U.S. natural gas exports to Mexico grew from 1.3 Bcf/d in 2011 to 2.9 Bcf/d in 2015. U.S. natural gas net imports from Canada have remained relatively stable since 2011.
graph of natural gas imports and exports, as explained in the article text
Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Natural Gas Monthly

The natural gas industry plans to build 5.4 Bcf/d and 3.4 Bcf/d of additional export capacity to Canada and Mexico by 2019, respectively. Demand for additional export capacity from the United States to Canada and Mexico is driven by production growth in the United States and increasing demand in northern Mexico from power generators that use natural gas.
Before 2010, the United States was expanding its LNG import infrastructure. The natural gas industry built eight new LNG import terminals between 2005 and 2011: two in New England and six in the Gulf of Mexico. Net LNG imports accounted for 19% of total U.S. net imports of all natural gas in 2007, but LNG's share of imports fell to 7% in 2015. Certain parts of the United States, such as New England, continue to rely on LNG imports because of limited access to domestically produced natural gas. Other LNG terminals are adding liquefaction plants to provide LNG for exports. The Sabine Pass LNG liquefaction facility was completed earlier this year and made its first shipment (to Brazil) on February 24.

Turkey Point nuclear plant canal leaks spark more scrutiny over plans for new units

Turkey Point nuclear plant canal leaks spark more scrutiny over plans for new units


http://www.utilitydive.com/news/turkey-point-nuclear-plant-canal-leaks-spark-more-scrutiny-over-plans-for-n/418500/

Thought the Debate Over Nuclear Waste Was Buried? Not Anymore

Thought the Debate Over Nuclear Waste Was Buried? Not Anymore


https://www.environmentalleader.com/2016/05/03/thought-the-debate-over-nuclear-waste-was-buried-not-anymore/

China's urgency to stockpile oil tells us 2 things

China's urgency to stockpile oil tells us 2 things



http://www.businessinsider.com/china-stockpiling-oil-tells-us-2-things-2016-5?utm_source=alerts&nr_email_referer=1&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=post_email_list

Intelligence Chief: We Don’t Know If North Korea Has a ‘Boosted Bomb

Intelligence Chief: We Don’t Know If North Korea Has a ‘Boosted Bomb


http://www.defenseone.com/technology/2016/04/intelligence-chief-we-dont-know-if-north-korea-has-boosted-bomb/127782/

Clinton Overstates Nuclear Achievement

Clinton Overstates Nuclear Achievement


http://www.factcheck.org/2016/04/clinton-overstates-nuclear-achievement/

What Happened at Chernobyl 30 Years Ago? - Federation Of American Scientists

What Happened at Chernobyl 30 Years Ago? - Federation Of American Scientists

Chernobyl After 30: The Vesuvius of our Time

Chernobyl After 30: The Vesuvius of our Time


http://fas.org/oped/chernobyl-after-30/

Japan, U.S. agree to study on quake safety for N-plants


Japan, U.S. agree to study on quake safety for N-plants


http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0002917379

EVs alone aren't the answer


EVs alone aren't the answer

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/opinion/oped/bs-ed-electric-vehicles-20160501-story.html

New York sets aside $30 million for lost power plant taxes


New York sets aside $30 million for lost power plant taxes

http://wrvo.org/post/new-york-sets-aside-30-million-lost-power-plant-taxes#stream/0

Australia joins fourth generation reactor forum

Australia joins fourth generation reactor forum
Australia has become the 14th member of the Generation IV International Forum. In addition to accepting Australia's entry, last week the forum's policy group also elected a new chairman. http://www.world-nuclear-news.org/NP-Australia-joins-fourth-generation-reactor-forum-0305165.html

German Panel Recommends $26.4 Billion Fund For Phase Out

German Panel Recommends $26.4 Billion Fund For Phase Out


https://nuclearstreet.com/nuclear_power_industry_news/b/nuclear_power_news/archive/2016/05/02/german-panel-recommends-_2400_26.4-billion-fund-for-phase-out-050202#.VyjsWXCGhRk

Nuclear power's perils must be taken seriously

   ...      
  • Nuclear power's perils must be taken seriously


http://www.capecodtimes.com/opinion/20160503/nuclear-powers-perils-must-be-taken-seriously

How do you sell a nuclear power plant? TVA may soon find out


How do you sell a nuclear power plant? TVA may soon find out

Board to vote on sale of unfinished Bellefonte Nuclear Power Plant


http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/business/aroundregion/story/2016/may/02/tvboard-vote-sale-bellefonte-nuclear-plant/363444/

Bentley, Shelby urge TVA to sell unfinished Bellefonte Nuclear Plant


http://www.al.com/news/huntsville/index.ssf/2016/05/bentley_shelby_urge_tva_to_sel.html


Alabama officials urge TVA to sell unfinished Bellefonte nuclear plant

http://www.utilitydive.com/news/alabama-officials-urge-tva-to-sell-unfinished-bellefonte-nuclear-plant/418523/

France's nuclear giant Areva admits to '400 irregularities' in nuclear power plant parts, with 50 still in operation


France's nuclear giant Areva admits to '400 irregularities' in nuclear power plant parts, with 50 still in operation



http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/05/03/frances-nuclear-giant-areva-admits-to-400-irregularities-in-nucl/

US NRC Blog Update: Maintaining Radioactive Material Security Through Rules, Not Orders


New post on U.S. NRC Blog

Maintaining Radioactive Material Security Through Rules, Not Orders

by Moderator
Kim Lukes
Health Physicist
Office of Nuclear Material Safety and Safeguards
The NRC’s rulemaking process can be lengthy. This ensures that members of the public and interested stakeholders have an opportunity to participate and provide feedback on new requirements as they are developed.
10cfrThere are occasions, though, when we need to move quickly. In these cases, the Commission can issue “orders” to any licensee to require them to address an issue promptly.
Following the Sept. 11 attacks, we revised our approach to security for certain radioactive materials. The NRC issued new security requirements via “orders” to certain licensees requiring added protective measures when using and transporting certain types and amounts of radioactive material. The new requirements focused on materials the International Atomic Energy Agency designates as Category 1 and 2; which are the two most safety significant quantities.
The strongest restrictions were placed on these categories of radioactive material through the NRC orders due to their type and quantity, which can pose the greatest potential risk to health if used to do harm.
The requirements included background checks to ensure that people with access to radioactive materials are trustworthy and reliable. The orders also required access controls to areas where radioactive materials are stored and security barriers to prevent theft of portable devices.
Over the longer term, the NRC developed new regulations to formalize the requirements in the security orders. The creation of Part 37 to Title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations, published in 2013, was intended to replace the orders.  These rules ensure strong regulatory standards are maintained for the protection of certain types and quantities of radioactive material. NRC licensees were required to meet the new regulations in March 2014.
The NRC has agreements with 37 states allowing them to regulate radioactive materials. The Agreement States had to adopt compatible Part 37 security requirements, and their licensees had until March 19, 2016, to comply.
Because licensees are now in compliance with the new rules, the NRC has rescinded a series of material security orders. There is no change to security for these categories of radioactive material. These licensees have maintained the same higher level of security since we first issued the orders.
We are rescinding them because they are no longer needed. Licensees are complying with the Part 37 rules, instead of the orders. More details about the rescissions and our security requirements can be found here and in 10 CFR Part 37-Physical Protection of Category 1 and Category 2 Quantities of Radioactive Material.

The Rokkasho test: Has Japan learned the lessons of Fukushima?

The Rokkasho test: Has Japan learned the lessons of Fukushima?

ABSTRACT

After the Fukushima disaster of March 2011, the government of Japan created new regulations for nuclear power and nuclear reprocessing (i.e. the recycling of spent fuel). The new compliance review process deserves credit for closing some safety gaps, and if the owners of the Rokkasho reprocessing plant, a major facility under construction for more than two decades now, implement adequate measures and operate the facility as expected based on the new requirements, the plant’s safety could certainly improve. However, potential risks have thus far gone unaddressed by the new review process, and unless the government deals with these problems, it will not be able to ensure maximum safety.


http://tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/00963402.2016.1170398

The checkered operational history of high-temperature gas-cooled reactors

The checkered operational history of high-temperature gas-cooled reactors

ABSTRACT

The high-temperature gas-cooled reactor (HTGR) has long been considered a promising nuclear technology, and several countries are either considering the construction of new HTGRs or pursuing research into the field. In the past, both Germany and the United States spent large amounts of money to design and construct HTGRs, four of which fed electricity into the grid. Examining the performances of these HTGRs offers a useful guide to what one can expect from future HTGRs, if and when more are constructed, and reasons to reject that option altogether.

http://tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/00963402.2016.1170395

Nuclear Notebook Russian nuclear forces, 2016

Nuclear Notebook

Russian nuclear forces, 2016

ABSTRACT

Russia is in the middle of a broad modernization of its strategic and nonstrategic nuclear forces, including some new developments. The authors estimate that as of early 2016, the country had a stockpile of approximately 4500 nuclear warheads assigned for use by long-range strategic launchers and shorter range tactical nuclear forces. In addition, as many as 2800 retired but still largely intact warheads awaited dismantlement, for a total inventory of about 7300. The modernization program reflects the government’s conviction that strategic nuclear forces are indispensible for Russia’s security and status as a great power. Unless a new arms reduction agreement is reached in the near future, the shrinking of Russia’s strategic nuclear arsenal that has characterized the past two decades will likely come to an end, with the force leveling out at around 500 launchers with roughly 2400 assigned warheads. Combined with an increased number of military exercises and operations, as well as occasional explicit nuclear threats against other countries, the modernizations contribute to growing concern abroad about Russian intentions.


http://tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/00963402.2016.1170359

Saving nuclear arms control

Saving nuclear arms control

ABSTRACT

Despite a great reduction in the number of nuclear arms in the wake of the Cold War, the chance of their use is paradoxically higher than at any time since the tense years of the early 1980s. Recent confrontations between the United States and Russia might be the immediate cause, but the entire arms control system has been headed for a crisis for years. Facing the devastating threat of nuclear war once again, Washington and Moscow must not only unfreeze ties in general but also work together to salvage the hard-wrought gains of nuclear arms control.


http://tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/00963402.2016.1170393

Blurring the line between nuclear and nonnuclear weapons: Increasing the risk of accidental nuclear war?

Blurring the line between nuclear and nonnuclear weapons: Increasing the risk of accidental nuclear war?



http://tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/00963402.2016.1170363

Dubai Shatters All Records for Cost of Solar with Earth's Largest Solar Power Plant

Dubai Shatters All Records for Cost of Solar with Earth's Largest Solar Power Plant

May 2, 2016 | Post Your Comment
Facebook Twitter 
The cost of capital is driving project development costs. As Apricum’s Moritz Borgmann surmises in this article, the lowest bidder here (Abu Dhabi’s Masdar in partnership with Spanish developer FSV) surely has access to the Abu Dhabi government’s wealth and can borrow at rates that commercial banks could not match. Full Article http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/articles/pt/2016/05/dubai-shatters-all-records-for-cost-of-solar-with-earth-s-largest-solar-power-plant.html?cmpid=renewablesolar0532016&eid=288118515&bid=1392826

Republican Attitudes on Climate Change Thaw

Republican Attitudes on Climate Change Thaw

This Mega-Science Project Is Going A Mile Underground


This Mega-Science Project Is Going A Mile Underground
By Lauren Biron | Fermilab, Monday, May 2, 2016 5:00 PM
Employees of a Kurchatov Center for Sync
The Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment (DUNE) is a project of superlatives. It will use the world’s most intense neutrino beam and largest neutrino detector to study the weirdest and most abundant matter particles in the universe. More than 800 scientists from close to 30 countries are working on the project to crack some long-unanswered questions… Keep reading →http://breakingenergy.com/2016/05/02/this-mega-science-project-is-going-a-mile-underground/?utm_campaign=Breaking+Energy+Daily+Digest&utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=29190897&_hsenc=p2ANqtz--en6R4J5lKFYv-iLRcOKbXlflxgfKMHQDWmn39wTP5awSUcRB1AE0vVJW2Or9orOKKUzlPX1NLEHE1lnvmfkv4kHLDfg&_hsmi=29190897

US does not owe Japan apology for nuclear bombing: White House


US does not owe Japan apology for nuclear bombing: White House



http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/world/2016-05/03/content_25032955.htm

Emirati engineers blaze trail in UAE nuclear industry

Emirati engineers blaze trail in UAE nuclear industry


http://uaeinteract.com/docs/Emirati-engineers-blaze-trail-in-UAE-nuclear-industry/75355.htm

Kingston University London radiation expert reflects on impact of the Chernoybl nuclear disaster

Kingston University London radiation expert reflects on impact of the Chernoybl nuclear disaster


http://www.alphagalileo.org/ViewItem.aspx?ItemId=163712&CultureCode=en

Pyongyang gears up for congress


Pyongyang gears up for congress


http://www.chinadailyasia.com/eyeonasia/2016-05/03/content_15426648.html

UK nuclear power plant will be the most expensive object on Earth


UK nuclear power plant will be the most expensive object on Earth


https://boingboing.net/2016/05/02/uk-nuclear-power-plant-will-be.html

ISSI Institute of Strategic Studies Islamabad : Balancing South Asian Nuclear Security Triangle by Dr Adil Sultan

ISSI Institute of Strategic Studies Islamabad : Balancing South Asian Nuclear Security Triangle by Dr Adil Sultan



http://www.4-traders.com/news/ISSI-Institute-of-Strategic-Studies-Islamabad-Balancing-South-Asian-Nuclear-Security-Triangle-by-D--22284284/

‘Ice Wall’ Is Japan’s Last-Ditch Effort To Contain Fukushima Radiation


‘Ice Wall’ Is Japan’s Last-Ditch Effort To Contain Fukushima Radiation


http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/japan-ice-wall_us_56febfa4e4b0a06d5805afff

Independent Technical Support for the Frozen Soil Barrier Installation and Operation at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station (F1 Site)

Independent Technical Support for the
Frozen Soil Barrier Installation and
Operation at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear
Power Station (F1 Site)


http://sti.srs.gov/fulltext/SRNL-STI-2015-00215.pdf

IAEA 1 | P a g e Summary of AEA Experts’ Meeting on Groundwater Modelling at TEPCO’s FukusIhima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station Tokyo , Japan , 15 – 1 9 February 2016

IAEA Experts’ Meeting on Groundwater  Modelling at TEPCO’s  FukusIhima  Daiichi  Nuclear Power
1


http://www-naweb.iaea.org/napc/ih/documents/other/2016-Meeting_Summary_Groundwater%20Modelling.pdf

Managing Groundwater Radioactive Contamination at the Daiichi Nuclear Plant


Managing Groundwater Radioactive Contamination at the Daiichi Nuclear Plant

Abstract

The Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami of March 2011 severely damaged three reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station, leading to a major release of radiation into the environment. Groundwater flow through these crippled reactors continues to be one of the main causes of contamination and associated transport of radionuclides into the Pacific Ocean. In this context, a number of strategies are being implemented to manage radioactive pollution of the water resources at the nuclear plant site. Along with water treatment and purification, it is critical to restrict the groundwater flow to and from the reactors. Thus, the devised strategies combine walls containment, bores abstraction, infiltration control, and the use of tanks for the temporary storage of contaminated waters. While some of these techniques have been previously applied in other environments, they have never been tested at such a large scale. Therefore, their effectiveness remains to be seen. The present manuscript presents an overview of the methods being currently implemented to manage groundwater contamination and to mitigate the impact of hydrological pathways in the dispersion of radionuclides at Fukushima.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4515732/

Monday, May 2, 2016

MOX Contractor Slammed for Poor Performance


MOX Contractor Slammed for Poor Performance


http://www.pogo.org/blog/2016/05/mox-contractor-slammed-for-poor-performance.html

Iran Nuclear Deal: One-time Event or Breakthrough?

http://lobelog.com/iran-nuclear-deal-one-time-event-or-breakthrough/#more-34036

Iran Nuclear Deal: One-time Event or Breakthrough?

by John Limbert
Tehran and Washington have apparently hired the same speechwriter to com­pose their public statements about the state of Iranian nuclear deal (the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or JCPOA). In both capitals the proclaimed view is identical: the nuclear agreement is only a one-off event and has no larger implica­tions for U.S.-Iranian relations; there has been no break in the 35-year cycle of hostility between the two countries; the devil remains the devil, even if we had to make a deal with it; and the other side remains devious, domineering, and untrust­worthy and has not abandoned its long-time goal of doing (us) mischief.
There is even competition to outdo the other side in insisting that, because of this hostility, the JCPOA will remain a limited, unique episode. In his recent Iranian New Year’s message, Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei denounced American “tricks” such as President Obama’s Persian New Year’s mes­sage to the Iranian people and his setting up a ceremonial Iranian haft-seen (tabletop arrangement of seven symbolic items) at the White House. He continued, “I am empha­sizing my point about the enemy; I mean the United States.” The nuclear deal, he insisted, has not changed that reality.
For its part, the U.S. has taken the same public attitude. President Obama’s National Security Advisor Susan Rice recently told The Atlantic reporter Jeff Goldberg:
The Iran deal was never primarily about trying to open a new era of rela­tions between the U.S. and Iran. The aim was simply to make a danger­ous country less dangerous. No one had any expectation that Iran would be a more benign actor.
The editorialists at Tehran’s conservative newspaper Keyhan could not resist calling Rice’s statement “only a small part of the increasing anti-Iranian rhetoric of the American officials in recent months.”
We get the point: both parties agree the U.S. and Iran were not friends, are not friends, and are not going to be friends. In Tehran, America is still the “great Satan” and “world arrogance.” In Washington, Iran remains the “world’s number-one sponsor of terrorism” with hegemonic ambitions to dominate the region. In her comments, Rice barely avoided saying “malign,” the U.S. military’s favorite adjective for Iranian actions.http://lobelog.com/iran-nuclear-deal-one-time-event-or-breakthrough/#more-34036

Updated directory of N. American advanced nuclear reactor projects

The nuclear energy blog Neutron Bytes now has an updated directory of North American advanced nuclear reactor projects with links to reactor technical specifications, where available, as well as links to recent news media coverage of each project. The original list is based on a June 2015 report by the Third Way. This update is current as of May 2, 2016


Please let me know if I missed anyone.

______________________________________
Dan Yurman  dan.yurman@outlook.com
Twitter: @djysrv 
Blog: NeutronBytes  Linkedin
Mobile: 216-218-3823

Application filed for high-level nuclear waste site in Texas

 

Application filed for high-level nuclear waste site in Texas

http://www.kallanishenergy.com/2016/05/02/application-filed-high-level-nuclear-waste-site-texas/

Federal Review At Indian Point Finds Over 200 Degraded Bolts


Federal Review At Indian Point Finds Over 200 Degraded Bolts


http://cortlandt.dailyvoice.com/news/federal-review-at-indian-point-finds-over-200-degraded-bolts/656578/