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Monday, July 6, 2015

Fukushima Update 6/6/15

Fukushima Update 6/6/15 –

The lifting of Nahara’s evacuation order is delayed three weeks… Sendai unit #1 is scheduled to begin fuel loading in Tuesday… Fukushima Prefecture refuses to meet Tokyo on the high level nuclear waste issue… A ministry-appointed panel criticizes making the high level waste briefings “closed door”.

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

China is building two untested nuclear reactors on Pakistan's coast

China is building two untested nuclear reactors on Pakistan's coast

Pakistan has agreed to the construction of two nuclear reactors in Karachi, a coastal city in a tsunami-prone zone. After the 2011 Fukushima disaster in Japan, scientists and civil society activists are asking why.


http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Asia-South-Central/2015/0706/China-is-building-two-untested-nuclear-reactors-on-Pakistan-s-coast

US Spin On Access To Iranian Sites Has Distorted The Issue

US Spin On Access To Iranian Sites Has Distorted The Issue
By Gareth Porter
The Americans may have been doing precisely what they were accusing the Iranians of doing. -

Iran seeks end to UN arms embargo alongside nuclear deal

Iran seeks end to UN arms embargo alongside nuclear deal


http://www.albawaba.com/news/iran-seeks-end-un-arms-embargo-alongside-nuclear-deal-716356


Iran Says Nuclear Deal Must Include Lifting of U.N. Arms Embargo

Iranian and U.S. officials say negotiations may extend beyond Tuesday deadline

http://www.wsj.com/articles/iran-says-nuclear-deal-must-include-lifting-of-u-n-arms-embargo-1436191080

Iran Faces Hard Choices in Nuclear Talks, Kerry Warns


http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/06/world/middleeast/iran-nuclear-negotations-john-kerry-warning.html

Iran Revives Embargo Debate as Nuclear Talks Near End

Iran Revives Embargo Debate as Nuclear Talks Near End



http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/07/world/middleeast/iran-revives-embargo-debate-as-nuclear-talks-near-end.html?_r=0

India's First Nuclear Power Plant Steam Generators Shipped To Kakrapar 3

India's First Nuclear Power Plant Steam Generators Shipped To Kakrapar 3


http://nuclearstreet.com/nuclear_power_industry_news/b/nuclear_power_news/archive/2015/07/06/india_2700_s-first-nuclear-power-plant-steam-generators-shipped-to-kakrapar-3-070602.aspx#.VZrJf_nlxbI

China's new 2030 Climate Target Will Contribute to a Lower and Earlier Emissions Peak

Posted: 06 Jul 2015 07:02 AM PDT
China formally submitted its climate pledge for the post-2020 period in preparation for the new international climate agreement. These details were announced as part of the US-China climate agreement last November, but China has now added a carbon intensity reduction target to its 2030 goals.read morehttp://www.theenergycollective.com/jakeschmidt/2245235/chinas-new-2030-climate-target-will-contribute-lower-and-earlier-emissions-peak-?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=The+Energy+Collective+%28all+posts%29

Hawaii and Vermont Set High Renewable Portfolio Standard Targets

Posted: 06 Jul 2015 03:00 AM PDT
Two states recently passed legislation that would require significant increases in renewable electricity generation. On June 8, Hawaii updated legislation setting a 100% renewable portfolio standard (RPS) by 2045. On June 11, Vermont passed a bill creating a 75% RPS by 2032.read morehttp://www.theenergycollective.com/todayinenergy/2245348/hawaii-and-vermont-set-high-renewable-portfolio-standard-targets?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=The+Energy+Collective+%28all+posts%29

The Dog that Did Not Bark: A Nuclear Power Story

Posted: 06 Jul 2015 04:54 AM PDT
A memorable Sherlock Holmes story involves "the curious incident of the dog" that did not bark when expected, and a much more contemporary California version involves calm in the aftermath of a sudden 2013 retirement for two giant nuclear power plants.read morehttp://www.theenergycollective.com/nrdcswitchboard/2245752/dog-did-not-bark-nuclear-power-story?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=The+Energy+Collective+%28all+posts%29

Demand for Small Modular Reactors may be Impacted by Supreme Court Ruling on EPA Coal Plant Emissions

Posted: 06 Jul 2015 06:26 AM PDT
The US Supreme Court recently threw out EPA’s coal emissions regulations that if implemented would have forced many utilities to close older coal-fired plants. The new emissions controls are aimed at mercury and other toxic pollutants which are not removed from stack emissions by current air pollution controls.read morehttp://www.theenergycollective.com/dan-yurman/2245276/demand-small-modular-reactors-may-be-impacted-supreme-court-ruling-epa-coal-plant

Inexpensive Nuclear Energy – We Did It Before; Why Can’t We Do It Again?

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Inexpensive Nuclear Energy – We Did It Before; Why Can’t We Do It Again?

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GOP lawmakers put pressure on NRC over nuclear reactor fees

GOP lawmakers put pressure on NRC over nuclear reactor fees

https://www.snl.com/Interactivex/article.aspx?CdId=A-33130272-13366

The power of nuclear energy

The power of nuclear energy


http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/246800-the-power-of-nuclear-energy

Former Dallas mayor: It's time to build more nuclear reactors

Former Dallas mayor: It's time to build more nuclear reactors



http://www.bizjournals.com/sanantonio/news/2015/07/03/former-dallas-mayor-its-time-to-build-more-nuclear.html

Ex-Im Bank closure undercuts nuclear industry, manufacturer says

Ex-Im Bank closure undercuts nuclear industry, manufacturer says
The participation of domestic nuclear energy technology firms in a worldwide nuclear power boom is threatened by the closure of the Export-Import Bank, according to James Stouch, vice president of business development and sales at Precision Custom Components. With 165 nuclear plants worldwide in the late planning stages, U.S. companies are losing an important method of proving financing is available for international contracts with the bank's closure, Stouch said. "The market for new nuclear generation is going to be international for about the next five to 10 years," Stouch said. The Christian Science Monitor (7/2)http://www.csmonitor.com/Environment/Energy/2015/0702/Why-the-US-nuclear-industry-is-eager-to-save-this-obscure-government-run-bank

How startups can save nuclear tech

How startups can save nuclear tech



http://fortune.com/2015/07/06/how-startups-can-save-nuclear-tech/?xid=yahoo_fortune

Obama’s Renewable-Energy Fantasy

Obama’s Renewable-Energy Fantasy

Bill Gates recently noted that the cost of decarbonization using today’s technology is ‘beyond astronomical.’



http://www.wsj.com/articles/obamas-renewable-energy-fantasy-1436104555

Overwhelming Expert Consensus Favors Agreement with Iran

http://www.lobelog.com/overwhelming-expert-consensus-favors-agreement-with-iran/#more-29954

Overwhelming Expert Consensus Favors Agreement with Iran

by Joe Cirincione
There is an overwhelming consensus among non-proliferation, nuclear policy, and national security experts that a negotiated accord is the best, and likely the only, way to ensure that Iran never builds a nuclear weapon. But you would not know that if you relied on congressional hearings or most media coverage of the negotiations.http://www.lobelog.com/overwhelming-expert-consensus-favors-agreement-with-iran/#more-29954

South African procurement to start soon

South African procurement to start soon
The South African government intends to begin its nuclear new-build procurement process this month, energy minister Tina Joemat-Petterson has indicated in a response to parliamentary questions.http://www.world-nuclear-news.org/NN-South-African-procurement-to-start-soon-0607167.html

Russia's Atomproekt records revenue shortfall in first accounts

Russia's Atomproekt records revenue shortfall in first accounts
Russia's reactor design subsidiary Atomproekt has reported lower earnings and net profit than expected in its first year of operations following consolidation with other Rosatom subsidiaries.http://www.world-nuclear-news.org/C-Russias-Atomproekt-records-revenue-shortfall-in-first-accounts-0607201501.html

Fuel loading for Japanese reactor restart

Fuel loading for Japanese reactor restart
Nuclear fuel will be loaded at Sendai 1 tomorrow, marking a significant step on its road to becoming the first Japanese reactor to restart, later this year.http://www.world-nuclear-news.org/RS-Fuel-loading-for-Japanese-reactor-restart-0606151.html

Austria files action against Hinkley Point project

Austria files action against Hinkley Point project
Austria's Constitutional Service of the Federal Chancellery today filed a lawsuit with the European Court against the European Commission's approval of state aid for the planned Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant in the UK.http://www.world-nuclear-news.org/NN-Austria-files-legal-action-against-Hinkley-Point-project-0607201502.html

Methane Emissions Regulations on the Horizon for the Oil and Gas Industry

Methane Emissions Regulations on the Horizon for the Oil and Gas Industry



http://www.bna.com/methane-emissions-regulations-m17179918303/?elqTrackId=6D41671FD880C46F77B9FF56BF3A4543&elq=b8f8f934e1b047bcb3417d63938ff785&elqCampaignId=1014&elqaid=1790&elqat=1

A Monday Quiz — A Blue Glow

A Monday Quiz — A Blue Glow


http://public-blog.nrc-gateway.gov/2015/07/06/a-monday-quiz-a-blue-glow/

Climate Policy and National Security

Climate Policy and National Security


http://news.heartland.org/newspaper-article/2015/07/06/climate-policy-and-national-security

Refueling Of Senai No. 1 Reactor To Begin This Week

Refueling Of Senai No. 1 Reactor To Begin This Week


http://nuclearstreet.com/nuclear_power_industry_news/b/nuclear_power_news/archive/2015/07/06/refueling-of-senai-no.-1-reactor-to-begin-this-week-070601.aspx#.VZpwGEWKI-8

Greenpeace, German utilities launch suit against UK nuclear plant

Greenpeace, German utilities launch suit against UK nuclear plant


http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/07/02/britain-nuclear-lawsuit-idUSL8N0ZH42M20150702?feedType=RSS&feedName=utilitiesSector

EU backs Westinghouse-led Group to diversify nuclear fuel supply to VVER reactors

EU backs Westinghouse-led Group to diversify nuclear fuel supply to VVER reactors


http://nuclear.energy-business-review.com/news/westinghouse-led-to-diversify-nuclear-fuel-supply-to-vver-reactors-300615-4615119

Ionising Radiation & Risk of Death from Leukaemia & Lymphoma in Radiation-Monitored Workers (INWORKS): an International Cohort Study

Ionising Radiation & Risk of Death from Leukaemia & Lymphoma in Radiation-Monitored Workers (INWORKS): an International Cohort Study



https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/07/03/ionising-radiation-risk-of-death-from-leukaemia-lymphoma-in-radiation-monitored-workers-inworks-an-international-cohort-study/

Leukemia and lymphoma study recently published in Lancet being strong challenged by SARI


Leukemia and lymphoma study recently published in Lancet being strong challenged by SARI



http://atomicinsights.com/leukemia-and-lymphoma-study-recently-published-in-lancet-being-strong-challenged-by-sari/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+AtomicInsights+%28Atomic+Insights%29

Why the US nuclear industry is eager to save this obscure, government-run bank


Why the US nuclear industry is eager to save this obscure, government-run bank

The US nuclear industry has looked abroad for business as demand in the US has fallen. But without the Export-Import Bank's backing, some say it would be harder for US companies to seal nuclear deals abroad.


http://www.csmonitor.com/Environment/Energy/2015/0702/Why-the-US-nuclear-industry-is-eager-to-save-this-obscure-government-run-bank

TEPCO Calls In IAEA For Kashiwazaki-Kariwa Evaluation


TEPCO Calls In IAEA For Kashiwazaki-Kariwa Evaluation

http://nuclearstreet.com/nuclear_power_industry_news/b/nuclear_power_news/archive/2015/07/03/tepco-calls-in-iaea-for-npp-evaluation-070301.aspx#.VZpt9UWKI-8

Disowning Fukushima: Managing the credibility of nuclear reliability assessment in the wake of disaster


Disowning Fukushima: Managing the credibility of nuclear reliability assessment in the wake of disaster


http://www.citeulike.org/user/rareif/article/13475407

White House to agencies: Consider climate costs in next budget


White House to agencies: Consider climate costs in next budget

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/wh-to-agencies-consider-climate-costs-in-next-budget/article/2567550

Making sense of the Tesla Triumvirate – solar, batteries and electric vehicles

Making sense of the Tesla Triumvirate – solar, batteries and electric vehicles


http://bravenewclimate.com/2015/07/05/making-sense-of-the-tesla-triumvirate-solar-batteries-and-electric-vehicles/

Porter: Nuclear power key to carbon reduction


Porter: Nuclear power key to carbon reduction



http://hamptonroads.com/2015/07/porter-nuclear-power-key-carbon-reduction

Nuclear News Roundup for July 6, 2015

Nuclear News Roundup for July 6, 2015


http://nuclearstreet.com/pro_nuclear_power_blogs/b/neutron-bytes/archive/2015/07/05/nuclear-news-roundup-for-july-6-2015.aspx

International Atomic Energy Agency Reviews Nigeria's Nuclear Power Infrastructure Development

International Atomic Energy Agency Reviews Nigeria's Nuclear Power Infrastructure Development


http://www.electricenergyonline.com/detail_news.php?ID=537115&titre=International+Atomic+Energy+Agency+Reviews+Nigeria%27s+Nuclear+Power+Infrastructure+Development&cat=%3b52

Videos available of Nuclear Matters Boston meeting

Videos available of Nuclear Matters Boston meeting


http://nuclearstreet.com/pro_nuclear_power_blogs/b/neutron-bytes/archive/2015/07/05/videos-available-of-nuclear-matters-boston-meeting.aspx

NRC Nears Decision on PSEG ESP for Salem/Hope Creek

NRC Nears Decision on PSEG ESP for Salem/Hope Creek



http://nuclearstreet.com/pro_nuclear_power_blogs/b/neutron-bytes/archive/2015/07/05/nrc-nears-decision-on-pseg-esp-for-salem-hope-creek.aspx

Hungary, Euratom Clear All Issues on Russian Nuclear Fuel Supplies

CIVIL NUCLEAR
Hungary, Euratom Clear All Issues on Russian Nuclear Fuel Supplies

http://www.nuclearpowerdaily.com/reports/Hungary_Euratom_Clear_All_Issues_on_Russian_Nuclear_Fuel_Supplies_999.html

Japan Creates Scorpion-Robot to Explore Fukushima Reactor

CIVIL NUCLEAR
Japan Creates Scorpion-Robot to Explore Fukushima Reactor
http://www.nuclearpowerdaily.com/reports/Japan_Creates_Scorpion_Robot_to_Explore_Fukushima_Reactor_999.html

The power of nuclear energy


The power of nuclear energy


http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/246800-the-power-of-nuclear-energy

Study suggests very tiny increased risk to leukemia from radiation but evidence not conclusive or convincing

Study suggests very tiny increased risk to leukemia from radiation but evidence not conclusive or convincing



http://nextbigfuture.com/2015/07/study-suggests-very-tiny-increased-risk.html

Will Putin Pay for $100 Billion South Africa Nuclear Plan?

Will Putin Pay for $100 Billion South Africa Nuclear Plan?



http://washpost.bloomberg.com/Story?docId=1376-NQTBL86S972901-6LRITEC4JJP78S31CMS42BMHJ9

Hacking the food chain, Silicon Valley style

Hacking the food chain, Silicon Valley style
Washington (AFP) July 3, 2015 - A wave of Silicon Valley-style disruption is hitting the food industry. Lab-grown meat, vegan cheese and "animal free" milk and eggs are headed for consumers, often with backing from the tech sector and its financial allies. These products could fill an important need while reducing environmental problems such as energy and land use for traditional food industries, according to backers. ... morehttp://www.seeddaily.com/reports/Hacking_the_food_chain_Silicon_Valley_style_999.html

Seafood supply altered by climate change

Seafood supply altered by climate change
Vancouver, Canada (SPX) Jul 05, 2015 - The global supply of seafood is set to change substantially and many people will not be able to enjoy the same quantity and dishes in the future due to climate change and ocean acidification, according to UBC scientists. These findings were released in Japan by the Nereus program, an international research team led by UBC scientists and supported by the Nippon Foundation. The Nereus progra ... morehttp://www.terradaily.com/reports/Seafood_supply_altered_by_climate_change_999.html

Powers warn Iran 'now is the time' for nuclear deal

Powers warn Iran 'now is the time' for nuclear deal
Vienna (AFP) July 5, 2015 - Global powers upped the pressure on Iran late Sunday warning now was "the time" to strike an elusive deal curbing its nuclear ambitions, as the US said the fate of the talks hung in the balance. US Secretary of State John Kerry stressed that after almost two years of negotiations and on the ninth day of these latest talks "genuine progress" had been made. But after meeting his Iranian co ... morehttp://www.spacewar.com/reports/Powers_warn_Iran_now_is_the_time_for_nuclear_deal_999.html

Supreme Court Decision Unlikely to Stall the Shift Away from Coal Plants


Supreme Court Decision Unlikely to Stall the Shift Away from Coal Plants

As market forces chip away at the coal industry, many plants are being repurposed as data centers, museums, and mixed-use neighborhoods.

http://www.technologyreview.com/news/538896/supreme-court-decision-unlikely-to-stall-the-shift-away-from-coal-plants/?utm_campaign=newsletters&utm_source=newsletter-weekly-energy&utm_medium=email&utm_content=20150706

EPA Loses a Battle with Court Ruling, but Not the War

EPA Loses a Battle with Court Ruling, but Not the War

The Supreme Court’s ruling on mercury and other toxins could help the effort to limit greenhouse gas emissions.


http://www.technologyreview.com/news/538911/epa-loses-a-battle-with-court-ruling-but-not-the-war/?utm_campaign=newsletters&utm_source=newsletter-weekly-energy&utm_medium=email&utm_content=20150706

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Energy rules have Virginia weighing new nuclear reactor at North Anna

Energy rules have Virginia weighing new nuclear reactor at North Anna



http://www.richmond.com/news/article_7a8900ad-9969-538a-a272-b3e794edc9a4.html

Kerry Says Difficult Issues Still to Be Resolved for an Iran Deal

Kerry Says Difficult Issues Still to Be Resolved for an Iran Deal

U.S. will walk away if Iran intransigent



http://www.wsj.com/articles/kerry-says-difficult-issues-still-to-be-resolved-for-an-iran-deal-1436110315

Iran and world powers edge towards nuclear deal

Iran and world powers edge towards nuclear deal



http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/a8e83080-2327-11e5-bd83-71cb60e8f08c.html#axzz3f2g8P7Hh

Iran's Nuclear Program A Child Of Washington

Iran's Nuclear Program A Child Of Washington



http://www.rferl.org/content/iran-united-states-nuclear-program-key-role/27110689.html

Nigeria: Why Akwa Ibom Leaders Rejected Nuclear Power Plant

Nigeria: Why Akwa Ibom Leaders Rejected Nuclear Power Plant



http://allafrica.com/stories/201507050134.html

On gas, nuclear, hydro, Vermont ducks energy problems

On gas, nuclear, hydro, Vermont ducks energy problems



http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/jul/5/on-gas-nuclear-hydro-vermont-ducks-energy-problems/

Mostly about Vermont Yankee: The Boston Meeting on the future New England Energy Mix

Mostly about Vermont Yankee: The Boston Meeting on the future New England Energy Mix

Looking forward to Nuclear Going Forward

http://yesvy.blogspot.com/2015/07/mostly-about-vermont-yankee-boston.html#.VZlyzvnlxbJ

Rosatom seeks EU Nuke Partners for Emerging Markets

Sanctions against Russia imposed because of Moscow’s actions in Crimea and eastern Ukraine, have created more problems for Russia’s partners than the country’s nuclear industry, the Rosatom France CEO tells New Europe



http://www.neurope.eu/article/rosatom-seeks-eu-nuke-partners-for-emerging-markets/


Editor's Comment - Another missed opportunity for the US nuclear industry

Germany's Energy Transition Breaks The Energiewende Paradox

Germany's Energy Transition Breaks The Energiewende Paradox



http://www.forbes.com/sites/jamesconca/2015/07/02/germanys-energy-transition-breaks-the-energiewende-paradox/?ss=energy

White House goes quiet on role of nuclear power in Brazil climate deal

White House goes quiet on role of nuclear power in Brazil climate deal


http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/white-house-goes-quiet-on-role-of-nuclear-power-in-brazil-climate-deal/article/2567599

Nuclear News Roundup for July 6, 2015

http://neutronbytes.com/2015/07/05/nuclear-news-roundup-for-july-6-2015/



  • Finland moves ahead with Hanhikivi construction license, but faces questions about an investor
  • Finland’s TVO pulls the plug on plans for fourth nuclear reactor
  • Areva signs multiple nuclear energy agreements with China
  • NuScale sets schedule for SMR design certification application to the NRC 
http://neutronbytes.com/2015/07/05/nuclear-news-roundup-for-july-6-2015/

s Is the Carbon Tax Dead?


Is the Carbon Tax Dead?

The idea has been around for decades. Economists love it. But only 15 governments worldwide have it.

http://www.technologyreview.com/questionoftheweek/538946/is-the-carbon-tax-dead/?utm_campaign=newsletters

Making sense of the Tesla Triumvirate – solar, batteries and electric vehicles

Making sense of the Tesla Triumvirate – solar, batteries and electric vehicles



http://bravenewclimate.com/2015/07/05/making-sense-of-the-tesla-triumvirate-solar-batteries-and-electric-vehicles/

Saturday, July 4, 2015

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How an Iran Nuclear Deal Would Upend U.S. Non-Proliferation Policy

How an Iran Nuclear Deal Would Upend U.S. Non-Proliferation Policy


http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2015/07/04/how-an-iran-nuclear-deal-would-upend-u-s-non-proliferation-policy/

IAEA Chief Aims to Report on Iran’s Past Nuclear Work This Year

IAEA Chief Aims to Report on Iran’s Past Nuclear Work This Year

U.S., Iran make progress on tricky issue of sanctions relief, official say



http://www.wsj.com/articles/iaea-chief-aims-to-report-on-irans-past-nuclear-work-this-year-1436007107

Fennovoima submits an application for a construction licence to build the nuclear reactor

Fennovoima submits an application for a construction licence to build the nuclear reactor



http://www.neurope.eu/article/finns-say-russian-supplied-nuke-reactor-adds-energy-independence/

Nigeria: Proposed Siting of Nuclear Power Plant By Govt in Akwa Ibom Rejected

Nigeria: Proposed Siting of Nuclear Power Plant By Govt in Akwa Ibom Rejected



http://allafrica.com/stories/201507031054.html

Energy – For Life

Energy – For Life
By Energy Tomorrow Blog, Friday, July 3, 2015 10:00 AM
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This weekend our country celebrates 239 years of independence, as well as our collective belief in equality and unalienable rights – enumerated in the Declaration of Independence as “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” Heading into Independence Day 2015, it’s fitting to draw some connections between American energy and American life, liberty and the… Keep reading →http://breakingenergy.com/2015/07/03/energy-for-life/?utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=20386467&_hsenc=p2ANqtz--gn1ttUC2N5T-PPwILS5s04yif_4Yujq1RPeG3bVDAuQMV_Mm3hItNTKow4iTFdrA86tarYMBsOugz52uF77IszE-BcQ&_hsmi=20386467

IEA: Reducing Oil & Gas Methane Key To Curbing Climate Change

IEA: Reducing Oil & Gas Methane Key To Curbing Climate Change



http://breakingenergy.com/2015/07/03/iea-reducing-oil-gas-methane-key-to-curbing-climate-change/?utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=20386467&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-_UYwonPLR76dHlZkK81WfBAnJL6AhIoAyqwO9lOjYTrSSTLwnWWRXxacNip5scwvEhjM8FWQHPrI24zD3BGPfSbMWNfg&_hsmi=20386467

History Of The Strategic Petroleum Reserve

History Of The Strategic Petroleum Reserve



http://breakingenergy.com/2015/07/03/history-of-the-strategic-petroleum-reserve/?utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=20386467&_hsenc=p2ANqtz--Wnmno17uhp6yLAIrg5pPOQWYquwR4EVmUYqBB5VT9NnZEFrGO8SpQfrRpBa3St6pdgSTLmgKFojyE9y2CKsIkcDsHqw&_hsmi=20386467

This dome in the Pacific houses tons of radioactive waste – and it's leaking


This dome in the Pacific houses tons of radioactive waste – and it's leaking

The Runit Dome in the Marshall Islands is a hulking legacy of years of US nuclear testing. Now locals and scientists are warning that rising sea levels caused by climate change could cause 111,000 cubic yards of debris to spill into the ocean


http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jul/03/runit-dome-pacific-radioactive-waste

Friday, July 3, 2015

Nuclear Safety is a Continuum, not a Final Destination

Nuclear Safety is a Continuum, not a Final Destination

Post-Fukushima Operational Safety Conference Closes

The Fukushima accident emphasised the urgent need for the nuclear industry to address the events and natural hazards that are possible, but seem very unlikely. Above, a member of the May 2011 IAEA fact-finding mission visiting the seawater intake area of the Fukushima Daini Nuclear Power Plant to assess tsunami damage. (Photo: G. Webb/IAEA)
“There’s this continuum with regard to safety improvement,” said Ken Ellis, CEO of the World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO) and Chair of the International Conference on Operational Safety, held at IAEA headquarters in Vienna last week. Nuclear safety is a work in progress and not a status that is reached once and forever. “And the nuclear industry has learned that the best way to improve safety is to assist each other in that endeavour, share operating experience, share good practices, and create a learning industry.”
This Conference, which ran from 23 to 26 June, was held to share information and discuss the progress made in  nuclear industry safety since the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant accident four years ago. Over 200 nuclear professionals from 42 countries and seven international organisations attended the event. Participants included licensees, government officials, and representatives from nuclear utilities, regulatory bodies, the nuclear industry and academia, as well as senior policymakers.
Between us we already have the skills, the tools and the abilities to make operational safety a reality everywhere, every day.
— Denis Flory, IAEA Deputy Director General and Head of the Department of Nuclear Safety and Security
Denis Flory, IAEA Deputy Director General and Head of the Department of Nuclear Safety and Security, said, “This gathering of leadership, oversight and support in the nuclear power field sends a very strong message that, collectively, we recognise the importance of operational safety in these post-Fukushima Daiichi accident times.”
Unexpected (but Possible) Hazards
Addressing the implications of the 2011 Fukushima accident, Ellis said it has taught the nuclear industry that there is a need to address the events and natural hazards that seem highly unlikely, but which are within the realm of possibility.
“So yes, the industry has made further improvements in safety. For the past four years all of the plants in the world have made changes ensuring that they are now protected against these very unlikely natural hazards. They have been building new infrastructure, putting in extra defences, and making our responses to significant events more robust.”
Flory added that nuclear operators and regulators should be more open to requesting and accepting advice from external parties in the international community as they deliberate and prepare for unlikely hazards.
Sharing and Peer Reviews Key to Safety
Operational safety improves through the efforts and initiative of the nuclear industry as well as with support from international organisations like the IAEA and WANO. The IAEA creates internationally-recognised consensus-based safety standards, and provides Member States with expert advice, guidance and peer review services, upon request. WANO, with 438 operational nuclear power plants under its umbrella, also provides peer reviews to its members.
Flory noted that cooperation as well as peer reviews are key to the safe operation of nuclear facilities. “In peer reviews you have people who are working on the same sort of facilities, coming from the same sort of regulators, and who bring their experience, who share their experience. During these exercises you always notice good practices. And these good practices, with time, become the norm.
“This is what we mean when we talk about continuous improvement.”
Conference Conclusions
Findings, lessons learned and conclusions reached during this conference focused on these major items:
  • The essential need for self-assessments, peer reviews and regulatory inspections to address lessons learned since the Fukushima accident and strengthen operational safety;
  • Improvements to external peer review coordination and the further promulgation of good international guidance among Member States;
  • Many severe management and emergency response improvements have been made, however, further human and organizational improvements on all fronts are still needed when confronted with severe conditions;
  • Sharing operational experience needs to be further encouraged, facilitated and integrated to continuously improve operational safety;
  • No organization works in isolation: the safety culture of the operator is influenced by the safety culture of the regulator and vice versa. Everything the regulator says or does not say  has an effect on the operator. The national institutions and other cultural factors affect the regulatory framework. Corporate leadership is integral to achieving and improving safety culture, the challenge here is that regulators are not always allowed to conduct oversight at the corporate management level.
  • The issues, challenges and safety impacts of ageing management and long-term operation of power reactors.
These conclusions and recommendations will inform and guide the IAEA’s future work on nuclear safety.
“If there is one key message that we can perhaps all take away from this conference it is this: as nations, organisations and individuals we may all be independent, but at the same time we are all interdependent, and between us we already have the skills, the tools and the abilities to make operational safety a reality everywhere, every day,” said Flory.
Broadening knowledge on operational safety
The next international conference on safety is planned for February 2016 and will focus on the human and organizational aspects of nuclear safety, as well as explore 30 years of safety culture.

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Fossil fuels have made up at least 80% of U.S. fuel mix since 1900



July 2, 2015

Fossil fuels have made up at least 80% of U.S. fuel mix since 1900

http://www.eia.gov/todayinenergy/detail.cfm?id=21912graph of share of energy consumption in the United States, as explained in the article text
Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Monthly Energy Review

While the energy history of the United States is one of significant change, three fossil fuel sources—petroleum, natural gas, and coal—have made up at least 80% of total U.S. energy consumption for more than 100 years. Recent increases in the domestic production of petroleum liquids and natural gas prompted shifts between the uses of fossil fuels (largely from coal-fired to natural gas-fired power generation), but the predominance of these three energy sources is likely to continue into the future.
For the first several decades of American history, families used wood (a renewable energy source) as a primary source of energy. Coal became dominant in the late 19th century before being overtaken by petroleum products in the middle of the 20th century, a time when natural gas usage also rose quickly. Since the mid-20th century, use of coal increased again (mainly as a primary energy source for electric power generation), and a new form of energy—nuclear electric power—emerged. After a pause in the 1970s, the use of petroleum and natural gas resumed growth. Petroleum consumption decreased in recent years, but natural gas has continued to provide a greater share of U.S. energy consumption. In the late 1980s, renewable energy consumption (other than wood and hydroelectric) began to appear, increasing significantly in the mid-2000s. In 2014, the renewable share of energy consumption in the United States was the highest (nearly 10%) since the 1930s, when wood represented a larger share of consumption. Renewable energy is a small but growing piece of the U.S. energy mix. The greatest growth in renewables today is in solar and wind power, which along with geothermal and biomass, are included in other renewables.
graph of energy consumption in the United States, as explained in the article text
Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Monthly Energy Review

Principal contributor: EIA Staff

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