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Saturday, November 12, 2011

Is deregulation really the problem for new nuclear?

Is deregulation really the problem for new nuclear?

Japan funds projects to clean up Fukushima - November 11, 2011

Japan funds projects to clean up Fukushima - November 11, 2011

Oil and gas industry ready to add jobs

Oil and gas industry ready to add jobs

IEA Official: Environmentalists 'Smoking Dope'

IEA Official: Environmentalists 'Smoking Dope'

Peter O’Neil, FinPost
Environmentalists who believe a massive global investment in renewable energy is the answer to future demands are "smoking dope," says the deputy executive director of the International Energy Agency.

Deepwater Horizon oil spill: New approach to assessing impacts of ecological damage

Deepwater Horizon oil spill: New approach to assessing impacts of ecological damage

The magnitude and depth of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill will require an unprecedented effort to determine the extent and severity of ecological damage and to develop restoration plans for affected areas in the Gulf of Mexico, says a new report. A broad approach that focuses on repairing ecosystem processes -- such as fisheries production -- in addition to replacing natural resources damaged by the spill could offer more options for restoring the Gulf region, says the congressionally mandated report.

Will Fukushima Bankrupt Japan? from Washington's Blog by WashingtonsBlog

Will Fukushima Bankrupt Japan?

from Washington's Blog

Engineers Knew Fukushima Might Be Unsafe, But Covered It Up … And Now the Extreme Vulnerabilty of NEW U.S. Plants Is Being Covered Up

Engineers Knew Fukushima Might Be Unsafe, But Covered It Up … And Now the Extreme Vulnerabilty of NEW U.S. Plants Is Being Covered Up

INPO Compiles Timeline of Fukushima Events After Japan Earthquake, Tsunami

INPO Compiles Timeline of Fukushima Events After Japan Earthquake, Tsunami

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Institute of Nuclear Power Operations has compiled a detailed timeline of events at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Japan. The detailed report, prepared as part of the integrated response to the Japan events, was delivered today to U.S. industry executives, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and members of Congress.

IEA and the Disaster of “Low Nuclear” Usage from NEI Nuclear Notes by Mark Flanagan

IEA and the Disaster of “Low Nuclear” Usage

from NEI Nuclear Notes

In Age of Austerity, France Stays with Nuclear Power

In Age of Austerity, France Stays with Nuclear Power

INPO Compiles Timeline of Fukushima Events After Japan Earthquake, Tsunami from NEI Nuclear Notes by Eric McErlain

INPO Compiles Timeline of Fukushima Events After Japan Earthquake, Tsunami

from NEI Nuclear Notes

“Three for the Future: Water, Food, Energy” from AREVA North America: Next Energy Blog by AREVA North America Blog

“Three for the Future: Water, Food, Energy”

from AREVA North America: Next Energy Blog

During the World Energy Council, Jacques Besnainou, CEO of AREVA North America, spoke with Llewellyn King about Safety Lessons from Fukushima, Used Fuel Recycling in the U.S., AREVA’s activities in North America, and the Energy Future. His comments are posted to “The White House Chronicle” blog, along with Barry Worthington of the United States Energy Association, Karl Rose of the World Energy Council, and Joan Macnaughton from Alstom.
The full video is below; Mr. Besnainou’s comments run from 18:59 – 26:32.
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China to Iran: Work With IAEA


China has warned Iran that it should show “flexibility and sincerity” over the nuclear issue, on the same day that details of an International Atomic Energy Agency report detailing its findings on the country’s nuclear program became available. “China always holds that the Iranian nuclear issue should be properly solved through dialogue and cooperation,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei reportedly told a daily news briefing. “The Iranian side should also show flexibility and sincerity.” Both China and Russia have warned against a possible military strike as speculation grows that Israel might be considering striking Iranian facilities. China’s official Xinhua News Agency reported that Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has expressed Russia’s deep opposition to any military action against Iran, arguing that talks between Britain China, France, Russia, the United States, Germany and Iran should be resumed as soon as possible. Energy hungry China, for its part, is now Iran’s biggest trading partner, ... Read More...

IAEA Report on Iran

IAEA Report on Iran

Following are some of the key extracts from the International Atomic Energy Agency’s new report on Iran’s nuclear program, a copy of which has been obtained by The Diplomat. “Under its Safeguards Agreement, Iran has declared to the Agency 15 nuclear facilities and nine locations outside facilities where nuclear material is customarily used (LOFs).Notwithstanding that certain of the activities being undertaken by Iran at some of the facilities are contrary to the relevant resolutions of the Board of Governors and the Security Council, as indicated below, the Agency continues to implement safeguards at these facilities and LOFs. “Contrary to the relevant resolutions of the Board of Governors and the Security Council, Iran has not suspended its enrichment related activities in the following declared facilities, all of which are nevertheless under Agency safeguards.” ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- “Iran has estimated that, between 18 October 2010 and 1 November 2011, it produced 1787 kg of low enriched UF, which would ... Read More...

Battle to be the World’s No.1 Oil Producer Heating Up


Battle to be the World’s No.1 Oil Producer Heating Up

IEA Report Calls for Governments to Embrace Nuclear Power

IEA Report Calls for Governments to Embrace Nuclear Power

The good news is that on 8 November the International Energy Agency released its 2011 “World Energy Outlook.”
While it will cheer nuclear advocates, overall the report makes for grim reading.
Pulling no punches, the report states at the outset, “There are few signs that the urgently needed change in direction in global energy trends is underway.”

Stripped of its cautious language, the IEA report essentially noted that should present trends continue, the world’s governments through a lack of progressive initiative embracing alternative energy sources would continue to rely on ‘tried and true” fossil fuels, resulting in increased pollution, more fossil-fuel
Read more...

Americans using more fossil fuels

Americans using more fossil fuels

North Korea Airs Plan to Activate Light-Water Reactor

North Korea Airs Plan to Activate Light-Water Reactor

Japan to Tighten Radiation Exposure Standard for Minors

Japan to Tighten Radiation Exposure Standard for Minors

Idaho Samizdat: Nuke Notes Cash on the barrel head for nuclear energy

Idaho Samizdat: Nuke Notes

Cash on the barrel head for nuclear energy

Money is flowing into nuclear energy projects

Idaho Samizdat: Nuke Notes Chu talks nuclear science with Russia

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Idaho Samizdat: Nuke Notes

Chu talks nuclear science with Russia

It's about doing nuclear R&D with a former cold war adversary

Idaho Samizdat: Nuke Notes 2011 Market Uncertainties Clobbered Uranium Equities

Idaho Samizdat: Nuke Notes

2011 Market Uncertainties Clobbered Uranium Equities

Idaho Samizdat: Nuke Notes INPO releases Fukushima event timeline

Idaho Samizdat: Nuke Notes

 

INPO releases Fukushima event timeline

Idaho Samizdat: Nuke Notes NRC OK's re-start of Dominion's North Anna reactors

Idaho Samizdat: Nuke Notes

 

NRC OK's re-start of Dominion's North Anna reactors

Entergy Executive Represents Nuclear Perspective at Harvard Business School 2011 Energy Symposium

Entergy Executive Represents Nuclear Perspective at Harvard Business School 2011 Energy Symposium

French Energy Minister: Fiscal Austerity Won’t Affect Nuclear Build

French Energy Minister: Fiscal Austerity Won’t Affect Nuclear Build

Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant Weekly Review

Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant Weekly Review

NRC Approves Restart of North Anna Reactors

NRC Approves Restart of North Anna Reactors

Nuclear Power: How a Nuclear Power Plant Really Works!

Nuclear Power: How a Nuclear Power Plant Really Works!

By Suzy Hobbs Baker

IAEA Fukushima Daiichi Status Report

IAEA Fukushima Daiichi Status Report

The IAEA issues its latest status report on the situation in the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, including information on environmental radiation monitoring, the status of workers and current conditions on-site at the plant.

Dominion Plans Virginia Reactors at Full Power in 10 Days - Businessweek

Dominion Plans Virginia Reactors at Full Power in 10 Days - Businessweek
http://www.businessweek.com/news/2011-11-12/dominion-plans-virginia-reactors-at-full-power-in-10-days.html

Where the nukes are: Map shows nuclear material spread across United States

Where the nukes are: Map shows nuclear material spread across United States

Media allowed in tsunami-hit nuke plant

Media allowed in tsunami-hit nuke plant

Germany to Resume Search for Nuclear Waste Site, Minister Says

Germany to Resume Search for Nuclear Waste Site, Minister Says

A Gold Rush of Subsidies in the Search for Clean Energy

A Gold Rush of Subsidies in the Search for Clean Energy

Friday, November 11, 2011

IEA Report Calls for Governments to Embrace Nuclear Power

IEA Report Calls for Governments to Embrace Nuclear Power

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New sonar maps show East Coast at risk of tsunamis, too

New sonar maps show East Coast at risk of tsunamis, too

Ongoing 5-year investigation led by USGS was requested by nuclear regulatory agency

U.S. East Coast Tsunami Risk Investigated with Sonar

U.S. East Coast Tsunami Risk Investigated with Sonar

A sonar mapping cruise taken in June to the Baltimore, Washington and Norfolk Canyons and selected regions of the continental shelf revealed steep escarpments that probably pose no tsunami hazard

Kudankulam plant to miss deadline

Kudankulam plant to miss deadline

Russia may build more nuclear power plants in Iran

Russia may build more nuclear power plants in Iran

Wolf Creek tells nuclear regulators it’s making progress on safety, oversight

Wolf Creek tells nuclear regulators it’s making progress on safety, oversight

Fluor Agrees To Partner With GE Hitachi On Potential Finland Reactor

Fluor Agrees To Partner With GE Hitachi On Potential Finland Reactor

From NRC Blog: NRC OKs Restart of Dominion’s North Anna Nuclear Power Plant

U.S. NRC Blog

NRC OKs Restart of Dominion’s North Anna Nuclear Power Plant

by Moderator
The NRC is satisfied that the North Anna nuclear power plant in Virginia is safe to restart, almost three months after a nearby magnitude 5.8 earthquake forced the plant to shut down.
The NRC resident inspectors were on-site when the quake occurred Aug, 23, and they monitored the plant’s safe shutdown and performed initial inspections. The NRC sent additional inspectors to North Anna in September and October to gather more information on the plant’s response to the quake.
A team of NRC technical experts has spent the past two months examining those inspection results and additional analysis from North Anna. The team also asked the plant’s operator, Dominion, for more information. The team’s work covered the entire plant, from piping (including buried pipe) to nuclear fuel to pumps, valves and emergency diesel generators.
The NRC’s restart approval isn’t the end of the story, though – NRC staff, including the resident inspectors, will be at the plant around the clock the next few days, observing Dominion’s deliberate steps to bring the plant back to full power. The NRC will also monitor Dominion’s efforts to meet several long-term commitments, including installing better earthquake monitoring equipment and reanalyzing the plant’s ability to withstand future quakes.
The NRC met with the community near North Anna on Oct. 3 to discuss the agency’s first full inspection after the quake, and on Nov. 1 to discuss the restart readiness inspection findings and the staff’s technical review. The NRC also held public meetings at the agency’s Rockville, Md., headquarters Sept. 8 regarding Dominion’s initial assessment, and on Oct. 21 to brief the Commission regarding the plant’s response to the earthquake. Video from both headquarters meetings is available on the NRC’s Webcast archive. The NRC also has a Virginia earthquake Web page with more information about the event and the agency’s response.
Scott Burnell
Public Affairs Officer

Breaking Our Oil Addiction Takes More Than Killing Keystone XL

By Geoffrey Styles, November 11, 2011
In an article in today's Washington Post an official of the National Wildlife Federation was quoted linking rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline with breaking our addiction to oil. Even with the administration apparently having delayed its decision on the project until 2013--quite possibly killing it--this point merits further exploration. Just how might we go about breaking that "addiction",...  » Continue...

Nation's largest nuclear fleet

Nation's largest nuclear fleet

HANFORD: DOE and URS sued by whistleblower Tamosaitis in federal court

 

HANFORD: DOE and URS sued by whistleblower Tamosaitis in federal court

Solyndra: Energy Department failed to sound alarm as solar company sank

Solyndra: Energy Department failed to sound alarm as solar company sank

NRC APPROVES RESTART OF NORTH ANNA REACTORS, WILL ENSURE DOMINION MEETS COMMITMENTS

NRC APPROVES RESTART OF NORTH ANNA REACTORS, WILL ENSURE DOMINION MEETS COMMITMENTS

No. 11-212 November 11, 2011

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission, after careful analysis of inspection findings and related information, has concluded Dominion Generation’s North Anna Unit 1 and 2 reactors can be restarted. The North Anna reactors, in Louisa, Va., have been shut down since Aug. 23, when a magnitude 5.8 earthquake occurred about 11 miles from the plant.

“The earthquake shook the reactors more strongly than the plant’s design anticipated, so Dominion had to prove to us that the quake caused no functional damage to the reactors’ safety systems,” said Eric Leeds, director of the NRC’s Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation. “We’ve asked Dominion dozens of detailed questions, and our experts have examined Dominion’s answers as well as information from our own inspections. We’re satisfied the plant meets our requirements to restart safely, and we’ll monitor Dominion’s ongoing tests and inspections during startup of both reactors.”

The NRC issued Dominion a letter describing the staff’s review, which started with existing guidance for determining a reactor’s response to an earthquake. The staff used more recent experience, including insights learned from a reactor site in Japan damaged by a 2007 earthquake, in asking Dominion additional questions regarding proper examination of technical areas that included: piping systems, including buried segments; nuclear fuel assemblies; steam generators; pumps and valves; and emergency diesel generators.

The NRC’s independent actions included an Augmented Inspection Team (AIT) that examined the plant shortly after the quake, as well as a restart readiness inspection in mid-October. Both Dominion and NRC’s results showed only minor damage that did not affect North Anna’s safety systems. The NRC held public meetings near the plant on Oct. 3 regarding the AIT’s findings, and on Nov. 1 regarding the restart readiness inspection findings and the staff’s technical review.

The NRC also held a public meeting at the agency’s Rockville, Md., headquarters Sept. 8 regarding Dominion’s initial assessment. On Oct. 21 the staff briefed the Commission regarding the plant’s response to the earthquake.

The NRC has issued Dominion a separate letter documenting the company’s commitment to several additional quake-related actions, including:

• Updating North Anna’s Final Safety Analysis Report to incorporate information from the quake and subsequent analysis;

• Additional characterization of the fault responsible for the Aug. 23 quake, as well as any special ground motion effects at North Anna;

• Re-evaluating plant equipment (including an assessment of potential improvements) identified in earlier seismic reviews; • Developing any needed inspections or evaluations for components within the North Anna reactor vessels; and

• Permanently updating seismic monitoring equipment for the North Anna reactors and dry-cask spent fuel storage facility.

The staff’s letters to Dominion, as well as its technical evaluation, will be available on the NRC’s Virginia quake Web page.

 

Nuke agency reports unusual radiation in Europe

Nuke agency reports unusual radiation in Europe

INPO Publishes Fukushima Timeline

publication of INPO's official Fukushima timeline.
 
 
A PDF copy of the timeline can be found here:
 
NEI recorded a video overview concerning the timeline with our CNO, Tony Pietrangelo: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dCM-uRrliPg
 
In addition, here are some previously published NEI documents related to Fukushima and industry's response to events in Japan:
 
 
 
7 Steps Industry Has Taken to Reconfirm Safety Preparedness at America’s Nuclear Energy Plants
http://safetyfirst.nei.org/news/nei-fact-sheets/7-steps-industry-has-taken-to-reconfirm-safety-preparedness-at-americas-nuclear-energy-plants/
 
Eric McErlain
Senior Manager
Web Communications
Nuclear Energy Institute

Why We Still Need Nuclear Power

Why We Still Need Nuclear Power

Ernest Moniz
The world cannot let the March disaster at Japan's Fukushima power plant scare it into forgoing the benefits of nuclear energy -- a cheap, reliable, and safe source of electricity. Still, writes a former U.S. undersecretary of energy, the United States does need to update its safety standards and reform its handling of nuclear waste. Read

The IAEA's Iran Report: Assessment and Implications

The IAEA's Iran Report: Assessment and Implications

Penn Energy's This Week's Top Oil & Gas News

Forward to Friend This Week's Most Popular Oil & Gas News
Repsol makes its largest ever oil find
PG&E agrees to $38 million fine for deadly Rancho Cordova explosion
BP statement regarding sale of interest in Pan-American Energy to Bridas Corporation
Fire on Nigerian pipeline affects Shell output
Marathon Petroleum offers to buy out Detroit neighborhood
Petrobras announces oil discovery in the Gulf of Mexico
Obama Administration introduces plan to open Gulf of Mexico for oil and gas exploration
Kinder Morgan announces plans to build new oil terminal on Houston Ship Channel
NRC to hold pre-decisional enforcement conference with Roxar Flow Measurement, Inc. over subsea pipeline gauges
FTTN explores new shale gas opportunities in Poland
Federal on-scene coordinator approves Gulf Coast shoreline clean-up completion plan
Platts: October petrochemical prices fell 9% on economic concerns

Thursday, November 10, 2011

IAEA Iran Report Unravels: Tainted Mossad Evidence Alleges Russian Scientist Aided Nuclear Weapons Research – OpEd

IAEA Iran Report Unravels: Tainted Mossad Evidence Alleges Russian Scientist Aided Nuclear Weapons Research – OpEd

Iran, Russia Likely to Agree on Increasing Bushehr N. Power Plant Reactors

Iran, Russia Likely to Agree on Increasing Bushehr N. Power Plant Reactors
TEHRAN (FNA)- Head of Russia's state-controlled nuclear corporation (Rosatom) Sergei Kiriyenko announced on Thursday that Moscow is studying an Iranian proposal to build more reactors at the Bushehr nuclear power plant.

Russia ready to build new reactors in Iran

Russia ready to build new reactors in Iran

Workers Exposed to Plutonium Oxide During Decommissioning of Idaho Nuclear Reactor

Workers Exposed to Plutonium Oxide During Decommissioning of Idaho Nuclear Reactor

Reactor factor: Iran to grow more nuclear with Russia

Reactor factor: Iran to grow more nuclear with Russia

Indian nuclear-plants absolutely safe: Atomic panel chief

Indian nuclear-plants absolutely safe: Atomic panel chief

Hitachi eyes nuclear deal with Lithuania by end-2012

Hitachi eyes nuclear deal with Lithuania by end-2012


VILNIUS | Thu Nov 10, 2011 7:31am EST
VILNIUS Nov 10 (Reuters) - Lithuania and an alliance of Japanese Hitachi and U.S. General Electric hope to sign a deal by end-2012 on building a 1,300 megawatt nuclear plant by 2020, a partner said on Thursday

GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy and Fluor Corporation Look to Expand European Collaboration to Reactor Project in Finland

GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy and Fluor Corporation Look to Expand European Collaboration to Reactor Project in Finland

Under New MOU, GEH and Fluor Would Partner on Potential ESBWR Reactor Construction Project

Small War Journal News Roundup for Iran 11/10

Iran
Analyst: Few Options on Iran's Nuclear Aims - VOA
Western Powers Warn of New Sanctions if Iran Ignores Nuclear Concerns - VOA
West Seeks New Iran Sanctions Over Nuclear Report - Reuters
UN Report Spurs Israeli Call for Tougher Sanctions Against Iran - VOA
Israeli Rips Europe for Iran 'Appeasement' - WT
Russia Dismisses Calls for New U.N. Sanctions on Iran - NYT
Russia Rejects New Iran Sanctions - BBC
China Says Sanctions No 'Fundamental' Answer on Iran - Reuters
Options for Iran Oil Sanctions Face Economic Risks - AP
Iran Escalates Anti-US Rhetoric Over Nuclear Report - NYT
Iran's Top Leader Warns US, Israel Against Strike - AP
Iranians Fear Sanctions, Not War, After UN Report - Reuters
UK: Iran Nuclear Standoff Enters More Dangerous Phase - Reuters
Iran Marches On - WP editorial

Entergy Executive Represents Nuclear Perspective at Harvard Business School 2011 Energy Symposium

Entergy Executive Represents Nuclear Perspective at Harvard Business School 2011 Energy Symposium

Nuclear Waste Is Likely to Come Up at Next Debate By MATTHEW W. WALD

Nuclear Waste Is Likely to Come Up at Next Debate

Fukushima and Its Impact Upon the Westinghouse-Toshiba Designed AP1000 Atomic Power Plant

Fukushima and Its Impact Upon the Westinghouse-Toshiba Designed AP1000 Atomic Power Plant
Fairewinds was retained by the AP1000 Oversight Group to evaluate the AP1000 design for flaws that are now evident as a result of the nuclear accidents at Fukushima.   The NRC’s refusal to thoroughly examine these flaws is reminiscent of the Atomic Energy Commission’s refusal in 1972 to thoroughly examine the innate flaws in the GE Mark 1 containment systems that failed at Fukushima.  The AP1000 Oversight Group is demanding that these design flaws be remedied prior to design certification, lest history repeat itself.

Watch Video Now

http://fairewinds.com/content/fukushima-and-its-impact-upon-westinghouse-toshiba-designed-ap1000-atomic-power-plant

It's Carbon Tax Time!

By Marc Gunther, November 10, 2011
“I was a huge supporter of cap and trade,” said Wayne Leonard, the CEO of Entergy, a $11 billion utility company. “We developed enormously elegant solutions, but they couldn’t get done.” Taxing carbon emissions is the next best way to deal with the threat of global climate disruptions, he said, in part because it would give the energy industry a degree of certainty about how to deploy its capital...  » Continue...

Live in Fukushima. Live with the World. 11.11.2011 Grass-roots Voices from Fukushima to the World!

Live in Fukushima. Live with the World.
11.11.2011
Grass-roots Voices from Fukushima to the World!

Nuclear Power: How a Nuclear Power Plant Really Works!

Nuclear Power: How a Nuclear Power Plant Really Works!

By rmichal on Nov 10, 2011 01:00 am

By Suzy Hobbs Baker I originally wrote this post as a book review, but after three or four edits, I realized that I couldn’t mask my biased opinion about the new children’s book, Nuclear Power: How a Nuclear Power Plant … Continue reading

Radiation Protection and Safety of Radiation Sources: International Basic Safety Standards - Interim Edition

Radiation Protection and Safety of Radiation Sources: International Basic Safety Standards - Interim Edition

IAEA Safety Standards Series GSR Part 3 (Interim)
Available for download here: http://www-pub.iaea.org/MTCD/Publications/PDF/p1531interim_web.pdf
For copies in other languages, see here: http://www-pub.iaea.org/MTCD/Publications/PDF/p1531_startpage.pdf

Southeast Asia embraces solar power

Southeast Asia embraces solar power

China's nuclear power potential

China's nuclear power potential

India on the move towards solar energy

India on the move towards solar energy
Inderpreet S Wadhwa

India on the move towards solar energy

Is there enough land supply for power plant projects?

Is there enough land supply for power plant projects?

Is Asia ready for new nuclear power plants?

Is Asia ready for new nuclear power plants?

Financial Times Energy 11/10


FT.com - Energy
 

Falling prices risk putting solar producers in the shade
http://link.ft.com/r/LVA6WW/VL0YW2/HDKQA6/TULUMO/C4E6RK/KI/h?a1=2011&a2=11&a3=10
 
Tullow Oil cuts output targets
http://link.ft.com/r/LVA6WW/VL0YW2/HDKQA6/TULUMO/NJ14GT/KI/h?a1=2011&a2=11&a3=10
 
SSE and Shell announce carbon capture pilot
http://link.ft.com/r/LVA6WW/VL0YW2/HDKQA6/TULUMO/VLOQ2P/KI/h?a1=2011&a2=11&a3=10
 
Rothschild calls for clean-up at PT Bumi
http://link.ft.com/r/LVA6WW/VL0YW2/HDKQA6/TULUMO/XHCSZP/KI/h?a1=2011&a2=11&a3=10
 
US investigates imported Chinese solar cells
http://link.ft.com/r/LVA6WW/VL0YW2/HDKQA6/TULUMO/U16E2P/KI/h?a1=2011&a2=11&a3=10
 

FT.com - Utilities
 

SSE hit by gas costs and derivative losses
http://link.ft.com/r/LVA6WW/VL0YW2/HDKQA6/TULUMO/JENZLI/KI/h?a1=2011&a2=11&a3=10
 
Eon hurt by fallout of Berlin nuclear policy
http://link.ft.com/r/LVA6WW/VL0YW2/HDKQA6/TULUMO/DWQOFY/KI/h?a1=2011&a2=11&a3=10
 
Energy watchdog warns on climate risk
http://link.ft.com/r/LVA6WW/VL0YW2/HDKQA6/TULUMO/PFTX89/KI/h?a1=2011&a2=11&a3=10
 

FT.com - Mining
 

Anglo cuts Codelco out of copper deal
http://link.ft.com/r/LVA6WW/VL0YW2/HDKQA6/TULUMO/MSU5BJ/KI/h?a1=2011&a2=11&a3=10
 
Striking Freeport workers reject 35% pay rise
http://link.ft.com/r/LVA6WW/VL0YW2/HDKQA6/TULUMO/KQ37TL/KI/h?a1=2011&a2=11&a3=10
 
Nat's rep at risk as Bumi spat spills into open
http://link.ft.com/r/LVA6WW/VL0YW2/HDKQA6/TULUMO/16ZNWA/KI/h?a1=2011&a2=11&a3=10
 

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

US climate study group gets big oil funds

US climate study group gets big oil funds
Washington (AFP) Nov 9, 2011 - A reputable US think-tank that sought solutions for climate change has lost most of its charitable donations and will now take funding from big oil and energy interests, it said Wednesday. Formerly known as the Pew Center on Global Climate Change, the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions will be funded by Shell, General Electric, Bank of America and others. The changes came after The ... more
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Nuclear Energy Institute Report on Japan's Nuclear Reactors, November 9, 2011

Nuclear Energy Institute Report on Japan's Nuclear Reactors, November 9, 2011

The High Cost of Freedom from Fossil Fuels

The High Cost of Freedom from Fossil Fuels


Controlling Pakistan's unsafe nuclear warheads

Controlling Pakistan's unsafe nuclear warheads

Tsunami, Meltdown, Yen Crisis: Could Things in Japan Get Any Worse?

Tsunami, Meltdown, Yen Crisis: Could Things in Japan Get Any Worse?

By Jordan Weissmann
Nov 9 2011, 8:50 AM ET 2 Japan's economy has suffered one unfortunate turn after another. But there may also be greater forces at work than simple bad luck.

IEA Warns Of Nuclear Power Decline By 2035 Due To Fukushima

IEA Warns Of Nuclear Power Decline By 2035 Due To Fukushima

Nuclear Disaster Was of Our Own Making, Murakami Says

Nuclear Disaster Was of Our Own Making, Murakami Says

atomic power review Desalination of water at Fukushima Daiichi

atomic power review



Posted: 09 Nov 2011 12:47 PM PST
Seventh in the series of TEPCO explanatory videos, the newest installment covers desalination of plant water at the Fukushima Daiichi site. Available now at the APR YouTube Channel; the new video is presently the featured video.

APR YOUTUBE CHANNEL LINK

Nuclear energy: A hotter topic than ever

Nuclear energy: A hotter topic than ever

No Coal, No Oil, No Nuclear. No Biomass?

By Tomaz Ostir, November 9, 2011
This is [large-scale, industrial use of natural forests for energy] turning to ash sustainable job opportunities, threatening the greening of the forest sector and the value added product trend that has been emerging in recent years. And what is against of common understanding of biomass: Exploiting forests for energy increases carbon emissions and contributes to climate change for decades,...  » Continue...

How Shale Gas Will Rock Markets Like Walmart

By Marc Gunther, November 9, 2011
 The breakthrough energy innovation of the 21st century is not thin-film solar, sophisticated wind turbines, advanced biofuels or small-scale nukes. It’s shale gas. So says Daniel Yergin, the energy guru and author of The Quest: Energy, Security and the Remaking of the Modern World (Penguin, $35), who was interviewed today (Nov. by Walter Isaacson at the Aspen Institute in Washington....  » Continue...

NRC NEWS

NRC NEWS
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Gregory B. Jaczko will lead a five- person NRC delegation to visit New Delhi, Mumbai, and Chennai in India, ...
www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/doc-collections/news/.../11-209.pdf

TVA, NRC mark progress at Watts Bar Nuclear Plant

TVA, NRC mark progress at Watts Bar Nuclear Plant

Ohio: Scientists Sound Alarm on Nuclear Plant

Ohio: Scientists Sound Alarm on Nuclear Plant

New York Times - ‎18 hours ago‎
By AP A watchdog group is questioning the soundness of a nuclear plant where a 30-foot hairline crack was recently discovered. The crack was found in the thick concrete on the outside of the reactor containment building at the Davis-Besse plant outside ...

RWE/EON UK nuclear group approached by third parties

RWE/EON UK nuclear group approached by third parties

EDF hopes for "common sense" in French nuclear debate

EDF hopes for "common sense" in French nuclear debate

Westinghouse responds

Westinghouse responds

Beyond Fukushima: Benefits Of Nuclear Remain Clear

Beyond Fukushima: Benefits Of Nuclear Remain Clear

U.N. Agency Says Iran Data Points to A-Bomb Work

U.N. Agency Says Iran Data Points to A-Bomb Work

NEI's Pietrangelo discusses progress on safety regulations post-Fukushima (OnPoint, 11/09/2011)

NEI's Pietrangelo discusses progress on safety regulations post-Fukushima (OnPoint, 11/09/2011)


With the Nuclear Regulatory Commission providing more clarity and direction on expanded accident management and safety measures, how will the nuclear industry respond and comply? During today's OnPoint, Tony Pietrangelo, chief nuclear officer at the Nuclear Energy Institute, gives his reaction to the NRC's latest steps on safety standards and discusses the impact of Japan's Fukushima incident on the U.S. nuclear industry.

Global Nuclear Power Development: Major Expansion Continues (13 pages)

Global Nuclear Power Development: Major Expansion Continues (13 pages)

http://nextbigfuture.com/2011/11/global-nuclear-power-development-major.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+blogspot%2Fadvancednano+%28nextbigfuture%29

TEPCO Update

TEPCO Update

Small War Journal News Roundup for Iran 11/09

Iran
Small Wars Journal Iran / IAEA Roundup - SWJ
IAEA Report on Iran’s Nuclear Weapons Program - IAEA
UN Details Case That Iran Is at Work on Nuclear Device - NYT
UN Has ‘Serious Concerns’ on Iran’s Nuclear Weapon Program - WP
UN’s IAEA: Iran Nuclear Program Raises 'Serious Concerns - LAT
Watchdog Reveals Iran’s Nuclear Arms Work - WT
UN Links Iran to Nuclear Weapons - BBC
Red Alert Over Iran's Secret Nuke Program - USAT
UN Reports Iran Work 'Specific' to Nuke Arms - AP
UN Says Iran Worked on Nuclear Bomb Design - Reuters
IAEA's Most Alarming Findings on Iran's Nuclear Program - FP
Report Draws Muted Response From White House - NYT
Report May Complicate Denials by Iran - NYT
Iran Seeks Moscow and Beijing to Buffer Pressures - AP
China Warns of Turmoil Over Iran, Mute on Sanctions - Reuters
China Reticent on Iran Nuclear Report - AP
France Warns Iran of 'Unprecedented' Sanctions - Reuters
Ahmadinejad: Iran Won't Retreat From Nuclear Path - AP
Iran Says IAEA Report 'Politically Motivated' - Reuters
In Israel, Talk of a Strike on Iran Sparks Public Debate - LAT
Israeli Minister Stresses Military Readiness - NYT
Israeli Minister Warns Iran Strike Is Possible - AP
Israel’s Barak Plays Down Cost of Iran Strike - WP
Israel's Barak Plays Down Talk of War With Iran - Reuters
Iran Guard Says Will Retaliate if Leaders Killed - AP
Out of the Closet: Tehran’s Nukes - WT editorial
To Stop Iran, Lean On China - NYT opinion
Five Reasons Why Obama Won't Bomb Iran - RCW opinion

Idaho Samizdat: Nuke Notes Cash on the barrel head for nuclear energy

 

Idaho Samizdat: Nuke Notes

Cash on the barrel head for nuclear energy

Money is flowing into nuclear energy projects

IAEA report says Iran has sought warhead

IAEA report says Iran has sought warhead
UN nuclear watchdog says Tehran has ‘carried out activities relevant to the development of a nuclear explosive device’
http://link.ft.com/r/H60H77/AMIPYS/FXWIVG/VLTNPW/NJ17UT/OS/h?a1=2011&a2=11&a3=8

From the NRC Blog: Don’t Stress – It’s Only a Test

U.S. NRC Blog

Don’t Stress – It’s Only a Test

by Moderator
At 2 p.m. EST today, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Federal Communications Commission, along with National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, will conduct the first nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System. The test will last about 30 seconds and be transmitted via television and radio stations. Similar to local emergency alert system tests, an audio message will interrupt television and radio programming. When the test is over, regular programming will resume.
The national Emergency Alert System is an alert and warning system that can be activated by the President, if needed, to provide information to the American public during emergencies. While the system is often tested in local markets, a nationwide test is being done to further evaluate and, if necessary, improve the system.
For more information about the nationwide Emergency Alert System test, go to http://www.fema.gov and www.FCC.gov
So don’t worry if you hear the tone – it’s just a test!
Eliot Brenner
Public Affairs Director

Financial Times Energy 11/9

FT.com - Energy
 

Areva faces setback on nuclear project
http://link.ft.com/r/UXDMSS/TU655N/C5MKOT/30CLBI/U16D5X/4O/h?a1=2011&a2=11&a3=9
 
Dynegy subsidiaries put into Chapter 11
http://link.ft.com/r/UXDMSS/TU655N/C5MKOT/30CLBI/4C5N94/4O/h?a1=2011&a2=11&a3=9
 
Bumi Resources repays part of $1.9bn loan
http://link.ft.com/r/UXDMSS/TU655N/C5MKOT/30CLBI/DWQG16/4O/h?a1=2011&a2=11&a3=9
 
Dynegy: hedge funds mine rich seam
http://link.ft.com/r/UXDMSS/TU655N/C5MKOT/30CLBI/PFT52X/4O/h?a1=2011&a2=11&a3=9
 
Opposition grows to $7bn tar sands scheme
http://link.ft.com/r/UXDMSS/TU655N/C5MKOT/30CLBI/AMYT3P/4O/h?a1=2011&a2=11&a3=9