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Saturday, November 26, 2011

Electricity is Key to Solving Climate Challenge

Electricity is Key to Solving Climate Challenge

Study: Californians must make big shift to electric power to meet long-term energy goals

Study: Californians must make big shift to electric power to meet long-term energy goals

Belarus to get loan from Russia to build nuclear power plant

Belarus to get loan from Russia to build nuclear power plant

Proposed initiative on nuclear plants would spur blackouts, state says

Proposed initiative on nuclear plants would spur blackouts, state says

USS Enterprise in the Red Sea

USS Enterprise in the Red Sea


The USS Enterprise, the world's first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, turns 50 this month. She's also the oldest active-duty ship in the US Navy, with a record of service that stretches from the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962 to the present-day ...

NASA launches Curiosity, nuclear- powered rover to Mars in search of life

NASA launches Curiosity, nuclear- powered rover to  Mars in search of life 

It will take 8½ months for Curiosity to reach Mars following a journey of 354 million miles

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OPINION: Nuclear power has security benefits that go unnoticed

OPINION: Nuclear power has security benefits that go unnoticed

For the past two decades, nuclear power has provided a significant benefit that has gone largely unnoticed: The elimination of a large amount of nuclear weapons-grade material from the planet.

NRC ISSUES WATERFORD NUCLEAR PLANT INSPECTION FINDING

IV-11-049 - Nuclear Regulatory Commission
NRC ISSUES WATERFORD NUCLEAR PLANT INSPECTION FINDING ... The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has determined that an inspection finding at the ...
www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/doc-collections/.../11-049.iv.pdf

U.S. to restart construction of N-reactors / Toshiba arm to deliver new model

U.S. to restart construction of N-reactors / Toshiba arm to deliver new model

The Feds Knew: 50 years of fracking-induced earthquakes

The Feds Knew: 50 years of fracking-induced earthquakes

The Society of Friends and Nuclear Power and Vermont Yankee

Earthquake aftershocks hit 50 in Louisa

Earthquake aftershocks hit 50 in Louisa

Aftershocks from region’s summer earthquake continue to rock area

Aftershocks from region’s summer earthquake continue to rock area

Obama's Green War Continues By Gary Jason

Obama's Green War Continues

By Gary Jason

Future cancers from Fukushima plant may be hidden

Future cancers from Fukushima plant may be hidden

China to probe US clean energy subsidies Financial Times

China to probe US clean energy subsidies Financial Times

What's the harm in selling uranium to India?

What's the harm in selling uranium to India?
Australia may begin exporting uranium to India, but proponents have hijacked what is primarily an arms control debate.

Documentary about an alternative nuclear fuel: thorium

Documentary about an alternative nuclear fuel: thorium

Nuclear Exchange November 29th & 30th, 2011 MECC Conference Centre, Maastricht, the Netherlands


On November 29 and 30 2011 the team behind Nuclear Exchange magazine will bring you a business event tailored to meet your needs like no other. Focusing on flow control and corrosion issues in nuclear power generation, Nuclear Exchange 2011 will bring together end users, suppliers, engineers, manufacturers, industry bodies and power plant personnel in Maastricht, the Netherlands. Join industry peers from around the world at Nuclear Exchange to learn from the experts at the top-class conference while expanding your global network.
 
 
 
Nuclear Exchange is a unique format with workshops, keynote addresses, networking lounges and catering hosted in a magnificent 200m2 conference venue at the MECC in Maastricht. The event offers unrivalled opportunities to meet and talk with key decision makers in the nuclear industry from around the world. With attendees coming from the USA, Russia, China, Korea, Japan, India, France, UK, Scandinavia, and Europe, this is a truly international networking event. A stenographer will record the Workshops – including the Q&A sessions - and the resulting reports will be sent to every attendee after the event.
A word from the Conference Chairman: Mr Tim Scoggins, Utilities Service Alliance
“Focusing on flow control and corrosion, the Nuclear Exchange will provide a unique opportunity for utility, supplier, research, and regulatory personnel to share challenges and successes while exploring possible solutions to issues impacting equipment reliability. The keynote presentations will address impacts of the Fukushima event as well as aging plant management and new construction. Workshops will focus on supply chain management, corrosion mechanisms, effective maintenance practices, quality assurance, and codes & standards. Interspersed between the various sessions, there will be ample networking time for attendees to have more in-depth conversations with each other regarding specific processes or products. As is the case with many situations, it can be extremely time and cost-effective to identify others with similar problems as your own. Then, the utility personnel experiencing the same problems can consult relevant R&D and/or supplier personnel to make tangible progress toward an effective solution.”
Learn more about Nuclear Exchange:
Mrs Ladan Portourk, Tel: +31 575 585 292, Email: l.pourtork@kci-world.comMrs Kay Creedon, Tel: +31 575 789 268, Email: k.creedon@kci-world.com

Work starts on Dounreay low-level waste store

Work starts on Dounreay low-level waste store

Dounreay low-level waste store. Pic: DSRL Up to six vaults could be built to store low-level waste at Dounreay

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Work has started on constructing a store for up to 240,000 tonnes of low-level radioactive waste at the Dounreay nuclear site in Caithness.

French nuclear waste train enters Germany, protests expected

French nuclear waste train enters Germany, protests expected

Greenpeace protests at nuclear dump plans

Greenpeace protests at nuclear dump plans

CLIMATE CHANGE AND NUCLEAR POWER 2011 IAEA

CLIMATE CHANGE AND NUCLEAR POWER 2011 IAEA http://www.iaea.org/OurWork/​ST/NE/Pess/assets/​11-43751_ccnp_brochure.pdf

More than 80% of nuclear reactors in Japan to be idled


More than 80 percent of nuclear reactors in Japan to be idled

Industry  11/25/2011 5:46:00 PM

Friday, November 25, 2011

Keystone XL, One Head of the Hydra

By David Lewis, November 25, 2011
In ancient Greek mythology, the Hydra was a deadly monster that had many heads.  If one was cut off two grew in its place.    Killing Keystone XL won't stop Canada from developing its tar sand deposit.  Even if no new pipeline crossing the US border is ever approved, US ability to import as much tar sand oil as Canada can produce will not be affected for a...  » Continue...

Loan Request by Uranium-Enrichment Firm Upends Politics as Usual

Loan Request by Uranium-Enrichment Firm Upends Politics as Usual

Incorporation of Risk Management Concepts in Regulatory Programs

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Incorporation of Risk Management Concepts in Regulatory Programs
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC or the Commission) is considering development of a strategic vision to better incorporate risk management ...

AP1000 Design for New Vogtle Reactors a Problem for Georgia Power

AP1000 Design for New Vogtle Reactors a Problem for Georgia Power

Energizing pro nuclear activists to do battle



Energizing pro nuclear activists to do battle

On November 22, Rod Adams spoke to the American Nuclear Society student chapter at the Virginia Commonwealth University. The nuclear engineering curriculum at that school is relatively new, having been created within the past five years. Many of the students asked questions and shared concerns about the profession they had chosen to enter. Despite their confidence in the basic technology, they wondered what industry leaders were doing to market their product in the face of a negative barrage of media attention accompanied by frequent messages from competitive fuel sources like natural gas.

Decommissioning: Facts versus Fantasy

http://yesvy.blogspot.com/2011/11/decommissioning-facts-versus-fantasy.html

Decommissioning: Facts versus Fantasy

At Yes Vermont Yankee, Angwin thoroughly debunks the myth that
decommissioning a nuclear plant is a jobs bonanza.  Shuttering a
nuclear plant means instant layoffs, and the death of many aspects of
the local community.

Idaho Samizdat: Nuke Notes Concrete cracks up costs of restart at two reactors

 

Concrete cracks up costs of restart at two reactors

 

Concrete cracks up costs of restart at two reactors

Progress Crystal River and First Energy Davis-Besse have very different problems, but similar concerns about restart.

Progress is looking at several years of work while Davis-Besse told its investors in a letter it expects to restart the reactor by the end of the month.

PRA and Public Knowledge: WASH-740/1250/1400

PRA and Public Knowledge: WASH-740/1250/1400

 
 
 
Will Davis responds to, and expands upon, a recent NRC blog post describing the history of PRA and adds his own observations about what this means to the average citizen and how relative risk should have been presented - and almost was presented.

IAEA Issues New Report on Climate Change and Nuclear Power

IAEA Issues New Report on Climate Change and Nuclear Power

Report Highlights Role of Nuclear in Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Hans-Holger Rogner, IAEA Planning and Economic Studies Section, Department of Nuclear Energy, talks about the new report Climate Change and Nuclear Power 2011, which the IAEA has released to coincide with the COP17 climate change talks in Durban, South Africa.
The IAEA has issued an updated report on Climate Change and Nuclear Power 2011, to coincide with the next round of global climate talks in Durban, South Africa being held under the auspices of the Conference of the Parties (COP17) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The IAEA is participating in the Conference and will be presenting the Report to highlight nuclear power's contribution to the global climate change agenda.
The report, which revises and updates a 2009 edition, summarizes the potential role of nuclear power in mitigating global climate change and how it contributes to other development and environmental challenges. It also examines issues such as cost, safety, waste management and non-proliferation.
"Nuclear power is good for the climate." That is the basic message that the IAEA - through the report - would like to convey in Durban, according to Mr. Hans-Holger Rogner, Section Head of the IAEA Planning and Economic Studies Section in the Department of Nuclear Energy. It is the same message that the Agency has conveyed in previous COP gatherings, as there continues to be a lack of understanding of the benefits that nuclear power can bring in mitigating climate change, Mr. Rogner added.
The 2011 report reiterates the basic benefits and competitiveness of nuclear power, particularly how it can address the twin challenges of global climate change and energy demand, with one major addition.
"We wrote the report after the Fukushima accident," clarifies Mr. Rogner, "so the implications of the effects of the accident on nuclear power are reflected in it."
This impact has resulted in a shift in the IAEA's projections, so that figures for 2011 are about 7-8% lower than those of 2010. Nevertheless, while the use of nuclear power is contested in some countries, there have been, by and large, no major retractions from nuclear power programmes of most Member States.
"The basic drivers that fueled the 'renaissance of interest' in nuclear power have not changed," Mr. Rogner explained. "Concerns about growing energy demands, environmental pressures, volatile fossil fuel prices and energy security are still here," he pointed out, "so expectations are that while there may be a major shift in projections and expected delay, no major reduction in production can be expected."
The report, Climate Change and Nuclear Power 2011, is available on the Website of the Planning and Economic Studies Section in the Department of Nuclear Energy.
-- By Rodolfo Quevenco, IAEA Division of Public Information

Climate sensitivity to CO2 more limited than extreme projections: research

Climate sensitivity to CO2 more limited than extreme projections: research

November 24, 2011
A new study suggests that the rate of global warming from doubling of atmospheric carbon dioxide may be less than the most dire estimates of some previous studies – and, in fact, may be less severe than projected by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report in 2007.

City Council Meeting Wrap-Up

City Council Meeting Wrap-Up

New Uranium Enrichment Technology Alarms

New Uranium Enrichment Technology Alarms

Experts discuss safe nuclear energy option

Experts discuss safe nuclear energy option

Japan set to Impose Emergency Disaster Tax

Japan set to Impose Emergency Disaster Tax

EU Nuclear stress tests – Commission Interim Report

Nuclear stress tests – Commission Interim Report

Swiss nuclear shutdown to cost ?16.8bn

Swiss nuclear shutdown to cost ?16.8bn

Australian Uranium in India

Australian Uranium in India

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Report: Measure would shutter state nuclear plants




Report: Measure would shutter state nuclear plants

RWE Selling Up to $3 Billion in Egypt Assets

RWE Selling Up to $3 Billion in Egypt Assets

French Nuclear Pullout Would Cost Industry Jobs, Lobby Says

French Nuclear Pullout Would Cost Industry Jobs, Lobby Says

Nuclear winter awaits lone Japan resident near crippled plant

Nuclear winter awaits lone Japan resident near crippled plant

U.A.E.’s Nuclear Power Program Said to Cost $30 Billion

U.A.E.’s Nuclear Power Program Said to Cost $30 Billion

Fukushima: Impossible without computer sabotage says U.S. expert

Fukushima: Impossible without computer sabotage says U.S. expert

The Polarization of Energy


By Christopher Williams, November 24, 2011
It’s no secret that at the core of the Supercommittee’s failure earlier this week is the increasing polarization of American politics. Huffington Post contributor and law professor June Carbone illustrates this transition over the past half-century: “A half century ago, neither political party disproportionately consisted of those who favored a my-way-or-the-high-way approach. Unbending...  » Continue...

DOD Steps Up Innovation in Installation Energy, Recognizes Limits in Biofuels

By Matt Hourihan, November 24, 2011
  It’s worth noting a pair of recent developments on the Defense Department energy front. One is a useful reminder of what DOD can achieve now with the proper support, and a cause for optimism; the other, more pessimistic, illustrates the pressing need for accelerated innovation in the alternative fuels industry more broadly if DOD’s strategic energy needs are to be met.First, the...  » Continue...

Strike Right Balance Between Risk and Benefit Situation for Nuclear Power: Dr Srinivasan

Strike Right Balance Between Risk and Benefit Situation for Nuclear Power: Dr Srinivasan

Jaitapur is a seismic time bomb: Geologists warn government

Jaitapur is a seismic time bomb: Geologists warn government

2nd earthquake of day shakes northern Japan

2nd earthquake of day shakes northern Japan

The Competition Between Solar and Nuclear Energy Moves to Mars By MATTHEW L. WALD

The Competition Between Solar and Nuclear Energy Moves to Mars

Shale gas Frack on

Shale gas

Frack on

People should worry less about fracking, and more about carbon

DOD to release post-quake radiation estimates for Japan bases

DOD to release post-quake radiation estimates for Japan bases

ANTI very comprehensive Technical report on Fukushima Daiichi and Daiini events. Very detailed technical reports, for Engineers involved in post fukushima actions, there are detailed fault trees.

JANTI very comprehensive Technical report on Fukushima Daiichi and Daiini events. Very detailed technical reports, for Engineers involved in post fukushima actions, there are detailed fault trees.
 
 François Perchet, Programme coordinator World Nuclear University à EDF
 
http://www.gengikyo.jp/english/shokai/Tohoku_Jishin/summary.pdf  http://www.gengikyo.jp/english/shokai/Tohoku_Jishin/report.pdf
By François Perchet, Programme coordinator World Nuclear University à EDF
 

 

New Blog: The Hiroshima Syndrome: Fukushima Accident Updates

Fukushima Accident Updates

Israel is clinging dearly to its policy of nuclear ambiguity

Israel is clinging dearly to its policy of nuclear ambiguity

Israel has never claimed that there is no possibility it will change its nuclear policy one day. But for Israel that's a vision for the distant future.

By Yossi Melman

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Seymour Hersh: Propaganda Used Ahead of Iraq War Is Now Being Reused Over Iran's Nuke Program

Seymour Hersh: Propaganda Used Ahead of Iraq War Is Now Being Reused Over Iran's Nuke Program

Longtime investigative journalist Seymour Hersh questions the growing consensus on Iran’s alleged nuclear weapons program.

Earthquake at N-plant site can't be ruled out'

Earthquake at N-plant site can't be ruled out'

India's nuclear energy is indispensable for its future

India's nuclear energy is indispensable for its future

5.9-magnitude earthquake hits close to Japan's nuclear plant

5.9-magnitude earthquake hits close to Japan's nuclear plant

A 5.9-magnitude earthquake struck near Japan's Fukushima Dai-chi nuclear plant Thursday morning.

France and Russia Deepen Nuclear Cooperation

France and Russia Deepen Nuclear Cooperation

Fessenheim nuclear closure would hurt French power supply: minister

Fessenheim nuclear closure would hurt French power supply: minister
London (Platts)--22Nov2011/537 am EST/1037 GMT

Russia to Lend Vietnam $9 Billion for First Nuclear Plant

Russia to Lend Vietnam $9 Billion for First Nuclear Plant

McGuire Nuclear Station turns 30

McGuire Nuclear Station turns 30

Commission OKs Progress Energy Florida nuclear costs

Commission OKs Progress Energy Florida nuclear costs

AP Rings the Alarm

AP Rings the Alarm

Story about cancers from Fukushima plays up the scare factor

Jaitapur N-plant Site Not Immune to Quake: Experts

Jaitapur N-plant Site Not Immune to Quake: Experts

Nuclear-Based Electricity and Economic Theory By Professor Ferdinand E. Banks

Nuclear-Based Electricity and Economic Theory


From an email I received:
Professor Ferdinand E. Banks is a distinguished energy economist, who has taught all over the world.  Banks frequently writes for Energy Tribune, and whatever he has to say is well worth reading.  A few days ago, Professor Banks posted in Energy Tribune an extremely impressive essay titled Nuclear-Based Electricity and Economic Theory.
http://www.energytribune.com/articles.cfm/9143/Nuclear-Based-Electricity-and-Economic-Theory

So much in this essay is worth quoting, that I will simply point to it and say "read it."  The essay os both edifying and enjoyable.  - Charles Barton

CJR Critiques AP Series on Nuclear Plant Safety

CJR Critiques AP Series on Nuclear Plant Safety

Updates from ANS Nuclear Cafe Blog Gas and Nuclear: A Comparison of Two Local Plants

Updates from ANS Nuclear Cafe Blog
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Gas and Nuclear: A Comparison of Two Local Plants

By pbowersox on Nov 23, 2011 01:00 am

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Nuke plant director: 'I thought several times that I would die'

Nuke plant director: 'I thought several times that I would die'

Soil radiation maps around Fukushima

Soil radiation maps around Fukushima

Nature - Independent studies map Fukushima radiation hot spots

Fukushima reactors are nearing cold shutdown

Fukushima reactors are nearing cold shutdown

Japan Times - Fukushima is nearing cold shutdown

Larijani: West won't stop Iran nuke effort

Larijani: West won't stop Iran nuke effort

Tehran (UPI) Nov 22, 2011
The West won't be able to obstruct Iran's pursuit of nuclear technology through further sanctions, Iranian Speaker of Parliament Ali Larijani says. Larijani, speaking during Sunday's opening session of the Majlis, or Parliament, said the release this month of a tough report by the International Atomic Energy Agency contending Iran is trying to develop a nuclear weapon won't dissuade it

Turkey Point Uprate Brings 5,000 Construction Jobs, Business to South Florida

Turkey Point Uprate Brings 5,000 Construction Jobs, Business to South Florida

As promised, Florida Power & Light’s $766 million Turkey Point uprate project has provided a much-needed boost to the South Florida communities around it.

South Korea Announces Plans to Become a Top Three Nuclear Power Generator

South Korea Announces Plans to Become a Top Three Nuclear Power Generator

AP Rings the Alarm

AP Rings the Alarm

Story about cancers from Fukushima plays up the scare factor

Thorium regulation bleeds hi-tech manufacturing jobs?

China's monopoly on heavy rare earths allows them to capture tomorrow's thorium economy.

Thorium - an alternative to uranium? Phillip Joyce

Thorium - an alternative to uranium? Phillip Joyce

Bakken gets new oil refinery, U.S.' first in 35 years

Bakken gets new oil refinery, U.S.' first in 35 years

US utilities risk backlash, says report

US utilities risk backlash, says report

 

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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Nebraska’s Fort Calhoun Withstands Record Flood

Nebraska’s Fort Calhoun Withstands Record Flood

Kucinich seeks NRC hearing about cracks at Davis-Besse

Kucinich seeks NRC hearing about cracks at Davis-Besse

NRC issues finding for unplanned radiation exposure at Waterford nuclear power plant in Louisiana

NRC issues finding for unplanned radiation exposure at Waterford nuclear power plant in Louisiana

Third nuclear reactor could face delay

Third nuclear reactor could face delay

China to spend $1.7 trillion on tech, clean energy

China to spend $1.7 trillion on tech, clean energy

A Deeper Look at China, Coal and CO2 By ANDREW C. REVKIN

A Deeper Look at China, Coal and CO2

CO2 is a trace gas, but what does that mean? by Barry Brook

CO2 is a trace gas, but what does that mean?

by Barry Brook

Global Warming or Nuclear Meltdown

Global Warming or Nuclear Meltdown. The Future of Nuclear Power after
Fukushima

Koodankulam Nuclear Plant : Risk Analysis and What to expect – Part 2

Koodankulam Nuclear Plant : Risk Analysis and What to expect – Part 2

Saudis plan for future of unconventional oil from oilsands and tight oil and more expensive Saudi oil

Saudis plan for future of unconventional oil from oilsands and tight oil and more expensive Saudi oil

Cleanup Begins Near Japanese Nuclear Plant

Cleanup Begins Near Japanese Nuclear Plant

Japan last week launched an effort to eliminate radioactive material from locations within the 12-mile restricted area around the Fukushima Daiichi atomic facility, the Asahi Shimbun reported (see GSN, Nov. 18).

Middle East Nuke-Free Zone Meeting Focuses on Israel

Middle East Nuke-Free Zone Meeting Focuses on Israel

Israel has been the focus of statements this week at a closed-door meeting on establishing a nuclear weapon-free zone in the Middle East, according to news reports (see GSN, Nov. 21).

Iran Penalties Insufficient to Curb Atomic Effort: Experts

Iran Penalties Insufficient to Curb Atomic Effort: Experts

A new round of U.S., British and Canadian penalties targeting Iran's financial and petroleum operations has little chance of prompting the Middle Eastern state to end its disputed atomic activities, experts told Reuters (see GSN, Nov. 21).

Idaho Samizdat: Nuke Notes Concrete cracks up costs of restart at two reactors

Idaho Samizdat: Nuke Notes

Concrete cracks up costs of restart at two reactors

Progress Crystal River and First Energy Davis-Besse have very different problems, but similar concerns about restart

NEI Nuclear Answers Japan Cabinet Approves Decontamination Protocols

Industry/Regulatory/Political
  • The Japanese cabinet has approved “basic policies” to clean up radioactive contamination resulting from the Fukushima Daiichi accident. Based on recommendations made in 2007 by the International Commission on Radiological Protection, areas contaminated to dose levels within two rem per year above background will be cleaned up to reduce adult doses by 50 percent within two years and 60 percent for children, and to a long-term level of 0.1 rem/year above background radiation levels. Two rem is about the same amount of radiation exposure a patient would receive from a full body CT scan. Areas where the annual dose levels are above two rem/year will be given priority in scheduling decontamination activities.
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NEI Nuclear Notes Utah – the Place for Nuclear Energy?

NEI Nuclear Notes

Utah – the Place for Nuclear Energy?

 

China's Solyndra? Posted By Kedar Pavgi

Posted By Kedar Pavgi

Solyndra: Its technology and why it failed

Solyndra: Its technology and why it failed

Solar is not about building a better mousetrap - it's about reducing costs and increasing scale.

U.S. energy policy: A slow national suicide

U.S. energy policy: A slow national suicide

With Keystone XL delay, America continues its slow economic strangulation

Natural Gas Splits Boone Pickens and Koch Bros While Oil Reaches $100

Natural Gas Splits Boone Pickens and Koch Bros While Oil Reaches $100

Call it a coincidence but there are undeniable linkages. Crude oil has risen once again is flirting with $100 a barrel. Meanwhile, legendary oilman T. Boone Pickens is ratcheting up his push for legislation that would boost the development of U.S. shale natural gas reserves and deploy the cleanest burning fossil fuel to supplant products refined from oil.

So What Does $37 Billion Get You? A Look at US Energy Subsidies in 2010

So What Does $37 Billion Get You? A Look at US Energy Subsidies in 2010

The U.S. Department of Energy publishes periodic reports on federal government subsidies to energy production in the U.S.  These reports total up the costs of direct financial support for various energy technologies, tax incentives, research related to marketing and implementation and price support.
Federal support for energy in FY 2010 alone includes the following activities:
Direct Expenditures to Producers or Consumers – $14.3 billion. Federal programs involving direct cash outlays that provide a financial benefit to producers or consumers of energy.
Tax Expenditures – $16.3 billion. Provisions in the federal tax code that reduce the tax liability of
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Implications of the Recent Rise in Oil Prices

Implications of the Recent Rise in Oil Prices

The price of West Texas Intermediate has risen almost $10 a barrel since the start of September, and briefly bumped back above $100 a barrel this week. Here's why I think that development may not be as worrisome for the U.S. economy as it might sound.
The first point to be clear about is what we mean by the price of oil. Two of the most popular benchmarks are West Texas Intermediate, which is a light sweet crude whose price is quoted for delivery in Cushing, Oklahoma, and Brent, which comes from the North Sea. The crudes are similar in terms
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GAO Report: Recycling Used Nuclear Fuel in U.S.

GAO Report: Recycling Used Nuclear Fuel in U.S.

from AREVA North America: Next Energy Blog

Saudi sees threat of shale oil revolution

Saudi sees threat of shale oil revolution

Earthquake, Tsunami, and Nuclear Power in Japan

Earthquake, Tsunami, and Nuclear Power in Japan

UAE on nuclear shopping spree

UAE on nuclear shopping spree

Korea Affirms Commitment to Nuclear Energy

Korea Affirms Commitment to Nuclear Energy

Davis-Besse repairs completed, concern about structural integrity linger

Davis-Besse repairs completed, concern about structural integrity linger

Dominion restarts 2nd North Anna reactor idled by quake

Dominion restarts 2nd North Anna reactor idled by quake

Nuclear plant project triggers local boom

Nuclear plant project triggers local boom

Nuclear Regulator Dismissed Seismologist on Japan Quake Threat

Nuclear Regulator Dismissed Seismologist on Japan Quake Threat

Robot measures radiation at Fukushima

Robot measures radiation at Fukushima

COMMENT: A chronicle of nuclear decay: Over half a year later, what have we learnt from Fukushima?

COMMENT: A chronicle of nuclear decay: Over half a year later, what have we learnt from Fukushima?

DOD to release post-quake radiation estimates for Japan bases

DOD to release post-quake radiation estimates for Japan bases

Christopher Busby's wild claims hurt green movement and Green party

Christopher Busby's wild claims hurt green movement and Green party

The Green party adviser's theories on the Fukushima nuclear disaster and a 'leukaemia cluster' in north Wales are baseless scaremongering – even the anti-nuclear lobby must oppose him

fEnhancing Emergency Preparedness Requirements by Moderator

U.S. NRC Blog

Enhancing Emergency Preparedness Requirements

by Moderator
A significant change to emergency preparedness requirements at our nation’s nuclear power plants has just been completed – after many years and much public dialogue.
A large part of the final rule enhances a nuclear power plant’s response to possible hostile action events by making drill and exercise programs more challenging, changing the criteria for declaring emergencies and taking additional steps to protect workers, among other new requirements.
Additional changes include updating certain requirements, such as those related to public notification systems and evacuation planning.
The lengthy rulemaking process was closely coordinated with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and included input gathered from licensees, state, local, and tribal governments, and the public.
In conjunction with our new regulations, FEMA has also revised its Radiological Emergency Preparedness (REP) Program Manual. The manual guides how offsite response organizations respond to radiological emergencies.
The final rule and related guidance can be found in the Federal Register notice scheduled to run tomorrow. To access these documents online, visit http://www.federalregister.gov//
But the publication of the rule is not the end. Beginning next week, the NRC and FEMA are planning to hold a series of public meetings throughout the winter to share information and answer questions about the rule and related guidance documents.
These meetings will offer opportunities for licensees and response organizations, such as local police and fire departments, to talk to NRC and FEMA staff. Members of the public can observe these meetings and will have a chance to ask questions. There will be one meeting in each of the four NRC regions and near NRC headquarters, in Rockville, Md.
Public meeting notices with more details about these meetings can be found on the NRC website. Meeting participants are encouraged to review the documents prior to the meetings. They all can be found in ADAMS under the following accession numbers:
• NRC Headquarters Public Meeting Notice (November 29 – December 1, 2011): ML113190452
• NRC Region I Public Meeting Notice (December 13 – 15, 2011): ML113190520
• NRC Region II Public Meeting Notice (January 31 – February 2, 2012): ML113190540
• NRC Region III Public Meeting Notice (January 10 –12, 2012): ML113190457
• NRC Region IV Public Meeting Notice (February 14 –16, 2012): ML113190565
• Quick Reference for Document Links: ML113080528
Sara Mroz
Emergency Preparedness Specialist
Moderator | November 22, 2011 at 10:02 am |

FPL cites benefits of Turkey Point plant expansion

FPL cites benefits of Turkey Point plant expansion

 

The electric company says the expansion of its nuclear power plants will be good for South Miami-Dade’s economy.

Fukushima: "China Syndrome Is Inevitable" ... "Huge Steam Explosions", or "Nuclear Bomb-Type Explosions" May Occur

Fukushima: "China Syndrome Is Inevitable" ... "Huge Steam Explosions", or "Nuclear Bomb-Type Explosions" May Occur

CIVIL NUCLEAR Nuclear giant Areva to slash 1,300 jobs in Germany: report


CIVIL NUCLEAR
Nuclear giant Areva to slash 1,300 jobs in Germany: report

India eyes Australia uranium assets - report

India eyes Australia uranium assets - report

Areva to slash at least 2,700 jobs: sources

Areva to slash at least 2,700 jobs: sources

Fukushima likely to cause minimal long term health effects

Fatwas for fission: Assessing the terrorist threat to Pakistan's nuclear assets

Fatwas for fission: Assessing the terrorist threat to Pakistan's nuclear assets

The myth of renewable energy By Dawn Stover | 22 November 2011

The myth of renewable energy

Anti-nuclear Busby tries to ripoff Fukushima Victims with scaremongering and massively overcharged products and services

Emerging Nuclear Innovations

Vietnam will invest VND3 trillion (US$142.8 million) into human resources training for nuclear power as of 2020

Vietnam will invest VND3 trillion (US$142.8 million) into human resources training for nuclear power as of 2020

In a recent article in Thanh Nien News, it reported that the investment was planned for a project to be conducted between Vietnam ministries of science and technology, and education in cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency

Under the project, as of 2020, local institutions together with foreign partners will churn out some 2,400 engineers along with 350 experts with MA degrees and doctorates to serve the construction of Vietnam's first nuclear power plant, which is due to go open that year. This year 48 students have been recruited and are completing procedures to study atomic energy in Russia.

VND2 trillion will come from the state budget, while the other amount will be provided by the state-owned Vietnam Electricity.

"Training human resources for the nuclear power industry is among top priorities of Vietnam's nuclear power development plan to 2020," said Deputy Minister of Science and Technology Le Dinh Tien.

Vietnam will build its first nuclear power plant in the central province of Ninh Thuan under a a multi billion-dollar deal with Russia signed last October. Eight nuclear plants are slated to be in operation in the country by 2031.

Mr. Phan Minh Tuan, Deputy Director of the Ninh Thuan NPP Project Management Board together with Dr. Hoang Anh Tuan, Executive Director General of Vietnam Atomic Energy Agency will be attending and speaking at Nuclear Power Asia 2012 in Kuala Lumpur. They will share with the industry on how Vietnam plans to involve its local industry with its NPP.

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 Regards,

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Zaf Coelho
Project Manager
Nuclear Power Asia 2012

Idaho Samizdat: Nuke Notes Concrete cracks up costs of restart at two reactors

Idaho Samizdat: Nuke Notes

 

Concrete cracks up costs of restart at two reactors

Progress Crystal River and First Energy Davis-Besse have very different problems, but similar concerns about restart

Monday, November 21, 2011

India’s Nuclear Logjam

India’s Nuclear Logjam

While many have proclaimed a new era of friendship and partnership between India and the United States, significant challenges remain. One good example is over India’s civil nuclear liability law and specifically the rules relating to the Civil Liability for Nuclear Damage Act, which gives Indian nuclear plant operators the right to seek compensation from suppliers for a period of five years, and not for the entire lifetime of a nuclear reactor. India’s nuclear liability laws were the focus of talks between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and U.S. President Barack Obama on the sidelines of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations summit in Bali on November 18. Singh did a lot of explaining to Obama on the issue, telling him that India had “gone some way to responding to concerns of American companies and within the four corners of the law of the land, we are willing to address any specific grievances.” But ... Read More...

India successfully tests long range nuclear-capable ballistic missile

India successfully tests long range nuclear-capable ballistic missile

November 20, 2011NEW DEHLI Last week, India successfully test fired one of its longest range missiles capable of carrying a one-ton nuclear warhead deep inside China, officials said. A Defense Research and Development Organization spokesman said the Agni-IV missile was launched at 9:00am (0330 GMT) from a test site in the eastern Indian state of Orissa. “All the parameters have been met and it was a very successful test,” DRDO spokesman Ravi Gupta told AFP. He said the nuclear-capable, two-stage missile which is powered by solid fuel was fired beyond the Bay of Bengal into the Indian Ocean. Agni means fire in Sanskrit. “Agni-IV has a maximum range of 3,500 kilometers (2,170 miles) but this time the launch parameter was 3,000 kilometers,” the official spokesman said. A previous test of the Agni-IV on December 10, 2010 failed after the missile went off its trajectory and plunged into the sea. Defense ministry sources said military scientists were also giving the final shape to the 5,000-kilometre range Agni-V, scheduled to be test-fired for the first time early next year. India has also said it may develop an intercontinental ballistic missile. The Agni series is one of five missiles being developed by the DRDO under an Integrated Guided Missile Development Program launched in 1983. India is among the world’s top 10 military spenders. It plans to splurge $50 billion by 2015 to upgrade its military. It has fought three wars with rival Pakistan since their independence in 1947 and a brief but bloody border conflict with China in 1962. –Space Daily

Architect of Reactor 3 warns of massive hydrovolcanic explosion

Architect of Reactor 3 warns of massive hydrovolcanic explosion

ITER and Monju on the Chopping Block?

ITER and Monju on the Chopping Block?

S. Korea Delivers New Assurance on Safety of Nuclear Plants

S. Korea Delivers New Assurance on Safety of Nuclear Plants

ANALYSIS: Iran Really Is On Nuclear Brink -- CBC

ANALYSIS: Iran Really Is On Nuclear Brink -- CBC

The Thorium Dream - Forgotten Enrgy Source Gets New Life

The Thorium Dream - Forgotten Energy Source Gets New Life ...
From: http://www.cnn.com/video/standard/index.html November 17, 2011 - VICE looks at the ...
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Power Struggle: The Future of Pilgrim Nuclear Plant

Power Struggle: The Future of Pilgrim Nuclear Plant


NASA Mars vehicle will use nuclear power source Idaho Samizdat: Nuke Notes

Idaho Samizdat: Nuke Notes

 

NASA Mars vehicle will use nuclear power source 

Idaho National Laboratory built the space battery which will last for years

 

Bill Gates calls for massive increase in energy research

Bill Gates calls for massive increase in energy research

A $1 billion upgrade for Turkey Point

A $1 billion upgrade for Turkey Point

 

As FPL ramps up a $1 billion overhaul of its 40-year-old facility on south Biscayne Bay, the power plant’s work force is swelling by thousands.

Illinois' Sen. Kirk's Letter on Nuclear Spent Fuel at Yucca Mt.

Illinois' Sen. Kirk's Letter on Nuclear Spent Fuel at Yucca Mt.

China plans modular nuclear plant Flexible designs could attract industrial users

China plans modular nuclear plant

Flexible designs could attract industrial users

Nuclear-Based Electricity and Economic Theory By Professor Ferdinand E. Banks

Nuclear-Based Electricity and Economic Theory

Nuclear power plant leak prompts "white" finding by NRC

Nuclear power plant leak prompts "white" finding by NRC

Robot measures record high radiation in Fukushima nuclear reactor

Robot measures record high radiation in Fukushima nuclear reactor

China To Leapfrog America In Nuclear Advances, Kachan Report Finds

China To Leapfrog America In Nuclear Advances, Kachan Report Finds

State and Federal Officials Discuss Uranium Mining in VA

State and Federal Officials Discuss Uranium Mining in VA

American Nuclear Society Visits Capitol Hill

American Nuclear Society Visits Capitol Hill

Forum on Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zone for Middle East Opens in Vienna

Forum on Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zone for Middle East Opens in Vienna

IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano delivers his opening statement at the Forum on Experience of Possible Relevance to the Creation of a Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zone in the Middle East, 21 November 2011
Representatives from IAEA Member States are meeting at the IAEA headquarters for a one-and-a-half day Forum to discuss how the experience gained through the established Nuclear-Weapons-Free Zones (NWFZ) could be relevant to the Middle East. Convened by IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano, the Forum will include briefings and interactive discussion of the lessons gained in establishing and maintaining the five existing NWFZs in Latin America and the Caribbean, the South Pacific, Southeast Asia, Africa and Central Asia.
"It has taken us 11 years to get to this point," Director General Yukiya Amano said in his opening statement to participants of the Forum.
"Each of the five nuclear-weapon-free zones already in existence today, covering a total of 113 countries, has its own special characteristics, but they also have many important elements in common," Mr. Amano pointed out.
"All nuclear-weapon-free zones prohibit the development, stationing or testing of nuclear weapons in their respective regions. They all cover large inhabited areas. They provide for IAEA verification of the non-diversion of nuclear material. They have brought real security benefits, both regionally and to the whole world. I have long been convinced that nuclear-weapon-free zones are a highly relevant and effective means of non-proliferation, arms control and disarmament."
There is broad international support for the establishment of a nuclear-weapon-free zone in the Middle East, Mr. Amano also said, although there remain long-standing differences of view related to the establishment of such a zone and the application of comprehensive Agency safeguards to all nuclear activities in the region.
Mr. Amano said the Forum provides a unique opportunity to learn, compare and discuss experience and practice of maintaining NWFZs to date, and expressed hope that it will nurture fresh thinking - creative thinking - on the possible relevance of the experience of the five existing nuclear-weapon-free zones to the Middle East.
"It is my earnest hope that your discussion will be creative and constructive, moving beyond simply re-stating long-established positions. For the sake of all the inhabitants of the region, as well as for international peace and security, I wish this Forum every success," he concluded.
Click here to read Mr. Amano's complete statement.

Is It Really Possible To Decouple GDP Growth From Energy Growth?

Is It Really Possible To Decouple GDP Growth From Energy Growth?

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Proposal to shutdown nuclear power plants edges closer to ballot

Proposal to shutdown nuclear power plants edges closer to ballot

GAO Report: DOE's Nuclear Fuel Cycle Options

GAO Report: DOE's Nuclear Fuel Cycle Options 

Nuclear Power In Europe – Has It Got a Future?

Nuclear Power In Europe – Has It Got a Future?

Nuclear industry safety body takes on lessons of Fukushima

Nuclear industry safety body takes on lessons of Fukushima

Operators' association intends to check nuclear plants' ability to handle serious accidents, but won't name problematic plants.

Nuclear Regulator Dismissed Seismologist on Japan Quake Threat

Nuclear Regulator Dismissed Seismologist on Japan Quake Threat

# # India's Nuclear Energy Plans Face Post-Fukushima Hurdles By: Yogesh Joshi | World Politics Review

India's Nuclear Energy Plans Face Post-Fukushima Hurdles
By: Yogesh Joshi | World Politics Review

Updates from the American Nuclear Society 11/21

American Nuclear Society

Young nuclear professionals visit Capitol Hill

By pbowersox on Nov 21, 2011 01:00 am

One of the most exciting and important events at the American Nuclear Society’s Winter Meeting in Washington, DC, this year was the ”Capitol Hill Day” visit held on November 4.  This event allowed society members the opportunity to go to Capitol Hill to meet with congress persons … Continue reading →
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