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Saturday, January 7, 2012

Idaho Samizdat: Nuke Notes The politics over Davis-Besse

Idaho Samizdat: Nuke Notes

The politics over Davis-Besse

Concrete cracks in the containment structure aren't the reason for anti-nuclear fervor by Rep. Dennis Kucinich

Seismic Expert Explains Work in U.S. Nuclear Industry, Lessons From Japan

Seismic Expert Explains Work in U.S. Nuclear Industry, Lessons From Japan

New U.S. Defense Strategy Lays Groundwork for More Nuclear Cuts

New U.S. Defense Strategy Lays Groundwork for More Nuclear Cuts

Allah's Energy Marriage - Saudi Arabia and India

Allah's Energy Marriage - Saudi Arabia and India

NRC to Hold Webinar for Public on Nuclear Spent Fuel Storage

NRC to Hold Webinar for Public on Nuclear Spent Fuel Storage

Webinar will be held on Jan. 31 at 2 p.m.

Fukushima exposes contradictions / Nuclear crisis prompts govt to rethink private companies' operation of N-plants

Fukushima exposes contradictions / Nuclear crisis prompts govt to rethink private companies' operation of N-plants

Did renewables overtake nuclear power in 2011? Sort of.


Did renewables overtake nuclear power in 2011? Sort of.

Japan plans to scrap nuclear plants after 40 years

Japan plans to scrap nuclear plants after 40 years

Nuke plant worries watchdog String of safety violations shows Salem Twp. facility not committed to safety, he says.


Nuke plant worries watchdog

String of safety violations shows Salem Twp. facility not committed to safety, he says.

Concerns raised over proposed new nuclear plant

Concerns raised over proposed new nuclear plant

China's New Foray into U.S. Energy Market Shows Evolving Strategy

China's New Foray into U.S. Energy Market Shows Evolving Strategy

By Catherine Cheney | 06 Jan 2012
News arrived this week that the second-largest oil company in China has agreed to pay $900 million, and contribute as much as $1.6 billion to future drilling costs, for a one-third stake in five American exploratory oil projects. The foray into American energy investment, the first by China Petrochemical Corp., known as Sinopec, comes in the form of a partnership with Oklahoma-based Devon Energy Corp. to develop shale reserves.

Japan: New Limits on Reactors

Japan: New Limits on Reactors

The nuclear, biological and climate threat - 2011 reviewed

The nuclear, biological and climate threat - 2011 reviewed
In this special issue of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, published by SAGE, experts reflect on 2011 and highlight what to look out for in 2012 in the areas of nuclear energy, nuclear weapons, biosecurity, and climate change. Topics that have made the headlines during the previous 12 months, including the increased tension surrounding Iran's nuclear programme, the aftermath of the Fukushima incident, and the state of US policy on climate change, are analyzed in detail in this special issue.

What the Future Holds for Nuclear Power


What the Future Holds for Nuclear Power

Renewable Energy Now Provides More US Power Than Nuclear

Renewable Energy Now Provides More US Power Than Nuclear

Friday, January 6, 2012

Face-off in the Gulf as U.S., Israel and Iran all launch war games in show of force over nuclear plans and key oil route

Face-off in the Gulf as U.S., Israel and Iran all launch war games in show of force over nuclear plans and key oil route

UK warns that it is prepared to use force to stop Iran blocking the Strait of Hormuz

Iran's first nuclear fuel rod: Another view

Iran's first nuclear fuel rod: Another view

A former UN weapons inspector argues that Iran is most likely doing what it claims - making fuel plates for the Tehran research reactor

Nuclear: Do we or don’t we?


Nuclear: Do we or don’t we?

Feds say no cause yet for Ohio nuke plant cracks

Feds say no cause yet for Ohio nuke plant cracks

Bulgaria says nuclear plant ready for emergencies

Bulgaria says nuclear plant ready for emergencies

UPDATE 1-Japan looking at taking control of nuclear power -media

UPDATE 1-Japan looking at taking control of nuclear power -media

No injuries, no danger to public reported after chemical leak at Minnesota nuclear power plant

No injuries, no danger to public reported after chemical leak at Minnesota nuclear power plant

No radiation leaked and there were no injuries this morning when 522 gallons of chlorine bleach leaked out of a broken pipe at the Prairie Island nuclear power plant near Red Wing, Minn.

NM, Lab Reach Deal on Radioactive Waste Cleanup

NM, Lab Reach Deal on Radioactive Waste Cleanup

Going Nuclear Industry Expanding Locally, Skilled Workers Needed BY KATIE ALICE WALKER

Going Nuclear

Industry Expanding Locally, Skilled Workers Needed

BY KATIE ALICE WALKER

"The Atomic States of America,


I thought you'd be interested in this short video interview with directors Don Argott and Sheila Joyce on their documentary "The Atomic States of America," premiering at Sundance in a couple of weeks. 

This Nuclear Story Is Ready to Mushroom

This Nuclear Story Is Ready to Mushroom

Platts 3rd Annual Small Modular Reactors

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Platts 3rd Annual Small Modular Reactors is the leading event for discussion of the outlook for new small to medium sized reactors. As the nuclear industry continues to expand worldwide, the potential for small reactors is enormous.

The Platts conference goes beyond the headlines and the press releases to introduce the latest thinking, and the current plans, for small modular reactors.

  • Understand the potential market in the US and internationally
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Since 1960, Platts Nucleonics Week has been the leading source of global news for the commercial nuclear power business. Platts NuclearFuel is the only independent news service covering all aspects of the nuclear fuel cycle, around the world. And Platts Inside NRC delivers news and insight used by industry professionals around the world to track developments in the nuclear power regulation area. Platts builds on this experience in developing annual nuclear energy events, including the annual SMR program, and other major nuclear industry events in the US and Europe.

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You are invited to join the Platts "Small Modular Reactors" discussion group on LinkedIn. This is a thriving, international forum with regular discussion and news on SMRs. Topics of discussion have included economics of small reactors, progress in licensing, status of federal funding, research ventures, NRC issues, safety and security features, etc. For more information, or to apply for membership, go to the "Small Modular Reactors" group on www.linkedin.com.

Who Attends?

These are just some of the companies that have attended the Platts Small Modular Reactors conference:

  • Advanced Nuclear Services
  • Advanced Reactor Concepts
  • Altira Group
  • American Industrial Technologies
  • American Institute of Physics
  • AREVA
  • Argonne National Laboratory
  • ATC Nuclear
  • Babcock & Wilcox Company
  • Balch & Bingham
  • Basin Electric Power Cooperative
  • Bechtel Power Corporation
  • Beckman & Associates
  • Black & Veatch Corporation
  • Bureau of Reclamation
  • Burns & McDonnell
  • Burns and Roe Enterprises Inc.
  • Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission
  • CanTrust Energy
  • Capital Alpha Partners LLC
  • Center for Advanced Energy Studies
  • Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)
  • Chadbourne & Parke
  • Cianbro Corporation
  • Citi Investment Research
  • CMC Americas
  • CMEA Capital
  • CMI Novacast
  • Commercial Metals Company
  • Crown Investments Corp of Saskatchewan
  • Curtiss-Wright Flow Control Company
  • Curtiss-Wright QualTech NP
  • Dade Moeller
  • Day Pitney LLP
  • Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board
  • DLP Piper
  • DOOSAN Heavy Industries & Construction Co Ltd
  • Douglas-Westwood LLC
  • DRS Consolidated Controls
  • Duane Morris
  • Duke Energy
  • E.S. Fox
  • EC Joint Research Centre
  • Enel North America
  • Enercon Services Inc.
  • ENERGA SA
  • Energy Resources International
  • Energy USA Inc.
  • Entergy Services
  • EOP Group
  • ERIN Engineering & Research
  • EXCEL Services Corporation
  • Exelon Generation
  • Exponent
  • FirstEnergy Nuclear Operating Company
  • Florida Power & Light
  • Fluor Enterprises
  • Futuro Nucleare
  • GE O&G
  • GEI Consultants Inc.
  • General Atomics
  • General Dynamics Electric Boat
  • General Fusion
  • Generation mPower LLC
  • Glenview Capital
  • Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP
  • Governmental Strategies
  • Harvard University KSG
  • Haynes and Boone
  • Hayward Tyler Inc.
  • Hitachi Canada
  • Hitachi Power Systems America
  • Holtec International
  • Hukari Technical Services, Inc.
  • Huntington Ingalls/Newport News
  • Hyperion Power Generation
  • IBEX Engineering Services
  • Idaho National Laboratory
  • IHS CERA
  • Institute of Nuclear Power Operations
  • International Atomic Energy Agency
  • Iowa Utility Board
  • Japan Steel Works America Inc.
  • Kansas City Power & Light Company
  • K&L Gates
  • KEPCO Research Institute
  • KEPCO Nuclear Fuel
  • Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute
  • Korea Institute of Nuclear Safety
  • Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
  • Lehigh Heavy Forge Corporation
  • LISEGA Inc.
  • Lockheed Martin Missles & Fire Control
  • Major Tool & Machine Inc.
  • Marsh USA
  • MC Dean Inc.
  • Meggitt Safety Systems Inc.
  • Micro-Nuc
  • Michael Kenwood Group
  • MidAmerican Energy
  • Midwest ISO
  • MIT
  • Mongolian Nuclear Energy Commission
  • MPR Associates
  • Navigant Consulting
  • Nebraska Electric G&T Coop Inc.
  • Nebraska Public Power District
  • Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems
  • Nuclear Development Company
  • Nuclear Energy Agency, Mongolia
  • Nuclear Energy Institute
  • Nuclear Fuel Services
  • NUKEM
  • Numark Associates
  • NuScale Power Inc.
  • Nye County Nevada
  • Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • Oglethorpe Power Corporation
  • Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
  • Parsons
  • Pate Capital Partners LP
  • Paul C. Rizzo Associates Inc.
  • Peerless Manufacturing Company
  • Pegasus Group LLC
  • Pell Frischmann Consultants Ltd
  • Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman
  • Planergie Group
  • Platts
  • Potomac Communications Group Inc.
  • Precision Custom Components
  • Preferred Licensing Services
  • Pro2Serve
  • ReNuke Services
  • Rolls-Royce
  • RSCC Wire & Cable LLC
  • SAIC
  • Sandia National Laboratories
  • Sargent & Lundy
  • SaskPower
  • Savannah River National Laboratory
  • Shaw Group
  • Sheet Metal Workers International Association
  • SMR LLC
  • SNL Energy
  • Southern Nuclear Operating Company Inc.
  • ST Dynamics Pte
  • Superior Air Handling
  • Sustainable Fuel Cycle Task Force
  • TC Program Solutions
  • TerraPower
  • TOTAL Gas & Power
  • TradeTech
  • TVA
  • Tractebel Engineering
  • UniStar Nuclear
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Illinois
  • University of Massachusetts-Lowell
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • University of Texas- Austin
  • URENCO Inc.
  • URS Corporation
  • USEC
  • US Army Corps of Engineers
  • US Army Joint Warfare Analysis Center
  • US Department of Commerce
  • US Department of Energy
  • US Nuclear Infrastructure Council
  • US Nuclear Regulatory Commission
  • US Senate
  • Ux Consulting Company LLC
  • Weir Valves & Controls USA
  • Westinghouse Electric Company
  • Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
  • WorleyParsons
  • Y-12 National Security Complex
  • ...and others including associations and media

The Fukushima black box A dangerous lack of urgency in drawing lessons from Japan’s nuclear disaster

The Fukushima black box

A dangerous lack of urgency in drawing lessons from Japan’s nuclear disaster

Nuclear review raises questions

Nuclear review raises questions

Terry Engelder on the Federal Role in the Shale Gas Revolution

Terry Engelder on the Federal Role in the Shale Gas Revolution

The Oilman in the White House

The Oilman in the White House

Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant Weekly Review

Blog Post: Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant Weekly Review

The last week at the Tokyo Electric Power Co. plant severely damaged after Japan’s massive tsunami last March brought positive results from xenon testing near the reactors and plans for enhanced screening of rice from the region surrounding the plant.

Will 2012 be the Year of Nuclear Fusion?


Will 2012 be the Year of Nuclear Fusion?

A Look at Some of the Obstacles Facing Wind Energy in the U.S.

A Look at Some of the Obstacles Facing Wind Energy in the U.S.

What the Future Holds for Nuclear Power PDF Print E-mail Written by Tom Murphy

What the Future Holds for Nuclear Power

PDF Print E-mail
Written by Tom Murphy   

Sig Hecker on North Korea

Sig Hecker on North Korea

T Insider Newsletter - December 2011

T Insider Newsletter - December 2011

A monthly newsletter presented by DYONYX, specializing in the latest in NERC, FERC, NISTL, Nuclear, NRC and much more!

Cleaner, Cheaper Liquid Fuel from Coal

Cleaner, Cheaper Liquid Fuel from Coal
by Peter Fairley
A new conversion process promises zero carbon emissions during production—but some question whether it will scale.
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Only nuclear energy will help India produce more electricity

Only nuclear energy will help India produce more electricity

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Will Shale Crowd Out Coal and Green Energy?

Will Shale Crowd Out Coal and Green Energy?

Should the U.S. export its natural gas? A debate flares.


Should the U.S. export its natural gas? A debate flares.

Feds impeding energy industry By Mackubin Thomas Owens

Feds impeding energy industry

By Mackubin Thomas Owens

And Now, the Oil Industry Caucus By MATTHEW L. WALD

And Now, the Oil Industry Caucus

Green: Politics
North America could be self-sufficient in gasoline and diesel fuel in 15 years if only the government would get out of the way, the president of the American Petroleum Institute said on Wednesday in a “state of American energy” address intended to raise the industry’s profile in the presidential election.

French Frack Fried from NEI Nuclear Notes by Mark Flanagan

French Frack Fried

from NEI Nuclear Notes

Palo Verde Unit 1 Sets U.S. Nuclear Industry Record

Palo Verde Unit 1 Sets U.S. Nuclear Industry Record

Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station
Recent Refueling Outage Recorded the Lowest Ever Personnel Radiation Exposure
PHOENIX – During its recent planned refueling outage, not only did Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station achieve the lowest “As Low As is Reasonably Achievable” personnel radiation exposure in the plant’s outage history, it also set a record for the nuclear industry.

Strategic Review Suggests Potential New U.S. Nuclear Weapons Cuts

Strategic Review Suggests Potential New U.S. Nuclear Weapons Cuts

NRC Probes Violations of Protective Standards at Delaware Atomic Site

NRC Probes Violations of Protective Standards at Delaware Atomic Site

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission is looking into unspecified violations of protective standards at site of the Hope Creek Nuclear Generating Station and Salem Nuclear Power Plant in Delaware, the Delaware News Journal reported on Wednesday (see GSN, Dec. 13, 2011).

Science Essential in Verifying Peaceful Use of Nuclear Material

Science Essential in Verifying Peaceful Use of Nuclear Material

Agency's Laboratories Seibersdorf
A new Nuclear Material Laboratory will be established in Seibersdorf, Austria, replacing the existing laboratory that began operation in 1976. (Photo: D. Calma/IAEA)
The IAEA is now in the midst of a multi-phase project to modernize its safeguards analytical capabilities that will help it meet the verification challenges of the next 30 years and beyond. This capital project, the largest ever undertaken by the IAEA, involves forecasting and defining analytical and infrastructure needs; designing the laboratories, site infrastructure and security improvements; and completing their construction on time and within budget without interrupting ongoing operations.
A major part of the project is the establishment of a new Nuclear Material Laboratory (NML) in Seibersdorf, Austria. The new NML will replace the existing NML that began operation in 1976. Since that time, the core mission of the NML has been the analysis and reporting of results from nuclear material accountancy verification samples, which may include uranium, plutonium, spent fuel, and high activity liquid waste materials. Adding to the Laboratory's workload in the modern era are nuclear material samples collected outside the declared areas of safeguarded facilities. Such samples may have different forms and compositions compared with normal verification inspection samples, and may require special handling and analytical processing within the NML.
Director General Yukiya Amano said that, when completed in 2014, the new NML would "provide the IAEA with a modern and expandable capability for nuclear sample analyses, collected from all points along the nuclear fuel cycle." The new Laboratory brings together into a single building analytical activities that are currently dispersed among a number of buildings at Seibersdorf. The new Laboratory will also allow the IAEA to fully comply with its own latest guidelines on the physical protection of nuclear material, as well as with its nuclear safety requirements.
On 16 December 2011, Deputy Director General for Safeguards, Herman Nackaerts, was able to report to Member State representatives on the start of construction of this vital component of the Agency's analytical capabilities.
The successful completion of the extension of clean laboratory space for the Environmental Sample Laboratory (ESL), on time and within budget, represented another significant project milestone. Recently acquired mass spectrometry equipment of unparalleled precision is now operating within this newly acquired space. The ESL enables IAEA scientists to detect and measure minute particles of uranium found in the swipe samples collected by IAEA inspectors and to identify the isotopic composition of particles weighing as little as the DNA in one human cell. This capability, which IAEA scientists may extend in the future to the analysis of plutonium, constitutes a powerful tool for confirming the absence of undeclared materials and activities in States under safeguards.
Together, the NML and ESL comprise the IAEA Safeguards Analytical Laboratories. According to Director General Amano:
"The role played by the IAEA's Analytical Laboratories in safeguarding nuclear material around the world is vital in upholding the integrity of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty."
At the 16 December briefing, representatives of Member States and the IAEA Secretariat conferred on the Agency's project plan and identified milestones on the way to its completion by the end of 2014. For this ambitious goal to be achieved, however, Member States will need to continue their generous financial support.
-- By Mark Scheland, IAEA Department of Safeguards

Japan plans robotic farms for tsunami damaged land

Japan plans robotic farms for tsunami damaged land

DARPA and others develop more effective anti-radiation treatments and reminder of Toshiba new system for removing radiation contamination

DARPA and others develop more effective anti-radiation treatments and reminder of Toshiba new system for removing radiation contamination

British nuclear stress tests: Results are in

British nuclear stress tests: Results are in

According to this report, the Office for Nuclear Regulation (the British nuclear regulatory body) has indicated a satisfactory result for the stress testing of the nuclear plants in that country.

The full report can be found here:

Office for Nuclear Regulation - Stress Test National Final Report Dec 2011

5:45 PM Eastern Wednesday January 4, 2012
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Post-Fukushima era begins for France

Post-Fukushima era begins for France

EDF's fleet of 58 reactors needs upgrades 'as quickly as possible' to be sufficiently robust in extreme situations, said France's nuclear safety regulator.

INPO chooses new leader from World Nuclear News by Warwick Pipe

INPO chooses new leader

Robert Willard has been selected as the next president and CEO of the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations (INPO). A former fighter pilot and commander of two nuclear-powered aircraft carriers, Willard is currently the Commander of US Pacific Command, Camp HM Smith, Hawaii. He will join INPO in early April 2012 and will assume his new duties upon the retirement of the current President and CEO, Jim Ellis, the following month.

Next phase for French geological disposal

Next phase for French geological disposal

Cigeo (Andra)Industrial design work is set to begin for a deep geological repository for France's high- and intermediate-level radioactive waste following the signing of a contract between French radioactive waste agency Andra and a joint venture of two engineering companies.

Staying in the zone

Staying in the zone

Few things have gone right since the 2010 Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference called for a 2012 meeting to discuss establishing a WMD-free zone in the Middle East. Evidence of nuclear weapons-related research in Iran has continued to mount, putting the world, and particularly Israel, on edge. By now, the enthusiasms of 2010 seem almost quaint.

Submarine’s torpedo compartment was on fire

Submarine’s torpedo compartment was on fire

Revealing photos of the nuclear powered submarine “Yekaterinburg” from before and during last week’s fire clearly indicate that the flames come from inside the torpedo-compartment.
A photo taken of “Yekaterinburg” in the floating dock in Roslyakova before the fire started on December 29th shows a large cut in the hull on the port side of the submarine. The hull is near the front bow, the part where the torpedo compartment is located.

Jaczko Jacked up: Nuclear Energy Mugs Regulatory Commish

Jaczko Jacked up: Nuclear Energy Mugs Regulatory Commish

Saudi Oil Dilemma Should Worry Consumers

Saudi Oil Dilemma Should Worry Consumers

Book Review: "Plentiful Energy: The Story of the Integral Fast Reactor" by Charles E. Till and Yoon Il Chang


Book Review: "Plentiful Energy: The Story of the Integral Fast Reactor" by Charles E. Till and Yoon Il Chang

Written by the two leading engineers at the Argonne National Laboratory who were behind the integral fast reactor -- Dr. Charles E. Till and Dr. Yoon Il Chang.  It is a landmark in the sustainable energy literature.

The Integral Fast Reactor (IFR) is a fast reactor system developed at Argonne National Laboratory in the decade 1984 to 1994. The IFR project developed the technology for a complete system; the reactor, the entire fuel cycle and the waste management technologies were all included in the development program.

The book makes a special point of being accessible to non-specialists.

Dan Yurman 

ANS Nuclear Cafe All Things Nuclear Nuclear energy R&D budgets spared major cuts

 

Nuclear energy R&D budgets spared major cuts

Congress trims funding while adding new priorities
By Dan Yurman

"Energy Reality"

"Energy Reality"

Fuel wrap up for Areva

Fuel wrap up for Areva
05 January 2012
The Monticello nuclear power plant will have a decade of front-end nuclear fuel services provided by Areva after a $500 million deal.

Ex-IAEA official: Iran nuclear move may raise concern

Ex-IAEA official: Iran nuclear move may raise concern

Japan’s web-savvy activist moms could be changing a culture

Japan’s web-savvy activist moms could be changing a culture

Radiation fears beget shift to a more-involved democracy

Nuclear Resort: Come for the Reactor, Stay for the Beach

Nuclear Resort: Come for the Reactor, Stay for the Beach

2 The Jaczko Debate Nuclear Agency Squabbling Throws Smokescreen Over Safety Lapses by LINDA PENTZ GUNTER

2
The Jaczko Debate

Nuclear Agency Squabbling Throws Smokescreen Over Safety Lapses

by LINDA PENTZ GUNTER

Five Legal Wrangles About Vermont Yankee

Five Legal Wrangles About Vermont Yankee

Everybody expects Judge Murtha to rule on the Vermont Yankee lawsuit this week. However, this week is almost over. Unless Murtha is planning to throw his ruling into the famous Black Hole of the Friday News Releases, I think he will not rule this week. I could be wrong.

So today is a good day for a retrospective blog post on all five legal wrangles about Vermont Yankee. In reverse order of importance.

Westinghouse Moves Forward with Small Modular Reactor

12 Study Finds Small Modular Reactors Could Revive US Nuclear Industry


Study Finds Small Modular Reactors Could Revive US Nuclear Industry

How the oil industry intends to attack Obama over the coming year

How the oil industry intends to attack Obama over the coming year
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Japan, Ukraine to make pact on N-accidents

Japan, Ukraine to make pact on N-accidents

Japan’s leader vows to bring rebirth of area around crippled nuclear plant, revive economy

Japan’s leader vows to bring rebirth of area around crippled nuclear plant, revive economy

EDF CEO rules out nuclear plant closures-paper

EDF CEO rules out nuclear plant closures-paper


PARIS | Wed Jan 4, 2012 8:11am EST
PARIS Jan 4 (Reuters) - EDF will not shut down any of its 58 nuclear reactors, the head of the French state-controlled utility told Le Monde in an interview published on Wednesday, as he faces a bill for an extra 10 billion euros ($13 billion) to improve their safety.

$280M Nuke Plant Project Adds Efficiency, Safety, Officials Say

$280M Nuke Plant Project Adds Efficiency, Safety, Officials Say

Workers will install new turbines and safer, easier-to-operate reactor heads at San Onofre this year.

Areva signs $500 mln U.S. fuel supply contract

Areva signs $500 mln U.S. fuel supply contract


PARIS | Wed Jan 4, 2012 12:46pm EST
PARIS Jan 4 (Reuters) - French nuclear company Areva has signed a $500 million contract with Xcel Energy in the United States to supply its Monticello nuclear power plant with fuel and services.

Calvert Cliffs wetlands permit approved Public Works board gives OK even though work won't start soon

Calvert Cliffs wetlands permit approved

Public Works board gives OK even though work won't start soon

* NRC Seeks Public Comment on Assumptions for Environmental Study of Extended Storage of Spent Nuclear Fuel

Iran's first nuclear fuel rod and what it means

Iran's first nuclear fuel rod and what it means

The natural uranium rod appears intended for Iran's heavy water reactor, potentially stoking more tension with the West
Olli Heinonen, a former IAEA deputy director general and head of the safeguards department (ie chief inspector), has some thoughts about Iran's claim to have manufactured and tested its first uranium fuel rod. This is his guest blog.

Plentiful Energy – The book that tells the story of the Integral Fast Reactor

Plentiful Energy – The book that tells the story of the Integral Fast Reactor

Guest Postby Will Davis from Atomoic Power Review: Misreporting Fukushima

Misreporting Fukushima - Symposium by AAAS in Vancouver, Feb. 20

There is absolutely no doubt in this writer's mind that the vast majority of what was reported in the mainstream press in the months immediately following the Fukushima Daiichi accident was not only incorrect, but seriously flawed. Consultation of both anti-nuclear speakers such as Arnie Gunderson, and people with no nuclear knowledge whatsoever, like Michio Kaku, was regular and normal in those days. The Union of Concerned Scientists, which actually is an organization with agendas (such as being anti-nuclear) and not some oversight panel, was also consulted and quoted.

I think we all see how their predictions worked out. No contamination in the US; no deaths in the US; no radioactive fallout blanketing the Pacific islands; no massive hydrovolcanic explosion due to 'China syndrome' melt-through; no evacuation of Tokyo. No spent fuel pool fires, or prompt criticality in a spent fuel pool (this last being a wonderful Gunderson gaffe) or recriticality of damaged reactors. None of it. So far, none of the pre-apocalyptic horsefeathers these people and organizations spread around have come true.

The major problem of course is that anyone listened to them. The wide distribution of such clearly anti-nuclear (and thus strongly biased) trash as "news" bothered many in positions to know better - but the actual occurrence of the accident itself seemed to be enough to give them a brief season of credibility. We, on the pro-nuclear side, were saddled with sentiments on the order of "well you said this could never happen and now it has so why listen to you?"

None of us said that this could never happen. That's a straw man put out by people who just have absolutely no clue WHAT we've said because, for thirty or more years, they haven't listened.

So now we find ourselves in a world where several nations have decided to dump nuclear energy in a knee jerk reaction to something that happened all the way around the world and doesn't affect them one iota (Germany, and others.) Fukushima Prefecture in Japan is probably permanently non-nuclear now (its governor, as reported here at APR has indicated he will not allow any further nuclear plant operation) but the rest of Japan is up in the air. The tendency of plants shut down for inspection or maintenance not to restart (except for one plant) is bothersome as well.

Luckily there are places where need for reliable energy is high enough and desire for moral high ground (or self-immolation) low enough that nuclear is quite in the cards. This includes the United States, where the Westinghouse AP1000 has just been approved by the NRC. There are further promising signs elsewhere...

South Korea has over 17000 Mw of nuclear plant capacity on line.

'Fuel poverty' in England can only be alleviated by nuclear and they know it.

Slovakia: 50% of electric capacity is nuclear, and it's passed stress tests.

I could go on and on with links to show places where nuclear energy is moving forward, but suffice it to say that the entire world is NOT anti-nuclear. Recent polls in the United States still show a positive for nuclear energy in acceptance.

Even with the horrible mainstream reporting on nuclear energy and the Fukushima accident, and the rampant celebrity anti-nuclearism as well.

It is in the context I've outlined above that I await the results of this symposium. I've been assured by Dr. Stricker that we'll have as much information from the event as possible. I should also note that each of the speakers has a paper linked right at the AAAS page; these provide great information on the topic. It is about time that the press came to terms with its poor job in reporting technical issues; perhaps this AAAS symposium will wake some of the people in the mainstream media up.

5:10 PM Eastern Wednesday January 4, 2012
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Oil industry begins push for Keystone pipeline

Oil industry begins push for Keystone pipeline http://link.ft.com/r/NA70KK/2OXRZ1/RNF1Y5/5VMD3C/QN6E1A/SN/h?a1=2012&a2=1&a3=5

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Jumping Fences from NEI Nuclear Notes by Mark Flanagan

Jumping Fences

from NEI Nuclear Notes

How the Government Failed in Energy Policy in 2011 By Thomas Pyle

How the Government Failed in Energy Policy in 2011

Ohio’s ‘clean’ gas-energy future on shaky ground … literally

Ohio’s ‘clean’ gas-energy future on shaky ground … literally

Fukushima meltdowns set nuclear energy debate on its ear

NUCLEAR AWAKENING

Fukushima meltdowns set nuclear energy debate on its ear


2012 is the Year to Finally Bury Nuke Power

Time for a Green-Powered Earth

2012 is the Year to Finally Bury Nuke Power

by HARVEY WASSERMAN

People don’t have to dig deep to invest in shale energy

People don’t have to dig deep to invest in shale energy

U.S. shale exuberance may need to be tempered

U.S. shale exuberance may need to be tempered

New Year despair for Japan's nuclear refugees

New Year despair for Japan's nuclear refugees

Tokyo (AFP) Dec 30, 2011
As most of Japan prepares to ring in the New Year at the end of a traumatic 2011, refugees from the country's nuclear crisis relocated far from home say they have nothing to celebrate. All over the country families will gather for a midnight trip to a shrine, many donning traditional kimono for the centrepiece of several days of celebration during one of Japan's most important festivals.

Les Echos: “Nuclear freeze beginning to thaw”

Les Echos: “Nuclear freeze beginning to thaw”

from AREVA North America: Next Energy Blog

Review of 2011: Figures following Fukushima

Review of 2011: Figures following Fukushima

Post-Fukushima: Signs Of A New Surge In Nuclear Plant Construction

Post-Fukushima: Signs Of A New Surge In Nuclear Plant Construction

Fukushima raised serious questions about nuclear safety and prompted a global building freeze on new atomic power plants. But as 2012 begins, it is becoming clear that the freeze is beginning to thaw. And the BRICS nations will lead the way.

NRC seeks comment on assumptions for EIS of extended storage of spent nuclear fuel

NRC seeks comment on assumptions for EIS of extended storage of spent nuclear fuel

Palisades nuclear plant bumped down in status by NRC; Entergy Nuclear to dispute other findings next week

Palisades nuclear plant bumped down in status by NRC; Entergy Nuclear to dispute other findings next week

Misreporting Fukushima: A Failure of Science Journalism with Global Repercussions? Monday, February 20, 2012: 9:45 AM-12:45 PM

Readers may be interested  how the events at Fukushima were covered in the media. A symposium on the topic will be at the upcoming annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS, which publishes Science magazine/journal). The symposium summary, speaker list and talk titles are linked and pasted below.

The AAAS annual meeting draws hundreds of reporters, editors and producers from all over the world, so this symposium has the potential to reach the right ears. The diverse speaker affiliations may also help emphasize that criticism of Fukushima coverage is not just coming from "pro-nuclear shills." I'm not sure if anyone from this list will be at the meeting, but I'll plan to live tweet from this session using either @INL or @nicstrick handles.

http://aaas.confex.com/aaas/2012/webprogram/Session4515.html
Misreporting Fukushima: A Failure of Science Journalism with Global Repercussions? Monday, February 20, 2012: 9:45 AM-12:45 PM
Room 118 (VCC West Building)
The Tohoku great earthquake caused thousands of deaths, almost all as a result of the tsunamis, and caused extensive damage to food and water supplies, medical services, power, and communications. Whole towns in Japan were sluiced away by one of the greatest natural disasters to strike a major industrialized nation in a century. But the world's focus was drawn to a potential disaster at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant and the prospect of losing control over its nuclear reactors. According to a recent study, the reporting on Fukushima led to a global drop in support for nuclear power. Six industrialized nations — Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Thailand, Malaysia, and Japan — announced plans to curtail or cancel their nuclear programs despite pressures to reduce fossil fuel–based power generation. Why did global reporting shift from one of the biggest earthquakes in history into a story of nuclear risk? Why does the invisible menace of nuclear power catch the imagination in global reporting unlike other conspicuous tragedies such as earthquakes, population displacement, or destruction of other major infrastructures? Instantaneous global communication now offers an opportunity to get accurate information, scientifically based advice, and valuable informed commentary in seconds. While 24-hour commentary can be noise rich and data poor, this is not inevitable. What steps could be taken to communicate the risks of damage to major infrastructure and avoid a communication meltdown during major disasters?

Organizer: Julia Wilson, Sense About Science
Co-Organizer: Michael Hanlon, The Daily Mail
Moderator: Tracey Brown, Sense About Science
Discussant: Mark Henderson, The Times

Speakers:
Paddy Regan, University of Surrey
Radiation, Public Perception, and Nuclear Superstition: Why Are We Scared of the Atom?
Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Council of Canadian Academies
Nuclear Policy: A Global Environmental and Legal Perspective
Michael Hanlon, The Daily Mail
Communication Failure: How the World's Media Got Their Wires Crossed over Fukushima
Albert Yuan, San Lian Life Weekly
Seismic Quackery, Earthquake Prediction, and Panic
Pieter Doornenbal, RIKEN
The Perspective from Japan: Rising Panic and Common Sense
Ramesh Sadhankar, Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd.
A Technical Perspective

Nicole Stricker, PhD.
Science Press Officer
Idaho National Laboratory
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Nuclear numbers down despite connections

Nuclear numbers down despite connections

Control room at Ling Ao II-2 (Image: CGNPC)Six new nuclear power reactors were connected to the world's electricity grids in 2011, adding over 4000 MWe of generation capacity. Thirteen units were closed permanently, all but one as a direct result of the accident at Fukushima Daiichi.

Post-Fukushima era begins for France

Post-Fukushima era begins for France

EDF's fleet of 58 reactors needs upgrades 'as quickly as possible' to be sufficiently robust in extreme situations, said France's nuclear safety regulator.

2nd Annual Small Modular Reactor Conference 25-26 April 2012, Columbia South Carolina, USA

Conference Exhibition & Sponsorship Nuclear Energy Insider History

Agenda

This year over 400 hours of research was spent sculpting a bullet proof agenda which is guarenteed to give you the tools and business critical knowledge you need to overcome key challenges and obstacles in the SMR industry. For exclusive discounts and full conference details download the conference brochure here.
Section 1: Licensing SMRs for Commercial Deployment in the USA
SMR licencing update
  • Access the latest updates from the NRC and discover how to best navigate the emerging regulatory framework for SMR development
  • Examine the current annual fees and planned amendments the NRC are developing in order to accelerate the development of SMR’s across the USA
  • Understand the industry’s role to highlight regulatory barriers such as the Price-Anderson act and develop solutions with the NRC and push SMR deployment forward
Mike MayfieldDirector of Advanced Reactors, US NRC
Licensing multiple units
  • Identify and mitigate the knowledge gaps that occur when licencing SMR fleets to avoid costly pitfalls
  • See the planned amendments to the legislative framework regarding the installation of additional units over time and analyse the economic and operational impact for owners
  • Build a best practice plan to approach SMR fleet licensing to drive forward commercial nuclear development in the USA
Section 2: Market Analysis and Demand
Nationwide SMR Power Generation
  • Discover why electricity cooperatives are anticipating commercial SMR deployment for power generation and understand the needs and requirements of NRECA members
  • Detail the fleet of aging coal facilities owned by national cooperative members and detail how the implementation of CO2 taxes would impacts power generation for rural markets
  • See why SMRs offer a good option for aging coal facilities and can generate cost efficient clean power by utilising exiting transmission lines, substations and supporting facilities
John HoltSenior Manager for Generation and Fuel, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association
SMR's Niche - Coal Under Attack
  • Detail how SMRs can add boost generation efficiency economically with comparable aging generation facilities including coal, gas and fossil
  • Compare the economics and ROI of replacing these aging facilities with SMRs in relation to raising operational costs and EPA regulations
  • Analyse the opportunity for fleet wide SMR deployment across aging coal facilities and why this niche may be key for full SMR commercialization in the USA
Steve Byrne – Executive VP of Power Generation, SCANA
Utility Perspective Panel Session
  • Hear directly from US nuclear utilities as they examine the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of deploying SMRs as part of the energy mix
  • Understand the drivers for US utilities to opt for SMRs and detail the requirements commercial utilities need to move forward with commercial SMR programs
  • Identify the challenges utilities perceive with commercial SMR programs and build a strategy to deploy cost efficient commercial SMR programs
Kent Miller – CFO, Unistar
Steve Byrne – Executive VP of Power Generation, SCANA
Non-traditional Market Applications for SMRs - PANEL
  • Examine power requirements of industrial and other sectors that require SMRs to continue efficient business operations
  • Detail case studies from the Department of Defence, mining industries, oil sands projects, steel mills and other sectors which are considering SMRs as a power solution
  • Take-away business critical intelligence that will build your SMR strategy by understanding the key needs and demands of the non-power industry
John HoltSenior Manager for Generation and Fuel, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association
Paul FarrellPresident and CEO, Radix Power and Energy
International Markets, new market penetration and competition - PANEL
  • Get details from the world energy demand and access other nations plans for SMR development
  • Hear from international utilities that are looking to install SMR’s and understand the technological and business requirements to install new technologies in established international power markets
  • Examine other nation’s SMR programs and forecast delivery times and competition between reactor vendors
Li JinyingGeneral Manager, China Resources
Jorn-Erik MantzDirector of New Build, RWE and Horizon Nuclear Power
Section 3: Technology Development and Application
LWR SMR Technologies
  • Analyse the current licencing updates for LWR SMR technologies and detail the regulatory pros and cons of this technology
  • Receive exclusive technology and design updates from LWR vendors including NuScale, KAERI, MPower and Westinghouse
  • Discuss the delivery timelines of the current  LWR technologies and access a full SWOT analysis of each design
Paul Lorenzini CEO, NuScale Power
Dr. Hark Rho Kim – Vice President, KAERI
Non-LWR and Advanced Reactor Technologies
  • See the current licensing approaches and strategies for non-LWR technologies and forecasts of potential market availability
  • Examine the design and planning for non-LWR technologies to best understand the applications these reactors are best suited to
  • Identify and mitigate the risks in the development of non-LWR SMRs to best align the right technology to your specific energy demand
Section 4: Economics of Project Development and Completion
Project deployment and development costs for SMRs
  • Understand how SMR commercialization can only be achieved by developing a solid business case that details risk, ROI and comparable benefits against alternative energy solutions
  • Detail the cost variables for first-of-a-kind engineering and understand why SMRs offer a very compelling comparative investment opportunity for power generation
  • Develop a financial plan by accounting for front end investment, design, construction and full lifecycle  expenses to produce an accurate cost estimation
Han Kwon ChoiDirector of Advanced Reactor Projects, URS
Localisation, manufacturing and US industry support to offer competitive SMR programs
  • Examine the cross-industry manufacturing, forging and engineering capabilities and see how this experience can be utilised to aid the SMR supply chain
  • Understand why the shipbuilding, defence and aerospace engineering expertise provide an industrial foundation that will make US SMR programs competitive on an international scale
  • Detail where the technology and knowledge gaps occur and which industry expertise can help the SMR industry to progress rapidly
Cost efficient Supply Chain Case Study
  • See why the integration of design and manufacturing and upfront investment generates viable technology development for first-of-a-kind projects
  • Discover why copying an efficient manufacturing factory model from the defence sector can ensure commercial success by driving down cost and overruns in the supply chain
  • Analyse the similarities and differences between submarine reactor manufacturing and to commercial reactor development and take away key lessons to develop an efficient SMR supply chain
Jim Moody - Commercial Director, General Dynamics Electric Boat
Section 5: Government Policy to Support SMR Development
DOE and Government action and support
  • Examine the DOE’s research into SMR market demand against cost in order to see how the DOE plans to stimulate future growth in this sector
  • Understand where new reactor technologies fit into the DOE’s strategy for supporting design and licensing
  • Hear the latest updates from the DOEs SMR development program and how central government are looking to aid new projects across the USA
Industry response and policy reform
  • Discover how the industry is pushing forward a regulatory framework that ensures appropriate safety, security, emergency management and financial requirements for SMR deployment.
  • Understand the importance of efficient public-private partnerships that will support SMR design certification, licensing and accelerate the time for new reactors to reach the market
  • Learn why it is vital for the U.S. to establish an integrated nuclear trade agenda in order to capture its share of the emerging global SMR market
Paul GenoaSenior Director of Policy, Nuclear Energy Institute
Congressional policy development to accelerate SMR development across the USA
  • Highlight the importance of national Government influence and how senior level political support is vital to develop internationally competitive SMR projects
  • Understand the political and technical challenges on new nuclear technologies in the US to better understand how to approach SMR
  • Work with the guidance of political decision makers to drive forward police and support that accelerates SMR programs across the nation
Moderated by Stephen BenjaminMayor of the City of Columbia, South Carolina
Section 6: Key Case Studies and Lessons Learned
Challenges faced during commercial operation of small power plants
  • See how SMRs have been effectively commissioned, licenced, and operated in the US and what factors caused problems with this once successful commercial technology
  • Examine why current licencing structures have caused small commercial reactors to prematurely retire and learn how you can effectively tackle this issue in new SMR projects
  • Take away key lessons learned from the commercial operations of small reactors in order to build an efficient licensing and operation strategy for new SMRs
John Parkyn - CEO, Dairyland Power Cooperative
Challenges and obstacles faced with the deployment of SMR reactors
  • Learn how economic fuel prices demand, critical infrastructure and pressure on local and government bodies has influenced unique legislation and licensing applications for SMRs
  • Understand how public acceptance and active support directly drove forward SMR deployment in rural municipalities
  • Build a commercial SMR deployment strategy that mitigates licencing and regulatory risk by taking away key lessons learned from this case study
Marvin Yoder - City Manager Galena Alaska and Partner MY:T Solutions
TVA Clinch River Case Study
  • Understand why SMRs are considered an important element of the energy mix for TVA and why the decision was made to pursue with small modular reactors at the Clinch River Site
  • Understand TVA’s view of the profitability and liability for SMR’s in comparison to traditional nuclear reactor construction
  • Get an up-to-date case study of the current project, as well as a forward schedule and key timelines

Analyzing the Global Market for Nuclear Reactor Coolant Pumps

Analyzing the Global Market for Nuclear Reactor Coolant Pumps

EDF Reactor Extensions May Cost $65 Billion on Safety Review

Bloomberg

EDF Reactor Extensions May Cost $65 Billion on Safety Review

Areva Signs $500M Contract With Xcel Energy To Supply Nuclear Fuel

Areva Signs $500M Contract With Xcel Energy To Supply Nuclear Fuel

The Fukushima Effect Continues: French Nuclear Builder AREVA Announces Losses and Redundancies Amid Slew of Cancelled Projects Source: Clean Technica

The Fukushima Effect Continues: French Nuclear Builder AREVA Announces Losses and Redundancies Amid Slew of Cancelled Projects
Source: Clean Technica (http://s.tt/155JB)The Fukushima Effect Continues: French Nuclear Builder AREVA Announces Losses and Redundancies Amid Slew of Cancelled Projects  Source: Clean Technica

Nuclear Risk in Perspective: Making Fact-Based Energy Choices

Nuclear Risk in Perspective: Making Fact-Based Energy Choices

Independent Japanese Panel to Study Fukushima Causes

Independent Japanese Panel to Study Fukushima Causes

ANS Nuclear Cafe All Things Nuclear Little ado about nothing

 

Little ado about nothing

IAEA Looking Ahead to 2012 A preview of selected events scheduled for the year

Looking Ahead to 2012

A preview of selected events scheduled for the year

Amano
Nuclear issues, particularly as they pertain to nuclear proliferation, nuclear safety and sustainable energy development, will continue to occupy the global agenda in 2012. (Photo: D. Calma/IAEA)
What's ahead for the IAEA and the global nuclear agenda in 2012? Following is a preview of selected meetings and events on this year’s nuclear calendar:
January 2012
  • Thailand will host the 10th International Conference on Nuclear Analytical Methods in Life Sciences.
  • In Trieste, Italy, a joint ICTP-IAEA workshop on fusion plasma modelling using atomic and molecular data will run for two weeks.
  • Global leaders meet in Davos at the World Economic Forum. Sessions include debates on agriculture and food security and the mitigation of climate change.
February
March
  • International experts will meet in Vienna to discuss reactor and spent fuel safety in light of the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.
  • Water and food security will be the over-riding theme for the yearly observance of World Water Day.
  • More than 50 heads of states and international organizations are expected at the Seoul Nuclear Security Summit in March 2012. It will be the largest summit in the security field that discusses international cooperative measures to protect nuclear materials and facilities from terrorist groups.
May
  • From 7 to 18 May 2012, professionals from developing countries with an educational background in a discipline related to nuclear security will attend the IAEA-ICTP International School on Nuclear Security taking place in Trieste, Italy.
  • The theme of the 13th International Congress of the International Radiation Protection Association (IRPA) is Living with Radiation - Engaging with Society. The congress will take place from 12-18 May 2012 in Glasgow, UK and will focus on the importance of the engagement between radiation protection specialists and local communities and other stakeholders.
  • The IAEA, the European Commission Joint Research Centre and the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency will jointly organize the 3rd International Conference on NPP Life Management for Long Term Operations. The conference will discuss important, recent developments in the field.
June
  • The green economy and the institutional framework for sustainable development are the main themes as the Rio +20, the major UN Conference on Sustainable Development gets underway from 20-22 June in Brazil.
  • Producers, users and assessors of reference materials will meet at the 13th International Symposium on Biological and Environmental Reference Materials (BERM 13) in Vienna, Austria from 25-29 June 2011. Reference materials are one of the most important tools in assuring quality and supporting international comparability of measurement results.
July
September
October
  • From 8-13 October 2012, at the 24th Fusion Energy Conference, fusion physicists from all over the world will meet in San Diego, USA, to discuss challenges and accomplishments in the field and assess the worldwide progress achieved in nuclear fusion.
December