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Saturday, July 14, 2012

Thorium: No Silver Bullet for Nuclear Industry | Claverton Group

Thorium: No Silver Bullet for Nuclear Industry | Claverton Group
Thorium: No Silver Bullet for Nuclear Industry. A new Briefing, authored by Oliver Tickell, explodes the idea that nuclear reactors using thorium as fuel might ...
www.claverton-energy.com/thorium-no-silver-bullet-for-nucle...

Can Solar And Wind Power Save Our Rivers?

Can Solar And Wind Power Save Our Rivers?
Huffington Post
Molten Salt Reactors (MSRs) and their most popular version, the Liquid Fuel Thorium Reactor (LFTR) do not need water cooling. None at all.

The Huge Shift in Our Energy System That's Happening Right Now in 1 Chart

The Huge Shift in Our Energy System That's Happening Right Now in 1 Chart

By Alexis Madrigal
Jul 13 2012, 3:25 PM ET 29 The power coming through your electrical socket is undergoing the fastest, largest change in American history.


http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2012/07/the-huge-shift-in-our-energy-system-thats-happening-right-now-in-1-chart/259823/

New Details About Problems at San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant :

New Details About Problems at San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant :
By contacts@theintelhub.com
Data released by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission and a leaked analysis by Southern California Edison provide some new insights into the situation at the San Onofre nuclear plant. The plant has been shuttered since Jan. 31, when a ...

Vattenfall says suing Germany over nuclear exit

Vattenfall says suing Germany over nuclear exit

Frankfurt (AFP) July 12, 2012
Swedish power group Vattenfall said Thursday it was joining bigger rivals E.ON and RWE in filing a complaint with Germany's top court seeking compensation for Berlin's decision to abandon nuclear power. "We have recently lodged a complaint with the Constitutional Court," a spokeswoman for Germany's third biggest nuclear energy producer told AFP.

New EIA Website Is The 'FRED' Of US Electricity Data

New EIA Website Is The 'FRED' Of US Electricity Data

http://www.businessinsider.com/new-eia-website-is-the-fred-of-us-electricity-data-2012-7?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+clusterstock+%28ClusterStock%29&utm_content=Google+Reader

We've spent the past half hour playing around with the Beta version of Enerdat, a new interactive chart site from the EIA showing data about the U.S. electricity sector (via Condor Options' Jared Woodward).
It's still very much in beta, but it definitely has the potential to be the government's next FRED (though of course, nothing can ever actually compare with FRED).
Enerdat's main virtue (so far) is its centralization of data. It took 10 seconds to come up with the following charts comparing electricity generation by source over the past decade.
Here's natgas...
natgas
And coal...
enerdat
And solar...
enerdat

Made in Japan? Fukushima Crisis Is Nuclear, Not Cultural


Made in Japan? Fukushima Crisis Is Nuclear, Not Cultural

Truth-Out -
Since the release of the Fukushima Nuclear Accident Independent Committee's official report last week, much has been made of how it implicates Japanese culture as one of the root causes of the crisis. The committee's chairman, Dr. Kiyoshi Kurokawa, ...

Nuclear tragedy in Japan shows need for safety upgrades

Boston Globe -
THE GLOBE'S July 10 editorial “Fukushima probe shows new openness in Japan” reminds us that, while we cannot prevent natural disasters, we should re-double efforts to strengthen nuclear power safety to prevent a similar tragedy here.
 

Newt Gringrich Warns Of Vulnerable Power Grid

Newt Gringrich Warns Of Vulnerable Power Grid

Posted: July 13, 2012
United States Power Grid Threats
After recent storms knocked out power for more than 3 million people in the middle of a record heat wave former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich decided to open up about America’s vulnerable power grid. In an opinion piece posted on The Washington Post Gingrich writes:

UAE: Nuclear will be the energy bridge for the region

NUCLEAR CONSTRUCTION MARKET MAP LAUNCHED.

NUCLEAR CONSTRUCTION MARKET MAP LAUNCHED. http://www.nuclearenergyinsider.com/nuclear-construction-summit/content.php

With rapidly developing construction programs from SCE&G, Southern, Duke, FPL and $26bn of Government projects the new build market value has expanded to $120+ billion. Due to this Nuclear Energy Insider have developed a full market analysis of the US nuclear construction industry.

Get the map at http://www.nuclearenergyinsider.com/nuclear-construction-summit/content.php and see...

•Details of the current and planned units under construction in the US today to best aid business planning

•Analysis of national plans for SMR deployment and current project partnerships to stay ahead of the market trends for this new technology

•Plans of $25+ billion in non-power related nuclear construction programs to gain vital insights into the non-traditional new build projects

NIMBY Knows No Borders

 

NIMBY Knows No Borders

 

http://www.environmentalleader.com/2012/06/21/nimby-knows-no-borders/

San Onofre News Update 7/14


San Onfore nuclear plant operator says some tube wear not unusual
89.3 KPCC
The operator of the San Onofre nuclear power plant said Friday that some of the steam generator tube wear is not unexpected. Southern California Edison said it has sent federal regulators a report on the tube wear problems which have kept the San ...»

89.3 KPCC
SoCal Edison Releases San Onofre Tube Wear Data
HispanicBusiness.com
Southern California Edison (SCE) has released steam generator tube wear data associated with the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

Bradenton Herald
Southern California Edison Releases Data On Faulty Steam Generators At San ...
Kbps
San Onofre was shut down in January after the discovery of a break in a tube that carries radioactive water. Edison has repaired 1317 tubes. The company now says that only 387 of the repaired or plugged tubes showed wear of more than 35 percent, which ...

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Local Lecture Addresses Nuclear Costs
San Diego Reader (blog)
“For San Onofre, [the original cost estimate] was under $180 million dollars. But it was $4.7 billion dollars when finished,” Becker said. She also pointed out that the cost of new seismic studies needed due to the discovery of earthquake faults near ...

New details about problems at San Onofre nuclear power plant

Los Angeles Times -
Data released by the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission and a leaked analysis by Southern California Edison provide some new insights into the situation at the San Onofre nuclear plant. The plant has been shuttered since Jan. 31, when a small leak in one ...

San Onofre nuclear power plant: More dangerous than imagined

RT -
More than six months after regulators ordered an intense probe of a California power plant, authorities say that conditions at the San Onofre nuclear facility are actually much worse than ever thought. “This reveals a far greater problem than has been ...

Southern California Edison Releases Steam Generator Tube Wear Data

MarketWatch (press release) -
ROSEMEAD, Calif., Jul 13, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Southern California Edison (SCE) has released steam generator tube wear data associated with the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

Fears over US nuclear plant problem

News24 - ‎Jul 13, 2012‎
US nuclear regulators published an update on California's San Onofre power plant, sparking an expert warning that the problem is more serious than first thought. (Mary Ann Chastain, AP) An old fashioned story by Mary Louisa Molesworth (1836-1921).

Tube wear detailed at CA nuke plant

San Jose Mercury News - ‎Jul 12, 2012‎
LOS ANGELES -- Federal regulators Thursday disclosed the most detailed information to date on damage at California's idled San Onofre nuclear power plant, where thousands of tubes that carry radioactive water have eroded at an alarming rate. 

NRC releases report on tube wear at California nuclear power plant

Power Engineering Magazine - ‎Jul 12, 2012‎
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) on July 12 released detailed information about the worn steam generator tubes at the 2200 MW San Onofre Nuclear Generation Station in California. The NRC said detection of wear in the tubes was found in almost ...
 

Friday, July 13, 2012

China Leads As Global Clean Energy Investment Jumps 24 Percent

China Leads As Global Clean Energy Investment Jumps 24 Percent ...
By Silvio Marcacci
Global clean energy investment jumped 24% during Q2 2012 to reach $59.6 billion, led by China's 92% financing surge.
CleanTechnica

China, India, Brazil and Other Developing Countries Will Soon Consume Most of ...


China, India, Brazil and Other Developing Countries Will Soon Consume Most of ...
Slate Magazine
A world in which a majority of oil consumption is happening in China, India, and Latin America is a world in which America's energy fate is driven by forces beyond our control. And we're pretty far behind in preparing for it. Demand for oil in rich ...

More on the Science Linking Fracking Disposal Wells to Earthquakes

More on the Science Linking Fracking Disposal Wells to Earthquakes

StateImpact Texas - ‎Jul 12, 2012‎
By Terrence Henry Earlier today we reported on a series of quakes rattling Johnson County, outside of Fort Worth, Texas. The quakes haven't caused any significant damage, but for a part of the state that has historically been seismically quiet, ...

Why Earthquakes Are Shaking North Texas: Scientists Investigate Links to ...

StateImpact Texas - ‎Jul 12, 2012‎
By Sheyda Aboii and Terrence Henry Yet another earthquake has rattled North Texas. Early Tuesday morning, the city of Keene, 25 miles south of Fort Worth, experienced what the US Geological Survey says was a 2.4 magnitude earthquake.

Nuclear "Regulatory Capture" -- A Global Pattern

Nuclear "Regulatory Capture" -- A Global Pattern

Huffington Post (blog) -
The conclusion of a report of a Japanese parliamentary panel issued last week that the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant disaster was rooted in government-industry "collusion" and thus was "man-made" is mirrored throughout the world.

'Groupism' no excuse for Fukushima meltdown


'Groupism' no excuse for Fukushima meltdown

Winnipeg Free Press - ‎Jul 12, 2012‎
By Japanese standards, the report released last week by the Fukushima Nuclear Accident Independent Investigation Commission could be considered remarkable. Its 641 pages, drawing on town-hall meetings, household surveys, more than 900 hours of hearings ...

San Onofre Commentary Update

San Onofre nuclear power plant: More dangerous than imagined

RT -
More than six months after regulators ordered an intense probe of a California power plant, authorities say that conditions at the San Onofre nuclear facility are actually much worse than ever thought. “This reveals a far greater problem than has been ...

Southern California Edison Releases Steam Generator Tube Wear Data

MarketWatch (press release) -
ROSEMEAD, Calif., Jul 13, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Southern California Edison (SCE) has released steam generator tube wear data associated with the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

Fears over US nuclear plant problem

News24 -
US nuclear regulators published an update on California's San Onofre power plant, sparking an expert warning that the problem is more serious than first thought. (Mary Ann Chastain, AP) An old fashioned story by Mary Louisa Molesworth (1836-1921).

Tube wear detailed at CA nuke plant

San Jose Mercury News -
LOS ANGELES -- Federal regulators Thursday disclosed the most detailed information to date on damage at California's idled San Onofre nuclear power plant, where thousands of tubes that carry radioactive water have eroded at an alarming rate.

US nuclear plant problem worse than thought: report

Sin Chew Jit Poh -
LOS ANGELES, July 12, 2012 (AFP) - US nuclear regulators published an update on California's troubled San Onofre power plant Thursday, sparking an expert warning that the problem is more serious than first thought. A reactor at the nuclear power plant ...

San Onofre Power Plant: Tubes Wore Down Faster Than Expected

Huffington Post -
By MICHAEL R. BLOOD 07/12/12 07:48 PM ET LOS ANGELES — Federal regulators Thursday disclosed the most detailed information to date on damage at California's idled San Onofre nuclear power plant, where scores of tubes that carry radioactive water have ...

Tube wear detailed at California's troubled nuke plant

Salt Lake Tribune -
By MICHAEL R. BLOOD | AP Los Angeles •Federal regulators Thursday disclosed the most detailed information to date on damage at California's idled San Onofre nuclear power plant, where thousands of tubes that carry radioactive water have eroded at an ...

San Onfore nuclear plant operator says some tube wear not unusual

89.3 KPCC -
By Ed Joyce | 1:10pm The operator of the San Onofre nuclear power plant said Friday that some of the steam generator tube wear is not unexpected. Southern California Edison said it has sent federal regulators a report on the tube wear problems which ...

Nuke Plant Workers Ditch 1317 Bum Components

Patch.com -
More than 1300 of the heat transfer tubes inside the plant's four new steam generators are taken out of service. By Adam Townsend Diagram of the steam generators in the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station. Technicians at the San Onofre Nuclear ...

Tube Wear At San Onofre Blamed On Settling Of Equipment

KGTV San Diego -
SAN ONOFRE, Calif. -- The unusual wear in the walls of steam generator tubes at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station was primarily caused by settling of support equipment and mostly did not reach a federal safety limit, Southern California Edison ...

At San Onofre, allure of nuclear power endures

U-T San Diego -
The allure of atomic power endures in California 55 years after the nation's first civilian, commercial reactor came online to power a small city in Ventura County. Today, California's growing push to curtail greenhouse-gas emissions and smog are ...

ONOFRE DISCLOSES TUBE WEAR DETAILS

U-T San Diego -
With the outage at the San Onofre nuclear plant approaching the six-month mark, federal safety regulators on Thursday released hundreds of figures on the extent and location of damage to steam generator tubing that protects against radiation releases.

Tube Wear Detailed at Southern California Nuke Plant

KMIR-TV - ‎15 hours ago‎
By George Severson LOS ANGELES (AP) — Federal regulators have released the most detailed information to date on damage at California's idled San Onofre nuclear power plant. Records posted Thursday show the extent of wear in 3400 tubes that carry ...

San Onofre's Steam Generators Worse Off Than Other US Nuclear Plants

Kbps -
By Amita Sharma San Onofre's Nuclear Generating Station's new steam generators are the most troublesome in the country and tube damage is more extensive than Southern California Edison has admitted publicly, according to a new report based in part on a ...

NRC releases details of San Onofre tube wear

OCRegister -
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission provided details Thurday of steam-generator tube wear at the San Onofre nuclear plant, where reactors remain offline while operators work on a plan to fix the problems. By PAT BRENNAN / ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER The ...

State May Launch San Onofre Watchdog Panel

Patch.com -
California's attorney general considers an independent oversight committee for the nuclear power plant. Meanwhile, environmental groups continue hammering on safety issues. By Adam Townsend The San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station.

NRC releases report on tube wear at California nuclear power plant

Power Engineering Magazine -
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) on July 12 released detailed information about the worn steam generator tubes at the 2200 MW San Onofre Nuclear Generation Station in California. The NRC said detection of wear in the tubes was found in almost ...

Southern California Edison Releases Steam Generator Tube Wear Data
MarketWatch (press release)
ROSEMEAD, Calif., Jul 13, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Southern California Edison (SCE) has released steam generator tube wear data associated with the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The data ...
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Tube Wear At San Onofre Blamed On Settling Of Equipment
KGTV San Diego
SCE reported to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission last week that most of the wear in the tube wall was less than 20 percent, below the federal threshold of 35 percent. A tube over the limit must be plugged. Most of the wear on the tubes was caused by ...
See all stories on this topic »
US nuclear plant problem worse than thought: report
AFP
A reactor at the nuclear power plant near San Diego was shut down in January after a radiation leak, although the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) said there was no danger to the public. Investigations found unexpected erosion on tubes that carry ...
See all stories on this topic »

AFP
Nuke Plant Workers Ditch 1317 Bum Components
Patch.com
Dietrich told Patch after a June Nuclear Regulatory Commission meeting that plant officials hadn't yet made a decision on whether to restart the plant at all. Officials have confirmed that the troubled generating station will be closed at least through ...
 

US Shares Mindset Behind Japan's Nuclear Disaster


Groups: US Shares 'Mindset' Behind Japan's Nuclear Disaster
Environment News Service
The Commission found that the accident at Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, "...was the result of collusion between the government, the regulators and TEPCO, and the lack of governance by said parties.

Nuclear "Regulatory Capture" -- A Global Pattern

Huffington Post (blog) -
The conclusion of a report of a Japanese parliamentary panel issued last week that the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant disaster was rooted in government-industry "collusion" and thus was "man-made" is mirrored throughout the world.

Groups: Japanese Report on Fukushima Reactor Disaster is "Real Wake Up" Call ...

MarketWatch (press release) -
The same underlying "man-made" problems that contribute significantly to the Fukushima reactor disaster in Japan are in place in the United States and require preventative actions that go far beyond the limited steps taken far by the US industry and ...

Nuke disaster evacuees ask court to force shuttering of Kashiwazaki-Kariwa plant

Mainichi Daily News - ‎Jul 12, 2012‎
NIIGATA -- Fukushima nuclear disaster evacuees demanded at a court here that Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) shut down its Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear plant permanently, saying the utility is not qualified to run nuclear reactors.
 

Chinese Scholars’ Views on China and the U.S. over the Next 10 Years


Chinese Scholars’ Views on China and the U.S. over the Next 10 Years http://chinascope.org/main/content/view/4666/92/

Debris cleared at unit 4

Debris cleared at unit 4

13 July 2012
Tepco engineers have cleared away the top section of Fukushima Daiichi unit 4's reactot building, ready for work to start on the overbuilding they need for fuel removal.


http://www.world-nuclear-news.org/RS_Debris_cleared_at_unit_4_1306121.html

Russian Gold!


Russian Gold!

Last week I discussed why the Russians might be asking the NRC for a Design Certification of the VVER. I concluded it had little to do with the supposed “gold standard” of certification the NRC provides. In reality the Russians need any independent certification to participate in the international market with smaller countries that lack resources to do their own certification.
Why should we care? Is this a good thing or a bad thing? Let’s look at the puts and takes.

Reactor No. 4 at Ohi nuclear plant to be restarted next week

Reactor No. 4 at Ohi nuclear plant to be restarted next week

Kansai Electric will restart nuclear reactor No. 4 at its Ohi plant in Japan's Fukui prefecture Wednesday, nine days after the plant's No. 3 reactor returned to full service. The move is expected to help reduce power shortages in the facility's service area at a time when other commercial reactors throughout the country are still out of operation. The Mainichi (Japan) (7/12)

Areva to supply fuel assemblies for RWE, EnBW power plants

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Calif. PUC commissioners want review of San Onofre plant

Calif. PUC commissioners want review of San Onofre plant

All California Public Utilities Commission commissioners want a review of the economic and safety considerations of potentially shutting down Southern California Edison's San Onofre nuclear plant, said PUC President Michael Peevey. "We realize the importance of San Onofre to the state of California and the consequences of the problems that have shown up there for ratepayers and for all affected, and we have to deal with this," Peevey said. SNL Financial (free content)

Savannah River Site shifts to new construction phase

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  • Savannah River Site shifts to new construction phase
    Shaw Areva MOX Services, the head contractor for the Savannah River Site fuel conversion project, is letting go of about 100 employees at the mixed oxide fuel construction area of the site as the company shifts to a new phase of the project. Shaw Areva spokesman Bryan Wilkes said there will be more staff fluctuations, depending on the startup and completion of different phases of the project. The Augusta Chronicle (Ga.)

Court denies petition to halt construction of Ga. reactors

Court denies petition to halt construction of Ga. reactors

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has denied a petition by five environmental groups to halt Southern Co.'s construction of new reactors at its Plant Vogtle in Georgia. The court on Wednesday upheld the combined operating license issued in February by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Southern Co. lauded the decision, saying an extended delay in the project would have increased costs and "put thousands of jobs at risk." The Augusta Chronicle (Ga.)

Uranium can solve all the woes associated with coal mining Geoff Russelll and Barry Brook July 12, 2012 11:30PM

Uranium can solve all the woes associated with coal mining

 

Exposed: The Untold Legacy of a Secret Nuclear Weapons Plant Near a Major American City

Exposed: The Untold Legacy of a Secret Nuclear Weapons Plant Near a Major American City

A new book exposes the truth about the secret plutonium factory once designated "the most contaminated site in America."

U.S. declares drought-stricken states largest natural disaster area ever

U.S. declares drought-stricken states largest natural disaster area ever

July 12, 2012CLIMATE - The United States Department of Agriculture has declared natural disaster areas in more than 1,000 counties and 26 drought-stricken states, making it the largest natural disaster in America ever. The declaration—which covers roughly half of the country—gives farmers and ranchers devastated by drought access to federal aid, including low-interest emergency loans. “Agriculture remains a bright spot in our nation’s economy,” U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Wednesday while announcing the assistance program. “We need to be cognizant of the fact that drought and weather conditions have severely impacted farmers around the country.” According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, more than half the country (56 percent) experienced drought conditions—the largest percentage in the 12-year history of the service. And according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the period from January through June was “the warmest first half of any year on record for the contiguous United States.” The average temperature was 52.9 degrees Fahrenheit, or 4.5 degrees above average, NOAA said on Monday. Twenty-eight states east of the Rockies set temperature records for the six-month period. A heat wave blistered most of the United States in June, with more than 170 all-time temperature records broken or tied during the month. On June 28 in Norton, Kan., for instance, the temperature reached 118 degrees, an all-time high. On June 26, Red Willow, Neb., set a temperature record of 115 degrees, eclipsing the 114-degree mark set in 1932. -Yahoo
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DOE Officials: End of Year Earliest to Expect Final Vogtle Loan Guarantee Approval

DOE Officials: End of Year Earliest to Expect Final Vogtle Loan Guarantee Approval

Final approval of an $8.3 billion loan guarantee for the construction of two new reactors at Plant Vogtle in Georgia won't materialize until the end of the year, at the earliest, Department of Energy officials told House members Thursday.
In a hearing of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, loan guarantee program chief David Frantz said that none of the program's pending applications are officially scheduled to close this year, Dow Jones reported. While DOE does not set concrete deadlines for finalization of nuclear plant loan guarantees, another DOE official said late 2012 would be the soonest the Vogtle guarantee would be issued.

Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant Weekly Review

Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant Weekly Review

Further details emerged this week about the conditions faced by workers in the aftermath of the accidents at Fukushima Daiichi, and it was revealed TEPCO may pay $12.5 billion for the first efforts to clean up contamination in the surrounding countryside.
Recent developments related to the Tokyo Electric Power Co. plant severely damaged following last year's earthquake and tsunami in Japan include:
Asahi: Government Tallying First Cleanup Tab for TEPCO

ANS Friday Nuclear Matinee: The First Nuclear Chain Reaction

ANS Friday Nuclear Matinee: The First Nuclear Chain Reaction

By pbowersox on Jul 13, 2012 01:00 am

Very highly recommended. On December 2, 1942, 49 scientists, led by Enrico Fermi, made history when Chicago Pile 1 (CP-1) went “critical” and produced the world’s first self-sustaining, controlled nuclear chain reaction. Seventy years later, two of the last surviving … Continue reading
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CHRIS WILLIAMS Fukushima as Manufactured Disaster

KARL GROSSMAN Fukushima and the Nuclear Pushers


US NRC Blog Update: NRC Enhances its Fight Against Counterfeits

U.S. NRC Blog

NRC Enhances its Fight Against Counterfeits

by Moderator
Following the signing ceremony on July 11, 2012, IPR Center Director Lev Kubiak (left) and NRC Office of Investigations Director Cheryl L. McCrary (right) exchanged seals at the IPR Center.
Counterfeit Gucci bags are bad news. So are fraudulent money-making schemes and substandard materials used in your home repair. But counterfeit, fraudulent and suspect parts and equipment are particularly bad news from the viewpoint of the NRC’s Office of Investigations when it comes to keeping people and the environment safe from wrongdoers.
So this week, the NRC became the 21st partner agency to the National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center. The Center is run by the Homeland Security Investigations unit of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, a part of the Department of Homeland Security. This collaboration puts the NRC at the table with other federal and international law enforcement agencies.
The supply chain in the nuclear industry has changed considerably with globalization, and that requires that we change with it. We’re talking about a vast array of parts and equipment coming not only from within the United States, but also from overseas. For parts and supplies destined for the nuclear industry, such as valves, circuit breakers, and steel, we have to work closer with other law enforcement agencies to identify and investigate the bad actors.
While reports of this kind of substandard manufacturing have not been common, the trend toward a more globalized supply chain creates new challenges in the fight against the potential introduction of counterfeit parts into the nuclear industry.
We take our mission of protecting people and the environment seriously and recognize the validity of this potential problem. Partnering with the IPR Center is a proactive initiative designed to fight this type of wrongdoing and to minimize any potential negative impact it may have on public health and safety.
This new collaboration will immediately enhance information sharing between us and the partner agencies. It allows us to more effectively identify bad actors and coordinate investigative resources amongst the participating agencies. This gives us an early alert to potential problems, and extra eyes and ears around the world.
Substandard parts can potentially disrupt the safe operation of a plant or devices with a nuclear source. That can’t happen. Parts and equipment must work as intended. Our new partnership gives us a new, improved tool in the fight to keep America safe.
Cheryl McCrary
Director, Office of Investigations

Fossil-Fuel Democrats: An Endangered Species - Joel Kotkin, Daily Beast

Fossil-Fuel Democrats: An Endangered Species - Joel Kotkin, Daily Beast

The Changing Face of US Oil Production - James Hamilton, OilPrice.com


The Changing Face of US Oil Production - James Hamilton, OilPrice.com

The Key to Unlocking a New Age of Oil Abundance - Petroleum EconomistThe Key to Unlocking a New Age of Oil Abundance - Petroleum Economist

The Key to Unlocking a New Age of Oil Abundance
- Petroleum Economist

Various Groups that want to use Population Reduction as the Main Solution to the Environmental Problems they see

Various Groups that want to use Population Reduction as the Main Solution to the Environmental Problems they see

Exelon's 'Nuclear Guy': No New Nukes


Exelon's 'Nuclear Guy': No New Nukes


www.forbes.com/sites/jeffmcmahon/2012/03/29/exelons-nuclear-guy-no-new-nukes/

i-Nuclear update: Areva confirms bid for Horizon, but Westinghouse, GEH, Rosatom remain coy

i-NUCLEAR

Areva confirms bid for Horizon, but Westinghouse, GEH, Rosatom remain coy

by I-Nuclear
French nuclear conglomerate Areva has now confirmed it will bid to buy the UK’s Horizon Nuclear Power from its German owners, but Westinghouse, General Electric Hitachi and Rosatom, to various degrees, remain coy on their own plans.
An Areva spokesman confirmed to i-NUCLEAR July 12 that it will put forward a bid for Horizon, which owns two sites for new reactors in the UK and has done a lot of predevelopment work on the sites before abandoning its UK nuclear plans.
That work included investigating the construction of both the Westinghouse AP1000 and the Areva EPR reactors.

i-Nuclear update: Candu proposal would see four reactors burning MOX in

i-NUCLEAR

Candu proposal would see four reactors burning MOX in Pu disposition program for NDA

by I-Nuclear
The Candu Energy proposal to the UK Nuclear Decommissioning Authority for plutonium disposition envisions the use of four 700-MWe, generation III, Enhanced Candu 6 (EC6) reactors running on up to 100% mixed-oxide (MOX) fuel cores, a company spokeswoman said.
In less than 30 years, the four EC6 reactors could burn through the UK’s 112 tonnes of plutonium and then be available for another 30 years to run on more conventional fuels, reprocessed uranium stocks or more advanced fuels.
Candu Energy spokeswoman Katherine Ward said July 12 that the exact configuration of reactors and fuel mix would be considered in more detail as part of the study the NDA has contracted Candu Energy to perform.