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Major Energy and Environmental News and Commentary affecting the Nuclear Industry.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

China rethinks developing world largesse as deals sour

China rethinks developing world largesse as deals sour

David Suzuki: We Can’t Dig Our Way Out of the Fossil Fuels Hole


David Suzuki: We Can’t Dig Our Way Out of the Fossil Fuels Hole

http://www.theenergycollective.com/desmog/2390474/david-suzuki-we-cant-dig-our-way-out-of-the-fossil-fuels-hole?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=The+Energy+Collective+%28all+posts%29

A Trump presidency and corollary risks of nuclear war - Opinion - Jerusalem Post

A Trump presidency and corollary risks of nuclear war - Opinion - Jerusalem Post

Vladimir Putin Issues Emergency Call to all Russians to Return Home Amid World War Fears – Russia Tells Citizens to ‘Prepare for Nuclear War With West’ | Self-Sufficiency

Vladimir Putin Issues Emergency Call to all Russians to Return Home Amid World War Fears – Russia Tells Citizens to ‘Prepare for Nuclear War With West’ | Self-Sufficiency

Putin ally says Americans must vote for Donald Trump or face war - NY Daily News

Putin ally says Americans must vote for Donald Trump or face war - NY Daily News

Is time up for nuclear power in Switzerland? | News | Expatica Switzerland

Is time up for nuclear power in Switzerland? | News | Expatica Switzerland

Global Nuclear Valves Market 2016 Growth Rate, Production,... - mrsresearchgroup

Global Nuclear Valves Market 2016 Growth Rate, Production,... - mrsresearchgroup

Swedish state utility to sue German government over nuclear decision - Power Engineering International

Swedish state utility to sue German government over nuclear decision - Power Engineering International

University of Malta researchers contribute toward world’s largest nuclear fusion reactor - The Malta Independent

University of Malta researchers contribute toward world’s largest nuclear fusion reactor - The Malta Independent

Underground explosion tested at former Nevada nuclear test site

Underground explosion tested at former Nevada nuclear test site


http://www.reviewjournal.com/news/nevada/underground-explosion-tested-former-nevada-nuclear-test-site

Mutual Respect or Mutual Assured Destruction: Reversing Steps to Nuclear Brink


Mutual Respect or Mutual Assured Destruction: Reversing Steps to Nuclear Brink

Read more: https://sputniknews.com/analysis/201610131046290100-carter-page-geopolitics-steps/

https://sputniknews.com/analysis/201610131046290100-carter-page-geopolitics-steps/

China working on world's smallest nuclear power plant: media

China working on world's smallest nuclear power plant: media
http://english.cri.cn/12394/2016/10/13/2281s942484.htm

Nuclear Power in South Africa, Market Outlook to 2030, Update 2016 - Capacity, Generation, Investment Trends, Regulations and Company Profiles

Nuclear Power in South Africa, Market Outlook to 2030, Update 2016 - Capacity, Generation, Investment Trends, Regulations and Company Profiles



http://www.mynewsdesk.com/in/pressreleases/nuclear-power-in-south-africa-market-outlook-to-2030-update-2016-capacity-generation-investment-trends-regulations-and-company-profiles-1603328?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=Alert&utm_content=pressrelease

Nuclear Power in Slovakia, Market Outlook to 2030, Update 2016 - Capacity, Generation, Investment Trends, Regulations and Company Profiles


Nuclear Power in Slovakia, Market Outlook to 2030, Update 2016 - Capacity, Generation, Investment Trends, Regulations and Company Profiles


http://www.mynewsdesk.com/in/pressreleases/nuclear-power-in-slovakia-market-outlook-to-2030-update-2016-capacity-generation-investment-trends-regulations-and-company-profiles-1603334?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=Alert&utm_content=pressrelease

Putin ally tells Americans: vote Trump or face nuclear war | GulfNews.com

Putin ally tells Americans: vote Trump or face nuclear war | GulfNews.com

Nuclear reactors decommissioning costs must be shared by all power users

Nuclear reactors decommissioning costs must be shared by all power users


http://www.chicagotribune.com/sns-wp-yomiuri-editorial-nuclear-bddf66ca-8c8f-11e6-bff0-d53f592f176e-20161007-story.html

Letter: Barack Obama ruined nuclear deal with Russia

Letter: Barack Obama ruined nuclear deal with Russia


http://www.aikenstandard.com/20161005/161009750/letter-barack-obama-ruined-nuclear-deal-with-russia

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Germany, Utilities Said to Agree Nuclear Deal From Feb. 2017 - Bloomberg

Germany, Utilities Said to Agree Nuclear Deal From Feb. 2017 - Bloomberg

U.S. regulator urged to bar FitzPatrick nuclear plant sale | Energy & Oil | Reuters

U.S. regulator urged to bar FitzPatrick nuclear plant sale | Energy & Oil | Reuters

WHY IT MATTERS: Energy

WHY IT MATTERS: Energy

Passive-Aggressive Fight Against Plutonium Economy

Passive-Aggressive Fight Against Plutonium Economy

Is the US Really Energy Independent?

Is the US Really Energy Independent?

Westinghouse Engages British Research Center For SMR Study - News - Nuclear Power News - Nuclear Street - Nuclear Power Plant News, Jobs, and Careers

Westinghouse Engages British Research Center For SMR Study - 

http://nuclearstreet.com/nuclear_power_industry_news/b/nuclear_power_news/archive/2016/10/12/westinghouse-engages-british-research-center-for-smr-study-101201#.V_6rSdyXQkg

U.S. nuclear power generation hits 10-year seasonal low - Dominion Resources, Inc. (NYSE:D) | Seeking Alpha

U.S. nuclear power generation hits 10-year seasonal low - Dominion Resources, Inc. (NYSE:D) | Seeking Alpha

Reactor at St. Lucie Power Plant cleared to be restarted

Reactor at St. Lucie Power Plant cleared to be restarted

World Energy Council notes key role of nuclear power

World Energy Council notes key role of nuclear power

Beijing Reportedly Looking Into Mini Nuke Plant to Power South China Sea Islands

Beijing Reportedly Looking Into Mini Nuke Plant to Power South China Sea Islands

For no-first-use, universality or nothing | Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

For no-first-use, universality or nothing | Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

Korea is second-fastest nuclear plant-building country: IAEA

Korea is second-fastest nuclear plant-building country: IAEA

Dearth of nuclear investment threatens cleanup

Dearth of nuclear investment threatens cleanup

Dearth of nuclear investment threatens cleanup



http://www.petroleum-economist.com/articles/events/wec-istanbul-2016/2016/dearth-of-nuclear-investment-threatens-cleanup

Nuclear Power Plant hacked, hackers tried to steal ingredients for dirty bombs

Nuclear Power Plant hacked, hackers tried to steal ingredients for dirty bombs



http://www.techworm.net/2016/10/nuclear-power-plant-hacked-hackers-tried-steal-ingredients-dirty-bombs.html

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NRC accepts joint application for transfer of FitzPatrick Nuclear Power Plant - Daily Energy Insider

NRC accepts joint application for transfer of FitzPatrick Nuclear Power Plant - Daily Energy Insider

Nuclear power needed for climate change: IAEA director

Nuclear power needed for climate change: IAEA director

NRC is being steered by industry it regulates - Opinion - capecodtimes.com - Hyannis, MA

NRC is being steered by industry it regulates - Opinion - capecodtimes.com - Hyannis, MA

Russia’s ambassador to US sees no threat of nuclear war today

Russia’s ambassador to US sees no threat of nuclear war today


http://news.az/articles/world/114474

Future of California Nuclear Plant Diablo Canyon Should Not Be Decided by a California Public Utilities Commission that is Hiding Emails & Under an Active Criminal Investigation — Environmental Progress

Future of California Nuclear Plant Diablo Canyon Should Not Be Decided by a California Public Utilities Commission that is Hiding Emails & Under an Active Criminal Investigation — Environmental Progress

How fear of nuclear power is hurting the environment | Michael Shellenberger : Futurology

How fear of nuclear power is hurting the environment | Michael Shellenberger : Futurology

California — Environmental Progress

California — Environmental Progress

Radium Part III: The NRC’s Role

https://public-blog.nrc-gateway.gov/2016/10/12/radium-part-iii-the-nrcs-role/

Radium Part III: The NRC’s Role

Richard Chang
Office of Nuclear Material Safety and Safeguards
Radium_Periodic Element Table
We’ve been writing in this series about radium—how it was discovered, how it was used, how it can impact human health. Today we want to explain where the NRC fits in.
As we said in our last post, the states originally oversaw radium use. In 2005, Congress gave the NRC authority over radium through the Energy Policy Act. In 2007, we put in place our regulations on the control, use, and disposal of radium. These rules made clear that the NRC oversees radium only after it has been purposely concentrated for use.
Because many states already had laws on radium, we took over regulatory oversight in phases. We had full oversight for radium in all states by August 2009 (either through states that regulate nuclear materials under agreements with the NRC, known as Agreement States, or directly in those states that remain under NRC jurisdiction).
In 2007 after our regulations were put in place, we began talking to the U.S. Navy about radium contamination at their sites. As we learned more about this program and talked with the other branches of the military, we began working to clarify our role in the remediation at military sites. During the same time, we became aware of two specific radium cleanup efforts by other federal agencies. The Environmental Protection Agency has done cleanup work at the former WaterburyClockWaterbury Clock Company, in Waterbury, Conn. The National Park Service is also involved in a cleanup project at Great Kills Park, in Staten Island, N.Y.
As we learned more about these projects, it became apparent that a critical step for us to take would be identifying historical commercial radium sites; many of which were many decades old. As such, we began to look for sites in our jurisdiction that may have radium, and to find out how much, if any, cleanup was done. There are no known health and safety issues at any of these sites, but we want to make sure they do not pose a risk.
We contracted with Oak Ridge National Laboratory to help us develop a full picture of commercial radium sites. The lab started by cataloging the different products developed and sold to the public in the early 20th century. Oak Ridge scoured existing publicly available literature, records and databases, identified sites where radium may have been used to make consumer goods and looked for any cleanup records. We received the final results in November 2015.
We are working to get more information about the sites under NRC jurisdiction. We will be reaching out to site owners. Our goal is to confirm that these sites do not pose a risk to public health and safety and the environment. We’ll keep you posted on our progress.

Humans need new skills for post-AI world, say MPs


Humans need new skills for post-AI world, say MPs


http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-37618579?utm_source=MIT+TR+Newsletters&utm_campaign=985a0d8396-The_Download_October_12_2016&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_997ed6f472-985a0d8396-153856085&goal=0_997ed6f472-985a0d8396-153856085&mc_cid=985a0d8396&mc_eid=e25735476a

Crash: how computers are setting us up for disaster

We increasingly let computers fly planes and carry out security checks. Driverless cars are next. But is our reliance on automation dangerously diminishing our skills?https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/oct/11/crash-how-computers-are-setting-us-up-disaster?utm_source=MIT+TR+Newsletters&utm_campaign=985a0d8396-The_Download_October_12_2016&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_997ed6f472-985a0d8396-153856085&goal=0_997ed6f472-985a0d8396-153856085&mc_cid=985a0d8396&mc_eid=e25735476a

Every new house in Europe to have an electric vehicle charging point by 2019

Every new house in Europe to have an electric vehicle charging point by 2019



http://www.cityam.com/251174/every-new-house-europe-have-electric-vehicle-charging-point?utm_source=MIT+TR+Newsletters&utm_campaign=985a0d8396-The_Download_October_12_2016&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_997ed6f472-985a0d8396-153856085&goal=0_997ed6f472-985a0d8396-153856085&mc_cid=985a0d8396&mc_eid=e25735476a

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

On Melting Ice: Inuit Struggle Against Oil and Gas in the Arctic

Chris Williams, Truthout: Climate-related discussions often focus on physical phenomena, such as melting glaciers and weather patterns, but climate change is, above all, a human story. The Inuit in the Canadian Arctic who are opposing seismic blasting for oil in Baffin Bay are fighting not only for the environment, but for self-determination.

Grid Scale Battery Energy Storage


Grid Scale Battery Energy Storage

Batteries are rapidly becoming the dominant form of energy storage both at the grid and end-user levels, with utilities, project developers and wholesale markets playing an important role. Join Kinetic on November 1-2 in Chicago to discuss how industry leaders are capitalizing on opportunities related to this emerging technology. Learn More. http://www.becomekinetic.com/events/battery_energy_storage

LSE Business Review – Foreign investment in critical areas like nuclear power need a formal vetting process

LSE Business Review – Foreign investment in critical areas like nuclear power need a formal vetting process

South Africa: Renewables Will Also Cost SA Over R1 Trillion - Joemat-Pettersson - allAfrica.com

South Africa: Renewables Will Also Cost SA Over R1 Trillion - Joemat-Pettersson - allAfrica.com

JIHADI NUKE FEARS


JIHADI NUKE FEARS

ISIS hackers planning to attack European nuclear power stations, UN warns

Cyber-zealots could cause death and destruction on a terrifying scale by targeting 'vulnerable' facilities

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/1955532/un-warns-isis-hackers-could-target-european-nuclear-power-stations/

The Rising Environmental Toll Of China’s Offshore Island Grab by Mike Ives: Yale Environment 360

The Rising Environmental Toll Of China’s Offshore Island Grab by Mike Ives: Yale Environment 360

South China Sea - Beijing developing small nuclear reactors for shipping containers | World | News | Daily Express

South China Sea - Beijing developing small nuclear reactors for shipping containers | World | News | Daily Express

South China Sea Update: Conflict Goes Nuclear? Small Power Plant Plans In Mix In Contested Waterway

South China Sea Update: Conflict Goes Nuclear? Small Power Plant Plans In Mix In Contested Waterway

German nuclear plant infected with computer viruses, operator says | Reuters

German nuclear plant infected with computer viruses, operator says | Reuters

Could China build the world’s smallest nuclear power plant and send it to the South China Sea?


Could China build the world’s smallest nuclear power plant and send it to the South China Sea?

Nuclear plant under development could fit into a shipping container and make a small island economically viable

http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2026821/micro-reactor-may-power-south-china-sea-outposts

Seoul has second-fastest nuke plant construction time worldwide



Seoul has second-fastest nuke plant construction time worldwide 



http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/opinon/2016/10/205_215814.html

NorthWestern to seek more power capacity amid coal closures

NorthWestern to seek more power capacity amid coal closures

New European Society of Medical Oncology (ESMO) Biliary Cancer Guidelines Indicate Selective Internal Radiation Therapy (SIRT) with Y-90 Microspheres as an Option for Post-Chemotherapy Treatment of Intrahepatic Cholangiocarcinoma (iCCA) - WBOY - Clarksburg, Morgantown: News, Sports, Weather

New European Society of Medical Oncology (ESMO) Biliary Cancer Guidelines Indicate Selective Internal Radiation Therapy (SIRT) with Y-90 Microspheres as an Option for Post-Chemotherapy Treatment of Intrahepatic Cholangiocarcinoma (iCCA) - WBOY - Clarksburg, Morgantown: News, Sports, Weather

Head of Russian state news agency warns US that its behaviour could have 'nuclear' implications | The Independent

Head of Russian state news agency warns US that its behaviour could have 'nuclear' implications | The Independent

Eskom should be procurer for nuclear build scheme, Department of Energy says | Energy | BDlive

Eskom should be procurer for nuclear build scheme, Department of Energy says | Energy | BDlive

UNH_Researchers_Discover_Effect_of_Rare_Solar_Wind_on_Earths_Radiation_Belts

http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/UNH_Researchers_Discover_Effect_of_Rare_Solar_Wind_on_Earths_Radiation_Belts_999.html

Nuclear power plants are at risk of MILITANT ATTACKS: UN says recent cyber hacks are the 'tip of the iceberg'

Nuclear power plants are at risk of MILITANT ATTACKS: UN says recent cyber hacks are the 'tip of the iceberg'

  • A nuclear facility was the target of a cyber attack two to three years ago 
  • Future cyber attacks on nuclear power plants are strong possibility 
  • 'This is not an imaginary risk, UN nuclear watchdog boss warns 


http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3830903/IAEA-chief-Nuclear-power-plant-disrupted-cyber-attack.html

UPDATE 1-Swiss government opposes campaign for quick nuclear exit | Agricultural Commodities | Reuters

UPDATE 1-Swiss government opposes campaign for quick nuclear exit | Agricultural Commodities | Reuters

Ministry of Energy of Republic of Kazakhstan : Uranium cooperation


Ministry of Energy of Republic of Kazakhstan : Uranium cooperation

http://www.4-traders.com/news/Ministry-of-Energy-of-Republic-of-Kazakhstan-Uranium-cooperation--23194291/

Monday, October 10, 2016

Russia Nears Completion Of First Floating Nuclear Plant | OilPrice.com

Russia Nears Completion Of First Floating Nuclear Plant | OilPrice.com

Oil Surges To One-Year High As Putin Backs OPEC Deal | OilPrice.com

Oil Surges To One-Year High As Putin Backs OPEC Deal | OilPrice.com

New York nuclear plant subsidies fuel controversy - Electric Power | Platts News Article & Story

New York nuclear plant subsidies fuel controversy - Electric Power | Platts News Article & Story

Did we really 'almost lose Detroit' in Fermi 1 mishap 50 years ago?

Did we really 'almost lose Detroit' in Fermi 1 mishap 50 years ago?

Britain’s Nuclear Cover-Up - The New York Times

Britain’s Nuclear Cover-Up - The New York Times

Nuclear firm: Chinese-made reactor can pass strict UK test - China.org.cn

Nuclear firm: Chinese-made reactor can pass strict UK test - China.org.cn

India:To increase nuclear energy production, govt to push for JVs in light water reactor projects | Latest News & Updates at Daily News & Analysis

To increase nuclear energy production, govt to push for JVs in light water reactor projects | Latest News & Updates at Daily News & Analysis

A nuclear reactor in Colstrip would be a win for Montana | Reader's Alley | helenair.com

A nuclear reactor in Colstrip would be a win for Montana | Reader's Alley | helenair.com

Nuclear power: its future debated at World Energy Cong.

Nuclear power: its future debated at World Energy Cong.

Closing Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant is pure foolishness | The Tribune

Closing Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant is pure foolishness | The Tribune

Ukraine's Nuclear Power Industry Operating 'by Experiments' Major Target for US

Ukraine's Nuclear Power Industry Operating 'by Experiments' Major Target for US

IAEA chief: Nuclear power plant was disrupted by cyber attack

IAEA chief: Nuclear power plant was disrupted by cyber attack


http://www.reuters.com/article/us-nuclear-cyber-idUSKCN12A1OC

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Kirk Sorensen: A Detailed Exploration of Thorium's Potential as an Energy Source | Peak Prosperity

Kirk Sorensen: A Detailed Exploration of Thorium's Potential as an Energy Source | Peak Prosperity

Atomic Show #241 - Rachel Pritzker, philanthropic problem solver - Atomic Insights

Atomic Show #241 - Rachel Pritzker, philanthropic problem solver - Atomic Insights

“Our reactor will be able to compete with fossil fuel combustion”

“Our reactor will be able to compete with fossil fuel combustion”

The Nuclear-War Tank Came at Exactly the Wrong Time

The Nuclear-War Tank Came at Exactly the Wrong Time

Object 279 ran afoul of Nikita Khrushchev



https://warisboring.com/a-communist-nuclear-war-tank-came-at-exactly-the-wrong-time-5626060be138#.i8dzkf96a

First Scottish Tidal Energy Array Is Connected to the Grid

First Scottish Tidal Energy Array Is Connected to the Grid


http://www.powermag.com/first-scottish-tidal-energy-array-connected-grid/

Russia Accelerates Efforts to Build Advanced Nuclear Reactors


Russia Accelerates Efforts to Build Advanced Nuclear Reactors

http://www.powermag.com/russia-accelerates-efforts-build-advanced-nuclear-reactors/