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Friday, May 26, 2017

The Energy Collective Daily: Utilities Are Embracing The Coal Closure Trend

Utilities Are Embracing The Coal Closure Trend: Smart Policy Provides Economic Solutions | The Energy Collective Daily


Link to The Energy Collective

Chinese Reactor Is Ahead of Schedule as U.S. Nuclear Projects Flounder

Chinese Reactor Is Ahead of Schedule as U.S. Nuclear Projects Flounder

Fukushima Commentary

Commentary - May 26, 2017

Fukushima’s On-going Repopulation is Ignored by the Press

The slow, but steady, repopulation of Fukushima’s former “no-go” zone is an undeniable fact. By all indications the return of former residents will continue well into the foreseeable future. However, most of the Japanese and International Press outlets are not reporting on it! Why?

http://www.hiroshimasyndrome.com/fukushima-s-on-going-repopulation-is-ignored-by-the-press.html

GAO-17-340, Commercial Nuclear Waste: Resuming Licensing of the Yucca Mountain Repository Would Require Rebuilding Capacity at DOE and NRC, Among Other Key Steps, April 26, 2017 | MilTech

GAO-17-340, Commercial Nuclear Waste: Resuming Licensing of the Yucca Mountain Repository Would Require Rebuilding Capacity at DOE and NRC, Among Other Key Steps, April 26, 2017 | MilTech

Edison violated San Onofre testing rules, NRC says - The San Diego Union-Tribune

Edison violated San Onofre testing rules, NRC says - The San Diego Union-Tribune

Experts Say U.S. Still Underestimating Risk Of Nuclear Power Disaster - Vocativ

Experts Say U.S. Still Underestimating Risk Of Nuclear Power Disaster - Vocativ

Experts: US Still 'Needlessly Vulnerable' to Fukushima-Style Disaster | Common Dreams

Experts: US Still 'Needlessly Vulnerable' to Fukushima-Style Disaster | Common Dreams

Experts: US Still 'Needlessly Vulnerable' to Fukushima-Style Disaster | Common Dreams

Experts: US Still 'Needlessly Vulnerable' to Fukushima-Style Disaster | Common Dreams

U.S. Nuclear Regulators Greatly Underestimate Potential for Nuclear Disaster

U.S. Nuclear Regulators Greatly Underestimate Potential for Nuclear Disaster

Nuclear Spent Fuel Fire Could Force Millions of People to Relocate


http://www.ucsusa.org/press/2017/us-nuclear-regulators-greatly-underestimate-potential-nuclear-disaster#.WSinc8m1u7o

Are Nuclear Industry Lobbyists Putting The Public At Risk?


Are Nuclear Industry Lobbyists Putting The Public At Risk?

http://oilprice.com/Latest-Energy-News/World-News/Are-Nuclear-Industry-Lobbyists-Putting-The-Public-At-Risk.html

Experts: US Still 'Needlessly Vulnerable' to Fukushima-Style Disaster


Experts: US Still 'Needlessly Vulnerable' to Fukushima-Style Disaster

Nuclear industry pressured regulatory commission into low-balling consequences of meltdown, especially in case of reactor fire, new article says

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/05/26/experts-us-still-needlessly-vulnerable-fukushima-style-disaster

Nuclear industry prices itself out of power market, demands taxpayers keep it afloat


Nuclear industry prices itself out of power market, demands taxpayers keep it afloat

Nuclear power is so expensive even some conservatives are turning on it


https://thinkprogress.org/nuclear-demands-subsidies-b8bfa9bdd8fa

Nuclear Reactor Involved In US History’s Worst Meltdown At Risk Of Shutting Down

Nuclear Reactor Involved In US History’s Worst Meltdown At Risk Of Shutting Down


http://dailycaller.com/2017/05/25/nuclear-reactor-involved-in-us-historys-worst-meltdown-at-risk-of-shutting-down/

Westinghouse aims for competitive future

Westinghouse aims for competitive future

Scientists have figured out how to detect nuclear materials up to 1 km away - ScienceAlert

Scientists have figured out how to detect nuclear materials up to 1 km away - ScienceAlert

Bulletin of Atomic Scientists Nuclear Roundup 5/26/17

 
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Nuclear Roundup
May 26, 2017
A compilation of quality nuclear policy news published on the Web, around the world.

United States

Senate Panel Approves Stiff Iran Sanctions and Says Russia Is Next

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/25/world/middleeast/iran-sanctions-senate-foreign-relations.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fmiddleeast&_r=0

Modernization, Replacement Programs Constitute Nuclear Deterrence Priority

https://www.defense.gov/News/Article/Article/1194684/modernization-replacement-programs-constitute-nuclear-deterrence-priority/

Time to end the decay at the Energy Department

http://thebulletin.org/time-end-decay-energy-department10798

Navy Strategic Missile Boss: Interoperable Warhead Not Yet Required

http://seapowermagazine.org/stories/20170525-IW.html

U.S. House members mixed on MOX

http://www.aikenstandard.com/news/u-s-house-members-mixed-on-mox/article_9ae8f478-418a-11e7-8806-1f3bac6cf40c.html

Sandia Labs names NM contractors for $135 million worth of projects

http://www.bizjournals.com/albuquerque/news/2017/05/25/sandia-labs-names-nm-contractors-for-135-million.html

International

Kim's rocket stars - The trio behind North Korea's missile program

http://www.cnbc.com/2017/05/25/kims-rocket-stars--the-trio-behind-north-koreas-missile-program.html

Asia nuclear arms race feared as Julie Bishop and US sound warnings

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/world/asia-nuclear-arms-race-feared-as-julie-bishop-and-us-sound-warnings/news-story/a14a724a4bcfc4268ee3b96b277c321f

Trump: North Korea ‘A Particular Focus’ for G-7 Leaders at Summit

https://www.voanews.com/a/trump-north-korea-problem-will-be-solved/3872157.html

Trump: ‘You can bet’ North Korea nuclear problem gets solved

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/335274-trump-you-can-bet-north-korea-nuclear-problem-gets-solved

Russia's Putin drafts new rearmament program

http://www.defensenews.com/articles/russias-putin-drafts-new-rearmament-program

China unveils flagship nuclear tech to be used in Karachi atomic plants

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/china-unveils-flagship-nuclear-tech-to-be-used-in-karachi-atomic-plants/story-8mcI9oXr8JqlqkdwW5eyIK.html

Kazakhstan to produce nuclear fuel for China

http://indianexpress.com/article/world/kazakhstan-to-produce-nuclear-fuel-for-china-4674996/

General Interest

A new nuclear arms race?

http://thebulletin.org/multimedia/new-nuclear-arms-race

Scientists Have Figured Out How to Detect Nuclear Materials Up to 1 Km Away

https://www.sciencealert.com/scientists-uncover-method-to-detect-nuclear-materials-from-up-to-one-kilometre-away

New life for New START?

http://thebulletin.org/new-life-new-start10792



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Atoms for Pyongyang Let North Korea Have Peaceful Nuclear Power By Richard Rhodes and Michael Shellenberger


Atoms for Pyongyang

Let North Korea Have Peaceful Nuclear Power

By and
https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/north-korea/2017-05-23/atoms-pyongyang?cid=nlc-twofa-20170525&sp_mid=54141869&sp_rid=bWljaGVsZXRrZWFybmV5QGdtYWlsLmNvbQS2&spMailingID=54141869&spUserID=MjEwNDg3NjAxODc2S0&spJobID=1164228084&spReportId=MTE2NDIyODA4NAS2

Horizon Nuclear presents compact power station design for Wylfa nuclear plant - Energy Business Review

Horizon Nuclear presents compact power station design for Wylfa nuclear plant - Energy Business Review

Defense Officials Testify on FY 2018 Nuclear, Energy Priorities



Defense Officials Testify on FY 2018 Nuclear, Energy Priorities



Department of Defense Videos

Georgia nuclear cost overruns: CEO says more study time needed

Georgia nuclear cost overruns: CEO says more study time needed

What We Know So Far About Rick Perry's Power Grid "Study" - The Energy Collective

What We Know So Far About Rick Perry's Power Grid "Study" - The Energy Collective

Utilities Are Embracing The Coal Closure Trend: Smart Policy Provides Economic Solutions - The Energy Collective

Utilities Are Embracing The Coal Closure Trend: Smart Policy Provides Economic Solutions - The Energy Collective

For Second Year In A Row, Nuclear Industry Sees 10 Reactor Startups, Says IAEA

For Second Year In A Row, Nuclear Industry Sees 10 Reactor Startups, Says IAEA

Goodbye smokestacks: Startup invents zero-emission fossil fuel power | Science | AAAS

Goodbye smokestacks: Startup invents zero-emission fossil fuel power | Science | AAAS

US nuclear regulators greatly underestimate potential for nuclear disaster, researchers say

US nuclear regulators greatly underestimate potential for nuclear disaster, researchers say


Please see below a statement from Rod McCullum, NEI Senior Director, Fuel and Decommissioning:

"The U.S. nuclear industry has safely and effectively stored used fuel in steel-lined, water-filled concrete vaults at plant sites for decades. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission regularly inspects equipment and processes for managing used fuel at nuclear plant sites to ensure this occurs.
This most recent perspective on the oft studied topic offers nothing new and does not change abundant evidence that used fuel at U.S. plant sites is properly managed – a claim consistently verified by industry experts, independent scientists, and the NRC.  After completing the latest in a series of over a dozen independent studies, the NRC recommended (NUREG 2161) that “no further generic assessments be pursued related to possible regulatory actions to require the expedited transfer of spent fuel to dry cask storage.”
 Thanks to sharing of best practices our already safe methods for storing used fuel have gotten progressively safer in recent years because of additional measures, such as improved neutron absorber materials and operational practices that assure increased spacing between the hottest assemblies. In addition, U.S. nuclear plants now have FLEX equipment on site and stationed at regional locations to respond to an unlikely event involving these used fuel vaults.
 America’s nuclear energy facilities have a strong record of properly managing these materials, yet we also look forward to renewed progress toward licensing of the Yucca Mountain repository."
 

China completes first nuclear project - Daijiworld.com

China completes first nuclear project - Daijiworld.com

High Risk Of Nuclear Disaster Caused By Fire At US Reactor Sites, Scientists Say


High Risk Of Nuclear Disaster Caused By Fire At US Reactor Sites, Scientists Say
http://www.ibtimes.com/high-risk-nuclear-disaster-caused-fire-us-reactor-sites-scientists-say-2543980

High Risk Of Nuclear Disaster Caused By Fire At US Reactor Sites, Scientists Say

High Risk Of Nuclear Disaster Caused By Fire At US Reactor Sites, Scientists Say

24 Market Reports: United States Nuclear Battery Market Report 2017

24 Market Reports: United States Nuclear Battery Market Report 2017

The Israeli company protecting against radiation catastrophe - Israel News - Jerusalem Post

The Israeli company protecting against radiation catastrophe - Israel News - Jerusalem Post

Nuclear power stocks surge after Premier Li compliments Hualong One - Global Times

Nuclear power stocks surge after Premier Li compliments Hualong One - Global Times

Chinese premier stresses quality, safety for Hualong One nuclear project | Shanghai Daily

Chinese premier stresses quality, safety for Hualong One nuclear project | Shanghai Daily

Wang Yi: Adhering to Principles, and Considering the Overall Situation, Flexibility and Practicality to Tackle the Korean Peninsula Nuclear Issue – ForeignAffairs.co.nz

Wang Yi: Adhering to Principles, and Considering the Overall Situation, Flexibility and Practicality to Tackle the Korean Peninsula Nuclear Issue – ForeignAffairs.co.nz

Supplies - 199958-2017 - TED Tenders Electronic Daily

Supplies - 199958-2017 - TED Tenders Electronic Daily

China completes construction of first Hualong One nuclear project | ViralNewsChart via China Daily

China completes construction of first Hualong One nuclear project | ViralNewsChart via China Daily

Bechtel, Fluor Said to Prepare Bids for Southern Nuclear Project - Bloomberg

Bechtel, Fluor Said to Prepare Bids for Southern Nuclear Project - Bloomberg

Utilities experiment with distributed energy resources



Utilities experiment with distributed energy resources

By By Michael McDonald,   /  Thursday, May 25, 2017 8:49 AM
A recent survey indicated that many of the nations electric companies are planning on incorporating distributed energy resources (DERs) into their business model. However, as is typical with this sector (and many others), most companies would prefer to see the concept proven before they make a significant investment in it themselves. Many utilities are investing

U.S. Nuclear Regulators Greatly Underestimate Potential for Nuclear Disaster

U.S. Nuclear Regulators Greatly Underestimate Potential for Nuclear Disaster


http://wws.princeton.edu/news-and-events/news/item/us-nuclear-regulators-greatly-underestimate-potential-nuclear-disaster


Please see below a statement from Rod McCullum, NEI Senior Director, Fuel and Decommissioning:

"The U.S. nuclear industry has safely and effectively stored used fuel in steel-lined, water-filled concrete vaults at plant sites for decades. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission regularly inspects equipment and processes for managing used fuel at nuclear plant sites to ensure this occurs.
This most recent perspective on the oft studied topic offers nothing new and does not change abundant evidence that used fuel at U.S. plant sites is properly managed – a claim consistently verified by industry experts, independent scientists, and the NRC.  After completing the latest in a series of over a dozen independent studies, the NRC recommended (NUREG 2161) that “no further generic assessments be pursued related to possible regulatory actions to require the expedited transfer of spent fuel to dry cask storage.”
 Thanks to sharing of best practices our already safe methods for storing used fuel have gotten progressively safer in recent years because of additional measures, such as improved neutron absorber materials and operational practices that assure increased spacing between the hottest assemblies. In addition, U.S. nuclear plants now have FLEX equipment on site and stationed at regional locations to respond to an unlikely event involving these used fuel vaults.
 America’s nuclear energy facilities have a strong record of properly managing these materials, yet we also look forward to renewed progress toward licensing of the Yucca Mountain repository."
 

Bulletin of Atomic Scientists: Open Now! Visit Turn Back the Clock at the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago



Open Now! Visit Turn Back the Clock at the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago
The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists is delighted to announce the opening of a new exhibit showcasing the rich history of our organization at the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago. The exhibit, Turn Back the Clock, highlights the Bulletin and one of the most provocative and important symbols of the 20th century—the Doomsday Clock. Created in partnership with the Museum, Turn Back the Clock showcases the urgency of two major challenges facing our world today: nuclear weapons and climate change.

As guests explore Turn Back the Clock, they will learn about the significance of the Doomsday Clock and how it has evolved to include risks we face today. Through compelling personal stories, innovative interactive media, and pop culture artifacts, the exhibit takes guests through seven decades of history—from the dawn of the nuclear age to significant policy questions our leaders face today.

Guests will:

•    Interact with a digital representation of the Clock through time, offering a snapshot of the science, policy and culture at that moment.

•    Learn how the atomic age extended into pop culture, including inspiring comic book series, music, and films directed by Stanley Kubrick.

•    Walk through a visual, historic timeline of the nuclear age.

•    Learn how the existential threat of climate change has influenced the Clock since 2007, becoming more and more urgent as global leaders resist taking necessary action.

For the past seventy years, the Doomsday Clock has served as a clarion call to all of us—scientists, policy makers, artists and ordinary citizens—to get engaged and help build a safer and healthier planet. The aim of the exhibit is to raise awareness about the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, create greater understanding about nuclear risk and climate change, and motivate each of us to get involved.

Visit the Museum of Science and Industry to walk through this fascinating exploration of our scientific history and future. It won’t be the same without you.

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Garwin on Strategic Security Challenges to the US

Garwin on Strategic Security Challenges to the US

There are at least four major “strategic security challenges” that could place the United States at risk within the next decade, physicist Richard L. Garwin told the National Academy of Sciences earlier this month. “The greatest threat, based on expected value of damage, is cyberattack,” he said. Other challenges arise from the actions of North […]https://fas.org/blogs/secrecy/2017/05/garwin-challenges/

Bethe, Oppenheimer and Teller: Their Accomplishments

Bethe, Oppenheimer and Teller: Their Accomplishments

In 1959, physicists Hans Bethe, J. Robert Oppenheimer and Edward Teller were candidates to receive the Enrico Fermi Award for contributions to the development of atomic energy. In a newly discovered letter written in June 1959, Los Alamos physicist Norris Bradbury provided his evaluation of the achievements of each of the three eminent scientists. His […]https://fas.org/blogs/secrecy/2017/05/bradbury-fermi/

Trump at Taormina: The Odd Man Out

Trump at Taormina: The Odd Man Out

After the Confederates, Who's Next? | Patrick J. Buchanan - Official Website

After the Confederates, Who's Next? | Patrick J. Buchanan - Official Website

Obama in Berlin for landmark church assembly | Germany | DW | 25.05.2017

Obama in Berlin for landmark church assembly | Germany | DW | 25.05.2017

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Floating Nuclear Power Plant Concept Revisited | RealClearScience

Floating Nuclear Power Plant Concept Revisited | RealClearScience

Why America Needs the MOX Facility

Why America Needs the MOX Facility

Edison International Seeks $7.57B From Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Over San Onofre Closure - News - Nuclear Power News - Nuclear Street - Nuclear Power Plant News, Jobs, and Careers

Edison International Seeks $7.57B From Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Over San Onofre Closure - News - Nuclear Power News - Nuclear Street - Nuclear Power Plant News, Jobs, and Careers

PJM Auction Underlines Challenges Facing Nuclear Plants | RealClearEnergy

PJM Auction Underlines Challenges Facing Nuclear Plants | RealClearEnergy

UCS in Science: The NRC Must Act to Reduce the Dangers of Spent Fuel Pool Fires at Nuclear Plants - Union of Concerned Scientists

UCS in Science: The NRC Must Act to Reduce the Dangers of Spent Fuel Pool Fires at Nuclear Plants - Union of Concerned Scientists

Nuclear News Roundup May 24, 2017 | Nucleotidings

Nuclear News Roundup May 24, 2017 | Nucleotidings

Nuclear Weapons 280 - Six Suggestions For Ways For U.S. To Put Pressure On North Korea - Part Two of Two Parts | Nucleotidings

Nuclear Weapons 280 - Six Suggestions For Ways For U.S. To Put Pressure On North Korea - Part Two of Two Parts | Nucleotidings

Is The U.S. Getting Left Behind In The Renewable Race? | OilPrice.com

Is The U.S. Getting Left Behind In The Renewable Race? | OilPrice.com

SCE&G stands by designs of nuclear power plants

SCE&G stands by designs of nuclear power plants

Why Are Global Warming Alarmists Afraid Of Nuclear Power?

Why Are Global Warming Alarmists Afraid Of Nuclear Power?

Korsnick calls for concerted nuclear advocacy effort

Korsnick calls for concerted nuclear advocacy effort

NRC: Continued Storage of Spent Nuclear Fuel

NRC: Continued Storage of Spent Nuclear Fuel

1955: First Sale of Atomic Electricity


1955: First Sale of Atomic Electricity

By ansnuclearcafe on May 24, 2017 04:55 pm

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US nuclear regulators greatly underestimate potential for nuclear disaster, researchers say

US nuclear regulators greatly underestimate potential for nuclear disaster, researchers say


Please see below a statement from Rod McCullum, NEI Senior Director, Fuel and Decommissioning:

"The U.S. nuclear industry has safely and effectively stored used fuel in steel-lined, water-filled concrete vaults at plant sites for decades. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission regularly inspects equipment and processes for managing used fuel at nuclear plant sites to ensure this occurs.
This most recent perspective on the oft studied topic offers nothing new and does not change abundant evidence that used fuel at U.S. plant sites is properly managed – a claim consistently verified by industry experts, independent scientists, and the NRC.  After completing the latest in a series of over a dozen independent studies, the NRC recommended (NUREG 2161) that “no further generic assessments be pursued related to possible regulatory actions to require the expedited transfer of spent fuel to dry cask storage.”
 Thanks to sharing of best practices our already safe methods for storing used fuel have gotten progressively safer in recent years because of additional measures, such as improved neutron absorber materials and operational practices that assure increased spacing between the hottest assemblies. In addition, U.S. nuclear plants now have FLEX equipment on site and stationed at regional locations to respond to an unlikely event involving these used fuel vaults.
 America’s nuclear energy facilities have a strong record of properly managing these materials, yet we also look forward to renewed progress toward licensing of the Yucca Mountain repository."
 

U.S. GAO - Nuclear Regulatory Commission: Efforts Intended to Improve Procedures for Requesting Additional Information for Licensing Actions Are Under Way

U.S. GAO - Nuclear Regulatory Commission: Efforts Intended to Improve Procedures for Requesting Additional Information for Licensing Actions Are Under Way

Fukushima Update 5/25/17

Fukushima Update 5/25/17

80% of Hirono Town’s population has returned home… None of the fish and shellfish outside the F. Daiichi break-wall contain Fukushima contamination… Another re-opened town restarts rice farming… Takahama unit #4 has begun transmitting electricity… Two more nuke plants officially meet Japan’s safety regulations… The season’s first catch of Skipjack Tuna is landed in Iwate City…. And more.

http://www.hiroshimasyndrome.com/fukushima-accident-updates.html

Three Mile Island nuclear plant again fails key power auction, decision whether to close 'to be made soon' | Local News | lancasteronline.com

Three Mile Island nuclear plant again fails key power auction, decision whether to close 'to be made soon' | Local News | lancasteronline.com

Analysts See End to New Builds in PJM Capacity Auction Results

Analysts See End to New Builds in PJM Capacity Auction Results

Three Mile Island, Quad Cities Did Not Clear PJM Capacity Auction - Power Engineering

Three Mile Island, Quad Cities Did Not Clear PJM Capacity Auction - Power Engineering

PJM auction spells more trouble for nuclear plants | Midwest Energy News

PJM auction spells more trouble for nuclear plants | Midwest Energy News

Three Mile Island closure looms after third failed bid

Three Mile Island closure looms after third failed bid