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Saturday, January 18, 2020

Holtec's Plan To Demolish Indian Point Generates Many Questions | Peekskill, NY Patch

Holtec's Plan To Demolish Indian Point Generates Many Questions | Peekskill, NY Patch

Proposed Reforms to NEPA & Their Impact on New Nuclear | Hogan Lovells - JDSupra

Proposed Reforms to NEPA & Their Impact on New Nuclear | Hogan Lovells - JDSupra: The Council on Environmental Quality is proposing major changes to its regulations concerning the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), that if implemented could have impacts on...

South Korea’s SMART SMR Gets New Life


South Korea’s SMART SMR Gets New Life

https://neutronbytes.com/2020/01/18/south-koreas-smart-smr-gets-new-life/

Hydrogen: the answer to climate change? BBC | Energy Central

Hydrogen: the answer to climate change? BBC | Energy Central

U.S. to screen passengers for new China coronavirus at three airports

U.S. to screen passengers for new China coronavirus at three airports

Lawmakers oppose Lake Huron high-level nuclear waste storage - mlive.com

Lawmakers oppose Lake Huron high-level nuclear waste storage - mlive.com

Nuclear power: Japan firms join global calls to ditch coal-fired power, Energy News, ET EnergyWorld

Nuclear power: Japan firms join global calls to ditch coal-fired power, Energy News, ET EnergyWorld: Japan is in the crosshairs as it seeks both to be recognised as a leader in the climate-change debate but also supports the use of what is widely rega..

The 1 Thing to Watch at Southern Company in 2020 | The Motley Fool

The 1 Thing to Watch at Southern Company in 2020 | The Motley Fool: As a new year gets underway, this is the biggest issue facing utility giant Southern Company. You'll want to pay close attention to it.

Tiny Nuclear Reactor Could Be the Future of Nuclear Energy > ENGINEERING.com

Tiny Nuclear Reactor Could Be the Future of Nuclear Energy > ENGINEERING.com: Innovative new prototype is 1/100th the size of a conventional reactor.

Meet the Man Who Built the World's First Nuclear Reactor - Foundation for Economic Education

Meet the Man Who Built the World's First Nuclear Reactor - Foundation for Economic Education: Nuclear power has improved hundreds of millions of lives and is likely to continue to do so for decades to come.

Japan court halts nuclear reactor restart citing volcano, earthquake risks - CNA

Japan court halts nuclear reactor restart citing volcano, earthquake risks - CNA: A Japanese nuclear reactor near a fault line must remain shut because of the risk of its being struck by earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, a ...

Japanese Only Operational Nuclear Reactor Shut, Increasing Fuel Costs | OilPrice.com

Japanese Only Operational Nuclear Reactor Shut, Increasing Fuel Costs | OilPrice.com: A Japanese high court has ordered local utility Shikoku Electric Power Company to continue idling its only operational nuclear reactor until the company provides a satisfactory proof that the reactor is safe

Mothers for Peace fought for Diablo Canyon's closure. Now, Mothers for Nuclear are fighting for it to remain open - Mustang News

Mothers for Peace fought for Diablo Canyon's closure. Now, Mothers for Nuclear are fighting for it to remain open - Mustang News: Upon the closure's announcement, those who would be impacted began to plan for how to best minimize the negative effects of the close of the second largest employer in San Luis Obispo County. And while the county and state prepare for the closure, Mothers for Nuclear are fighting for the opposite.

California Energy Policies Are Fueling Housing Crisis And Homelessness - OpEd - Eurasia Review

California Energy Policies Are Fueling Housing Crisis And Homelessness - OpEd - Eurasia Review: California’s green crusade direction and actions are increasing the costs of electricity and fuels which guarantees growth of the homeless, poverty, and welfare populations, and further fuels (no p…

PG&E Slices Diablo Canyon Decommissioning Cost Estimate by $900M - ExchangeMonitor | Page 1

PG&E Slices Diablo Canyon Decommissioning Cost Estimate by $900M - ExchangeMonitor | Page 1: ExchangeMonitor covers nuclear weapons, waste management, nuclear cleanup, international intelligence as well as carbon capture and storage.

PG&E Judge Demands Details on Potential Wildfire Payout Conflict

PG&E Judge Demands Details on Potential Wildfire Payout Conflict: Time is running out for PG&E Corp. to end the biggest-ever U.S. utility bankruptcy, so the company must set reorganization deadlines and explain a

FEMA Region IX: Updates | FEMA.gov

FEMA Region IX: Updates | FEMA.gov: This section of the site contains updates from FEMA Region 9. FEMA Region 9 is responsible for over 47 million people in Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Guam, American Samoa, Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands, Republic of Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia and more than 150 sovereign tribal entities.California PG&E Settlement

California Lawmaker Wants Probe of PG&E’s Chief Regulator

California Lawmaker Wants Probe of PG&E’s Chief Regulator: A state lawmaker is demanding an extensive review of the California Public Utilities Commission to determine whether regulators' lax oversight enabled

California congressmen ask federal and state government to drop PG&E claims – Chico Enterprise-Record

California congressmen ask federal and state government to drop PG&E claims – Chico Enterprise-Record: A bipartisan group of members of Congress from California urged U.S. Attorney General William Barr and California Attorney General Xavier Becerra to halt claims against Pacific Gas & Electric C…

PG&E false records penalty grows from $65 million to $110 million - SFChronicle.com

PG&E false records penalty grows from $65 million to $110 million - SFChronicle.com: “PG&E management’s inability to even realize the existence of a problem that its own employees were aware of is deeply troubling,” a regulatory judge said in a decision that increased the utility’s penalty for false record-keeping to $110 million.

Regulator increases PG&E's for falsifying safety records | abc10.com

Regulator increases PG&E's for falsifying safety records | abc10.com: PG&E's fine for falsifying safety records over the course of several years was increased Friday from $65 million to $110 million.

San Francisco Bans Natural Gas in New, Remodeled Municipal Buildings | 2020-01-17 | Natural Gas Intelligence

San Francisco Bans Natural Gas in New, Remodeled Municipal Buildings | 2020-01-17 | Natural Gas Intelligence

Judge threatens to force PG&E to hire more tree trimmers

Judge threatens to force PG&E to hire more tree trimmers: A federal judge on Thursday threatened to force Pacific Gas & Electric to hire more tree trimmers to reduce the chances of its electrical grid igniting fires in Northern California and adhere to a requirement imposed after the utility's natural gas lines blew up a neighborhood a decade ago.

PG&E may have to hire more tree trimmers to stop wildfires: Judge | Fox Business

PG&E may have to hire more tree trimmers to stop wildfires: Judge | Fox Business

PG&E Faces New Demand to Explain Shortfalls in Dealing With Trees Near Power Lines

PG&E Faces New Demand to Explain Shortfalls in Dealing With Trees Near Power Lines



https://www.kqed.org/news/11796515/pge-faces-new-demand-to-explain-shortfalls-in-dealing-with-trees-near-power-lines

Friday, January 17, 2020

The Air Force's B-52H Bomber Force Has Said Goodbye To Its Nuclear Bombs


The Air Force's B-52H Bomber Force Has Said Goodbye To Its Nuclear Bombs

A new Air Force manual confirms that the only nuclear weapons these iconic aircraft are now approved to carry are nuclear-tipped cruise missiles.



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France Confirms Closure Of Unit 1 This Month, Unit 2 In June :: The Independent Global Nuclear News Agency

France Confirms Closure Of Unit 1 This Month, Unit 2 In June :: The Independent Global Nuclear News Agency: The Fessenheim-1 nuclear power plant in France will be permanently shut down as scheduled on 22 February followed by Fessenheim-2 in June, French prime minister Edouard Philippe confirmed on Wednesday.



Fessenheim-1 and -2 are both 880-MW pressurised water reactor units which began commercial operation in 1978. This makes them the oldest reactor units still operational in the French nuclear fleet.



In September French state-controlled utility EDF submitted an application to the national nuclear regulator ASN and the French government for the permanent shutdown of the two-unit Fessenheim station near Colmar in northeast France.

CNL Lands Lingen Decommissioning Contract - News - Nuclear Power News - Nuclear Street - Nuclear Power Plant News, Jobs, and Careers

CNL Lands Lingen Decommissioning Contract - News - Nuclear Power News - Nuclear Street - Nuclear Power Plant News, Jobs, and Careers: The latest nuclear news in Nuclear Power Industry about utilities, companies, suppliers in the nuclear energy market.

NRC Cites Two Violations at Westinghouse Fuel Plant - ExchangeMonitor | Page 1

NRC Cites Two Violations at Westinghouse Fuel Plant - ExchangeMonitor | Page 1: ExchangeMonitor covers nuclear weapons, waste management, nuclear cleanup, international intelligence as well as carbon capture and storage.

Nuclear Reactor at Fort Belvoir is Going Away

Nuclear Reactor at Fort Belvoir is Going Away: Nuclear plant at Belvoir

How drawing digital insights from nuclear’s past can create a safer industry | Power Engineering

How drawing digital insights from nuclear’s past can create a safer industry | Power Engineering: POWERGEN International wants nuclear content at the event this December. The call for abstracts is now open! — — — — — — Nearly a decade after the major earthquake and tsunami that irreversibly damaged four of Fukushima Daiichi’s nuclear reactors in Japan, China and India are readying themselves for a new era of nuclear....

WINS January 2020 Newsletter


January 2020
Upcoming events
Look for WINS at the IAEA International Conference on Nuclear Security 

WINS is excited for a very active programme during the upcoming International Conference on Nuclear Security: Sustaining and Strengthening Efforts (ICONS). Convened by the IAEA from 10 to 14 February 2020, the event is open to all 171 Member States of the IAEA to discuss the future of nuclear security.
WINS has an exhibition space near the main entrance to the Rotunda of the Vienna International Centre. We invite conference participants to visit, speak with WINS staff and receive information on all of our programmes. A special feature of the exhibit will be the promotion of our new, standalone WINS Academy course on Radioactive Source Security Management.
In addition, WINS staff will be active in the technical programme throughout the week. WINS Executive Director Dr Roger Howsley will be sharing the outcome of the cross-sector benchmarking study comparing the aviation and nuclear sectors’ approaches to security. Rhonda Evans will speak about nuclear security capacity building, and Dan Johnson will make an interactive content presentation on WINS’ programme in support of nuclear security training and support centres. WINS will also host a lunchtime side event on Gender and Nuclear Security in collaboration with the Nuclear Threat Initiative and the World Nuclear Association from 12:30-14:00 on Thursday, 13 February 2020. 
For more information, click here
COMING SOON: The State of Nuclear Security in 2020 Survey Results
 
WINS will be releasing the results of the State of Nuclear Security 2020: A WINS Global Security Attitude Survey in February. This is the largest-ever survey conducted to examine the opinions of professionals about civil nuclear security. A total of 730 nuclear security practitioners in 98 countries completed the survey, sharing their perspectives on a range of nuclear security issues ranging from the current state of security to their priorities for the future and predictions about significant security incidents.
We would like to extend special thanks to WINS members, who made up 85% of the respondents, including WINS Academy Alumni, who contributed more than a fifth of responses to the survey.
Three respondents were chosen randomly from the full survey data set and offered one of two prizes: either free enrolment in a WINS Academy Professional Development Course, or an expenses-paid invitation to attend a WINS event in 2020. We are delighted to announce the winners:
1. Sergio Feria Fernandez, from Laguna Verde Nuclear Power Plant, Mexico
2. Aye Aye Swe, from the Division of Atomic Energy, Myanmar
3. Hanan Saleh, from Al-Hussein Bin Talal University, Jordan
Congratulations to them and thank you to all the respondents who took the time to share their experience and opinions on nuclear security with the international community. 
Nuclear Security Takes Centre Stage
 
WINS will be hosting a new theatre production in Vienna on 12 February 2020, during the week of the 3rd IAEA International Conference on Nuclear Security.
This production, titled “Pay Up or Melt Down”, centres on a cyber-crisis at the fictional Sweetwater Nuclear Power Plant. The event is designed to allow the audience to experience the power of theatre to challenge thinking and stimulate action. Sponsored by the government of Canada and performed by AKT Productions (London), the show will explore misconceptions about cybersecurity and the importance of effective oversight by senior management. WINS members wishing to attend may request tickets from bettina.lock@wins.org. We will do our best to accommodate you, but please bear in mind that seating at the event is very limited.
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COMING SOON: WINS Member Satisfaction Survey
 
Later this month we will publish our annual member satisfaction survey. Your opinion on WINS and our contribution to improving nuclear security will help us benchmark our own performance and understand how we can better serve you in 2020. We hope you will participate in the survey and share your insights with us!
News from WINS
WINS Welcomes IAEA Director General’s Pledge to Expand Nuclear Security Support

WINS welcomes IAEA Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi’s pledge to utilise the current momentum to strengthen international cooperation in nuclear security.
The Director General made the remarks at an event convened by the Vienna Centre for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation in the run-up to the International Conference on Nuclear Security (ICONS) with the theme Building Bridges and Facilitating Consensus for a Successful ICONS 2020.
Director General Grossi said he expected Member States to highlight their political commitment to nuclear security at the conference. “Our job is to ensure that those political commitments are realised. I will work to expand our support to all Agency Member States. This will be a priority for me as Director General,” he said.
In particular WINS welcomes the Director General’s desire to strengthen the international norms that support nuclear security with a view to these reaching the same maturity level as those norms that support nuclear safety. 
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OUT NOW: Countering Violent Extremism Workshop Report

WINS conducted an international workshop on Countering Violent Extremism and the Insider Threat in the Nuclear Sector in London from 3 to 5 December 2019. This event provided participants with the opportunity to better understand the threat of violent extremism and reviewed the key elements of a comprehensive insider threat mitigation programme. The full report on the workshop is available to download here.
NOW AVAILABLE: WINS Academy Module Online Knowledge Tests

We have developed module tests to help Academy learners prepare for the formal exam at a Pearson VUE centre. These self-tests will be available to online learners via their WINS Member Dashboard once they have completed all the unit knowledge checks. The module tests for most Academy modules were published in December, with the module tests for Nuclear Security Governance and Transport Security Management coming in 2020.
WINS Marks Anniversary of INFCIRC 901 with Panel on Gender Parity

WINS and the Permanent Mission of Canada co-hosted a panel discussion on the links between gender parity and demonstrable competence in honour of the third anniversary of Information Circular 901 at the Vienna Centre for Non-Proliferation and Disarmament.
The panel, presented by VCDNP Executive Director Elena Sokova, was composed of Canadian Ambassador Her Excellency Ms Heidi Hulan, Norwegian Ambassador Her Excellency Ms Kjersti Andersen and WINS Executive Director Dr Roger Howsley.

“The human factor is a key way we have to improve nuclear security,” Ambassador Hulan said, adding that certified training is an important step in promoting security culture. She also pointed out that certification boosts participants’ confidence and promotion prospects, which is especially relevant for women.
Read more on our website
Related news
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: The International Journal of Nuclear Security is accepting submissions for its Special Issue on Women in Nuclear Security through 30 March 2020. Women specialising in fields related to nuclear security, nonproliferation and gender equality in the sector are invited to submit articles. Topics of particular interest include:

• Continuing education programmes
• Insider and outsider threat prevention and/or delimitation
• Reports on training initiatives, including alternative teaching methods
• Issues and barriers to equalising female participation and gender equality in nuclear security
• Discussion of grant development and funding scenarios related to increasing female presence in nuclear security research

Authors may review submission guidelines, refer to the style guide and create an account on the IJNS website. Ms Rhonda Evans, WINS' Head of Engagement and Sustainability, will serve as a guest editor for this edition.
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Nuscale Small Modular Reactor Design Now in Review | 2020-01-15 | Engineering News-Record

Nuscale Small Modular Reactor Design Now in Review | 2020-01-15 | Engineering News-Record: NuScale Power has announced its first submittal to the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission for pre-licensing vendor design review of NuScale’s small modular reactor (SMR) design. The reactor maker’s submission is a combined Phase 1 and 2 level review. Three more submittals will be conducted at approximately six-month intervals to complete the process.  “Completion of the vendor design review provides assurance to both the regulator and potential customers that the NuScale design will be acceptable to build and operate in Canada,” said Tom Bergman, vice president . . .

Lawmakers Question Potential Reduction in NRC Spent-Fuel Storage Inspections - ExchangeMonitor

Lawmakers Question Potential Reduction in NRC Spent-Fuel Storage Inspections - ExchangeMonitor: ExchangeMonitor covers nuclear weapons, waste management, nuclear cleanup, international intelligence as well as carbon capture and storage.

Holtec's Plan To Demolish Indian Point Generates Many Questions | Peekskill, NY Patch

Holtec's Plan To Demolish Indian Point Generates Many Questions | Peekskill, NY Patch: Plan To Demolish Indian Point Generates Questions - Peekskill-Cortlandt, NY - The cost to dismantle, demolish and remove the plant and store the fuel rods is estimated at $2.3 billion.

Pakistan’s nuclear black-market nailed in US indictment of 5 men - world news - Hindustan Times

Pakistan’s nuclear black-market nailed in US indictment of 5 men - world news - Hindustan Times: The five men named in the indictment that was unsealed in a US court on Wednesday are residents of Pakistan, Canada, Hong Kong and the United Kingdom and remain at large with outstanding warrants for their arrest, the US department of justice said. The indictments were handed out by a grand jury in October 2019.

NRC Cites Two Violations at Westinghouse Fuel Plant - ExchangeMonitor | Page 1

NRC Cites Two Violations at Westinghouse Fuel Plant - ExchangeMonitor | Page 1: ExchangeMonitor covers nuclear weapons, waste management, nuclear cleanup, international intelligence as well as carbon capture and storage.

'Left With No Choice,' European Allies Put Iran On Notice Over Nuclear Deal Breaches | WAMU

'Left With No Choice,' European Allies Put Iran On Notice Over Nuclear Deal Breaches | WAMU: France, Germany and the U.K. say they are lodging a dispute against Tehran. While they voiced hope for the nuclear agreement's survival, the clock is ticking — and renewed sanctions may be looming.

What will happen first: Iranian nuclear bomb or fall of the regime?

What will happen first: Iranian nuclear bomb or fall of the regime?: Israel is concerned not only about Iran enriching uranium to assemble a nuclear bomb but also about the possibility of Iran developing a missile that could carry such a bomb.

The Biggest Construction Stories of the Decade | 2020-01-16 | Engineering News-Record

The Biggest Construction Stories of the Decade | 2020-01-16 | Engineering News-Record: As construction enters its third decade of the 21st century, the events and changes of the last 10 years within the industry and in the world it serves have been hugely dramatic—generating challenges yet to confront or understand, but also new opportunities for next-generation professionals to provide critically needed innovation in design and construction practice, technology and business. The growing impacts and implications of climate change over the past 10 years have been a big story for ENR and its global audience, as new studies . . .

How Hard Is It to Quit Coal? For Germany, 18 Years and $44 Billion - The New York Times

How Hard Is It to Quit Coal? For Germany, 18 Years and $44 Billion - The New York Times

Iran, the United States, and Nuclear Weapons: Questions and Answers - Union of Concerned Scientists

Iran, the United States, and Nuclear Weapons: Questions and Answers - Union of Concerned Scientists: Just a few days into the new year, 2020 began with high tensions between the United States and Iran. Kicked off by a US airstrike that killed a leading Iranian general and followed by Iranian missile strikes on bases in Iraq housing US troops, many feared that military conflict could be imminent. On

Lawmakers Question Potential Reduction in NRC Spent-Fuel Storage Inspections - ExchangeMonitor

Lawmakers Question Potential Reduction in NRC Spent-Fuel Storage Inspections - ExchangeMonitor: ExchangeMonitor covers nuclear weapons, waste management, nuclear cleanup, international intelligence as well as carbon capture and storage.

How close is Iran to producing a nuclear bomb? - Business Insider

How close is Iran to producing a nuclear bomb? - Business Insider: The central achievement of the Iran nuclear deal — keeping Tehran at arm's length from nuclear weapons — is eroding.

Could UAE nuclear reactors imperil the Gulf? | News | Al Jazeera

Could UAE nuclear reactors imperil the Gulf? | News | Al Jazeera: Reactor due to come online in March could elevate risk of an arms race and environmental catastrophe, says analyst.

NE China nuclear power plant hits record high electricity generation - China.org.cn

NE China nuclear power plant hits record high electricity generation - China.org.cn

Japan court halts nuclear reactor restart citing volcano, quake risks

Japan court halts nuclear reactor restart citing volcano, quake risks: A Japanese nuclear reactor near a fault line must remain shut because of the risk of its being struck by earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, a high court ordered on Friday. All nuclear power stations were shut down after the 2011 Fukushima nuclear accident following a catastrophic tsunami, and many

Japan's Shikoku Electric says to delay nuclear reactor restart after court order - Reuters

Japan's Shikoku Electric says to delay nuclear reactor restart after court order - Reuters: Japanese utility Shikoku Electric Power Co said on Friday it had been ordered by a Hiroshima court to suspend operations of its only operable nuclear reactor, the No.3 unit at its Ikata plant in western Japan.

Nuclear Reactor at Fort Belvoir is Going Away

Nuclear Reactor at Fort Belvoir is Going Away: Nuclear plant at Belvoir

A nuclear research facility is about to open in Everett | HeraldNet.com

A nuclear research facility is about to open in Everett | HeraldNet.com: TerraPower, an energy firm founded by Bill Gates, will open a 65,000-square-foot lab near Paine Field.

Japan high court orders Shikoku Electric to halt Ehime nuclear reactor

Japan high court orders Shikoku Electric to halt Ehime nuclear reactor: The Hiroshima High Court revokes a lower court decision and orders Shikoku Electric Power Co. to suspend a reactor it operates in the western Japan prefecture of Ehime.

Daily on Energy: Buttigieg rules out new nuclear

Daily on Energy: Buttigieg rules out new nuclear: Subscribe today to the Washington Examiner magazine and get Washington Briefing: politics and policy stories that will keep you up to date with what's going on in Washington. SUBSCRIBE NOW: Just $1.00 an issue!

Nuclear Safety Professional Expresses Concerns with Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station - CapeCod.com

Nuclear Safety Professional Expresses Concerns with Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station - CapeCod.com: PLYMOUTH – A meeting was held Thursday night at Plymouth Town Hall regarding the ongoing situation between Holtec International’s acquisition of the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station and th…

France seeks to shield EDF, consumers with nuclear power market reform | News | WTVB

France seeks to shield EDF, consumers with nuclear power market reform | News | WTVB: By Bate Felix
PARIS (Reuters) - The French government plans to introduce a "price corridor" for France's wholesale nuclear power market that will enable state-controlled utility EDF to cover its c...

Nuclear power ‘cannot rival renewable energy’ | News | Eco-Business | Asia Pacific

Nuclear power ‘cannot rival renewable energy’ | News | Eco-Business | Asia Pacific: Far from tackling climate change, nuclear power is an expensive distraction whose safety is threatened by wildfires and floods, experts say.

Second injunction keeps Ikata reactor offline - World Nuclear News

Second injunction keeps Ikata reactor offline - World Nuclear News: The Hiroshima High Court today imposed a temporary injunction on the operation of unit 3 of the Ikata nuclear power plant in Japan's Ehime Prefecture, currently in a maintenance outage. Operator Shikoku Electric Power Company said it will appeal the decision, the second injunction to be imposed on the unit since it was restarted in 2016.

Austria fails to turn neighbours against nuclear power - World Nuclear News

Austria fails to turn neighbours against nuclear power - World Nuclear News: Austria failed to dent the Visegrád Group of countries' enthusiasm for nuclear power as a solution to climate change during their meeting in Prague yesterday. This was evident during a press conference held after the V4 and Austria summit by Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz and the Czech, Hungarian, Polish and Slovak prime ministers, Andrej Babiš, Viktor Orbán, Mateusz Morawiecki and Peter Pellegrini, respectively.

Fukushima Update 1/17/2020

Fukushima Update 1/17/2020 –
Tepco will increase the F. Daiichi staff to enhance station decommissioning… Tepco believes some of the F. Daiichi ice wall coolant is leaking into the ground… Tohoku region sea species recovering from the 2011 tsunami might be doomed… A used MOX fuel bundle has been removed from a Japanese reactor for the first time… The Hiroshima High Court has once again barred Ikata #3 from operating… The total cost to implement post-Fukushima accident nuclear safety measures is estimated at $123 billion.
https://www.hiroshimasyndrome.com/fukushima-accident-updates.html

The latest numbers on renewable investments are in, and they aren’t great


https://www.technologyreview.com/f/615063/renewables-investments-staged-a-late-year-rally/?utm_source=newsletters&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=the_download.unpaid.engagement

Microsoft will invest $1 billion into carbon reduction and removal technologies

Microsoft will invest $1 billion into carbon reduction and removal technologies

The software giant plans to offset all the emissions it produced since 1975.



https://www.technologyreview.com/s/615066/microsoft-will-invest-1-billion-into-carbon-reduction-and-removal-technologies/?utm_source=newsletters&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=the_download.unpaid.engagement

California launches rulemaking to manage transition away from natural gas | Utility Dive

California launches rulemaking to manage transition away from natural gas | Utility Dive: Utility industry news and analysis for energy professionals.

California’s new long-term gas plan is a win for customers and the environment | Energy Central

California’s new long-term gas plan is a win for customers and the environment | Energy Central

Democrats Plan ‘Sweeping Legislation’ to Hit Net-Zero Emissions by 2050 | Energy Central

Democrats Plan ‘Sweeping Legislation’ to Hit Net-Zero Emissions by 2050 | Energy Central

From Radioactive To Renewable: Fukushima Reborn As Japan’s Wind And Solar Hub | Energy Central

From Radioactive To Renewable: Fukushima Reborn As Japan’s Wind And Solar Hub | Energy Central

California Can Make Lowly Water Heaters Mighty Climate Tools | The Energy Collective Daily

California Can Make Lowly Water Heaters Mighty Climate Tools | The Energy Collective Daily

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Thursday, January 16, 2020

Environmental Working Group: Coal-Power Plant Closures Near Record High Under Trump | Energy Central

Environmental Working Group: Coal-Power Plant Closures Near Record High Under Trump | Energy Central

BLM OKs $1B California desert solar project praised for balanced approach amid ongoing controversy


BLM OKs $1B California desert solar project praised for balanced approach amid ongoing controversy


https://www.utilitydive.com/news/blm-approves-450-mw-solar-project-california-desert/570545/?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Issue:%202020-01-16%20Utility%20Dive%20Newsletter%20%5Bissue:25172%5D&utm_term=Utility%20Dive

2020 Outlook: US renewable resources on steady course for increased deployment


2020 Outlook: US renewable resources on steady course for increased deployment

"In 2020, there’s sort of a 'come on in, the water's warm' element of excitement and momentum" around renewable energy procurement, one analyst said.


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ENSA ships steam generators to France - World Nuclear News

ENSA ships steam generators to France - World Nuclear News: Spanish manufacturer Equipos Nucleares SA (ENSA) has shipped two replacement steam generators to France, completing an order received at the end of 2012 from Framatome for three such components for use in 900 MWe-class pressurised water reactors. It was not disclosed at which plant the steam generators are to be installed.

India plans to build new sodium plant - World Nuclear News

India plans to build new sodium plant - World Nuclear News: A foundation stone laying ceremony at the Baroda heavy water plant in India has marked the inauguration of a new facility that will allow the country to produce high purity sodium metal on an industrial scale. India up to now has imported the material, which is used in fast breeder reactors.

Orano achieves industry first in used fuel transfer - World Nuclear News

Orano achieves industry first in used fuel transfer - World Nuclear News: Orano TN has completed the first transfer and storage of used fuel canisters with a higher than usual heat load using its Extended Optimised Storage dry storage system. The use of EOS, which is licensed by the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission for heat loads of up to 50 kW per canister, means used fuel can be transferred to secure dry storage after a shorter period of time.

IAEA chief highlights political commitment to nuclear security - World Nuclear News

IAEA chief highlights political commitment to nuclear security - World Nuclear News: Rafael Mariano Grossi, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, has pledged to build on the political impetus seen in international cooperation in nuclear security in recent years. "It is vital that we remain ahead of the curve in guarding against nuclear terrorism," he told delegates at an event in Vienna yesterday.

Green hydrogen could be cost competitive in five years: UAE minister | S&P Global Platts | The Energy Collective Daily

Green hydrogen could be cost competitive in five years: UAE minister | S&P Global Platts | The Energy Collective Daily

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SMR’s, Ships, and History | ANS Nuclear Cafe

SMR’s, Ships, and History | ANS Nuclear Cafe

VIDEO: Nuclear Power: The road to a carbon-free future | ANS Nuclear Cafe

VIDEO: Nuclear Power: The road to a carbon-free future | ANS Nuclear Cafe

SMR progress takes off for five developers | ANS Nuclear Cafe

SMR progress takes off for five developers | ANS Nuclear Cafe

The Strangest Things | ANS Nuclear Cafe

The Strangest Things | ANS Nuclear Cafe

NRC Accepting Hearing Petitions for SHINE Isotope Plant License - ExchangeMonitor | Page 1

NRC Accepting Hearing Petitions for SHINE Isotope Plant License - ExchangeMonitor | Page 1: ExchangeMonitor covers nuclear weapons, waste management, nuclear cleanup, international intelligence as well as carbon capture and storage.

Daily on Energy: Klobuchar faces backlash over natural gas

Daily on Energy: Klobuchar faces backlash over natural gas: Subscribe today to the Washington Examiner magazine and get Washington Briefing: politics and policy stories that will keep you up to date with what's going on in Washington. SUBSCRIBE NOW: Just $1.00 an issue!

Regulators Urged to Spur Advanced Nuclear Power Under New Law

Regulators Urged to Spur Advanced Nuclear Power Under New Law: The Nuclear Regulatory Commission expects its first application for a new generation of advanced nuclear reactors in a few weeks, as it works to implement a 2019 law meant to spur such technologies, agency officials told the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Wednesday.

Nuscale Small Modular Reactor Design Now in Review | 2020-01-15 | Engineering News-Record

Nuscale Small Modular Reactor Design Now in Review | 2020-01-15 | Engineering News-Record: NuScale Power has announced its first submittal to the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission for pre-licensing vendor design review of NuScale’s small modular reactor (SMR) design. The reactor maker’s submission is a combined Phase 1 and 2 level review. Three more submittals will be conducted at approximately six-month intervals to complete the process.  “Completion of the vendor design review provides assurance to both the regulator and potential customers that the NuScale design will be acceptable to build and operate in Canada,” said Tom Bergman, vice president . . .

Editorial: Vogtle, residents are safe at home - Opinion - The Augusta Chronicle - Augusta, GA

Editorial: Vogtle, residents are safe at home - Opinion - The Augusta Chronicle - Augusta, GA: We understand the edginess some people might express at the prospect of living near a nuclear power plant.The Nuclear Regulatory Commission understands, too. That’s why it continually engages communities across the country to assure residents that there’s essentially nothing to worry about.The NRC conducted one of those meetings Tuesday in Waynesboro, home of Plant Vogtle and its much-anticipated expansion to double its number of reactors. The presentation focused on the features,

Carper statement at EPW hearing on Nuclear Energy Innovation and Modernization Act - News - Middletown Transcript - Middletown, DE

Carper statement at EPW hearing on Nuclear Energy Innovation and Modernization Act - News - Middletown Transcript - Middletown, DE: Sen. Tom Carper, D-Delaware, gave the opening statement at the Jan. 15 U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearing “One Year of Progress: An Update on Implementation of the Nuclear Energy Innovation and Modernization Act.”
“Mr. Chairman, thank you for convening this hearing today to discuss the implementation of the Nuclear Energy Innovation and Modernization Act, also known as NEIMA,” said Carper. “And thank you to our witnesses for their service at

Public panel on decommissioning, teardown of Indian Point in Buchanan

Public panel on decommissioning, teardown of Indian Point in Buchanan

Plan Revealed for $2.3B Cleanup of NY's Indian Point Nuclear Plant | 2020-01-15 | Engineering News-Record

Plan Revealed for $2.3B Cleanup of NY's Indian Point Nuclear Plant | 2020-01-15 | Engineering News-Record: Holtec International, a Florida-based  nuclear manufacturer and services firm, will decommission the three nuclear power units at the Indian Point Energy Center north of New York City in possibly as few as 12 years but no more than 15 years at a cost of $2.3 billion, the company said for the first time in a Dec. 19 filing to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Current plant owner Entergy Nuclear seeks to transfer the units’ operating license to Holtec by May 31, 2021, so the company . . .

Energy Consultant to Discuss Concerns About Pilgrim Decommissioning - CapeCod.com

Energy Consultant to Discuss Concerns About Pilgrim Decommissioning - CapeCod.com: PLYMOUTH – An energy consultant critical of the new owner of the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission will make a presentation Thursday night to the Massachuset…

Barrasso: Nuclear Power is Clean, Reliable & Carbon Free | SheridanMedia.com

Barrasso: Nuclear Power is Clean, Reliable & Carbon Free | SheridanMedia.com: U.S.