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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

The Energy Collective Daily: DOE Research, Development, and Demonstration Funding: Keep on Growin'

DoE Research, Development, and Demonstration Funding: Keep on Growin’ | The Energy Collective Daily

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State Backing Means China Can Absorb Risks Of New Nuclear, Says Report

State Backing Means China Can Absorb Risks Of New Nuclear, Says Report

What went wrong with US plutonium disposition | Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

What went wrong with US plutonium disposition | Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists: During the Cold War, the United States and the Soviet Union manufactured enormous quantities of plutonium for use in nuclear weapons. When that era ended, the United States and the newly formed Russian Federation began to reduce their nuclear arsenals. Both nations possessed large stockpiles of plutonium—a problem that posed both a sustained threat to the environment and a

Nuclear News Roundup Apr 23, 2018 | Nucleotidings

Nuclear News Roundup Apr 23, 2018 | Nucleotidings

Nuclear Weapons 337 - The U.S. Is Obligated To Dispose Of Thirty Four Metric Tons Of Excess Plutonium - Part 2 of 2 Parts | Nucleotidings

Nuclear Weapons 337 - The U.S. Is Obligated To Dispose Of Thirty Four Metric Tons Of Excess Plutonium - Part 2 of 2 Parts | Nucleotidings

Problems with Dry Storage of Spent Nuclear Fuel | Mining Awareness +

Problems with Dry Storage of Spent Nuclear Fuel | Mining Awareness +: Reblogged on WordPress.com

Should nuclear waste be dumped here? Sound off on Yucca Mountain - Las Vegas Sun Newspaper

Should nuclear waste be dumped here? Sound off on Yucca Mountain - Las Vegas Sun Newspaper: Few ideas are so bad that they can legitimately be labeled as potentially catastrophic, but that term fits the proposed Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository like a brightly glowing glove. So Friday, when a legislative panel conducts a public hearing on the ...

Government Pressure Could Cancel CEFC-Rosneft Deal | OilPrice.com

Government Pressure Could Cancel CEFC-Rosneft Deal | OilPrice.com

IAEA Concludes Long-Term Operational Safety Review at South Ukraine Nuclear Power Plant

IAEA Concludes Long-Term Operational Safety Review at South Ukraine Nuclear Power Plant

18/2018
Yuzhnoukrainsk Ukraine
An International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) team of experts has completed a review of long-term operational safety of Unit 3 at the South Ukraine Nuclear Power Plant.
The Pre-SALTO (Safety Aspects of Long Term Operation) peer review mission was requested by Ukraine’s Ministry of Energy and Coal Industry. The 11-member team, whose review began on 17 April and ended on 25 April, focused on aspects essential to the safe Long-Term Operation (LTO) of Unit 3, a 950 MW pressurized water reactor (VVER V-320) that began commercial operation in 1989 with a design life of 30 years. The operator of the plant, which has three reactors, is preparing to extend the operating lifetime of Unit 3 to 40 years. The Ukrainian Regulatory Authority requires a Periodic Safety Review to be performed every 10 years.
The SALTO team reviewed the plant’s organization and programmes related to LTO, including human resources and knowledge management. SALTO reviews are based on IAEA safety standards.
The team observed that the plant has made progress in the field of ageing management and initiated many activities to prepare for safe LTO. The team said plant management demonstrated a commitment to further improving preparedness for LTO, and is already addressing several topics as recommended by IAEA safety standards. The team found plant staff to be professional, open and receptive to suggestions for improvement.
The team—comprising nine experts from Argentina, Bulgaria, China, the Czech Republic, India, Sweden and the United Kingdom as well as two IAEA staff members—identified several good practices and performances that will be shared with the nuclear industry globally, including:
  • The plant has developed a catalogue of operational defects in heat exchanging tubes in the steam generators of VVER reactors.
  • The plant has monitored safety indicators, including ageing-related failures, since the start of plant operation.
  • The plant has developed and implemented a comprehensive surveillance programme for irradiation embrittlement in the reactor pressure vessel.
The team provided several recommendations for enhancing LTO safety, including:
  • The plant should complete the LTO implementation programme.
  • The plant should complete the list of structures, systems and components included in the LTO scope, and properly document the scope setting process.
  • The plant should adequately preserve equipment qualification status.
The plant management said it was committed to implementing the recommendations and requested that the IAEA schedule a SALTO mission in late 2019.
The team provided a draft report to the plant management. The plant and the Ukrainian regulatory authority will have an opportunity to make factual comments on the draft. A final report will be submitted to the plant, the Ukrainian Regulatory Authority and the Government within three months.
Background
General information about SALTO missions can be found on the IAEA Website. A SALTO peer review is a comprehensive safety review addressing strategy and key elements for the safe long term operation of nuclear power plants. They complement OSART missions, which are designed as a review of programmes and activities essential to operational safety. Neither SALTO nor OSART reviews are regulatory inspections, nor are they design reviews or substitutes for an exhaustive assessment of a plant's overall safety status.
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TASS: Russian Politics & Diplomacy - Russia to return to plutonium disposition agreement with US when relations normalize

TASS: Russian Politics & Diplomacy - Russia to return to plutonium disposition agreement with US when relations normalize

Russia, China call on UN nuclear forum to save Iran deal - Channel NewsAsia

Russia, China call on UN nuclear forum to save Iran deal - Channel NewsAsia: Russia on Tuesday urged a United Nations nuclear disarmament forum to show its support for the "fragile" Iran nuclear accord by signing onto a statement, co-written by China, backing the deal.

'Mars settlement could use mini-nuclear reactor and dust-proof solar' - Energy Live News - Energy Made Easy

'Mars settlement could use mini-nuclear reactor and dust-proof solar' - Energy Live News - Energy Made Easy: CEO of Mars One Bas Lansdorp said energy infrastructure on Mars must be relatively light, long-lasting and powerful

Westinghouse CEO opens up about collapse of 2000s 'nuclear renaissance' - The Mainichi

Westinghouse CEO opens up about collapse of 2000s 'nuclear renaissance' - The Mainichi: WASHINGTON -- The CEO of the U.S. nuclear power firm Westinghouse Electric Co. -- which used to be under the Toshiba Corp. umbrella and which filed fo

Leaking radioactive landfill dump needs attention, court told | The State

Leaking radioactive landfill dump needs attention, court told | The State: Leaking nuclear waste is the subject of a looming Supreme Court decision in South Carolina.

WESTINGHOUSE AP1000 PLANT TO LOAD FUEL

WESTINGHOUSE AP1000 PLANT TO LOAD FUEL: Landmark milestone for Westinghouse technology

China fast-tracks nuclear energy industry - Global Times

China fast-tracks nuclear energy industry - Global Times

Macron: Europe must prioritise emission reductions

Macron: Europe must prioritise emission reductions: The European Union must ensure it retains sovereignty over energy and climate, French President Emmanuel Macron told the European Parliament last week. Reducing emissions must remain a priority for Europe, and replacing phased-out nuclear plants with coal would not achieve this, he warned.

As state help fades for 2 nuclear plants, will Trump attempt rescue? | Local News | lancasteronline.com

As state help fades for 2 nuclear plants, will Trump attempt rescue? | Local News | lancasteronline.com: With two nuclear plants in Pennsylvania now inching closer to the point of no return, it appears there is little political will for a financial life preserver on the legislative

WIPP official defends plant safety plans | Albuquerque Journal

WIPP official defends plant safety plans | Albuquerque Journal: ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Facility is receiving waste from location where drum ruptured

Maintaining Reactor Vessels in Nuclear Power Plants

Maintaining Reactor Vessels in Nuclear Power Plants: In nuclear power plants, regular maintenance of reactor vessels is indispensable as these components serve to both feed and protect the reactor core.

NUCLEAR: NRC faces fast-track decision on experimental reactor fuels -- Tuesday, April 24, 2018 -- www.eenews.net

NUCLEAR: NRC faces fast-track decision on experimental reactor fuels -- Tuesday, April 24, 2018 -- www.eenews.net: The search for new nuclear reactor fuel assemblies able to delay core meltdowns and potential hydrogen explosions during extreme accidents — a quest triggered by the 2011 Fukushima nuclear plant disaster — is coming to a head at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

BUSINESS: 100% renewables — gimmick or game changer? -- Friday, April 20, 2018 -- www.eenews.net

BUSINESS: 100% renewables — gimmick or game changer? -- Friday, April 20, 2018 -- www.eenews.net: Are company claims about 100 percent renewables wrong?

The Breakthrough Institute - Is Apple Powered by 100% Renewable Energy? Well, No.

The Breakthrough Institute - Is Apple Powered by 100% Renewable Energy? Well, No.

The Breakthrough Institute - How Not to Save Nuclear

The Breakthrough Institute - How Not to Save Nuclear

The Breakthrough Institute - Saudi Arabia May Not Buy What White House is Selling

The Breakthrough Institute - Saudi Arabia May Not Buy What White House is Selling

Georgia Power Clip Touts Milestones And Lower Rate Impact - News - Nuclear Power News - Nuclear Street - Nuclear Power Plant News, Jobs, and Careers

Georgia Power Clip Touts Milestones And Lower Rate Impact - News - Nuclear Power News

Olkiluoto Unit 3 On Track For Fuel Loading - News - Nuclear Power News - Nuclear Street - Nuclear Power Plant News, Jobs, and Careers

Olkiluoto Unit 3 On Track For Fuel Loading - News - Nuclear Power News - Nuclear Street

AP1000 Fuel Loading Begins At Sanmen NPP - News - Nuclear Power News - Nuclear Street - Nuclear Power Plant News, Jobs, and Careers

AP1000 Fuel Loading Begins At Sanmen NPP - 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.

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Iran's Bushehr I changes to TVS-2M fuel

Iran's Bushehr I changes to TVS-2M fuel: The Atomic Energy Organisation of Iran and Nuclear Power Production and Development Company of Iran have signed an additional agreement to the current commercial contract for nuclear fuel supply to the Bushehr I nuclear power plant. According to the new document, Russian nuclear fuel manufacturer JSC TVEL will replace the UTVS fuel assemblies it has supplied to the VVER-1000 reactor with its more advanced TVS-2M fuel design.

Fuel loading under way at Chinese AP1000

Fuel loading under way at Chinese AP1000

With Nuclear power project, Nigeria leads future the world may depend on - Vanguard

With Nuclear power project, Nigeria leads future the world may depend on - Vanguard: Nigeria is today, regarded as the biggest economy in Africa. However, its power sector is performing far below the level of an economy of this magnitude. Over half of the population has no access to grid-connected electricity and those who are connected to the grid suffer extensive power outages.The post 'With Nuclear power project, Nigeria leads future the world may depend on' appeared first on Vanguard News.

Tehran nuclear deal ‘needs to be preserved’ – EU’s Mogherini — RT Newsline

Tehran nuclear deal ‘needs to be preserved’ – EU’s Mogherini — RT Newsline

Nuclear Reactor Coolant Pumps Market to Expand at a CAGR of 15.3% by 2024 – Express Press Release Distribution

Nuclear Reactor Coolant Pumps Market to Expand at a CAGR of 15.3% by 2024 – Express Press Release Distribution: New York, USA, 2018-Apr-25 — /EPR Network/ —   According to Goldstein Research, many countries are planning to develop nuclear energy power plant

Iranian president rejects U.S., French calls to modify nuclear deal - UPI.com

Iranian president rejects U.S., French calls to modify nuclear deal - UPI.com: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani slammed President Donald Trump Wednesday, saying the United States can't make every decision for the Middle East.

A North Korean nuclear test site is reportedly unusable due to a recent collapse

A North Korean nuclear test site is reportedly unusable due to a recent collapse: Official site of The Week Magazine, offering commentary and analysis of the day's breaking news and current events as well as arts, entertainment, people and gossip, and political cartoons.

Iranian President Rouhani incensed by 'tradesman' Trump's plans for new nuclear deal - ShareCast News - London South East

Iranian President Rouhani incensed by 'tradesman' Trump's plans for new nuclear deal - ShareCast News - London South East

N.Korea nuclear test site part-collapsed: Chinese experts | theindependentbd.com

N.Korea nuclear test site part-collapsed: Chinese experts | theindependentbd.com: North Korea's underground nuclear test site has partially collapsed following a massive bomb blast last year, making it unusable, Chinese seismologists have concluded.  The North's leader Kim Jong Un declared last week that his regime would halt nuclear and long-range missile…

Russia, U.S. Have Not Violated Plutonium Disposal Agreement, State Dept. Says - ExchangeMonitor | Page 1

Russia, U.S. Have Not Violated Plutonium Disposal Agreement, State Dept. Says - ExchangeMonitor | Page 1: ExchangeMonitor covers nuclear weapons, waste management, nuclear cleanup, international intelligence as well as carbon capture and storage.

Itochu : Japanese Itochu pulls out of nuclear plant project in Turkey | 4-Traders

Itochu : Japanese Itochu pulls out of nuclear plant project in Turkey | 4-Traders

Sen. Markey calls on nuclear regulators to protect plants against rising seas - The Boston Globe

Sen. Markey calls on nuclear regulators to protect plants against rising seas - The Boston Globe: In a letter sent Monday to the commission’s chairman, Markey expressed “serious concerns” about how Pilgrim plans to store spent fuel.

PressTV-‘US policies jeopardize global nuclear disarmament’

PressTV-‘US policies jeopardize global nuclear disarmament’: Iran says US policies endanger efforts to achieve global nuclear disarmament.

Doomsday AI 'could cause a nuclear war by 2040' - Cambridge News

Doomsday AI 'could cause a nuclear war by 2040' - Cambridge News: Scientists warn that there may be no way humanity can stop it

DHS: 'Russian Government Actors' Targeting U.S. Nuclear Cyber Sphere

DHS: 'Russian Government Actors' Targeting U.S. Nuclear Cyber Sphere: Cyber-criminals are actively targeting the U.S. government and private businesses, a top Department of Homeland Security official told lawmakers.

SNL: FirstEnergy Solutions formally notifies NRC of 3 nuclear retirements | SNL

SNL: FirstEnergy Solutions formally notifies NRC of 3 nuclear retirements | SNL

SNL: Financial Focus: Is the Palo Verde nuclear plant uneconomic? | SNL

SNL: Financial Focus: Is the Palo Verde nuclear plant uneconomic? | SNL

Daniel Ellsberg, Noam Chomsky share Tucson stage in nuclear war talk | Local news | tucson.com

Daniel Ellsberg, Noam Chomsky share Tucson stage in nuclear war talk | Local news | tucson.com: The whistleblower who released the secret Pentagon Papers to the media and the founder of modern linguistics shared their concerns about the possibility of a nuclear war.

Putin's Nuclear "Doomsday Machine" Could Trigger 300-Foot Tsunamis - And That's Not Even The Worst Part | IFLScience

Putin's Nuclear "Doomsday Machine" Could Trigger 300-Foot Tsunamis - And That's Not Even The Worst Part | IFLScience: Russian President Vladimir Putin recently said Russia was developing a nuclear-powered torpedo that could detonate a 'massive' nuclear weapon.
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It is a ‘mistake’ to quit nuclear deal, British envoy says - Tehran Times

It is a ‘mistake’ to quit nuclear deal, British envoy says - Tehran Times: TEHRAN – The British ambassador to Tehran says his country is doing everything possible to prevent the collapse of the nuclear deal, stressing that the U.S. and Iran would be “making a mistake” if they pull out of the international agreement.

Update on the decommissioning of Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant - VTDigger

Update on the decommissioning of Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant - VTDigger

North Korea nuclear test site partially collapsed after massive blast: Chinese experts - Times of India

North Korea nuclear test site partially collapsed after massive blast: Chinese experts - Times of India: Rest of World News: North Korea's underground nuclear test site has partially collapsed following a massive bomb blast last year, making it unusable, Chinese seismologist

FirstEnergy Solutions File Nuclear Closure Notices with NRC - Power Engineering

FirstEnergy Solutions File Nuclear Closure Notices with NRC - Power Engineering

Exclusive Interview: General Eli Ben Meir: Meet the Man Who Took Out a Syrian Nuclear Reactor | The Jewish Press - JewishPress.com | David Israel | 11 Iyyar 5778 – April 25, 2018 | JewishPress.com

Exclusive Interview: General Eli Ben Meir: Meet the Man Who Took Out a Syrian Nuclear Reactor | The Jewish Press - JewishPress.com | David Israel | 11 Iyyar 5778 – April 25, 2018 | JewishPress.com: General Eli Ben Meir was the intelligence officer who, in 2006, overcame resistance from both Israeli and Bush administration intelligence officials, to advocate for the bombing of a Syrian nuclear facility developed by North Korean scientists.

AI Could Force Us Into Nuclear War By 2040 - But Not In The Way You Think | IFLScience

AI Could Force Us Into Nuclear War By 2040 - But Not In The Way You Think | IFLScience: A report suggests that, as well as being a potentially stabilizing or non-existent influence, AI could make nuclear war more likely in the near future, but

AI Could Dramatically Increase Risk of Nuclear War by 2040, Says New Report | Gizmodo UK

AI Could Dramatically Increase Risk of Nuclear War by 2040, Says New Report | Gizmodo UK: There’s a “significant potential” for artificial intelligence to undermine the foundations of nuclear security.

Russia nuclear ‘doomsday torpedo’ will swamp cities in 300ft radioactive tsunamis

Russia nuclear ‘doomsday torpedo’ will swamp cities in 300ft radioactive tsunamis: Russia is building a terrifying ‘doomsday torpedo’ which could swamp coastal areas in a radioactive tsunami up to 300 feet high. The ‘Status-6’...

Could the US win World War III without using nuclear weapons?

Could the US win World War III without using nuclear weapons?: AS the US, Russia and China test each other’s patience and strategic focus, speculation about the chances of a world war has hit a new high. But many of the people seriously engaged in this weighty discussion often get it wrong.

Nuclear energy isn't 'clean' - Winnipeg Free Press

Nuclear energy isn't 'clean' - Winnipeg Free Press: Canada’s energy plan is dreadfully tainted by the stain of oil and the contamination of nuclear power.
Our beleaguered minster of natural resources, who is responsible for this vague and vacillating vision, is trying to persuade the public that he advocates a clean and green energy future for Canada.

AI gone MAD: New report says technology threatens nuclear deterrence


AI gone MAD: New report says technology threatens nuclear deterrence


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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

The “Race” to Resolve the Boiling Water Reactor Safety Limit Problem - Union of Concerned Scientists

The “Race” to Resolve the Boiling Water Reactor Safety Limit Problem - Union of Concerned Scientists: General Electric (GE) informed the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) in March 2005 that its computer analyses of a depressurization event for boiling water reactors (BWRs) non-conservatively assumed the transient would be terminated by the automatic trips of the main turbine and reactor on high wa

The Faulty and Dangerous Logic of Missile Defense - Scientific American Blog Network

The Faulty and Dangerous Logic of Missile Defense - Scientific American Blog Network

4 Red States Get Over 30 Percent of Power From Wind | RealClearEnergy

4 Red States Get Over 30 Percent of Power From Wind | RealClearEnergy: 4 Red States Get Over 30 Percent of Power From Wind | RealClearEnergy

Wind, Solar Provide 98 Percent of New US Generating Capacity in Jan/Feb - Renewable Energy World

Wind, Solar Provide 98 Percent of New US Generating Capacity in Jan/Feb - Renewable Energy World

Bruce Power signs advanced manufacturing contracts

Bruce Power signs advanced manufacturing contracts: Bruce Power has signed CAD914 million (USD712 million) in advanced manufacturing contracts for its major component replacement (MCR) that starts in 2020 and will allow the site to provide low-cost, carbon-free electricity to Ontario to 2064. Announcing the deals yesterday, Bruce Power said its Life-Extension Programme - which includes the MCRs on units 3-8 - remains on time and on budget.

What Is A ‘Fair’ Price For Oil?

What Is A ‘Fair’ Price For Oil?

After a Natural Disaster, Nuclear Technology Helps with Recovery

After a Natural Disaster, Nuclear Technology Helps with Recovery

A nurse uses new portable X-ray equipment at a health centre in Quito, Ecuador, after the earthquake. (Photo: M. Melo)
Following recent devastating natural disasters in Ecuador, Nepal, Peru and — just last year — the Caribbean and Mexico, the IAEA was quick to provide medical and other forms of assistance using nuclear technology to help countries maintain essential services in the aftermath. From mobile X-ray units and Zika-detection kits to non-destructive testing (NDT) for infrastructure, the support helped these countries’ road to recovery.
“When you go through an earthquake, all your basic, strategic infrastructure is affected: your electricity, your water, your health services,” said Rodrigo Salas Ponce, Under-Secretary of Control, Research and Nuclear Applications at Ecuador’s Ministry of Electricity and Renewable Energy. “The IAEA’s response to our call came at that critical moment — when we needed it the most.”
Whilst critical public civil infrastructure remained standing after the earthquake, we could not have known if there were hidden flaws that could pose a risk without NDT.
Mani Ram Gelal, Deputy Director General, Dept. of Urban Development/Building Construction, Ministry of Urban Development, Nepal
In April 2016, a 7.8-magnitude earthquake hit Ecuador’s Pacific coast, rupturing buildings, rendering roads impassable and causing flooding and mudslides. More than 600 lives were lost, and over 28 000 people hospitalized. In addition to other public infrastructure damaged by the earthquake, around ten hospitals and a hundred clinics — whose role in emergency response is pivotal — became inoperable.
Responding to the Government’s request for emergency assistance, the IAEA immediately sent X-ray equipment to the affected areas. Through its technical cooperation programme and with the support of the Peaceful Uses Initiative (PUI), the IAEA provided mobile digital X-ray systems, including their complementary power generators and personal detectors. The portable X-ray units allowed medical staff to diagnose around 10 000 patients.
“Basic health care often requires diagnostic imaging with X-rays, particularly in the aftermath of an accident,” said Enrique Estrada, a nuclear medicine physician at the IAEA. “And if you have a mobile, portable X-ray unit, even better, because it allows doctors to go to remote places, all the way to the patient’s bed, and see what’s going on inside their body. This is crucial in a situation like an earthquake, where many are affected by collisions and cannot move.”
The IAEA also delivered detectors to test for Zika in response to a small outbreak of Aedes Aegypti mosquitoes — the vectors that carry the virus — that the earthquake caused in Guayaquil, on the country’s southwestern coast. “When your water pipes and sewage systems are damaged, mosquitoes that live in them escape, so you have a higher risk of disease,” Estrada said.
With the donated equipment, which uses nuclear-derived technology, medical staff detected over 200 Zika cases, in addition to over 60 dengue cases and almost 15 of chikungunya, all viruses transmitted by this type of mosquito.
Assistance to Peru and the Caribbean
The same type of assistance has been delivered to Peru, the north of which was largely affected by floods and landslides caused by a rise in sea levels in 2017. Up to 22 deaths were reported, alongside a rise in viruses transmitted by the Aedes Aegypti mosquito, in particular dengue.
Similarly, the IAEA is providing hurricane-hit Dominica, Antigua and Barbuda, and Barbados with portable X-ray units to cover basic medical needs after hospitals on these islands were destroyed by the Irma and Maria hurricanes in September 2017.
“We are helping with what falls under our area of expertise: basic diagnostics through nuclear imaging,” Estrada said.
Finding the tiniest crack: using non-destructive testing to test infrastructure
After an earthquake, even the tiniest crack inside a building can become dangerous— it can also reveal to an expert if that building is safe to live in, can be repaired or needs to be demolished. To find this crack, experts rely on non-destructive testing.
These inspection techniques are extremely handy when evaluating the physical integrity of buildings, bridges and other free-standing structures. They are non-invasive — that is, they can literally look through materials without altering them and find cracks, buried objects or leakages. The methods include applying nuclear techniques such as radiography using X-rays, visual inspection, and ultrasonic and magnetic testing.
“These techniques provide professionals with key information to evaluate the structural safety of a building, so that they can, if necessary, initiate repair,” said Sebastián Lápida, a civil engineer at the IAEA. Lápida and his peers travelled to Mexico after the September 2017 earthquake, in which hundreds of buildings had collapsed, killing around 300 people. They trained and helped national experts evaluate the integrity of critical buildings.
NDT also helped Ecuadorian authorities test the safety of the country’s most damaged buildings after the 2016 earthquake. Today, experts are building the first regional NDT centre in Quito, the capital, to provide expertise for the entire Latin America.
The first time the IAEA offered NDT to help a country recover from a natural disaster was when it supported Nepalese authorities after a 7.8-magnitude earthquake hit the country in April 2015, killing nearly 9000 people and injuring almost 20 000. Five hundred buildings collapsed, with almost 300 000 suffering partial damage.
Immediately after the earthquake, an IAEA-led team of experts went to the mountainous country to help the locals evaluate their key infrastructure such as hospitals and bridges using NDT. The local experts used the results to take key decisions — which buildings to knock down; which to repair.
“Whilst critical public civil infrastructure remained standing after the earthquake, we could not have known if there were hidden flaws that could pose a risk without NDT,” said Mani Ram Gelal, Deputy Director General at the Department of Urban Development and Building Construction in the Ministry of Urban Development. “For a country like us, located in between two tectonic plates, there is always a high risk of an earthquake and, in addition, we are a hotspot for other natural disasters.”
Besides providing equipment in health care and NDT for critical infrastructure, the IAEA has also helped strengthen regional capacity in Latin America and Asia to respond to natural disasters.
In 2017 the IAEA, through a project funded under the PUI, organized training courses in Japan to bolster NDT capabilities for Member States in Asia. A similar project is under way in Latin America.
This article was featured in the IAEA Bulletin, March 2018.

The Breakthrough Institute - It’s the Institutions, Stupid

The Breakthrough Institute - It’s the Institutions, Stupid

Macron: Europe must prioritise emission reductions

Macron: Europe must prioritise emission reductions: The European Union must ensure it retains sovereignty over energy and climate, French President Emmanuel Macron told the European Parliament last week. Reducing emissions must remain a priority for Europe, and replacing phased-out nuclear plants with coal would not achieve this, he warned.

Brent Breaches $75 As Iranian Sanctions Loom | OilPrice.com

Brent Breaches $75 As Iranian Sanctions Loom | OilPrice.com

Beacon Journal/Ohio.com editorial board: When nuclear power plants close

Beacon Journal/Ohio.com editorial board: When nuclear power plants close: Two analysts at the Brattle Group have reinforced the argument for keeping open the Davis-Besse and Perry nuclear power plants. They include in their assessment, released last week, the Beaver Valley nuclear plant, also owned by FirstEnergy, and the Three Mile Island plant, owned by Exelon. These four plants in Ohio and Pennsylvania, slated to shut down, generate 39 million megawatt hours of zero-carbon electricity each year. So closing the plants means the loss of a massive amount of clean energy, just as the country, and the rest of the planet, should be thinking about how to maximize energy sources that do not emit the greenhouse gases fueling climate change. The analysts performed their assessment for Nuclear Matters, an advocacy group for nuclear power. That may persuade some people to turn away. Actually, there’s nothing tricky here. The numbers are the numbers. Nuclear power plants have suffered financially because of an abundance of cheap natural gas. It follows that once…

Study of volcanic ash at Hanford nuclear reservation vitrification plant nearly done | Tri-City Herald

Study of volcanic ash at Hanford nuclear reservation vitrification plant nearly done | Tri-City Herald

Auditors warned S.C. utilities were 'inexperienced,' 'reluctant to act' before nuclear failure | Business | postandcourier.com

Auditors warned S.C. utilities were 'inexperienced,' 'reluctant to act' before nuclear failure | Business | postandcourier.com

Trump's revenge: U.S. oil floods Europe, hurting OPEC and Russia

Trump's revenge: U.S. oil floods Europe, hurting OPEC and Russia: As OPEC's efforts to balance the oil market bear fruit, U.S. producers are reaping the benefits - and flooding Europe with a record amount of crude.

Severe U.S. Budget Cuts Threaten Energy Innovation Programs, New Report Shows | YubaNet

Severe U.S. Budget Cuts Threaten Energy Innovation Programs, New Report Shows | YubaNet

Exclusive Interview: Russian Retaliation and Uranium

Exclusive Interview: Russian Retaliation and Uranium

FirstEnergy announces agreement with key creditors in FirstEnergy Solutions bankruptcy filing, reports ‘strong’ first-quarter earnings

FirstEnergy announces agreement with key creditors in FirstEnergy Solutions bankruptcy filing, reports ‘strong’ first-quarter earnings: FirstEnergy Corp. Monday announced what it’s calling a significant step toward its subsidiary, FirstEnergy Solutions, emerging from its bankruptcy filing. The Akron-based utility said it had reached an agreement in principle with two groups of key creditors in the Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings of FirstEnergy Solutions (FES), its related entities and FirstEnergy Nuclear Operating Co. The agreement is a proposed settlement of all potential claims among the groups. “Collectively, the creditors in this agreement represent a majority of the outstanding unsecured and secured debt obligations of FES and its related entities, including the majority of Bruce Mansfield certificate holders,” the company said in a statement. In an earnings conference call with analysts, FirstEnergy President and Chief Executive Officer Charles E. Jones said, “This agreement is a significant step toward FES ultimately emerging from bankruptcy and would settle a key issue in the FES bankruptcy, so that the creditors may focus their efforts on a restructuring plan.” FirstEnergy Solutions filed for…

If Solar And Wind Are So Cheap, Why Are They Making Electricity So Expensive?

If Solar And Wind Are So Cheap, Why Are They Making Electricity So Expensive?

TABLE-Japan nuclear reactor operations: Kyushu shuts Sendai No.2

TABLE-Japan nuclear reactor operations: Kyushu shuts Sendai No.2: Japan's Kyushu Electric Power Co said it shut the No.2 reactor at the Sendai nuclearplant on Monday for planned maintenance. The reactor is scheduled to restart and resume powergeneration in late August, a company spokesman said. Many of Japan's reactors are still going through arelicensing process following the 2011 Fukushima disaster, theworld's worst since Chernobyl in 1986, which highlightedregulatory and operational failings at nuclear utilities. The restart process has been protracted as all of thecountry's reactors were eventually idled. Between September 2013and August 2015 Japan had no nuclear plants in operation. Japan's nine regional power utilities and a wholesaler,Japan Atomic Power Co, have 40 nuclear reactors for commercialuse, with a total generating capacity of 39.132 gigawatts. After the shutdown of the Sendai No.2 unit, four reactorsare online, with a combined capacity of 4.10 gigawatts, or 10.5percent of the country's total nuclear capacity, according toReuters calculations. The following table shows the status of Japan's nuclearpower plants. Company Plant Unit MW Status Hokkaido Tomari 1

Energy Voice | Fresh cracks found in Hunterston B nuclear reactor - News for the Oil and Gas Sector

Energy Voice | Fresh cracks found in Hunterston B nuclear reactor - News for the Oil and Gas Sector: New cracks have been discovered in the Hunterston B nuclear reactor in North Ayrshire raising concerns that it may not be safe to restart. The cracks in the ageing reactor, due to be restarted a month behind schedule on the 1 May 2018, has critics to calling for its permanent shutdown. Recent checks on the …

U.N., EU, Russia back Iran nuclear deal as Trump meets Macron

U.N., EU, Russia back Iran nuclear deal as Trump meets Macron: U.S. allies and rivals spoke out in support of the Iran nuclear deal on Monday, bolstering French President Emmanuel Macron's pitch to U.S. President Donald Trump that there was no "Plan B" for keeping a lid on Tehran's atomic ambitions.

US regulator considers value of resiliency

US regulator considers value of resiliency: The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) told congressional lawmakers last week its commissioners are investigating ways for electricity markets to value reliability, while distancing themselves from immediate reform. The Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) says the discussion follows the "concrete action taken by several states, most recently New Jersey, to properly compensate nuclear power's zero-carbon attributes".

Quality issue detected with Flamanville EPR welds

Quality issue detected with Flamanville EPR welds: Quality deviations have been detected on certain welds of the main secondary system in the EPR reactor under construction at Flamanville, northern France, EDF announced today. The utility has informed the French regulator of the discovery, but has yet to determine whether the unit's start-up, expected at the end of this year, will be delayed.

Report highlights impact of US nuclear plant closures

Report highlights impact of US nuclear plant closures: The announced closure of four nuclear power plants in Ohio and Pennsylvania will lead to increased emissions of carbon dioxide and air pollutants, according to a report released by the Brattle Group. The retirement of the Beaver Valley, Davis-Besse, Perry and Three Mile Island plants will also mean higher electricity costs for residents, and the loss of thousands of jobs.

Fuel loading under way at Chinese EPR

Fuel loading under way at Chinese EPR: China General Nuclear (CGN) has begun loading fuel into the core of unit 1 of the Taishan nuclear power plant in China's Guangdong province following the issuance of a permit from the regulator. The unit is later this year scheduled to become the first EPR reactor to enter operation.

Nuclear growth at 25-year high

Nuclear growth at 25-year high: Nuclear growth is at a 25-year high driven by the need for clean and reliable electricity, World Nuclear Association Director General Agneta Rising told the World Nuclear Fuel Cycle conference last week. While market problems persist in the USA, China's rate of nuclear approvals is picking up, other keynote speakers said.

United Arab Emirates Says Its First Nuclear Reactor Complete - UrduPoint

United Arab Emirates Says Its First Nuclear Reactor Complete - UrduPoint: The United Arab Emirates said Monday that one of four nuclear reactors at its debut plant has been completed as it moves closer to becoming the first Arab nation to produce atomic power.

2017 Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons | International Committee of the Red Cross

2017 Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons | International Committee of the Red Cross: The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) is the first globally applicable multilateral agreement to comprehensively prohibit nuclear weapons. It is also the first to include provisions to help address the humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapon use and testing. The Treaty complements existing international agreements on nuclear weapons, in particular the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty and agreements establishing nuclear-weapon-free zones.

What was the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, did radiation cause animal mutations and is it safe to go there now?

What was the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, did radiation cause animal mutations and is it safe to go there now?

Russia's ROSATOM: 'Nuclear power is a vital element of a low carbon mix' - Energy Live News - Energy Made Easy

Russia's ROSATOM: 'Nuclear power is a vital element of a low carbon mix' - Energy Live News - Energy Made Easy: Andrey Rozhdestvin, CEO of ROSATOM France, said it can help support decarbonisation goals and international climate obligations

What was the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, did radiation cause animal mutations and is it safe to go there now?

What was the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, did radiation cause animal mutations and is it safe to go there now?

Indian Air Force tests capability to handle nuclear warfare during mega drill

Indian Air Force tests capability to handle nuclear warfare during mega drill

State Backing Means China Can Absorb Risks Of New Nuclear, Says Report

State Backing Means China Can Absorb Risks Of New Nuclear, Says Report

Nuclear Winter in The Deal

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UK's Trident nuclear submarines 'vulnerable to catastrophic hack' | British American Security Information Council

UK's Trident nuclear submarines 'vulnerable to catastrophic hack' | British American Security Information Council: In June 2017, the Guardian pubished an article exploring some of the key themes of BASIC's cyber security report, Hacking UK Trident. It acknowledged some of Tridents' cyber vulnerabilities, as identified in the report and gauged the reaction of Des Browne, the former UK defence secretary:

Oakville nuclear manufacturer gets $144 million contract from Bruce Power | InsideHalton.com

Oakville nuclear manufacturer gets $144 million contract from Bruce Power | InsideHalton.com: OAKVILLE- Oakville’s Laker Energy Products has received a $144 million contract from Bruce Power for its Major Component Replacement (MCR) project.

Maintaining Reactor Vessels in Nuclear Power Plants

Maintaining Reactor Vessels in Nuclear Power Plants: In nuclear power plants, regular maintenance of reactor vessels is indispensable as these components serve to both feed and protect the reactor core.

Nuclear Attack Prank Panics Winnipeg | HEDGE accordingly ║ Where Business & Politics Meet

Nuclear Attack Prank Panics Winnipeg | HEDGE accordingly ║ Where Business & Politics Meet

Russia's ROSATOM: 'Nuclear power is a vital element of a low carbon mix' - Energy Live News - Energy Made Easy

Russia's ROSATOM: 'Nuclear power is a vital element of a low carbon mix' - Energy Live News - Energy Made Easy: Andrey Rozhdestvin, CEO of ROSATOM France, said it can help support decarbonisation goals and international climate obligations

Doomsday AI will cause nuclear war by 2040 that could destroy humanity | Daily Mail Online

Doomsday AI will cause nuclear war by 2040 that could destroy humanity | Daily Mail Online: The claims were made by the Rand Corporation, a non-profit based in Santa Monica, California, that offers research and analysis to the United States armed forces on global policy issues.

Egypt, Russia to Finalize Preparations for Dabaa Nuclear Plant | Asharq AL-awsat

Egypt, Russia to Finalize Preparations for Dabaa Nuclear Plant | Asharq AL-awsat: Middle-East Arab News and Opinion - Asharq Al-Awsat is the world’s premier pan-Arab daily newspaper, printed simultaneously each day on four continents in 14 cities

Rouhani warns Trump to remain in nuclear deal or ‘face severe consequences’: state TV

Rouhani warns Trump to remain in nuclear deal or ‘face severe consequences’: state TV: PRESIDENT Hassan Rouhani of Iran warned U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday to remain in the nuclear deal Tehran signed with world powers in 2015, or face “severe consequences

Rouhani vows to keep market stable if US kills nuclear deal - Mehr News Agency

Rouhani vows to keep market stable if US kills nuclear deal - Mehr News Agency: TEHRAN, Apr. 24 (MNA) – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani promised the nation on Tue. that his administration has plans to keep the market stable should US President Trump decide to withdraw from the nuclear deal and reimpose sanctions.

Fake Nuclear Attack Warning Sparks Panic in Canadian City Winnipeg


Fake Nuclear Attack Warning Sparks Panic in Canadian City Winnipeg


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Experts say nuclear power plant closings will harm environment - Pittsburgh Business Times

Experts say nuclear power plant closings will harm environment - Pittsburgh Business Times: It comes as a new report by The Brattle Group estimates that the potential retirements of Beaver Valley in Shippingport and three other nuclear power plants will be a blow to the region's clean-energy efforts.

US, EU States Agree on Conditions to Preserve Iranian Nuclear Deal - Reports - Sputnik International

US, EU States Agree on Conditions to Preserve Iranian Nuclear Deal - Reports - Sputnik International

US, Russian nuclear shift as dangerous as NKorean threat - newsR

US, Russian nuclear shift as dangerous as NKorean threat - newsR: Geneva (AFP) April 19, 2018 A recent shift in nuclear weapons policies in the United States and Russia, involving upgrades, modernisation and growing arsenals is as dangerous as North Korea's nuclear threat, campaigners warned Thursday. Beatrice Fihn, who.. • Science • newsR: Monday, 23 April 2018

Diplomat reflects on world's first nuclear free zone treaty 50 years later - The Mainichi

Diplomat reflects on world's first nuclear free zone treaty 50 years later - The Mainichi: MEXICO CITY -- Fifty years ago, the first step toward the abolition of nuclear weapons was negotiated and signed here, creating a nuclear weapon free

Top UN official warns of rise in threats of nuclear weapons being used, Europe News & Top Stories - The Straits Times

Top UN official warns of rise in threats of nuclear weapons being used, Europe News & Top Stories - The Straits Times

China Touts Fusion Progress As New Details On Lockheed Martin's Reactor Emerge - The Drive

China Touts Fusion Progress As New Details On Lockheed Martin's Reactor Emerge - The Drive: Chinese state researchers and the multi-national corporation are both aiming to be first to develop practical fusion power sometime in the 2020s.

GE Hitachi touts development of smaller, cheaper nuclear reactor - General Electric Company (NYSE:GE) | Seeking Alpha

GE Hitachi touts development of smaller, cheaper nuclear reactor - General Electric Company (NYSE:GE) | Seeking Alpha: GE Hitachi (GE) must innovate to remain viable as the economics of nuclear power plants often wrap the construction of new facilities in red tape, a top of

US regulator considers value of resiliency

US regulator considers value of resiliency: The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) told congressional lawmakers last week its commissioners are investigating ways for electricity markets to value reliability, while distancing themselves from immediate reform. The Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) says the discussion follows the "concrete action taken by several states, most recently New Jersey, to properly compensate nuclear power's zero-carbon attributes".

Sub-Saharan Africa and nuclear energy

Sub-Saharan Africa and nuclear energy: WNN, World Nuclear News, nuclear power and nuclear energy news. Uranium mining, enrichment, nuclear electricity generation, nuclear fuel management, recycling and disposal, climate change, sustainable development, World Nuclear Association (WNA).

U.S. Coal Exports Increased by 61% in 2017 as Exports to Asia More Than Doubled

U.S. Coal Exports Increased by 61% in 2017 as Exports to Asia More Than Doubled

German Electricity Market in 2017: Records for Battery Storage and Redispatch

German Electricity Market in 2017: Records for Battery Storage and Redispatch

The Secret of the Great American Fracking Bubble

The Secret of the Great American Fracking Bubble

Nuclear Power: NY nuclear plant resumes service after scheduled outage

Nuclear Power: NY nuclear plant resumes service after scheduled outage

The Scramble to Salvage the Iran Nuclear Deal | The New Yorker

The Scramble to Salvage the Iran Nuclear Deal | The New Yorker

The rise of renewables casts doubt on Europe’s nuclear future

The rise of renewables casts doubt on Europe’s nuclear future: France’s EDF is rethinking where it fits in the new energy economy

Nuclear growth at 25-year high

Nuclear growth at 25-year high: Nuclear growth is at a 25-year high driven by the need for clean and reliable electricity, World Nuclear Association Director General Agneta Rising told the World Nuclear Fuel Cycle conference last week. While market problems persist in the USA, China's rate of nuclear approvals is picking up, other keynote speakers said.

Egypt’s $60 Billion Bet on Nuclear Energy

Egypt’s $60 Billion Bet on Nuclear Energy

Beacon Journal/Ohio.com editorial board: When nuclear power plants close

Beacon Journal/Ohio.com editorial board: When nuclear power plants close: Two analysts at the Brattle Group have reinforced the argument for keeping open the Davis-Besse and Perry nuclear power plants. They include in their assessment, released last week, the Beaver Valley nuclear plant, also owned by FirstEnergy, and the Three Mile Island plant, owned by Exelon. These four plants in Ohio and Pennsylvania, slated to shut down, generate 39 million megawatt hours of zero-carbon electricity each year. So closing the plants means the loss of a massive amount of clean energy, just as the country, and the rest of the planet, should be thinking about how to maximize energy sources that do not emit the greenhouse gases fueling climate change. The analysts performed their assessment for Nuclear Matters, an advocacy group for nuclear power. That may persuade some people to turn away. Actually, there’s nothing tricky here. The numbers are the numbers. Nuclear power plants have suffered financially because of an abundance of cheap natural gas. It follows that once…

'Nuclear Power: Waste Disposal and Accidents' topic of April 24 Shoreline CC program - My Edmonds News

'Nuclear Power: Waste Disposal and Accidents' topic of April 24 Shoreline CC program - My Edmonds News: The Global Affairs Center at Shoreline Community College, directed by Edmonds resident Larry Fuell, will present a program, “Nuclear Power: Waste Disposal and Accidents,” from 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 24 at Shoreline CC’s Building 9000, Room 9208. The speakers will be Dr. James Conca, senior scientist, UFA Ventures, Inc, and Reid Tanaka, senior consultant, Areion …

Shutting down nuclear plants would erase decades of clean energy progress, report warns | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Shutting down nuclear plants would erase decades of clean energy progress, report warns | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Global Nuclear Power Market to witness a CAGR of 8.9% during 2018-2024

Global Nuclear Power Market to witness a CAGR of 8.9% during 2018-2024

Mock attack drill at Indian Point will include simulated gunfire

Mock attack drill at Indian Point will include simulated gunfire

Indian Point Unit 2 Returns to Service after Final Refueling, Maintenance Outage - Hudson Valley News Network

Indian Point Unit 2 Returns to Service after Final Refueling, Maintenance Outage - Hudson Valley News Network: Entergy’s Indian Point Unit 2 nuclear power plant returned to service on Saturday following its twenty-third successful and final refueling and maintenance outage.

Enfission to Present Regulatory Approval Plan to the U.S. NRC in 2018, Company Announces at World Nuclear Fuel Cycle Conference Nasdaq:LTBR

Enfission to Present Regulatory Approval Plan to the U.S. NRC in 2018, Company Announces at World Nuclear Fuel Cycle Conference Nasdaq:LTBR: Innovative nuclear fuel provides economic, safety and non-proliferation benefits, says Enfission executive

America's Unsustainable Empire | Patrick J. Buchanan - Official Website

America's Unsustainable Empire | Patrick J. Buchanan - Official Website: By Patrick J. Buchanan

Before President Trump trashes the Iran nuclear deal, he might consider: If he could negotiate an identical deal with Kim Jong Un, it would astonish the world and win him the Nobel Peace Prize.

For Iran has no nuclear bomb or ICBM and has never tested either. It has never enriched uranium to bomb grade. It has shipped 98 percent of its uranium out of the country. It has cameras inside and inspectors crawling all over its nuclear facilities.

And North Korea? It has atom bombs and has tested an H-bomb.Read more on Buchanan.Org...

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