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Friday, September 3, 2010

Russia launches new UO2 powder production line

Russia launches new UO2 powder production line
02 September 2010
The Novosibirsk Chemical Concentrates Plant - part of Russia's TVEL - has commissioned a new production line for uranium dioxide powder. The new line uses a high-temperature 'dry' process, rather than 'wet' extraction technology currently used at the plant.
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Grand Gulf seeks to expand Facilty would be largest single-reactor plant in U.S.

Entergy eyes expansion of Miss. nuclear plant
Entergy is scheduled to submit a $510 million plan to expand the Grand Gulf nuclear facility in Mississippi to federal regulators this month. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission's clearance would allow the company to boost capacity from 1,265 to 1,443 megawatts, sufficient to produce power for an additional 53,000 homes, company officials said. "It's a big endeavor for the station, because safety is our number one priority," said Randy Douet, vice president of the plant. The Clarion-Ledger (Jackson, Miss.)
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USEC gets $75m investment from Toshiba, B&W

USEC receives first phase of investment for Ohio nuclear project
USEC has secured $75 million of a proposed $200 million investment in its uranium-enrichment project in Piketon, Ohio. The company earlier announced that the money would come from Babcock & Wilcox and Toshiba, and would be distributed in three phases. USEC will get the rest of the amount after it is awarded a loan guarantee by the Department of Energy and secures a $2 billion loan under an Energy Department program. R&D Daily/The Associated Press
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Nuclear project gets support from local Idaho chamber

Nuclear project gets support from local Idaho chamber
The Chamber of Commerce in Payette County, Idaho, backed Alternate Energy Holdings' proposal to construct a nuclear power plant in the county, saying it would generate thousands of jobs. "Nuclear power has proven itself as one of the safest, cleanest and most reliable sources of energy in the world," the chamber said. Boise Weekly (Idaho)
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Ohio site is ideal for potential nuclear project, Duke official says

Officials from Areva and Duke Energy touted the prospects of constructing a nuclear plant on property in Ohio owned by the Department of Energy. Wray Jordan of Duke said the site at a former gaseous diffusion facility was suitable. "This has been a nuclear site for many years, and it might be the best site in the world for this kind of project," he added. Chillicothe Gazette (Ohio)
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EPA to issue more rules in climate fight

(Reuters) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will roll out more regulations on greenhouse gases and other pollution to help fight climate change, but they will not be as strong as action by Congress, a senior administration official said.
The agency "has a huge role to play in continuing the work to move from where we are now to lower carbon emissions", said the official, who did not want to be identified as the EPA policies are still being formed.
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US NRC orders plan for reviewing safety of small modular reactors

NRC staff is told to finish small-reactor review plan in 6 months
The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission Wednesday ordered staff to complete within six months a plan for reviewing the safety of small modular reactors that will allow the agency to focus on areas of highest risk. In their order, commissioners directed staff to study "how to more fully integrate the use of risk insights into pre-application activities" in anticipation of SMR design certifications and licensing applications. With risk insights, companies and regulators can look for "areas where the largest safety risk resides" and channel resources toward areas of greatest risks, rather than imposing a blanket set of safety requirements on all designs, NRC spokesman Eliot Brenner said. "There might be benefit in terms of streamlining or speeding up the process of considering applications," he said. SMRs are defined as reactors with capacity under 300 MW by the International Atomic Energy Agency. Reactor vendors and the US Department of Energy are working on several SMR designs and the Pentagon is studying the feasibility of using SMRs to power military facilities. The NRC expects to receive the first SMR design certification application in 2012. 
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China, Russia agree to expand nuclear power cooperation

China, Russia broaden partnership on nuclear energy
China struck a deal with Russia to broaden cooperation in nuclear energy. The countries will work together in the construction of floating nuclear facilities, improving safety measures, drilling uranium mines and developing overseas markets, according to the China Atomic Energy Authority. Reuters
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The Nuclear Domino Myth Johan Bergenas

There is much talk about a nuclear domino effect in the Middle East, but where is the supporting evidence? Re

Thursday, September 2, 2010

China Confirms Plans For USD 175 Billion Nuclear Park

China Confirms Plans For USD 175 Billion Nuclear Park

31 Aug (NucNet): The county of Haiyan on the east coast of Zhejiang province in China has been chosen to host a nuclear energy industrial park to help with the country’s ambitious development of its nuclear power industry.
The conceptual design for the 130-square-kilometre Haiyan Nuclear City has been completed in Beijing. The city, which will cover about a quarter of the area of Haiyan County, will have four main areas: nuclear power equipment manufacturing; nuclear training and education; applied nuclear science industries (medical, agricultural, radiation detection and tracing); and promotion of the nuclear industry.

China is expected to invest roughly 175 billion US dollars (USD) (137 billion euro) over the next 10 years to develop the nuclear city. The project will benefit from tax incentives and subsidies from the local government.

The city offers logistics services to enterprises that set up there, with transportation, logistics distribution and delivery, and freight forwarding.

There are five reactor units already in commercial operation in Zhejiang province and six under construction Of those six, Qinshan 2-3 was connected to the grid on 1 August 2010 and is due to begin commercial operation early next year.

Earlier this year, the Zhejiang government and China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) signed a “strategic energy cooperation agreement,” which formally binds the two groups in developing the site. Last month, local and provincial officials approved the project and location, allowing preliminary engineering and construction work to begin.

Six CNNC businesses will be located at the Nuclear City: CNNC Nuclear Power Operations, CNNC Nuclear Power Technical Support & Services Co, CNNC Nuclear Power Commissioning Centre, CNNC Nuclear Power Training Centre, CNNC Nuclear Power Communication and Exhibition Centre, and CNNC Nuclear Power Stocks & Spare Parts Centre.

In addition, the headquarters of 18 leading Chinese nuclear equipment suppliers are based in Haiyan, which is about 100 kilometres southwest of Shanghai, as are branch offices of the major Chinese nuclear design institutes and construction companies.

The plan is for the project to attract other related nuclear businesses such as radiation technology services, nuclear material inspection and testing accreditation services.

Haiyan’s location along the Yangtze Delta serves as a strategic position to build a hub of nuclear reactors along the coastline, which is a part of China’s nuclear power construction plan.

China’s nuclear energy industry is the world’s fastest-growing, with 23 nuclear plants under construction.
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Chinese VVERs start using domestically made fuel

The first domestically produced VVER fuel assemblies have been loaded into the cores of the Russian-designed units 1 and 2 of the Tianwan nuclear power plant in Jiangsu province, China.

Tianwan (ASE)
Tianwan Phase I
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Russian nuclear fuel producer TVEL and Jiangsu Nuclear Power Corporation (JNPC) signed a contract in December 1997 for the supply of fuel for the initial core loading of Tianwan units 1 and 2, as well as three subsequent reloads for each unit. Since signing the contract, TVEL has produced 638 fuel assemblies for the two VVER-1000 pressurized water reactors (PWRs) at Tianwan. The last batch of fuel to be supplied under that contract was delivered in March.
Fuel for the Tianwan units will now be produced at China National Nuclear Corporation's (CNNC's) main PWR fuel fabrication plant at Yibin, Sichuan province, using technology transferred from TVEL under the fuel supply contract. To enable the manufacture of fuel for the fourth reloads of the units, TVEL signed a contract in 2009 with China Nuclear Energy Industry Corporation (CNEIC), an international trading company directly owned by CNNC and authorized to carry out import and export trade of uranium products, nuclear fuel cycle and nuclear power and technology equipment. It subsequently supplied CNNC with billets for use in producing fuel assemblies.
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UK partnership for major components Cammell Laird's construction hallA British shipbuilder aims to 'catapult' itself into the nuclear industry with a partnership to bid for module construction jobs.

UK partnership for major components
Cammell Laird's construction hallA British shipbuilder aims to 'catapult' itself into the nuclear industry with a partnership to bid for module construction jobs.

Cammell Laird boasts a large manufacturing base on the Mersey River near Liverpool where it primarily builds, repairs and refits ships. It can also undertake specialist electrical, thermal insulation and sheet metal work as well as heavy engineering. The firm is already involved in the UK's push for offshore wind power capacity and recently signed to partner with Nuvia for nuclear construction work.

"This is just the beginning of what we hope will be a relationship of towering achievement," said Cammell Laird chief executive John Syvret. "The nuclear sector, like the off shore renewables sector, presents huge growth potential for Cammell Laird."

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Recycling a viable option, US commission told - There could be "significant benefits" in the implementation of reprocessing and recycling technology under a new waste management strategy, industry executives have told the Blue Ribbon Commission on America's Nuclear Future.

oday, America is focused on a once-through strategy for managing used nuclear fuel, meaning that uranium-based fuel is used once and then sent for disposal. However, most of the energy potential of the fuel still remains after one cycle, and this material can be recycled.
Testifying to the commission's subcommittee on reactor and fuel cycle technology, Alan Hanson, vice president of technologies and used fuel management at Areva's US subsidiary, noted some of the major benefits of this technology including the ability to reuse material in used fuel which enhances the security of the fuel supply and conserves natural resources. Recycling also reduces by 75% the volume of high-level waste that must be sent to a repository and reduces the toxicity of this waste by a factor of 90%.

He said: "The once-through fuel cycle is not consistent with the resurgence of nuclear energy. More nuclear power means more used fuel." He added, "Our legacy policy was designed decades ago in a different context, where stable or declining outputs of used fuel were anticipated. Policy modernization in the US is crucial to restoring public confidence in nuclear energy and assuring US leadership in the successful global management of used fuel."

Chairman of GE-Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH) Jack Fuller told the commission: "The current approach of dealing with waste distorts the public view of nuclear power, dampens our economic decisions for new build, penalizes long-term planning, and throws away the decades-long research on innovative solutions." He said, "We have been tempted in the United States to believe that the back-end of the fuel cycle is too complex to solve. However, on a simple level, it is no more difficult than what we do at home - recycle and reuse waste."
Hanson hinted that the USA might regain a top position in the nuclear fuel cycle if it were to go back to reprocessing and recycling. "Through its deployments internationally, the recycling process invented in the US has benefited from decades of lessons-learned and continuous improvements in technology. A new recycling facility in the US would not simply replicate facilities from France, the UK or Japan, but rather would employ state-of-the-art technologies and processes."

Fuller noted, "GEH strongly believes that recycling is the best policy and technology option for the US to pursue." He added, "The question now is how to develop the policy framework so that this proven option can be brought to the marketplace."

He suggested that the funds needed to licence and demonstrate recycling technology could come from the Nuclear Waste Fund, which nuclear utilities have been contributing to. The fund was set up by Congress in 1982 to pay for the transportation and permanent disposal of commercial nuclear waste.

According to Hanson, the first step to US reprocessing could be the "deployment of current, state-of-the-art recycling technologies in an upgradeable pilot facility." This would "be the first step in an integrated strategy that supports our light water reactor fleet while retaining the flexibility to support continued research and development of advanced separations technology and advanced fuel cycles."

"If recycled, the 60,000 metric tons of US commercial used nuclear fuel represents the energy equivalent of eight years of nuclear fuel supply for today's entire US nuclear reactor fleet," said Hanson. The 104 large reactors in America provide about 20% of electricity.

In the commission's post-Yucca Mountain project context, Hanson noted, "High-level waste (HLW) volume reduction is a crucial benefit of recycling as it allows maximum use of a geologic repository, which is a rare and precious asset. When a HLW repository eventually opens in the US, one would want to make optimal use of every cubic unit of emplacement." He added, "Recycling can significantly delay and potentially eliminate any requirement for additional repositories."

With regards to proliferation risks, he said, "If diversion or theft of plutonium can be prevented by extensive national and international safeguards and physical protection, then there remains only one reason for the US to forego recycling and that is to avoid setting an example that might be followed by the rest of the world." He noted, "This is the ostensible reason why the US turned its back on recycling three decades ago. But that US policy did not prevent Britain, France, Japan or Russia from building domestic recycling facilities, nor will it prevent China or India from following suit."

"Now is the time to move forward decisively and to restore public credibility in used fuel management," Hanson told the commission.

The Blue Ribbon Commission on America's Nuclear Future was formed "to conduct a comprehensive review of policies for managing the back end of the nuclear fuel cycle and to provide recommendations for developing a safe, long-term solution to managing the Nation’s used nuclear fuel and nuclear waste."
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Building plants builds support in South Korea Support for the nuclear power industry is rising in South Korea following the country's successful bid to construct four APR1400 reactors in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The JoonAng Daily quotes a survey from the Korean Nuclear Energy Foundation, a research body of the Knowledge Economy Ministry, to report that 88.4% of a survey of 800 Koreans said that the development of the nuclear industry is necessary, while 61.1% are in favour of constructing more reactors in South Korea and 31.1% would not oppose a plant being built near where they live.

An earlier poll taken before the UAE deal showed that 84.6% of respondents thought that the nuclear energy industry is necessary, 54.6% were in favour of more reactors and 26.4% were accepting of plants in their neighbourhood.

The Korean Knowledge Economy Ministry commented: "The recent survey shows that exporting nuclear power plants is not only beneficial to the Korean economy, but it also raises the interest and trust of the Korean public in the overall nuclear industry."

"Korea's nuclear power export industry should be seen as a net growth engine and the government will continue to promote awareness among the public." 

Despite this, some public concerns obviously remain; the current survey also revealed that only 53.6% of respondents thought that radioactive materials were being safely stored.
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Further cooperation for China and Russia

Further cooperation for China and Russia
02 September 2010
Russian and Chinese officials, August 2010
Cooperation between China and Russia is to expand to cover floating nuclear power plants.

The news came in an announcement of the results of the annual meeting of the country's state nuclear companies. Head of Rosatom Sergei Kiriyenko travelled to Beijing for the meeting that he co-chaired with Chen Quifa, chair of the China Atomic Energy Authority.
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Poland revises 'unrealistic' nuclear launch date

Poland revises 'unrealistic' nuclear launch date
02 September 2010
Poland's plan to ready itself for the deployment of nuclear power plants have been put back by two years, with 2022 now the likely date for the start-up of its first reactor.

The new date comes from the government's recently drafted strategy of nuclear power development. The first plant is expected to become operational in 2022, and the second one possibly by 2030, commissioner for nuclear energy Hanna Trojanowska said at a recent press conference.

"The original plans to launch the first plant by 2020 were unrealistic, but the revised deadline of 2022 is much more likely to be met," says Andrzej Strupaczewski of the Institute of Atomic Energy PolAtom, a state-run research centre. "However, time is pressing, and the construction should begin in 2016 at latest."

Next in the government's agenda is the creation of a new atomic energy agency that would take over most tasks from the Ministry of Energy, presently charged with the nuclear portfolio. The new agency could be established in 2012.
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GE & Westinghouse to build first two N-plants for $10 bn

Report: U.S. companies to build nuclear plants in India

The construction of two reactors in India by General Electric and Westinghouse could cost $10 billion, according to unnamed sources. Agreements with the power companies were being finalized before President Barack Obama travels to India in November, the report added. The Financial Express (India)
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Yankee is more than a good deal

  • Opinion: Vermont Yankee has proven itself to be trustworthy

    Vermont Yankee represents to Vermonters "a good financial deal" in the form of affordable power, more than 1,000 employees and more than $15 million annually into government coffers, according to Guy Page, the communications director at the Vermont Energy Partnership. State and federal experts have consistently cited Vermont Yankee for safety, reliability and trustworthiness, he argues. Based on its environmental, economic and civic record, the nuclear plant deserves to operate for another two decades, Page writes. Rutland Herald (Vt.)
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Duke Energy may retire aging coal-fired facilities

Duke Energy may retire aging coal-fired facilities

Duke Energy may shut down seven coal-fired units in the Carolinas within five years as the federal government strengthens rules for coal ash and toxic mercury emissions. Closing down the facilities can be less expensive than installing pollution controls. The company will also proceed with building a nuclear plant in Gaffney, S.C., which is expected to come online in 2020. The Charlotte Observer (N.C.)
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The only surviving color photograph of the &qu...Image via WikipediaU.S. NUCLEAR STOCKPILE SECRECY:  A VIEW FROM 1949

The question of whether or not to disclose the number of nuclear weapons in the U.S. arsenal "goes to the very heart of our democratic system of government," said Senator Brien McMahon (D-CT) in a newly rediscovered 1949 speech
(pdf) on secrecy in nuclear weapons policy.

"Do we possess five bombs, or fifty bombs, or five hundred bombs?  Are we strong or weak in the field of atomic weapons?  Only the Atomic Energy Commissioners, high-ranking military men, and a few others know the correct answer to these vital questions," Sen. McMahon said.

Sen. McMahon
(1903-1952) was the principal author of the Atomic Energy Act of 1946, which established the Atomic Energy Commission and placed control of nuclear weapons in civilian hands.

"Though I have been a member of the Joint Congressional Committee on Atomic Energy since its inception, and though I have just been elected its chairman, I do not myself know how many bombs we possess or how rapidly we are making new ones," he said

"It is interesting to note that concealment of atomic production rates is secrecy of a scope which has never been attempted before during peacetime in the United States," Sen. McMahon said. He indicated that he had not reached a definite conclusion as to whether the size of the stockpile size should be made public.

The text of Senator McMahon's January 31, 1949 address
to the Economic Club of Detroit was entered into his rather voluminous FBI file, which was obtained by researcher Michael Ravnitzky.

Illustrating the often glacial pace of secrecy reform, it was not until May 3 of this year that the current size of the nuclear arsenal was officially revealed
for the first time.
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UN agency fails to stage nuke-free Mideast talks

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UN agency fails to stage nuke-free Mideast talks
Tensions between Israel, Islamic nations scuttle IAEA plans for talks on nuke-free Mideast
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Can CO2 Be Stored Safely Underground

Can CO2 Be Stored Safely Underground
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Wednesday, September 1, 2010

India prepares laser-based missiles

New Delhi (UPI) Aug 31, 2010 Bent on becoming a regional superpower, India is pursuing ways to develop laser-guided anti-ballistic missiles. Dubbed direct energy weapons and developed by the Defense Research and Development Organization, the new weapons are intended to kill incoming, hostile ballistic missiles "by bombarding them with subatomic particles or electromagnetic waves," the Defense News Web site reported.
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Ganji tops China listings By Sherman So

HONG KONG - Five years ago, hundreds of entrepreneurs in China were trying to imitate the hugely successful Craigslist classified site. Today, the sector has consolidated, and Ganji, founded in 2005 by Mark Yang, is emerging the winner with revenue it expects to double to US$20 million next year.

Yang, impressed by what he had seen was happening with Internet classified advertising while he was a student in the United States, decided to do the same when he returned to China in late 2004.

"I was at Yale studying computer science. And I am a Craigslist fans. So, I gathered some money from friends, about $100,000, and we started a classified website in China," he said
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Cracks in India's nuclear law By Indrajit Basu

Saudis Amass U.S. Weapons To Confront Iran -- Space War

Saudis Amass U.S. Weapons To Confront Iran -- Space War

A proposed $60 billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia, one of the largest-ever U.S. weapons sales, marks the consolidation of America as the kingdom's main arms supplier after years of strain following 9/11.

The deal, which includes Boeing F-15SA Strike Eagle fighters, also underlines Riyadh's determination to confront the threat it perceives from Iran, Saudi Arabia's rival for regional supremacy and leadership of the Muslim world.

The Pentagon advised the U.S. Congress of the proposed multi-layered deal, which is expected to win approval in September.

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"Let Them Eat Fish:" Reflections on Deceptive Advertising by Entergy and BP

"Let Them Eat Fish:" Reflections on Deceptive Advertising by Entergy and BP

The BP Disaster: Why Something Like It Could Never Happen at a Nuclear Facility

The BP Disaster: Why Something Like It Could Never Happen at a Nuclear Facility

Exelon to buy Deere’s wind power unit By Sheila McNulty in Houston

Exelon to buy Deere’s wind power unit

By Sheila McNulty in Houston
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National oil spill commission using nuclear power industry as model

Ex-Sen. Graham: Nuclear-industry example to be used for oil, gas
Former Sen. Bob Graham, co-chairman of the national oil-spill commission, said the oil and natural gas industry can look at how the nuclear industry reacted after the 1979 crisis at Three Mile Island. After the incident, the industry formed the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations, which was assigned the task of formulating safety standards for the industry. The lessons learned during that crisis "was very instructive for the deepwater-drilling industry," Graham said. The Times-Picayune (New Orleans)
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Nation's nuclear power plants prepare for cyberattacks By Martin Matishak, Global Security Newswire

Nuclear industry is better equipped for cyberattacks
The nuclear industry is more prepared to defend against cyberattacks when compared with other utilities, according to officials in government and industry. Doug Walters, vice president of regulatory affairs at the Nuclear Energy Institute, said no such attacks have occurred. NextGov.com/Global Security Newswire
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Nuclear Plant's Tear-Down Is Template

Handover of Exelon nuclear plant may become industry model
Exelon's planned handover of its idled Zion nuclear power plant to nuclear-waste-services firm EnergySolutions may become a template for the industry in decommissioning nuclear plants. Dealing with used nuclear facilities has been a challenge for the industry. "It's much harder to take these plants apart than put them together," said Val Christensen, president and CEO of EnergySolutions. The Wall Street Journal
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New nuclear technology 'could benefit developing countries' The world is on the brink of a nuclear power renaissance, say scientists. From SciDev.net, part of the Guardian Environment Network

Study: Developing countries could gain from nuclear innovations
Researchers at the Imperial College London and University of Cambridge believe that looming technological breakthroughs would accelerate the adoption of nuclear energy, especially in developing countries after 2030, according to a report in the Aug. 12 issue of Science. Among the technologies that are foreseen to improve safety, boost efficiency and lower costs for nuclear power are ship-based plants, modular reactors and so-called "fast reactors" that would extend the life of nuclear fuel. The Guardian (London)/SciDev.net
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Cape Wind - NIMBY - It’s not just an anti-nuclear power tactic anymore.

The latest judicial ruling on the Cape Wind saga, which, if upheld, would affect future nuclear development in Mass.
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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Nuclear industry takes new path for new plants By RAY HENRY (AP)

Analysis: Industry seeks new approach to buying nuclear plants

A standardized design approach for new nuclear reactors could help power companies get through the approval process, according to this analysis. Every existing U.S. commercial reactor is unique, and experts say this is the reason behind lags in construction and regulatory approvals. The situation has prompted industry officials to ask the government to choose several reactor designs for companies to select from. Google/The Associated Press
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On tap Monday III: GE Hitachi to press federal panel on nuke fuel recycling

GE Hitachi can safely reprocess nuclear waste, chairman says

Jack Fuller, chairman of GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy, told the Blue Ribbon Commission on America's Nuclear Future that technological advancements can help reprocess nuclear waste safely without the dangers of generating separated plutonium. The company is ready to unveil these technologies worldwide, but "as is often the case in the nuclear industry, government policy is the key to success," he said. The Hill/E2 Wire blog
 The U.S. doesn’t currently reprocess nuclear waste, but advocates say that emerging technologies can enable re-use without creating separated plutonium, a proliferation risk.

“GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy, a global alliance formed by GE and Hitachi, is prepared to offer these new technologies to customers around the world. However, as is often the case in the nuclear industry, government policy is the key to success,” he will tell the panel, according to a summary of his comments.

“In order to meet the demands of the predicted worldwide growth in the nuclear industry, we believe that the U.S. should adopt a national policy to recycle used nuclear fuel.” 

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FirstEnergy Seeks To Renew Davis-Besse Nuclear-Plant License

FirstEnergy files license-renewal bid for Ohio nuclear plant

FirstEnergy said it submitted a license-renewal application for its Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station in Ohio. The renewal would allow the company to operate the plant for two decades after its license expires in 2017. Davis-Besse began operating in 1977. The Wall Street Journal/Dow Jones Newswires
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Nuclear fuel reprocessing needs support, not subsidies: Areva exec

Loan guarantees are key to nuclear reprocessing, exec says

The push for advanced technology to reprocess used nuclear fuel needs a decisive U.S. policy that includes loan guarantees, said Alan Henson, Areva executive vice president of technologies and used-fuel management. His statement came in response to Marvin Resnikoff, senior associate of Radioactive Waste Management Associates, who told a subcommittee of the federal commission on nuclear waste that no company would develop reprocessing facilities unless it received federal supports. Platts
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Nuclear safety remains issue

Opinion: Public needs assurance that new nuclear plants are safe

The Tennessee Valley Authority is boosting nuclear-power production while shutting down some of its coal-fired facilities, signaling a new era, writes John Peck. Nuclear can be more economical when weighed against the costs of plants running on fossil fuels. But, the public needs to know the latest wave of reactors will be safe, he writes. The Huntsville Times (Ala.)
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Tenn. senator urges green groups to support nuclear power

Environmentalists oppose nuclear because of the effects of radiation over time, but they should give the power source another chance, said Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn. "Climate change may be an inconvenient problem. Nuclear power might be a big part of the inconvenient solution," he said during an event in Nashville, Tenn. WPLN-FM (Nashville, Tenn.)
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Iran says it will make fuel for research reactor

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  • Iran to produce 20% enriched uranium for research reactor

    Iran aims to produce 20% enriched uranium within one year to make fuel rods for a medical-research reactor in Tehran, despite international concerns about the extent of its nuclear-development plans. Iran is forced to enrich uranium using low-enriched feedstock for the research reactor after a plan to import nuclear fuel collapsed early this year, according to a newspaper report quoting Ali Akbar Salehi, Iran's vice president and head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran. Las Vegas Sun/The Associated Press
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