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Friday, December 16, 2016

Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists Nuclear Roundup December 16, 2016

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Nuclear Roundup
December 16, 2016
A compilation of quality nuclear policy news published on the Web, around the world.
Iran Nuclear Deal

U.N. nuclear watchdog chief to visit Iran on Sunday


Iran sanctions extended, but without Obama’s signature


United States

The Conservative Case for Nuclear Energy


Donald Trump’s energy program needs a middle ground — nuclear power


Trump, nuclear weapon realist, can correct Obama's idealistic blunders


Trump Should Change U.S. Policy On Nuclear Weapons


The Air Force Is Hopeful on Trump's Nuclear-Weapons Plan


Feds: No ‘show-stoppers’ found in nuke readiness review


$2.6B Contract Awarded for Sandia National Labs Management


Spent nuclear fuel dropped in Savannah River Site's L Basin



Russia to 'expand mobile nuclear missile patrols' near European borders to respond to Nato 'threats' in 2017


Assessing the ban treaty from Ukraine


Commentary: The future of nuclear security in Southeast Asia


China should seek nuclear stability, not disarmament utopia


First to use or not to use first: A curious case of Indian nuclear doctrine


The Indo-Japanese nuclear deal


UN: Threat of a hacking attack on nuclear plants is growing


Security Council underlines need to halt proliferation of weapons of mass destruction


General Interest

Reflections on the IAEA Nuclear Security Conference: More Participants, Less Focus


If nuclear war broke out where's the safest place on Earth?


Economist Found a Higher Calling: Saving the World From Nuclear War


Toward safer, long-life nuclear reactors—metal design could raise radiation resistance by 100 times


The Energy Collective Daily: A Rush to Subsidies as Power Plants in Europe Face Existential Threat

A Rush to Subsidies as Power Plants in Europe Face Existential Threat | The Energy Collective Daily

Link to The Energy Collective

DOE Approves Modified Contract and Baseline for Hanford Waste Treatment Plant

DOE Office of Environmental Management

EM News Flash | Dec. 16, 2016

DOE Approves Modified Contract and Baseline for Hanford Waste Treatment Plant 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and Bechtel National Inc. (BNI) have modified the contract and baseline for the Hanford Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant (WTP) project to support the Department’s approach to begin treating Hanford’s tank waste as soon as practicable. 
   The contract modification implements DOE’s Direct Feed Low Activity Waste (DFLAW) approach for the Hanford tank waste treatment mission. The DFLAW approach involves the WTP Low Activity Waste (LAW) Facility, Analytical Laboratory (LAB) and a set of 23 support facilities, collectively known as Balance of Facilities (BOF). Together, these three areas are commonly referred to as “LBL.” The contract modification aligns both the contractor responsibility and the project risks through the restructuring of incentives in order to deliver the best value for the Federal government and the taxpayer.
   “DOE is committed to addressing the environmental legacy of decades of nuclear weapons production activities at the Hanford Site in a safe and cost-effective manner. We are confident that the modified contract and baseline represents the most effective and expeditious path towards beginning tank waste treatment at Hanford as soon as practicable,” said Kevin Smith, Manager of the DOE Office of River Protection, which oversees the WTP Project.  
   The contract modification includes incentives for BNI to complete the LBL sections of the WTP by specific dates and for the contractor to share in cost savings for completing work early. It also includes sections to benefit the American taxpayer by reducing the fee for work that fails to meet the agreed upon schedule. 
   To date, BNI has made significant progress on the LBL sections of the WTP, with the LAB and BOF near completion and some support systems commencing activities for startup. In addition, nearly all major pieces of equipment have been installed in the LAW Facility.
   Along with the contract modification, DOE has revised the baseline for the LBL sections of the WTP project. The cost increase for the approved baseline change of the project is approximately $4.5 billion and results from multiple factors, including changes in quality standards, performance and construction challenges, and updated commissioning costs based on improved understanding of current industry best practices. As a result, the incremental total project cost for the entire WTP has increased to $16.8 billion. This revised baseline has been thoroughly reviewed by the Project Management Risk Committee and the revitalized Energy Systems Acquisition Advisory Board, reflecting the Department's recent project management improvements.
   To learn more about the WTP project, please visit the DOE Office of River Protection website. 

An Open Letter to Rick Perry, U.S. Energy Secretary Nominee

An Open Letter to Rick Perry, U.S. Energy Secretary Nominee


Draft Plan for a Defense Waste Repository - Released for Public Comment

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has developed a Draft Plan for a repository for disposal of high-level radioactive waste (HLW) resulting from DOE's atomic energy defense activities.  This defense waste repository (DWR) could be used to dispose of some or all of the spent nuclear fuel (SNF) and HLW resulting from DOE's atomic energy defense activities and/or research and development activities.  The DOE intends to use a consent-based process for siting the DWR and is preparing for that process by sharing the Draft Plan for public comment.

The Draft Plan is available at the following website - energy.gov/DWR.  You are invited to submit your comments by e-mail to DWR@hq.doe.gov.

Thank you!

Andrew R. Griffith
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Spent Fuel and Waste Disposition
Office of Nuclear Energy
Department of Energy

TRC’s Top 12 Predictions for the Energy Industry in 2017

TRC’s Top 12 Predictions for the Energy Industry in 2017

$subtitles.get($x) Top 12 predictions for the energy, utility, and oil and gas sectors for 2017, including robust funding for utility mergers and acquisitions and infrastructure upgrades as well as big shifts in power plant and pipeline construction focus. … Continue Reading http://www.pennenergy.com/articles/pennenergy/2016/12/trc-s-top-12-predictions-for-the-energy-industry-in-2017.html?cmpid=enl_PennEnergy_PennEnergyWeeklyPowerUpdates_2016-12-16&email_address=micheletkearney@gmail.com&eid=288118515&bid=1616884

New Plan Needed For San Onofre Nuclear Plant Decommissioning

New Plan Needed For San Onofre Nuclear Plant Decommissioning

Utility commission orders redo for $10.4 billion closure and cleanup plan


Uranium Resources signs binding amendment for sale of New Mexico assets


UN: Threat of a hacking attack on nuclear plants is growing




Experts urge more studies on the opening of Bataan nuclear plant

Experts urge more studies on the opening of Bataan nuclear plant


The Conservative Case for Nuclear Energy

The Conservative Case for Nuclear Energy

Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/443120/conservative-case-nuclear-energy


Commentary: The future of nuclear security in Southeast Asia

Commentary: The future of nuclear security in Southeast Asia

In her winning entry for the International Atomic Energy Agency's essay competition, Singapore student Noor Azura Zuhairah binte Abdul Aziz discusses regional nuclear security problems stemming from terrorism, maritime piracy and insufficient border controls.


Russia, Japan to Cooperate in Closed Nuclear Fuel Cycle Technologies - Rosatom

Russia, Japan to Cooperate in Closed Nuclear Fuel Cycle Technologies - Rosatom

Read more: https://sputniknews.com/world/201612161048633440-nuclea-fuel-cycle-russia/


Wylfa Newydd: UK government holds talks in Japan

Wylfa Newydd: UK government holds talks in Japan


Global Steam Generators for Nuclear Power Market: New Research Report 2021!!!

Global Steam Generators for Nuclear Power Market: New Research Report 2021!!!


New Mexico finds no 'red flags' in nuclear dump inspection

New Mexico finds no 'red flags' in nuclear dump inspection


Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists Friday, December 16, 2016

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Friday, December 16, 2016

Siegfried S. Hecker
For two decades, Russian and American nuclear scientists cooperated to successfully avoid catastrophe. Can they do it again?
Seth Baum
Will the president-elect increase dangers to human civilization?
Laura Kahn
President-elect Trump has the opportunity to make his country safer against biological threats—if he focuses on these five things.

Joelien Pretorius, Polina Sinovets,
Mustafa Kibaroglu
Over the objections of most nuclear-armed nations, a UN committee on disarmament and security resoundingly approved a resolution in October that would mandate negotiations toward a treaty outlawing nuclear weapons. Will the pace of disarmament quicken if a new treaty is negotiated that bans nuclear weapons outright? A new debate opens.

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Robert Alvarez
It appears that the Trump transition team has no clue about how all the elements of the Energy Department fit together.
Payam Mohseni

The election of Donald Trump only reinforces the hardline rhetoric and stance of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and the Iran Revolutionary Guard Corps, who were critical of the nuclear agreement.
Lawrence Krauss, Chair of the Bulletin's Board of Sponsors, has been on fire the last few weeks, even more than usual. Krauss has been published in The New Yorker as well as the New York Times, writing about signs from the Trump transition team and various nominations that bode ill for US science and energy policy.
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