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Saturday, December 23, 2017

How Will Fossil Fuels Fare In 2040? | OilPrice.com

How Will Fossil Fuels Fare In 2040? | OilPrice.com: Fossil fuels remain the dominant source for global economic prosperity, but what role will it play by 2040?

Are Higher Uranium Prices Around The Corner? | OilPrice.com

Are Higher Uranium Prices Around The Corner? | OilPrice.com: The world’s largest uranium producer is set to cut production significantly, which could send prices soaring

Airport, nuclear power, taxes: 3 big stories this week

Airport, nuclear power, taxes: 3 big stories this week: The US nuclear power industry got a boost this week when state authorities in Georgia gave the go-ahead to complete construction on two new reactors.

Ukraine to get loan from U.S. for nuclear waste storage facility - Xinhua | English.news.cn

Ukraine to get loan from U.S. for nuclear waste storage facility - Xinhua | English.news.cn: The US nuclear power industry got a boost this week when state authorities in Georgia gave the go-ahead to complete construction on two new reactors.

For ailing US nuclear power industry, new plants a shot in the arm, Energy News, ET EnergyWorld

For ailing US nuclear power industry, new plants a shot in the arm, Energy News, ET EnergyWorld: The US nuclear power industry got a boost this week when state authorities in Georgia gave the go-ahead to complete construction on two new reactors.

Bangladesh Turns to Nuclear Power

Bangladesh Turns to Nuclear Power: The Georgia Public Service Commission should be credited for taking the long view Thursday and voting unanimously to allow Georgia Power Co. and its partners to continue two controversial nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle.

Editorial: PSC looks to the future with Plant Vogtle vote | SavannahNow

Editorial: PSC looks to the future with Plant Vogtle vote | SavannahNow: The Georgia Public Service Commission should be credited for taking the long view Thursday and voting unanimously to allow Georgia Power Co. and its partners to continue two controversial nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle.

The world’s first nuclear fusion plant is now halfway to ‘First Plasma’

The world’s first nuclear fusion plant is now halfway to ‘First Plasma’

Azarga Uranium Closes First Tranche of Private Placement

Azarga Uranium Closes First Tranche of Private Placement

Congress facing host of issues when lawmakers return in January – Las Vegas Review-Journal

Congress facing host of issues when lawmakers return in January – Las Vegas Review-Journal: Lawmakers dashed out of town Friday for the holidays, but they face mounting financial issues, a budget showdown, an immigration bill and measures to shore up public health care exchanges when Congress returns in early January.

Major concrete placement completed for Vogtle Unit 4

Major concrete placement completed for Vogtle Unit 4: ATLANTA, Dec. 22, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Major concrete placement completed for Vogtle Unit 4. 21-hour continuous placement inside nuclear island precedes...

Cook Unit 2 to begin a new 20-year license period | Local News | heraldpalladium.com

Cook Unit 2 to begin a new 20-year license period | Local News | heraldpalladium.com: BRIDGMAN — Cook Nuclear Plant Unit 2 began operating beyond its initial 40-year license period at 12:01 a.m. this morning.

How Trump's New Tax Overhaul Impacts US Energy Industry




US President Donald Trump proved loyal to himself and his electorate base in his new tax legislation. As he is adamant to turn the United States into the world's number one oil producer, Trump's bill is strongly in favor of fossil oil.

Kirkuk's Oil: Iran Gets Its Share of War Spoils

 Kirkuk's Oil: Iran Gets Its Share of War Spoils


On December 9, Tehran hosted the ceremony of signing a deal with Baghdad to swap 30,000 to 60,000 barrels of oil. The agreement signed on Friday by the two OPEC countries provides for Iran to deliver to Iraq's southern ports, on the Gulf, "oil of the same characteristics and in ...Read More
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End of a dream as the nuclear power industry dies


End of a dream as the nuclear power industry dies

Summary: After decades of promises about its potential, the window of opportunity is closing for nuclear power. Hated by the Left despite its carbon-free generation of electricity, their opposition plus decades of utilities’ screw-ups have weakened it. New energy tech — renewables and fracking — appear to be finishing it off.

https://fabiusmaximus.com/2017/12/23/the-end-of-the-nuclear-power-industry/

Friday, December 22, 2017

Did the Republican tax reform bill add the last straw that halts large nuclear plant construction in U.S.? - Atomic Insights

Did the Republican tax reform bill add the last straw that halts large nuclear plant construction in U.S.? - Atomic Insights: Early this morning, Senate Republicans passed a tax reform package. Despite passing generous, deficit-increasing legislation that includes many provisions

An environmentalist view of nuclear

An environmentalist view of nuclear: An anti-nuclear activist in the 1970s was afraid of tyranny. An anti-nuclear activist now is afraid of radiation. But tyranny didn't happen and the effects of radiation are misunderstood. The threat of climate change IS real and, to fight it, we need nuclear power, writes Scott L. Montgomery.

British universities to set up nuclear robotics centre

British universities to set up nuclear robotics centre: The Centre for Advanced Robotics at the Queen Mary University of London was recently awarded a GBP1.0 million ($1.3 million) grant to help establish a centre of excellence for nuclear robotics in the UK. The focus of the centre will be to develop technology for aiding radioactive waste management.

The Republican Tax Bill Will Devastate Science - Scientific American Blog Network

The Republican Tax Bill Will Devastate Science - Scientific American Blog Network: By adding at least $1.5 trillion to the debt, we are hamstringing our ability to invest in the programs, researchers, and ideas to keep our country innovative and competitive

The Energy Collective Daily: Trump's "America First" Energy Policy Puts China Ahead in Energy

Trump’s “America First” Energy Policy Puts China Ahead in Energy | The Energy Collective Daily

Link to The Energy Collective

Marine Power (Wave and Tidal) Sales Market Professional Research Report 2017 To 2022

Marine Power (Wave and Tidal) Sales Market Professional Research Report 2017 To 2022: Inquire for Marine Power (Wave and Tidal) Sales Market Competitive Analysis, Trends and Forecast till 2022, with free sample copy of the report.

Saudi-U.S. Nuclear Talks To Start In Weeks | OilPrice.com

Saudi-U.S. Nuclear Talks To Start In Weeks | OilPrice.com: Saudi Arabia will initiate talks with the U.S. administration about the participation of U.S. nuclear energy companies in the Kingdom’s first nuclear energy project

Kansai Electric decides to scrap two Oi reactors over safety concerns | The Japan Times

Kansai Electric decides to scrap two Oi reactors over safety concerns | The Japan Times: Kansai Electric Power Co. formally notified the Fukui Prefectural Government on Friday that it will decommission the Oi No. 1 and No. 2 reactors. The utili

Kansai Electric to scrap two reactors in latest blow for Japan's nuclear sector

Kansai Electric to scrap two reactors in latest blow for Japan's nuclear sector: Kansai Electric Power Co said on Friday it will decommission two 38-year-old reactors at its Ohi nuclear plant as Japan's electricity industry struggles to cope with new safety standards imposed after the 2011 Fukushima disaster.

How did the Fukushima nuclear power plant accident impact thyroid cancer risk?

How did the Fukushima nuclear power plant accident impact thyroid cancer risk?: New lessons are being learned about risk assessment and predicting the extent of thyroid cancer occurrence following radiation exposure due to a nuclear power plant accident such as the one in March 2011 in Fukushima Prefecture ...

NJ Considers $240M PSE&G Subsidy That Would Increase Rates | West Deptford, NJ Patch

NJ Considers $240M PSE&G Subsidy That Would Increase Rates | West Deptford, NJ Patch: Watch Out: Your NJ Electric Bill Could Be Going Up - West Deptford, NJ - The state Legislature is pushing through a plan to rescue financially stressed nuclear power plants in New Jersey.

Georgia regulators say dramatically over-budget nuclear plant can move forward | Ars Technica

Georgia regulators say dramatically over-budget nuclear plant can move forward | Ars Technica: After Summer plant discontinuation, the future of nuclear was in question.

U.S. nuclear plant goes forward as Westinghouse wades into the Middle East | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

U.S. nuclear plant goes forward as Westinghouse wades into the Middle East | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Since early December, Justice prosecutors have been asking FBI agents who investigated the case about their findings, as well as any attempt...

FBI agents who probed Uranium One deal now under Justice Department scrutiny

FBI agents who probed Uranium One deal now under Justice Department scrutiny: Since early December, Justice prosecutors have been asking FBI agents who investigated the case about their findings, as well as any attempt...

Uranium One: AG Sessions Orders DOJ To Put FBI’s Evidence Under The Microscope - Matt Vespa

Uranium One: AG Sessions Orders DOJ To Put FBI’s Evidence Under The Microscope - Matt Vespa: Oh.....12/22/2017 19:32:59PM EST.

DOJ prosecutors asking FBI agents to explain Uranium One evidence: report | TheHill

DOJ prosecutors asking FBI agents to explain Uranium One evidence: report | TheHill

DOJ Prosecutors Looking into Controversial Obama-era Uranium One Deal | The Epoch Times

DOJ Prosecutors Looking into Controversial Obama-era Uranium One Deal | The Epoch Times

NRC launches Special Inspection of Clinton nuclear plant following transformer failure - Daily Energy Insider

NRC launches Special Inspection of Clinton nuclear plant following transformer failure - Daily Energy Insider

Work halted at Hanford after radiation is found to have spread | The Seattle Times

Work halted at Hanford after radiation is found to have spread | The Seattle Times: The Justice Department’s scrutiny of an Obama-era deal that gave Russia partial control of the U.S. uranium supply has opened the door to the possibility of a new investigation – egged on by the White House.

DOJ scrutiny opens door to new Uranium One investigation | Fox News

DOJ scrutiny opens door to new Uranium One investigation | Fox News: The Justice Department’s scrutiny of an Obama-era deal that gave Russia partial control of the U.S. uranium supply has opened the door to the possibility of a new investigation – egged on by the White House.

Georgia Public Service Commission Unanimously Approves Continued Construction of Plant Vogtle - LCG Consulting :: EnergyOnline

Georgia Public Service Commission Unanimously Approves Continued Construction of Plant Vogtle - LCG Consulting :: EnergyOnline: LCG, December 21, 2017--The Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) today unanimously approved Southern Company subsidiary Georgia Power's recommendation t...

Betraying Ratepayers and Clean Energy Future, Georgia Panel Approves Vogtle Nuclear Reactors | Common Dreams

Betraying Ratepayers and Clean Energy Future, Georgia Panel Approves Vogtle Nuclear Reactors | Common Dreams: "The commission has failed Georgia's hard-working families and businesses today by choosing to be lapdogs for Georgia Power instead of watchdogs for the people of Georgia."

US nuclear regulator downplays safety warnings - The Mainichi

US nuclear regulator downplays safety warnings - The Mainichi: (AP) -- The federal agency responsible for safety at the nation's 61 nuclear power plants routinely downplays warnings from plant workers and its own experts about problems, including some with potential for disaster, a Better Government Association investigation found.

Security Council Tightens Economic Vise on North Korea, Blocking Fuel, Ships and Workers


Security Council Tightens Economic Vise on North Korea, Blocking Fuel, Ships and Workers


https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/22/world/asia/north-korea-security-council-nuclear-missile-sanctions.html

A review of Russiagate, its propaganda and hysteria

A review of Russiagate, its propaganda and hysteria: Summary: Cold War II steadily gains momentum, despite having almost no basis in reality. Here we review a few of the many articles debunking this propaganda campaign. Let's hope Americans begin to pay attention. A people so disconnected from reality, so credulous, cannot hope to remain a Republic. "There’s really no question about Trump/Putin collusion,…

Nuclear Townhall » Blog Archive » Chuck Eaton and Tim Echols, Georgia Public Service Commissioners: Pressing Forward with Nuclear Energy & Plant Vogtle

Nuclear Townhall » Blog Archive » Chuck Eaton and Tim Echols, Georgia Public Service Commissioners: Pressing Forward with Nuclear Energy & Plant Vogtle

Japan company to close 2 large ageing nuclear reactors, East Asia News & Top Stories - The Straits Times

Japan company to close 2 large ageing nuclear reactors, East Asia News & Top Stories - The Straits Times: TOKYO (AFP) - A Japanese company said on Friday (Dec 22) it would decommission two ageing nuclear reactors due to difficulty in ensuring safety, as the public remains wary about atomic energy after the 2011 Fukushima disaster.. Read more at straitstimes.com.

Nuclear Betrayal in the UK

Nuclear Betrayal in the UK: It seems like a long time ago now: the Conservative party’s catastrophic 2017 election manifesto. Yes, the one that promised a new care home tax on the eld

The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons Is Honored With a Nobel Peace Prize | The Nation

The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons Is Honored With a Nobel Peace Prize | The Nation: It has been just 10 years since ICAN first launched its astonishing campaign to ban nuclear weapons.

Vladimir Putin accuses United States of violating Cold War-era nuclear arms pact - National | Globalnews.ca

Vladimir Putin accuses United States of violating Cold War-era nuclear arms pact - National | Globalnews.ca

Nuclear Powered Naval Vessels Market Size, Share, Research Analysis And Forecast To 2022: Hexa Reports – ABNewswire – Press Release Distribution Service – Paid Press Release Distribution Newswire

Nuclear Powered Naval Vessels Market Size, Share, Research Analysis And Forecast To 2022: Hexa Reports – ABNewswire – Press Release Distribution Service – Paid Press Release Distribution Newswire

Toshiba's 43ft-long telescopic camera 'snake' that could help find more melted fuel in the tsunami-ravaged Fukushima...

Toshiba's 43ft-long telescopic camera 'snake' that could help find more melted fuel in the tsunami-ravaged Fukushima...: Toshiba has unveiled a long telescopic pipe carrying a pan-tilt camera designed for an internal probe of one of damaged reactor chambers at Japan's...

DOJ scrutiny opens door to new Uranium One investigation | Fox News

DOJ scrutiny opens door to new Uranium One investigation | Fox News: Saudi Arabia should not forfeit its 'sovereign' right to enrich uranium under its planned civilian nuclear programme, Saudi Arabia's influential prince Turki al-Faisal told Reuters.

Riyadh has 'sovereign right' to enrich uranium, says Saudi prince

Riyadh has 'sovereign right' to enrich uranium, says Saudi prince: Saudi Arabia should not forfeit its 'sovereign' right to enrich uranium under its planned civilian nuclear programme, Saudi Arabia's influential prince Turki al-Faisal told Reuters.

Wylfa's radioactive nuclear fuel removal should be complete by 2019 after reaching halfway stage - Daily Post

Wylfa's radioactive nuclear fuel removal should be complete by 2019 after reaching halfway stage - Daily Post: The focus at the Anglesey site has been emptying the two reactors

Helicopter monitors radiation in Hong Kong nuclear incident exercise - RH - Rotorhub - Shephard Media

Helicopter monitors radiation in Hong Kong nuclear incident exercise - RH - Rotorhub - Shephard Media: The Hong Kong Government Flying Service (HKGFS) employed one of its three AS332L2 Super Puma helicopters to monitor radiation levels during an exercise responding to ...

Toshiba unveils telescopic camera to explore Fukushima nuclear reactor - Independent.ie

Toshiba unveils telescopic camera to explore Fukushima nuclear reactor - Independent.ie: Toshiba's energy systems unit has unveiled a long telescopic pipe carrying a pan-tilt camera designed for an internal probe of one of the damaged reactor chambers at Japan's tsunami-wre

China Guangdong Nuclear Floats 3GW Offshore Wind Project | Offshore Wind

China Guangdong Nuclear Floats 3GW Offshore Wind Project | Offshore Wind

Russia to build nuclear power plant in Sudan

Russia to build nuclear power plant in Sudan: Russia has signed an agreement to build a nuclear power plant in Sudan, Russia's Rosatom nuclear agency announced on Friday, a month after a meeting between ...

Approval Sought for 1,050-MW Gas Plant Planned for Florida - Power Engineering

Approval Sought for 1,050-MW Gas Plant Planned for Florida - Power Engineering

Regulators: Vogtle Nuclear Expansion Can Proceed - Power Engineering

Regulators: Vogtle Nuclear Expansion Can Proceed - Power Engineering

Nuclear Power: Troubled $25 billion nuclear project gets OK to continue

Nuclear Power: Troubled $25 billion nuclear project gets OK to continue

HEPA filters for Hanford vit plant have nuclear industry potential | Tri-City Herald

HEPA filters for Hanford vit plant have nuclear industry potential | Tri-City Herald: A HEPA filter designed to survive the harsh conditions of the waste processing ventilation system at Hanford’s vitrification plant (WTP) may also be used at other DOE sites or nuclear plants.

Venezuela’s Oil Industry Is Falling Apart | Inter Press Service

Venezuela’s Oil Industry Is Falling Apart | Inter Press Service

Can America’s Power Grid Survive an Electromagnetic Attack? - Bloomberg

Can America’s Power Grid Survive an Electromagnetic Attack? - Bloomberg: The threat of nuclear war with North Korea has raised the stakes when it comes to defending against EMPs.

How to prepare for a nuclear attack - The Washington Post

How to prepare for a nuclear attack - The Washington Post: As it turns out, “duck and cover” isn't bad advice.

Georgia gives Southern Co go-ahead to finish nuclear power project

Georgia gives Southern Co go-ahead to finish nuclear power project: The state of Georgia saidSouthern Co can finish building two uncompleted nuclearreactors in the state, which when done would be the first newU.S. nuclear power plant to be built since the 1970s.

China creates world’s largest carbon trading program

China creates world’s largest carbon trading program

Cap-and-trade approach will start with power-generating companieshttps://cen.acs.org/articles/95/web/2017/12/China-creates-worlds-largest-carbon.html

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Intel Vets Tell Trump Iran Is Not Top Terror Sponsor – Consortiumnews

Intel Vets Tell Trump Iran Is Not Top Terror Sponsor – Consortiumnews

FBI uncovered Russian bribery plot before Obama administration approved controversial nuclear deal with Moscow | TheHill

FBI uncovered Russian bribery plot before Obama administration approved controversial nuclear deal with Moscow | TheHill: Before the Obama administration approved a controversial deal in 2010 giving Moscow control of a large swath of American uranium, the FBI had gathered substantial evidence that Russian nuclear industry officials were engaged in bribery, kickbacks, extortion and money laundering designed to grow Vladimir Putin’s atomic energy business inside the United States, according to government documents and interviews.

FBI informant gathered years of evidence on Russian push for US nuclear fuel deals, including Uranium One, memos show | TheHill

FBI informant gathered years of evidence on Russian push for US nuclear fuel deals, including Uranium One, memos show | TheHill: An FBI informant gathered extensive evidence during his six years undercover about a Russian plot to corner the American uranium market

Nuclear Townhall » Blog Archive » Chuck Eaton and Tim Echols, Georgia Public Service Commissioners: Pressing Forward with Nuclear Energy & Plant Vogtle

Nuclear Townhall » Blog Archive » Chuck Eaton and Tim Echols, Georgia Public Service Commissioners: Pressing Forward with Nuclear Energy & Plant Vogtle

Fukushima Update 12/21/17

Fukushima Update 12/21/17

Naraha’s population has increased to 30% of its pre-nuke accident level… Only one Canadian Salmon has been found to contain a trace of Fukushima Cesium… Fukushima Sake sees a significant upswing in exports… The second annual robot competition is held in Naraha… The worst Fukushima food phobia seems to be in Asia… Hitachi’s head says Japan should be bullish on nuclear power… Kansai Electric Company consider decommissioning Oi units #1 & #2.

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

2017 is a record-breaker -- and not in a good way - CNN

2017 is a record-breaker -- and not in a good way - CNN: What's your Diablo backup plan if renewable energy can't fit our energy needs?

Safe, clean, and reliable | Commentaries | San Luis Obispo | New Times San Luis Obispo

Safe, clean, and reliable | Commentaries | San Luis Obispo | New Times San Luis Obispo: What's your Diablo backup plan if renewable energy can't fit our energy needs?

Cash Flowed to Clinton Foundation Amid Russian Uranium Deal - The New York Times

Cash Flowed to Clinton Foundation Amid Russian Uranium Deal - The New York Times: As the Russian atomic energy agency gradually took charge of a company that controls one-fifth of all uranium production capacity in the United States, a stream of cash made its way to the former president’s charitable organization.

China is building solar roadways – ‘transparent concrete’ atop solar cells that charge driving cars | Electrek

China is building solar roadways – ‘transparent concrete’ atop solar cells that charge driving cars | Electrek

Aramco’s “Acquisition Hit List” | OilPrice.com

Aramco’s “Acquisition Hit List” | OilPrice.com: As Saudi Arabia prepares for its Aramco IPO, energy investors are looking for the best opportunities on the oil-giant’s “acquisition hit list”

Russia and Saudi Arabia: A New Oil Bromance? | Global Trade Magazine

Russia and Saudi Arabia: A New Oil Bromance? | Global Trade Magazine: At the end of October 2017, the OPEC/non-OPEC agreement to cut oil production finally achieved its purported objective of raising oil prices to a level of

Saudi Arabia seeks investment in U.S. shale: WSJ - Kallanish Energy News

Saudi Arabia seeks investment in U.S. shale: WSJ - Kallanish Energy News: Saudi Arabia and its state-owned oil company, Saudi Aramco, are mulling oil and gas production investments in the U.S. shale industry, the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday, citing people familiar with the matter.

Saudi Arabia Expects To Finalize First Nuclear Reactor Contracts In 2018 | OilPrice.com

Saudi Arabia Expects To Finalize First Nuclear Reactor Contracts In 2018 | OilPrice.com: Saudi Arabia expects finalize its first nuclear reactor contract by the end of 2018, becoming the fourth in the region with a commercial nuclear program

Japan to export safer nuclear reactor to Poland- Nikkei Asian Review

Japan to export safer nuclear reactor to Poland- Nikkei Asian Review: TOKYO -- A Japanese consortium is looking to commercialize next-generation reactor technology in Poland by 2030, betting that proven expertise in safe

Georgia approves U.S.'s first new nuclear reactors since 1978 - Washington Times

Georgia approves U.S.'s first new nuclear reactors since 1978 - Washington Times: The PSC determined continuing the nuclear expansion project “is cost-effective at its revised schedule and revised cost.”

Georgia Regulators Vote to Move Forward With the Vogtle Nuclear Project | Greentech Media

Georgia Regulators Vote to Move Forward With the Vogtle Nuclear Project | Greentech Media: The PSC determined continuing the nuclear expansion project “is cost-effective at its revised schedule and revised cost.”

Troubled $25 Billion Nuclear Project Gets OK to Continue | Business News | US News

Troubled $25 Billion Nuclear Project Gets OK to Continue | Business News | US News: ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's utility regulators are meeting Thursday to decide the fate of a $25 billion nuclear power plant, and the outcome could help shape the future of the U.S. nuclear energy industry.

UPDATE 2-Georgia gives Southern Co go-ahead to finish nuclear power project

UPDATE 2-Georgia gives Southern Co go-ahead to finish nuclear power project: The state of Georgia saidSouthern Co can finish building two nuclear reactors inthe state, which when completed will be the first new U.S.nuclear power plant to be built since the 1970s.

Nuclear Energy Pros And Cons: The True Advantage Of Nuclear Power - Science Trends

Nuclear Energy Pros And Cons: The True Advantage Of Nuclear Power - Science Trends: Few energy sources are as controversial as nuclear power. In fact, many people are against to it even if they do not know exactly why they should be agains

The Energy Collective Daily: Utilities Closed Nearly 30 Coal Plants in 2017 Because of Economics

Utilities Closed Nearly 30 Coal Plants In 2017 Because Of Economics. Here Are The 6 Most Important | The Energy Collective Daily

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Recovering Radioactive Nuclear Sources |

Recovering Radioactive Nuclear Sources |

Exclusive: US making plans for 'bloody nose’ military attack on North Korea

Exclusive: US making plans for 'bloody nose’ military attack on North Korea: America is drawing up plans for a “bloody nose” military attack on North Korea to stop its nuclear weapons programme, The Telegraph understands.

Bulletin of Atomic Scientists Nuclear Roundup December 21, 2017

Nuclear Roundup
December 21, 2017
A daily roundup of quality nuclear policy news.

North Korea

S. Korea's nuclear envoy leaves for Japan for talks on NK nukes

http://english.yonhapnews.co.kr/search1/2603000000

Exclusive: US making plans for 'bloody nose’ military attack on North Korea

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/12/20/exclusive-us-making-plans-bloody-nose-military-attack-north/

CNO: North Korea 'an unprecedented and urgent threat'

https://www.militarytimes.com/news/your-navy/2017/12/20/cno-north-korea-an-unprecedented-and-urgent-threat/

State Department disagrees with Trump adviser on North Korea diplomacy

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/state-department-disagrees-with-trump-adviser-on-north-korea-diplomacy/article/2643959

NK likely to launch another ICBM, seek nuclear talks next year: think tank

http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20171221000677

What made North Korea’s weapons programs so much scarier in 2017

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2017/12/21/what-made-north-koreas-weapons-programs-so-much-scarier-in-2017/?utm_term=.566cef3f9cb8

The North Korea deal

https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/north-korea/2017-12-21/north-korea-deal

2018 is when something finally gives on North Korea

https://qz.com/1157919/2018-is-when-something-finally-gives-on-north-korea/

What is North Korea's end game with its nuclear program?

https://www.cbsnews.com/videos/what-is-north-koreas-end-game-with-its-nuclear-program/

United States

Prosecutors ask FBI agents for info on Uranium One deal

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/prosecutors-ask-fbi-agents-info-uranium-one-deal-n831436

Heinrich, Udall, Luj├ín: Plutonium pits report ‘inherently flawed’

http://www.santafenewmexican.com/news/local_news/heinrich-udall

Recovering radioactive nuclear sources

https://fas.org/blogs/secrecy/2017/12/source-recovery/

Sandia computer modeling aids solder reliability in nuclear weapons

https://phys.org/news/2017-12-sandia-aids-solder-reliability-nuclear.html

Many Marshall Islanders living here still can't get care to deal with U.S. nuclear fallout

https://www.inlander.com/spokane/the-us-dropped-nuclear-bombs-on-their-homeland-but-many-marshall-islanders-living-here-still-cant-get-care-to-deal-with-the-fallout/Content?oid=7272563

International

Iran boasts global support for nuclear deal

http://www.tehrantimes.com/news/419543/Iran-boasts-global-support-for-nuclear-deal

Missing the forest, lying about the trees: Politico’s attack on the Iran deal

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/politico-iran-deal

US hits Russian missile designer with export restrictions over treaty dispute

https://www.rferl.org/a/russia-us-sanctions-missile-designer-inf-violations/28927654.html

Russia spurns US allegations it violates nuclear arms pact

https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-usa-nuclear-russia/russia-spurns-u-s-allegations-it-violates-nuclear-arms-pact-idUKKBN1EF1JD

Wake up and smell the ruthenium

https://www.opendemocracy.net/od-russia/violetta-ryabko/wake-up-and-smell-ruthenium

US accusations are unfounded: Pakistan

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/us-accusations-are-unfounded-pakistan/article22083613.ece

Nuke diplomacy answer to US concerns

https://dailytimes.com.pk/163673/nuke-diplomacy-answer-us-concerns/

Papers show ministry played down Chernobyl nuclear disaster

http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201712210043.html

Saudi Arabia hopes to start nuclear pact talks with US in weeks

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/gulf/2017/12/21/Saudi-Arabia-hopes-to-start-nuclear-pact-talks-with-U-S-in-weeks.html

General Interest

5 ways the UN nuclear ban treaty is historic

http://www.wearethemighty.com/news/5-ways-the-un-nuclear-ban-treaty-is-historic

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Trump 'fired up' about humanitarian crisis in Yemen - CNNPolitics

Trump 'fired up' about humanitarian crisis in Yemen - CNNPolitics: President Donald Trump has become increasingly concerned about the humanitarian crisis in Yemen, which has been made worse by years of fighting between Houthi rebels and the Saudi-led international coalition, a United Kingdom official tells CNN.

The Nuclear Industry in Ukraine – An overview - Bellona.org

The Nuclear Industry in Ukraine – An overview - Bellona.org

Saudi Arabia to sign contracts for two nuclear reactors in 2018 -energy minister

Saudi Arabia to sign contracts for two nuclear reactors in 2018 -energy minister: Saudi Arabian Energy MinisterKhalid al-Falih said on Wednesday that he expected to signcontracts to build two nuclear reactors by the end of 2018.

Nuclear Vote: PSC Chairman Says They Won't Cancel Vogtle | 90.1 FM WABE

Nuclear Vote: PSC Chairman Says They Won't Cancel Vogtle | 90.1 FM WABE: Georgia regulators vote Thursday on the fate of a controversial nuclear power expansion. Construction at Plant Vogtle has gone billions of dollars over-bud

After Indian Point, power needs may hinge on three proposed plants.

After Indian Point, power needs may hinge on three proposed plants.: The average household could see an increase of about $40 a year.

N.J. lawmakers back rate hike for you to rescue PSEG nuclear plants | NJ.com

N.J. lawmakers back rate hike for you to rescue PSEG nuclear plants | NJ.com: The average household could see an increase of about $40 a year.

ANS Nuclear Policy Wire

ANS Nuclear Policy Wire
December 21, 2017

News
Taxes, Take Two
 
Last night the Senate Finance Committee released a bill that would "extend a series of lapsed or soon-to-expire energy-related tax credits," including the nuclear power production credit that would remove a 2020 deadline to take advantage of the credit. The office of Senator Johnny Isakson (R-GA) said they are "hopeful it gets done before the end of the year or early next year." 
 
E&E News reports that the chairman of the Georgia Public Service Commission has said he's received assurances from both Isakson and Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) that Congress will take up the power production credit. The Georgia Public Service Commission is set to vote on the fate of Vogtle today.
 

Nuclear power’s last hope in U.S. lies in Georgia;

Nuclear power’s last hope in U.S. lies in Georgia;: The last survivor among a slew of major U.S. nuclear power projects is getting one step closer to seeing the light of day.The Georgia Public Service Commission, slated to meet Thursday, will likely approve Southern Co.’s proposal to finish a plant in the state with terms and conditions that will make the completion viable, Chairman Stan Wise said. The project could become the first U.S. nuclear plant licensed in recent years that gets to be

Catastrophic mega earthquake could hit Japan at any time sparking massive tsunami bigger than one which destroyed Fukushima nuclear plant

Catastrophic mega earthquake could hit Japan at any time sparking massive tsunami bigger than one which destroyed Fukushima nuclear plant

Nuclear power is critical to future | Press Enterprise Online

Nuclear power is critical to future | Press Enterprise Online

Saudi Arabia looking to start nuclear pact talks with US 'in weeks' | Middle East Eye

Saudi Arabia looking to start nuclear pact talks with US 'in weeks' | Middle East Eye: Riyadh invites US firms to take part in developing kingdom's first atomic energy programme, Saudi minister says

KSA to negotiate with US firms to participate in nuclear programme - Mubasher Info

KSA to negotiate with US firms to participate in nuclear programme - Mubasher Info: m’s nuclear programme, Minister of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources Khalid Al-Falih said. …

Hinckley Nuclear Power Station road ‘one of best drives in Britain’

Hinckley Nuclear Power Station road ‘one of best drives in Britain’: Hitting the road this Christmas holiday? We’ve rounded up some of the best routes to drivers love, and there’s one that may surprise you If you are...

Nuclear Power Plant Market Outline: Growth Opportunities, Competition Trend, Product Type and Application, Forecast 2022 – satPRnews

Nuclear Power Plant Market Outline: Growth Opportunities, Competition Trend, Product Type and Application, Forecast 2022 – satPRnews

Prosecutors ask FBI agents for info on Uranium One deal - NBC News

Prosecutors ask FBI agents for info on Uranium One deal - NBC News: The attorney general ordered federal prosecutors to interview FBI agents who examined a uranium deal linked to Clinton Foundation donors.

Clinton Foundation Donors Got Weapons Deals From Hillary Clinton's State Department

Clinton Foundation Donors Got Weapons Deals From Hillary Clinton's State Department: Under Hillary Clinton, the State Department approved $165 billion worth of commercial arms sales to 20 nations whose governments had given millions to the Clinton Foundation.

Hillary In The Crosshairs As DOJ Prosecutors Begin Asking FBI Agents About Uranium One | Zero Hedge

Hillary In The Crosshairs As DOJ Prosecutors Begin Asking FBI Agents About Uranium One | Zero Hedge: "Weeks after the criminal probe began, the FBI sent notices to every agency involved in the Uranium One approval process to preserve records."

Attorney General Sessions orders fresh look at Uranium One deal | News OK

Attorney General Sessions orders fresh look at Uranium One deal | News OK: On the orders of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Justice Department prosecutors have begun asking FBI agents to explain the evidence they found in a now dormant criminal investigation into a controversial uranium deal that critics have linked to Bill and Hillary Clinton, multiple law enforcement officials told NBC News.
The interviews with FBI agents are part of the Justice Department's effort to fulfill a promise an assistant attorney general made to Congress last month to examine whether a special counsel was warranted to look into what has become known as the Uranium One deal, a senior Justice Department official said.

Jeff Sessions interviewing FBI over Uranium One probe: report - NY Daily News

Jeff Sessions interviewing FBI over Uranium One probe: report - NY Daily News: Some Republicans have called for investigations into the 2010 sale of uranium to Russia approved by Barack Obama.

BizWire Express > - Terrestrial Energy Adds Leading Utility Executives to Its Board of Directors

BizWire Express > - Terrestrial Energy Adds Leading Utility Executives to Its Board of Directors: BizWire Express - Bringing you the latest news as it happens from all over the world.

DOJ Prosecutors Asking FBI For Information Concerning Controversial Uranium One Deal | CBS19.tv

DOJ Prosecutors Asking FBI For Information Concerning Controversial Uranium One Deal | CBS19.tv: Justice Department prosecutors are asking around the FBI in search for an explanation into evidence concerning the controversial uranium deal linked to Bill and Hillary Clinton.

Global Liquid Nuclear WasteTreatment Market Expected to Reach the Value of US$2,276.9 mn by 2025 - openPR

Global Liquid Nuclear WasteTreatment Market Expected to Reach the Value of US$2,276.9 mn by 2025 - openPR: Press release - Market Research Reports - MRRSE - Global Liquid Nuclear WasteTreatment Market Expected to Reach the Value of US$2,276.9 mn by 2025 - published on openPR.com

Record highs for low carbon and nuclear electricity production | Central Fife Times

Record highs for low carbon and nuclear electricity production | Central Fife Times: Non-coal sources account for more than 54 of electricity between July and September.

House moving ahead with stopgap spending bill | Sessions orders new look at Uranium One deal

House moving ahead with stopgap spending bill | Sessions orders new look at Uranium One deal: House moving ahead with stopgap spending bill | Sessions orders new look at Uranium One deal,Read most current stock market news, Get stock, fund, etf analyst reports from an independent source you can trust - Morningstar

Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. publishers | Leading innovation and advancement in science, technology and medicine

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FBI agents who probed Uranium One deal now under Justice Department scrutiny

FBI agents who probed Uranium One deal now under Justice Department scrutiny: Since early December, Justice prosecutors have been asking FBI agents who investigated the case about their findings, as well as any attempt...

An Uranium One Investigation? Trump’s Justice Department Talking to FBI Agents About Alleged Hillary Clinton Scandal

An Uranium One Investigation? Trump’s Justice Department Talking to FBI Agents About Alleged Hillary Clinton Scandal: The Justice Department responded to requests from the House Judiciary Committee about the appointment of a second special counsel.

Belarusian nuclear power plant's power bridge ready by late 2018

Belarusian nuclear power plant's power bridge ready by late 2018: The project provides for building new 330kV overhead power lines as long as 1,032.5km and reconstructing 672.4km of existing 110-330kV power lines. Four power substations have to be reconstructed and the new substation Postavy needs to be built.

FAA Expands Ban on Drones With New List of U.S. Nuclear Research Labs

FAA Expands Ban on Drones With New List of U.S. Nuclear Research Labs: The FAA has banned drones within a perimeter around the Statue of Liberty, Mount Rushmore and, now, major U.S. nuclear research facilities. The agency has expanded the list of no-drone zones to cover seven lab sites across the U.S.

A Busy Couple of Weeks in December | ANS Nuclear Cafe

A Busy Couple of Weeks in December | ANS Nuclear Cafe

A Poll to Revisit LWR’s, and a Plan | ANS Nuclear Cafe

A Poll to Revisit LWR’s, and a Plan | ANS Nuclear Cafe

Shippingport Atomic Power Station: Five Fast Facts


Shippingport Atomic Power Station: Five Fast Facts


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The King File – Christmas, Dog Poems, Tax Cuts

The King File – Christmas, Dog Poems, Tax Cuts

The Nuclear Showdown in Georgia - The New York Times

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Olkiluoto 3 Hot Functionality Tests Underway - News - Nuclear Power News - Nuclear Street - Nuclear Power Plant News, Jobs, and Careers

Olkiluoto 3 Hot Functionality Tests Underway - 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.

Nuclear Regulatory Commission downplays safety warnings, investigation finds - CBS News

Nuclear Regulatory Commission downplays safety warnings, investigation finds - CBS News: Internal NRC surveys underscore a climate of fear among employees, a Better Government Association investigation finds

Murphy Murky on Plan to Subsidize PSEG Nuclear Plants - NJ Spotlight

Murphy Murky on Plan to Subsidize PSEG Nuclear Plants - NJ Spotlight: Critics line up to block bill but some feel efforts are wasted and legislation will sail through regardless

NJ’s Proposed Nuclear Bailout Explained: A Closer Look | NRDC

NJ’s Proposed Nuclear Bailout Explained: A Closer Look | NRDC: The New Jersey Senate recently introduced a standalone bill to subsidize failing nuclear plants. If enacted, this would be the first state measure to subsidize nuclear power plants in isolation, with no commitment to scale up the energy efficiency and...

New Jersey Considers Nuclear Subsidies to Forestall Plant Closures -- Update | Fox Business

New Jersey Considers Nuclear Subsidies to Forestall Plant Closures -- Update | Fox Business: New Jersey lawmakers are considering subsidies, paid by customers, to prop up the nuclear-power industry after the state's largest operator threatened to shut two plants.

Global Nuclear Reactor Construction 2017 Segmentation, Application, Technology and Analysis Report Forecast to 2021 - EIN News

Global Nuclear Reactor Construction 2017 Segmentation, Application, Technology and Analysis Report Forecast to 2021 - EIN News: The analysts forecast the global nuclear reactor construction market to grow at a CAGR of 5.22% during 2014-2019.

Nuclear Energy Scholarship Program | Southeast Community College

Nuclear Energy Scholarship Program | Southeast Community College

Nuclear Regulatory Commission downplays safety warnings, investigation finds - CBS News

Nuclear Regulatory Commission downplays safety warnings, investigation finds - CBS News: Internal NRC surveys underscore a climate of fear among employees, a Better Government Association investigation finds

Atomic Show #261: Three Advanced Nuclear Technology Developers - The Energy Collective

Atomic Show #261: Three Advanced Nuclear Technology Developers - The Energy Collective

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Bulletin of Atomic Scientists Nuclear Roundup December 20, 2017

Nuclear Roundup
December 20, 2017
A daily roundup of quality nuclear policy news.

North Korea

NK snubs Tillerson's offer for talks without preconditions

http://english.yonhapnews.co.kr/northkorea/2017/12/19

US, Canada to co-host meeting on North Korean nuclear threat in January

http://thehill.com/policy/international/365720-us-and-canada-to-co-host-meeting-on-north-korean-nuclear-threat-in

India to be part of summit on North Korea’s nuclear crisis

http://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/india-to-be-part-of-summit-on-north-korea-s-nuclear-crisis/story-OscJlthYgdHWY5ujv6hceN.html

Why Chinese province is warning citizens of nuclear war

https://asia.nikkei.com/Features/China-up-close/Why-Chinese-province-is-warning-citizens-of-nuclear-war

On North Korea, China is no partner

http://thehill.com/opinion/national-security/365602-on-north-korea-china-is-no-partner

United States

A massive investigation accuses Obama of laying off a terror group for the Iran deal — and the reaction is split

http://www.businessinsider.com/obama-hezbollah-dea-project-cassandra-iran-deal-politico-2017-12

Nuclear regulator downplays safety warnings

http://abcnews.go.com/Business/wireStory/nuclear-regulator-downplays-safety-warnings-51903201

Update: radioactive particles found on cars. Hanford workers may have driven 2 home

http://www.tri-cityherald.com/news/local/hanford/article190628514.html

International

Two years on, Iran nuclear accord at a ‘critical crossroads,’ UN Security Council told

http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=58318#.Wjp45fCnFrQ

Macron: nuclear deal bedrock of mutual coop.

https://financialtribune.com/articles/national/78298/macron-nuclear-deal-bedrock-of-mutual-coop

The nuclear industry in Ukraine – an overview

http://bellona.org/publication/the-nuclear-industry-in-ukraine-an-overview-2

Guam video explains how to prepare for nuclear attack

https://wtop.com/world/2017/12/guam-video-explains-how-to-prepare-for-nuclear-attack/

Representatives of laboratories from 44 countries gather in Sweden to improve monitoring of radioactivity in the environment

https://www.iaea.org/newscenter/news/representatives-of-laboratories-from-44-countries-gather-in-sweden-to-improve-monitoring-of-radioactivity-in-the-environment

General Interest

A more geopoliticized nuclear suppliers group

https://carnegieendowment.org/2017/12/14/more-geopoliticized-nuclear-suppliers-group-pub-75027

Declining utility of nukes

https://dailytimes.com.pk/163248/declining-utility-nukes/

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