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Friday, March 30, 2018

Romania’s nuclear plant disconnects unit after glitch - The Washington Post

Romania’s nuclear plant disconnects unit after glitch - The Washington Post: The operator of Romania’s nuclear power plant says one of the reactors has been disconnected from the grid due to a glitch in the electrical system.

Energy Northwest to hlep with Terrestrial Energy new nuclear power reactor | Tri-City Herald

Energy Northwest to hlep with Terrestrial Energy new nuclear power reactor | Tri-City Herald: Energy Northwest in Richland will help a new nuclear company, Terrestrial Energy USA, with what could be its first operating nuclear power reactor. Energy Northwest, which operates Columbia Generating Station, signed a memorandum of understanding.

Minnesota May Be Next to Support Nuclear Plants

Minnesota May Be Next to Support Nuclear Plants

Ohio power company asks Perry to step in, save coal and nuclear plants from closing - Houston Chronicle

Ohio power company asks Perry to step in, save coal and nuclear plants from closing - Houston Chronicle

China warns U.S. not to open Pandora's Box, unleash trade ills on world

China warns U.S. not to open Pandora's Box, unleash trade ills on world: China warned the United States on Thursday not to open Pandora's Box and spark a flurry of protectionist practices across the globe, even as Beijing pointed to U.S. goods that it could target in a deepening Sino-U.S. trade dispute.

Companies propose possible VY storage plan - VTDigger

Companies propose possible VY storage plan - VTDigger

Even Bill Kristol is Worried About Bolton – LobeLog

Even Bill Kristol is Worried About Bolton – LobeLog: by Jim Lobe Bill Kristol was not altogether pleased with with last week’s announcement of the appointment of John Bolton as Donald Trump’s next national security advisor. Indeed, Kristol, who remai…

Trump’s Silence on a Saudi Nuclear Bomb – LobeLog

Trump’s Silence on a Saudi Nuclear Bomb – LobeLog: by Joe Cirincione It’s said that the only two people Donald Trump does not criticize are Vladimir Putin and Stormy Daniels. You can add Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MbS) to that list. Wi…

Trump and his tariffs | Frontline

Trump and his tariffs | Frontline: China is the rhetorical target of U.S. President Donald Trump’s new tariff policy on aluminium and steel, even though Chinese firms export neither aluminium nor steel to the U.S. By VIJAY PRASHAD

Anne Marie White Sworn in as Assistant Secretary for Environmental Management


EM News Flash | March 30, 2018


Anne Marie White Sworn in as Assistant Secretary for Environmental Management

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Anne Marie White was sworn in March 29 as Assistant Secretary for Environmental Management at the U.S. Department of Energy.
   As Assistant Secretary, White will provide leadership to continue the safe cleanup of the environmental legacy brought about from five decades of nuclear weapons development and government-sponsored nuclear energy research. She will work closely with communities that have partnered with DOE and its predecessor agencies for many decades. 
   “It’s an honor to serve as Assistant Secretary of Energy for EM,” White said. “I look forward to the challenges ahead and know that with the talented federal staff, our dedicated workers in the field, and the support of a wide array of stakeholders, we will deliver the EM mission safely and cost effectively.” 
   White is the founder of Bastet Technical Services LLC, a consulting firm that has provided solutions to environmental challenges across the Department of Energy. She has more than 25 years of experience in the nuclear field, mainly focused on project and program management with complex technical, regulatory, and stakeholder challenges. She has had extensive field experience at a number of the Environmental Management sites for which she will have responsibility. 
   A native of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, White received her Master’s Degree of Science in nuclear engineering/health physics from the University of Missouri-Columbia. White was confirmed by the U.S. Senate to serve as Assistant Secretary on March 22, 2018.

Robot will crawl through pipes to help decommission nuclear facility | ZDNet

Robot will crawl through pipes to help decommission nuclear facility | ZDNet: Robots have found a particularly important niche working in radioactive and toxic environments.

Nuclear Roundup: 3/29/2018 | Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

Nuclear Roundup: 3/29/2018 | Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists: A daily roundup of quality nuclear policy news.North Korea

Internet of nuclear things: Managing the proliferation risks of 3-D printing technology | Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

Internet of nuclear things: Managing the proliferation risks of 3-D printing technology | Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists: Managing the proliferation risks of 3-D printing technology.

The Bolton threat to the Iran nuclear deal

The Bolton threat to the Iran nuclear deal


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Thursday, March 29, 2018

Dominion warns bill removing nuke surcharge could end merger - WECT TV6-WECT.com:News, weather & sports Wilmington, NC

Dominion warns bill removing nuke surcharge could end merger - WECT TV6-WECT.com:News, weather & sports Wilmington, NC: A Virginia power company says if South Carolina lawmakers pass a bill removing the monthly charge for two nuclear plants that will not be built then it will likely withdraw a merger offer.

Japan's New Energy Strategy Should Boost Both Renewables and Nuclear Power - The Energy Collective

Japan's New Energy Strategy Should Boost Both Renewables and Nuclear Power - The Energy Collective: Japan needs both renewables and nuclear energy in its energy mix to reduce dependence on imports and lower greenhouse gas emissions, writes David Livingston of the Atlantic Council Global Energy Center. According to Livingston, it is in the interest of the international community that the country’s new energy strategy, which is expected in the middle of …

Building Nuclear On Time and On Budget: It Is Possible, and Essential


Posted: 29 Mar 2018 12:00 AM PDT
Large capital projects are hard.  They require a huge amount of planning, the logistics are often staggering and depend upon many contractors and suppliers, all who must perform completely in step for everything to come together as planned.  The project manager is like the conductor of a large orchestra and as good as all the […] The post Building Nuclear On Time and On Budget: It Is Possible, and Essential appeared first on The Energy Collective.http://theenergycollective.com/mzconsulting/2429936/building-nuclear-on-time-and-on-budget-it-is-possible-and-essential?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=The+Energy+Collective+%28all+posts%29

Bulletin of Atomic Scientists Nuclear Roundup March 29, 2018

Nuclear Roundup
March 29, 2018
A daily roundup of quality nuclear policy news.

North Korea

North Korean nuclear site more active ahead of Kim meetings

North and South Korea set summit, but nuclear omission casts a shadow

Never mind about John Bolton. Trump's ego could force a North Korea deal anyway.

Dumping North Korea nuclear weapons: What does Kim Jong-un want from Trump?

Three big questions about a Trump-Kim summit

The strategic wisdom of accommodating North Korea’s nuclear status

United States

Budget bill includes $ hikes for ORNL, UPF

Federal office to investigate radioactive contamination spread at Hanford

A US-Russia nuclear arms race? Where?

Unproven allegations against Trump and Putin are risking nuclear war

International

European powers face resistance to Iran sanctions to save nuclear deal

Scrapping the Iran nuclear deal will harm America

Activists lock onto nuclear weapons spending

We've stopped talking about nuclear disarmament. Labour cannot let that happen

Whether you like it or not, the Nuclear Ban Treaty is here to stay: a reply to Brad Roberts

General Interest

From pranks to nuclear sabotage, this is the history of malware

Exceptionally efficient extraction may improve management of nuclear fuel

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Fukushima Update 3/29/18

Fukushima Update 3/29/18

Genkai unit #3 resumed operation on Friday, March 23… Ikata unit #2 to be decommissioned… Russia ends its ban of Japanese marine products, but Fukushima is required to provide safety certification with its seafood… Fukushima evacuees win another lucrative mental anguish case.

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

FirstEnergy's plans for the Beaver Valley nuclear plant - Pittsburgh Business Times

FirstEnergy's plans for the Beaver Valley nuclear plant - Pittsburgh Business Times: The potential decommissioning process could last 60 years.

Texas Consolidated Nuclear Waste Storage Facility to Be Revived

Texas Consolidated Nuclear Waste Storage Facility to Be Revived: WCS and Orano USA intend to revive licensing of a consolidated interim storage facility for spent nuclear fuel in Andrews County, Texas.

FirstEnergy Solutions will close its nuclear power plants, but is silent on bankruptcy restructuring (photos) | cleveland.com

FirstEnergy Solutions will close its nuclear power plants, but is silent on bankruptcy restructuring (photos) | cleveland.com

Ohio Utility Seeks Government Help for Its Struggling Plants - WSJ

Ohio Utility Seeks Government Help for Its Struggling Plants - WSJ

Fort St. Vrain in Pictures: 5 | ANS Nuclear Cafe

Fort St. Vrain in Pictures: 5 | ANS Nuclear Cafe

FirstEnergy Solutions to close three nuclear power plants, including Perry and Davis-Besse | Crain's Cleveland Business

FirstEnergy Solutions to close three nuclear power plants, including Perry and Davis-Besse | Crain's Cleveland Business

Perry Nuclear Power Plant to close in 2021

Perry Nuclear Power Plant to close in 2021: FirstEnergy Solutions announced on March 28 that it plans to close three of its nuclear power plants, including the Perry Nuclear Power Plant in North Perry Village.

Remote reactor monitoring project launched

Remote reactor monitoring project launched: An international multi-laboratory and university collaboration has been launched to develop detection hardware and algorithms to improve non-proliferation detector capabilities for remote monitoring of nuclear reactors. Its developers say the initial project will be the first demonstration of remote monitoring of individual reactor operations at a significant distance, using scalable water-based technology.

FirstEnergy gives notice to deactivate four units

FirstEnergy gives notice to deactivate four units: FirstEnergy Solutions (FES) has notified regional transmission organisation PJM Interconnection (PJM) that it will deactivate the Beaver Valley, Davis-Besse and Perry nuclear power plants during the next three years. The company, which is aiming to leave the competitive market, is seeking legislative policy solutions to keep the plants operating.

French Nuclear Giant Gambles Big On Energy Storage

French Nuclear Giant Gambles Big On Energy Storage: Electricite de France said today that it plans to invest a whopping $9.93 billion in electricity storage by 2035.

Nuclear industry facing crisis that Trump must address, think tank says

Nuclear industry facing crisis that Trump must address, think tank says: The nation's nuclear energy industry is facing a crisis that the Trump administration must immediately address as a core part of its "energy dominance" agenda, a Washington think tank said Thursday.

MI: FirstEnergy asks DOE to declare emergency in PJM amid coal, nuclear closures

MI: FirstEnergy asks DOE to declare emergency in PJM amid coal, nuclear closures

China Moves to Destroy the US Dollar, Launches Gold-Backed Petroyuan

China Moves to Destroy the US Dollar, Launches Gold-Backed Petroyuan: In a massive move against the global dominance of the U.S. dollar, China’s highly anticipated Petro-Yuan has been launched in Shanghai. With China being the world’s largest consumer of oil, this new currency is an international game-changer that was a predicted move by China to directly compete—and subsequently devalue—the US dollar.

FirstEnergy Solutions will close its nuclear power plants, but is silent on bankruptcy restructuring (photos) | cleveland.com

FirstEnergy Solutions will close its nuclear power plants, but is silent on bankruptcy restructuring (photos) | cleveland.com: FirstEnergy's power plant subsidiary late Wednesday informed the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and grid manager PJM that it will close its Perry, Davis-Besse and Beaver Valley nuclear power plants within the next three years.

Are We Prepared for Nuclear Terrorism? | NEJM

Are We Prepared for Nuclear Terrorism? | NEJM: Special Report from The New England Journal of Medicine — Are We Prepared for Nuclear Terrorism?

Clinton nuclear plant to remain under increased oversight | Local News | pantagraph.com

Clinton nuclear plant to remain under increased oversight | Local News | pantagraph.com

Concerns at Hinkley Point C lead to Office of Nuclear Regulation “amber” rating | | Health and Safety at Work | Safe systems of work

Concerns at Hinkley Point C lead to Office of Nuclear Regulation “amber” rating | | Health and Safety at Work | Safe systems of work: An early inspection of the new build nuclear power station Hinkley Point C, carried out by the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) has raised concerns around safety and management systems, with an “amber” award highlighting five areas where further improvements are required.

Unproven allegations against Trump and Putin are risking nuclear war - Stephen Cohen — RT Op-ed

Unproven allegations against Trump and Putin are risking nuclear war - Stephen Cohen — RT Op-ed: “Russiagate” and the Skirpal affair have escalated dangers inherent in the new Cold War beyond those of the preceding one, Stephen Cohen writes.

NUCLEAR: Safety and cost — a tale of two Vogtles -- Thursday, March 29, 2018 -- www.eenews.net E&E News -- Start a free trial

NUCLEAR: Safety and cost — a tale of two Vogtles -- Thursday, March 29, 2018 -- www.eenews.net E&E News -- Start a free trial: WAYNESBORO, Ga. — In this small town roughly 175 miles away from Southern Co.'s headquarters, there's a company executive who has a completely different job than the lawyers and lobbyists in Atlanta.

Wednesday marked the 39th anniversary of Three Mile Island nuclear accident | Local News | lancasteronline.com

Wednesday marked the 39th anniversary of Three Mile Island nuclear accident | Local News | lancasteronline.com

Is Lockheed Martin working on a nuclear fusion-powered fighter jet?

Is Lockheed Martin working on a nuclear fusion-powered fighter jet?

FirstEnergy Corp. closing all three nuclear power plants

FirstEnergy Corp. closing all three nuclear power plants

As San Onofre's Radioactive Waste Goes Underground, Opponents Search For Alternatives | KPBS

As San Onofre's Radioactive Waste Goes Underground, Opponents Search For Alternatives | KPBS

Marine nuclear plant leads the way to the future - EE Publishers

Marine nuclear plant leads the way to the future - EE Publishers

Japan Shikoku Electric to scrap one nuclear reactor

Japan Shikoku Electric to scrap one nuclear reactor: Reuters reported that Japan's Shikoku Electric Power Co Inc said that it will decommission an ageing reactor at its Ikata nuclear plant as the country's power industry struggles to meet new nuclear safety standards set after the 2011 Fukushima disaster.

[MS No.3/2018] Agreement extending the Framework Agreement for International Collaboration on Research and Development of Generation IV Nuclear Energy Systems - GOV.UK

[MS No.3/2018] Agreement extending the Framework Agreement for International Collaboration on Research and Development of Generation IV Nuclear Energy Systems - GOV.UK: Presented to Parliament March 2018

We've stopped talking about nuclear disarmament. Labour cannot let that happen | Owen Jones | Opinion | The Guardian

We've stopped talking about nuclear disarmament. Labour cannot let that happen | Owen Jones | Opinion | The Guardian: Nuclear apocalypse looms over humanity, yet it’s not even on the political radar. Let’s work to change that, says Guardian columnist Owen Jones

Tomgram: Rebecca Gordon, Making Atrocities Great Again | TomDispatch

Tomgram: Rebecca Gordon, Making Atrocities Great Again | TomDispatch: null

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Another aging nuclear reactor in western Japan to be scrapped

Another aging nuclear reactor in western Japan to be scrapped



https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2018/03/27/national/another-aging-nuclear-reactor-western-japan-scrapped/#.WrpRA9TwZaR

Nations Won't Reach Paris Climate Goal Without Protecting Wildlife and Nature, Warns Report - The Energy Collective

Nations Won't Reach Paris Climate Goal Without Protecting Wildlife and Nature, Warns Report - The Energy Collective

San Francisco Uses Solar+Storage to Make Emergency Facilities More Resilient to Disaster - The Energy Collective

San Francisco Uses Solar+Storage to Make Emergency Facilities More Resilient to Disaster - The Energy Collective: The Institute for Sustainable Communities recently released Resilient Solar: Powering and Empowering Communities, a report that shares the stories of trailblazing resilient solar projects in New York City, Baltimore, Duluth, and San Francisco, and connects readers to tools, resources, and lessons learned that they can put to use in their own communities. This is the second …

Meeting the Goals of the Paris Agreement - The Energy Collective

Meeting the Goals of the Paris Agreement - The Energy Collective: Over the past few months I have been deeply involved with my colleagues in the Shell Scenario team preparing a new scenario that illustrates a technically possible but challenging pathway for society to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement on climate change. From an emissions mitigation perspective, those goals are as follows; Holding the increase …

Theresa May urged to build 10 more nuclear power plants to get millions of electric cars on the road

Theresa May urged to build 10 more nuclear power plants to get millions of electric cars on the road: Theresa May has been urged to fast-track the building of ten nuclear power plants to get more electric cars on the road. Unions said electricity supply would need to be raised by 30 gigawatts to get 35 million electric cars by 2050

Bill to help Xcel plan for hefty nuclear plant costs heads to Senate floor | Minnesota Public Radio News

Bill to help Xcel plan for hefty nuclear plant costs heads to Senate floor | Minnesota Public Radio News: Nuclear power is expensive, especially when you're dealing with power plants that were built in the early 1970s. Xcel Energy wants to keep running its Monticello and Prairie Island nuclear plants for another 12 to 15 years, but utility officials are also concerned about how much that will cost.

North Korea Is Firing Up a Reactor. That Could Upset Trump’s Talks With Kim. - The New York Times

North Korea Is Firing Up a Reactor. That Could Upset Trump’s Talks With Kim. - The New York Times: As President Trump plans to meet Kim Jong-un, satellite evidence suggests that North Korea is expanding the complex that makes fuel for its nuclear weapons.

South Korea aims for 2018 start-up of UAE nuclear reactor - Gulf Business

South Korea aims for 2018 start-up of UAE nuclear reactor - Gulf Business

Oil-rich nation opens Arab world's 1st nuclear power plant

Oil-rich nation opens Arab world's 1st nuclear power plant

Buletin of Atomic Scientists Nuclear Roundup March 28, 2018

Nuclear Roundup
March 28, 2018
A daily roundup of quality nuclear policy news.

North Korea

Trump sees “good chance” Kim will do “what is right for his people and for humanity”

North Korea is firing up a reactor. That could upset Trump’s talks with Kim.

North Korea orders sharp cut in troop strength at nuclear site

With secretive China trip, North Korea's Kim builds bargaining power

China says North Korea's Kim pledged commitment to denuclearization

Differing views of “denuclearization” complicate North Korea talks

Jimmy Carter: US on a path of nuclear confrontation with North Korea

Walls and ladders: The latest UN panel of experts report on North Korea sanctions

How does Kim tell North Korea he's giving up nuclear weapons?

The US-DPRK summit: Assessing Chinese anxieties

United States

National security veterans urge Trump not to scrap Iran nuclear deal

National Coalition to Prevent an Iranian Nuclear Weapon: Keep the Iran deal — 10 good reasons why

John Kerry warns against leaving the Iran deal

America has a plan to dismantle the Iran deal; now it needs one for the aftermath

US nuclear stockpile decreasing in size, but not capability

MOX construction afforded $335M in proposed federal spending bill

Scuttlebiz: Fuzzy math at heart of MOX shutdown efforts

Did Russia use kitten videos to hack our energy systems?

Construction to begin soon on Y-12's uranium processing facility

International

Waning nuclear deterrence in South Asia

Syria’s nuclear program was always a doomed idea

Oil-rich nation to open Arab world’s first nuclear power plant

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Waste Management Showcases Robots That Could Support EM’s Cleanup


Waste Management Showcases Robots That Could Support EM’s Cleanup

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Featured at the Waste Management Symposia 2018 in Phoenix, the NASA Valkyrie weighs 300 pounds, and stands 6 feet, 2 inches tall. While EM is many years from using a humanoid robot, Valkyrie’s highly dexterous arms could replace gloves in EM glove boxes, making work easier and safer for laboratory technicians and workers. Tele-operated robotic arms and manipulators could provide key advances in glove box and hot cell design and operations. NASA and EM have been partnering on this and other robotics projects for more than 2 years.



On display at the Waste Management Symposia 2018, the Gemini-Scout from Sandia National Laboratories is a robotic system that could support mine rescue teams. Equipped with cameras and sensors, it can provide feedback to first responders and serve as a two-way communications device with trapped miners while providing critical lifesaving information. The High Consequence Automation and Robotics (HCAR) group at Sandia developed the robot. The concept would allow for exploration and assessment of mine conditions ahead time.

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The Pipe Crawler, which can be activated by a smart phone, can travel through the air supply line that leads to the central plenum of the tanks at Hanford. This robot, featured at the Waste Management Symposia 2018, provides information regarding the health of the tank floor around the center of the tank. The crawler’s movement mimics that of an inchworm and can navigate through several 90-degree elbows, reducers, and vertical runs. It also houses a camera for video feedback.

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The Robotic Rabbit was on hand at the Waste Management Symposia 2018. It was designed, built, and deployed at Exelon Generation, Nine Mile Point Nuclear Generating Station, in collaboration with the State University of New York Oswego. The goal was to create a simple-to-operate, easily modified, remote surveillance unit that can reduce collective radiation exposure to workers, obtain particulate air samples, and perform surveillances in high heat areas in search of steam leaks.



The Sandia Hand, developed by Sandia National Laboratories, is low-cost, dexterous, and modular, enabling it to support a variety of applications including glove box manipulation, search and rescue, casualty care, and explosive ordnance disposal. The hand, shown at the Waste Management Symposia 2018, consists of a frame that supports a set of identical fingers that magnetically attach and detach from the frame.

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