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Friday, July 6, 2018

More Hanford nuclear waste tanks at risk of leaking radioactive waste | Tri-City Herald

More Hanford nuclear waste tanks at risk of leaking radioactive waste | Tri-City Herald: Problems have been found in the condition of more of the Hanford nuclear reservation's double-shell tanks holding radioactive waste, putting them at risk of leaks. Corrosion has caused thinning of the tank shells.

Members of Congress to tour Yucca Mountain nuclear site

Members of Congress to tour Yucca Mountain nuclear site: The visit will be led by Illinois Republican Rep. John Shimkus.

2018 ANS Winter Conference and Nuclear Technology Expo

2018 ANS Winter Conference and Nuclear Technology Expo

French nuclear safety at risk from outsourcing - report | Agricultural Commodities | Reuters

French nuclear safety at risk from outsourcing - report | Agricultural Commodities | Reuters: * EDF skillbase weakened by too much outsourcing-report

NRC member rejects Nevada request to sit out Yucca Mountain proceedings – Las Vegas Review-Journal

NRC member rejects Nevada request to sit out Yucca Mountain proceedings – Las Vegas Review-Journal

China, Russia challenge longtime U.S. dominance in aircraft carriers.

China, Russia challenge longtime U.S. dominance in aircraft carriers.: The U.S. Navy boasts the world’s largest and most powerful array of military force on the high seas, including 11 nuclear-powered aircraft carriers. As of now, no other country has more than two carriers, although China is reportedly building its third.

Keeping nuke plants open is a matter of life and 'breath' | Opinion | PennLive.com

Keeping nuke plants open is a matter of life and 'breath' | Opinion | PennLive.com

Pompeo visits North Korea to 'fill in' denuclearization detail

Pompeo visits North Korea to 'fill in' denuclearization detail: Mike Pompeo neither confirmed nor denied a report that a CD of the Elton John hit "Rocket Man" was among the gifts he intended to present to Kim.

Russia And China Consolidate New Nuclear Around Standardized, Water-Cooled Designs

Russia And China Consolidate New Nuclear Around Standardized, Water-Cooled Designs: Nearly two-thirds of new nuclear power by 2025 is likely to come from just three reactor designs built by two different countries, a new analysis finds. As such, the long-term nuclear building trend is toward greater consolidation by standardized pressurized-water reactors (PWRs).

EDF maintains plant safety is a priority

EDF maintains plant safety is a priority: French utility EDF has refuted the findings of a parliamentary commission into the safety and security of the country's nuclear energy facilities. The commission's report, published yesterday, contains "a number of factual errors" and "does not reveal any breach of the obligations incumbent on the operator", EDF noted.

Argentina, Belgium extend nuclear safety cooperation

Argentina, Belgium extend nuclear safety cooperation: A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was recently signed between Nucleoel├ęctrica Argentina SA (NA-SA) and Belgium's Nuclear Research Centre (SCK-CEN) aimed at extending cooperation on nuclear safety between the two organisations that has existed for more than 15 years.

Think-tanks call for states to adopt Clean Energy Standards

Think-tanks call for states to adopt Clean Energy Standards: US states could set far more ambitious decarbonisation targets by replacing Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS) with Clean Energy Standards (CES) encompassing all clean energy sources including nuclear, according to a new joint report by the Breakthrough Institute and Third Way think-tanks.

Bulgaria's energy ministry, China's NEA sign MoU on cooperation in nuclear energy

Bulgaria's energy ministry, China's NEA sign MoU on cooperation in nuclear energy: SOFIA (Bulgaria), July 6 (SeeNews) - Bulgaria's energy ministry signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with China's National Energy Administrat

A Double First in China for Advanced Nuclear Reactors - IEEE Spectrum

A Double First in China for Advanced Nuclear Reactors - IEEE Spectrum: Safer reactors designed in the US and Europe have achieved their power grid debuts in China. It is a long-awaited milestone for their now-troubled designers, but may be too little too late for buyers.

Fermi 2 nuclear plant in Michigan at lower power for repairs - News, Weather, Sports, Toledo, OH

Fermi 2 nuclear plant in Michigan at lower power for repairs - News, Weather, Sports, Toledo, OH: A nuclear power plant in southeastern Michigan is operating at reduced power for repairs.

EDF: EDF gets approval to raise heat limit in some UK nuclear power reactors, Energy News, ET EnergyWorld

EDF: EDF gets approval to raise heat limit in some UK nuclear power reactors, Energy News, ET EnergyWorld: In 2014, the two plants were shut down for several months after cracks were found in the reactor boilers

If Nuclear Plants Are So Vulnerable To Terrorist Attack, Why Don't Terrorists Attack Them?

If Nuclear Plants Are So Vulnerable To Terrorist Attack, Why Don't Terrorists Attack Them?: Most of the terrorists who have ever attacked nuclear plants were anti-nuclear activists — and their attacks underscore the relative invulnerability of nuclear plants to attack.

French MPs warn of nuclear power safety 'failings' - The Local

French MPs warn of nuclear power safety 'failings' - The Local: A French parliamentary inquiry has flagged up "failings" in the defences of the country's nuclear power plants, days after activists crashed a drone into a facility to underscore safety concerns.

Keep coal and nuclear power online | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Keep coal and nuclear power online | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

NEI issues guidelines for regulatory interactions

NEI issues guidelines for regulatory interactions



http://www.world-nuclear-news.org/RS-NEI-issues-guidelines-for-regulatory-interactions-0607188.html

Thursday, July 5, 2018

The Factors Behind China’s Growing Strength in Innovation

The Factors Behind China’s Growing Strength in Innovation: It helps that the country’s domestic market is massive.

Time for a Reckoning in Yemen

Time for a Reckoning in Yemen


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5 of 23 U.S. House, Exelon, SCE and Entergy confirm attendance in October

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  • Director of License Renewal and Decommissioning, Duke Energy
  • Director of Nuclear Policy & Support, Duke Energy
  • Decommissioning Director, Entergy
  • Decommissioning Project Manager, Entergy
  • Manager Decommissioning Services, Entergy
  • Site Vice President, Entergy
  • Engineering Supervisor Nuclear Decommissioning Organization, Entergy
  • Senior Counsel, Entergy
  • Associate General Counsel, Exelon
  • Senior Consultant, FirstEnergy Corp.
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China powers up world’s first EPR, AP1000; EDF signs up GE for giant India plant


China powers up world’s first EPR, AP1000; EDF signs up GE for giant India plant


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NuScale engineers eye further SMR savings after 20% capacity boost

NuScale engineers eye further SMR savings after 20% capacity boost


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Regulator reviews construction oversight at UAE nuclear plant | ConstructionWeekOnline.com

Regulator reviews construction oversight at UAE nuclear plant | ConstructionWeekOnline.com: Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant will generate approximately a quarter of the UAE's electricity needs

Iran threatens to reduce cooperation with U.N. nuclear watchdog | Reuters

Iran threatens to reduce cooperation with U.N. nuclear watchdog | Reuters: Iran could reduce its co-operation with the U.N. nuclear watchdog, President Hassan Rouhani told the body's head on Wednesday, as he blamed U.S. President Donald Trump for the “new situation.”

Congress pushes for multibillion-dollar nuclear reactor that critics call a boondoggle | Science | AAAS

Congress pushes for multibillion-dollar nuclear reactor that critics call a boondoggle | Science | AAAS: Energy department's new “fast” reactor would generate neutrons for testing novel materials and fuels

Review finds Hanford nuclear waste tanks at risk of leaking - - Capital Press

Review finds Hanford nuclear waste tanks at risk of leaking - - Capital Press

PSC rate cut shrinks SCE&G customers' power bills by $22 | The State

PSC rate cut shrinks SCE&G customers' power bills by $22 | The State: The average SCE&G residential customer would see a roughly $22 reduction in their power bill come August, barring a judge's intervention. The S.C. Public Service Commission approved a temporary 15 percent decrease.

Watch: Greenpeace Crashes 'Superman Drone' Into Nuclear Power Plant To Expose Facility's Dangers | Zero Hedge

Watch: Greenpeace Crashes 'Superman Drone' Into Nuclear Power Plant To Expose Facility's Dangers | Zero Hedge: "Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No... it's a drone dressed up as Superman, exposing how vulnerable French nuclear power plants are."

Russia And China Consolidate New Nuclear Around Standardized, Water-Cooled Designs

Russia And China Consolidate New Nuclear Around Standardized, Water-Cooled Designs

Members of Congress to tour Yucca Mountain nuclear site

Members of Congress to tour Yucca Mountain nuclear site: The visit will be led by Illinois Republican Rep. John Shimkus.

ATS to provide automated solutions for Bruce detube

ATS to provide automated solutions for Bruce detube: Cambridge, Ontario-based company ATS Automation Systems has received a CAD60 million (USD46 million) order booking to design and deliver innovative automated reactor component removal tools for Bruce Power's Major Component Replacement programme. The order is to be delivered over the next 18 months.

Urenco to enrich reprocessed uranium

Urenco to enrich reprocessed uranium: Urenco is to provide enrichment services to EDF to support the recycling of uranium recovered from used nuclear fuel in French nuclear reactors under a new contract announced yesterday.

Turboatom and Toshiba team up for turbine upgrades

Turboatom and Toshiba team up for turbine upgrades: Ukrainian nuclear power plant operator Energoatom has welcomed the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between Ukraine's Turboatom and Japan's Toshiba Energy Systems & Solutions Corporation. Through the agreement, the companies will initially cooperate on upgrading turbine island equipment at nuclear power plants in Ukraine.

Monitoring radioactive waste with muons

Monitoring radioactive waste with muons: Scientists in the UK have developed a technology that uses muons - cosmic particles - to detect and safely manage radioactive waste. The technology has already been demonstrated at the Sellafield nuclear site and is now being commercialised worldwide.

Regulatory authority endorses nuclear energy - Graphic Online

Regulatory authority endorses nuclear energy - Graphic Online

Three Mile Island Intruder - Union of Concerned Scientists

Three Mile Island Intruder - Union of Concerned Scientists: Regulation and Nuclear Plant Safety #2

A man recently released from a hospital where he had been treated for mental health issues drove his mother’s station wagon into—literally—the Three Mile Island nuclear plant near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania at 6:53 am on February 7, 1993. Workers responded to

ANS Proudly Introduces…. Navigating Nuclear: Energizing Our World! | ANS Nuclear Cafe

ANS Proudly Introduces…. Navigating Nuclear: Energizing Our World! | ANS Nuclear Cafe

Bob Coward Asks ANS to Refocus and Achieve | ANS Nuclear Cafe

Bob Coward Asks ANS to Refocus and Achieve | ANS Nuclear Cafe

Is This the Breakthrough for SMR’s? | ANS Nuclear Cafe

Is This the Breakthrough for SMR’s? | ANS Nuclear Cafe

Salvation by SMR: The Industry Gets Closer | ANS Nuclear Cafe

Salvation by SMR: The Industry Gets Closer | ANS Nuclear Cafe

EPR Connects to Grid and other news: | ANS Nuclear Cafe

EPR Connects to Grid and other news: | ANS Nuclear Cafe

Nuclear Sector Deal — Financing New UK Nuclear Power Projects - Lexology

Nuclear Sector Deal — Financing New UK Nuclear Power Projects - Lexology

South Korea’s summer power supply seen stable on higher nuclear power generation | The Indian Express

South Korea’s summer power supply seen stable on higher nuclear power generation | The Indian Express: The country's summer power demand is forecast to peak at 88,300 megawatt (MW) in the second and third weeks of August, up by 3,710 MW from last year, the energy ministry said in a statement.

Indian Point Nuclear Power Plants Operated Safely in 2017 | The Examiner News

Indian Point Nuclear Power Plants Operated Safely in 2017 | The Examiner News

Rosatom plans to broaden nuclear power plants construction overseas

Rosatom plans to broaden nuclear power plants construction overseas: TASS quoted Chief Executive Officer of the Russian nuclear corporation Alexei Likhachev as saying that Russia’s Rosatom intends to make contracts for construction of new nuclear power plants in coming future, including Uzbekistan and Saudi Arabia.

Russia to build two new nuclear power units in China - Moneycontrol.com

Russia to build two new nuclear power units in China - Moneycontrol.com: President Vladimir Putin mentioned that energy is the most important sector of cooperation, in a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping in the previous month.

Belgian Nuclear Plant Test Reveals 'Abnormal' Findings, Raises Safety Concerns - Sputnik International

Belgian Nuclear Plant Test Reveals 'Abnormal' Findings, Raises Safety Concerns - Sputnik International

Nuclear power predicted to ‘virtually disappear’ in the US - Power Technology

Nuclear power predicted to ‘virtually disappear’ in the US - Power Technology: Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University’s Department of Engineering and Public Policy have released a report detailing nuclear power’s dwindling significance...Read More...

Court rejects suspension of Oi nuclear power plant - Nikkei Asian Review

Court rejects suspension of Oi nuclear power plant - Nikkei Asian Review: KANAZAWA (Kyodo) -- A Japanese high court on Wednesday ruled two nuclear reactors at a central Japan plant should not suspend operation, overturning a

EDITORIAL: Restarting Tokai No. 2 nuclear plant would be a huge mistake:The Asahi Shimbun

EDITORIAL: Restarting Tokai No. 2 nuclear plant would be a huge mistake:The Asahi Shimbun: The Nuclear Regulation Authority has concluded that the Tokai No. 2 nuclear power plant in Ibaraki P

The reactor closest to Tokyo is cleared by nuclear watchdog:The Asahi Shimbun

The reactor closest to Tokyo is cleared by nuclear watchdog:The Asahi Shimbun: The Nuclear Regulation Authority approved safety measures at the only nuclear plant in the Tokyo met

IAEA Mission Says Italy Making Progress Towards Safe Dismantling of Nuclear Power Reactors

IAEA Mission Says Italy Making Progress Towards Safe Dismantling of Nuclear Power Reactors

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IAEA's ARTEMIS team and representatives of the Italian counterpart  (Photo: IAEA)
An International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) team of experts said Italy has made significant progress in preparing for the safe dismantling of major parts of two of the country’s nuclear power plants, while noting areas for potential improvement.
The IAEA team concluded on 29 June a six-day Integrated Review Service for Radioactive Waste and Spent Fuel Management, Decommissioning and Remediation (ARTEMIS). It reviewed Italy’s plans for dismantling and removing the reactor pressure vessels (RPVs) and reactor vessel internals (RVIs) of the Garigliano and Trino Nuclear Power Plants (NPPs), shut down for decommissioning in 1982 and 1990 respectively. The Government of Italy requested the mission to receive expert advice on dismantling strategies and technologies identified by Sogin, the state-owned company responsible for Italy’s decommissioning and radioactive waste management programme. It followed an ARTEMIS mission last year to review Italy’s programme for decommissioning nuclear facilities and managing related radioactive waste.
“As part of its national strategy for decommissioning its nuclear facilities, Italy is moving forward with plans to dismantle and remove these two RPVs and their internal parts,” said team leader John Tappert, Director of the Division of Decommissioning, Uranium Recovery and Waste Programs at the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission. “Our recommendations are aimed at assisting Sogin by highlighting the strengths in their dismantling plans as well as areas for potential enhancement.”
A pioneer in nuclear power, Italy commissioned four nuclear power plants in the 1960s and 1970s. Following the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear accident, Italy phased out nuclear power and for several years has been engaged in decommissioning its reactors and associated fuel-cycle facilities.
The team said Sogin has a sound foundation and capacities in place for dismantling operations, and identified several good practices while also making recommendations and suggestions aimed at improving efficiency and reliability in such operations. The team noted that the commitment of all stakeholders during the life span of the project was necessary for the safe and effective implementation of Italy’s decommissioning and waste programme.
The team comprised four experts from France, Germany, the Russian Federation and the United States as well as two IAEA staff members. The team held meetings with Sogin officials at its Rome headquarters and visited the Garigliano NPP near the city of Formia, south of Rome, where dismantling plans are most advanced.
“It is essential for Sogin to have a constant exchange of views with international nuclear experts on its strategic activities,” said Marco Ricotti, President of Sogin. “Thanks to the Agency’s contribution, we will be able to improve our approach to the engineering challenges, keeping a high level of safety for employees, citizens and the environment.”
Good practices identified by the team included:
  • Sogin is planning for dismantling in a systematic and prudent manner, taking into account relevant international experience, current status of the NPPs and proven decommissioning practices.
  • Sogin carried out safety assessments of the preparatory work for dismantling operations.
  • Sogin effectively conducted an appropriate evaluation of technical approaches for dismantling and removing RPVs and RVIs.
Sogin has a project team in place and has taken a proactive approach to knowledge management and younger generation skills development.
Recommendations and suggestions included:
  • Sogin should consider making provisions for unexpected situations during dismantling operations.
  • Sogin should consider the possibility of alternative cutting techniques.
  • Sogin should consider greater use of 3D models to enhance planning and execution of dismantling scenarios.
Christophe Xerri, Director of the IAEA’s Division of Nuclear Fuel Cycle, Waste Technology and Research Reactors, said “We are striving to develop services to support our Member States. By requesting this review mission, Italy has demonstrated its commitment to improve its decommissioning programme.”
The final mission report will be provided to Sogin in about two months.


Freedom, U.S. Energy And Powering Past Impossible « Breaking Energy - Energy industry news, analysis, and commentary

Freedom, U.S. Energy And Powering Past Impossible « Breaking Energy - Energy industry news, analysis, and commentary

Fukushima Update 7/5/18

Fukushima Update 7/5/18

The injunction against restarting Oi units #3 & #4 is reversed… Tepco prepares for resumption of construction at Higashidori Station… Fukushima Prefecture wants to supply locally-grown products to the athlete’s village for the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics… A robotic probe has entered the F. Daiichi unit #2 refueling deck and measured radiation levels… Tokai unit #2 passes the NRA’s safety standards.

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

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Quad Cities opens new training centre

Quad Cities opens new training centre: Exelon Generation has opened an expanded employee training centre at the Quad Cities nuclear power plant, in the same month that the plant would have closed had the state of Illinois not passed its Future Energy Jobs Act.

NDA to take over management of Magnox sites

NDA to take over management of Magnox sites: Magnox Limited - operator of former Magnox nuclear power plant sites in the UK - will become a subsidiary of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) from September 2019. Last year, NDA decided to terminate its contract with Magnox Ltd for managing the sites.

Japanese Cabinet approves new basic energy plan

Japanese Cabinet approves new basic energy plan: A new basic energy plan that sets goals for Japan's energy mix to 2030 and presents scenarios to 2050 was today approved by the Cabinet. Under the plan, nuclear will remain a key energy source, accounting for 20-22% of the country's electricity generation up to 2030.

Duke Energy proposes rate cut, credits federal tax overhaul

Duke Energy proposes rate cut, credits federal tax overhaul



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FERC: 3-2 decision rejects PJM capacity market fixes -- Monday, July 2, 2018 -- www.eenews.net

FERC: 3-2 decision rejects PJM capacity market fixes -- Monday, July 2, 2018 -- www.eenews.net: Federal regulators rejected two capacity market reform proposals from Eastern grid operator PJM Interconnection in a Friday decision divided along partisan lines, setting aside concerns that the move could undermine state energy policies.

Department of Energy, Infrastructure, International U.S. And Italy Sign Agreement To Collaborate On Sterile Neutrino Research


U.S. And Italy Sign Agreement To Collaborate On Sterile Neutrino Research


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Artificial Intelligence Predicts Where Radioactive Waste Will Fall After a Disaster | Electronics360

Artificial Intelligence Predicts Where Radioactive Waste Will Fall After a Disaster | Electronics360

Trump Foe on Coal-Nuclear Bailout Leaving FERC - Power Engineering

Trump Foe on Coal-Nuclear Bailout Leaving FERC - Power Engineering

In Congress July 4, 1776 | Neutron Bytes

In Congress July 4, 1776 | Neutron Bytes: About this photo This painting depicts the moment on June 28, 1776, when the first draft of the Declaration of Independence was presented to the Second Continental Congress. The document stated the…

The Iran Nuclear Agreement is not Worth Saving

The Iran Nuclear Agreement is not Worth Saving: OPINION - While his motives will remain suspect for some, Donald Trump was right to pull America out of the Iran nuclear agreement.

Climate

Climate: We need deep decarbonization to hit our climate goals. Nuclear power can get us there, providing nearly 60 percent of America's carbon-free electricity.

Liberal Media Reports ‘Sabotaging’ Peace with Claims of DPRK Nuclear Advancement - Sputnik International

Liberal Media Reports ‘Sabotaging’ Peace with Claims of DPRK Nuclear Advancement - Sputnik International: After the recent summit between DPRK leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump in Singapore, liberal media outlets have set out to sabotage the positive and peaceful results by quoting unnamed intelligence sources about continuing North Korean nuclear program advancement, pro-peace activist Medea Benjamin told Sputnik News Monday.

Egypt’s First Nuclear Power Plant Construction to Begin in Two Years | Egyptian Streets

Egypt’s First Nuclear Power Plant Construction to Begin in Two Years | Egyptian Streets

IAEA completes UAE nuclear infrastructure review

IAEA completes UAE nuclear infrastructure review: A team of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) experts has completed a review of the United Arab Emirates' overall nuclear energy infrastructure, the first ever Integrated Nuclear Infrastructure Review (INIR) conducted for a country in the final phase of the Agency's Milestones approach to infrastructure development.

China's nuclear industry shows potential to overpower rivals - Nikkei Asian Review

China's nuclear industry shows potential to overpower rivals - Nikkei Asian Review: TOKYO/PARIS -- The World Nuclear Exhibition is the go-to place to glimpse the future of atomic energy. This year's attendees found a window on tomorro

SC extends deadline for dumping facility construction at Kudankulam nuclear plant - Livemint

SC extends deadline for dumping facility construction at Kudankulam nuclear plant - Livemint: Supreme Court, while hearing an NPCIL plea for extension of the deadline, directed it to set up a dumping and storage facility for spent nuclear fuel at Kudankulam plant before April 2022

Tokyo plans shift toward renewable energy, planning for first time to cut plutonium stockpile | The Japan Times

Tokyo plans shift toward renewable energy, planning for first time to cut plutonium stockpile | The Japan Times

Westinghouse AP1000 nuclear power plant begins connecting to grid in China - Pittsburgh Business Times

Westinghouse AP1000 nuclear power plant begins connecting to grid in China - Pittsburgh Business Times

New Nuclear Tech Won’t Help U.S. Avoid ‘Profound’ Climate Problem | Bloomberg Environment

New Nuclear Tech Won’t Help U.S. Avoid ‘Profound’ Climate Problem | Bloomberg Environment: New nuclear reactor technology such as NuScale Power LLC’s small modular reactors and government support for existing nuclear power plants won’t be enough to rescue the declining nuclear power industry, according to new research.

The vanishing nuclear industry

The vanishing nuclear industry: Could nuclear power make a significant contribution to decarbonizing the U.S. energy system over the next three or four decades? That is the question asked by four current and former researchers from Carnegie Mellon University's Department of Engineering and Public Policy (EPP). Their answer: probably not.

US nuclear power could be virtually lost over the next few decades

US nuclear power could be virtually lost over the next few decades: A report by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University's Department of Engineering and Public Policy has found that US nuclear power is unlikely to make a significant contribution to the country's decarbonised energy system.

OSU researchers key to China's new-era nuclear power plant - KTVZ

OSU researchers key to China's new-era nuclear power plant - KTVZ

NRC: Oyster Creek nuclear plant to remain until 2075

NRC: Oyster Creek nuclear plant to remain until 2075: Oyster Creek has been a staple of Ocean County for the past 50 years, and it's likely to remain a significant landmark for another half century.

Oldest US Nuclear Plant, Based in New Jersey, Nearing Shutdown

Oldest US Nuclear Plant, Based in New Jersey, Nearing Shutdown


https://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/Oldest-US-Nuclear-Plant-Based-in-New-Jersey-To-Shut-Down-This-Year-487134571.html

Monday, July 2, 2018

Pump Up the Pentagon – LobeLog

Pump Up the Pentagon – LobeLog: by William D. Hartung Other than shouting about building a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, one of Donald Trump’s most frequently proclaimed promises on the 2016 campaign trail was the launching of …

UK’s £200M Nuclear Deal Could Lead To First SMR | Neutron Bytes

UK’s £200M Nuclear Deal Could Lead To First SMR | Neutron Bytes: The UK government has announced an ambitious £200m ($262M) funding deal with the nuclear sector that could lead to a new generation small modular reactor (SMs) to be built at an existing nuclear si…

Out: Coal voters. In: Nuke voters

Out: Coal voters. In: Nuke voters: It's not just for The Simpsons

TASS: Science & Space - Russian nuclear energy agency in search for asteroid protection technologies

TASS: Science & Space - Russian nuclear energy agency in search for asteroid protection technologies

S. Korea steps up effort to win Saudi Arabia's nuclear project

S. Korea steps up effort to win Saudi Arabia's nuclear project: South Korea's government said Monday it will step up collaboration with the local nuclear industry to boost the country's chances to win Saudi Arabia's nuclear project after the state-run Korea Electric Power Corp. (KEPCO) was shortlisted along with four other bidders.

Hinkley Point boosted by Chinese nuclear progress | News | New Civil Engineer

Hinkley Point boosted by Chinese nuclear progress | News | New Civil Engineer: The reactor technology which will be used in the controversial Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant has been connected to the grid and has started generating power in China.

South Korea's KEPCO Shortlisted to Bid for Saudi Nuclear Project - The New York Times

South Korea's KEPCO Shortlisted to Bid for Saudi Nuclear Project - The New York Times: State-run utility Korea Electric Power Corp (KEPCO) had been shortlisted to bid for a nuclear project in Saudi Arabia along with the United States, France, China and Russia, South Korea's energy ministry said on Sunday.

EPR Connects to Grid and other news: | ANS Nuclear Cafe

EPR Connects to Grid and other news: | ANS Nuclear Cafe

Egypt says to start building nuclear plant in next two years | Reuters

Egypt says to start building nuclear plant in next two years | Reuters: Egypt said on Sunday that construction of its first nuclear power plant, to be built by Russia, will begin in the next two to two-and-a-half years.

Nuclear Fusion Power Could Be Here By 2030, One Company Says

Nuclear Fusion Power Could Be Here By 2030, One Company Says

DOE considering new locations, weapons uses for some SRS plutonium | News | aikenstandard.com

DOE considering new locations, weapons uses for some SRS plutonium | News | aikenstandard.com

Government, military officials in favor of Trump's nuclear bailout plan - The Blade

Government, military officials in favor of Trump's nuclear bailout plan - The Blade

Bolton: US Has Plan to Dismantle NK Nuclear Program in Year | Political News | US News

Bolton: US Has Plan to Dismantle NK Nuclear Program in Year | Political News | US News: WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's national security adviser says the U.S. has a plan that would lead to the dismantling of North Korea's nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs in a year.

ANS All Energy Forum Brings A Sobering Analysis To Energy And Climate Plans

ANS All Energy Forum Brings A Sobering Analysis To Energy And Climate Plans

Russia Will Help Nigeria Develop Nuclear Plant

Russia Will Help Nigeria Develop Nuclear Plant

Trump order on coal, nuclear power could force Nebraska, Iowa utilities to raise rates | News | omaha.com

Trump order on coal, nuclear power could force Nebraska, Iowa utilities to raise rates | News | omaha.com

TEPCO to resume work to build nuclear power plant in Aomori:The Asahi Shimbun

TEPCO to resume work to build nuclear power plant in Aomori:The Asahi Shimbun: Tokyo Electric Power Co. Holdings Inc. (TEPCO) plans to resume preparations to build a nuclear power

China’s largest nuclear power developer eyes wind and gas projects in addition to maiden venture in UK | South China Morning Post

China’s largest nuclear power developer eyes wind and gas projects in addition to maiden venture in UK | South China Morning Post

First AP1000 unit begins generating power

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31/2018
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Left to Right: Milko Kovachev, Head of the IAEA’s Nuclear Infrastructure Development Section and Raoul Awad, Deputy Director General for Operations of FANR (Photo: FANR)
An International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) team of experts today concluded an eight-day mission to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to review its infrastructure development for a nuclear power programme. The Integrated Nuclear Infrastructure Review (INIR) was carried out at the invitation of the UAE Government.
The UAE, seeking a reliable low-carbon source to meet increasing demand for electricity, is building its first nuclear power plant at the Barakah site in Abu Dhabi. The country of almost ten million people has engaged with Korea Electric Power Company to construct and commission four 1400 MW pressurized water reactors.
The INIR mission was the first the IAEA has conducted for a country in the final phase of the IAEA’s Milestones Approach, which provides detailed guidance for developing the infrastructure needed for a nuclear power programme. The Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR), the UAE nuclear regulator, hosted the INIR mission.
“This INIR phase 3 mission is the first of its kind, marking an important milestone for both the UAE and the IAEA,” said team leader Milko Kovachev, Head of the IAEA’s Nuclear Infrastructure Development Section. “We met with highly motivated and competent professionals from the UAE and the mission was conducted in a cooperative and open atmosphere. The UAE is well-focused in its preparations for the operation of the first unit of the nuclear power plant, although some work remains to be done.”
The team comprised international experts from Slovakia, South Africa, the United Kingdom as well as five IAEA staff. It reviewed the status of 19 nuclear infrastructure issues using an IAEA document entitled “Evaluation of the Status of National Nuclear Infrastructure Development at Milestone 3”. It was the second INIR mission to the UAE, which hosted a phase 2 mission in 2011.
Prior to the INIR mission, the UAE prepared a Self-Evaluation Report covering all infrastructure issues and submitted the report and supporting documents to the IAEA.
The team made recommendations and suggestions, highlighting areas where further actions would benefit the UAE, including: the need for the operating organization to finalize all necessary arrangements required to reach operational readiness; the need for the UAE to approve and implement all the appropriate arrangements for radioactive waste management; and the implementation of arrangements required to ensure the long-term sustainability of the nuclear power programme.
The team also identified good practices that would benefit other countries developing nuclear power programmes in the areas of management and human resource development, nuclear safety, safeguards and safety security interface.
H.E. Ambassador Hamad Alkaabi, UAE’s Permanent Representative at the IAEA, said: “The UAE is rapidly moving forward with the development of its peaceful nuclear energy sector. The successful conclusion of the Phase 3 INIR mission is a testament to the UAE’s commitment to upholding the highest international standards of safety, security, and transparency as we approach the commissioning of the nation’s first nuclear energy plant."
About INIR Missions:
Integrated Nuclear Infrastructure Review (INIR) missions are based on the IAEA Milestones Approach, with its 19 Infrastructure Issues, 3 Phases and 3 Milestones. INIR missions enable IAEA Member State representatives to have in-depth discussions with international experts about experiences and best practices in different countries. In developing its recommendations, the INIR team takes into account the comments made by the relevant national organizations. Implementation of any of the team's recommendations and suggestions is at the discretion of the Member State requesting the mission. The results of the INIR mission are expected to help the Member State to develop an action plan to fill any gaps, which in turn will help the development of the national nuclear infrastructure. The IAEA publishes the INIR mission report on its website 90 days after its delivery to the Member State, unless the State requests in writing that the IAEA not do so.


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