Michele Kearney's Nuclear Wire

Major Energy and Environmental News and Commentary affecting the Nuclear Industry.

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Nuclear weapons might save the world from an asteroid strike – but we need to change the law first

Nuclear weapons might save the world from an asteroid strike – but we need to change the law first: The schlocky 1998 Bruce Willis movie Armageddon was the highest grossing film of that year. The blockbuster saw a master oil driller (Willis) and an unlikely crew of misfits place a nuclear bomb inside a giant asteroid heading for Earth, blow it up – and save humanity. Armageddon isn't exactly a documentary: it's packed full of sci-fi nonsense. But, 20 years on, its basic plot – of using a nuclear explosion to avert a cataclysmic asteroid collision – doesn't seem quite as silly as it did at the time.

Natural Gas And The Electric Power Sector: What Are The Latest Trends? | Seeking Alpha

Natural Gas And The Electric Power Sector: What Are The Latest Trends? | Seeking Alpha: Electric Power sector is the primary consumer of natural gas. NG/Coal Spread is currently as much as 68% below 5-year average and 37% below last year's level. C

Rising calls for nuclear, renewables to work together in climate fight

Rising calls for nuclear, renewables to work together in climate fight: SOCHI, Russia – All carbon energy is needed in order to tackle climate change and meet the 2050 emission targets, World Nuclear Association Director General Agneta Rising told New Europe.

“All the low-carbon options need to work together, otherwise we will not be able to minimize the affects of c

Bechtel Congratulates International Team on Chernobyl Completion

Bechtel Congratulates International Team on Chernobyl Completion

Nuclear Power Plant Equipment Market Size, Share and Forecast - Detailed Research Study 2019-2025 - GizmoTribune

Nuclear Power Plant Equipment Market Size, Share and Forecast - Detailed Research Study 2019-2025 - GizmoTribune: The current research report entitles Nuclear Power Plant Equipment provides an extensive & deep idea into the market dynamics & overall development of Nuclear Power Plant Equipment. The latest information, market risks involved, cost structure & several other vital information is included in the report. All the industry verticals like competitive market scenario, regional Nuclear […]

Reconsidering Chernobyl | The Japan Times

Reconsidering Chernobyl | The Japan Times: The nuclear debate continues to rage.

Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster Had POSITIVE Effect on Environment, UN Study Claims - Sputnik International

Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster Had POSITIVE Effect on Environment, UN Study Claims - Sputnik International: The fresh finding notably runs counter to official statistics on the Exclusion Zone, where multiple biological species suffered a detrimental radioactive impact around the time of the accident, which further led to anomalies often incompatible with life.

Chernobyl: People Who Played a Crucial Role in the World's Worst Nuclear Disaster - HISTORY

Chernobyl: People Who Played a Crucial Role in the World's Worst Nuclear Disaster - HISTORY: From the 25-year-old with his finger on the wrong button to the grizzled Communist Party apparatchik who thought evacuation was for sissies

Public Watchdogs filed second lawsuit against San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant -

Public Watchdogs filed second lawsuit against San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant -: SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Today the Public Watchdogs announced they have filed a second lawsuit against San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant. Nina Babiarz, a Public Watchdogs board member, and Charles Langley, the Public Watchdogs executive director, joined KUSI to discuss the lawsuit. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterMore

Russian floating nuclear plant nearly operational - Power Engineering

Russian floating nuclear plant nearly operational - Power Engineering: After a series of tests on its twin KLT-40 reactor system, the “Akademik Lomonosov” could be connected to the Russian power grid by December.

Taiwan’s president reaffirms anti-nuclear stance at march - The Washington Post

Taiwan’s president reaffirms anti-nuclear stance at march - The Washington Post: Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen has reaffirmed her opposition to nuclear power before marching with anti-nuclear protesters

Watchdog Group Calls Regulation of San Onofre Nuclear Waste Site ‘A Miserable Failure’ | KTLA

Watchdog Group Calls Regulation of San Onofre Nuclear Waste Site ‘A Miserable Failure’ | KTLA: The Nuclear Regulatory Commission announced that Holtec International, the manufacturer behind a faulty nuclear waste storage container at the San Onofre nuclear plant, would not face a fine, the independent California advocacy group Public Watchdogs said in a news release.

Warren Buffett Says He Won't Buy Utility That Caused Massive California Fires - Real Daily - Breaking News and Opinion on Cryptocurrencies and Alternative Investments

Warren Buffett Says He Won't Buy Utility That Caused Massive California Fires - Real Daily - Breaking News and Opinion on Cryptocurrencies and Alternative Investments: Warren Buffett has put an end to the market speculation that Berkshire Hathaway was in talks to buy the beleaguered California utility company PG&E. Speaking to CNBC, Buffett made it clear that there was no truth to this story, and that obviously he “would know” if his company was planning to acquire PG&E. The rumor …

PG&E to Shut Off Power When Dangerous Winds Gust | Law & Crime

PG&E to Shut Off Power When Dangerous Winds Gust | Law & Crime: Pacific Gas & Electric Co. (PG&E), the largest utility company in the world, plans to cut up to one-eighth of Californians' power when "dangerously high winds arise" to prevent their "in need of repair" power lines from sparking another wildfire. Power could be out for up to five days, potentially putting communities at risk, particularly, the sick and elderly, and cause financial losses with slim hope of compensation, according to the Wall Street Journal.

PG&E’s Radical Plan to Prevent Wildfires: Shut Down the Power Grid - WSJ

PG&E’s Radical Plan to Prevent Wildfires: Shut Down the Power Grid - WSJ: When dangerously high winds arise this year, the utility says it will black out fire-prone areas that are home to 5.4 million people. No U.S. utility has blacked out so many on purpose.

Erin Brockovich Meets With Camp Fire Victims about PG&E Lawsuit | FOX40

Erin Brockovich Meets With Camp Fire Victims about PG&E Lawsuit | FOX40: CHICO -- With an admission of liability to the Security and Exchange Commission and $10 billion set aside for reparations, lawyers filing Camp Fire suits against PG&E say the company has already admitted guilt. They just want the utility to start paying the people who have been hurt.

SMITHEREENS: Reflections on Bits & Pieces


"Newsom and the Nukes
"It's crunch time at the Diablo Canyon nuclear plant," says anti-nuclear activist Harvey "Sluggo" Wasserman. California's last remaining reactor is currently off-line for repairs. Diablo Canyon's aging Unit One reactor—showing signs of cracking from radiation-caused embrittlement, suffering from years of deferred maintenance, and located near an active seismic fault—is recognized as one of the world's most dangerous plants.
Nuclear watchdogs argue that Diablo should not be allowed to restart, noting that it's not just the reactor that's broken down.
The reactor is owned and operated by PG&E, a bankrupt company convicted of numerous felonies that have resulted in more than 160 deaths and widespread property damage from pipeline explosions and wildfires. (Not the kind of resume you want for a company in charge of preventing a nuclear meltdown.)
MoveOn.org is pushing a petition asking Governor Gavin Newsom to order the shutdown of the reactor or, at the very least, to conduct critical structural tests to determine whether it would be safe to reopen the crumbling nuke. The governor can be reached by phone [(916) 445-2841], by fax [(916) 558-3160], or mail (Capitol, Sacramento, CA 95814]. "

http://www.berkeleydailyplanet.com/issue/2019-04-26/article/47561?headline=SMITHEREENS-Reflections-on-Bits-Pieces--Gar-Smith

← Key Questions for Developers of Small Modular Reactors Delays in Startup of 1st UAE Nuclear Reactor Linked to Problems with South Korean Firms Building all Four Units


Delays in Startup of 1st UAE Nuclear Reactor Linked to Problems with South Korean Firms Building all Four Units


https://neutronbytes.com/2019/04/27/delays-in-startup-of-1st-uae-nuclear-reactor-linked-to-problems-with-south-korean-firms-building-all-four-units/

Friday, April 26, 2019

A Month Out From Wildfire Season and PG&E Is Behind on Tree Work - Bloomberg

A Month Out From Wildfire Season and PG&E Is Behind on Tree Work - Bloomberg: California is just one month away from the official start of wildfire season and bankrupt utility giant PG&E Corp. is running behind on inspections, repairs and tree-trimming that was ordered up to reduce the risk of another devastating blaze.

SF wants to pierce PG&E’s bankruptcy shield to resolve power delivery dispute


SF wants to pierce PG&E’s bankruptcy shield to resolve power delivery dispute


https://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/SF-wants-to-pierce-PG-G-bankruptcy-shield-to-13799152.php

Fukushima Update 4/26/19

Fukushima Update 4/26/19 –

Tepco removes seven unused fuel bundles from the unit #3 Spent Fuel Pool… The Fukushima J-Village soccer center fully reopens… Japan’s Para-Cycling Federation moves its base to Iwaki City… None of the fish caught within 20 kilometers of F. Daiichi in March contained detectible Cs-134… Japan asks S. Korea to lift Fukushima food import restrictions, to no avail… Japan’s operating nukes could be shuttered for not meeting the NRA deadlines on anti-terrorism facilities.

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

Nuclear Power Plant Market Analysis and Regional Outlook 2019 | EDF, Exelon Nuclear, Rosenergoatom – Market Research Gazette

Nuclear Power Plant Market Analysis and Regional Outlook 2019 | EDF, Exelon Nuclear, Rosenergoatom – Market Research Gazette

Nuclear reactors on Russia’s floating nuclear plant reach full capacity - Bellona.org

Nuclear reactors on Russia’s floating nuclear plant reach full capacity - Bellona.org: The reactors aboard the Akademik Lomonosov, Russia’s floating nuclear power plant, have been brought to 100 percent capacity and is ready …

Gallery: Chernobyl, the biggest nuclear plant disaster in history, marks 33rd anniversary | Euronews

Gallery: Chernobyl, the biggest nuclear plant disaster in history, marks 33rd anniversary | Euronews

Remembering the Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster, 33 Years Later

Remembering the Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster, 33 Years Later: Gallery | April 26 marks the 33rd anniversary of the world's worst nuclear disaster to date.

A Gripping History of the Nuclear Disaster at Chernobyl

A Gripping History of the Nuclear Disaster at Chernobyl: In "Midnight in Chernobyl," Adam Higginbotham offers a thorough and readable account of one awful night in the Ukraine and its consequences.

Trump administration is ignoring a massive problem at U.S. nuclear plants – ThinkProgress

Trump administration is ignoring a massive problem at U.S. nuclear plants – ThinkProgress

JEA working to get out of nuclear power deal

JEA working to get out of nuclear power deal: JEA is negotiating to get out of nuclear power contract that costing the utiility billions of dollars.

Legacy of TMI, power of gas industry makes subsidies uphill battle | News | witf.org

Legacy of TMI, power of gas industry makes subsidies uphill battle | News | witf.org: Three Mile Island nuclear plant incident - President Jimmy Carter, second from left, visits the nuclear plant near Harrisburg, Pa., USA, April 4, 1979. The plant started leaking radioactive steam, Thursday, March 28, contaminating the area. (AP-Photo) (Harrisburg) -- Pennsylvania is the latest state to debate whether to provide a rescue package to its nuclear power industry, but the commonwealth's unique history and current energy landscape may make subsidies a tougher sell here. The nuclear industry has struggled with stagnant demand for electricity, competition from cheaper natural gas and renewables, and high operating costs. Its response in part has been to make a controversial, but often successful, pitch to state governments to create so-called zero emission credits -- effectively broadening the definition of what counts as clean energy. It's worked in Illinois, New York, Connecticut, and New Jersey. But Pennsylvania is different. Cost is 'a little hard to swallow'...

France's RTE urges policymakers to talk to EU peers before shutting power plants - Reuters

France's RTE urges policymakers to talk to EU peers before shutting power plants - Reuters: National decisions to shut down power generation capacity without wider co-ordination with other European states could put the continent's electricity system at risk, the president of France's RTE grid operator said on Thursday.

What Jacob Zuma meant and why he was right about nuclear

What Jacob Zuma meant and why he was right about nuclear: Zuma’s comments that nuclear would have saved us from our electricity crisis refer to the programme of about a decade ago, which would have delivered its first power by 2018, writes Des Muller

The Once and Future Nuclear Power Industry - WSJ

The Once and Future Nuclear Power Industry - WSJ: J.J. Scoville may be correct that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has done well at keeping nuclear plants safe, but it has not served the nation by making nuclear plants uneconomical.

Lawmakers involved in PG&E bankruptcy to make it difficult to raise customer rates

Lawmakers involved in PG&E bankruptcy to make it difficult to raise customer rates: Pacific Gas & Electric Co. continues to work through its bankruptcy process in connection with deadly wildfires.

California regulators approve $373M PG&E rate hike - SFChronicle.com

California regulators approve $373M PG&E rate hike - SFChronicle.com: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California regulators have approved a $373 million rate hike for Pacific Gas & Electric to pay costs related to a series of wildfires. KTVU-TV says the California Public Utilities Commission Thursday unanimously OK'd an increase that raises the average bill by $3.50 a month over 12 months. The station says the money is supposed to be used to pay PG&E's costs for nine fire, wind and rain events in 2016 and 2017, including repairs and clearing brush and trees from under power lines to prevent future fires. The hike won't cover the billions it will cost PG&E in connection with 2018's devastating wildfires. The utility, which has filed for bankruptcy, is also seeking about $22 a month in rate increases for wildfire safety and to attract investors.

CPUC votes unanimously to allow PG&E rate hikes - Story | KTVU

CPUC votes unanimously to allow PG&E rate hikes - Story | KTVU: In the California Public Utilities Commission meeting Thursday, the five commissioner's voted unanimously to allow PG&E to add more than a third of a billion dollars to customers'...

Here's why your PG&E bill is going up

Here's why your PG&E bill is going up: State regulators are giving PG&E permission to add more than a third of a billion dollars to customers' bills.

Why Bankrupt PG&E Isn't Trading At $0

Why Bankrupt PG&E Isn't Trading At $0



https://www.benzinga.com/analyst-ratings/analyst-color/19/04/13606408/why-bankrupt-pg-e-isnt-trading-at-0

Nuclear News Roundup Apr 25, 2019 | Nucleotidings

Nuclear News Roundup Apr 25, 2019 | Nucleotidings

Nuclear Weapons 372 - DARPA and Kromek Are Working On A Small Cheap Device To Detect And Identify Radioactive Isotopes | Nucleotidings

Nuclear Weapons 372 - DARPA and Kromek Are Working On A Small Cheap Device To Detect And Identify Radioactive Isotopes | Nucleotidings

California Leads Again on Bad Air | RealClearEnergy

California Leads Again on Bad Air | RealClearEnergy: California Leads Again on Bad Air | RealClearEnergy

Do Americans Consider Nuclear Clean Energy? | RealClearEnergy

Do Americans Consider Nuclear Clean Energy? | RealClearEnergy: Do Americans Consider Nuclear Clean Energy? | RealClearEnergy

US Oil Not Getting the Climate Message | RealClearEnergy

US Oil Not Getting the Climate Message | RealClearEnergy: US Oil Not Getting the Climate Message | RealClearEnergy

Sempra nets $2.5B in exit from U.S. renewables and gas storage biz - Power Engineering

Sempra nets $2.5B in exit from U.S. renewables and gas storage biz - Power Engineering: With the Sempra deal, AEP’s competive renewable generation portfolio now totals 1,075 MW of capacity in 11 states.

Want to Come Study or Work in America? Not So Fast - Scientific American Blog Network

Want to Come Study or Work in America? Not So Fast - Scientific American Blog Network

To Cut Emissions, China's Global Infrastructure Plan May Need a Greener Path - Scientific American

To Cut Emissions, China's Global Infrastructure Plan May Need a Greener Path - Scientific American: Scientific American is the essential guide to the most awe-inspiring advances in science and technology, explaining how they change our understanding of the world and shape our lives.

Micro-reactors As Cheap As Natural Gas Without Air Pollution – NextBigFuture.com

Micro-reactors As Cheap As Natural Gas Without Air Pollution – NextBigFuture.com

Diablo Canyon closure could draw federal aid | San Luis Obispo Tribune

Diablo Canyon closure could draw federal aid | San Luis Obispo Tribune

As California utilities falter, legislators, governor back 'tower of finance' solution to wildfire costs


As California utilities falter, legislators, governor back 'tower of finance' solution to wildfire costs

A well-built catastrophic wildfire fund can both protect citizens and save utilities.

https://www.utilitydive.com/news/as-california-utilities-falter-legislators-governor-back-tower-of-financ/552694/?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Issue:%202019-04-26%20Utility%20Dive%20Newsletter%20%5Bissue:20601%5D&utm_term=Utility%20Dive

World's first floating nuclear power unit set to start operations in Russia: Rosatom | S&P Global Platts

World's first floating nuclear power unit set to start operations in Russia: Rosatom | S&P Global Platts: Expected to be connected to the power grid in December Operating license could be granted in July The world's only floating nuclear power unit is ready to start commercial operations in Russia, accord

UPDATE 1-EDF Energy extends outage at UK nuclear reactor where cracks were found - Reuters

UPDATE 1-EDF Energy extends outage at UK nuclear reactor where cracks were found - Reuters: EDF Energy, owned by French power company, has extended an outage at its Hunterston B8 nuclear reactor in Scotland by two weeks while the nuclear regulator assesses whether it is safe for it to restart after cracks were discovered last year.

China Enters Global Tech Race For Small Modular Nuclear Reactors

China Enters Global Tech Race For Small Modular Nuclear Reactors: Advanced Small Modular Reactors (SMRs) represent the next evolution of clean nuclear power. China, Russia, and the United States are now in a race to perfect this transformative technology.

Governor Signs Bill Regulating Nuclear Waste Sites in State

Governor Signs Bill Regulating Nuclear Waste Sites in State: A bill to clarify and toughen North Dakota's regulation of potential nuclear waste storage is now law. Governor Doug Burgum signed Senate Bill 2037 last night. Jim Olson talked with supporters of...

NRC officials: No major issues at Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant in 2018 | Local News | enewscourier.com

NRC officials: No major issues at Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant in 2018 | Local News | enewscourier.com

Bechtel National loses incentive pay at Hanford site | Tri-City Herald

Bechtel National loses incentive pay at Hanford site | Tri-City Herald

DNFSB Staff Locked Out of Meetings at Nuke Sites Due to DOE Order - ExchangeMonitor | Page 1

DNFSB Staff Locked Out of Meetings at Nuke Sites Due to DOE Order - ExchangeMonitor | Page 1: ExchangeMonitor covers nuclear weapons, waste management, nuclear cleanup, international intelligence as well as carbon capture and storage.

JEA enters settlement talks over Plant Vogtle suit - News - The Florida Times-Union - Jacksonville, FL

JEA enters settlement talks over Plant Vogtle suit - News - The Florida Times-Union - Jacksonville, FL

Gösgen-Däniken awards safety system upgrade contract - World Nuclear News

Gösgen-Däniken awards safety system upgrade contract - World Nuclear News: Framatome has been awarded a contract by Kernkraftwerk Gösgen-Däniken to modernise the reactor protection system at the Gösgen nuclear power plant in Switzerland.

Study highlights nuclear’s value to EU employment - World Nuclear News

Study highlights nuclear’s value to EU employment - World Nuclear News: The European nuclear industry sustains more than 1.1 million jobs in the EU and generates more than half a trillion euros in GDP, according to a new study by Deloitte released yesterday. The study was commissioned by the European nuclear trade association Foratom to assess the contribution of the nuclear sector to the overall economy of the EU28 both today and in 2050.

Norwegian research reactor to be decommissioned - World Nuclear News

Norwegian research reactor to be decommissioned - World Nuclear News: The board of directors of Norway's Institute for Energy Technology (IFE) yesterday decided to permanently cease operations of the JEEP-II research reactor at Kjeller. Earlier this year, IFE said investigations had shown "extensive and costly improvements" were needed to keep JEEP-II - Norway's last reactor - in operation.

Yeelirrie uranium project receives federal approval


Yeelirrie uranium project receives federal approval

http://www.world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Yeelirrie-uranium-project-receives-federal-approva

Thursday, April 25, 2019

The Slow Death Of Californian Oil & Gas | OilPrice.com

The Slow Death Of Californian Oil & Gas | OilPrice.com: The decline in oil & gas production from Californian legacy fields continues to mount as the Golden State isn’t keen on approving new projects that could reverse its output slump

How a Key Energy Technology Can Help Developing Countries - Scientific American Blog Network

How a Key Energy Technology Can Help Developing Countries - Scientific American Blog Network

In 2018, the United States consumed more energy than ever before - Today in Energy - U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA)

In 2018, the United States consumed more energy than ever before - Today in Energy - U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA)

Exclusive: Peter Schweizer Reveals Joe Biden's Son's Massive Deal with Chinese Company ‘Trying to Steal' America's Nuclear Secrets

Exclusive: Peter Schweizer Reveals Joe Biden's Son's Massive Deal with Chinese Company ‘Trying to Steal' America's Nuclear Secrets: Peter Schweizer, president of the Government Accountability Institute and author of the new book Secret Empires: How the American Political Class Hides Corruption and Enriches Family and Friends, joined SiriusXM's Breitbart News Tonight on Monday to detail the involvement of Hunter Biden, former Vice President Joe Biden's second son, in a China-backed private equity firm's investment in a Chinese atomic energy company indicted for "nuclear power conspiracy against the United States."

Putin offers to help break nuclear deadlock at Kim Jong-un summit | World news | The Guardian

Putin offers to help break nuclear deadlock at Kim Jong-un summit | World news | The Guardian: Russian and North Korean leaders promise stronger ties at Vladivostok meeting

Vladimir Putin says 'smart' Kim Jong Un wants security before dropping nuclear powers | World News | Sky News

Vladimir Putin says 'smart' Kim Jong Un wants security before dropping nuclear powers | World News | Sky News: The leaders of Russia and North Korea meet for the first time for wide-ranging talks - which ended with smiles.

Chernobyl Truth Drowns In Dramatized Movie

Chernobyl Truth Drowns In Dramatized Movie: Tomorrow marks the 33rd anniversary of the Chernobyl accident, where about a hundred people died as a result of radiation. Almost all were emergency workers, not the public. Unfortunately. A new HBO movie looks to reinforce the myth that many many thousands of people died from radiation.

WIPP a fundamental part of US nuclear program cleanup

WIPP a fundamental part of US nuclear program cleanup: I would thank the citizens of Carlsbad and Hobbs, and the elected officials who advocated to see this facility open.

Nuclear is the key to hybrid energy systems - World Nuclear News

Nuclear is the key to hybrid energy systems - World Nuclear News: Halting climate change demands rapid and deep decarbonisation of energy systems, which go far beyond the electricity grid, Rauli Partanen, CEO of Think Atom told delegates at the Atomexpo conference held in Sochi, Russia last week. In a roundtable discussion - What mix of nuclear and renewables can best achieve sustainable development? - Partanen presented the challenges of clean hybrid energy systems.

US Senate committee to discuss waste management reforms - World Nuclear News

US Senate committee to discuss waste management reforms - World Nuclear News: US Senator John Barrasso has released a discussion draft of legislation that would reform the country's nuclear waste management policy to ensure the federal government's legal obligations to dispose of used nuclear fuel and high-level waste are fulfilled.

Second Korean APR-1400 connected to grid - World Nuclear News

Second Korean APR-1400 connected to grid - World Nuclear News: Unit 4 of the Shin Kori nuclear power plant was connected to the electricity grid on 22 April, Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power announced today. Unit 3 of the South Korean plant became the first APR-1400 to begin supplying electricity to the grid in January 2016.

Opening Plenary – 2019 ANS Annual Meeting

Opening Plenary – 2019 ANS Annual Meeting

France debates what to do with its nuclear waste

France debates what to do with its nuclear waste: France launched a national debate on how to treat its 1.6 million cubic meters of nuclear waste as part of the country's National Plan for the Management of Radioactive Waste takes place under the auspices of Andra, the national agency responsible for its management.
Currently, Cigéo, the €35 billi

Fusion Generator Deal Sends US Nuclear Shares Higher | San Fernando Valley Business Journal

Fusion Generator Deal Sends US Nuclear Shares Higher | San Fernando Valley Business Journal

10 years and 9.5M tons later, radioactive Moab tailings pile shrinking | Deseret News

10 years and 9.5M tons later, radioactive Moab tailings pile shrinking | Deseret News: The 10 year anniversary of removing radioactive tailings near the Colorado River happened earlier this month, with 9.5 million tons shipped out so far. The tailings are being buried at a disposal site 30 miles away. About 6.5 million tons remain.

Senate hearing set for bill to restart Yucca Mountain licensing | Las Vegas Review-Journal

Senate hearing set for bill to restart Yucca Mountain licensing | Las Vegas Review-Journal: A Senate hearing will be held next week on a bill that would jump start licensing hearings on the Department of Energy’s application to build a permanent nuclear repository at Yucca Mountain in Nevada.

ANS and the Value of Nuclear | ANS Nuclear Cafe

ANS and the Value of Nuclear | ANS Nuclear Cafe

Dr. Chip Martin Wants To Save The World | ANS Nuclear Cafe

Dr. Chip Martin Wants To Save The World | ANS Nuclear Cafe

RNE19: Is Nuclear Built for Climate Change? | ANS Nuclear Cafe

RNE19: Is Nuclear Built for Climate Change? | ANS Nuclear Cafe

Gobal 2019 International Nuclear Fuel Cycle Conference


Global/Top Fuel 2019
September 22-26, 2019 | Westin Seattle | Seattle, WA
Be a part of this unique international opportunity
ANS invites you to participate in a unique opportunity to attend two international meetings September 22-26 in Seattle.
 
Global is the leading international meeting on the nuclear fuel cycle held every other year, alternating between Asia, Europe, and the U.S.
 
Top Fuel is the preeminent international meeting on new developments in LWR fuel performance held every year, alternating between Asia, Europe, and the U.S.
 
Bringing these two meetings together provides managers, scientists and engineers an opportunity to share ideas and enter into mutually beneficial collaborations.
 
Register by August 29 to save $100 with early bird rates. ANS members save up to an additional $200. Not a member? Join today.
 
Discounted hotel rates are also available through August 29.

 
For more information, visit globaltopfuel.ans.org
American Nuclear Society

Norman Birnbaum, 92, Bronx-Born Adviser to Heads of State and Champion of Secular Jewish Values | Washington Spectator

Norman Birnbaum, 92, Bronx-Born Adviser to Heads of State and Champion of Secular Jewish Values | Washington Spectator: The American sociologist and journalist Norman Birnbaum died in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 4, 2019. A prolific author and revered scholar, Norman was an adviser…

What Russia thinks about North Korea’s nuclear weapons - Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

What Russia thinks about North Korea’s nuclear weapons - Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is in Russia to meet with President Vladimir Putin. After failing to reach an agreement on North Korean denuclearization and sanctions relief with US President Donald Trump, Kim may find in Putin a powerful ally who won't push too hard against Kim's nuclear weapons program.

Russia floating nuclear station set to start powering Arctic town - News - GCR

Russia floating nuclear station set to start powering Arctic town - News - GCR: The Akademik Lomonosov, a 144m-long floating nuclear power station, has been commissioned and is almost ......

US DOE to fund nuclear data research - World Nuclear News

US DOE to fund nuclear data research - World Nuclear News: The US Department of Energy has announced USD7.5 million of funding over three years to help expand and improve the quality of data needed for a wide range of nuclear-related activities from basic research in nuclear science, to isotope production, nonproliferation efforts, and nuclear power generation.

Nuclear is the key to hybrid energy systems - World Nuclear News

Nuclear is the key to hybrid energy systems - World Nuclear News: Halting climate change demands rapid and deep decarbonisation of energy systems, which go far beyond the electricity grid, Rauli Partanen, CEO of Think Atom told delegates at the Atomexpo conference held in Sochi, Russia last week. In a roundtable discussion - What mix of nuclear and renewables can best achieve sustainable development? - Partanen presented the challenges of clean hybrid energy systems.

It’s not a bomb: Unfounded fears halting switch to nuclear energy

It’s not a bomb: Unfounded fears halting switch to nuclear energy: Should the Philippines be the first country in Southeast Asia to go nuclear? Not with weapons to annihilate China – a fruitless task – but to provide us with clean, reliable, safe electricity.

Nuclear reactors on Russia’s floating nuclear plant reach full capacity - Bellona.org

Nuclear reactors on Russia’s floating nuclear plant reach full capacity - Bellona.org: The reactors aboard the Akademik Lomonosov, Russia’s floating nuclear power plant, have been brought to 100 percent capacity and is ready …

Japan nuclear plants threatened with closure over antiterrorism measures - The Japan News

Japan nuclear plants threatened with closure over antiterrorism measures - The Japan News: The Nuclear Regulation Authority has decided to order power companies to shut down nuclear reactors if they have not had certain facilities, legally required as antiterrorism measures, completed by specified deadlines.

Foreign backers set to pull out of Turkish nuclear power project | Ahval

Foreign backers set to pull out of Turkish nuclear power project | Ahval

World's first floating nuclear power unit set to start operations in Russia: Rosatom | S&P Global Platts

World's first floating nuclear power unit set to start operations in Russia: Rosatom | S&P Global Platts: Expected to be connected to the power grid in December Operating license could be granted in July The world's only floating nuclear power unit is ready to start commercial operations in Russia, accord

Plymouth Braces For Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant's End | Radio Boston

Plymouth Braces For Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant's End | Radio Boston: When Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station closes its doors at the end of May, the town of Plymouth will lose one of its largest economic engines.

Nuclear energy and the Green New Deal – San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Nuclear energy and the Green New Deal – San Gabriel Valley Tribune: There is one energy source that efficiently produces lots of power with no carbon emissions: nuclear.

Supreme Court Clears Path for States to Subsidize Nuclear Power | 2019-04-24 | Engineering News-Record

Supreme Court Clears Path for States to Subsidize Nuclear Power | 2019-04-24 | Engineering News-Record: States that want to subsidize nuclear power plants got a boost from the U.S. Supreme Court April 15 when it refused to hear a petition challenging a lower court decision that certain subsidies do not interfere with federal regulatory authority. Challengers say the question now is left to federal regulators. Two lower courts previously upheld zero-emissions subsidy programs in New York and Illinois that provide payments to nuclear plants that could no longer compete with low-cost fossil generation. The subsidies do not interfere with Federal . . .

Opponents Argue Against Cost Of Nuclear Power Subsidies | WOSU Radio

Opponents Argue Against Cost Of Nuclear Power Subsidies | WOSU Radio: Opponents are speaking out against the bill that would prop up two struggling nuclear plants while also tossing out the state’s green energy requirements

Critics say nuclear deal reneges on promises | Toledo Blade

Critics say nuclear deal reneges on promises | Toledo Blade: COLUMBUS — Critics of a legislative proposal to keep the Davis-Besse and Perry nuclear plants viable for at least a few more years claim the plan reneges ...

Free-market advocate chastises nuclear energy subsidies in committee hearing | Ohio | watchdog.org

Free-market advocate chastises nuclear energy subsidies in committee hearing | Ohio | watchdog.org: A representative of an Ohio-based free-market think tank cautioned state lawmakers during a Wednesday committee hearing about adopting a measure that would subsidize two nuclear power plants that are no

Green Energy, Industry Advocates Call Ohio Bill a Bailout for Nuclear Energy – InsideSources

Green Energy, Industry Advocates Call Ohio Bill a Bailout for Nuclear Energy – InsideSources: Republican lawmakers in Ohio are under fire over a bill intended to create a clean air program but denounced by energy industry and environmental

States Are Using Taxpayer Money to Greenwash Dirty Nuclear Power | The New Republic

States Are Using Taxpayer Money to Greenwash Dirty Nuclear Power | The New Republic: New Jersey is the latest state to subsidize aging reactors with credits designated for clean energy.

Around the World, Buyers' Remorse Sets in for Costly Clean Power - Bloomberg

Around the World, Buyers' Remorse Sets in for Costly Clean Power - Bloomberg: Two decades ago, governments and utilities around the world began offering above-market rates and contracts to fuel the rise of clean energy, helping wind and solar become some of the cheapest power sources.

Earnings Preview: PG&E (PCG) Q1 Earnings Expected to Decline - Nasdaq.com

Earnings Preview: PG&E (PCG) Q1 Earnings Expected to Decline - Nasdaq.com: The market expects PG&E (PCG) to deliver a year-over-year decline in earnings on higher revenues when i t report s results for the quarter ended.

Governor Gavin Newsom Says PG&E Doesn't Deserve Increased Rates | KQED News

Governor Gavin Newsom Says PG&E Doesn't Deserve Increased Rates | KQED News: Earlier this week PG&E proposed to increase customer rates to attract new investors, but Governor Newsom says the utility doesn't deserve it.

Gov. Newsom Blasts PG&E Over Rate Hike Plan | KQED News

Gov. Newsom Blasts PG&E Over Rate Hike Plan | KQED News

PG&E Departure Leaves EIM Vacancy | RTO Insider

PG&E Departure Leaves EIM Vacancy | RTO Insider: The CAISO Energy Imbalance Market's Governing Body will search for a candidate to replace Kristine Schmidt after she resigned earlier this month.

PG&E Wants to Hike Rates to Hike Profits | Mark Fiore: Drawn to the Bay | The California Report | KQED News

PG&E Wants to Hike Rates to Hike Profits | Mark Fiore: Drawn to the Bay | The California Report | KQED News: One day after PG&E asked state regulators to approve a rate hike to attract investors, a bankruptcy judge approved the utility's plan to pay $235 million i

PG&E gets court OK for $235 million in bonuses amid wildfire woes, bankruptcy – Chico Enterprise-Record

PG&E gets court OK for $235 million in bonuses amid wildfire woes, bankruptcy – Chico Enterprise-Record: The $235 million in bonus packages for PG&E employees, part of PG&E’s short-term incentive program, or STIP, will apply to the performance of the affected company employees during 201…

Pilgrim seeks big cut in liability insurance - News - capecodtimes.com - Hyannis, MA

Pilgrim seeks big cut in liability insurance - News - capecodtimes.com - Hyannis, MA

‘Deadly Forever’: Dangerous US Atomic Reactors May Be Subsidized by Ohio Bill - Sputnik International

‘Deadly Forever’: Dangerous US Atomic Reactors May Be Subsidized by Ohio Bill - Sputnik International

Editorial: Counterterrorism measures urgently needed at nuclear plants - The Mainichi

Editorial: Counterterrorism measures urgently needed at nuclear plants - The Mainichi: The new safety regulations introduced in the wake of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster require operators of nuclear power plants in Japan to set up

China Enters Global Tech Race For Small Modular Nuclear Reactors

China Enters Global Tech Race For Small Modular Nuclear Reactors: Advanced Small Modular Reactors (SMRs) represent the next evolution of clean nuclear power. China, Russia, and the United States are now in a race to perfect this transformative technology.

As Pilgrim Powers Down, Some Worry It Will Leave Behind Too Much Radiation | Earthwhile

As Pilgrim Powers Down, Some Worry It Will Leave Behind Too Much Radiation | Earthwhile: The Plymouth nuclear plant releases small amounts of radiation as part of its normal operation. As it prepares to shut down, some worry about what will be left behind.

Barrasso Revives Nuclear Waste Disposal Legislation - ExchangeMonitor

Barrasso Revives Nuclear Waste Disposal Legislation - ExchangeMonitor: ExchangeMonitor covers nuclear weapons, waste management, nuclear cleanup, international intelligence as well as carbon capture and storage.

NRC officials: No major issues at Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant in 2018 | Local News | enewscourier.com

NRC officials: No major issues at Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant in 2018 | Local News | enewscourier.com

NRC Approves NAC International Transport Cask


NRC Approves NAC International Transport Cask

https://www.exchangemonitor.com/nrc-approves-nac-international-transport-cask/?printmode=1

Letter to New York Times commenting on article entitled "Blamed for Wildfires, PG&E Seeks Higher Electricity Rates."


Dear New York Times Editors:

April 25, 2019

Please publish my 192-word letter to the editor in response to Ivan Penn's
informative  April 23, 2019 news story, "Blamed for Wildfires, PG&E Seeks
Higher Electricity Rates"
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/23/business/blamed-for-wildfires-pge-seeks-higher-electricity-rates.html

___________


Californians for Green Nuclear Power, Inc., (CGNP) is  an independent
nonprofit intervenor in several proceedings now  before the California
Public Utilities Commission (CPUC.) CGNP underscores  the critical role
nuclear power plays in fighting climate change. CGNP opposes fossil-fuel
advocacy for policies that "embed" large amounts of natural-gas-fired
generation in the power grid - needlessly inflating costs. In typical
special-interest fashion, PG&E is now requesting an exorbitant return on
equity instead of focusing on bringing the rest of PG&E to the high safety
standards of the Diablo Canyon Power Plant (DCPP.)  Zero-carbon  DCPP
annually produces more than five Hoover Dams of electricity at a price
below in-state fossil generation.

CGNP continues to pursue legal challenges to PG&E's plans to close the
highly-functioning DCPP  in 2025 to boost corporate profits. The facts are
on CGNP's side. CGNP will eventually prevail on merits.

We are encouraging New York State nuclear power advocates to help protect
Indian Point Energy Center (IPEC) from  wasteful, premature closure in
about two years. The safe, abundant, cost-effective IPEC protects the
lives of millions of New Yorkers from freezing during recurrent polar
vortices when the supply of natural gas is sharply curtailed.

_____________

Thank you.

Gene Nelson, Ph.D.  CGNP Legal Assistant
Californians for Green Nuclear Power, Inc. (CGNP)
1375 East Grand Ave Ste 103 #523
Arroyo Grande, CA 93420-2421
(805) 363 - 4697 cell
Government@CGNP.org email
http://CGNP.org  website

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

PG&E asks California for higher rates, angers Newsom | The Sacramento Bee

PG&E asks California for higher rates, angers Newsom | The Sacramento Bee

PG&E thinks its equipment started wildfires. Now, the utility wants customers to absorb another rate hike - CNN

PG&E thinks its equipment started wildfires. Now, the utility wants customers to absorb another rate hike - CNN

Warren Buffett knocks down rumors that he’s buying PG&E | Fox Business

Warren Buffett knocks down rumors that he’s buying PG&E | Fox Business: “100% not true,” the billionaire told CNBC.

PG&E Stock Flares, Then Retreats, on Buffett Buyout Rumors - TheStreet

PG&E Stock Flares, Then Retreats, on Buffett Buyout Rumors - TheStreet

Warren Buffett shoots down report that Berkshire Hathaway will acquire embattled California utility PG&E (PCG) | Markets Insider

Warren Buffett shoots down report that Berkshire Hathaway will acquire embattled California utility PG&E (PCG) | Markets Insider: Warren Buffett denied a report that Berkshire Hathaway is in talks to acquire the California utility PG&E, according to CNBC.
PG&E soared as much ...

Blamed for Wildfires, PG&E Seeks Higher Electricity Rates - The New York Times

Blamed for Wildfires, PG&E Seeks Higher Electricity Rates - The New York Times

PG&E gets court OK for $235 million in bonuses amid wildfire woes, bankruptcy – Chico Enterprise-Record

PG&E gets court OK for $235 million in bonuses amid wildfire woes, bankruptcy – Chico Enterprise-Record: The $235 million in bonus packages for PG&E employees, part of PG&E’s short-term incentive program, or STIP, will apply to the performance of the affected company employees during 201…

Nuclear Decommissioning Service Market Industry Growth and Forecast 2023 by Global Top Players


Nuclear Decommissioning Service Market Industry Growth and Forecast 2023 by Global Top Players - Areva Group, Babcock International, Studsvik, AECOM, Westinghouse Electric, Grupo Dominguis, Ansaldo Nuclear,EnergySolutions, Nuvia Group


https://www.openpr.com/news/1716229/Nuclear-Decommissioning-Service-Market-Industry-Growth-and-Forecast-2023-by-Global-Top-Players-Areva-Group-Babcock-International-Studsvik-AECOM-Westinghouse-Electric-Grupo-Dominguis-Ansaldo-Nuclear-EnergySolutions-Nuvia-Group.html

Guest Opinion: Utah may be doomed to repeat nuclear history | Deseret News

Guest Opinion: Utah may be doomed to repeat nuclear history | Deseret News: In a few years, the municipal officials will, like vaudeville actors chomping exploded cigars over badly singed collars, be trying frantically to explain to their outraged constituents how it all went so expensively wrong.

Why nuclear power is important to Ohio’s present and future: Jacopo Buongiorno and John Parsons (Opinion) - cleveland.com

Why nuclear power is important to Ohio’s present and future: Jacopo Buongiorno and John Parsons (Opinion) - cleveland.com: As Ohio considers its economic future, the industrial and technological expertise evident at the Perry and Davis-Besse nuclear plants could be an asset on which to build a better future, write Jacopo Buongiorno and John Parsons of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in a guest column.

PEPE ESCOBAR: War on Iran & Calling America’s Bluff – Consortiumnews

PEPE ESCOBAR: War on Iran & Calling America’s Bluff – Consortiumnews

Bernie Sanders Wants To Phase Out Nuclear Power. One Vermont Town Was Hit Hard When Its Plant Closed | The Daily Caller

Bernie Sanders Wants To Phase Out Nuclear Power. One Vermont Town Was Hit Hard When Its Plant Closed | The Daily Caller

As Trump moves to cut off Iran’s oil revenues, what’s his endgame?

As Trump moves to cut off Iran’s oil revenues, what’s his endgame?: The Trump administration took another dramatic step toward disrupting the status quo in and on Iran with the abrupt halt of all waivers for U.S. sanctions targeting Iranian oil exports.

San Francisco to power commercial buildings with 100% renewables | Utility Dive

San Francisco to power commercial buildings with 100% renewables | Utility Dive: Utility industry news, voices and jobs for energy industry professionals. Optimized for your mobile phone.

Pennsylvania PUC Commissioner blasts state's nuclear bailout bill | Utility Dive

Pennsylvania PUC Commissioner blasts state's nuclear bailout bill | Utility Dive: Utility industry news, voices and jobs for energy industry professionals. Optimized for your mobile phone.

The Breakthrough Institute

The Breakthrough Institute

The Breakthrough Institute – Energy

The Breakthrough Institute – Energy: The Breakthrough Institute is an environmental research center based in Oakland, California. Our research focuses on identifying and promoting technological solutions to environmental and human development challenges in three areas: energy, conservation, and food and farming.

The Nuclear Deal Saboteurs Aren’t Finished Yet | The American Conservative

The Nuclear Deal Saboteurs Aren’t Finished Yet | The American Conservative: Revoking the waivers certainly makes no sense for U.S. interests, as any credible arms control expert would tell you.

nuclear power plants: 12 more nuclear power plants in India soon, says Department of Atomic Energy chief, Energy News, ET EnergyWorld

nuclear power plants: 12 more nuclear power plants in India soon, says Department of Atomic Energy chief, Energy News, ET EnergyWorld: Vyas said the first stage of India's indigenous nuclear power programme has now attained maturity with 18 operating Pressurised Heavy Water Reactors

New Jersey Approves Zero Emission Credits for Nuclear Plants - Lexology

New Jersey Approves Zero Emission Credits for Nuclear Plants - Lexology: The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) approved applications submitted by PSEG Nuclear LLC seeking subsidies of up to $300 million annually…

Russia expects operating licence for floating plant in July - World Nuclear News

Russia expects operating licence for floating plant in July - World Nuclear News: After a series of successful and comprehensive tests, including on its twin KLT-40 reactor system, the floating nuclear power plant Akademik Lomonosov is ready to start commercial operations, Russia's Rosatom announced today.

uniindia.com/~/russia-successfully-tests-world-s-first-floating-nuclear-power-plant/World/news/1574537.html

uniindia.com/~/russia-successfully-tests-world-s-first-floating-nuclear-power-plant/World/news/1574537.html

Russia expects operating licence for floating plant in July - World Nuclear News

Russia expects operating licence for floating plant in July - World Nuclear News: After a series of successful and comprehensive tests, including on its twin KLT-40 reactor system, the floating nuclear power plant Akademik Lomonosov is ready to start commercial operations, Russia's Rosatom announced today.

Critical success: 10-month trial of Russia’s floating nuclear power plant reactor complete — RT Russia News

Critical success: 10-month trial of Russia’s floating nuclear power plant reactor complete — RT Russia News

New safety rules threaten to close 5 nuclear plants in Japan - UPI.com

New safety rules threaten to close 5 nuclear plants in Japan - UPI.com

NRA stands firm on deadline; nuclear plants may shut down:The Asahi Shimbun

NRA stands firm on deadline; nuclear plants may shut down:The Asahi Shimbun: The government’s nuclear watchdog refused to extend its deadline for the installation of anti-terror

Letter: Nuclear power: a key part of a green future - Times Union

Letter: Nuclear power: a key part of a green future - Times Union: Climate change is real and happening now. The primary cause is the burning of fossil fuels by humans. This fact is confirmed by the climate scientists at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and every respected meteorological organization on the planet.
The question is: How should we meaningfully decrease the release of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere? The United States has been pushing for wind and solar power. These sources of energy should be promoted, but there are issues. These sources are uncontrollable and varying due to changes in weather conditions. Having virtually no control over these means of producing electricity poses a real problem. Electric companies must constantly balance the generation of electric power to meet the demand for electric power. As a result, fossil fuel power plants must be put on standby to compensate for any sudden, sharp changes in power production by these renewable sources, which is wasteful and expensive.
The only practical solution is nuclear power. Nuclear power is safe and does not produce any greenhouse gases. The nuclear waste problem comes from making nuclear weapons, not the safety of nuclear power facilities. Plant

Historic Plymouth Looks To A Future Without Pilgrim | Earthwhile

Historic Plymouth Looks To A Future Without Pilgrim | Earthwhile: The nuclear plant is shutting down for good. And Plymouth -- known as "America's Hometown" -- will have to adjust to life post-Pilgrim.

Chris Freind: Debate mushrooms over bailout of state’s nuclear plants | Opinion | delcotimes.com

Chris Freind: Debate mushrooms over bailout of state’s nuclear plants | Opinion | delcotimes.com: There is a mushrooming debate in Pennsylvania, and it’s going nuclear.

Why nuclear power is important to Ohio’s present and future: Jacopo Buongiorno and John Parsons (Opinion) - cleveland.com

Why nuclear power is important to Ohio’s present and future: Jacopo Buongiorno and John Parsons (Opinion) - cleveland.com: As Ohio considers its economic future, the industrial and technological expertise evident at the Perry and Davis-Besse nuclear plants could be an asset on which to build a better future, write Jacopo Buongiorno and John Parsons of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in a guest column.

Changing hearts and minds on nuclear power

Changing hearts and minds on nuclear power: Nuclear power generates about 20 percent of the electricity in the United States today, but it holds the potential to create much more.

Ohioans could be charged more electric fees

Ohioans could be charged more electric fees: Environmentalists and consumer advocates on Tuesday warned that a bill pending in the Ohio House wou...

Opponents of Ohio nuclear bailout fear loss of focus on renewable energy sources | Ohio | watchdog.org

Opponents of Ohio nuclear bailout fear loss of focus on renewable energy sources | Ohio | watchdog.org: Ohio lawmakers last week heard from supporters of a clean energy bill who said the proposal would help the state keep its two nuclear power plants active along with the

DeWine Says Nuclear Power Must Be Part Of Ohio's Energy Landscape | WOSU Radio

DeWine Says Nuclear Power Must Be Part Of Ohio's Energy Landscape | WOSU Radio: Ohio lawmakers are debating a plan that would bail out the state’s two aging nuclear energy plants by charging customers more.

ANS Nuclear Policy Wire April 24, 2019

ANS Nuclear Policy Wire
April 24, 2019

"Opening Bids" for Nuclear Waste Policy Debate in the Senate
Today, Senator John Barrasso (R-WY) released a discussion draft of the Nuclear Waste Policy Amendments Act of 2019 for public review. The release precedes a hearing in the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee scheduled for next Wednesday, May 1. The draft language largely mirrors H.R. 3053, which passed the U.S. House last year by a vote of (340 - 72).
 
Senator's John Alexander (R-TN) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) are also widely expected to reintroduce the Nuclear Waste Administration Act when Congress returns from its Easter recess. This legislation, first introduced in 2015, would create an independent Nuclear Waste Administration within the U.S. Department of Energy, authorize interim storage, and create a consent-based process for siting a geologic repository.
 
Finally, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee has announced a hearing next Tuesday, April 30 on the Nuclear Energy Leadership Act (NELA).
 

Dounreay Site Restoration Ltd Awards Framework Contracts - News - Nuclear Power News - Nuclear Street - Nuclear Power Plant News, Jobs, and Careers

Dounreay Site Restoration Ltd Awards Framework Contracts - 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.

Concrete Pour Milestone At Kursk II Unit 2 - News - Nuclear Power News - Nuclear Street - Nuclear Power Plant News, Jobs, and Careers

Concrete Pour Milestone At Kursk II Unit 2 - 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.

KHNP Announces Shin Kori 4 Start Up - News - Nuclear Power News - Nuclear Street - Nuclear Power Plant News, Jobs, and Careers

KHNP Announces Shin Kori 4 Start Up - 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.

UPDATE 1-Japan nuclear regulator to halt reactors without anti-terrorism systems - Energy & Oil - Reuters

UPDATE 1-Japan nuclear regulator to halt reactors without anti-terrorism systems - Energy & Oil - Reuters: * Up to 10 reactors won't be ready by deadlines starting in 2020

Legal team 'deliberating' Supreme Court appeal for MOX case, S.C. attorney general says | News | aikenstandard.com

Legal team 'deliberating' Supreme Court appeal for MOX case, S.C. attorney general says | News | aikenstandard.com

Barrasso Releases Discussion Draft Legislation to Address Nuclear Waste - Press Releases - U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works

Barrasso Releases Discussion Draft Legislation to Address Nuclear Waste - Press Releases - U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works: WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senator John Barrasso (R-WY), chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW), released the Nuclear Waste Policy Amendments Act of 2019 discussion draft. The discussion draft provides practical reforms to the nation’s nuclear waste management policy to ensure the federal government’s legal obligations to dispose of spent nuclear fuel and high-level waste are fulfilled.

“Nuclear energy is critical if we are going to reduce carbon emissions in a meaningful way,” said Barrasso. “Last Congress, bipartisan legislation to support America’s nuclear innovators was passed and signed into law. The law of the land requires Washington to take responsibility to manage and dispose of spent nuclear fuel. Spent nuclear fuel and high-level radioactive waste is currently stored in 39 states across the country. It’s time for Washington to fulfill its long-overdue promise to permanently and safely dispose of spent nuclear fuel.

“My draft legislation takes commonsense steps to advance the licensing of the Yucca Mountain facility. The legislation also strengthens the nation’s nuclear waste manage

Changing hearts and minds on nuclear power

Changing hearts and minds on nuclear power: Nuclear power generates about 20 percent of the electricity in the United States today, but it holds the potential to create much more.

Russia expects operating licence for floating plant in July - World Nuclear News

Russia expects operating licence for floating plant in July - World Nuclear News: After a series of successful and comprehensive tests, including on its twin KLT-40 reactor system, the floating nuclear power plant Akademik Lomonosov is ready to start commercial operations, Russia's Rosatom announced today.

Dounreay decommissioning framework contracts awarded - World Nuclear News

Dounreay decommissioning framework contracts awarded - World Nuclear News: Dounreay Site Restoration Limited has awarded six framework contracts - potentially worth up to a combined GBP400 million (USD 518 million) - for decommissioning services at the Dounreay site in Scotland.

Why nuclear is an environmentalist's story - World Nuclear News

Why nuclear is an environmentalist's story - World Nuclear News: The nuclear industry must act to end the decades-long demonisation of the most environmentally friendly form of energy and the world's only viable hope against climate change and poverty. This was the message of Michael Shellenberger - the president of research and policy organisation Environmental Progress - to delegates at the XI International Forum Atomexpo 2019 held in Sochi, Russia, last week.

Tepco transfers first nuclear fuel out of No. 3 reactor building at crippled Fukushima plant | The Japan Times

Tepco transfers first nuclear fuel out of No. 3 reactor building at crippled Fukushima plant | The Japan Times: The operator of the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant said Tuesday it has transferred some nuclear fuel from one of the reactor buildings damage

Fluor says just .69 acres of waste left at desert complex | Government | postregister.com

Fluor says just .69 acres of waste left at desert complex | Government | postregister.com: Fluor Idaho crews have removed all but .69 acres of hazardous waste from the Radioactive Waste Management Complex.

Nuclear energy: new poll looks at whether Americans think it counts as clean energy - Vox

Nuclear energy: new poll looks at whether Americans think it counts as clean energy - Vox: The Green Advocacy Project poll dives deep into voter preferences on climate policy.

This Vermont Town Took A Big Hit When Its Nuclear Plant Closed | Earthwhile

This Vermont Town Took A Big Hit When Its Nuclear Plant Closed | Earthwhile: Vermont Yankee closed five years ago, and its host community of Vernon has had a rough adjustment to its new social and economic reality. There may be lessons for Plymouth as Pilgrim sets to close.

SC Senate debate over Santee Cooper's future begins

SC Senate debate over Santee Cooper's future begins: COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina senators on Tuesday began what could be days of debate over the future of state owned utility Santee Cooper. The senators discussed a resolution to have...

Judge will consider Nevada bid to block plutonium shipping


Judge will consider Nevada bid to block plutonium shipping

https://apnews.com/82479ec3b26b4db08264cfc39a898d24

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

New Jersey awards first ZECs - World Nuclear News

New Jersey awards first ZECs - World Nuclear News: The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) has awarded Zero Emission Certificates (ZECs) to the Salem and Hope Creek nuclear power plants. NJBPU President Joseph Fiordaliso said the board had a "moral obligation" to do all it can to decrease carbon emissions.

China's CGN and Huaneng enhance cooperation - World Nuclear News

China's CGN and Huaneng enhance cooperation - World Nuclear News: China General Nuclear and China Huaneng are to cooperate in nuclear power, fuel and technology through a newly signed framework agreement.

Viewpoint: A long future for France’s nuclear fleet? - World Nuclear News

Viewpoint: A long future for France’s nuclear fleet? - World Nuclear News: France set out its energy transition roadmap in the recently proposed PPE plan. Included are challenging targets to gradually reduce the country's reliance on nuclear generation. Pierre George, senior director, and Claire Mauduit-Le Clercq, director, EMEA Utilities at S&P Global Ratings, explain the implications for France’s nuclear future and for the country’s sole nuclear operator, EDF.

New Fuels Could Make Nuclear Reactors Safer and More Efficient - Scientific American

New Fuels Could Make Nuclear Reactors Safer and More Efficient - Scientific American: Scientific American is the essential guide to the most awe-inspiring advances in science and technology, explaining how they change our understanding of the world and shape our lives.

EM Update April 23, 2019

EM Update | Vol. 11, Issue 16 | April 23, 2019
GreenBar

How nuclear plants are gaming climate-change rules

How nuclear plants are gaming climate-change rules: In state after state, operators have figured out how turn green-power incentives into sweetheart deals.

Judge approves $350 million incentive program proposed by PG&E for 10,000 employees - Reuters

Judge approves $350 million incentive program proposed by PG&E for 10,000 employees - Reuters: A judge at a hearing on Tuesday approved a plan by PG&E Corp to pay up to $350 million in bonuses to 10,000 employees to spur them to help meet the bankrupt California power provider's safety goals.

PG&E gets OK for $235 million in bonuses amid wildfire woes

PG&E gets OK for $235 million in bonuses amid wildfire woes: PG&E will be able to grant $235 million in bonuses roughly 10,000 employees, a bankruptcy judge ruled Tuesday, a decision that was issued despite PG&E's wildfire-linked woes and the disgraced company's proposal to impose a big increase in monthly utility bills on its customers

PG&E Nears a Deal With Investor to Bump One Board Member - Bloomberg

PG&E Nears a Deal With Investor to Bump One Board Member - Bloomberg: PG&E Corp. reached a deal to replace one of its board members with a director proposed by an activist investor, while also naming a former federal safety official as an adviser to help guide the bankrupt utility’s restructuring.

PG&E asks California for higher rates, angers Newsom | The Sacramento Bee

PG&E asks California for higher rates, angers Newsom | The Sacramento Bee

PG&E seeks higher rates, drops board member in bid for Wall Street’s favor - SFChronicle.com

PG&E seeks higher rates, drops board member in bid for Wall Street’s favor - SFChronicle.com: PG&E has appointed Fred Buckman to its board of directors, after longtime member Richard Kelly stepped down unexpectedly. Separately, the utility is seeking higher rates based on an increased return for investors.

PG&E Submits Updated Financing Proposal for Safety and Reliability Infrastructure Investments for 16 Million Customers | Business Wire

PG&E Submits Updated Financing Proposal for Safety and Reliability Infrastructure Investments for 16 Million Customers | Business Wire: Today, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) filed its Cost of Capital proposal with the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) designed

PG&E (PCG) Submits Updated Financing Proposal for Safety and Reliability Infrastructure Investments for 16 Million Customers

PG&E (PCG) Submits Updated Financing Proposal for Safety and Reliability Infrastructure Investments for 16 Million Customers

PG&E hires former NTSB chair to be safety advisor - Power Engineering

PG&E hires former NTSB chair to be safety advisor - Power Engineering: Fred Buckman, former CEO of Consumers Energy and PacifiCorp, has been appointed to the parent PG&E Corp. and the Pacific Gas & Electric Co. utility as a new independent director, effective immediately. PG&E also will be hiring Christopher Hart, former chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board, to serve as a special independent safety advisor.

PG&E in deal with BlueMountain appoints new independent director - Reuters

PG&E in deal with BlueMountain appoints new independent director - Reuters: California utility owner PG&E Corp said on Monday it agreed to a deal with BlueMountain Capital Management LLC to appoint a new independent director and a safety adviser, resolving a months-long battle with the activist shareholder.

PG&E Shuffles Board to End Investor Challenge - WSJ

PG&E Shuffles Board to End Investor Challenge - WSJ: PG&E Corp. on Monday settled a dispute with an activist investor by restructuring its board to include another director with utility experience, and adding a safety specialist to advise its chief executive.

PG&E asks California for higher rates, angers Newsom | The Sacramento Bee

PG&E asks California for higher rates, angers Newsom | The Sacramento Bee: PG&E asked for the California PUC Monday to raise its allowable “return on equity,” to attract investment to improve wildfire safety. Customer rates would increase. Gov. Gavin Newsom is angry.

PG&E seeks higher rates amid push to address wildfire woes

PG&E seeks higher rates amid push to address wildfire woes: PG&E monthly utility bills could rocket higher if the disgraced power company secures approval of a new proposal to force ratepayers to bankroll upgrades in the company's gas and electricity systems, which have been linked to a catastrophic explosion and lethal wildfires over the past several years.

This Vermont Town Took A Big Hit When Its Nuclear Plant Closed | Earthwhile

This Vermont Town Took A Big Hit When Its Nuclear Plant Closed | Earthwhile: Vermont Yankee closed five years ago, and its host community of Vernon has had a rough adjustment to its new social and economic reality. There may be lessons for Plymouth as Pilgrim sets to close.

NRC Begins Picking Meeting Sites for Decommissioning Advisory Board Report - ExchangeMonitor | Page 1

NRC Begins Picking Meeting Sites for Decommissioning Advisory Board Report - ExchangeMonitor | Page 1: ExchangeMonitor covers nuclear weapons, waste management, nuclear cleanup, international intelligence as well as carbon capture and storage.

NRC Schedules Open House To Discuss Watts Bar Nuclear Power Plant Performance - Chattanoogan.com

NRC Schedules Open House To Discuss Watts Bar Nuclear Power Plant Performance - Chattanoogan.com

North Anna nuclear power plant to hold open house | Central Va. News | dailyprogress.com

North Anna nuclear power plant to hold open house | Central Va. News | dailyprogress.com: The open house will run from 5 to 6 p.m. May 2 at the Mineral Municipal Building.

Vermont Applies to Become NRC Agreement State - ExchangeMonitor | Page 1

Vermont Applies to Become NRC Agreement State - ExchangeMonitor | Page 1

Public Meetings Sought on DOE Plans for New Shaft at WIPP - ExchangeMonitor

Public Meetings Sought on DOE Plans for New Shaft at WIPP - ExchangeMonitor: ExchangeMonitor covers nuclear weapons, waste management, nuclear cleanup, international intelligence as well as carbon capture and storage.

Pennsylvania Utility Regulator Speaks Out Against State Senate's Nuclear Bailout Bill | 90.5 WESA

Pennsylvania Utility Regulator Speaks Out Against State Senate's Nuclear Bailout Bill | 90.5 WESA: A state utility regulator is voicing opposition to a bill aimed at propping up Pennsylvania’s nuclear power industry.

Nuclear energy: new poll looks at whether Americans think it counts as clean energy - Vox

Nuclear energy: new poll looks at whether Americans think it counts as clean energy - Vox: The Green Advocacy Project poll dives deep into voter preferences on climate policy.

Amid bailout talk, Gov. Mike DeWine signals support for nuclear energy - cleveland.com

Amid bailout talk, Gov. Mike DeWine signals support for nuclear energy - cleveland.com: Gov. Mike DeWine said Monday that nuclear energy needs to play a role in the state’s energy policy — significant comments given state lawmakers’ ongoing debate over whether to impose an extra fee on all Ohio electricity customers to help rescue two financially troubled nuclear plants.

How greed and corruption blew up South Korea’s nuclear industry - MIT Technology Review

How greed and corruption blew up South Korea’s nuclear industry - MIT Technology Review: Seoul had a solution to the world’s energy problems. Then everything went wrong.

Ross: The path to zero emissions is paved with nuclear energy

 

Ross: The path to zero emissions is paved with nuclear energy

https://mynorthwest.com/1356346/ross-nuclear-power-zero-emissions/

Monday, April 22, 2019

Edison asks for bigger profits, says bills would rise $14.40 a month for the average home - Los Angeles Times

Edison asks for bigger profits, says bills would rise $14.40 a month for the average home - Los Angeles Times

PG&E seeks higher cost of capital on increased wildfire risk - Reuters

PG&E seeks higher cost of capital on increased wildfire risk - Reuters: California utility PG&E Corp said on Monday it submitted a proposal with the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), which if approved, would result in an increase of about 7 percent in monthly bill for some electricity customers.

PG&E asks California PUC for higher rates, profits | Merced Sun-Star

PG&E asks California PUC for higher rates, profits | Merced Sun-Star

PG&E to California: We need higher rates and profits to cope with wildfire risk


PG&E to California: We need higher rates and profits to cope with wildfire risk


Read more here: https://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/capitol-alert/article229556149.html#storylink=cpy

https://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/capitol-alert/article229556149.html

PowerPoint Presentation - API-Presentation.pdf

PowerPoint Presentation - API-Presentation.pdf

Where does America get its carbon-free electricity? | The Seattle Times

Where does America get its carbon-free electricity? | The Seattle Times: Finding the right balance to an electricity mix is essential for power planners.

Africa's Sole Nuclear Plant Gets Revamp to Extend Lifespan - Bloomberg

Africa's Sole Nuclear Plant Gets Revamp to Extend Lifespan - Bloomberg: Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd., the state utility that supplies 95 percent of South Africa’s power, is overhauling the continent’s sole nuclear plant with the aim of extending its lifespan by at least 20 years.

Sen. Murkowski: An opportunity for nuclear energy in Alaska | Juneau Empire

Sen. Murkowski: An opportunity for nuclear energy in Alaska | Juneau Empire: Alaska stands to benefit as much as any other state.