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Saturday, October 5, 2019

IAEA Releases New Projections for Nuclear Power Through 2050

IAEA Releases New Projections for Nuclear Power Through 2050

Vienna, Austria

32/2019
The IAEA has released its latest projections for energy, electricity and nuclear power trends through 2050. The annual report offers a mixed estimate of nuclear power’s future contribution to global electricity generation, depending in part on whether significant new capacity can be added to offset potential reactor retirements.
The 39th edition of Energy, Electricity and Nuclear Power Estimates for the Period up to 2050 provides detailed global trends in nuclear power by region. Its projections1 for nuclear electrical generating capacity are presented as low and high estimates, reflecting different driving factors that have an impact on the worldwide deployment of this low carbon energy source.
The new projections to 2030 see generating capacity declining by some 8% in the low case and increasing by 25% in the high estimate. By 2050, it’s seen falling by 6% in the low scenario and rising by 80% in the high case. Compared with last year, the new estimates to 2050 are down by 33 GW(e) in the high case and up by 15 GW(e) in the low case.
The 2019 projections contain fewer uncertainties compared with previous years due to recent announcements on the future of the existing fleet in some regions and long term plans for expansion. Significant new capacity may be needed to offset possible reactor retirements due to age, competitiveness or other factors.
“Global electricity demand is expected to rise sharply in coming years as countries need more power for development,” said IAEA Deputy Director General Mikhail Chudakov, Head of the Department of Nuclear Energy. “Without a significant increase in the deployment of nuclear power, it will be difficult for the world to secure sufficient energy to achieve sustainable development and to mitigate climate change.”
In 2018, nuclear power produced about 10% of the world’s electricity, accounting for around one third of all low carbon electricity. As of today, the world’s 450 operating nuclear power reactors have a near record level of 399.7 GW(e) total net installed capacity.
In some regions, over the short term the low price of natural gas and the impact of subsidized renewable energy sources are expected to continue to affect nuclear power’s growth prospects. Still, interest in nuclear power remains strong in several regions, particularly in the developing world, and commitments agreed under the Paris Agreement and other initiatives have the potential to support its development.
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1 The projections consist of both available capacity (currently supplying electricity to the grid) and installed nominal capacity (available, but not currently supplying electricity to the grid).

Hanford nuclear waste cleanup unlikely ever to be complete, and with a poor safety culture « nuclear-news

Hanford nuclear waste cleanup unlikely ever to be complete, and with a poor safety culture « nuclear-news: Worst U.S. Nuclear Waste Dump Inches Closer to Cleanup, Engineering News Record (ENR) October 3, 2019, Tim Newcomb and Debra K. Rubin   The relics of the nation’s World War II and Cold War past spr…

In recording, Netanyahu boasts Israel convinced Trump to quit Iran nuclear deal | The Times of Israel

In recording, Netanyahu boasts Israel convinced Trump to quit Iran nuclear deal | The Times of Israel: Public broadcaster airs clip of PM telling Likud activists US exit came after he stood up 'against the whole world' by opposing accord

U.S., North Korea break off nuclear talks: report | TheHill

U.S., North Korea break off nuclear talks: report | TheHill

5th Arab Nuclear Power Forum | NBN

5th Arab Nuclear Power Forum | NBN: The Fifth Arab Forum on the Prospects of Nuclear Power for Electricity Generation and Seawater Desalination

Sudan may acquire a floating nuclear power plant | NBN

Sudan may acquire a floating nuclear power plant | NBN: The agency referred to the importance of public acceptance of the project of the floating nuclear plant, which was agreed with Russia recently, and determining who will

Egyptian NPPA's statement on the safety of Al-Dabaa after nuclear accident in Russia | NBN

Egyptian NPPA's statement on the safety of Al-Dabaa after nuclear accident in Russia | NBN: Egypt's Nuclear Power Plants Authority (NPPA) issued a statement on Tuesday (August 13th) to respond to the aftermath of the nuclear accident in Russia,

International competition to build two nuclear power plants in Saudi Arabia | NBN

International competition to build two nuclear power plants in Saudi Arabia | NBN

GE-Hitachi Kicks Off BWRX-300 SMR for Estonia | Neutron Bytes

GE-Hitachi Kicks Off BWRX-300 SMR for Estonia | Neutron Bytes: GE-Hitachi to collaborate with Estonia firm on BWRX-300 SMR Development ARC-100 Passes Canadian Pre-licensing Milestone BWXT to Restart TRISO Fuel Development at Lynchburg, VA, Plant Puerto Rico to…

Kyushu Electric to halt two reactors next year due to delay in implementing anti-terrorism measures | The Japan Times

Kyushu Electric to halt two reactors next year due to delay in implementing anti-terrorism measures | The Japan Times: Kyushu Electric Power Co. said Thursday it will halt two reactors next year due to a delay in implementing anti-terrorism measures required by regulators,

Russian plan would kick-start Cuba's nuclear ambitions, oil and gas drilling - UPI.com

Russian plan would kick-start Cuba's nuclear ambitions, oil and gas drilling - UPI.com: Russia could help Cuba build nuclear power plants and kick-start the country's oil and gas development, Russian state-run media reported.

ARPA-E to award up to $35M to develop tools to transform operations and maintenance of advanced nuclear reactors - Green Car Congress

ARPA-E to award up to $35M to develop tools to transform operations and maintenance of advanced nuclear reactors - Green Car Congress: The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) announced up to $35 million in new funding for the development of tools and systems that will enable reduced expense and increased flexibility in the operation and maintenance at nuclear power plants. ARPA-E’s Generating Electricity Managed by Intelligent Nuclear Assets...

New soil samples at Rocky Flats register low for plutonium

New soil samples at Rocky Flats register low for plutonium: A batch of soil samples collected on the periphery of Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge tested well within government-defined acceptable risk thresholds for the deadly substance.

AG to investigate HB6 circulators

AG to investigate HB6 circulators: Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost is investigating new allegations that people circulating petitions f...

1950's era reactor removed from INL research lab - KIFI

1950's era reactor removed from INL research lab - KIFI: Fluor Idaho crews recently removed a 1950's era nuclear reactor used to create neutron fields that exposed materials to a radioactive environment.

Energy Department names nuclear scientists to lead research

Energy Department names nuclear scientists to lead research: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The U.S. Department of Energy on Thursday named two nuclear scientists to lead a research center at an eastern Idaho nuclear laboratory as part of an effort to revamp and...

Hydrogen power, modular nuclear and the other technology Xcel Energy has its eyes on | MPR News

Hydrogen power, modular nuclear and the other technology Xcel Energy has its eyes on | MPR News: Xcel Energy CEO Ben Fowke says the utility should have no problem reaching its goal of reducing carbon by 80 percent by 2030. It’s that last 20 percent that will require still-nascent technology.

Nuclear Reactor of Russia’s Powerful Arktika Icebreaker Physically Launched - Sputnik International

Nuclear Reactor of Russia’s Powerful Arktika Icebreaker Physically Launched - Sputnik International: MOSCOW (Sputnik) – A nuclear reactor of Russia’s flagship icebreaker Arktika, built under Project 22220, has been physically launched, a representative of Russian nuclear corporation Rosatom said on Friday.

Nuclear fusion process could create US supply of Mo-99

Nuclear fusion process could create US supply of Mo-99: Set new record by generating 46 trillion neutrons per second

GE Hitachi collaborates to bring small modular reactor design to Estonia | WilmingtonBiz

GE Hitachi collaborates to bring small modular reactor design to Estonia | WilmingtonBiz: GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy and an Estonia-based firm have signed an agreement that could potentially

Negative power prices | The Energy Collective Daily


Negative power prices | The Energy Collective Daily

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California Power Outages: Extreme Weather, Extreme Energy Shortages, or Extreme Litigation? - California Globe

California Power Outages: Extreme Weather, Extreme Energy Shortages, or Extreme Litigation? - California Globe: San Francisco based Pacific Gas & Electric recently warned customers on that it could turn off power in six Northern California counties as a public

Reports: Energy Secretary Rick Perry to Resign Next Month | Greentech Media

Reports: Energy Secretary Rick Perry to Resign Next Month | Greentech Media: DOE denies reports of Perry’s pending departure, as his name is brought into the Trump administration’s Ukraine impeachment scandal.

Rick Perry’s most surprising legacy as energy secretary could be bigger science budget | Science | AAAS

Rick Perry’s most surprising legacy as energy secretary could be bigger science budget | Science | AAAS: Artificial intelligence became a bigger DOE priority under Perry

Russia reveals US intention to strengthen its nuclear power in Asia

Russia reveals US intention to strengthen its nuclear power in Asia: 4 de octubre de 2019, 15:53Moscow, Oct 4 (Prensa Latina) Russian President Vladimir Putin revealed that the real intention of the United States to withdraw from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) was always to strengthen the presence of these weapons in Asi

Utility Giant Sets Up Critical Test For Top 2020 Democrats On Nuclear Power | HuffPost

Utility Giant Sets Up Critical Test For Top 2020 Democrats On Nuclear Power | HuffPost: As Duke Energy preps renewal requests for its reactors, it's unclear how the leading candidates would rule on a major issue in carbon-free power.

Opinion: If we don’t have an honest conversation about energy, Canada risks becoming a nation of hypocrites - The Globe and Mail

Opinion: If we don’t have an honest conversation about energy, Canada risks becoming a nation of hypocrites - The Globe and Mail: We should demand better when it comes to climate change, but we cannot forget about the impact of our day-to-day activities and the need to candidly engage with their effects

At Fukushima plant, a million-tonne headache: radioactive water

At Fukushima plant, a million-tonne headache: radioactive water: In the grounds of the ravaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant sits a million-tonne headache for the plant's operators and Japan's government: tank after tank of water contaminated with radioactive elements.

'Sea Level Rise': real life disaster yarn - News - New Bern Sun Journal - New Bern, NC

'Sea Level Rise': real life disaster yarn - News - New Bern Sun Journal - New Bern, NC: Book review: In "Sea Level Rise," Orrin and Keith Pilkey poinder what will happen to the United States when oceans are 3 feet higher than they are now.

Entergy Corporation: ANO Begins Refueling Outage, Brings in 1,200 Additional Workers - The Wall Street Transcript

Entergy Corporation: ANO Begins Refueling Outage, Brings in 1,200 Additional Workers - The Wall Street Transcript: News Center > For Immediate Release 10/05/2019 Contact Mike Bowling|601-214-8808|mbowlin@entergy.com Control room operators removed Arkansas Nuclear One's Unit 1 from service Oct. 5 to begin a scheduled refueling outage following months of safe, secure and reliable operation. During the outage, station and supplemental workers will perform maintenance and testing [...]

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Road woes | Employees travel hours to maintain nuclear power plant in Nebraska | Local News | newspressnow.com

Road woes | Employees travel hours to maintain nuclear power plant in Nebraska | Local News | newspressnow.com

Nuclear powers once shared their technology openly – how Iran’s program fell on the wrong side of history - NationofChange

Nuclear powers once shared their technology openly – how Iran’s program fell on the wrong side of history - NationofChange

Philippines, Russia agree to explore possible building of nuclear power plants

Philippines, Russia agree to explore possible building of nuclear power plants: An agreement to explore the possible construction of nuclear power plants in the country was among the business deals signed during President Rodrigo Duterte's trip to Russia, MalacaƱang confirms.

The Biggest Hurdle In India’s Nuclear Energy Push | OilPrice.com

The Biggest Hurdle In India’s Nuclear Energy Push | OilPrice.com

Keep nuclear power in balanced mix of electricity generation

Keep nuclear power in balanced mix of electricity generation: To maintain a continuous flow of electricity, we must keep all nuclear plants running as long as possible.

Nuclear Power Requires Critical Analysis – The Oberlin Review

Nuclear Power Requires Critical Analysis – The Oberlin Review: The dangerous narratives employed in the article “Ishikawa Employs Dangerous Nuclear Narratives, ” written by Production Editor Christo Hays, surprised me (Sept. 27, 2019). Hays claimed that most of nuclear power’s existing problems, such as issues of waste disposal and fuel rod cooling systems, can be improved and fixed through technological development. Hays stated that...

Can Nuclear Waste Be Safely Transported? | American Council on Science and Health

Can Nuclear Waste Be Safely Transported? | American Council on Science and Health: The anti-nuclear crowd uses an assortment of scares to turn public opinion against the use of nuclear power, one of them being the risk of a serious accident when spent nuclear fuel is transported to where it is to be disposed of. Are they right? A visit to the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History in Albuquerque tells us no. It is actually very safe.

The Worlds Cooperation New Nuclear Energy – A Market Research Report

The Worlds Cooperation New Nuclear Energy – A Market Research Report

North Carolina Energy Company Finds Solar Power Increases Pollution

North Carolina Energy Company Finds Solar Power Increases Pollution: If we expect to create a prosperous future fueled by low-cost clean energy, it’s time to recalibrate the way we think about renewables.

Isotope Companies, Nonproliferation Advocates Oppose New HEU Export License - ExchangeMonitor | Page 1

Isotope Companies, Nonproliferation Advocates Oppose New HEU Export License - ExchangeMonitor | Page 1: ExchangeMonitor covers nuclear weapons, waste management, nuclear cleanup, international intelligence as well as carbon capture and storage.

GE Hitachi collaborates to bring small modular reactor design to Estonia | WilmingtonBiz

GE Hitachi collaborates to bring small modular reactor design to Estonia | WilmingtonBiz

Nuclear Regulatory Commission Hears Citizens Request for Advisory Board | TAPinto

Nuclear Regulatory Commission Hears Citizens Request for Advisory Board | TAPinto: MANAHAWKIN, NJ – Bruce Watson, NRC Reactor Decommissioning Branch Chief, has done his fair share of meetings related to the decommissioning of nuclear plants.  Prior to the most recent one related...

$140 million and counting: Legal bills scrutinized in PG&E bankruptcy - SFChronicle.com

$140 million and counting: Legal bills scrutinized in PG&E bankruptcy - SFChronicle.com: PG&E’s bankruptcy is on track to rank among the most expensive cases of its kind, according to federal officials.

PG&E may shut off power in Butte, Plumas, Yuba to avoid fires | The Sacramento Bee

PG&E may shut off power in Butte, Plumas, Yuba to avoid fires | The Sacramento Bee: Pacific Gas and Electric Co. may shut off power to thousands in Butte, Plumas and Yuba counties to reduce fire risk, the company announced Friday. Over 12,000 customers would be without power.

From Forever 21 and Payless to PG&E, here are the biggest bankruptcies of the year so far - Business Insider

From Forever 21 and Payless to PG&E, here are the biggest bankruptcies of the year so far - Business Insider: Forever 21 and Payless ShoeSource are two of the largest companies that have filed for bankruptcy in 2019, according to Chapter11Dockets.com.

PG&E admits fault in sparking large 2019 wildfires, judge demands 'precise details' for 3 | Utility Dive

PG&E admits fault in sparking large 2019 wildfires, judge demands 'precise details' for 3 | Utility Dive: Utility industry news, voices and jobs for energy industry professionals. Optimized for your mobile phone.

PG&E Lines Up $34 Billion in Debt Financing Amid Creditor Fight

PG&E Lines Up $34 Billion in Debt Financing Amid Creditor Fight

PG&E Lines Up $34 Billion in Debt Financing Amid Creditor Fight

PG&E Lines Up $34 Billion in Debt Financing Amid Creditor Fight: (Bloomberg) -- PG&E Corp., seeking to fend off a group of bondholders trying to take control of its bankruptcy, said it has lined up $34.4 billion in debt financing commitments for its planned reorganization.The California utility giant has received the commitments from banks including JPMorgan Chase

Court trustee: PG&E padding $140M claim for legal fees - Manteca Bulletin

Court trustee: PG&E padding $140M claim for legal fees - Manteca Bulletin: SAN FRANCISCO — A federal trustee has ripped apart PG&E’s claim for $140 million in lawyers’ fees for the first few months of its bankruptcy, which the trustee predicts will be the “most expensive” ever.

PG&E pays $65M to settle California records claims | abc10.com

PG&E pays $65M to settle California records claims | abc10.com: California’s Public Utilities Commission says failures in the notification system contributed to 67 cases where crews struck underground lines while excavating.

PG&E Lawyers Cashing in on the “Most Expensive” Bankruptcy Ever | YubaNet

PG&E Lawyers Cashing in on the “Most Expensive” Bankruptcy Ever | YubaNet

PG&E Judge to Bondholders: Why Should I Change Course Now? - Bloomberg

PG&E Judge to Bondholders: Why Should I Change Course Now? - Bloomberg: PG&E Corp., seeking to fend off a group of bondholders trying to take control of its bankruptcy, said it has lined up $34.4 billion in debt financing commitments for its planned reorganization.

PG&E Agrees to Fix Troubled Department That Violated Safety Rules - WSJ

PG&E Agrees to Fix Troubled Department That Violated Safety Rules - WSJ: PG&E agreed to pay a penalty and fund a $60 million program to resolve accusations that its employees violated state law at least 170,000 times by falsifying records showing how workers handled requests to mark underground equipment prior to excavations.

PG&E May Rank Among Most Expensive Bankruptcy Cases Ever Filed

PG&E May Rank Among Most Expensive Bankruptcy Cases Ever Filed: PG&E Corp.’s bankruptcy may end up being one of the costliest ones ever filed, according to the U.S. Trustee, a federal agency that oversees restructuring cases.

PG&E says it has $34.45 billion in debt financing for reorganization - Reuters

PG&E says it has $34.45 billion in debt financing for reorganization - Reuters: PG&E Corp said in court papers on Friday it has debt financing commitments of $34.35 billion for a planned Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization, countering a group of noteholders that has proposed its own reorganization plan for the California power producer.

New techniques used in US legacy reactor decommissioning - World Nuclear News

New techniques used in US legacy reactor decommissioning - World Nuclear News: US Department of Energy Office of Environmental Management contractors have used new techniques, including the use of a diamond wire saw, in a collaborative effort to demolish a legacy research reactor at the Idaho National Laboratory.

Orano and Tepco cooperate further on decommissioning - World Nuclear News

Orano and Tepco cooperate further on decommissioning - World Nuclear News: France's Orano Group recently signed a cooperation agreement with Japanese utility Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco) to strengthen their cooperation on the decommissioning of nuclear facilities at the Fukushima Daiichi site.

Russian Energy Week discusses role of nuclear in SDGs - World Nuclear News

Russian Energy Week discusses role of nuclear in SDGs - World Nuclear News: Delegates at a plenary session of Russian Energy Week taking place this week in Moscow discussed how nuclear power is an "inalienable element of the sustainable development agenda". The session, which was hosted by Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom, included panellists from Belarus, Egypt, Hungary and the UAE, as well as from the International Atomic Energy Agency.

It’s really OK if Japan dumps radioactive Fukushima water into the ocean | ANS Nuclear Cafe

It’s really OK if Japan dumps radioactive Fukushima water into the ocean | ANS Nuclear Cafe

RNE25: What happened in Russia? Dr. Richard Muller of Deep Isolation guests! | ANS Nuclear Cafe

RNE25: What happened in Russia? Dr. Richard Muller of Deep Isolation guests! | ANS Nuclear Cafe

ANS Nuclear Cafe Friday Matinee: Nuclear Power in Space! | ANS Nuclear Cafe

ANS Nuclear Cafe Friday Matinee: Nuclear Power in Space! | ANS Nuclear Cafe

ANS Nuclear Cafe Friday Matinee: Hanford Success Story | ANS Nuclear Cafe

ANS Nuclear Cafe Friday Matinee: Hanford Success Story | ANS Nuclear Cafe

SBIR: Helping Entrepreneurs Commercialize New Technologies | The Energy Collective Daily


SBIR: Helping Entrepreneurs Commercialize New Technologies | The Energy Collective Daily

Link to The Energy Collective Network

Judge Asks PG&E Creditors Why He Should Reverse Course

Judge Asks PG&E Creditors Why He Should Reverse Course: U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Dennis Montali says issue of whether PG&E should keep exclusive control of its restructuring process was just recently “fully briefed, argued and decided.”

PG&E +11.5% amid gas-line settlement, court action - PG&E Corporation (NYSE:PCG) | Seeking Alpha

PG&E +11.5% amid gas-line settlement, court action - PG&E Corporation (NYSE:PCG) | Seeking Alpha: PG&E (PCG) is up 11.5% today after it said it would pay $65M to settle allegations it falsified records for natural gas lines. It also agreed to reforms in

Consumers, trustee blast PG&E bankruptcy lawyer fees amid wildfire woes

Consumers, trustee blast PG&E bankruptcy lawyer fees amid wildfire woes

PG&E’s bankruptcy is one of the “most expensive” ever, trustee says

https://www.mercurynews.com/2019/10/03/consumers-trustee-blast-pge-bankruptcy-lawyer-fees-amid-wildfire-woes/ 

Friday, October 4, 2019

Nuclear Power Developments Focus on Safety Improvements, Clean Energy Benefits

Nuclear Power Developments Focus on Safety Improvements, Clean Energy Benefits

Nuclear Power Is the Only Realistic Option, So We Need a Good Waste Plan | American Council on Science and Health

Nuclear Power Is the Only Realistic Option, So We Need a Good Waste Plan | American Council on Science and Health

Kansai Electric gift scandal widens to non-nuclear officials

Kansai Electric gift scandal widens to non-nuclear officials: The Kansai Electric Power Co. scandal over massive gifts from a former official of a town hosting one of its nuclear plants widens as some of the recipients at the utility are found to be members involved in non-nuclear work.

Russia, Philippines to study building nuclear power plant: report - Xinhua | English.news.cn

Russia, Philippines to study building nuclear power plant: report - Xinhua | English.news.cn

Energy Department names nuclear scientists to lead research | The Seattle Times

Energy Department names nuclear scientists to lead research | The Seattle Times: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The U.S. Department of Energy on Thursday named two nuclear scientists to lead a research center at an eastern Idaho nuclear laboratory as part of an...

The Worlds Cooperation New Nuclear Energy – A Market Research Report

The Worlds Cooperation New Nuclear Energy – A Market Research Report

Medical Radiation Detection, Monitoring & Safety Market to Partake Significant Development During – Analytics News

Medical Radiation Detection, Monitoring & Safety Market to Partake Significant Development During – Analytics News

Can Nuclear Waste Be Safely Transported? | American Council on Science and Health

Can Nuclear Waste Be Safely Transported? | American Council on Science and Health: The anti-nuclear crowd uses an assortment of scares to turn public opinion against the use of nuclear power, one of them being the risk of a serious accident when spent nuclear fuel is transported to where it is to be disposed of. Are they right? A visit to the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History in Albuquerque tells us no. It is actually very safe.

North Carolina Energy Company Finds Solar Power Increases Pollution

North Carolina Energy Company Finds Solar Power Increases Pollution: If we expect to create a prosperous future fueled by low-cost clean energy, it’s time to recalibrate the way we think about renewables.

CFIUS Authority Expanded Via FIRRMA Regulations

CFIUS Authority Expanded Via FIRRMA Regulations: On September 17, 2019, the US Department of the Treasury issued proposed regulations to implement the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act of 2018 (FIRRMA), the statute expanding the

Vernon Business Owner Wants To Purchase Vermont Yankee Property | Vermont Public Radio

Vernon Business Owner Wants To Purchase Vermont Yankee Property | Vermont Public Radio: A Vernon business owner says he wants to buy the Vermont Yankee property after the shuttered nuclear reactor there is decommissioned.

Deadline nears for public to make comments on Exelon's request to change TMI emergency planning | Press & Journal

Deadline nears for public to make comments on Exelon's request to change TMI emergency planning | Press & Journal

North Korea: Why Trump should press pause on Kim (Opinion) - CNN

North Korea: Why Trump should press pause on Kim (Opinion) - CNN

Trump’s Nuclear China Option | The New Republic

Trump’s Nuclear China Option | The New Republic: Hawks are telling the president to toughen up on Chinese nukes, but their plan might spur a new global atomic arms race.

Rapidly expanding nuclear arsenals in Pakistan and India portend regional and global catastrophe | Science Advances

Rapidly expanding nuclear arsenals in Pakistan and India portend regional and global catastrophe | Science Advances: Pakistan and India may have 400 to 500 nuclear weapons by 2025 with yields from tested 12- to 45-kt values to a few hundred kilotons. If India uses 100 strategic weapons to attack urban centers and Pakistan uses 150, fatalities could reach 50 to 125 million people, and nuclear-ignited fires could release 16 to 36 Tg of black carbon in smoke, depending on yield. The smoke will rise into the upper troposphere, be self-lofted into the stratosphere, and spread globally within weeks. Surface sunlight will decline by 20 to 35%, cooling the global surface by 2° to 5°C and reducing precipitation by 15 to 30%, with larger regional impacts. Recovery takes more than 10 years. Net primary productivity declines 15 to 30% on land and 5 to 15% in oceans threatening mass starvation and additional worldwide collateral fatalities.

Fukushima Update 11/4/19

Fukushima Update 11/4/19 –

Fukushima fisheries will consider unrestricted resumption of full fishing operations… Fukushima Prefecture will sue voluntary evacuees in Tokyo for unpaid rent… Japan publishes comparison of Seoul and Fukushima radiation levels on the internet… Unrelenting lawyers appeal the recent acquittal of three Tepco executives… A new radiation shielding material is malleable enough to seal streaming openings… Two restarted nuclear units will be shut down for anti-terrorism upgrades.

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

Thursday, October 3, 2019

BEIJING FLEXES: China Unveils Missile that Could Strike USA in 30 Minutes, Deliver 10 Nuclear Warheads | Sean Hannity

BEIJING FLEXES: China Unveils Missile that Could Strike USA in 30 Minutes, Deliver 10 Nuclear Warheads | Sean Hannity: The Chinese government unveiled a series of new weapons at a military parade Tuesday; marking the 70th anniversary of their communist regime...

ARPA-E | Department of Energy Announces $35 Million to Develop Tools to Transform Operations and Maintenance of Advanced Nuclear Reactors

ARPA-E | Department of Energy Announces $35 Million to Develop Tools to Transform Operations and Maintenance of Advanced Nuclear Reactors

Final major module for Georgia Power’s Vogtle 3 & 4 project arrives onsite | News | news-daily.com

Final major module for Georgia Power’s Vogtle 3 & 4 project arrives onsite | News | news-daily.com: The final major module for construction of the Vogtle 3 & 4 units has arrived onsite.

NRC Receives Event Notification Involving Browns Ferry Power Reactor in Alabama | Energy Central

NRC Receives Event Notification Involving Browns Ferry Power Reactor in Alabama | Energy Central

Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis: Coal-Fired Power Generation Collapsing Across Southeast U.S., Longtime Bastion of the Industry | Energy Central

Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis: Coal-Fired Power Generation Collapsing Across Southeast U.S., Longtime Bastion of the Industry | Energy Central

UPDATE 1-Framatome-Siemens to supply IT systems to Finnish nuclear reactor - Agricultural Commodities - Reuters

UPDATE 1-Framatome-Siemens to supply IT systems to Finnish nuclear reactor - Agricultural Commodities - Reuters: (Adds quote, background)

Scientists deride Johnson’s claim UK on ‘verge’ of creating commercial nuclear fusion reactors | The Independent

Scientists deride Johnson’s claim UK on ‘verge’ of creating commercial nuclear fusion reactors | The Independent: Scientists have attacked Boris Johnson’s claim that an Oxfordshire facility is “on the verge” of creating commercially viable fusion reactors, saying the technology is decades away, and poses a distraction from the government’s failure to cut emissions.  In the prime minister’s Conservative party conference speech he referred to a fusion reactor called the Joint European Torus

ARC Canada completes early regulator phase for SMR nuclear design - Power Engineering

ARC Canada completes early regulator phase for SMR nuclear design - Power Engineering: A Canadian firm focused on the next generation of smaller, more adaptable nuclear reactors cleared a major hurdle with the nation’s regulators. ARC Nuclear Canada Inc. announced it had successfully completed the first phase of vendor design review by the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission. The regulators provide detailed feedback on requirements for a nuclear power...

Del Mar asks for stricter regulation for disposing nuclear waste at San Onofre - Del Mar Times

Del Mar asks for stricter regulation for disposing nuclear waste at San Onofre - Del Mar Times: Del Mar City Council members are asking the state Legislature and governor to address their concerns over the safe handling and storage of nuclear waste at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station.

Murphy panel ordered to ensure Oyster Creek closing won't be dangerous

Murphy panel ordered to ensure Oyster Creek closing won't be dangerous

Final major module for Georgia Power’s Vogtle 3 & 4 project arrives onsite | News | news-daily.com

Final major module for Georgia Power’s Vogtle 3 & 4 project arrives onsite | News | news-daily.com: The final major module for construction of the Vogtle 3 & 4 units has arrived onsite.

Wisconsin firms hope to make radioactive isotopes for nuclear medicine (updated)

Wisconsin firms hope to make radioactive isotopes for nuclear medicine (updated): Certain cardiac stress tests and other nuclear medicine diagnostics depend on molybdenum-99, or Mo-99, a radioactive isotope that decays into the diagnostic ima...

Global nuclear energy company buys Christiansburg cybersecurity firm | Business | roanoke.com

Global nuclear energy company buys Christiansburg cybersecurity firm | Business | roanoke.com: A global nuclear energy company has bought Christiansburg computing firm FoxGuard Solutions.

BWX Technologies says it's restarting nuclear fuel production line | InsideDefense.com

BWX Technologies says it's restarting nuclear fuel production line | InsideDefense.com: BWX Technologies said today it has begun reopening its TRISO nuclear fuel production line and will soon expand its capacity to meet "client interests in Department of Defense microreactors, space reactors and civil advanced reactors."

UK invests in domestic fusion plant - World Nuclear News

UK invests in domestic fusion plant - World Nuclear News: The UK government has committed GBP220 million (USD270 million) over four years for the conceptual design of the Spherical Tokamak for Energy Production (STEP). The STEP programme aims to construct a fusion power plant based on the design by 2040.

Puerto Rico to begin nuclear feasibility study - World Nuclear News

Puerto Rico to begin nuclear feasibility study - World Nuclear News: A Puerto Rican-led not-for-profit organisation is to begin a feasibility study of small modular reactors and microcreactors for the island after receiving support from the US Department of Energy.

GE Hitachi, Fermi Energia sign small modular reactor MoU - World Nuclear News

GE Hitachi, Fermi Energia sign small modular reactor MoU - World Nuclear News: GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy and Fermi Energia have agreed to collaborate on potential deployment applications for GEH's BWRX-300 small modular reactor in Estonia. In a Memorandum of Understanding they have agreed to examine the economic feasibility of constructing a BWRX-300 in Estonia, to review siting requirements and to assess nuclear regulatory requirements.

The most experienced newcomer to nuclear power - World Nuclear News

The most experienced newcomer to nuclear power - World Nuclear News: Uzbekistan's preparations to build its first nuclear power plant are gathering pace with a sense of making up for lost time. The Central Asian country became a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency as long ago as 1994, has 50 years of experience in nuclear research and is the world's fifth biggest producer of uranium.

California Power Outages: Extreme Weather, Extreme Energy Shortages, or Extreme Litigation? - California Globe

California Power Outages: Extreme Weather, Extreme Energy Shortages, or Extreme Litigation? - California Globe: San Francisco based Pacific Gas & Electric recently warned customers on that it could turn off power in six Northern California counties as a public

BWXT to Restart Nuclear Fuel Production Line, Expand Capacity; Rex Geveden Quoted | ExecutiveBiz

BWXT to Restart Nuclear Fuel Production Line, Expand Capacity; Rex Geveden Quoted | ExecutiveBiz: BWX Technologies announced on Wednesday that the company has begun the process to restart its existing TRISO nuclear fuel production line and is planning to expand its existing capacity within the next year.

Future sales of Belarusian nuclear power plant electricity to Ukraine possible

Future sales of Belarusian nuclear power plant electricity to Ukraine possible: The Belarusian energy minister said: “Everything is possible. At least it is a matter of cooperation of Belarusian and Ukrainian commercial entities. Certain steps have been taken to test electricity sales but it is too early to talk about any specific volume of sales to Ukraine.”

Small Modular Reactors Gain Momentum in Europe

Small Modular Reactors Gain Momentum in Europe: GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH) and NuScale Power, two leading companies in the race to build small modular reactors (SMRs) for power generation, have

Floating Power Plants; The Coastal City Solution Sure To Be Increasingly Popular | Hackaday

Floating Power Plants; The Coastal City Solution Sure To Be Increasingly Popular | Hackaday: Building new things in an existing city is hard. Usually, new development means tearing down existing structures. Doing so for apartment complexes or new skyscrapers is one thing, but infrastructur…

NRC Shifts Oversight of Retired Three Mile Island Reactor - ExchangeMonitor | Page 1

NRC Shifts Oversight of Retired Three Mile Island Reactor - ExchangeMonitor | Page 1: ExchangeMonitor covers nuclear weapons, waste management, nuclear cleanup, international intelligence as well as carbon capture and storage.

Russia's Rosatom Offers Philippines to Build Small-Capacity Floating Nuclear Power Plants - Sputnik International

Russia's Rosatom Offers Philippines to Build Small-Capacity Floating Nuclear Power Plants - Sputnik International: SOCHI (Sputnik) - Russia is offering to the Philippines to build floating nuclear power plants (NPP) for the island nation in western Pacific, Director General of Rosatom State Atomic Energy Corporation Alexei Likhachev said Thursday following a meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte.

Russian plan would kick-start Cuba's nuclear ambitions, oil and gas drilling - UPI.com

Russian plan would kick-start Cuba's nuclear ambitions, oil and gas drilling - UPI.com: Russia could help Cuba build nuclear power plants and kick-start the country's oil and gas development, Russian state-run media reported.

More greenhouse gases: What to expect after TMI's closure

More greenhouse gases: What to expect after TMI's closure: Though there is no crystal ball into the future for TMI, there are four other communities which have had five or more years to recover.

Energy Department names nuclear scientists to lead research - The Hour

Energy Department names nuclear scientists to lead research - The Hour: BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Two nuclear scientists have been named to lead a research center at an eastern Idaho nuclear laboratory as part of an effort by the U.S. to revamp and increase the use of nuclear power.
The U.S. Department of Energy announced Thursday that Ashley Finan is the director and Nicholas Smith deputy director of the National Reactor Innovation Center.
The recently created center is based at the Energy Department's Idaho National Laboratory about 50 miles east of Idaho Falls.
The center is intended to help private sector companies test and develop new nuclear energy technologies.
Revamping the nation's nuclear power is part of a strategy to reduce U.S. greenhouse gas emissions by generating carbon-free electricity with nuclear power initiated under the Obama administration and continuing under the Trump administration.

Chernobyl control room now open to visitors -- but only wearing a hazmat suit | CNN Travel

Chernobyl control room now open to visitors -- but only wearing a hazmat suit | CNN Travel

Energy Department Announces Funding to Support Breakthrough Technologies for Advanced Manufacturing | Department of Energy

Energy Department Announces Funding to Support Breakthrough Technologies for Advanced Manufacturing | Department of Energy: Energy Department Announces Funding to Support Breakthrough Technologies for Advanced Manufacturing

ARPA-E to award up to $35M to develop tools to transform operations and maintenance of advanced nuclear reactors - Green Car Congress

ARPA-E to award up to $35M to develop tools to transform operations and maintenance of advanced nuclear reactors - Green Car Congress: The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) announced up to $35 million in new funding for the development of tools and systems that will enable reduced expense and increased flexibility in the operation and maintenance at nuclear power plants. ARPA-E’s Generating Electricity Managed by Intelligent Nuclear Assets...

India Looks to Boost its Nuclear Power Generation Capacity - Steel, Aluminum, Copper, Stainless, Rare Earth, Metal Prices, Forecasting | MetalMiner

India Looks to Boost its Nuclear Power Generation Capacity - Steel, Aluminum, Copper, Stainless, Rare Earth, Metal Prices, Forecasting | MetalMiner: Nuclear energy is, for now, playing a minuscule role in India’s energy story, contributing to about 2% of the country’s electricity needs. Keep up to date on everything going on in the world of trade and tariffs via MetalMiner’s Trade Resource Center. But nuclear power generation in India is a story that is set to...

INL hosts international workshop on nuclear cost analysis | INL | postregister.com | postregister.com

INL hosts international workshop on nuclear cost analysis | INL | postregister.com | postregister.com: Energy economics are a puzzlement. Do an internet search of “How much does electricity cost?” and you’ll get a kaleidoscopical blizzard of results.

Green New Deal's 2030 emissions goal would require adding nuclear plant every other day: Professor - Washington Times

Green New Deal's 2030 emissions goal would require adding nuclear plant every other day: Professor - Washington Times: A University of Colorado professor says it's possible to reach net-zero U.S. carbon dioxide emissions by 2030, as sought by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's Green New Deal, as long as you bring on one new nuclear power plant every other day.

Queensland LNP breaks with federal branch to oppose nuclear power | Environment | The Guardian

Queensland LNP breaks with federal branch to oppose nuclear power | Environment | The Guardian: Queensland LNP says it supports a greater focus on energy efficiency measures

Bankrupt PG&E Is Sparking Fewer California Wildfires This Year

Bankrupt PG&E Is Sparking Fewer California Wildfires This Year

Editorial: Power shutoffs are part of our new normal – Lake County Record-Bee

Editorial: Power shutoffs are part of our new normal – Lake County Record-Bee: We now have a couple of cases under our belt where power was turned off to ease the potential for wildfire, so we can ask what we’ve learned from the experience. PG&E shut off power to 27,500 c…

PG&E Drops as Groups Support Ending Reorganization Exclusivity

PG&E Drops as Groups Support Ending Reorganization Exclusivity: Shares of the bankrupt California utility owner fell as much as 9.9% after wildfire victims, creditors, labor unions and the state’s consumer advocate for utility customers said they support ending PG&E’s exclusive right to offer a plan of reorganization.

Creditor Group Joins Call to End PG&E ‘Exclusivity’

Creditor Group Joins Call to End PG&E ‘Exclusivity’: A notable group of claimants has added its voice to the chorus of parties asking a judge to end PG&E’s exclusive right to offer a reorganization plan.

A jury of our peers could now decide PG&E’s fate thanks to bankruptcy judge - Ceres Courier

A jury of our peers could now decide PG&E’s fate thanks to bankruptcy judge - Ceres Courier: The seeds have been planted for the possible demise of PG&E and perhaps even a wide swath of PG&E sympathizers in Sacramento.

Newsom signs 22 wildfire-related laws, from disaster prevention to PG&E shutoffs - SFChronicle.com

Newsom signs 22 wildfire-related laws, from disaster prevention to PG&E shutoffs - SFChronicle.com: Gov. Gavin Newsom signed 22 wildfire-related bills Wednesday in one of his most significant legislative actions since taking office to address the growing threat posed by the deadly disasters California has endured in recent years.

PG&E attorney worried media coverage could taint jury pool | abc10.com

PG&E attorney worried media coverage could taint jury pool | abc10.com: At a hearing Tuesday meant to hammer out the format of the upcoming Tubbs Fire trial, an attorney for PG&E raised concerns about pre-trial publicity.

PG&E admits fault in sparking large 2019 wildfires, judge demands 'precise details' for 3 | Utility Dive

PG&E admits fault in sparking large 2019 wildfires, judge demands 'precise details' for 3 | Utility Dive: Utility industry news, voices and jobs for energy industry professionals. Optimized for your mobile phone.

Understanding Why the Green New Deal Won’t Really Work | Energy Central

Understanding Why the Green New Deal Won’t Really Work | Energy Central

Understanding Why the Green New Deal Won’t Really Work | The Energy Collective Daily

Understanding Why the Green New Deal Won’t Really Work | The Energy Collective Daily

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Wednesday, October 2, 2019

German government sells $415M in shares in nuclear industry

German government sells $415M in shares in nuclear industry: BERLIN (AP) — The Germany government has sold shares worth almost 381 million euros ($415 million) in companies that operate nuclear power plants abroad. The Interior Ministry said Tuesday...

Argonne National Lab harnessing high-performance coding in nuclear research - Power Engineering

Argonne National Lab harnessing high-performance coding in nuclear research - Power Engineering: The future of nuclear energy likely does not hang in the balance of aging, existing plants–some of which are more than 50 years old–but in advanced reactor technologies which could make the zero carbon-emitting but radioactive resource more cost-competitive, smaller and safer. Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory are working on...

Nuclear Advocates Receive DOE Funding for Exploratory Study on Puerto Rico

Nuclear Advocates Receive DOE Funding for Exploratory Study on Puerto Rico: Two years after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico and its power grid, the Energy Department has approved funding for initial work on a feasibility study into whether advanced nuclear reactors could be a good solution to the island’s power problems.

Republican lawmakers call for measures to spur new U.S. uranium mining - Reuters

Republican lawmakers call for measures to spur new U.S. uranium mining - Reuters: Republican U.S. lawmakers this week urged President Donald Trump's administration to ease restrictions on uranium mining on federal lands, as a Cabinet-level committee prepares recommendations this month for boosting domestic nuclear fuel production.

EDF boss pledges action on nuclear delays and cost overruns - Reuters

EDF boss pledges action on nuclear delays and cost overruns - Reuters: EDF will take concrete action to remedy a string of technical problems, delays and cost overruns at its nuclear plants, its CEO said on Tuesday after coming under heavy criticism from the French finance minister over the weekend.

Fluor nets $1.07B for work on advanced naval nuclear propulsion - UPI.com

Fluor nets $1.07B for work on advanced naval nuclear propulsion - UPI.com: Fluor Marine Propulsion LLC received a $1.07 billion contract to continue work on naval nuclear propulsion technology at the Naval Nuclear Laboratory, with the new contract transitioning to the entire current workforce.

Energy secretary: Columbia River safe from Hanford sludge | Tri-City Herald

Energy secretary: Columbia River safe from Hanford sludge | Tri-City Herald: Energy Secretary Rick Perry visited the Hanford nuclear reservation site to celebrate radioactive sludge transfer, protecting the Columbia River, and other environmental cleanup success.

New Breakthrough Report:Beyond Yucca Mountain: Decentralization and Innovation for US nuclear waste management


New Breakthrough Report

Beyond Yucca Mountain: Decentralization and Innovation for US Nuclear Waste Management
Nuclear waste management has loomed over energy policy debates for decades. The federal government has designated Yucca Mountain as the sole site to be considered for permanent disposal, and unsuccessfully attempted to railroad the construction of a repository there. But in all that time, a decentralized and informal system for managing nuclear spent fuel has emerged. What’s needed now is to abandon the failed, top-down nuclear waste framework in favor of a new policy agenda built on decentralization, consent, and innovation.

In a new Breakthrough report, we propose a set of pragmatic policy measures to ensure a sustainable future for nuclear in the United States. We draw on historical American experience, international comparisons, and emerging technological innovations to create a set of options for nuclear waste policy that aligns the interests of communities, governments, industry, and environmental advocates. Our proposed solutions include:
  • Consent-based decentralized waste storage and disposal,
  • reprocessing waste into fuel, reforming the international regime for waste, and
  • pursuing innovative technological options for waste management.
The future of nuclear power in the United States depends on the future of nuclear waste management. Here's our take on better waste management.
Here's how to handle nuclear waste >>>

Trump bucks bipartisan tradition with plan to nominate Republican FERC commissioner

Trump bucks bipartisan tradition with plan to nominate Republican FERC commissioner



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Governor Northam’s Executive Order, Dominion Energy’s about-face on offshore wind: is Virginia off to the clean energy races? | The Energy Collective Daily


Governor Northam’s Executive Order, Dominion Energy’s about-face on offshore wind: is Virginia off to the clean energy races? | The Energy Collective Daily

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BWXT ramps up TRISO fuel production capacity - World Nuclear News

BWXT ramps up TRISO fuel production capacity - World Nuclear News: BWX Technologies, Inc announced today that it is in the process of restarting its existing uranium oxycarbide tristructural isotropic (TRISO) fuel production line at its Lynchburg, Virginia facility. The company - the only US manufacturer of such fuel - also plans to expand its production capacity.

ARC-100 passes Canadian pre-licensing milestone - World Nuclear News

ARC-100 passes Canadian pre-licensing milestone - World Nuclear News: The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission has completed the first phase of a vendor design review of ARC Nuclear Canada's ARC-100 small modular reactor. The design is the third advanced reactor to complete the first phase of the CNSC's regulatory pre-licensing review.

Framatome-Siemens awarded Hanhikivi I&C contract - World Nuclear News

Framatome-Siemens awarded Hanhikivi I&C contract - World Nuclear News: Russia's Titan-2 - the main contractor for Fennovoima's Hanhikivi 1 nuclear power plant project in Finland - has awarded a contract to the Framatome-Siemens consortium for the plant's main instrumentation and control (I&C) systems.

Kozloduy unit 6 clear to operate for another 10 years - World Nuclear News

Kozloduy unit 6 clear to operate for another 10 years - World Nuclear News: Bulgaria’s Nuclear Regulatory Agency has granted a 10-year extension to the operating licence of unit 6 at the Kozloduy nuclear power unit. The Russian design VVER-1000 in northern Bulgaria started operation in 1991 and can now continue generating electricity until October 2029.

Westinghouse To Buy Rolls-Royce's North American Business - News - Nuclear Power News - Nuclear Street - Nuclear Power Plant News, Jobs, and Careers

Westinghouse To Buy Rolls-Royce's North American Business - News - Nuclear Power News - Nuclear Street - Nuclear Power Plant News, Jobs, and Careers: The latest nuclear news in Nuclear Power Industry about utilities, companies, suppliers in the nuclear energy market.

Nuclear Bailout Campaigns Thrust Issue Of Dark Money Into Spotlight | WOSU Radio

Nuclear Bailout Campaigns Thrust Issue Of Dark Money Into Spotlight | WOSU Radio: Dark money gets a lot of attention at the federal level, but it’s hard at work in Ohio right now.

Speaker touts future featuring safe use of nuclear energy

Speaker touts future featuring safe use of nuclear energy: Nuclear engineer Leslie Dewan promoted "A New Approach to Nuclear Power" at the Morning Forum of Los Altos Sept. 17, outlining the advantages and possibilities of an energy revolution that emphasizes nuclear power. Dewan, a National Geographic Emerging Explorer, co-founded Transatomic Power.

Execs in Japan Nuclear Scandal Vow to Stay On, Blame Dead Local - Bloomberg

Execs in Japan Nuclear Scandal Vow to Stay On, Blame Dead Local - Bloomberg: Top Japanese utility executives who admitted to taking illicit payments related to their nuclear business sought to deflect blame onto a deceased local official and vowed to stay in their roles, potentially deepening the nation’s latest corporate governance scandal.

Nuclear Advocates Receive DOE Funding for Exploratory Study on Puerto Rico

Nuclear Advocates Receive DOE Funding for Exploratory Study on Puerto Rico: Two years after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico and its power grid, the Energy Department has approved funding for initial work on a feasibility study into whether advanced nuclear reactors could be a good solution to the island’s power problems.

Three Mile Island Unit One reactor defueled; long storage period ahead - News - poconorecord.com - Stroudsburg, PA

Three Mile Island Unit One reactor defueled; long storage period ahead - News - poconorecord.com - Stroudsburg, PA: The nuclear power station on Three Mile Island has hit another milestone in its shutdown.Plant owners Exelon Generation reported that as of Thursday, all of the nuclear fuel in the Three Mile Island Unit 1 reactor vessel had been removed and transferred to the plant’s spent fuel pool, "without incident.“TMI Unit 1 is now safely and permanently defueled.”That’s a notable milestone for several reasons:To the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, it means that future

Ghana has the required technology to establish a nuclear power plant — MESTI - Government of Ghana

Ghana has the required technology to establish a nuclear power plant — MESTI - Government of Ghana: Official Government of Ghana Website, Ghana News

NRC Meeting Near Indian Point Seeks Input On Community Advisory Boards | WAMC

NRC Meeting Near Indian Point Seeks Input On Community Advisory Boards | WAMC: Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff will be in Westchester County Wednesday night. They want public feedback concerning an aspect of decommissioning; in

PG&E Drops as Groups Support Ending Reorganization Exclusivity

PG&E Drops as Groups Support Ending Reorganization Exclusivity: Shares of the bankrupt California utility owner fell as much as 9.9% after wildfire victims, creditors, labor unions and the state’s consumer advocate for utility customers said they support ending PG&E’s exclusive right to offer a plan of reorganization.

A jury of our peers could now decide PG&E’s fate thanks to bankruptcy judge - Ceres Courier

A jury of our peers could now decide PG&E’s fate thanks to bankruptcy judge - Ceres Courier: The seeds have been planted for the possible demise of PG&E and perhaps even a wide swath of PG&E sympathizers in Sacramento.

PG&E’s Tubbs Fire trial set to last 8 weeks starting in January - SFChronicle.com

PG&E’s Tubbs Fire trial set to last 8 weeks starting in January - SFChronicle.com: It will be split into phases, first focusing on whether PG&E is responsible for the 2017 Santa Rosa-area wildfire and then transitioning into claims of specific victims.

PG&E noteholders ready to invest $29.2 billion as part of reorganization plan | World | News | The Telegram

PG&E noteholders ready to invest $29.2 billion as part of reorganization plan | World | News | The Telegram: (Reuters) - A group of PG&E; Corp noteholders said in a court filing on Wednesday that they are ready to invest $29.2 billion into the power producer as part of a reorganization plan that will pay off liabilities from wildfires that drove it to

PG&E Says Tree Trimming Effort Is Behind Schedule

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PG&E acknowledged to a federal judge Tuesday that it is currently running well short of its tree-trimming goal this year as it heads into the heart of the fire season. The utility... See More

Photos suggest PG&E may be behind Santa Rosa fires after all - Curbed SF

Photos suggest PG&E may be behind Santa Rosa fires after all - Curbed SF: An investigation blamed deadly 2017 blaze on private party—not everyone agrees

PG&E is less than one-third done with its 2019 tree-trimming work


PG&E is less than one-third done with its 2019 tree-trimming work



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Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Are Fossil Fuel Interests Bankrolling The Anti-Nuclear Energy Movement?

Are Fossil Fuel Interests Bankrolling The Anti-Nuclear Energy Movement?: If nuclear energy represents roughly 62% of carbon-free power in the U.S., why are 13 nuclear plants at risk of closure over the next two years?

The World’s Oceans Are in Danger, Major Climate Change Report Warns - The New York Times

The World’s Oceans Are in Danger, Major Climate Change Report Warns - The New York Times

Journal 'Nature' retracts ocean-warming study

Journal 'Nature' retracts ocean-warming study: The journal Nature retracted a study published last year that found oceans were warming at an alarming rate due to climate change.

Loose Nukes: Pakistan's Nuclear Weapons Are A Nightmare for 1 Reason

Loose Nukes: Pakistan's Nuclear Weapons Are A Nightmare for 1 Reason

Bolton criticizes Trump policy on North Korea as sources say he opposed call to Ukraine

Bolton criticizes Trump policy on North Korea as sources say he opposed call to Ukraine: In his first speech since a contentious White House exit, former national security adviser John Bolton criticized President Trump's approach on North Korea.

Walden, Shimkus praise House subcommittee approval of nuclear waste bill - Ripon Advance

Walden, Shimkus praise House subcommittee approval of nuclear waste bill - Ripon Advance: U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee Republican Leader Greg Walden (R-OR) and U.S. Rep. John Shimkus (R-IL), ranking member of the committee’s Environment and Climate Change Subcommittee, applauded last week’s subcommittee approval of the Nuclear Waste Policy Amendments Act. H.R. Read more...

Net-Zero Carbon Dioxide Emissions By 2050 Requires A New Nuclear Power Plant Every Day

Net-Zero Carbon Dioxide Emissions By 2050 Requires A New Nuclear Power Plant Every Day: The world, and the United States, are not moving towards net-zero carbon dioxide emissions and in fact, every day, we are moving in the opposite direction. Auctions of promises for emissions reductions don’t actually reduce emissions. Technology reduces emissions.

Bulgaria nuclear reactor gets new licence after lifespan upgrade - Energy & Oil - Reuters

Bulgaria nuclear reactor gets new licence after lifespan upgrade - Energy & Oil - Reuters: The Bulgarian nuclear regulator on Tuesday granted a new 10-year operational licence to one of the Balkan country's two Soviet-made reactors at the Kozloduy plant after its lifespan was expanded.

QRC pushes for Australia to resume uranium mining in Queensland | The North West Star

QRC pushes for Australia to resume uranium mining in Queensland | The North West Star: Submissions to the inquiry into the prerequisites for nuclear energy in Australia

North Korea, U.S. to hold working-level talks at weekend: KCNA - Reuters

North Korea, U.S. to hold working-level talks at weekend: KCNA - Reuters: North Korea and the United States have agreed to hold working-level talks on Oct. 5, North Korea's state news agency KCNA said on Tuesday, a development that would break months of stalemate since a failed summit in February.

Vermont now able to regulate certain radioactive materials - SFChronicle.com

Vermont now able to regulate certain radioactive materials - SFChronicle.com: MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission says the state of Vermont now has the responsibility for regulating certain radioactive materials in the state. On Monday NRC Chairman Kristine Svinicki and Vermont Gov. Philip Scott, a Republican, signed the agreement that gave Vermont the authority to regulate 36 academic, commercial and medical licenses for use of radioactive material. The agreement took effect on Monday. The agreement does not include radioactive material at the now-shuttered Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant or for federal agencies using certain nuclear material in the state. Vermont has the responsibility for licensing, rulemaking, the inspection of and enforcement activities related to the industrial, medical and academic uses of radioactive material. Vermont is the 39th state to sign such an agreement with the NRC.

Trump nominates FERC general counsel for commission seat - White House - Reuters

Trump nominates FERC general counsel for commission seat - White House - Reuters: U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday nominated Federal Energy Regulatory Commission general counsel James Danly to be a member of the commission, the White House said in a statement.

Safety not in jeopardy during Fermi air pressure issue - News - Monroe News - Monroe, Michigan - Monroe, MI

Safety not in jeopardy during Fermi air pressure issue - News - Monroe News - Monroe, Michigan - Monroe, MI: The area usually is kept at negative pressure, but it measured at about .1 inches of water gauge for two minutes and 15 seconds.

These nuclear energy utilities will explore hydrogen production | Engineering360

These nuclear energy utilities will explore hydrogen production | Engineering360

Containing a nuclear accident with ground-up minerals

Containing a nuclear accident with ground-up minerals: During a three-year Laboratory Directed Research and Development project, a team of scientists discovered and patented a process for injecting sand-like minerals into the core of a nuclear reactor during an accident to contain and slow down the progression of a meltdown.

EM News Flash October 1, 2019

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EM News Flash | Oct. 1, 2019


EM Business Opportunities Forum Set Oct. 10 in Knoxville

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.EM's next quarterly public forum to discuss upcoming business opportunities in the legacy nuclear cleanup program is set for Thursday, Oct. 10 in Knoxville.
The Business Opportunities Forum will take place from 4:15 to 5:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time during the Energy, Technology, and Environmental Business Association (ETEBA) Business Opportunities and Technical Conference at the Knoxville Convention Center. Registration to the ETEBA conference is required to attend EM’s Business Opportunities Forum.
EM Acquisition and Project Management Deputy Assistant Secretary Norbert Doyle will lead the forum discussion. Organized by EM’s Office of Acquisition and Project Management, this outreach event gives companies the chance to learn the latest news on doing business with EM and participate in dialogue about the program’s business opportunities.
There is no charge to attend the EM forum. Pre-registration is required by providing your name, title and company name to EM’s Mary Wilson via e-mail at mary.wilson@em.doe.gov by Tuesday, Oct. 8.
Participants can also join the meeting online through a web conferencing tool. Click here for more information on joining the meeting online.