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Friday, November 20, 2020

Opinion | Abolish the electoral college - The Washington Post

Opinion | Abolish the electoral college - The Washington Post: It is no longer tenable for American democracy.

Hydrogen produced from nuclear will be considered ‘low-carbon’, EU official says – EURACTIV.com

Hydrogen produced from nuclear will be considered ‘low-carbon’, EU official says – EURACTIV.com: The European Commission will consider hydrogen produced from nuclear power as "low-carbon", said a senior EU official who spoke in the European Parliament on Monday (16 November).

UPDATE 2-EDF to close UK Hinkley Point B nuclear power plant by July 2022 | Reuters

UPDATE 2-EDF to close UK Hinkley Point B nuclear power plant by July 2022 | Reuters: France's EDF will begin decommissioning Britain's Hinkley Point B nuclear power plant by no later than July 15 2022, the company said on Thursday.

Study identifies reasons for soaring nuclear plant cost overruns in the U.S. | MIT News | Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Study identifies reasons for soaring nuclear plant cost overruns in the U.S. | MIT News | Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT researchers have analyzed the causes of many cost overruns on new nuclear power plants in the U.S., which have soared in the past 50 years. The findings may help designers of new plants build in resilience to prevent such added costs.

DOE tags INL as “preferred alternative” to host the Versatile Test Reactor -- ANS / Newswire

DOE tags INL as “preferred alternative” to host the Versatile Test Reactor -- ANS / Newswire

Electrabel calls for clarity on Belgian phase-out : Nuclear Policies - World Nuclear News

Electrabel calls for clarity on Belgian phase-out : Nuclear Policies - World Nuclear News: Electrabel - the Belgian subsidiary of French utility Engie - says it will not make any further investments at Doel unit 4 and Tihange unit 3 unless it is clearer whether the reactors will or will not be allowed to operate beyond 2025. A report due out at the end of next year may lead to the reactors being allowed to continue operating to ensure Belgium's energy security.

Haiyang begins commercial-scale district heat supply : New Nuclear - World Nuclear News

Haiyang begins commercial-scale district heat supply : New Nuclear - World Nuclear News: China's Haiyang nuclear power plant in Shandong province has officially started providing district heat to the surrounding area. A trial of the project - the country's first commercial nuclear heating project - was carried out last winter, providing heat to 700,000 square metres of housing, including the plant's dormitory and some local residents.

Deep Isolation secures funding, launches Estonian study : Waste & Recycling - World Nuclear News

Deep Isolation secures funding, launches Estonian study : Waste & Recycling - World Nuclear News: Nuclear waste disposal company Deep Isolation's raising of USD20 million in funding shows that "socially responsible investors" are willing to support the company's mission to become an integral part of a low-carbon future, the company's CEO has said. Separately, Deep Isolation EMEA has announced it is collaborating with Fermi Energia on a preliminary study into using Deep Isolation's horizontal deep borehole solution in Estonia.

MIT study explores reasons behind new-build cost overruns : New Nuclear - World Nuclear News

MIT study explores reasons behind new-build cost overruns : New Nuclear - World Nuclear News: Building nuclear power plants based on existing designs actually costs more, rather than less, than building plants based on new designs, according to a new study from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Rethinking engineering from the outset can help to avoid increased indirect costs.

Why capital markets are continuing to finance utilities facing rising flood and other climate change impacts | Utility Dive

Why capital markets are continuing to finance utilities facing rising flood and other climate change impacts | Utility Dive: Utility industry news and analysis for energy professionals.

Week in Tech: A Nuclear Reactor for a New Age | Architect Magazine

Week in Tech: A Nuclear Reactor for a New Age | Architect Magazine: Plus, Tel Aviv pilots an electric road with ElectReon, Jeff Bezos taps into his $10 billion fund to fight climate change, and more design-tech news from the week.

Senate introduces bipartisan bill to enhance nuclear infrastructure – Daily Energy Insider

Senate introduces bipartisan bill to enhance nuclear infrastructure – Daily Energy Insider: A bill was introduced in the U.S. Senate that seeks to enhance the nation’s nuclear power infrastructure. The American Nuclear Infrastructure Act of 2020 (S. 4897) would preserve America’s nuclear fuel supply chain, reduce carbon ... Read More »

Federal regulators, Arizona nuclear plant agree on resolution

Federal regulators, Arizona nuclear plant agree on resolution: Federal regulators and the operator of an Arizona nuclear power plant have resolved apparent violations involving safe handling and storage of high-level radioactive waste.

Fukushima Update November 20, 2020

 

Fukushima Update November 20, 2020 –

Seeds for Greek olive trees will be given to Naraha in Fukushima Prefecture… Sendai unit #1 resumes operation… Tokyo has begun the process of locating Japan’s first high-level waste repository.

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

Idaho is top pick for Energy Department nuclear test reactor - SFChronicle.com

Idaho is top pick for Energy Department nuclear test reactor - SFChronicle.com: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The U.S. government said Thursday that Idaho is its preferred choice ahead of Tennessee for a test reactor to be built as part of an effort to revamp the nation’s fading nuclear power industry by developing safer fuel and power plants. The U.S. Department of Energy said in an email to The Associated Press that the site that includes Idaho National Laboratory will be listed as its preferred alternative in a draft environmental impact statement planned for release in December. The Versatile Test Reactor, or VTR, would be the first new test reactor built in the U.S. in decades and give the nation a dedicated “fast-neutron-spectrum” testing capability. Some scientists decry the plan, saying fast reactors are less safe than current reactors. A news release by the Energy Department earlier Thursday listed both Idaho and Tennessee as possible locations without selecting one as being favored. However, Republican U.S. Sen. Jim Risch of Idaho shared a tweet by the Energy Department’s Office of Nuclear Energy identifying Idaho as its top choice for the reactor. “Having the VTR at (the Idaho National Laboratory) will allow American companies to perform nuclear testing here

Trump boost to nuclear power to live on in Biden administration

Trump boost to nuclear power to live on in Biden administration: President-elect Joe Biden is poised to embrace nuclear power in pursuit of aggressive reductions to carbon emissions and will look to build upon the Trump administration’s support for new smaller forms of the technology.

Britain’s Nuclear Power Renaissance Is Losing Momentum - Bloomberg

Britain’s Nuclear Power Renaissance Is Losing Momentum - Bloomberg: Britain’s ambition to renew its aging fleet of nuclear power plants is losing momentum after the government offered few new details on how it will support additional projects.

IAEA Weekly News November 20, 2020

 

20 November 2020

IAEA Weekly News

The recent discovery that the virus that causes COVID-19 in human can pass on to minks and then back to people has highlighted again the need to understand the origin and transmission pathways of viruses - something that is done using nuclear-related techniques. Read our article on this topic in this week's roundup.
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19 November 2020

New Toolkit for Nuclear Supply Chain Management

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18 November 2020

Cancer Control Assessment Offered by the IAEA, WHO and IARC Goes Virtual

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18 November 2020

Director General Highlights the Role of Nuclear Technology in Combatting COVID-19

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17 November 2020

Regulating Pollution in Coastal Environments: How the Right Regulation can Reduce Ecosystem Degradation

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16 November 2020

Minks & COVID-19: How to Detect New Virus Strains and Prevent Pandemics Using Nuclear-Derived Techniques











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Rolls Royce seeks green light to build small nuclear power stations | The Energy Collective Daily

 

Rolls Royce seeks green light to build small nuclear power stations | The Energy Collective Daily

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Several Northern California Agencies Suing PG&E Over 2019 Wildfire

Several Northern California Agencies Suing PG&E Over 2019 Wildfire: Sonoma County and several Northern California agencies sued Pacific Gas & Electric Co. on Tuesday over damage caused by a wildfire that burned a large

Drum Fire Caused by PG&E Power Line | Edhat

Drum Fire Caused by PG&E Power Line | Edhat: By edhat staff The Santa Barbara County Fire Department determined the nearly 700-acre brush fire in Drum Canyon was caused by a Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) power line. The fire took place on June 14, 2020 at 12:53 p.m. near Drum Canyon Road and Highway 246. Dubbed the "Drum Fire," officials issued a mandatory evacuation for a community near Buellton due to high winds that

Microsoft Word - Battle Brewing About California’s Role in Diablo Canyon Nuclear Plant Retirement 11 19 20.doc - Battle Brewing About California’s Role in Diablo Canyon Nuclear Plant Retirement 11 19 20.pdf

Microsoft Word - Battle Brewing About California’s Role in Diablo Canyon Nuclear Plant Retirement 11 19 20.doc - Battle Brewing About California’s Role in Diablo Canyon Nuclear Plant Retirement 11 19 20.pdf

GAO-20-658, GAS TRANSMISSION PIPELINES: Interstate Transportation of Natural Gas Is Generally Reliable, but FERC Should Better Identify and Assess Emerging Risks - GAO Gas Pipeline Study - September 2020.pdf

GAO-20-658, GAS TRANSMISSION PIPELINES: Interstate Transportation of Natural Gas Is Generally Reliable, but FERC Should Better Identify and Assess Emerging Risks - GAO Gas Pipeline Study - September 2020.pdf

Fact-checking the craziest news conference of the Trump presidency | Boston.com

Fact-checking the craziest news conference of the Trump presidency | Boston.com

Will heavy nitrogen become a widely used fission reactor coolant? - Atomic Insights

Will heavy nitrogen become a widely used fission reactor coolant? - Atomic Insights: Heavy nitrogen has the potential to become as important to the future of atomic fission power system development as heavy water has been up until now. That's

Feds Pump $10M into Xcel Energy for Hydrogen Production | Neutron Bytes

Feds Pump $10M into Xcel Energy for Hydrogen Production | Neutron Bytes

Thursday, November 19, 2020

meeting-the-china-challenge_2020_report.pdf

meeting-the-china-challenge_2020_report.pdf

First assemblies loaded into new Chernobyl used fuel store : Waste & Recycling - World Nuclear News

First assemblies loaded into new Chernobyl used fuel store : Waste & Recycling - World Nuclear News: The first canister of used nuclear fuel was yesterday loaded into the Interim Spent Nuclear Fuel Storage Facility (ISF-2) at the Chernobyl plant in Ukraine. ISF-2 is the largest dry-type used fuel storage facility in the world and has an operating life of at least 100 years.

UK's Hinkley Point B to be retired by July 2022 : Corporate - World Nuclear News

UK's Hinkley Point B to be retired by July 2022 : Corporate - World Nuclear News: EDF announced today its "proactive decision" to move the Hinkley Point B nuclear power plant into the defuelling phase, no later than 15 July 2022. The plant, which is in Somerset, England has been in operation for 45 years.

UK industry looks for clarity on large plant support : Nuclear Policies - World Nuclear News

UK industry looks for clarity on large plant support : Nuclear Policies - World Nuclear News: The UK's Nuclear Industry Association has welcomed the government's confirmation yesterday that nuclear power will play a role in achieving the country's net zero by 2050 target, but says clarity is still needed on large-scale projects. In its Ten Point Plan, the government refers to such support as being "subject to value-for-money".

E3 responds to latest IAEA verification of Iran : Regulation & Safety - World Nuclear News

E3 responds to latest IAEA verification of Iran : Regulation & Safety - World Nuclear News: The International Atomic Energy Agency has verified that Iran is feeding uranium hexafluoride into a recently installed cascade of 174 IR-2M centrifuges at the Fuel Enrichment Plant in Natanz. France, Germany and the UK - the E3 - warned yesterday that Iran's further violations of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action were "hollowing out" core non-proliferation benefits of the 2015 nuclear deal.

EC considers nuclear a low-carbon source of hydrogen : Energy & Environment - World Nuclear News

EC considers nuclear a low-carbon source of hydrogen : Energy & Environment - World Nuclear News: The European Commission will consider hydrogen produced from nuclear power as "low-carbon", Paula Abreu Marques, head of unit for renewables and CCS policy at the European Commission's energy directorate told the European Parliament on 16 November.

Energy Communities Alliance ECA Update November 19, 2020

 

 

Maryland report urges accelerated emissions reduction targets | Energy News Network

Maryland report urges accelerated emissions reduction targets | Energy News Network: CLIMATE: An annual state climate report says Maryland must accelerate its commitment to greenhouse gas reductions to mitigate the effects of climate change. (Maryland Matters)  GRID: • Three grid operators in the Northeast offer cautious support for a carbon price under consideration by federal regulators while a stakeholder in New England voices skepticism. (S&P Global) […]

Nuclear Waste Startup Gets Backing for Underground Storage Holes

Nuclear Waste Startup Gets Backing for Underground Storage Holes

Terrestrial Energy Opens Charlotte Office to Lead IMSR Generation IV Nuclear Plant Commercialization

Terrestrial Energy Opens Charlotte Office to Lead IMSR Generation IV Nuclear Plant Commercialization: CHARLOTTE, N.C., Nov. 18, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Terrestrial Energy USA has opened its new headquarters office in Charlotte, North Carolina as it...

Nuclear Reactor Testing Device Opens Doors to Safer Energy in Idaho, Nation - Dailyfly.com Lewis-Clark Valley Community - colleent

Nuclear Reactor Testing Device Opens Doors to Safer Energy in Idaho, Nation - Dailyfly.com Lewis-Clark Valley Community - colleent: MOSCOW, Idaho — Nov. 18, 2020 — University of Idaho, Idaho Falls researchers have verified a new process to save communities millions of dollars and speed up development of the world’s first Molten Salt Nuclear Battery (MsNB), a nuclear energy reactor to generate heat and produce electricity. Generating energy from nuclear fuel dissolved in molten salt is known for its improved safety and efficiency, as the process does not require a solid fuel like the uranium or plutonium used in most...

Construction licence issued for Akkuyu 3 nuclear power plant - Nuclear Engineering International

Construction licence issued for Akkuyu 3 nuclear power plant - Nuclear Engineering International: Turkey’s Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources has issued a licence for the construction of the third unit of the Akkuyu nuclear power plant being built by Akkuyu Nuclear (part of Rosatom)."A licence has been issued for the...

Belarus reopens nuclear power plant after replacing equipment | Reuters

Belarus reopens nuclear power plant after replacing equipment | Reuters: Belarus has resumed operations at a new nuclear power plant, inaugurated earlier this month by President Alexander Lukashenko, after successfully replacing some equipment, the Ministry of Energy said in a statement on Thursday.

NYC-area Nuclear Plant Sale Approved | Manufacturing.net

NYC-area Nuclear Plant Sale Approved | Manufacturing.net: The new owner plans to demolish the plant by 2033 at a projected cost of $2.3 billion.