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  • Ohio’s Nuclear Power: Will it Stay or Will it Go?

    Will Ohio lose both its nuclear power plants? If gauging the response of legislators is any indication, Ohio’s nuclear plants seem to be doomed. Clearly, grassroots organizers such as Generation Atomic, the American Nuclear Society, and North America Young Generation in Nuclear have failed to convince legislators to act to save Ohio’s only nuclear generation assets. These organizers have been working for months under the ultimatum from FirstEnergy Corp, the plant’s owners: convince Ohio lawmakers to pass ZEN (Zero Emission Nuclear) legislation by June 30th or else the plants will close and decommissioning will begin. That threat carries with it...
  • Three Mile Island Nuclear Power Plant To Shut Down In 2019

    05/30/2017 10:13:29 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    NPR ^ | May 30, 2017 11:58 AM ET | Merrit Kennedy
    The company that owns the Three Mile Island nuclear plant, site of the worst nuclear disaster in U.S. history, announced that it plans to shutter the facility in 2019 unless the state of Pennsylvania steps in to keep it open. The plant near Harrisburg, Pa., hasn’t been profitable for the past five years, according to owner Exelon Corp. The company announced last week that it failed to auction off future energy production from Three Mile Island for the third year in a row. “Today is a difficult day, not just for the 675 talented men and women who have dedicated...
  • Record radiation level detected inside damaged Fukushima reactor

    02/03/2017 3:01:42 PM PST · by Tilted Irish Kilt · 72 replies
    Japantoday ^ | Feb. 3, 2017 | NA
    A record radiation level has been detected inside the No. 2 reactor at the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear complex, with the estimated reading of up to 530 sieverts per hour, the plant operator said Thursday. The reading means a person could die from even brief exposure, highlighting the difficulties ahead as the government and Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc. grope their way toward dismantling all three reactors that melted down in the March 2011 nuclear disaster. The plant operator also announced that based on an image analysis, a 1-square-meter hole has been found on a metal grating beneath the...
  • 'Stuxnet has infected Russian nuclear plant and International Space Station'

    11/12/2013 6:24:23 AM PST · by tamarijp · 28 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 11/12/2013 | Sara Miller
    An internet security specialist says that Stuxnet, the computer malware that targeted Iran's nuclear facilities in 2010 and widely attributed to Israel and the US, has spiraled out of control and attacked a Russian nuclear plant and the International Space Station.
  • Trump Could Fuel A Nuclear Energy Boom In 2017

    12/07/2016 7:35:19 AM PST · by bananaman22 · 19 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 12-07-2016 | James
    With Trump at the helm, sentiment gives way to practicality in the energy industry. For the vast untapped potential of the nuclear energy industry and the uranium that feeds it, this could contribute to a market-disrupting revival that no longer bows to fear and the politics of economy. While there have been some oversupply issues keeping uranium prices down, the bigger problem has been negative sentiment rather than real fundamentals, but the Trump presidency will see through that. Trump’s take on nuclear energy is quite simple. As he noted after the 2011 Fukushima disaster in Japan: “If a plane goes...
  • Trump Must Change US Defense Policy for Taiwan

    11/13/2016 5:09:52 AM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    American Thinker ^ | November 13, 2016 | Stephen Bryen
    United States defense policy toward Taiwan must change. Now there is a rare opportunity to make that happen with the election of Donald Trump. But everyone knows he lacks experience in foreign affairs, although he is a man with great instincts. If he can prevail over the established litany, there is a chance that Taiwan can stay independent. But if he follows the "party line" from the State Department and their supporting chorus in parts of the Pentagon, Taiwan is a goner. It is only a question of time. Taiwan is an island that lives next to a behemoth in...
  • French warned over possible power cuts this winter

    11/09/2016 7:20:25 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    TheLocal.fr ^ | 09 Nov 2016 17:12 GMT+01:00
    France may be hit by power shortages this winter, with almost one third of the country’s nuclear power plants out of action. It might be time to bring out the extra blankets at home. Grid operator RTE warned on Tuesday that it would have to take “exceptional measures” to keep the French warm this winter due to the fact that 20 of the country’s 58 nuclear power plants have been temporarily disconnected for safety checkups. These measures may include “short power cuts in certain areas of the country in order to continue providing electricity to homes during the winter period”,...
  • Your Next Nuke Will Be Small And Modular

    08/24/2016 10:19:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    Forbes ^ | August 24, 2016 | Michael Lynch
    For at least two decades, nuclear engineers have been talking about new reactor designs, but few have progressed to become important components of the industry. Naturally, as with any new technology, there are always boosters and their enthusiasm should be treated with caution, but there is definitely potential for advances that could mean a surge in nuclear power. One aspect that needs greater attention is the benefit of smaller reactors, which greatly reduce risk on the part of investors. Some new designs are more incrementally advanced, such as the European Pressurized Reactor (EPR) developed by Areva and EDF in France,...
  • Bill Gates And Other Billionaires Backing A Nuclear Renaissance

    07/07/2016 11:28:10 AM PDT · by bananaman22 · 27 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 07-07-2016 | Billyboy
    Let’s for a second imagine a world without nuclear energy. That’s a tough one but let’s try. No nuclear bombs, of course, no Chernobyl and Fukushima, no worries about Iran and North Korea. A wonderful world, maybe? Probably not, because without nuclear energy we would have burned millions more tons of coal and billions more barrels of oil. This would have brought about climate change of such proportions that what we have today would have seemed negligible. Nuclear energy and uranium, which feeds it, are controversial enough even without any actual accident happening. Radioactivity is dangerous. Nobody is arguing against...
  • Sweden to cut taxes on nuclear power generation

    06/13/2016 2:08:58 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | 10 June 2016
    Sweden said on Friday it would phase out some taxes on nuclear power and build new reactors to replace aging plants and secure energy supplies for decades to come. Nuclear power providers in Sweden have said they would be forced to shut the country's loss-making nuclear reactors unless a tax on nuclear capacity is abolished, risking a spike in electricity prices and energy shortages for industry. "The aim is ... to make sure we can always guarantee electricity at competitive prices, in a stable and sustainable way, both in the short and long term," Energy Minister Ibrahim Baylan told reporters....
  • Diablo Canyon Closure Has a Crony Problem

    06/28/2016 11:53:53 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 9 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 06/28/16 | Katy Grimes & Tom Tanton
    Cronyism in Energy Production “Diablo Canyon produces twice as much power as all of California’s solar panels, 24 percent more than all of its wind, and 40 times more than its largest solar farm. Also, Diablo Canyon provides power to 3 million Californians on a patch of land the size of three football fields. Achieving the equivalent from a solar farm would require 145 times more land; from wind, 500 times more.”—Michael Shellenberger, Breakthrough Institute co-founder, and Peter Raven, former Missouri Botanical Gardens head The announcement last week from PG&E that it was closing Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant, rudely...
  • Deal will close California's last nuclear plant by 2025

    06/21/2016 9:27:50 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 21, 2016 10:43 AM EDT
    California’s last nuclear power plant will close by 2025 under an accord announced Tuesday, ending three decades of safety debates that helped fuel the national anti-nuclear power movement. The state’s largest utility, Pacific Gas & Electric Co., and environmental groups announced the agreement on the Diablo Canyon nuclear plant, which sits along a Pacific Ocean bluff on California’s central coast. Environmentalists had pressed the Nuclear Regulatory Commission for years to close Diablo, given its proximity to seismic faults in the earthquake-prone state. …
  • Uranium Prices Set To Double By 2018

    06/15/2016 8:14:16 AM PDT · by bananaman22 · 7 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 15-06-2015 | James
    With prices set to double by 2018, we’ve seen the bottom of the uranium market, and the negative sentiment that has followed this resource around despite strong fundamentals, is starting to change. Billionaire investors sense it, and they’re always the first to anticipate change and take advantage of the rally before it becomes a reality. The turning point is where all the money is made, and there are plenty of indications that the uranium recovery is already underway. It’s been a very tough few years for uranium. But it now looks like we’ve reached the bottom, and the future demand...
  • US fines China firm for illegal export to Pak nuke plant

    01/06/2013 2:24:28 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 5 replies
    Rediff ^ | Friday, January 4, 2013 | Press Trust of India
    A Chinese company has agreed to pay a penalty of $3 million after pleading guilty to the charges of illegally exporting high-performance coating to Pakistan's Chashma nuclear power plant, US federal authorities said. Headquartered in Nanjing, the Chinese firm Huaxing agreed to the maximum criminal fine of  $2 million, $1 million of which will be stayed pending its successful completion of five years of corporate probation. Huaxing was building Chashma II Nuclear Power Plant in Pakistan as part of a nuclear cooperation pact between China and Pakistan. Chashma II is owned by the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission, which is an...
  • Full-Scale Production of Plutonium Spacecraft Fuel Still Years Away

    05/17/2016 6:19:08 PM PDT · by Sawdring · 18 replies
    Space.Com ^ | May 17, 2016 | Mike Wall
    The United States has begun manufacturing nuclear spacecraft fuel for the first time in a generation, but full production of the stuff is still seven years or so away. In December, officials at the Department of Energy's (DOE) Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee announced that researchers at the site had generated a 1.8-ounce (50 grams) sample of plutonium-238, the fuel that powers deep-space missions such as NASA's New Horizons Pluto probe and Cassini Saturn orbiter.
  • Nuclear Milestones Confront Exelon, FPL, and TVA

    05/06/2016 8:16:44 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 4 replies
    powermag.com ^ | Thomas Overton
    In Illinois, Exelon again warned that the long-challenged Clinton and Quad Cities plants would shut down unless the Illinois legislature passed a bill that would provide economic support for the two plants ... Meanwhile in Florida, Florida Power & Light’s (FPL’s) bid to build two more units at its Turkey Point Nuclear Plant south of Miami continues to run into opposition. On April 20, a state court reversed approval for a new transmission line that would carry power from the two reactors. Two days later, the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) approved a plan to deal with serious saline...
  • Energy firms: Merkel stole our assets with nuclear shutdown

    03/15/2016 1:50:00 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 15 Mar 2016 14:13 GMT+01:00 | (AFP)
    Three energy giants Tuesday went to Germany’s top court to challenge the decision by Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government to phase out nuclear power after the Fukushima disaster five years ago. Energy giants E.ON, RWE and Sweden’s Vattenfall want the Constitutional Court to rule that the move was an expropriation of their assets. They hope that would bolster damages claims they have already launched in lower regional courts where they are reportedly demanding at least €15 billion in separate cases. …
  • Fukushima's ground zero: No place for man or robot

    03/12/2016 11:03:59 AM PST · by Rockitz · 57 replies
    Reuters.com ^ | 11 March 2016 | Aaron Sheldrick and Minami Funakoshi
    The robots sent in to find highly radioactive fuel at Fukushima's nuclear reactors have “died”; a subterranean "ice wall" around the crippled plant meant to stop groundwater from becoming contaminated has yet to be finished. And authorities still don’t know how to dispose of highly radioactive water stored in an ever mounting number of tanks around the site. Five years ago, one of the worst earthquakes in history triggered a 10-meter high tsunami that crashed into the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station causing multiple meltdowns. Nearly 19,000 people were killed or left missing and 160,000 lost their homes and livelihoods...
  • Green energy policies bring power giant to €7 billion loss (Germany’s E.ON)

    03/09/2016 5:44:45 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 09 Mar 2016 13:55 GMT+01:00 | (AFP)
    German power giant E.ON on Wednesday said it booked a €7.0 billion ($7.7-billion) net loss in 2015 and warned that “the course ahead will be tougher and longer than anticipated”. […] German power utilities have complained that the country’s transition from conventional carbon fuels to greener, cleaner sources of energy is squeezing their margins. The cost of having to close down their nuclear power plants and the heavy subsidies afforded to renewable energy have pushed them deeply into the red, the companies argue. The glut of government-subsidized solar, wind and other renewable power has led to a collapse in wholesale...
  • Why America abandoned nuclear power (and what we can learn from South Korea)

    03/06/2016 2:51:44 AM PST · by iowamark · 26 replies
    Vox ^ | February 29, 2016 | Brad Plumer
    There's a compelling argument that the world ought to be building many more nuclear power plants. We'll need vast amounts of carbon-free energy to stave off global warming. It's not at all clear that renewables can do the job alone. And nuclear is a proven technology, already providing 11 percent of electricity globally. So what's the catch? Cost. More than safety or waste issues, cost is nuclear's Achilles' heel. Modern-day reactors have become jarringly expensive to build, going for $5 billion to $10 billion a pop. Worse, the price tag seems to be rising in many places. Back in the...