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Rare Earth Minerals

Rare Earths Not So Rare?

June 29, 2015 by Geoffrey Styles
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Rare earths are elements of low abundance, compared to the ores of metals like iron and copper. Five years ago it appeared that China had cornered the market on rare earths and was exercising its market power to, among other aims, lure businesses reliant on these minerals to shift their operations to China.[read more]

Chinese Firms Combine Forces to Fuel Export Sales

June 3, 2015 by Dan Yurman

China Power Investment Corp. and the State Nuclear Power Technology Corp announced a merger this week. The working assumption is the multi-billion firm that emerges from the merger may operate more like a sovereign wealth fund in terms of financing nuclear reactor deals than building them.[read more]

NRC Develops New Fees for SMRs

June 1, 2015 by Dan Yurman

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission said in a policy paper released in mid-May that it will develop a new fee schedule for small modular reactors. The new fees will be significantly less than those charged to full size 1000 MW or larger units. SMRs typically are designed to have electrical power ratings of 300 MW or less.[read more]

It's Time to Put Nuclear on the Offensive, and Make it the Low Carbon Choice

May 28, 2015 by Milton Caplan
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Nuclear and Decarbonization

The expansion ofnuclear power is essential in achieving a future of increased energy security, diversity of fuel supply and lower emissions; and is already expected to have the largest impact on meeting climate goals of any other single technology.[read more]

Nuclear Agency: Nuclear Power Will Play Only A Modest Role In Stopping Climate Change

May 20, 2015 by Joseph Romm
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Nuclear Energy and Climate Change

Nuclear power can play a modest, but important, role in avoiding catastrophic global warming, if it can solve its various problems including high construction cost without sacrificing safety. That is the conclusion of a report from the International Energy Agency (IEA) and Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA).[read more]

Argentina Shifts its Energy Focus to Nuclear

May 12, 2015 by Dan Yurman

Nuclear in Argentina

Recently, Argentina has catapulted to the front end of global attention on new nuclear builds with deals for three new nuclear reactors, two from China and one from Russia. Additionally, the country has its own nuclear R&D program which supports the development of a 25 MB SMR based on PWR designs.[read more]

Five Surprising Public Health Facts About Fukushima

April 8, 2015 by Breakthrough Institute
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Fukushima and Measured Risk

Four years ago an earthquake and tsunami devastated Japan. 15,000 people were killed. A subsequent nuclear meltdown added fear to grief. As terrible as the meltdown was, the radiation did not have significant public health consequences, much less the catastrophic ones that many feared and some continue to claim.[read more]

Nuclear Safety in a Post-Fukushima World: Is the US Falling Behind?

March 25, 2015 by Roman Kilisek
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US Nuclear Safety

After Fukushima, re-examinations of nuclear reactor security were launched in many of the 31 countries around the world, which possess “over 435 [operable] commercial nuclear power reactors with over 375,000 MWe of total capacity [while about] 70 more reactors are under construction.”[read more]

Westinghouse Revives SMR Efforts

March 23, 2015 by Dan Yurman
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Westinghouse Electric Company said this week that the NRC gave permission for the company to test its small modular reactor design. It is a major reversal of the company’s decision in February 2014 to cancel its development efforts due to several factors.[read more]

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Nuclear in Australia: Through a New Prism

March 19, 2015 by Oscar Archer
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Nuclear Development in Australia

On March 12th, Federal Senator for South Australia Sean Edwards announced that his submission to South Australia's Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission – instituted last month by the state Labor government – would revolve around the establishment of a new nuclear fuel recycling industry.[read more]

South Australian Senator Believes There's Value in "Nuclear Waste"

March 19, 2015 by Rod Adams

Nuclear Energy and South Australia

South Australian Senator Sean Edwards sees economic opportunity in taking advantage of other countries’ fear of radioactive materials. He recognizes there billions set aside for safe disposal of used fuel. In most countries, however, there is no effective planning that will result in the desired result.[read more]

All Cost, No Benefit: EPA Proposes 33 Year Monitoring Requirement for ISR Mining

March 18, 2015 by Rod Adams
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EPA Regulation and Nuclear Energy

On January 26, 2015, the EPA issued a notice of proposed rulemaking that will have the effect — intended or unintended — of eliminating in-situ leach (ISL) uranium mining in the U.S. The technology, which the EPA choses to call in-situ recovery (ISR), is the dominant technology used by operating mines.[read more]

China Years Away from Being a Major Nuclear Export Player

March 17, 2015 by Dan Yurman

China Nuclear Potential

Much has been made of China’s global ambitions to become a major player in the global nuclear export market. Analysts have pointed to deals with Argentina, Romania, and Pakistan. But a key challenge is lining up customers who can actually pay for the products.[read more]

Breaking Energy U.S. Nuclear Investigation: Exports of Highly Enriched Uranium not 'Definitively Reconciled'

March 16, 2015 by Roman Kilisek
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Uranium Export Reconciliation

A Nuclear Regulatory Commission report entitled “Report to Congress on the Current Disposition of Highly Enriched Uranium Exports Used as Fuel or Targets in Nuclear Research or Test Reactors, January 9, 2014,” reveals some striking findings with regard to US exports of highly enriched uranium.[read more]

China Restarts its Nuclear Reactor Construction Program

March 12, 2015 by Dan Yurman
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China has approved start of construction of two new nuclear power plants, the first such approvals since the Fukushima crisis in Japan in 2011. The China State Council inked the go-ahead decision on February 17th for two new reactors to be built by China General Nuclear Power at the utility’s Hongyanhe plant.[read more]