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Augus 9, 2016 – Press Pieces

On August 9th, 2016, posted in: Latest News, Press Pieces

August 9, 2016 – E&E Publishing – Rocky Flats refuge opens its gates, but will people come? – On a sunny morning in June, Dave Lucas sauntered among knee-high grasses with a machete in hand whacking down invasive musk thistles. The manager of this 5,000-acre wildlife refuge is waging a two-front battle as he prepares to open these lands to the public. The first is against the thistles, knapweed, toadflax, cheatgrass and goatgrass that have invaded this scenic expanse of rolling tallgrass prairie, shrub lands and wetlands about 16 miles northwest of Denver. He plans to beat those back using prescribed fires, herbicides and grazing — plus a heavy dose of his machete. His second fight is against public fear that his refuge is unsafe.

August 9, 2016 – Utility Dive – Nuclear plants safe, New York ISO CEO Brad Jones readies for a low-carbon grid – Barely a week old, New York’s Clean Energy Standard is already stirring up the power sector. On Aug 1., the state’s Public Service Commission unanimously approved a 50%-by-2030 renewable energy mandate and income supports for three upstate nuclear plants. While the PSC had solid support from state stakeholders for the hike in the renewable portfolio standard, the nuclear supports have proved more controversial. Anti-nuclear groups panned the plan as a bailout for aging, uneconomic generation and natural gas interests argued it stepped into the federal government’s jurisdiction over wholesale power markets.

August 9, 2016 – Your Industry News – ROSATOM and ABEN sign first commercial construction contracts for nuclear research and technology center in Bolivia – Moscow witnessed signing of the Contract on the preliminary site survey for the construction of the Nuclear Research and Technology Center (NRTC) in the Plurinational State of Bolivia between ASE Group (engineering division of ROSATOM) and Bolivian Nuclear Energy Agency (ABEN – from its acronyms in Spanish). On the same day JSC Rusatom Service (integrator of ROSATOM’ service offerings) and ABEN signed the Contract for the national nuclear infrastructure assessment as part of the NRTC construction project development.

August 9, 2016 – Consumer Eagle – Are Analysts Bullish Denison Mines Corp (TSE:DML) After Last Week? – Out of 2 analysts covering Denison Mines Corp. (TSE:DML), 2 rate it a “Buy”, 0 “Sell”, while 0 “Hold”. This means 100% are positive. Denison Mines Corp. has been the topic of 4 analyst reports since September 21, 2015 according to StockzIntelligence Inc. Below is a list of Denison Mines Corp (TSE:DML) latest ratings and price target changes. The stock increased 1.49% or $0.01 on August 8, hitting $0.68. About 348,622 shares traded hands or 3.07% up from the average. Denison Mines Corp (TSE:DML) has risen 1.49% since January 4, 2016 and is uptrending. It has underperformed by 6.87% the S&P500. Denison Mines Corp. is a uranium exploration and development company. The company has a market cap of $367.03 million. The Firm is engaged in the acquisition, exploration and development of uranium properties, extraction, processing and selling of uranium. It currently has negative earnings. The Firm operates in three divisions: the Mining segment, the Environmental Services segment, and the Corporate and Other segment.

August 9, 2016 – Madison.com – Catherine Kleiber: Change broadband use, policy to reduce cancer risk – It is time for a change in Wisconsin’s broadband policy. The U.S. National Toxicology Program has found that the radiation emitted by wireless technology is carcinogenic and breaks DNA. A replicated European toxicology study found that wireless radiation promotes cancer growth. So, as you look at your wireless device, you should see a portable cancer generator and promoter. Medical advice should be clear: Minimize your use of wireless devices and exposure to their radiation, especially if you already have or had cancer. Unfortunately, as with tobacco, doctors are behind time in issuing such cautions. You can read an excellent write-up by The Environmental Health Trust explaining the NTP findings here. Find a list of steps to reduce your exposure here. Then, call and write your local and state officials to bring the NTP results to their attention. They should immediately take meaningful steps to reduce exposure to wireless radiation: Turn off wireless routers in public buildings, libraries, and schools; provide wired ethernet connections for their own use and public internet access; and revise Wisconsin’s broadband program so it funds only wired broadband projects.

August 9, 2016 – Associated Press – Trump links Clinton emails to execution of nuclear scientist in Iran – Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is suggesting that rival Hillary Clinton’s emails may be responsible for the death of an Iranian nuclear scientist executed for spying for the United States. Hours after an unusually disciplined speech on his economic plan for the country, Trump, using the “people are saying” sentence structure he often favors to make accusations, tweeted Monday night: “Many people are saying that the Iranians killed the scientist who helped the U.S. because of Hillary Clinton’s hacked emails.” He did not say which people he meant. The FBI has said there is no evidence that Clinton’s emails were hacked due to her use of a private account and server during her tenure as secretary of state.

August 9, 2016 – News.az – Construction of Russian 5th-generation nuclear sub to start after 2020 – Russian Malakhit design bureau has signed a contract with the Defense Ministry to design a fifth-generation multi-purpose nuclear-powered submarine. Russia’s St. Petersburg-based Malakhit design bureau said Monday it had signed a contract with the Defense Ministry to design a fifth-generation multi-purpose nuclear-powered submarine with construction to start sometime after 2020, Sputnik News reports.

August 9, 2016 – The Guardian – Belarus under fire for ‘dangerous errors’ at nuclear plant – Thirty years after world’s worst nuclear accident at Chernobyl, Belarus, which saw a quarter of its territory contaminated in the disaster, is building its first energy plant powered by the atom. However a series of mishaps at the site in Astravets are raising concerns over safety, particularly in Lithuania whose capital, Vilnius, lies less than 31 miles (50km) from the site. In July it was reported by local news that a nuclear reactor shell had been dropped while being moved. Local resident Nikolai Ulasevich, who is a member of the opposition United Civic Party, claimed the 330-tonne shell had fallen from a height of 2-4m in preparation for installation.

August 9, 2016 – Daily Mail – China warns of consequences if Theresa May scraps controversial Hinkley Point nuclear power plant – China has delivered a thinly-veiled warning to Theresa May against cancelling the Hinkley Point nuclear power plant. The Chinese ambassador to London suggested ‘mutual trust’ between the countries will be damaged if the huge project does not go ahead. The new Prime Minister caused shock when she pressed pause on the £18 billion scheme just hours after the EDF board gave it the final go-ahead in July.

August 9, 2016 – MercoPress.com – Head of Brazil’s nuclear energy development sentenced 43 years in jail for corruption – The CEO of Brazil’s nuclear power company Eletronuclear, was sentenced to serve 43 years in prison by a Rio de Janeiro judge, Valor Economico newspaper reported. Othon Luiz Pinheiro da Silva considered the father of Brazil’s nuclear program and a pillar of the military-industrial establishment was convicted of corruption, money-laundering, organized crime and obstruction of justice, in the latest chapter of the country’s historic “Operation Carwash” investigation.

August 9, 2016 – Pravda.ru – Nagasaki mayor puzzled why Japan relies on US nuclear bombs – Mayor of the Japanese city of Nagasaki urged to create a nuclear-free zone in Northeast Asia and criticized the Japanese authorities for their support for US nuclear deterrent forces. Nagasaki Mayor Tomihisa Taue stated that while supporting the elimination of nuclear weapons, the Japanese government at the same time supports its own dependence on nuclear deterrent forces, RIA Novosti reports. He stressed out the need to consider the establishment of a nuclear-free zone in Northeast Asia.

August 9, 2016 – Union of Concerned Scientists – DIBs on Nuclear Power Plant Safety – Imagine that you have an extremely important appointment scheduled early tomorrow morning. To ensure that you get to the appointment on time, you might apply DIBs—Diverse Independent Barriers. You want to set an alarm as a barrier against oversleeping. You could rely on multiple clock radios plugged into wall outlets for protection against one malfunctioning unit causing you to oversleep. For diversity, you set some of the clock radios to sound a buzzer alarm and set the other clock radios to play a radio station. And being a diversity aficionado, you select a variety of music and talk radio stations to protect against a single station’s failure. But a power outage could still disable all these multiple alarms. Multiple clock radios provide redundancy, because any one going off at the proper time helps get you moving towards the appointment. But they have limited diversity because they are vulnerable to the same common cause failure.

August 9, 2016 – BBC News – Wylfa Newydd nuclear firm funds Anglesey engineering centre – The company behind an £8bn nuclear power plant will pay £1m towards an engineering centre on Anglesey. Horizon Nuclear Power, the firm behind Wylfa Newydd, will pay towards Grwp Llandrillo Menai’s Llangefni building. The Welsh Government pledged £5m to the centre in 2015. Grwp Llandrillo Menai chief executive, Glyn Jones, said he wanted to “ensure that as many local people as possible gain the world class skills required to work at Wylfa Newydd”. Horizon will provide technical support to Coleg Menai, one of the colleges under Grwp Llandrillo Menai, and apprentices will move from the Bangor campus to Llangefni once the new centre is finished.

August 9, 2016 – Wyofile.com – Lawmakers eye nuke plant, waste – Wyoming lawmakers may consider working with the U.S. Department of Energy in a new “consent-based” effort to establish sites for storing highly radioactive nuclear waste. Storing nuclear waste was the source of terrific controversy the last time Wyoming experienced a severe energy bust in the late 1980s. The Joint Minerals, Business and Economic Development Committee has scheduled more than 2 hours to discuss nuclear waste storage and other nuclear energy-related topics when it meets Thursday at the Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission building in Casper. DOE wants states to voluntarily research the potential for temporary and permanent storage of spent nuclear energy material. Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality officials attended a meeting in Denver in May at which “consent-based siting” of nuclear waste was discussed. DEQ has been ordered to examine what it would take to draft a “permit mapping process” for nuclear waste storage, however it has not been instructed to take any actions.

August 9, 2016 – Canada Newswire – Veolia builds training facility at its Pennsylvania nuclear services site – Veolia in North America through its subsidiary (Veolia ES Alaron, L.L.C.) has partnered with customer Mitsubishi Nuclear Energy Systems (MNES), Inc. to build a training facility at Veolia’s Alaron Nuclear Services site in Wampum, Pa. MNES will conduct hands-on training and qualification of the Mitsubishi Water Jet Peening (WJP) process in the facility’s radiological controlled environment. Completed at the end of May 2016, Veolia built the facility at its radioactive-licensed site to allow MNES, the U.S.-based nuclear subsidiary of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd., to train engineers on its water jet peening process. By building the facility at the Alaron site, MNES is able to provide training under realistic plant environments with actual WJP equipment in advance of project implementation, thereby presenting a highly qualified workforce to its own customers’ worksites.

August 9, 2016 – CTV News – Residents of Chinese city protest possible nuclear plans – Residents of a city in eastern China have protested for a third day against possible plans to build a nuclear fuel reprocessing centre, a protester and a city employee said Tuesday, as police announced a ban on public gatherings. The protests in Lianyungang, north of Shanghai, reflect public unease about the safety of China’s state-owned nuclear industry and growing willingness to oppose nuclear, chemical and other industrial projects. The city government responded to the weekend demonstrations in a downtown square with an announcement that plans for the nuclear project were in early stages and no location had been confirmed. Despite that, protesters gathered again Monday, according to a city hall employee who would give only his surname, Zhang, and man who gave his surname as Wang. Wang said he took part in one weekend protest and witnessed others.

August 9, 2016 – Reuters – Britain defends decision to review $24 billion nuclear plant – Britain on Tuesday defended its decision to review a planned $24 billion nuclear power project after criticism from China which is helping to fund the deal. China has cautioned Britain against closing the door to Chinese investment and said on Tuesday relations were at a crucial juncture after new Prime Minister Theresa May delayed signing off on the project. “This decision is about a huge infrastructure project and it’s right that the new government carefully considers it,” a government spokesman said in a statement.

August 9, 2016 – Dallas Morning News – That radioactive hole in our counterterrorism barrier – If global terrorism has you concerned that our safety hangs by a thread, consider how thin that thread might be — or how close to home the threat might be. A report from the Center for Public Integrity describes a successful and admittedly not-particularly-sophisticated effort by fewer than 10 people to gain a license and buy enough materials to build a so-called “dirty bomb” right here on US soil.

August 9, 2016 – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – Westinghouse advances in Ukraine’s nuclear fuel market – To hear some Ukranian politicians talk, it might seem like Westinghouse Electric Co. is a household name in the former Soviet republic — a trusted business partner picking up the nuclear pieces of Ukraine’s unraveled bonds to Russia. Just because it’s exaggerated doesn’t make Westinghouse’s ascent in Ukraine any less significant for either side. For decades, all 15 of Ukraine’s Russian-style reactors were using 100 percent Russian-made fuel. Today, there are Westinghouse fuel assemblies in three of them. Next year, it could be six, and the country’s energy officials have said they want Westinghouse’s share to be 30 percent. Western fuel has nudged the monopoly of TVEL, the nuclear fuel fabrication arm of Russia’s state-owned nuclear company Rosatom, which is the culmination of more than a decade of diplomacy and a few commercial setbacks. The U.S. Department of Energy helped open the door for Westinghouse in Ukraine to pilot a new type of fuel for the company starting in 2005 — specifically designed for Russian reactors.

August 9, 2016 – The Virginian-Pilot – New business in Moyock makes massive concrete storage cases for nuclear waste – Marlin Stoltz put on a hard hat and bright yellow vest before walking out into the 4-acre work area of the Moyock Casting Facility, a new operation in the business of spent nuclear fuel storage. A line of concrete cases, each 21 feet long and weighing 100 tons, rested along a rail spur, ready for shipment. Several men stood atop a steel form where hydraulic power vibrated and settled four truckloads of concrete for the next case. The Moyock facility opened in January and has 25 employees . It makes concrete modules that encase steel canisters that are used to store spent nuclear fuel. From here, the modules head to nuclear plants elsewhere. “We have no nuclear material here,” Stoltz said.

August 9, 2016 – World Nuclear News – Duke receives final safety evaluation for William States Lee nuclear plant – The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has completed its final safety evaluation report (SER) for combined licences for two proposed nuclear power units at the William States Lee III site. In its response to Duke Energy’s application for the approval for AP1000 reactors at the site in South Carolina, the NRC concluded there were no safety concerns that would inhibit a construction and operating license for the project. Duke submitted a combined construction and operation licence (COL) application with the NRC for the proposed Lee plant at the end of 2007. The application is based on two Westinghouse AP1000 pressurized water reactors with a combined capacity of 2234 MWe at a greenfield site near Gaffney in Cherokee County.

August 9, 2016 – Inforum – Don’t store radioactive waste near farms, homes – Today, the North Dakota Health Council will hold another meeting to consider ratifying the decision to raise the threshold to dispose of radioactive waste in North Dakota. The previous decision was made at an illegitimate meeting held last August. Despite many comments from North Dakota citizens who opposed raising the limit, the rules were pushed through, leaving western North Dakota lands open to the highest bidder who will profit from the storage and disposal of radioactive waste. The people of North Dakota did not ask for this increase. Our health and environment should not bear the cost to store and dispose of this material near our homes, farmlands, and schools.

August 9, 2016 – Construction Equipment Guide – Feds Schedule Cleanup From Manhattan Project – U.S. Department of Energy contractors are scheduled to start removing contaminated soil left over in northern New Mexico from the Manhattan Project and early atomic Cold War research. Work is expected to begin on the south-facing slopes of Los Alamos Canyon and is part of an agreement between federal and New Mexico officials, the Los Alamos Monitor reports. Officials said the contaminated soils will be temporarily stored at Tech Area 21 at Los Alamos National Laboratory and eventually will be shipped to a permanent area once tested. The work will include five sites in a 1-acre area. About 125 cu. yds. (95.6 cu m) of soil is scheduled to be moved. One site contains arsenic and the other four contain plutonium, officials said.

August 9, 2016 – KLCC 89.7 – Eugene Residents Ride Bikes To Protest Nukes – Seventy-one years ago this month the United States dropped nuclear bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan. Saturday a couple dozen Eugene residents gathered at Monroe Park for Bike Around The Bomb to demand global elimination of nuclear weapons. After a brief rally, activists embarked on a seven mile bike ride to signify the area destroyed by the atomic bombs. Organizer Clara Schneid, says while this event is meant to remember the destruction that happened in Japan, it is also focuses on creating a positive future.