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September 28, 2016 – Press Pieces

On September 28th, 2016, posted in: Latest News, Press Pieces

September 28, 2016 – Science Magazine – Protests spur rethink on deep borehole test for nuclear waste – Along the way to testing an old-but-new concept in nuclear waste storage—burying spent fuel in a hole drilled kilometers below the surface—the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and its contractors relearned a lesson that seems frequently forgotten: Get the locals on board first. Failure to gain the trust and approval of residents in rural North and South Dakota doomed the start of a $35 million project that would have drilled a borehole 5 kilometers beneath the prairie into crystalline basement rock. Early this year, the agency tapped Battelle Memorial Institute, a large research nonprofit based in Columbus, to lead the effort. The hole would not have been used for radioactive material, but was rather intended to garner insight to the geology and technical challenges of such drilling.

September 28, 2016 – Horizon Magazine – Nuclear clock could help blind people, autonomous cars navigate – Measuring energy fluctuations in the nucleus of a rare radioactive element could improve the accuracy of GPS from metres to centimetres, while marbled volcanic magma is being used to create eruption countdowns, thanks to groups of European researchers who are pushing the boundaries of timekeeping. From grains of sand in an hourglass to the position of the sun, people throughout history have used different physical attributes in order to accurately tell the time. Today’s gold standard of timekeeping are so-called microwave atomic clocks, which use microwave radiation to measure the oscillation of electrons within a caesium atom. The best of these are off by just one nanosecond in a month. Atomic clocks are used in the synchronisation of our increasingly complex power networks, stock markets and mobile phone communications, but they don’t just set the world’s time. In the same way that the first portable timepiece allowed sailors to navigate at sea, the relationship between distance and time means atomic clocks underlie today’s satellite-based global positioning system (GPS).

September 28, 2016 – News Medical – Tau PET imaging in Alzheimer’s disease increases opportunities for developing effective drugs – Tau PET is a new and promising imaging method for Alzheimer’s disease. A case study from Lund University in Sweden now confirms that tau PET images correspond to a higher degree to actual changes in the brain. According to the researchers behind the study, this increases opportunities for developing effective drugs. There are several different methods of producing images showing the changes in the brain associated with Alzheimer’s disease. The tau PET method reveals the presence of a protein in the brain, tau, with the help of a gamma camera and a specially selected radioactive molecule (F-AV-1451).

September 28, 2016 – GlobalResearch.ca – Radioactive Cesium Builds Up In Fukushima Dams, Contamination of Water and Agriculture – Dams surrounding the stricken Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant operated by Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) have become de facto storage facilities for high concentrations of radioactive cesium as the element continues to accumulate. With no effective countermeasures in sight, the government insists that water from the dams is safe, but to local residents, the government’s stance comes across as the shelving of a crucial problem. “It’s best to leave it as it is,” an official from the Ministry of the Environment says, with the knowledge that in 10 dams in Fukushima Prefecture, there is soil containing concentrations of cesium over the limit set for designated waste — or over 8,000 becquerels per kilogram.

September 28, 2016 – Idaho State Journal – INL Radiological Control director honored for commitment to profession – Cheré Morgan, INL Radiological Control director, has received the Charles D. (Bama) McKnight Memorial Award from the National Registry of Radiation Protection Technologists for her outstanding efforts in the radiation protection field, leading to increased knowledge and professionalism among radiation protection technologists. She is the fifth recipient of the prestigious award since it was established in 2005. The NRRPT’s objective is to encourage and promote the education and training of radiation protection technologists and, by doing so, promote and advance the science of health physics.

September 28, 2016 – 7th Space Interactive – Multi-analytical investigation into painting materials and techniques: the wall paintings of Abuna Yemata Guh church – Abuna Yemata Guh is one of the nine Saints who are traditionally claimed to have come to Northern Ethiopia in the beginning of the sixth century and established monasteries in the Tigray region. The church, named after him, is hewn out of the side of one of the highest sandstone spires in the Gheralta area. Though the local tradition claims earlier dates, the paintings in the church are suggested to belong to the second half of the fifteenth century on the basis of their theme, style and iconography. We report here the investigation into the materials and techniques of the paintings using diverse complementary analytical techniques: Polarized light microscopy (PLM), portable X-ray fluorescence spectrometer (pXRF), scanning electron microscopy-energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (SEM–EDS), synchrotron-based X-ray diffraction (SR-XRD), pyrolysis gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (Py-GC/MS), micro-Raman spectroscopy (MRS) and micro-Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (micro-FTIR).

September 28, 2016 – DefenseWorld.net – North Korea Possesses 88 Pounds Weapons-Grade Plutonium – North Korea has drastically progressed in miniaturization of its nuclear weapons and allegedly possesses at least 88 pounds of weapons-grade plutonium. The North had reinforced its strategic capabilities and is continuing development of nuclear and biochemical weapons and ballistic missiles, South Korean Defense Ministry was quoted as saying by Sputnik News Wednesday. “We suppose, that North Korea possesses 40 kilograms [88 pounds] of weapons-grade plutonium and the uranium enrichment program is underway,” the ministry said.

September 28, 2016 – Cancer Network – Higher RT Dose in Pediatric Brain Tumors Limited Vocabulary Development – A small study has found that among children with primary brain tumors who were treated with cranial radiation, cerebral volume and radiation dose may affect the rate of vocabulary development. The results of the study were published in Cancer. “Although the treatment of primary brain tumors in children, and medulloblastoma in particular, is associated with neurocognitive deficits, the underlying pathophysiology is unknown,” wrote Harold Agbahiwe, MD, of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, and colleagues. “We found a significant relation between cerebral volume and performance on the PPVT-3 (an IQ estimate), with larger volumes associated with higher scores.” Cranial radiation is required in most children with primary brain tumors in order to achieve long-term disease control. Use of cranial radiation is associated with cognitive impairments later in life. As survival from primary brain tumors has improved, researchers have shifted their focus to improving long-term consequences of these diseases.

September 28, 2016 – PhysOrg – X-ray laser speeds up the process of determining protein structures – An international team of scientists has learned how to determine the spatial structure of a protein obtained with an X-ray laser using the sulfur atoms it contains. This development is the next stage in the project of a group led by Vadim Cherezov to create an effective method of studying receptor proteins. A detailed description of the study has been published in the journal Science Advances.

September 28,2 016 – Tech 2 – Government scouting possible sites for Nuclear plants in Punjab, Haryana and Uttarakhand – The central government is looking at possible sites in the northern states of Uttarakhand, Punjab and Haryana for setting up new atomic power plants, a minister said on Tuesday. “We are exploring the possibility of having such establishments in other places, for example near Dehradun in Utarakhand and near Patiala in Punjab. We are also looking for a place in Bhiwani in Haryana,” Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office Jitendra Singh said while addressing a conference here on nuclear power organised by industry chamber Assocham. “The present government can stake claim of having set up an atomic energy plant in Gorakhpur in Haryana, so we have brought atomic energy northwards which it had been waiting for 60-70 years and we made it to cross through Delhi because atomic energy never had the opportunity to see the capital of this country,” he added. The Prime Minister’s Office looks after the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE).

September 28, 2016 – BDLive – Nuclear new build programme thrown into disarray, again – SOUTH Africa’s intended nuclear new build programme has been thrown into renewed turmoil‚ after a senior minister contradicted Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson on the commencement date for the call for proposals‚ intended to officially start the much-anticipated process. Three weeks ago‚ Joemat-Pettersson told Parliament that the request for proposal on nuclear new build — the first official indication of what the government expects the scale and cost of the project to be — will be published this Friday‚ September 30. But on Tuesday‚ while addressing the parliamentary press gallery on behalf of the economics cluster to which the Energy Department reports‚ Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor flickered a red light‚ saying she believed the request for proposal on the deal — which industry experts believe could be worth between R700bn and R1.6-trillion, depending on scale and specifics — would not be announced by Friday because the relevant government policies were not in order.

September 28, 2016 – Sputnik International – Rosatom Helping Bolivia Formulate Requirements for Nuclear Research Center – The Russian nuclear agency is helping the Bolivian side formulate requirements for the construction of the Nuclear Research and Technology Center El Alto.VIENNA (Sputnik) — Russia’s Rosatom nuclear energy corporation is helping Bolivia to formulate precise requirements for the construction of the Nuclear Research and Technology Center (NRTC) in Bolivia’s El Alto, Rosatom Deputy CEO Vyacheslav Pershukov told Sputnik on Wednesday. “We [Rosatom] are helping them [the Bolivian side] to formulate their requirements [on the construction of the scientific nuclear center] in the right way, they cannot do it all by themselves because of the lack of experience, which is normal for many newcomers. Our goal is to help them,” Pershukov said. In August, Rosatom signed the first commercial contracts with the Bolivian Nuclear Energy Agency (ABEN) on the center’s construction.

September 28, 2016 – Reuters – German nuclear commission warns of delay to waste storage deal – Germany should speed up implementation of recommendations requiring operators of nuclear plants to pay billions of euros into a fund to cover the costs of waste storage, a commission urged the chancellery in a letter seen by Reuters on Wednesday. The commission tasked with finding a solution for how to fund the storage of radioactive waste said in April it wanted utilities to pay 23.3 billion euros ($26.08 billion) into a state-fund to cover the costs.

September 28, 2016 – The Independent – Secret US nuclear base hidden in Greenland icecap to be revealed thanks to global warming – A secret abandoned nuclear base is likely to be revealed by the melting of a large icecap in Greenland due to global warming, experts have warned. Toxic waste is expected to leak into the sea if the ice continues to melt around Camp Century, a research facility decommissioned by the US military at the height of the Cold War in 1967. The base became home to the world’s first mobile nuclear generator when it opened its doors to 200 soldiers in 1959, and included a 3km network of tunnels buried within the icecap.

September 28,l 2016 – Economic Times – Would Donald Trump ever use nuclear weapons first? The answer is not clear – Donald Trump often says he never wants to signal to the nation’s adversaries what he would do as commander in chief — an embrace of the concept of “strategic ambiguity” that is as old as warfare. But on the critical question of whether the United States should ever be the first to use nuclear weapons, he appeared somewhere between contradictory and confused during his debate with Hillary Clinton on Monday.

September 28, 2016 – Lexology – DOE Heavily Criticized in New Nuclear Whistleblower Program Audit – The Department of Energy (“DOE”) touts the importance of safety in the nuclear industry – and with good reason. The impact of a catastrophic failure at a nuclear plant can last for years and affect people who live far from a reactor. Even smaller-scale safety deficiencies can seriously harm hundreds of workers. Despite its stated emphasis on compliance, however, the DOE does little to protect civilian contractors who speak up about nuclear safety issues, according to a scathing report issued by the Government Accountability Office (“GAO”) on July 14 of this year.

September 28, 2016 – Reuters – Finnish client takes new legal action against Areva over nuclear project – Finnish utility Teollisuuden Voima (TVO) has started fresh legal action against French nuclear group Areva to avoid further delays at its Olkiluoto 3 nuclear reactor in Finland, company spokesman said. The project, almost a decade behind its original schedule, is nearly complete, but TVO wants assurances that a restructuring of plant supplier Areva won’t cause further delays and that the plant would be ready to begin production in 2018 as planned. “We have asked for this several times but have not received the necessary assurances,” he said by phone, adding that TVO is now seeking assurances through a case filed in Nanterre Commercial Court, in France.

September 28,2 016 – Power Engineering International – CGN Power acquires $1.5bn of nuclear assets – CGN Power has agreed to acquire two nuclear power plants and an engineering unit from its parent company, China General Nuclear Power, for $1.5bn. China’s nuclear power operator will acquire 61 per cent equity interest in Fangchenggang nuclear power station in the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. The Fangchenggang project will have a combined generation capacity of 6 GW on completion. CGN Power will also acquire 100 per cent interest in the 2.5 GW Lufeng Nuclear and 100 per cent interest in CGN Engineering, a project construction management firm.

September 28, 2016 – Public Citizen – U.S. Court of Appeals to Hear Flawed Arguments Against Nation’s Landmark Clean Power Plan – Early media previews have billed litigation over the Clean Power Plan as key to President Obama’s “climate legacy.” But the legacy belongs to all of us. The question is whether we will muster the political will to curb climate change before we lose the chance to prevent catastrophic harm to our health, economy and way of life. Time is running out. Opponents of the Clean Power Plan greatly rely on arguments that the rule will hurt consumers by raising electricity prices. They are wrong. In a series of studies, Public Citizen found that electricity bills will decline under the rule. Although the price of electricity likely will rise modestly, the rule will spur energy efficiency improvements so that people use less electricity and as a result pay lower bills. In our 50-state study of the final rule, we found that electricity bills will be lower in nearly every state by 2025 under the Clean Power Plan, and in all states by 2030.

September 28, 2016 – Forbes – Passive-Aggressive Fight Against Plutonium Economy Continues Unabated – Late Friday afternoon, the Department of Energy released an updated performance report on the MOX Fuel Fabrication Facility (MFFF). DOE’s internal Office of Project Management Oversight and Assessment in partnership with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers produced the report using assumptions and data provided by DOE leadership. The report concludes that if the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) — the semi-independent branch of the DOE that is running the project — continues managing and supporting the MFFF with the same enthusiasm and oversight that it has been investing for the past half dozen years, the facility won’t be completed until 2048. It will cost $12.5 billion more than has already been spent.

September 28, 2016 – Vermont Public Radio – Vermont Yankee To Sell Equipment, Supplies Worth $20 Million At Public Auction – The Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant closed in December 2014, and now the plant is auctioning off decades worth of accumulated inventory. The owners of the VY plant had to keep a lot of spare parts around to keep the facility running. While the plant was open, the company had a warehouse filled with equipment that workers might need in case something broke down. For 25 years, Dave Bauer was the supply manager at Vermont Yankee, and it was his job to purchase and inventory all of the spare valves, gauges and pumps Entergy needed in case something had to be replaced.

September 1, 2016 – Boston Globe – State ought to have an interest in closing Pilgrim nuclear plant – WAS IT serendipity that The Boston Globe’s editorial “Too risky to wait for Pilgrim plant’s shutdown” appeared at about the same time that Cape Cod’s Downwinders hand-delivered a letter to Governor Baker requesting immediate closing of Plymouth’s Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station? This group has been calling for the plant’s closing for years. One might say that such a move is a function of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, not the state. Yet aren’t the health and welfare of the residents a responsibility of the Commonwealth? From the partial meltdown of Three Mile Island in Pennsylvania in 1979 to the Chernobyl accident in 1986 to Fukushima in 2011, we see that nuclear power is not what it was cracked up to be.

September 28, 2016 – Platts – Talen will shut Pennsylvania nuclear unit for repairs soon – Talen plans to shut its 1,330-MW Susquehanna-2 nuclear generating unit in Berwick, Pennsylvania, “within the next few weeks” to repair a turbine blade that has shown indications of cracking, the company said Monday. The steam turbines at the Susquehanna station have experienced cracking since 2011, and many turbine blades have been replaced at a cost of at least $150 million so far. Susquehanna-2 will be shut for an unspecified amount of time so the turbine blade in question can be replaced, spokesman Todd Martin said Monday. Talen said the outage would be “brief,” but gave no specifics.

September 28, 2016 – Bloomberg – Mosaic’s Radioactive Sinkhole Problem Could Mean Mine Delays – As the world’s largest producer of phosphate fertilizer, Mosaic Co. is used to digging up parts of Florida to recover the mineral. But lately, one particular hole is causing the company some headaches. A sinkhole 45 feet (14 meters) wide has opened up in a pile of mining waste at the company’s New Wales site in Polk County, about 30 miles east of downtown Tampa, swallowing about 215 million gallons of radioactive wastewater — enough to fill about 326 Olympic-sized swimming pools. Mosaic says it believes the sinkhole has reached the Floridan aquifer, which provides the local community’s water supply. While Mosaic first noticed the problem in late August, it didn’t make a public announcement until Sept. 15. Three local residents are now suing the company, alleging improper storage of chemical waste. The spill could mean increased hurdles for Mosaic’s expansion plans in Florida, according to Jonas Oxgaard, a New York-based analyst at Sanford C. Bernstein & Co.

September 28, 2016 – Tri-City Herald – Ticket sales end Sept. 27 for historic B Reactor concerts – Reg Unterseher has sung in venues around the world. But, “I’ve never sung in any place remotely like this,” he said. “This” is Hanford’s historic B Reactor. And on Sept. 30 and Oct. 2, Unterseher — an acclaimed composer and performer — will take part in a pair of ground-breaking concerts at the site. The shows by Mid-Columbia Mastersingers are the first-ever choral concerts to be in a decommissioned nuclear reactor anywhere in the world. “It is such an amazing thing,” Unterseher said. “I think it’s our responsibly to tell our stories. That’s what this concert does.”

September 28, 2016 – San Luis Obispo Tribune – PG&E wants to limit discussion on what happens after Diablo Canyon closes – PG&E doesn’t want to talk about its post-closure plans for Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant or requests to close the facility early, but it does want to discuss how to replace the lost power with greenhouse gas-free and energy-efficient resources. Those are some of the key takeaways from the utility’s response to comments and protests filed with the California Public Utilities Commission regarding its application to close the plant by 2025. The utility company filed its official response Monday to the 29 comments and protests filed by various community groups and organizations since PG&E announced its plan in June to not relicense its two nuclear reactors when they expire in 2024 and 2025.

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September 27, 2016 – Press Pieces

On September 27th, 2016, posted in: Latest News, Press Pieces

September 27, 2016 – Roanoke Times – Fight flares again over uranium mining at 5th District debate – The fuse trailing from an attack ad by Democratic candidate Jane Dittmar against state Sen. Tom Garrett’s energy and environment record sparked Monday at the Appomattox debate. The audience question regarding each 5th Congressional District candidate’s stance on uranium mining lit the confrontation toward the end of the debate that until then had been marked by general agreement private businesses are overregulated. “This is like some crazy convoluted cartwheels that we’re getting here, but the bottom line is that 127 people voted to form the Virginia Nuclear Energy Consortium,” Garrett said. “You need to learn to read bills. This one says nothing about uranium mining.”

September 27, 2016 – ZDNet – iPhones ’emit double the radiation’ of Galaxy handsets: Korean agency – Apple’s iPhones and iPads had the highest electromagnetic radiation specific absorption rate (SAR) out of electronic devices sold in South Korea, a national assemblyman claimed, citing data from a state-backed research agency. At a hearing on Tuesday, assemblyman Choi Myung-gil of the country’s telecom committee said data from the National Radio Research Agency shows the average radiation SAR for iPhones was 1.166 watts per kilogram (W/kg). Samsung’s, in comparison, showed an average of 0.517W/kg, for products launched this year.

September 27, 2016 – Sputnik International – Russia, Finland Sign Protocol on Nuclear Security Cooperation – 0Russian state nuclear agency Rosatom and the Finnish Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority (STUK) have signed a protocol on cooperation in the field of nuclear security on Tuesday in Vienna. The protocol on realization of practical measures on fulfillment of obligations of the 1995 agreement between the two countries was signed by Rosatom CEO Sergei Kirienko and STUK Director General Petteri Tiippana on the sidelines of the IAEA 60th General Conference in Vienna. In January 1995, Russia and Finland have signed an agreement on early notification about nuclear accidents and the exchange of information concerning nuclear facilities.

September 27, 2016 – The Post Star – New Type of Radiation Treatment May Up Survival for Older Lung Cancer Patients – Cutting-edge radiation therapy seems to provide a significant survival advantage for older people with early stage lung cancer who aren’t strong enough for surgery, a pair of new studies suggests. The therapy is called stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) and it’s been available for about a decade. The first study reviewed national cancer data and found that survival rates for older lung cancer patients treated with radiation therapy increased dramatically between 2004 and 2012. Those are the years during which SBRT use became widespread in the United States, said lead researcher Dr. Andrew Farach, a radiation oncologist at Houston Methodist Hospital. A second study based on Veterans Affairs cancer treatment data appears to corroborate the national findings, directly linking increased use of SBRT with improved survival rates in elderly patients.

September 27, 2016 – The Cable – 7 ways your WiFi could be causing you harm – Many are on edge because they can’t imagine a world without the internet. But every good thing has it’s bad side and it’s better to educated yourself to be safe. When exposed to electromagnetic radiation, you will have more difficulty falling asleep. So when you can’t sleep maybe you should just turn off your phone. Wireless radiation reduces sperm movement and fragments your DNA. Sleeping with your phone next to your head can affect your ability to concentrate. Experiment: One set of plants was grown in a room free of wireless radiation; the other group grew next to two routers that released the same amount of radiation as a cell phone. Result: The plants closest to the radiation didn’t grow. This radiation has the ability to alter and stunt to growth of body tissue. Young children are more likely to be affected during their developmental stages.

September 27, 20-16 – MedGadget – Lesser Exposure Of Individuals To Radiation Drives Demand For Digital X-Ray Systems Market – MarketResearchReports.biz has announced the addition of a new research report to its online repository. The research report, titled “Global Digital X-Ray Systems Market 2016-2020,” discusses the market drivers and restraints influencing the trajectory of the global digital x-ray systems market. The report has been put together using primary and secondary research methodologies that assure an accurate assessment of the given data. The document includes opinions of market experts and provides a holistic outlook of the market with projections for the forecast period of 2016 and 2020. According to the research report, the global digital X-ray systems market is anticipated to expand at a CAGR of 13.19% between the years of 2016 and 2020. These systems include amplifiers, displays, X-ray sensors, and image processing computers.

September 27, 2016 – Science World Report – Favorite American Foods Emit Radiation: Pizzas, Hot Dogs And More – Food photography reached a new height recently when New York-based artist Brea Souders collaborated with VSCO, an art, and tech company, to create a series of thermographs that capture the radiation emitted from popular American foods. On the list are all time favorites, which are not just restricted to the US, such as pizzas, hot dogs, and fries among junk/fast foods.

September 27, 2016 – The Royal Gazette – Medical imaging and increased radiation risk – There has been a lot of coverage in the media lately about radiation exposure from medical imaging and it’s important to sort out fact from fiction. People are rightly concerned whether radiation from mammograms, bone density tests, computed tomography scans and the likes, would increase their risk of developing cancer. For most people, there is very little risk from routine X-ray imaging but many experts are concerned about an explosion in the use of higher radiation dose tests, such as CT and nuclear imaging. As an example, it is estimated that in 2015, about 90 million CT scans and nuclear tests were performed in the United States, compared with just three million in 1980.

September 27,k 2016 – Press Release Rocket – Newer Radiation Technique Has Fewer Side Effects Than Traditional Techniques for Recurrent Head and Neck Cancer – When a patient’s cancer comes back, he or she is often left with limited treatment options and higher odds of debilitating side effects. But a University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute (UPCI) study presented today at the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) 2016 Annual Meeting in Boston offers positive news for people with recurrent head and neck cancer. Stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT), a technique for delivering pinpoint radiation to kill cancer cells and shrink tumors, resulted in only half as many patients with recurrent head and neck cancer suffering severe, long-term side effects as compared to previously reported studies using more traditional treatment techniques. This discovery by UPCI scientists was made in the largest and longest follow-up analysis to date of patients with recurrent head and neck cancer treated with SBRT. The findings make SBRT a more attractive possibility for patients with few options left.

September 27, 2016 – Lynchburg News Advance – Areva lays off 12 employees in Lynchburg, part of 50 in U.S. – Areva North America has laid off 12 people in Lynchburg, part of a nationwide reduction of 50 employees. According to the company, the changes are a result of a shrinking demand for Areva’s support for existing nuclear reactors. All of the employees affected worked in the “Installed Base” department, which works on existing nuclear reactors, either in operations or administrative capacities.

September 27, 2016 – Open Democracy – Whose work was the inspiration for the first nuke-free country? – New Zealand was the first country in the world to pass national nuclear-free legislation. Marilyn Waring reflects on how Dr. Helen Caldicott’s influence culminated in the passage of the cornerstone of New Zealand’s foreign policy. If you were growing up in New Zealand and Australia post World War II, there’s a chance you knew about the United States using the Marshall Islands as a nuclear testing site from 1947 until 1962. In an agreement signed with the United Nations, the U.S. government held the Marshall Islands as a “trust territory” and detonated nuclear devices in this pristine area of the Pacific Ocean—leading, in some instances, to huge levels of radiation fall-out, health effects, and the permanent displacement of many island people. In all, the U.S. government conducted 105 underwater and atmospheric tests. You would have also known that the British conducted seven atmospheric tests between 1956 and 1963 on traditional Aboriginal land, in Maralinga, Australia. It may be that you read Neville Shute’s 1957 novel On the Beach, in which people in Melbourne, Australia wait for deadly radiation to spread from a Northern Hemisphere nuclear war. This book made a memorable impact on Helen when she read it as a teenager. When I was a teenager, some years later, I read Bertrand Russell’s 1959 classic, Common Sense and Nuclear Warfare.

September 27, 2016 – Military.com – Pentagon Chief Pledges $108 Billion to Fix Nuclear Force – Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Monday the Pentagon is committed to correcting decades of short-changing its nuclear force, including forging ahead with building a new generation of weapons that will cost hundreds of billions of dollars in the coming decades. In his first nuclear-focused speech since taking over the Pentagon in February 2015, Carter implicitly rejected arguments for eliminating any element of the nuclear force or scaling back a modernization plan that some consider too costly.

September 27, 2016 – Belaruse News – Radiation information in Belarusian nuclear power plant area to be available online – Information about the radiation situation near the Belarusian nuclear power plant will be available in the Internet. The relevant statement was made by Belarusian First Deputy Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Minister Iya Malkina during the online conference hosted by the BelTA website on 27 September. According to the source, an automated multilayer multifunctional system will be created under the aegis of the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Ministry to monitor the radiation situation within a 12.9km radius of the nuclear power plant and within a 30km radius and beyond. Information about the radiation situation will be available online.

September 27, 2016 – Times Live – Nuclear corporation’s spending comes under scrutiny of Auditor-General – The Nuclear Energy Corporation of SA (Necsa) incurred R128 million in irregular expenditure in its 2015 financial year because it failed to comply with the government’s preferential procurement regulations‚ the Auditor-General has found. The annual report of Necsa‚ which processes nuclear material and undertakes research and development in the nuclear field‚ was tabled one year late in Parliament on Tuesday. Necsa management and its board are currently being investigated by a task team appointed by Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson. The investigation related to “serious mismanagement”‚ the auditor-general said in his report‚ included in the annual report.

September 27, 2016 – Fortune – The U.S. Sanctions a Chinese Firm Tied to North Korea’s Nuclear Program – The United States said on Monday it had sanctioned a Chinese industrial machinery and equipment wholesaler, a new step in tightening the financial noose around North Korea’s nuclear program after its fifth nuclear test this month. The U.S. Treasury said it was sanctioning Dandong Hongxiang Industrial Development Co (DHID) and four of its executives, including the firm’s founder, Ma Xiaohong, under U.S. regulations targeting proliferators of weapons of mass destruction. It accused the firm of acting on behalf of North Korea’s Korea Kwangson Banking Corp (KKBC), which has been under U.S. and U.N. sanctions for supporting proliferation of such weapons.

September 27, 2016 – Fox News Latino – Cuba, Russia sign nuclear energy cooperation deal – Cuba and Russia relaunched their relations on Tuesday with a pacific nuclear energy deal signed in Vienna alongside the International Atomic Energy Agency’s General Conference. Cuban vice Minister of Science, Environment and Technology José Fidel Santana signed the deal with Sergey Kirienjo, director of the Russian state nuclear energy company Rosatom. Santana said that, after two years of negotiations, the deal would give both countries a framework to immediately begin developing bilateral projects, especially related to the medical and agricultural uses of nuclear energy.

September 27, 2016 – ChronicleLive.co.uk – North East engineering firm close to £100m Hinkley Point nuclear power contract – North East engineering firm Darchem has been named as the preferred bidder for a £100m contract at the Hinkley Point nuclear power station. The Stockton-based company has been selected by Bouygues TP/Laing O’Rourke (BYLOR) along with Efinor for the multi-million pound EDF Energy nuclear project at Hinkley Point in Somerset, a huge programme which will involve the manufacture and installation of the reactor and fuel pool stainless steel liners. The agreement comes nine months after Darchem and Efinor joined forces to create EDEL, an unincorporated joint venture aiming to seize opportunities to develop, supply and service forthcoming nuclear power plant build projects in the UK.

September 27, 2016 – Metro – Buried ‘secret city’ under Greenland’s ice could leak nuclear waste as ice sheet melts – Often working in secret, U.S. Army engineers built a network of tunnels in the ice in Greenland in the early Sixties – a ‘secret city’ powered by its own nuclear weapons. The base ‘Camp Century’ was highly publicised – but its real purpose was secret, to build nuclear missile launch sites close to the Soviet Union. But the long-abandoned base could pose another kind of nuclear threat as Greenland’s ice melts. The nuclear reactor at the base – which also had a hospital and a church in its tunnels – has long since been removed, but radioactive waste remains. ‘Camp Century’ was built by U.S. Army engineers in 1959, but abandoned in 1967, as the researchers realised that the glacier was moving.

September 27, 2016 – Myrtle Beach Sun-News – Plan surfaces for new nuclear disposal ground in SC – A plan has surfaced to establish another nuclear waste disposal ground in South Carolina, a state with a history of taking atomic refuse from across the country. An organization called the Spent Fuel Reprocessing Group wants federal approval to open a disposal area near Barnwell and the Savannah River Site nuclear weapons complex. Spent fuel, a type of highly radioactive waste, would be moved from the state’s four nuclear power plant sites and stored indefinitely at the new facility, records show. The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission in July received notice of the plan. The proposal is a long way from becoming reality, but if eventually approved by the federal government, it would create a place for nuclear waste disposal that is likely to draw opposition.

September 27, 2016 – Luxemburger Wort – Cattenom evacuation was ‘non incident’, says EDF – The owners of a nuclear power plant that was evacuated on Monday morning have said the evacuation was prompted by a false alarm and posed no risk to people outside the centre. News emerged on Monday that the building of unit 3 at Cattenom’s nuclear power plant on the French side of the border with Luxembourg had been evacuated and staff underwent medical checks. For the remainder of the day, however, no further information emerged from 30-year-old centre, which is managed by EDF. The lack of information released by EDF to the Luxembourg media coupled with growing safety concerns in Luxembourg prompted two Green party politicians to submit a parliamentary question asking if the Luxembourg authorities were informed.

September 27, 2016 – Albany Times-Union – Pipeline spurs nuclear fears – Opponents of a pipeline being proposed along a nuclear energy complex in the Lower Hudson Valley protested the construction outside the governor’s mansion Sunday evening, citing environmental, health and public-safety concerns.
A “Climate Justice Vigil” was held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday at 138 Eagle St. in Albany in an effort to urge Gov. Andrew Cuomo to take action to stop the Algonquin Incremental Market (AIM) pipeline. Sponsored by Stop NY Fracked Gas Pipeline, the event drew 21 people to the sidewalk outside the mansion. Many took turns speaking over the course of the hour, including a Buddhist monk, members of several anti-fracking and anti-pipeline groups and an Eagle Street resident who wandered over, curious, then lifted a sign and joined in.

September 27, 2016 – Vermont Journalism Trust – Vermont Yankee gets $143 million fuel storage project in gear – Vermont Yankee administrators waited two years for the state’s permission to build a new storage facility for nuclear waste at the defunct Vernon plant. When they finally received that permit in late June, they didn’t waste any time getting started. Entergy representatives on Thursday said the construction of a spent fuel storage facility is well under way, with a few dozen contracted workers having recently installed a massive generator to provide emergency power to the complex. Construction will continue into 2017. But officials say getting the generator in place was a major milestone as crews begin a $143 million effort to transfer all of the plant’s radioactive spent fuel into sealed casks.

September 27, 2016 – SF Bayview – Community welcomes agreement to reexamine radiation risk at Hunters Point Shipyard – In a breakthrough for environmental health and justice, on Sept. 13, 2016, Angeles Herrera of the Superfund Division of the Region IX U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, in alliance with Janet Naito, branch chief of the Department of Toxic Substances Control, directed a letter to Lawrence Lansdale, Environmental Director of Naval Facilities Engineering Command stating: “(T)he Navy will not propose any further transfers of Navy property at the HPNS (Hunters Point Naval Shipyard) without results of investigations necessary to clarify the actual potential public exposure to radioactive material at and near the HPNS.”

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September 26, 2016 – Press Pieces

On September 26th, 2016, posted in: Latest News, Press Pieces

September 26, 2016 – Utility Dive – House committee votes to lift 2020 deadline on nuclear power tax credit – The House Ways and Means Committee has voted 23-9 on a bill to remove a 2020 deadline for a nuclear power plant tax credit, The Hill reports. The credit, enacted in 2005, will likely benefit the Vogtle nuclear reactors being built by Southern Co. in Georgia and the Summer reactors being built by SCANA in South Carolina. The bill would not change the 6,000-MW cap on the tax credit. Nuclear opponents called the bill a bailout for plant owners who have failed to deliver new reactor projects on time.

September 26, 2016 – FedScoop – Nuke commission operated several systems without authorization – The Nuclear Regulatory Commission operated several national security systems without authorization, potentially making classified information vulnerable or subject to unauthorized disclosure, according to an agency watchdog. The recently released Cybersecurity Act of 2015 audit of the NRC found seven national security systems did not have authorization to operate. The problem stemmed from a “lack of clarity in the agencywide policies and procedures over the systems and no integrated process across relevant offices,” according to the NRC inspector general’s report on its audit findings.

September 26, 2016 – Cartermatt.com – ‘NCIS: Los Angeles’ season 8, episode 1 review: Deeks’ proposal to Blye delayed; mole tears unit apart – In the eighth season premiere of “NCIS: Los Angeles,” fans are thrilled to see there might be wedding bells ringing at some point this season. While the unit faces serious scrutiny from the Under Secretary of Defense Corbin Duggan as the mole still hasn’t been found, it hasn’t stopped LAPD Detective Marty Deeks desire to ask Special Agent Kensi Blye’s hand in marriage. The two-hour premiere kicked off with chaos in the squad. The unit is once again under examination for the mole and is being ripped apart piece-by-piece by a Washington investigation unit. Known to keep the team together, even through the tough spots, Agent G. Callen and Agent Sam Hanna keep one eye on the investigation of their unit while focusing on a new case that includes the concerns of international security. A container full of radioactive saline was found by Homeland Security. Traced back to Ahmed Han Asakeem, the saline was being illegally sent to the Middle East.

September 26, 2016 – Medgadget – Gamma Knife Market to expand at a CAGR of 9.1% through 2015 to 2025 – Future Market Insights (FMI) announces the release of its latest report titled, “Gamma Knife Market: Global Industry Analysis and Opportunity Assessment 2015 – 2025”. According to the report, the global gamma knife market was valued at US$ 156.8 Mn in 2014 and is anticipated to reach US$ 411.0 Mn by 2025, registering a compound annual growth rate of 9.0% over the forecast period. Global Gamma Knife market growth is majorly driven by rising ageing population, increasing incidence of cancer and increasing prevalence of neurological disorders. By disease indication, brain metastasis cases undergoing Gamma Knife treatment accounts for highest market share as compared to other indications. Painless and non-invasive elective surgeries with high success rate have recently become the treatment of choice. Leading Gamma Knife manufacturers are entering into tie-ups with premium healthcare organisations in developed and emerging economies for setting up Gamma Knife surgery centres and Gamma Knife installations. However, lack of awareness about Gamma Knife treatment, negative perceptions of the radioactive elements and lack of trained professionals to operate these systems are expected to hamper market growth during the forecast period.

September 26, 2016 – San Francisco Bay View – Community welcomes agreement to reexamine radiation risk at Hunters Point Shipyard – In a breakthrough for environmental health and justice, on Sept. 13, 2016, Angeles Herrera of the Superfund Division of the Region IX U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, in alliance with Janet Naito, branch chief of the Department of Toxic Substances Control, directed a letter to Lawrence Lansdale, Environmental Director of Naval Facilities Engineering Command stating: “(T)he Navy will not propose any further transfers of Navy property at the HPNS (Hunters Point Naval Shipyard) without results of investigations necessary to clarify the actual potential public exposure to radioactive material at and near the HPNS.”

September 26, 2016 – CCTV – 60th atomic energy conference opens in Vienna – The 60th annual General Conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency has started in the Austrian capita, Vienna. IAEA members will deliberate the agency’s work, set priorities and review budgetary matters. At the opening session, Director General Yukiya Amano, reported on the organization’s achievements from the past 60 years. He also highlighted the agency’s role in monitoring the nuclear programs of Iraq, Iran and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

September 26, 2016 – PSNews.com.au – Booklet aglow with radiation data – The Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) has announced the availability of a new booklet explaining radiation and how it affects life on our planet. ANSTO said the United Nations Environment Program had just published Radiation Effects and Sources, to help people understand radiation. “The fully illustrated, 55-page guide is largely based on the findings of the United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation [UNSCEAR], a subsidiary body of the United Nations General Assembly,” ANSTO said in a statement. “As the foreword explains, while the scientific community has published information on radiation sources and effects, it has tended to be technical and perhaps difficult for the general public to understand.”

September 26, 2016 – News Medical – Hypofractionated RT can reduce treatment time by half in stage II and III NSCLC patients – For patients with stage II and III non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) unable to receive standard treatments of surgery or chemoradiation (CRT), hypofractionated radiation therapy (RT) results in similar overall survival (OS) and progression-free survival (PFS) rates, limited severe side effects and shorter treatment times when compared to conventional RT, according to research presented today at the 58th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO). NSCLC is responsible for the most cancer-specific deaths globally, and many of these deaths are associated with the high percentage of patients who present with stage III cancer upon diagnosis. Additionally, due to other medical issues or poor performance status (a measure that considers a patient’s quality of life and ability to function during treatment), some stage III NSCLC patients are unable to receive the standard treatment of concurrent chemotherapy and RT.

September 26, 2016 – All Africa – South Africa: The Nuclear Build Risk Is Not Yours to Take, Mr Molefe – I find it quite alarming and disturbing when Eskom’s CEO, Brian Molefe, issues statements that “South Africa’s nuclear build programme doesn’t need to be funded by the fiscus, and that there are potential financiers who would be willing to take the risk”. Add to this, Eskom’s Executive for Generation, Matshela Koko’s comments that “Eskom can pay for the nuclear programme from projected future cash pile of R150bn over the next 10 years”. We’ve seen this situation play out before, when Sanral thought it could sidetrack the need for Treasury to support the Gauteng freeway upgrades, hatching a privatised funding mechanism supported by an expensive e-toll scheme to suck money from the users to pay for the expensive (overpriced) roadway. The fact that Sanral botched their numbers and expectations has given rise to a failed scheme and this has ultimately become Treasury’s problem to fix. Our problem.

September 26, 2016 – PRNewswire – Susquehanna Nuclear Plans Brief Unit 2 Maintenance Outage – Talen Energy is planning to take a brief maintenance outage on Unit 2 at the Susquehanna nuclear power plant in Luzerne County, Pa., within the next few weeks. As the company has discussed publicly for several years, Susquehanna has been working with the manufacturer of the main steam turbines for both units at the plant to understand and address issues associated with the formation of very small cracks in the metal blades. Susquehanna generates electricity by boiling water to make steam that passes through the turbines, which have many rows of fanlike metal blades. The spinning blades turn a generator that produces electricity.

September 26, 2016 – Belaruse News – IAEA ready to assist developing countries in implementing their nuclear programs – The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is ready to assist developing countries in implementing their nuclear programs, IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano said at the 60th regular session of the IAEA General Conference in Vienna on 26 September, BelTA has learned. “Nuclear power should not be the preserve of developed countries. Developing countries should also be able to use it. Nuclear power can make a significant contribution to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and improving energy security, while delivering energy in the large and growing quantities needed for development,” Yukiya Amano said. He noted that some 30 developing countries are considering introducing nuclear power into their energy balance.

September 26, 2016 – Eurasia Review – Preparing For Radiological Emergencies And Terrorism – India is still coming to terms with the aftermath of the terrorist attack on an army camp at Uri. More names have been added to the long list of Indians who have died in incidents that have been conceived and executed with the support of elements in the ‘deep state’ of Pakistan. Given that Rawalpindi shows no inclination to abandon its strategy of inflicting terror on India, one cannot but be prepared to handle acts of terrorism that may breach new thresholds in the future. Preparedness and response for a radiological emergency is, therefore, a task that the country must plan for. A news item in the Times of India of 22 August 2016 reported the conduct of a mock drill to rehearse Indian preparedness for a radiological emergency at an airport. The news was welcome for two reasons.

September 26, 2016 – Information Nigeria – Do You Know These Interesting Facts About Bananas? – 1. Banana used for cooking is called plantain. 2. Bananas grow in at least 107 countries. 3. If you think wines are made with grapes and apples, you should know that Banana wine and Banana beer are one of the most delicious tasting alcoholic beverages. 4. Scarlet Banana, Blue Banana, Pink Banana, Snow Banana and False Banana are some of its interesting varieties. 5. Banana is naturally radioactive and in fact ‘banana equivalent dose of radiation’ is used in measuring radioactivity.

September 26, 2016 – Vermont Public Radio – State Scales Back Emergency Plan For Shuttered Vermont Yankee Plant – The Vermont Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security says it is reducing its emergency planning around the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant in Vernon. When VY was fully operational, the department ran frequent drills in the towns surrounding the plant. But without active nuclear fuel at Vermont Yankee, there’s less risk of radiation emergency, according to Glenn Herrin, the emergency planning zone planner and training coordinator for the Radiological Emergency Response Program. Herrin and Planning Section Chief Scott Carpenter talked about the state’s new emergency plans at a meeting of the Vermont Nuclear Decommissioning Citizens Advisory Panel in Brattleboro on Thursday evening.

September 26, 2016 – The State – Exclusive: Recurring problems cited at Westinghouse nuclear plant – An internal review of a Columbia nuclear fuel factory has identified multiple problems with how the site has been managed for atomic safety through the years. The report, compiled by plant operator Westinghouse, says the company wasn’t always tough-minded enough about safety and it didn’t ensure employees knew enough about nuclear safety while operating some of the factory’s equipment. Westinghouse’s report cited “long standing deficiencies’’ that led to a buildup of uranium in excess of federal nuclear safety standards in part of the Bluff Road plant.

September 26, 2016 – Augusta Chronicle – Savannah Remediation recognized for safety efforts – The liquid waste contractor at Savannah River Site has been recognized for its safety efforts. Savannah River Remediation was awarded the 2016 Star of Excellence, and two SRR employees were recognized with Safety and Health Achievement Awards at the 32nd annual National Voluntary Program Participants’ Association annual conference held recently in Kissimmee, Fla. The association is a nonprofit organization working to drive safety, health and environmental excellence.

September 26, 2016 – Fox 13 News – Class action lawsuit filed against Mosaic for sinkhole – A class action lawsuit has been filed against Mosaic after a massive sinkhole opened up, leaking 215 million gallons of “slightly radioactive” water into the Florida aquifer. Attorneys at Morgan and Morgan law firm say they are investigating and are asking those who have questions about the safety of the drinking water to contact them. The lawsuit seeks financial retribution for residents who live within a 5 mile radius of the New Wales facility.

September 26, 2016 – Fremont News Messenger – Davis-Besse back in service after shutdown – The Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station returned to service Thursday morning after a rainwater leak forced the plant to shut down Sept. 10. FirstEnergy spokeswoman Jennifer Young said the plant went back in service at 10:27 a.m. Thursday. Young said that during a heavy rain storm, water leaked through the plant’s turbine building roof vents into a breaker box and affected electrical components in the building. Plant workers normally open the roof vents during hot weather to keep the turbine building cool, Young said.

September 26, 2016 – Detroit News – Close nuclear plants, watch carbon emissions soar – Nuclear power accounts for more than 60 percent of the nation’s carbon-free energy, but in the past few months, due to an abundance of low-cost natural gas, utilities have announced plans to shut down six safe and efficient nuclear plants. And many other plants are at high risk of early retirement. Nationally, and in Michigan, there has been growing concern about carbon emissions and how to address the issue. While the focus has been on “renewable sources” such as emission-free solar and wind power, it is important to remember that nuclear power is not only nonpolluting but reliable, supplying electricity around the clock. In Michigan, three nuclear plants produce 26 percent of the state’s electricity. It is important to think about how to coordinate the expansion of solar and wind power with the U.S. fleet of nuclear plants.

September 26, 2016 – Idaho Statesman – Energy Department: E. Idaho radioactive cleanup moving ahead – The U.S. Department of Energy says workers have successfully removed and packaged about 10,000 cubic yards of exhumed hazardous and radioactive waste stored for decades at the department’s 890-square-mile site in eastern Idaho. The department in a statement Thursday says the waste generated from the Rocky Flats nuclear weapons production plant near Denver, Colorado, was buried in Idaho in the 1950s and 1960s. Removing the waste from the site that also contains the Idaho National Laboratory is part of a deal the department made with Idaho in 2008.

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September 22, 2016 – Press Pieces

On September 22nd, 2016, posted in: Latest News, Press Pieces

September 22, 2016 – Nature World News – How the Earth’s ‘Hardiest Animal’ Could Pave Way to Radiation-Resistant Humans, Life on Mars – Researchers have discovered the secrets of tardigrades, the world’s “hardiest animal,” and how these water bears could survive extreme temperatures and radiation. Could humans one day survive X-ray and Mars? According to a study published in the journal Nature Communications, a team of researchers from the University of Tokyo has found a specific kind of protein that protects the tardigrades’ DNA. Tagged as “Dsup” (short for “damage depressor”), the said protein envelopes the animal’s DNA This breaks previous scientific assumptions that tardigrades survive radiation and extreme conditions by having the ability to repair the damage done on their DNA.

September 22, 2016 – Financial Express – Cows in Fukushima radiation zone find new purpose – In an abandoned Japanese village, cows grazing in lush green plains begin to gather when they hear the familiar rumble of the ranch owner’s mini-pickup. This isn’t feeding time, though. Instead, the animals are about to be measured for how they’re affected by living in radiation – radioactivity that is 15 times the safe benchmark. For these cows’ pasture sits near Fukushima, a name now synonymous with nuclear disaster. The area was once a haven for agriculture with more than 3,500 cattle and other livestock. Ranchers who refused a government order to kill their cows continue to feed and tend about 200 of them. The herds won’t be used as food; now science is their mission.

September 22, 2016 – NetworkWorld – Cisco: Yes, cosmic radiation could have caused router bug – Yesterday we reported on the reaction to a Cisco bug report that speculated “partial data traffic loss” on the company’s ASR 9000 Series routers was possibly triggered by “cosmic radiation causing SEU soft errors.” Reaction to that contention on a Reddit forum ranged from the obvious — acknowledgment that cosmic radiation is an issue — to sharp-tongued skepticism and tales of the cosmic radiation villain being used as a tongue-in-cheek place-holder meaning “we really don’t know what caused the problem yet.”

September 22, 2016 – All Africa – No Nuclear By 2035 Could Mean Another Power Crunch – If South Africa doesn’t have nuclear power by 2035, the country will be in the same position as in 2008 when there was a serious shortage of power supply, Eskom CEO Brian Molefe said on Wednesday. Molefe was part of an Eskom delegation who briefed Parliament on the power utility’s tariff increase for 2016/17 and its amended pricing structure for municipalities. He was responding to a question from an MP, who asked him to elaborate on the cost slippage and delays of Eskom’s build programmes.

September 22, 2016 – National Review – Hillary Takes the Nuclear-Energy Option – Amid the avalanche of criticism aimed at Hillary Clinton in recent weeks about Pneumonia-gate, the Clinton Foundation, and her never-ending e-mail troubles, the Democratic nominee actually made an important policy statement, one that puts her directly at odds with America’s biggest environmental groups as well as her own party’s platform. What did Clinton do? She endorsed nuclear energy. In a candidate questionnaire published in the September 13 issue of Scientific American, she said that addressing climate change is “too important to limit the tools available in this fight. Nuclear power . . . is one of those tools.” She went on, pledging to make sure that the “climate benefits” of existing plants are “appropriately valued,” adding that she will “increase investment in the research, development and deployment of advanced nuclear power.”

September 22, 2016 – Idaho Statesman – ‘Interim storage’ of nuclear waste no real solution for Idaho – In the face of Nevada’s adamant opposition to the Yucca Mountain repository for spent nuclear fuel and the lack of needed land and water rights, in 2015 the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission declined to issue a construction permit for the disposal facility. Even if construction were to begin, working through the mountain of legal opposition would take years. So, the Department of Energy is beginning to develop a consent-based approach for siting interim and permanent disposal facilities for the nation’s spent nuclear fuel and high level waste. This year the department held meetings around the country, including one in Boise. The public input has now been summarized online at.energy.gov/ne/consent-based-approach.

September 22, 2016 – New Hampshire Union-Leader – Hazmat team called to Keene High School – A radioactive material in the science lab at Keene High School caused a scare at the school Wednesday.The Keene Fire Department was notified at 10:36 a.m. of a possible hazardous materials incident at the school. Initially, firefighters evacuated the second floor wing of the building as a precaution until the hazardous material response team evaluated the situation, city officials said in a statement Wednesday afternoon. The personnel entered the area with radiological monitoring equipment.Personnel from the NH Radiological Health Office eventually determined that the source of the radiation was Cesium 137, which was located in a science lab. Cesium 137 is used for demonstration purposes in the science labs, according to officials.“The readings at the source were found within permissible limits outside the box. The source, however, was removed from the area and taken off site to prevent any further occurrence or alarm,” officials said.

September 22, 2016 – electronics-eetimes.com – Swiss researchers develop cost-effective gamma ray detector material – A research team from the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Material Sciences (EMPA) and the ETH Zurich university has developed monocrystals of lead-halide perovskites that can be used to measure radioactive radiation at very high accuracy. The achievement could enable significantly lower prices for gamma ray detectors – for scanners in security areas, for wearable dosimeters in nuclear power plants and for medical test and diagnosis equipment. Experiments showed that monocrystals of lead-halide perovskites made from aqueous solutions or from cost-effective solvents have the same quality like the cadmium telluride semiconductors in use today – whereas the production process for the latter is far more complex and thus expensive.

September 22, 2016 – Horizon-Magazine.eu – Augmented reality could let us see radiation – SOFT Prize winner Jonathan Naish – Engineers at the Joint European Torus (JET) nuclear fusion experiment could be using augmented reality through Microsoft’s HoloLens technology to see where radiation hotspots are, according to Jonathan Naish, at the UK’s Culham Centre for Fusion Energy, who has developed an award-winning system to check exposure using virtual reality.‘For this VORTEX project, we were concerned about the gamma radiation after the upcoming … campaign (to perform a reaction at JET in 2017). To get a better understanding of the radiation fields calculated from computational models, complex 3D radiation data has been integrated with (computer-aided design) models to form a virtual reality environment using the HTC Vive (virtual reality headset). ‘When the headset is put on and the controllers picked up, an operator can walk around a virtual model of the reactor to practice scenarios. So if there is a piece of the machine that needs fixing, or equipment needed to be retrieved from the machine whilst it’s radioactive, we can plan this procedure and see how much radiation would be received by an operator in a virtual environment.

September 22, 2016 – Sputnik International – Russian Armata Tank Becomes Impervious to Depleted Uranium Shells – A new modification of an active protection system designed by Russian scientists has effectively made the Armata tank impervious to depleted uranium armor-piercing discarded sabot (APDS) shells. © Sputnik/ Evgeny BiyatovCloak of Darkness: Russia Testing Unique Smokescreen for Armata TanksThe Afganit active protection system Russia uses to shield its tanks is capable of protecting an armored vehicle from various types of anti-tank rockets and grenades, incoming from all directions. Now however, scientists from the KBP Instrument Design Bureau have taken it to a whole new level by making the Afganit system capable of intercepting and destroying depleted uranium armor-piercing discarded sabot shells (APDS), according to the Russian newspaper Izvestia.

September 22, 2016 – The Japan News – Decommissioning of Monju reactor must not disrupt nuclear fuel cycle – The nuclear fuel cycle is a cornerstone of Japan’s nuclear energy policy. The cycle must not be derailed. The government has decided to thoroughly overhaul its plans for the development of a fast reactor. It will consider options including decommissioning the Monju fast breeder nuclear reactor. A “fast reactor development council” including representatives from electric power companies and manufacturers will be established to discuss the issue, and will make a final decision before the end of the year.

September 22, 2016 – Nikkei Asian Review – Japanese manufacturers lead the way in particle-beam cancer treatment – Responding to growing worldwide demand, Japanese companies are at the forefront of developing new types of cancer radiation therapies. In particle-beam radiotherapy protons or carbon ions are accelerated to almost light speed and focused on cancer cells. Compared with conventional X-ray radiotherapy, the new method can target a tumor precisely, with minimal damage to the surrounding tissue. X-rays are at their most powerful near the surface and weaken as they move inside the body. However, they run the risk of damaging healthy organs as they pass through to malignant tissue. Particle-beam therapy systems can increase the level of precision using the distribution characteristics of the radiation dose absorbed by the body.

September 22, 2016 – Napoleon Northwest Signal – Activists: Old uranium mines polluting Angostura – Members of three activist groups say recent research shows that abandoned uranium mines are contributing to elevated uranium levels in Angostura Reservoir in the southern Black Hills. The research was recently published in the journal Environmental Earth Sciences by authors that included two South Dakota School of Mines & Technology scientists, Rohit Sharma and James Stone. The article is titled “Stream sediment geochemistry of the upper Cheyenne River watershed within the abandoned uranium mining region of the southern Black Hills.”

September 22, 2016 – NorthJersey.com – Why should radon be on my radar during my home search? – Q: Because of a job relocation, I’m considering a move to the northern New Jersey. Coming from South Jersey, radon was not an issue when I bought our first home. Now that I am looking here, I’m being told about radon. What exactly is radon and should I be concerned with high levels in this part of the state? A: Susan, northern New Jersey is a beautiful place to live and work. Welcome. Radon, which has always been a part of our environment in New Jersey, is a naturally occurring radioactive gas found in soil in varying concentrations. The gas typically accumulates in enclosed places, such as a house, but its presence, even in high concentrations, cannot be detected by human senses because the gas is invisible and has no odor. Hence, when buying a home in New Jersey, it is advisable to have a radon test to determine exposure levels. If levels are elevated, you would be urged to consider remediation. For the most part, communities in northern New Jersey have low potential for radon as determined by a Tier-level system put in place by the NJ Department of Environmental Protection.

September 22, 2016 – BDLive – Nuclear waste less lethal than solar – NEIL Overy’s long, wrong article (Where will SA put lethal nuclear waste? September 20) shows he does not understand even the basic physics of the subject. Nuclear waste presents less of a problem than the waste of any other energy technology, including solar, wind and coal. All leave “lethal” wastes that remain dangerous forever. These include arsenic, cadmium, lead and mercury. Only nuclear has procedures for storing its waste safely, which is easy to do since it is tiny in volume, solid and stable. Vaalputs in the Northern Cape that now takes our low and medium-level radioactive waste with complete safety, could take all our high-level waste (spent fuel) safely too. There is no technical problem; it just needs political permission.

September 22, 2016 – NewsMaker – Nuclear air filtration industry size is anticipated to exhibit potential growth from 2016 to 2023 – Nuclear air filtration market size is anticipated to exhibit potential growth from 2016 to 2023. Rising safety concerns regarding emission of radioactive particles is expected to drive industry growth over the forecast period, with the global industrial air filtration market size expected to exceed USD 6.7 billion by 2023. Nuclear power plant and equipment market is likely to exceed USD 67.3 billion by 2020. These systems play vital role in nuclear power plants, as it completely relies on proficient filtration of water, air as well as process fluids for efficient operation. Proliferating demand of these filters from nuclear industries is estimated to positively impact nuclear air filtration market growth. In addition, implementation of these filters also aids in enhancing reliability and also assures safety.

September 22, 2016 – Wall Street Journal – EDF Warns on Profit as Nuclear Plant Outages Increase – State-controlled power utility Electricite de France cut its earnings outlook on expectations of lower nuclear output from an increase of plant outages, sending its share price down. EDF, which last week got the go-ahead from the British government to build the £18 billion ($23.4 billion) Hinkley Point nuclear plant in the U.K., said it expects earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization of between €16.3 billion ($18.3 billion) and €16.6 billion. It previously had forecast a range of €16.3 billion to €16.8 billion. The company had already lowered its nuclear output forecast in July, but had maintained its earnings target.

September 22, 2016 – E&T – Costly Japanese prototype nuclear reactor shuts down – The Monju nuclear reactor in Japan, which has operated for less than a year in more than two decades at a cost of 1tn yen (£7.6bn), is set to be scrapped. The prototype fast-breeder reactor was designed to burn plutonium from spent fuel at conventional reactors to create more fuel than it consumes. The process is appealing to a country whose limited resources force it to rely on imports for virtually all its oil and gas needs. But Tokyo believes it would be difficult to gain public support to spend several hundred billion yen to upgrade the Monju facility, which has been plagued by accidents, missteps and falsification of documents.

September 22, 2016 – Cache Valley Daily – Nuclear power may be an option for Logan City in the future – It won’t happen right away, but there is a chance that Logan residents will someday utilize nuclear power. Members of the Logan Municipal Council agree that is a decision that would be up to the public to decide. At Tuesday’s council meeting, the group discussed a recent seminar hosted by the Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems where the organization’s Carbon Free Power Project was discussed. Council Chairman Herm Olsen said if Logan wants to it could become involved in a proposed development of a small modular reactor, or SMR, at the Idaho National Laboratory near Idaho Falls, Idaho. Olsen said it would be at least nine to 10 years before anything was generated.

September 22, 2016 – Mondaq – NY Creates New Emissions Credit For Nuclear Plants – The New York Public Service Commission’s (PSC) Clean Energy Standard (CES), adopted in August, includes a new emissions credit—the ZEC. The ZEC, or zero-emissions credit, is the first emissions credit created exclusively for nuclear power. The ZEC is the result of a highly politicized effort to support New York’s struggling nuclear power plants. New York’s four nuclear plants account for 31 percent of the state’s total electric generation mix. According to the PSC, “losing the carbon-free attributes of this generation before the development of new renewable resources between now and 2030 would undoubtedly result in significantly increased air emissions due to heavier reliance on existing fossil-fueled plants or the construction of new gas plants to replace the supplanted energy.” The ZEC Program is intended to keep the state’s nuclear plants open until 2029 and provide an emissions-free bridge to renewable energy.

September 22, 2016 – Business Standard – India seeks loan from U.S. for nuclear reactors, snags remain – India is negotiating with U.S. Export-Import Bank for an $8-9 billion loan to finance six Westinghouse Electric nuclear reactors, two sources familiar with the talks said, although a lending freeze at the trade agency threatens progress.

September 22, 2016 – Lexology – House Committee Approves Nuclear Production Tax Credit Extension – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives Ways & Means Committee approved H.R. 5879, a bill to extend the production tax credit for new nuclear power plants. It would remove any deadline on awarding the 6,000 MW of nuclear capacity available under the tax credit. The Committee commented that the bill “ensures the effective operation of the tax credit for nuclear energy production.” From here H.R. 5879 will continue to move through the legislative process, hopefully soon to the House floor.

September 22, 2016 – Asharq Al-Awsat – Argentina Looking Forward to Boosting Nuclear Energy Cooperation with KSA – Argentina is seeking to boost its cooperation with Saudi Arabia in the field of nuclear energy, transform the agreement signed between the two countries in 2011 on peaceful use of nuclear energy into action and work on increasing Saudi investment and trade exchange to build a promising future of bilateral strategic cooperation, according to an Argentine diplomat. Argentina’s Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Jaime Sergio told Asharq Al-Awsat: “We hope our strategic relations with Saudi Arabia would reach their highest levels in different political and economic fields.” Sergio said that the agreement between the two countries on using nuclear energy for peaceful purposes was signed between King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy (KACARE) and Ministry of Federal Planning, Public Investment and Services of Argentina.

September 22, 2016 – Los Angeles Daily News – Looking for place to dump nuclear waste? Ask the public – There are barbs about “mobile Chernobyls” and “floating Fukushimas,” fears of “coerced consent” and “economic racism,” and deep philosophizing about the nature of “consent” itself. Is such a thing is possible when generations unborn will be impacted by decisions made today? “‘Consent’ to dump nuclear waste in America’s back yard is not going to be approved by the American people no matter how your PR strategists massage the lipstick on that pig,” David Osinga told the U.S. Department of Energy in an email. The DOE’s latest idea for figuring out where to stash millions of pounds of nuclear waste garnered more than 10,000 comments from concerned citizens nationwide, according to documents released last week. And while many disagree vehemently on the particulars, they are largely united on one point: After decades of dithering, the federal government must finally take action on its long-broken promise to permanently dispose of highly radioactive spent fuel.

September 22, 2016 – Newburyport Daily Press – NRC wants more information from Seabrook nuclear plant – The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is requiring more information from NextEra Energy Seabrook nuclear power plant officials before it reviews the plant’s recently filed amendment to its 20-year license extension request. After years of research, the nearly 400-page Aug. 1 amendment deals with a concrete issue that has dogged the plant ever since its 2009 request to the NRC to have its operating license extended from 2030 to 2050. The condition, known as alkali-silica reaction, or ASR, was identified and reported to federal regulators by Seabrook Station staff in 2009. Discovered first in the reinforced concrete walls in a plant electrical tunnel about 40 feet below ground, ASR was later found in concrete walls throughout the plant. A slow chemical reaction between the alkaline cement and reactive silica found in some concrete aggregates when moisture is present, ASR forms a gel in the concrete that expands, causing micro-cracks that can affect concrete properties and cause deformation of walls.

September 22, 2016 – CapeCod.com – Cape Downwinders to Appeal State House Ban Restriction – On September 9, Mary Conathan, Doug Long and Diane Turco were arrested for participating in a sit-in in the Governor’s offices. The group refused to leave the office until Governor Charlie Baker addressed concerns about the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Plymouth and were charged with trespassing. The station is set to close by June 2019.

September 22, 2016 – Aiken Standard – In new letter, S.C. says DOE has no plans to ship transuranic waste out of Savannah River Site through July 2017 – A letter entered this week into the Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility federal case indicates the U.S. Department of Energy has no plan for shipping transuranic waste out of South Carolina through July 31, 2017. The letter was entered into court records by the South Carolina counsel in its case against the Energy Department. In its address to the judge, the state’s counsel points to a declaration submitted during the case which expressed a potential pathway out of the Palmetto State for transuranic waste, or TRU waste, based upon the expected opening of the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, or WIPP, in New Mexico. The semi-annual letter from the DOE is inconsistent with that declaration.

September 22, 2016 – Sarasota Herald Tribune – Lyons: Mosaic? You mean that environmental organization? – The Sierra Club’s Andre Mele says he has been talking for a while about filing a federal lawsuit against Mosaic, the multibillion-dollar phosphate mining company whose logo and ads he sees everywhere. That lawsuit wouldn’t necessarily be about the massive environmental degradation caused by Mosaic. It would involve the Federal Communications Commission, of all things. The suit he would love to file would charge Mosaic with flagrantly false advertising. I so get that. That company’s ads and public relations efforts are wonderfully effective. They show happy Mosaic employees proudly reciting the “I am Mosaic” mantra, often while doing something cool to protect the environment.

September 22, 2016 – WIZM 1420 AM – As nuclear plant near La Crosse gets decommissioned, residents express worries – A nuclear power plant located just 20 miles from La Crosse was shut down three decades ago but much of the Dairyland Power Cooperative reactor at Genoa is still standing. That will change over the next few years, as it is being decommissioned – something neighbors of the facility are concerned about. “People are concerned about the removal of the radioactive waste and the transportation of it,” Bruce Watson, a chief at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, said.

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September 21, 2016 – Press Pieces

On September 21st, 2016, posted in: Latest News, Press Pieces

September 21, 2016 – BooksLive.co.za – Glowing all the way to the grave: Michele Magwood reviews The Radium Girls – It usually started with their teeth. Young female factory workers in the United States were complaining of toothache, and it being early in the last century, when cosmetic dentistry was unheard of, the problem teeth were simply removed. But their mouths didn’t heal, and more teeth were rotting. The dentist in Newark, New Jersey, was confounded, until the day he tried to remove yet another tooth from a young woman’s mouth, and her entire jawbone came away in his hand. The patient’s name was Mollie Maggia and she worked at the Radium Luminous Materials Corporation. When she died soon afterwards, the doctors insisted the cause was syphilis. In this gripping account of appalling corporate malfeasance and awing courage, Kate Moore presents a roll call of the bright young things who went to work in the factories producing luminous dials for clocks and watches and also for military instruments. The job was well-paid and glamorous. The paint they used contained radioactive radium, which made it glow.

September 21, 2016 – ABC Action News – Mosaic apologizes for not notifiying community sooner about sinkhole and radioactive water – After a massive sinkhole drained millions of gallons of radioactive water into the Floridan aquifer, Mosaic executives are coming forward saying that they handled the situation poorly. Tuesday morning, two of the company’s executives took responsibility for not notifying the public sooner of the crisis. “I deeply regret and apologize that I didn’t come forward and communicate with them sooner. Any explanation that I could provide as to why we didn’t do that, to me would ring hollow,” said Walter Precourt, Mosaic Senior Vice President of Phosphates, to the Polk County Commissioners.

September 21, 2016 – Albawaba – Rio’s Olympic X-ray machines to be reused in Brazil’s jails – X-ray machines and metal detectors used in the 2016 Rio Olympic Games are set to be recycled in jails across Brazil, according to the country’s Justice Ministry. It said scanners with a total value of 44.6 million reais (13.6 million dollars) were due to be moved to jails in the coming weeks. The state of Sao Paulo alone was set to receive 66 x-ray machines and 170 metal detectors from the Games. Brazil’s jails are notorious for high levels of crime and drugs.

September 21, 2016 – Progressive.org – How Nuclear Power Causes Global Warming – Supporters of nuclear power like to argue that nukes are the key to combatting climate change. Here’s why they are dead wrong. Every nuclear generating station spews about two-thirds of the energy it burns inside its reactor core into the environment. Only one-third is converted into electricity. Another tenth of that is lost in transmission. According to the Union of Concerned Scientists: Nuclear fission is the most water intensive method of the principal thermoelectric generation options in terms of the amount of water withdrawn from sources. In 2008, nuclear power plants withdrew eight times as much freshwater as natural gas plants per unit of energy produced, and up to 11 percent more than the average coal plant. Every day, large reactors like the two at Diablo Canyon, California, individually dump about 1.25 billion gallons of water into the ocean at temperatures up to 20 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than the natural environment.

September 21, 2016 – HealthDay – More Breast Cancer Patients Should Get Radiation, New Guidelines Say – New guidelines issued by three leading cancer organizations suggest that more breast cancer patients should get radiation therapy after a mastectomy. Overall, the guidelines say there’s enough evidence to show radiation treatment after a mastectomy decreases the risk of breast cancer recurrence, and that even women with smaller tumors and three or fewer lymph nodes involved can benefit from the therapy. “The new guidelines say there is clear evidence that the benefit of [post-mastectomy radiation therapy] extends to women with limited lymph node involvement,” said Dr. Stephen Edge. He is vice president for health care outcomes and policy at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, N.Y. Edge was co-chair of the panel that developed the new guidelines.

September 21, 2016 – Fuel Fix – Firing at Energy Department prompts criticism from Congress – Texas Congressman Lamar Smith, long a critic of the Obama administration’s treatment of climate change as a scientific priority, wants to know whether the Department of Energy terminated one of its scientists for going “off message” during a congressional briefing two years ago. The subject this time was not climate change, but the health impacts of low doses of radiation – something humans are routinely exposed to in everyday life and the Department of Energy had moved to cease researching. But in 2014 House Republicans were pressing the energy department to increase research into low doses of radiation – towards better understanding the impacts in the event of a “dirty bomb” containing radioactive material or to workers at nuclear plants or medical imaging facilities. When a government biologist studying radiation was terminated after giving a briefing to congressional staff that she said went against instructions to downplay the importance of the research, Republicans on the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, of which Smith is chair, launched an investigation.

September 21, 2016 – Business Tech – If we don’t go nuclear, SA will face 2008-level power crisis: Molefe – If South Africa doesn’t have nuclear power by 2035, the country will be in the same position as in 2008 when there was a serious shortage of power supply, Eskom CEO Brian Molefe said on Wednesday. Molefe was part of an Eskom delegation who briefed Parliament on the power utility’s tariff increase for 2016/17 and its amended pricing structure for municipalities. He was responding to a question from an MP, who asked him to elaborate on the cost slippage and delays of Eskom’s build programmes.

September 21, 2016 – WBUR 90.9 – Pilgrim Nuclear Plant Gas Release Ignites Outrage From Plymouth Fire Chief – Earlier this month, hydrogen gas built up in the generator room at the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Plymouth. The amount of gas was beyond the federal allowable limit and had to be released into the air. Hydrogen gas is highly flammable — and potentially explosive. It’s what blew up the reactors at Fukishima Japan. And while plant officials knew about the hydrogen release, the coastal town’s fire chief said he is outraged that he was not notified beforehand. ‘We Should Have Got An Email Or A Phone Call’ “In order to protect the public safety — which is my job — I need to have to get as much information about what is going on as I can possibly get,” said Ed Bradley, chief of the Plymouth Fire Department.

September 21, 2016 – Tech Central – Eskom’s Molefe pushes the case for nuclear – A nuclear build programme for South Africa doesn’t need to be funded by the fiscus. There are enough potential financiers who would be willing to take the risk, said Eskom CEO Brian Molefe on Wednesday. Speaking on the sidelines of a parliamentary meeting, Molefe said he doesn’t believe a nuclear build programme would put a significant burden on the fiscus. Molefe said he had not asked national treasury to consider making provision for any nuclear costs for the medium term. “It’s possible for nuclear to finance itself. Asking the fiscus for money is going overboard. We should be able to arrange some kind of funding for nuclear energy.”

September 21, 2016 – Newsday – Growing criticism over Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s plan to subsidize New York’s nuclear plants – In recent weeks, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has tirelessly defended his Clean Energy Standard plan that forces taxpayers and electric customers to bail out the state’s failing nuclear energy industry. The governor should save his breath. The controversial scheme, which Cuomo and state regulators approved in August without the consent of state lawmakers, has been hailed as a model for other states to achieve reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. But critics rightly view the Clean Energy Standard (CES) a raw deal for electric ratepayers and taxpayers that amounts to little more than an indefensible corporate welfare racket.

September 21, 2016 – International Business Times – Pakistan refuses to curb nuclear programme despite US insistence – Pakistan on Wednesday reportedly refused to comply with the request by the United States to limit its nuclear programme. The development comes just a couple of days after Pakistan’s Defence Minister Khawaja M Asif said in an interview to Pakistani channel Geo TV’s Saleem Safi that the country would not think twice before exercising nuclear option if there was any threat against it. Pakistan’s permanent representative to the United Nations (UN), Maleeha Lodhi, was quoted by Pakistani media as saying in New York that the country’s nuclear programme would not be restricted. She also said that Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had, in his interaction with US Secretary of State John Kerry, impressed upon him that India should also be held to the standards being set for Pakistan.

September 21, 2016 – Sputnik International – Nukes of Hazard: 180 Mishaps Befall UK Nuclear Convoys – Anti-nuclear campaigners say that the regular transportation of nuclear weapons across the UK is putting lives at risk. Military convoys carrying nuclear materials have suffered collisions, breakdowns and brake failures.There have been at least “180 mishaps in 16 years” involving military convoys carrying nuclear bombs around the UK. That’s the startling news according to a “Nukes of Hazard” report by the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), published on Wednesday (September 21). The report, based on Ministry of Defense logs released due to Freedom of Information requests, reveals that materials for nuclear weapons are driven through or flown over 122 separate local councils in the UK. They include densely-populated areas in major cities such as Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, Sheffield, Manchester and Newcastle.

September 21, 2016 – GBTimes – Hinkley Point nuclear plant unites China and France – Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and French President Francois pledged on Tuesday to ensure the implementation of the UK’s Hinkley Point nuclear power plant project, as well as enhance cooperation in third-party markets. The two countries reached the consensus on the side-lines of a series of UN conferences in New York City. The Hinkley Point nuclear project is Britain’s first nuclear power plant in two decades. It will be co-built by China General Nuclear Power Corp., which has a one-third stake, and French state-owned company EDF. During their talks, Li hoped all those concerned could work together to deliver a smooth partnership on the nuclear power program while at the same time calling for China and France to boost their cooperation.

September 21, 2016 – Penn Energy – Reporters get rare look at SC nuke reactor project – Reporters are getting a rare look at some of the first nuclear reactors of their kind to be built in the U.S. in more than 30 years. South Carolina Electric & Gas Co. and Santee Cooper are building two new reactors at the V.C. Summer Nuclear Station near Jenkinsville. The reactors are slated to come online in 2019 and 2020. Reporters get a look on Wednesday. The project has continued to cost more for SCE&G power customers. SCE&G is seeking a 3.1 percent residential raise that would be the largest single rate increase since it began charging its 700,000 customers for construction.

September 21, 2016 – The Mercury News – Storing nuclear waste: Is ‘consent’ OK when future generations can’t weigh in – There are barbs about “mobile Chernobyls” and “floating Fukushimas,” fears of “coerced consent” and “economic racism,” and deep philosophizing about the nature of “consent” itself. Is such a thing possible when generations unborn will be impacted by decisions made today? “‘Consent’ to dump nuclear waste in America’s back yard is not going to be approved by the American people no matter how your PR strategists massage the lipstick on that pig,” David Osinga told the U.S. Department of Energy in an email. The DOE’s latest idea for figuring out where to stash millions of pounds of nuclear waste garnered more than 10,000 comments from concerned citizens nationwide, according to documents released last week. And while many disagree vehemently on the particulars, they are largely united on one point: After decades of dithering, the federal government must finally take action on its long-broken promise to permanently dispose of highly radioactive spent fuel.

September 21, 2016 – Sentinel-Tribune – Latta legislation to modernize nuclear technology approved by House – Bipartisan legislation authored by Congressman Bob Latta, R-Bowling Green, to modernize the nation’s nuclear technology has been approved by the U.S House of Representatives. The bill, H.R. 4979, the Advanced Nuclear Technology Development Act, requires the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to establish a framework for issuing licenses for advanced nuclear reactor technology and requires the NRC to submit a schedule for the implementation of the framework by 2019. Approximately 50 companies have invested over $1 billion in nuclear power technology, but the lack of a regulatory framework to license this technology has said to threaten continued investment and implementation. “Nuclear power must play a significant role in American energy policy for our nation to become truly energy secure, and the future of the nuclear industry needs to start now,” Latta said. “It is imperative that we develop the right regulatory framework so advanced nuclear technologies can be developed, licensed, and constructed here in the United States. The Advanced Nuclear Technology Development Act will help the U.S. remain a leader in the nuclear industry and continue to develop clean, reliable power.”\

September 21, 2016 – The Bahamas Weekly – IAEA Receives US $3.96 Million from the United States to Boost Fight against Zika-transmitting Mosquitoes – The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will receive a contribution of US $3.96 million from the United States to step up work on a nuclear technique to suppress mosquitoes spreading Zika and other viruses, such as dengue, chikungunya and yellow fever. The United States announced the grant at a meeting of the IAEA’s Board of Governors in Vienna today. The U.S. Department of State grant will enable the IAEA and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) to significantly accelerate research and development activities to refine the Sterile Insect Technique (SIT)—an insect birth control method—in order to assist countries affected by Zika.

September 21, 2016 – ChemEurope.com – Single crystal measures radioactivity – A research team at Empa and ETH Zurich has developed single crystals made of lead halide perovskites, which are able to gage radioactive radiation with high precision. Initial experiments have shown that these crystals, which can be manufactured from aqueous solutions or low-priced solvents, work just as well as conventional cadmium telluride semi-conductors, which are considerably more complicated to produce. The discovery could slash the price of many radio-detectors – such as in scanners in the security sector, portable dosimeters in power stations and measuring devices in medical diagnostics.

September 21, 2016 – WIZM 1410 AM – Genoa plant still has residual radioactivity needing decontamination – A nuclear power plant located just 20 miles from La Crosse was shut down three decades ago but much of the Dairyland Power Cooperative reactor at Genoa is still standing. That will change over the next few years, as it is being decommissioned – something neighbors of the facility are concerned about. “People are concerned about the removal of the radioactive waste and the transportation of it,” Bruce Watson, a chief at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, said. Watson was speaking to about a dozen people at a public meeting about the project. Within a few weeks, demolition will begin on the tall smokestack next to the old reactor building.

September 21, 2016 – Tech Radar – Nuclear fusion: what’s taking so long? – It could provide a cheap, safe, clean, abundant and reliable source of energy for mankind, but nuclear fusion has so far remained tantalisingly out of reach. Despite being a theoretical replacement for both fossil fuel and nuclear fission energy production for over 60 years, nuclear fusion still hasn’t become commercially possible in power stations. So what’s taking so long?

September 21, 2016 – Tennessee Journalist – UT Science Forum tackles nuclear energy – Dr. Stephen Skutnik, Assistant Professor at UT’s department of Nuclear Engineering says that the future of nuclear energy depends on if it’s viewed as trash or a treasure. Skutnik addressed multiple forms of proposed storage methods such as geologic disposal, hydrogeologic disposal, ice sheet disposal and more outlandish solutions such as extraterrestrial and volcanic disposal. Although scientists have the ability to store used fuel for decades, it is not seen a viable permanent solution. According to Skutnik, geologic disposal is the only feasible option at this time. It involves storing the radioactive elements deep underground long enough to “run out the clock” on the materials so they are no longer radioactive.

September 21, 2016 – Beyond Nuclear – We almost lost Detroit but we’ve still got Fermi 1 – On October 5 it will be 50 years since the Fermi 1 prototype liquid metal fast breeder reactor, located near Monroe, MI, suffered a loss of coolant accident and partial meltdown that narrowly missed turning into a major catastrophe, as recounted in John Fuller’s landlmark book, We Almost Lost Detroit. But as a warning to those who think a shut down reactor then vanishes, the Fermi 1 reactor (pictured) still sits on site, essentially mothballed. Beyond Nuclear will be participating in events next month in Detroit to mark the anniversary and expose the fact that emergency planning, while no longer virtually non-existent as it was 50 years ago, remains woefully inadequate and deeply flawed.

September 21, 2016 – Tri-City Herald – Hanford whistleblowers awarded $216,000 in back pay, compensation – Two Hanford whistleblowers have been awarded $216,000 in back pay and compensation, plus interest and attorney fees, after being suspended from their jobs by Computer Sciences Corp. The decision by a U.S. Department of Labor administrative law judge followed a six-day trial in Kennewick that began in November after the company appealed an earlier decision. The whistleblowers were represented by Hanford Challenge, a Seattle-based worker advocacy group for the nuclear reservation, and an additional attorney.

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