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August 29, 2016 – Press Pieces

On August 29th, 2016, posted in: Latest News, Press Pieces

August 29, 2016 – Science Alert – US physicists just revealed plans to build the most viable nuclear fusion devices ever – Physicists around the world have been racing to build a nuclear fusion machine that can replicate the atom-fusing process that’s fuelled our Sun for the past 4.5 billion years, in a bid to provide humanity with clean, safe, and practically limitless energy. And now the US government has just backed plans for physicists to build a new kind of nuclear fusion device that could be the most viable and efficient design yet.

August 29, 2016 – Mexico Star – IAEA Director General Focuses on Cancer at Kenya Conference – In three separate speaking engagements at the sixth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD), which was held in Africa for the first time, he highlighted the work of the IAEA in making nuclear technology available for development. Mr Amano focused in particular on cancer, noting that breast and cervical cancer are an important focus of IAEA technical cooperation in many African countries. TICAD is an initiative launched by the Japanese government in 1993 to bring the world’s attention to Africa’s development needs and promote high-level policy dialogue between African leaders and development partners. This year, for the first time, health was one of the main themes.

August 29, 2016 – The Advertiser – Nuclear industry forum for SA students’ held in secret over safety fears – SAFETY concerns over potential anti-nuclear protests have forced a student forum on the industry’s future in South Australia to be staged in secret. More than 150 students from across the state will take part in the forum, organised by the Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission Consultation and Response Agency and the Education Department. When asked where the debate was being held, agency director of engagement John Phalen would only say that “safety of the students is our No. 1 priority”. He said the youth voice was an important part of the consultation program being run across the state. The safety concerns come after anti-nuclear protests in June. During a Citizens’ Jury, Premier Jay Weatherill had to walk through a group of noisy anti-nuclear protesters chanting “no dump” outside the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute on North Terrace.

August 29, 2016 – Pharmabiz.com – Radiologists to stop use of ultrasound from Sep 1 citing lack of clarity in PCPNDT Act – Radiologists from across the country are planning to stop using ultrasound machines from September 1, 2016 onwards citing lack of clarity in Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PCPNDT) Act. Since ultrasound examinations can help to diagnose a variety of clinical conditions and to assess organ damage following illness, stopping use of ultrasound will hamper diagnostic services for millions of patients. Ultrasound is a painless procedure to produce pictures of the inside of the body using sound waves. Also called ultrasound scanning or sonography, it involves the use of a small transducer (probe) and ultrasound gel placed directly on the skin. This comes in the wake of government’s hesitation to modify PCPNDT Act which has led to harassment of radiologists by the authorities for minor administrative lapses and not actual sex selection in violation of the Act. Radiologists explain that the violation of the said Act amounts to equal punishment for sex determination and clerical errors.

August 29, 2016 – EIN News – Four Brookhaven Lab Projects Selected as R&D 100 Award Finalists – Four projects from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory have been selected as finalists for the 2016 R&D 100 awards, which honor the top 100 proven technological advances of the past year as determined by a panel selected by R&D Magazine. “This was a very strong year for research and development across various markets, led by many outstanding technologies that broadened the scope of innovation,” said R&D Magazine Editor Anna Spiewak in a press release announcing the finalists. “We are honored to recognize these products and the project teams behind the design, development, testing, and production of these remarkable innovations and their impact in the field.”

August 29, 2016 – Time – Why the International Day Against Nuclear Tests Is Special This Year – The Aug. 29 date marks 25 years since a major Soviet Union nuclear test site in Kazakhstan closed. he Soviet Union detonated hundreds of nuclear devices over a period of 40 years at the Semipalatinsk Test Site in Kazakhstan—but all of that stopped when the test site closed 25 years ago, on Aug. 29, 1991. Fallout from the mushroom clouds above ground and explosions below ground did severe damage over time on the surrounding populations, especially in the town of Semipalatinsk (now Semey) almost 100 mi. east of the site. Radiation levels are still as much as ten times higher in the soil and water near the town, and babies were born with deformities during and after the period of testing. Cancer leveled the population so that, according to a 2016 report, more than half of the town does not live to 60.

August 29, 2016 – Radio Free Asia – North Korea Sets Up Special Force for Radioactive Bomb Attacks – Top soldiers from North Korea’s military are being selected to serve on new “nuclear pack” attack units under each corps of the People’s Army, North Korean sources said. “Outstanding soldiers were selected from each reconnaissance platoon and light infantry brigade to form the nuclear pack unit the size of a battalion,” said a source from North Hamgyong province who declined to be named. The special units have been formed since March this year, he said. The nuclear pack of the 9th corps stationed in North Hamgyong province was organized as a battalion affiliated with the 45th division, which is located in Munhwa-dong, Chongam-district in Chongjin city, he said. The formation of the new squads of soldiers came at around the same time that the members of the U.N. Security Council unanimously agreed to impose a new round of sanctions on North Korea, following the country’s fourth nuclear test on Jan. 6 and the launch on Feb. 7 of a satellite-bearing rocket that the world viewed as a disguised ballistic missile test.

August 29, 2016 – Copenhagen Post – Danish particle therapy cancer patients to be treated in Sweden instead of the US – Cancer patients in the Capital Region now have a shorter distance to travel for radiation treatment using particle therapy. The Capital Region has signed an agreement with Region Skåne to send cancer patients to Sweden’s Skandionkliniken in Uppsala. Previously, Danish patients had been sent to the United States. “It is very gratifying we now have the agreement in place,” Sophie Hæstorp Andersen, the regional chairman of the Capital Region, told News Øresund.

August 29, 2016 – PRNewswire – Importance of Myocardial Perfusion Positron Emission Tomography Recognized in New Joint Position Statement by the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology and the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging – Bracco Diagnostics Inc. (BDI), the U.S. subsidiary of Bracco Imaging S.p.A., a global leading company in the diagnostic imaging business, announced today that the American Society for Nuclear Cardiology (ASNC) and the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI) have e-published a Position Statement to explain why myocardial perfusion positron emission tomography (PET) is most useful in the diagnosis and management of coronary artery disease (CAD), and to provide guidance as to when it should be considered for optimal patient care.

August 29, 2016 – tctmd.com – Optical Coherence Tomography Improves Stent Placement, Ups FFR in NSTE ACS – The addition of optimal coherence tomography (OCT) to standard fluoroscopy can influence physician decision-making and quantitatively improves post-PCI vessel function in patients with non-ST-elevation acute coronary syndromes, results from the DOCTORS trial show. The study, said lead author Nicolas Meneveau, MD, PhD (University Hospital Jean Minjoz, Besançon, France), is the first randomized controlled trial to support a role for OCT in this setting, although hard clinical endpoint studies are warranted. “We need additional data,” he acknowledged in a morning press conference. “We need additional studies with clinical endpoints before considering incorporating OCT as the standard to use in ACS patients. But this is an important first step—the first randomized controlled trial showing the potential positive effect by FFR on the results of PCI in ACS patients.”

August 29, 2016 – International Business Times – Nuclear Fusion: US Physicists Examine The Viability Of Spherical Tokamaks In Producing Clean, Limitless Energy – Nuclear fusion has been powering our sun for the past 4.5 billion years. Unlike fission — the process that powers our current nuclear facilities — fusion generates energy by fusing the nuclei of lighter atoms into heavier ones, and produces no long-term radioactive waste. Imagine if we manage to replicate and miniaturize the process taking place in the core of stars. This would not only provide us a low-cost, clean and virtually limitless source of energy, it would also end our unsustainable reliance on polluting fossil fuels. In a recent paper published in the journal Nuclear Fusion, a team of physicists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL), has detailed the design of a viable and efficient fusion device — one that already exists in an experimental form.

August 29, 2016 – WRVO Public Media – Exelon purchase of FitzPatrick will save its jobs, but how many? – Local IBEW 97 labor union president Ted Skerpon said the past year has been a roller coaster for the employees he represents at the FitzPatrick Nuclear Power Plant and the nearby Nine Mile Point Nuclear Facility. Both were on the brink of closure at one point because of economic losses. But now that New York will subsidize the state’s nuclear industry, Exelon says it will continue operating Nine Mile Point and take over at FitzPatrick. So the next step for the union regarding jobs, Skerpon said, is negotiations. “We will sit down with Entergy and Exelon for the transition and basically determine what’s needed,” Skerpon said. “But everybody should be good. hopefully we can do this all through attrition, and obviously looking at the efficiencies now that you have three plants what’s really needed.”

August 29, 2016 – MehrNews.com – Iran joins stable isotope producers – AEOI deputy Zarean has announced the setting up of a pilot plant for production of stable isotopes which adds Iran to the short list of global producers. Deputy Head of the Atomic Energy Organization Asghar Zarean made the remarks asserting “only countries like Germany, Russia or Ireland could produce stable isotopes while Iran has also joined them.” “The pilot plant to produce raw material for stable isotope was put into operation today in Uranium Conversion Facility (UCF) of Isfahan,” said the official Sunday, congratulating the Iranian nation on the great achievement.

August 29, 2016 – Construction.RU – Worker dies at Belarus NPP construction site – On the 26th of August, one of the workers died in performing his duties at a construction site of the nuclear power plant in the Republic of Belarus. As the Information & Public Relations Department of the Belarussian NPP enterprise announced on Monday, the fatal accident occurred in a Russian sub-contract group. At present, investigation into the worker’s death has been opened. Unconfirmed reports suggest that the builder’s death was caused by the fall of an oxygen container upon him. We should remind you that the Belarussian nuclear power plant, being constructed with the participation of Russia in the vicinity of the town of Ostrovets, will consist of two VVER-type power units with a total capacity of up to 2400 MW.

August 29, 2016 – Financial Express – Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant Unit-2 synchronised with southern grid – The 1000 MW second unit of Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant (KNPP) was test synchronised with the southern power grid today, marking generation of electricity from the unit and its supply to the grid, a top KNPP official said today. “Unit two of KNPP was test synchronised with the southern power grid today at 1117 hours. Presently the unit is supplying 245 MW to the southern grid,” KNPP Site Director R S Sundar said. He said clearance was obtained from Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB) for the first synchronisation of the unit with the southern grid. Sundar said the unit would be shut down for mandatory inspection of turbine-generator after a few days of operation.

August 29, 2016 – BDlive – Outa appeals for signatures on nuclear plants – PEOPLE opposed to Eskom’s “surreptitiously slipping” requests in regional government gazettes to approve Thyspunt and Duynefontein as locations for nuclear plants are urged to sign an online petition by the deadline at midnight on Monday, August 29. The online petition is at www.outa.co.za/nuclear (http://www.outa.co.za/site/comment-eskoms-nuclear-license-applications/Organisation) and was set up by Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa). It said it had attracted 17,000 individual submissions by Sunday.

August 29, 2016 – The Mirror – Russians fear nuclear doomsday as giant mushroom cloud appears over skies in Siberia – An enormous mushroom-shaped cloud rises ominously above a Siberian town – sparking fears among witnesses that doomsday has arrived. The terrifying sight could be seen for miles around and was captured on video from the city of Kemerovo, in Russia’s Kemerovo Oblast region. Emergency services were inundated with calls from worried onlookers that a nuclear bomb had been dropped and that annihilation was imminent. The terrifying cloud formation led many to believe Judgement Day was upon them. Others feared there had been an explosion at the coal mines in the nearby Kuzbass region. In fact, the terrifying-looking spectacle was in reality a rather beautiful, naturally occurring thunderstorm cloud.

August 29, 2016 – PhysOrg – Lab team uses pulsed ion beams to probe radiation defect dynamics in nuclear materials – Materials scientists at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) have developed a novel experimental method to access the dynamic regime of radiation damage formation in nuclear and electronic materials. Their approach is based on using pulsed ion beams for measurements of defect lifetimes, interaction rates and diffusion lengths. The creation of stable radiation damage in crystalline solids often occurs during migration and interaction of radiation-generated point defects—lattice vacancies and interstitials. Such dynamic damage formation is a complex phenomenon that could span the spatial range from atomic to macroscopic and the temporal range from femtoseconds to years. Due to this complexity, a full predictive capability of radiation damage accumulation still does not exist even for the simplest and best studied materials.

August 29, 2016 – The Telegraph – Iran deploys air defence system around its nuclear facility – Iran has deployed a Russian-made S-300 air defence system around its underground Fordo nuclear facility, state TV reported. Video footage posted late Sunday on state TV’s website showed trucks arriving at the site and missile launchers being aimed skyward. It did not say whether the system was fully operational. Gen. Farzad Esmaili, Iran’s head of air defence, declined to comment on the report in an interview with another website affiliated with state news. “Maybe if you go to Fordo now, the system is not there,” he was quoted as saying Monday. He added that the S-300 is a mobile system that should be relocated often. Russia began delivering the S-300 system to Iran earlier this year under a contract signed in 2007. The delivery had been held up by international sanctions over Iran’s nuclear program, which were lifted this year under an agreement with world powers.

August 29, 2016 – Sputnik International – Tehran Allocates Funds for Bushehr-2 Nuclear Plant Project – Behrouz Kamalvandi, the deputy head of the Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization (AEOI) stated that Tehran allocated money for the construction of two new nuclear reactors at the site of the Bushehr nuclear power plant.MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Iran has allocated money for the construction of two new nuclear reactors at the site of the Bushehr nuclear power plant, known as the Bushehr-2 project, the deputy head of the country’s Atomic Energy Organization (AEOI) was quoted as saying by local media. © Sputnik/ Valeriy MelnikovIran’s Bushehr Nuclear Plant 2nd Unit’s Start-Up Planned for October 2024Behrouz Kamalvandi did not reveal the amount allocated by Tehran to fund the project when speaking on the matter on Sunday but noted that President Hassan Rouhani gave the go-ahead for construction to commence, Iran’s state news agency IRNA reported.

August 29, 2016 – Aljazeera – Fukushima’s surfers riding on radioactive waves – On 11 March 2011, at 2:46 pm, Japan was hit by a magnitude 9.0 earthquake which generated a tsunami along the coast. The casualties of the disaster included 18,500 dead, 90 percent of whom drowned in the tsunami wave. The bodies of 2,561 people were never recovered. The tsunami hit the Daaichi nuclear power plant as well, a level-7 catastrophe that was the equivalent of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant meltdown disaster. Over the course of five years, nearly 50,000 people have worked to decontaminate the plant and stop leaks according to government press releases. They remove between 5 and 30 cm of contaminated soil every day and place them in plastic bags, which are stored on the outskirts of town, pending a better solution. In Tairatoyoma beach, a prefecture of Fukushima and some 50km from the nuclear plant, was among the most popular areas for Japanese surfers prior to the nuclear accident.

August 29, 2016 – Deutsche Welle – Problems persist at Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear reactors – It has been five years and five months since three of the reactors at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant were crippled by the biggest earthquake and tsunami to strike Japan in living memory. Work continues at the site to clean up the radioactivity that escaped into the atmosphere and to regain control of the reactors. In its press releases, the Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) insists that steps taken since the accident are slowly but surely having an effect. But not everyone accepts their assurances – or those of the wider nuclear industry as it seeks public support to restart reactors across the country that have been mothballed since March 2011.

August 29, 2016 – WRVO Public Media – Environmentalists point to FitzPatrick safety incidents in new report – Environmental critics of nuclear power are seizing on a few safety incidents at the FitzPatrick Nuclear Power Plant detailed in a report from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). The report notes multiple mishaps, like the oil leak into Lake Ontario that was connected to a temporary shutdown of the plant, and another event when two FitzPatrick employees were unintentionally exposed to radiation. The starkest finding is that solid nuclear waste which had spilled onto the floor of a contained room in the plant has been left untreated for at least four years. NRC spokesperson Neil Sheehan said that spill did not leave the site. “This is a locked, highly shielded portion of the plant,” Sheehan said. “Certainly no one from the public can get access to that, but even plant employees can only get in there after they’ve been fully approved to do so.”

August 29, 2016 – Aiken Standard – First Cycle unit at Savannah River Nuclear Solutions’ H Canyon revitalized – On Aug. 5, Savannah River Site’s H Canyon restarted the First Cycle unit operation for the first time in more than five years, giving the uranium from spent nuclear fuel currently stored at SRS a pathway out of South Carolina. In First Cycle, uranium from spent nuclear fuel is separated from aluminum, fission products and other impurities. This is the fourth out of five unit operations to restart since the Department of Energy’s Amended Record of Decision in 2013, allowing SRS to process 1,000 bundles of spent nuclear fuel and 200 High Flux Isotope Reactor, or HFIR, cores.

August 29, 2016 – WPLG 10 – Turkey Point workers prepare nuclear power plant for possible rough weather – The Turkey Point nuclear power plant is gearing up for the coming storm as workers prepare for bad weather. “Should a storm come like the one that is approaching now, we make sure the site is ready,” emergency preparedness manager Kevin O’Hare said. “As a result of Fukushima, (we) needed another level of protection,” Sergio Chaviano, project manager of the Flex Building, said. Inside a box are backup systems that can deliver power to the entire plant. “We have a pump here to the right, a smaller pump to the left. We have trailers that can carry hoses throughout the plant,” Chaviano said. The hoses can carry water to cool reactors in the event of an emergency, but crews said they’ve been preparing for hurricane season since March.

August 29, 2016 – Richmond Times-Dispatch – Siren test at North Anna station to be repeated – The North Anna Power Station Early Warning Siren test on Aug. 17 revealed an anomaly in the siren duration and the test will be done again at 11:10 a.m. on Thursday. The quarterly tests, which are required by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, occur on the third Wednesday of February, May, August and November to ensure the public will be properly notified in the unlikely event of a radiological emergency. Sixty-eight sirens are sounded and heard within a 10-mile radius of the station in Louisa County. If the primary siren system failed during an actual emergency, there is also a back-up siren panel system that can be activated.

August 29, 2016 – The Oak Ridger – Historic day: Last wall to be demolished at last of big five uranium-enriching buildings at ETTP (K-25) – The last wall of the last of the big five buildings once used to enrich uranium at the former K-25 site will be demolished Tuesday. Demolition on the last building, the K-27 Building, started in February. The other four buildings—K-25, K-29, K-31, and K-33—were demolished between 2006 and 2015. All five of the huge buildings once used a process called gaseous diffusion to produce highly enriched uranium for atomic weapons and commercial nuclear power plants, starting during World War II and continuing through the Cold War. The largest was K-25, a mile-long U-shaped building. When K-27 demolition is complete, it will be the first time that all of a site’s uranium-enriching gaseous diffusion buildings will have been cleaned up anywhere in the world, officials said.

August 29, 2016 – The Chattanoogan – Environmental Group Opposes Increase Of Output At TVA Nuclear Plants – The Tennessee Valley Authority has asked the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) for a license amendment to allow an extended power uprate (EPU) for the three nuclear power reactors at Brown Ferry Nuclear Plant. This would amend its already-licensed steady-state reactor core levels and allow a power level increase of approximately 20 percent for all three units, according to an environmental group that is opposed. BEST/MATRR, a Scottsboro-based chapter of Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League, alleges that TVA “has presented analyses that under-predicts the reaction of zirconium and steam that would occur in a loss-of-coolant accident at higher temperatures.”

August 29, 2016 – KRCU 90.9AM – State wins approval to test groundwater near radioactive waste at West Lake Landfill – A special master has allowed the state to proceed with groundwater testing at wells in the portion of the West Lake Landfill where World War II-era radioactive waste has been detected. The decision Wednesday in a circuit court of St. Louis County comes after landfill owner Republic Services tried to stop the testing from moving forward. The tests were scheduled to begin Aug. 22, but the work was delayed when Republic Services attorney Peter Daniel wrote Assistant Attorney General Thais Folta to inform her the company would not permit the sampling. Daniel argued that the Missouri Department of Natural Resources has no jurisdiction over the northern portion of the landfill. The Environmental Protection Agency presides over that section of the landfill, labeled as Operating Unit 1, which contains radioactive waste. The state only has jurisdiction over the southern portion, Operating Unit 2, where there is an underground smoldering fire. But the EPA did not object to MDNR’s plans to sample groundwater wells in Operating Unit 1.

August 29, 2016 – Santa Fe New Mexican – Criticism mounts after PRC decides to reopen PNM rate case – The state Public Regulation Commission is facing criticism over its decision this week to reopen hearings for an electric rate increase proposed by the Public Service Company of New Mexico after a hearing officer in the case recommended a drastically reduced rate hike. Commissioners said Wednesday that the PNM rate case could be extended through December if the utility decides to submit more evidence showing that its energy investments are prudent. Reopening the proceedings, which began in April, would undermine a determination earlier this month by hearing officer Carolyn Glick. On Aug. 15, Glick recommended a 6 percent rate increase, a total of $42 million, rather than the 15.8 percent PNM was seeking to cover some $123.5 million in costs. PNM should not be allowed to include in its rate base a $153 million nuclear power investment, she said, because the company failed to show any evidence that the purchase was the utility’s most cost-effective choice.

August 19, 2016 – Business Insider – A typo and a bag of kitty litter might cost US taxpayers billions in nuclear waste cleanup – A typo and a bag of organic kitty litter may end up costing United States taxpayers more than $2 billion in nuclear waste cleanup, according to a new report by Ralph Vartabedian at the Los Angeles Times. Back in February 2014, a drum of nuclear waste burst open inside the cavernous Waste Isolation Pilot Project (WIPP), which is drilled out of a salt deposit nearly half a mile below the deserts of Carlsbad, New Mexico. The US Department of Energy (DOE), which funds the company that runs the nuclear waste dump, quickly suspended operations and launched an investigation to figure out the cause. In their 277-page report, investigators determined the blast vaporized nearly 7.5 lbs of the material inside a single barrel, labeled “Drum 68660.” That material included some radioactive isotopes of americium, plutonium, and uranium — byproducts of Cold War-era nuclear weapons production.

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August 25, 2016 – Press Pieces

On August 25th, 2016, posted in: Latest News, Press Pieces

August 25, 2016- Trend News Agency – Turkey ratifies agreement with China on atomic energy – Turkey has ratified an agreement with China on use of atomic energy for peaceful purposes, the Official Gazette (Resmi Gazete) reported Aug. 25. The agreement signed in Beijing between Turkey and China in 2012, has been ratified by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Earlier, Turkey’s Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources said that three nuclear power plants will be built in the country.

August 25, 2016 – Bloomberg – FBI Files Say China Firm Pushed U.S. Experts for Nuclear Secrets – A state-owned Chinese power company under indictment in the U.S. pressed American nuclear consultants for years to hand over secret technologies and documents they weren’t supposed to disclose — and in some cases it got them, several of the consultants have told the FBI. Summaries of the consultants’ interviews with agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation were filed this month in a federal court where the company, China General Nuclear Power Corp., has been charged with conspiring to steal nuclear technology. The FBI documents surfaced shortly after the same company became a focus of concerns across the Atlantic: The U.K. last month delayed approval of the country’s biggest nuclear power station in a generation as questions swirled about whether China General Nuclear’s investment in the plant poses a security risk.

August 25, 2016 – Unioversity of California – MRI scans may be able to diagnose CTE in living patients – UCLA doctors have found what may be an earlier and easier way to diagnose chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, a disorder that is thought to affect some former football players and others with a history of repetitive brain trauma. Using a new software tool for analyzing MRI scans, the researchers detected the shrinkage of several key brain regions in a former football player with cognitive problems. The same pattern of brain changes is commonly seen in CTE cases that have been confirmed by autopsies after a person’s death. While the findings from this single case report are preliminary, they raise the possibility that MRI scans could be used to diagnose CTE and related conditions in living people. At present, CTE can be diagnosed only by direct examination of the brain during an autopsy.

August 25, 2016 – News24 Nigeria – The link between uranium from the DRC and Hiroshima: a story of twin tragedies – On August 6 – Hiroshima Day – I participated in a groundbreaking event at the South African Museum in Cape Town entitled The Missing Link: Peace and Security Surrounding Uranium. The event had been organised by the Congolese Civil Society of South Africa to put a spotlight on the link between Japan and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC): that the uranium used to build the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima came from the Shinkolobwe mine in the province of Katanga. This was the richest uranium in the world. Its ore had an average of 65% uranium oxide compared with American or Canadian ore, which contained less than 1%. The mine is now closed, but its existence put it at the centre of the Manhattan Project in the second world war. The Congo was a Belgian colony at the time and the Congolese suffered from the harsh colonial reality of racism, segregation and extreme inequities.

August 25, 2016 – Space Daily – NIST’s compact gyroscope may turn heads – Shrink rays may exist only in science fiction, but similar effects are at work in the real world at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). After successfully miniaturizing both clocks and magnetometers based on the properties of individual atoms, NIST physicists have now turned to precision gyroscopes, which measure rotation. The NIST team has demonstrated a compact atomic gyroscope design that could, with further development, be portable, low power, and accurate enough to be used for navigation. Gyroscopes, traditionally based on mechanical components that spin or vibrate, are common in navigation applications and are increasingly used in consumer electronics such as smartphones. The new NIST device might find uses in applications requiring ultra-precise navigation with extreme size, weight and power limits, such as on spacecraft or submarines.

August 25, 2016 – Independent Enterprise – Idaho home to outstanding nuclear research – I had the opportunity recently to join with fellow Idaho Senator Jim Risch in honoring Idaho National Laboratory (INL) researchers Dr. Terry Todd and Dr. Mark DeHart, who were recently recognized as Fellows by the American Nuclear Society. Senator Risch and I submitted a Congressional Record Statement acknowledging this achievement in the official record of the U.S. Senate. Their accomplishments are a reminder of the excellent work conducted at the lab, and the exemplary Idahoans working daily, in a broad range of occupations, to make important advancements.

August 25, 2016 – KOLO TV 8 – Nevada radon poster contest open to students – Nevada students are invited to showcase their artistic talents and promote radon awareness by entering the 2017 Nevada Radon Poster Contest, offered by University of Nevada Cooperative Extension’s Radon Education Program. The contest ends Oct. 31. The contest is open to all children ages 9 to 14 years old enrolled in public, private, territorial, tribal, Department of Defense and home schools. Children can also enter through a sponsoring group, such as art, computer, library, reading, science, scouting, youth or 4-H clubs.

August 25, 2016 – Deccan Chronicle – Mumbai safe from mobile tower radiations: DoT – In a recent joint effort to analyse electromagnetic frequency emissions (EMF), noted telecom experts and doctors found out mobile towers in Mumbai were safe from radiation, and well within prescribed limits in India. A team of experts led by officials from the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) tested telecom tower sites at Baldota Bhawan, Jolly Bhawan 2 and Haji Ali Juice centre and measured EMF emission levels across these areas and stated that all towers were safe, substantiated by the low levels of radiation that showed up in the tests. The average radiation from three towers inspected in Mumbai was 9.14 per cent of the limits set by the Department of Telecommunications (DoT); well within the prescribed limits.

August 25, 2016 – Community Financial News – ViewRay Inc. (VRAY) Director David P. Bonita Buys 1,138,074 Shares – ViewRay logoViewRay Inc. (NASDAQ:VRAY) Director David P. Bonita purchased 1,138,074 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Monday, August 22nd. The shares were purchased at an average cost of $2.95 per share, for a total transaction of $3,357,318.30. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this hyperlink. ViewRay, Inc designs, manufactures and markets MRIdian, the magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)-guided radiation therapy system to image and treat cancer patients simultaneously. The Company offers radiation therapy technology combined with magnetic resonance imaging. MRIdian integrates MRI technology, radiation delivery and the Company’s software to locate, target and track the position and shape of soft-tissue tumors while radiation is delivered.

August 25, 2016 – Asharq Al-Awsat – Rouhani Hit by Arrest of Official in Nuclear Negotiations Team – London-Doubts gathered steam on Wednesday concerning the arrest of the financial official in the Iranian nuclear negotiation team, Abdol Rasul Dori Esfahani, who is accused of spying for western states, at a time when the Iranian Foreign Ministry had denied for the second time in the past 72 hours “claims” about his detention. Numerous websites close to the Revolutionary Guards had spoken about the details of the arrest and the identity of Esfahani, confirming he holds a second nationality of Great Britain. Local reports also revealed that the detainee was an employee at the U.S. Treasury Committee, who had returned from the U.S. in 1979 to work at the Iranian Defense Ministry, and had become responsible of the Iranian money seized in the U.S.

August 25, 2016 – All Africa – South Africa: Nuclear Site Licence Applications Above Board – Eskom says it has complied with the set regulations in its application for nuclear plants in the Eastern Cape and Western Cape. “Eskom has complied with the process of the National Nuclear Regulator (NNR) in its application for the Nuclear Installation Site Licence (NISL) in Thyspunt [in the Eastern Cape] and Duynesfontein [in the Western Cape]. “Eskom takes exception to OUTA’s misinformed campaign that alleges Eskom is trying to rush through the process,” said the power utility on Wednesday.

August 25, 2016 – Plymouth Herald – Plymouth scientist warns of radiation risk to sea life – Radioactivity and warming seas could make the seas near the proposed Hinkley Point nuclear power station more dangerous for marine creatures, a Plymouth scientist warns. EDF, which will build the Somerset power station if Theresa May, the Prime Minister, gives the green light, already has an Environment Agency permit to release water containing tritium into the seawater. Tritium is a radioactive form of hydrogen, found naturally in small doses, and at much higher levels in nuclear power stations’ cooling water.

August 25, 2016 – Real Clear Energy – Nuclear Waste: Human Danger or Hidden Opportunity – Some day in the near future, the first of many loads of the most toxic industrial waste ever known will be transported secretly by truck or rail, inevitably past populated areas, to a facility buried deep in a dry, geologically stable rock formation. Once filled, the facility itself – along with others to follow around the world – will have to be kept off-limits to humans and animals for at least 100,000 years. For decades, chlorine-36, neptunium-237, and other nuclear energy byproducts – some with a half-life of over 2 million years – have been accumulating at power plants and temporary holding depots on almost every continent, with responsible officials knowing something more permanent would eventually have to be done. The New Mexico-based Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, for the disposal of weapons-related radioactive material, became operational in 1999, and pressure is growing to similarly confine civilian waste.

August 25, 2016 – Daily Tar Heel – Q&A with joint professor David McNelis on using nuclear energy – How is nuclear energy currently used in North Carolina? DAVID MCNELIS: We have five nuclear plants in North Carolina and they produce about 36 percent, roughly, of the electricity that we use. RELATED CONTENT Hearing delayed in Duke Energy coal ash settlement BENJI SCHWARTZ 5 HOURS AGO Trump campaign switches North Carolina director amid controversy CAROLINE METZLER 5 HOURS AGO Graduate assistants at Duke, other universities granted collective bargaining rights DANIELLE CHEMTOB 6 HOURS AGO NC scientists pitch in to help fight spread of Zika virus KENT MCDONALD 08/24/16 12:52AM NC Senate race heats up with challenger Deborah Ross SAM KILLENBERG 08/24/16 12:57AM DTH: How does North Carolina compare to other states in using and developing nuclear energy? DM: So about 20 percent of the electricity (in the U.S.) comes from nuclear power. And like I said, in North Carolina we’re about 35 percent so, on the average, we have more electricity coming from nuclear power.

August 25, 2016 – Aiken Standard – MOX responds to Nuclear Regulatory Commission about construction violations – AREVA MOX Services, project management contractor for the Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility, or MOX, delivered a response letter after receiving official notification of construction violations. In a letter dated July 25, 2016, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, or NRC, notified MOX of violations connected to installation of ledgers. They were said to be undersized, less than specified length, undercut and had code prohibited joint design. The ledgers are structural installations designed to support floor panels in a number of operations rooms. Due to the sensitive nature of MOX operations, details about operations were not made available. The MOX plutonium disposition project has been a hot-button item for politicians and nuclear watchdogs and is the crux of a lawsuit filed by South Carolina against the U.S. Department of Energy. In attempts to shutter the project, the Obama Administration has called construction past deadline and over budget.

August 25, 2016 – Becker Hospital Review – Power plant tax dispute risks shuttering Texas community hospital: 5 things to know – Efforts by Dallas-based electric company Luminant to drive down its property taxes are putting Glen Rose (Texas) Medical Center at financial risk, according to a report from Texas Observer, an investigative newspaper. Here are five things to know about the situation, based on the Texas Observer report. 1. Luminant is currently embroiled in a legal battle over the valuation of several of its coal and nuclear power plants. The plant nearest GRMC is the Glen Rose-based Comanche Peak nuclear power plant, which was valued at $2.4 billion by the local appraisal district in 2015. Luminant sued, claiming the facility was only worth $450 million. A judge upheld the local appraisal district’s valuation in March, but the electric utility appealed and the case is back in the courts, according to the report. 2. While the dispute is being ironed out in the courts, by state law Luminant only has to pay property taxes on its $450 million valuation of Comanche Peak. Because the nuclear plant accounts for 80 percent of the community’s property taxes, this is putting significant financial strain on Somervell County government, school district and the community hospital, according to the report.

August 25, 2016 – KABCC – Cleanup Bill at Nuke Waste Dump Could Rival Three Mile Island – An explosion at a nuclear waste dump in New Mexico two years ago is now looking like what might be one of the most expensive cleanups in US history, the Los Angeles Times reports. Long-term damage was far greater than federal officials let on after a drum filled with radioactive waste blew up at the nation’s only underground dump near Carlsbad in February 2014, a Times investigation finds, and the bill could top $2 billion-rivaling the cleanup after nation’s worst nuclear accident at Three Mile island in 1979. And with the New Mexico dump still offline, thousands of tons of radioactive waste are sitting in other states, delaying processing and angering local officials. “There is no question the Energy Department has downplayed the significance of the accident,” Don Hancock of the watchdog group Southwest Research and Information Center, told the Times.

August 25, 2016 – Grand Canyon News – Air Quality permit renewals for Grand Canyon uranium mines cause concern – On Aug. 15, environmental groups asked the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) to deny air permits for three uranium mines near Grand Canyon and to continue monitoring an inactive mine. According to the Grand Canyon Trust, Sierra Club and the Center for Biological Diversity, the mines are located within watersheds (surface and ground) that drain directly into Grand Canyon National Park (GCNP) and threaten water, air and resources of the greater Grand Canyon eco-region, including soil, wildlife, sacred American Indian sites and the health of people exposed to the heavy metals.

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August 24, 2016 – Press Pieces

On August 24th, 2016, posted in: Latest News, Press Pieces

August 24, 2016 – ARS Technica – Nuclear waste accident 2 years ago may cost more than $2 billion to clean up – The Los Angeles Times is estimating that an explosion that occurred at a New Mexico nuclear waste dumping facility in 2014 could cost upwards of $2 billion to clean up. Construction began on the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in New Mexico’s Carlsbad desert in the 1980s (PDF). The site was built to handle transuranic waste from the US’ nuclear weapons program. The WIPP had been eyed to receive nuclear waste from commercial, power-generating plants as well. According to the LA Times, the 2014 explosion at the WIPP was downplayed by the federal government, with the Department of Energy (DoE) putting out statements indicating that cleanup was progressing quickly. Indeed, a 2015 Recovery Plan insisted that “limited waste disposal operations” would resume in the first quarter of 2016. Instead, two years have passed since the incident without any indication that smaller nuclear waste cleanup programs around the US will be able to deliver their waste to the New Mexico facility any time soon.

August 24, 2016 – Frederick News-Post – 240 apartments planned for property near Fort Detrick – A contractor is building an apartment complex on a property between Fort Detrick’s Area B and Waverley Elementary School. S.L. Nusbaum Realty Co. has invested $50 million to develop the property on Waverley Drive, across the street from the school. Morgan-Keller Construction will build the 240-unit apartment complex on about 11 acres. The new apartment complex will be called “The Fred.” Construction is scheduled to be complete in the first quarter of 2018, though tenants may start moving in during summer 2017, Johnson said. Waverley View Investors sued the Army in 2014 for not cleaning up radiological and biological contamination, left from decades of research at Fort Detrick, at a nearby property it still owns on Shookstown Road. A U.S. District Court judge dismissed the $37 million lawsuit in 2015 because the developer failed to show the Army was responsible for environmental cleanup activities.

August 24, 2016 – Tri-City Herald – Hanford 324 Building topic of Aug. 24 meeting – Demolition of the Hanford 324 Building, which sits over a highly radioactive spill just north of Richland, will be discussed at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 24 at the Richland Public Library. The meeting will cover demolition of the building’s four hot cells and two underground vaults after the spill has been cleaned up, a process that could take seven years. More information is posted on the calendar at www.hanford.gov under each day of a comment period that concludes Sept. 9. Participants may attend via an online webinar.

August 24, 2016 – The Inquisitr – It Has Been Zero Days Since The Last Nuclear Catastrophe – Fukushima Daiichi is still pouring radioactive water into the Pacific ocean, the consequences of which we still don’t know in the short term and can’t predict in the long term. I’m pointing this out now because as the slander campaign against Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein ramps up, her criticisms of nuclear power have been coming under fire by people who insist that it’s perfectly safe, sane, and healthy to have hundreds of these power plants dotting our globe when we don’t know when the next Level 7 nuclear event is coming, or how bad it will be. While the most recently-added disaster is literally still happening. TEPCO has been making its latest pathetic attempt at rectifying its crimes against humanity by trying to freeze a one-mile barrier around the four reactors damaged in the 2011 Japanese tsunami over the last five months. Unsurprisingly, it has failed, with the barrier doing “little or nothing” to prevent 300 tons of groundwater per day from becoming polluted by pouring through the highly radioactive meltdown zone. Three hundred tons of groundwater. Per day. Not in 2011. Every single day for the last five and-a-half years. This is currently happening, right now.

August 24, 2016 – Gazette & Herald – Frack-site gas not any danger, expert claims – THE leader of the gas and oil industry body has moved to reassure residents living near the site of an impending fracking operation in Ryedale. Concerns had been raised over the operation leading to a colourless and odourless radioactive gas linked to cancer being inhaled. However, professor Averil MacDonald, chairman of UK Onshore Oil and Gas, said the first monitoring measurements at the area surrounding Third Energy’s well at Kirby Misperton, suggested that radon concentration in the outdoor air was “close to the UK average”.

August 24, 2016 – Whatech – Radiopharmaceuticals market to reach $8,207 million, globally, by 2022 according to market forecasts – Radiopharmaceuticals are pharmaceutical formulations comprising radioactive isotopes that are used in diagnosis and therapeutics. They are simple and small substances that contain a radioactive substance that is used in the treatment of cancer and cardiac & neurological disorders.

August 24, 2016 – Midland Reporter-Telegram – Scan measures visceral fat in abdominal region – Midland Memorial Hospital is dedicated to delivering the highest-quality screening and diagnostic imaging services to the Midland area. Because of this, dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) is the most common method used as a clinical tool to investigate body composition outcomes.

August 24, 2016 – InfraCircle – India may auction 70 atomic mineral deposits in Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Kerala – With the department of atomic energy (DAE) submitting a list of around 70 atomic mineral blocks, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Kerala may shortly auction these deposits containing rare earth elements such as monazite. The plan is an integral part of the National Democratic Alliance government’s strategy for India’s resource security, wherein the respective state governments will bid out blocks which contains monazite below the threshold value. The ministry of mines on 18 July notified the Atomic Minerals Concession Rules, 2016, allowing for auction of specific mineral deposits such as monazite, ilmenite and rutile, which are not used for atomic energy production, but have high economic value. “We have received a communication from DAE that it has identified around 70 blocks spread over an area of 1,400 sq. km along the country’s coastline, which can be auctioned by the states,” said a senior government official on condition of anonymity.

August 24, 2016 – The Hankyoreh – North Korea may have reprocessed enough spent nuclear fuel for 2-4 nukes – If North Korea reprocessed spent nuclear fuel from its 5MW nuclear reactor at Yongbyon in the first half of this year, it probably extracted enough weapon-grade plutonium to make between two and four nuclear weapons, an American research institute estimates. The estimate was made on Aug. 22 by David Albright, director of the Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS), an American public policy institute, as part of remarks about a recent report by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and about North Korea’s claims that it had reprocessed spent nuclear fuel.

August 24, 2016 – Nanowerk – Atomic gyroscope design – Shrink rays may exist only in science fiction, but similar effects are at work in the real world at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). After successfully miniaturizing both clocks and magnetometers based on the properties of individual atoms, NIST physicists have now turned to precision gyroscopes, which measure rotation. The NIST team has demonstrated a compact atomic gyroscope design that could, with further development, be portable, low power, and accurate enough to be used for navigation (Applied Physics Letters, “Point source atom interferometry with a cloud of finite size”). Gyroscopes, traditionally based on mechanical components that spin or vibrate, are common in navigation applications and are increasingly used in consumer electronics such as smartphones. The new NIST device might find uses in applications requiring ultra-precise navigation with extreme size, weight and power limits, such as on spacecraft or submarines.

August 24, 2016 – Mumbai Mirror – DOT gets docs to bust phone tower radiation ‘myth’ – To dispel fears that cell phone towers create health hazards for people, the Department of Telecommunications (DOT) got together city-based radiologists and IIT professors to clarify the ‘myth’ surrounding the sensitive issue. Speaking to Mumbai Mirror after a public outreach programme in Mumbai on Tuesday, Telecom Secretary J S Deepak said that the government was set to launch a website to help citizens check radiation levels on a tower-by-tower basis, in exchange for a small fee. Explaining the importance of having fears regarding radiations from telecom towers dispelled, Deepak asked, “How can one expect a top class network without allowing for infrastructure like towers?” He has therefore asked the BMC to treat cellular towers as essential requirements.

August 24, 2016 – Asahi Shimbun – Film focuses on ‘irradiated’ cattle kept alive in Fukushima – For some cattle farmers in Fukushima Prefecture, the thought of destroying their herds is too painful to bear even if they are contaminated with radioactive fallout. A new documentary to be shown here this week records the plight of these farmers, who continue to look after their beef cattle in defiance of a government request to euthanize the animals. “I took on this project because I wanted to capture what is driving farmers to keep their cattle. For all the trouble it is worth, the animals are now worthless,” said Tamotsu Matsubara, a visual director who shot the documentary. Four years in the making, “Hibaku-ushi to Ikiru” (Living with irradiated cattle) is set for its first screening on Aug. 26 at a local community center in the city.

August 24, 2016 – Medscape – Do Cell Phones Cause Cancer? Maybe Yes and No – Does using a mobile phone increase the risk of developing brain cancer? As many times as it has been asked, there is seemingly no simple answer to that question, as studies continue to produce conflicting results. But the answer may lie somewhere in the middle between a yes and a no, according to Dariusz Leszczynski, PhD, adjunct professor of biochemistry, University of Helsinki, Finland. In an article on the Conversation website, Dr Leszczynski poses the intriguing question: What if both views are correct? It could be possible that mobile phone radiation itself does not cause cancer but that long-term exposure increases the risk of developing cancer when other causes are part of the picture.

August 24, 2016 – Daily Pakistan – Pakistan makes a strong pitch for Nuclear Supplier Group’s membership – Pakistan has made a strong case for the country’s membership of the Nuclear Suppliers Group, a 48-nation body that regulates the global trade in nuclear technology, telling the UN Security Council that the exemplary measures Islamabad had taken to strengthen nuclear safety establish its eligibility credentials. “We expect that a non-discriminatory, criteria-based approach is followed for extending NSG membership which strengthens the non-proliferation regime,” Ambassador Maleeha Lodhi, the Pakistan permanent representative to the UN, said on Tuesday. Speaking in a debate on “non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction,” said Pakistan had implemented a comprehensive export control regime, participated in the Nuclear Security Summit process, ratified the 2005 amendment to the Convention on Physical Protection of Nuclear Material, declared unilateral moratorium on further nuclear testing and reiterated its willingness to translate it into a bilateral arrangement on non-testing with India, all of which established its eligibility to become a NSG member.

August 24, 2016 – Business Tech – You have less than a week to comment on the nuclear plans Eskom tried to hide from you – Civil action group Outa has appealed to South Africans to comment on nuclear procurement plans, which the group says Eskom tried to sneak past the public participation process by gazetting them in a provincial documents. The National Nuclear Regulator (NNR) and Eskom are attempting to license new Nuclear construction sites by ‘hiding’ the notice in the Eastern Cape Provincial Gazette (rather than the National Gazette) and shortening the deadline to below the 30 days, as required by law, Outa said. This move his highly dubious, the group said, as legally, if the public fails to comment on a gazette it is deemed to constitute acceptance of the proposal, and thus cannot easily be challenged legally at a later stage. Eskom applied for a site licence to develop a nuclear reactor/power plant at Thyspunt (near Jeffrey’s Bay) and at the existing Koeberg (Duynefontein) nuclear site.

August 24, 2016 – The Korea Times – Does N. Korea have nuclear suicide-bomber corps? – North Korea’s military is said to have established a “nuclear backpack” corps whose members are trained to infiltrate South Korea to detonate a nuclear bomb. Radio Free Asia (RFA) reported the corps’ establishment on Wednesday, citing unidentified sources in North Hamgyong Province. Details of the unit are unknown and the credibility of sources is questionable. But what if the corps does exist? That means the North’s nuclear weapons technology has advanced to where it can reduce the size of a nuclear bomb to that of a backpack. A miniaturized nuclear weapon could be carried by ground soldiers or loaded onto a long-range missile, which would pose a grave security threat to South Korea and its allies, including the United States. The South Korean government does not believe the North’s nuclear technology has advanced to that level yet. RFA said the corps’ members did not know what the nuclear backpack looks like. “They receive training with three types of fake bombs,” RFA quoted an unidentified source. “The regime is telling the soldiers that backpacks are not designed to detonate nuclear bombs, but to spread radioactive substances over a wide area.”

August 24, 2016 – Newsmaker.com.au – Graphite Electrodes Market to Grow at CAGR of 10.16% to 2020 – Research analysts forecast the global graphite electrodes market to grow at a CAGR of 10.16% during the period 2016-2020. Graphite is a crystalline form of carbon, which is a semimetal and a native element mineral. It is considered as one of the allotropes of carbon, and has distinct structure and properties. Graphite is the highest grade of coal, and has stable form of carbon under standard conditions. It has characteristics of metal and non-metal with high thermal and electrical conductivity. It is highly refractory and chemically inert with less absorption of neutrons and X-rays that enables it to be used as the main material in nuclear applications.

August 24, 2016 – ArabianBusiness.com – Kuwait abandons plan to build nuclear plant – Kuwait’s Ministry of Electricity and Water (MEW) has cancelled earlier plans to obtain a license from the United Nations to build a nuclear power plant. The decision was made after studies proved the projects was too costly and impractical, according to the ministry, reported Kuwait Times. Instead, the ministry said it would invest in alternative projects related to solar energy and wind.

August 24, 2016 – ITV.com – Nuclear police fight for retirement age of 60 – The Civil Nuclear Constabulary has given their statement regarding the High Court ruling, where the Civil Nuclear Police Federation is seeking for the retirement age for its officers to be set at 60. “The Civil Nuclear Police Federation (CNPF) has brought a Judicial Review into whether the Civil Nuclear Constabulary (CNC) is a police force as defined under the Public Service Pensions Act 2013. “The Judicial Review will rule on this very specific point of statutory interpretation in relation to the Public Service Pensions Act 2013 and this ruling will provide clarity on the situation, allowing us to continue to develop new pension arrangements for CNC officers in accordance with the Public Service Pensions Act 2013, working closely with relevant government departments and the CNPF.”

August 24, 206 – Science World Report – First Look At USS Independence Shipwreck Photos Taken By Nautilus – The puzzle of the history of World War II is still being discovered with a new underwater study conducted by scientists on Tuesday morning showing a photograph of the USS Independence aircraft carrier. The team made an expedition to the bottom of the Pacific Ocean, just 30 miles off the coast of Northern California where the aircraft carrier rests peacefully. They searched for the623-foot-long shipwreck sitting peacefully on Half Moon Bay. The expedition was made available on live broadcast as they travel 2,600 feet under the water. The telecast was open for viewers at nautiluslive.org and ended on Tuesday afternoon, as per the report in Mercury News. The team scanned the ship and confirmed it is safe for humans to get near since it shows negative of any radioactive materials since much of its radioactivity was lost during its early days. They’re very pleased that the ship is submerged below the ocean because water acted as an effective buffer to shield it from any radioactive material. “Any radioactivity will not penetrate water more than an inch or two inches,” Delgado added. He is also among the researchers who unlocked the secrets of The Titanic and plans to pursue a career of exploration and share the wonders of the world as he discovers it.

August 24, 2016 – The Beijinger – Was Your Beijing Sushi Nuked in Japan’s Fukushima Meltdown? – When we read the Economist’s hypothetical piece on a radioactive prawn ending Kim Jong Un, and leading to changes in the geopolitical relations between the two Koreas, we didn’t realize this situation was perhaps more likely than we had previously thought. Or dared to hope. Adding to the list of food scandals in China for us to worry about, there are now warnings of potentially radioactive seafood brought over from China’s most famous historical nemesis: Japan. This week, 14 people were detained in Shandong for smuggling frozen seafood into China, some of it hailing from waters near Fukushima prefecture, the Global Times reported. Seafood imports from the prefecture have been banned by China following the Tōhoku earthquake and resulting nuclear disaster in 2011.

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August 23, 2016 – Press Pieces

On August 23rd, 2016, posted in: Latest News, Press Pieces

August 23, 2016 – NextBigFuture.com – Will A President Hillary Clinton Close Down Nuclear Power Plants? – No. In fact, Clinton generally supports nuclear energy. She does not want any nuclear power plants to close prematurely, particularly the New York Indian Point plant. Clinton has said that “rapidly shutting down our nation’s nuclear power fleet puts ideology ahead of science and would make it harder and costlier to build a clean energy future”, agreeing with EPA chief Gina McCarthy and leading climate scientist Dr. James Hansen. Clinton opposes the Yucca Mountain nuclear repository and supports the Blue Ribbon Commission’s recommendations for our nuclear future.

August 23, 2016 – Daily Mail – China’s latest food scare: 5,000 TONNES ‘radioactive seafood’ are imported by gang of smugglers from polluted Japanese waters – Thousands of tonnes of potentially corrupted and dangerous seafood products have been imported into China over the past couple of years, according to investigators, raising significant health fears. Illegal smugglers allegedly brought in around 5,000 tonnes of contraband seafood from Japan to sell cheaply since 2014, much of it sourced from near the site of the Fukushima nuclear disaster, according to People’s Daily Online. Customs officers in Qingdao, Shandong province, east China, revealed on August 21 that they have seized a large quantity of scallops, king crabs and fish which was being imported by vans licensed in south-west China’s Guangxi province.

August 23, 2016 – Punjab News Express – Shadow over nationwide Radiologist’s strike, Sonologists not joining – Despite the strike call by the Radiologists association, the sonologists who run 70% of the scan centres shall continue working normally. Owing to bitterness amongst the two associations of Radiologists and Sonologists, public will be saved from suffering heat otherwise directed towards government. The Indian Radiological and Imaging Association (IRIA) had given a call of indefinite strike and paralyzing the ultrasound and other radiology work from September 1, 2016. The anguish of Radiologists body is over the fact that talks between radiologists and the union health ministry on amendments of the PC-PNDT Act had failed. According to the radiologists, they continue to face harsh punishments as well as harassment at the hands of authorities, even for minor clerical errors.

August 23, 2016 – Northern California News – E/V Nautilus to carry out first visual survey of WW-II era naval ship – Expedition ship E/V Nautilus will start a cruise from Monday, August 22, to study the Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary (GFNMS) and nearby sanctuary water. In this quest, the vessel will also carry out the first visual survey of the USS Independence, a World War II-era aircraft carrier that was intentionally sunk off San Francisco in 1951. The Nautilus will also live telecast of the survey from 7 to 9 pm ET. In 2015, NOAA has mapped the wreckage with the help of autonomous underwater vehicles. Members involved in the mission have affirmed that the ship will also be imaged for photomosaic and microbathymetry data. NOAA scientists were of the view that the Independence is present 2,600 feet of water off California’s Farallon Islands, but then also it is intact. As per the scientists, the ship’s its hull and flight deck are completely visible. About Independence, it has operated from November 1943 through August 1945 in the central and western Pacific. It was one of the more than 90 vessels present as a target fleet for the Bikini Atoll atomic bomb tests in 1946.

August 23, 2016 – Proactive Investors – NexGen Energy continues to hit high grade uranium near Arrow – NexGen Energy Ltd (CVE:NXE) hailed drill results from multiple holes at the new area 180m southwest of its Arrow deposit on the Rook 1 property in the Athabasca basin, Saskatchewan, which have hit significant high grade uranium. Today’s results are from ten holes from the recently completed winter 2016 drilling program, all of which contained mineralisation. Chief executive of NexGen Leigh Curyer said: “These results confirm the significant expansion potential of Arrow at the 180 m southwest area.

August 23, 2016 – Financial Express – Indore administration’s idea to curb accidents: Stick radium strips on cow horns – In a bid to curb accidents due to vehicles’ collision with stray cows wandering on the streets and roads, Indore administration has come up with an unique idea. The Indore Municipal Corporation with the help of some groups, has started sticking radium strips on cows’ horns and neck belts. These strips glow in the dark and help alert the riders and drivers about the presence of cows on the roads. The riders, after recognising the cow’s presence, may break or turn in time to avoid collision.

August 23, 2016 – Space.com – Probes in Orbit Spot Radiation Belt Zap from the Sun – A probe swinging around Earth through the Van Allen radiation belts was able to pick out near-light-speed electrons following a powerful geomagnetic storm, providing a rare look into the interaction between the belts and the space weather event. A new NASA video explores the shocking phenomenon. The probe witnessed the aftermath of what NASA called “the greatest geomagnetic storm of the preceding decade,” when the sun expelled a burst of charged particles, called a coronal mass ejection, toward Earth in 2015. The interplanetary zap hit Earth’s radiation belts right when a NASA probe was passing through, offering a rare glimpse of the event’s impact.

August 23, 2016 – PhysOrg – Researchers make proton radiation in cancerous tissue visible using ultrasound technology – Using ultrasound technology, physicists from the Munich-Centre for Advanced Photonics make proton radiation in cancerous tissue visible. In future, the irradiation of tumors with protons could become more precise. Medical physicists from the Munich-Centre for Advanced Photonics (MAP) at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU), together with physicists from the Technical University (TUM), the Helmholtz Zentrum München (HMGU) and the Universität der Bundeswehr München (UniBWM) have combined conventional ultrasound technology with proton irradiation of a tumor. Using ionoacoustic technology they developed, they are able to observe the action of proton beams in real time via ultrasound. A large number of tumors can be treated with radiation consisting of protons (positively charged hydrogen atoms), which attack and destroy the cancer cells of the tumor. However, it is crucial that the protons attack and kill only cancerous cells while sparing the surrounding healthy tissue. Doctors must therefore direct the energy of the protons precisely within the tumor in order to have maximum impact on the tumor cells.

August 23, 2016 – Your Nuclear News – 2 million-pound CA20 module safely lifted into Vogtle Unit 4 nuclear island – Georgia Power announced today the completion of another major milestone in the construction of Plant Vogtle Units 3 and 4 near Waynesboro, Ga. On Saturday, the project team successfully placed the CA20 module into the Unit 4 nuclear island. Weighing nearly two million pounds, or 1,000 tons, and towering more than five stories tall, the module is the heaviest lift at the project so far this year. With a footprint of approximately 67 feet long by 47 feet wide, the critical module will house various plant components, including the used fuel storage area. It was lifted into place using a 560-foot tall heavy lift derrick, one of the largest cranes in the world.

August 23, 2016 – Union of concerned Scientists – UCS Causes Meltdowns at US Nuclear Reactors (no, really) – You won’t see it on our website. You won’t find it in materials we mail out to our members. You won’t hear it in the webinars we hold for prospective donors. But UCS caused a meltdown at a U.S. nuclear power reactor. Well, that’s only half the story. UCS caused meltdowns at two U.S. nuclear power reactors. In our defense, they (being the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and the nuclear industry, started it. We only finished it. In March 1996, I still worked in the nuclear industry. Walking through the Charlotte airport, I passed a newsstand with a front window display of four rows by six columns of the current TIME magazine. Two dozen George Galatis faces looked out at me. I’d met George the previous year because we both shared concerns about spent fuel pools in boiling water reactors (Millstone Unit 1 in his case, Susquehanna in mine) and had encountered a Rhett Butler reaction by plants owners and the NRC to the safety concerns (frankly, they just didn’t give a d**n). Eric Pooley’s article in TIME about the NRC’s nonchalance could not be ignored by the federal government any more than I could have failed to notice a window full of Georges that day in Charlotte.

August 23, 2016 – New Europe – As world retreats from nuclear power, Russia pushes faster reactors – In August, a Russia prototype – BN-800 nuclear power reactor started to work at 100% capacity for the first time while an innovative Russian Generation III+ reactor has been connected to the national grid. On August 17, Unit 4 of the Beloyarsk nuclear power plant with BN-800 fast neutron reactor, which should become the most powerful prototype of the commercial reactors of this type, started operating at 100% power for the first time, State Atomic Energy Corporation Rosatom said in a press release. Thus begins the procedure of comprehensive testing of the unit at its rated power. This procedure is a major and final condition in preparation for the delivery of power in commercial operation. During the 15-day comprehensive test the unit will have to confirm that it is able to consistently run at the rated power load in accordance with the design parameters, without deviation.

August 23, 2016 – Interfax-Ukraine – Energoatom seeks to finance building of spent nuclear fuel facility via issue of bonds in U.S. – National Nuclear Generating Company Energoatom seeks to finance building of the centralized spent nuclear fuel storage facility via the issue of securities on the U.S. stock market with the help of Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Energoatom announced the start of negotiations with Bank of America Merrill Lynch regarding coordination of due diligence, drafting preliminary financing conditions, cooperation with OPIC in registering the insurance policy and preparation of documents for the issue of the bonds. The expected cost of the agreement between Energoatom and Bank of America Merrill Lynch is $1.5 million.

August 23, 2016 – Syracuse.com – Companies ask regulators to approve sale of FitzPatrick nuclear plant – The companies involved in the $110 million sale of FitzPatrick nuclear plant have asked New York regulators to approve the transaction by Nov. 18, saying the deal could fall apart without prompt regulatory approval. Entergy Corp., the current owner, and Exelon Corp., the buyer, filed a petition Monday asking the state Public Service Commission to approve the sale. They also will seek approvals soon from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the IRS and other agencies. The sale will be automatically canceled, unless Entergy and Exelon mutually agree to move ahead, if PSC approval and other conditions are not met by Nov. 18, according to a copy of the sales agreement provided to state regulators.

August 23, 2016 – Richmond Register – Estill citizens group wants say in landfill settlement – When state officials take action on the illegal dumping of low-level radioactive fracking waste at an Estill County landfill, the local citizens group wants a “seat at the table.” “The Concerned Citizens of Estill County are not satisfied with the plans by the Energy and Environmental Cabinet to allow mere comments on agreements made between the Cabinet and Advanced Disposal Services,” the group said in a letter to Energy and Environment Cabinet Sec. Charles Snavely. Advanced Disposal Services owns the Estill landfill where 2,000 tons of radioactive waste was illegally dumped.

August 23, 2016 – Guam Daily Post – Indigenous Australians fight nuclear dump plan on sacred land – Enice Marsh remembers the black clouds of “poison stuff” that billowed from the northwest after British atomic bomb tests in the 1950s spread fallout across swathes of South Australia. Now a new kind of radioactivity could head to her ancestral home in the remote Flinders Ranges – a nuclear waste dump. “To me, it feels like a death penalty,” said Marsh, 73, standing in the cemetery of the outback town of Hawker, where many of her relatives are buried under red earth. “We are one big family and the land also is family to us. We care for the land just in the same way we care for our family.” South Australia is at the heart of a debate over the nation’s nuclear future that highlights a familiar tension between quick economic gain and long-term custodianship of land occupied by Aboriginal people for more than 50,000 years.

August 23, 2016 – Food Safety News – Hong Kong still testing food imports for Fukushima’s radiation – More than five years ago on Friday, March 11, 2011, the Great East Japan Earthquake with a magnitude of 9.0 set off a large tsunami sending a 50-foot wall of water over three Fukushima Daiichi reactors. Three of the nuclear cores melted down in the next three days. About 1,600 miles away on the next day, Saturday, March 12, 2011, the Center for Food Safety (CFS) in Hong Kong began stepped up surveillance of fresh foods including milk, vegetables and fruits, imported from Japan for radiation testing. Eleven days later, on Wednesday, March 23, 2011, CFS discovered three samples imported from Japan with radioactivity levels exceeding those considered to be safe by international Codex Alimentarius Commission. CFS is a unit of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department of Hong Kong’s City government, which is part of China. The CFS continues to test those Japanese imports but hasn’t found any additional shipments with unsafe radiation levels.

August 23, 2016 – Los Alamos Daily Post – LANL Scientist David L. Clark Receives 2017 Glenn T. Seaborg Award For Nuclear Chemistry – Los Alamos National Laboratory chemist David L. Clark has been selected as the 2017 recipient of the Glenn T. Seaborg Award for Nuclear Chemistry, sponsored by the American Chemical Society Division of Nuclear Chemistry and Technology. “Dave is well-known for his breadth of accomplishment in actinide synthesis, characterization, and electronic structure elucidation, as well as the development of modern multi-method approaches to the characterization of complex actinide behaviors,” said Alan Bishop, Principal Associate Director of the Laboratory’s Science, Technology and Engineering directorate. Clark was honored for his innovative systematic studies of the fundamental chemistry of actinide elements using novel experimental techniques and giving new insights into chemical bonding of 5f electrons.

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August 22, 2016 – Press Pieces

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

August 22, 2016 – Environmental Leader – The Granddaddy of the Climate Change Movement is Trying to Save Nuclear Energy in California – Nuclear power has a powerful advocate: James Hansen, the grandfather of the climate change movement. His latest move is to step on behalf of Pacific Gas & Electric’s Diablo Canyon, which is set to retire in 2025. He is asking California’s governor to have the public utility commission delay its decision to close the power plant until the state legislature can weigh in. “There are serious questions about whether this proposal is good for ratepayers, the environment and the climate,” Hansen and other prominent scientists have written to Governor Jerry Brown. California’s aim of cutting carbon emissions by 80 percent by mid Century won’t be reached if the 17,600 gigawatt hours that the plant cranks are retired. That’s 9 percent of the state’s electric generation and 21 percent of its low-carbon generation. “If Diablo closes it will be replaced mainly by natural gas, and California’s carbon dioxide emissions will rise,” the letter states.

August 22, 2016 – Las Vegas Review-Journal – Heller predicts new move to build Yucca Mountain after Reid retires – U.S. Sen. Dean Heller thinks there will be a new effort to kick-start the Yucca Mountain Project after one of its most powerful and outspoken opponents, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, leaves office at the end of the year. Heller, speaking at a Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce luncheon Thursday, said some members of Congress see the Nevadan’s exit as an opportunity to build the high-level nuclear waste repository in Nevada, 100 miles northwest of Las Vegas. Heller, R-Nev., said the push for the long-debated and hotly contested repository never really disappeared under the strong opposition from Reid, at one point considered the most powerful Democrat in the nation, and then President Barack Obama. Some current members of Congress are there “for only one purpose,” he said: to get the site up and running.

August 22, 2016 – PhysOrg – Improved tests of the weak nuclear force from beta decay – Studies of beta decay, which involves an electron and antineutrino being emitted from a nucleus, can reveal new properties of the weak nuclear force—one of the four fundamental forces in the universe. Scientists performed an exquisitely precise measurement of the angular distribution of neutrinos emerging from beta decay using a completely novel approach to the experimental challenge of revealing the extremely subtle imprint of tensor interactions, subtle processes that have long defied measurement due to their modest imprint on nuclear processes. These new measurements will help hone our theoretical understanding of the weak force; such understanding could one day lead to a deeper understanding of the inner workings of our sun and other stars as well as provide valuable insights for fusion energy. The results are consistent with current particle physics theories and set general limits on possible additional contributions to the weak nuclear force.

August 22, 2016 – Buffalo News – Department of Energy needs to provide more information on planned shipments of liquid nuclear waste – The bureaucrats in Washington should consider slowing down plans for truck transport of high-level liquid nuclear waste over the Peace Bridge and across Western New York’s highways on its way to a South Carolina processing facility. This process could start as early as September and, as opponents claim, without the proper environmental reviews and public comment. After years of protest, letters, legislation and finally a lawsuit, the U.S. Department of Energy has failed to satisfactorily address concerns. If, as the agency claims, the process poses no threat to the public from terrorism or environmental hazard, then it should have no problem addressing the point-by-point issues that have been brought by various groups and a congressman. Given the issues, the department owes Western New York – and all along the trucks’ potential routes – at least that much.

August 22, 2016 – WEKU 88.9 – Advocacy Group Wants Role in Landfill Cleanup Negotiations – A citizens group wants representation at the table as the state of Kentucky negotiates the clean-up of radioactive waste at a Central Kentucky landfill. The best a state official is offering is to hear citizen comments. Representatives with the Energy and Environmental Cabinet are talking with Advanced Disposal Services. It’s the owner of the Estill County landfill where 2,000 tons of radioactive waste was illegally dumped. Concerned Citizens of Estill County is asking that two of its members be included in negotiations. Mary Cromer is with the Appalachian Citizens’ Law Center. She says there needs to be transparency in the process and adds, so far that hasn’t happened. “There was an initial meeting with state officials back in March, but the state has pretty much been silent since then,” noted Cromer.

August 22, 2016 – Consumer Eagle – Perma Fix Environmental Services Inc Has Another Bullish Trade, Fundamental Global Investors Bought Stake! – Fundamental Global Investors filed with the SEC SC 13D/A form for Perma Fix Environmental Services Inc. The form can be accessed here: 000114420416120407. As reported in Fundamental Global Investors’s form, the filler as of late owns 7.1% or 817,016 shares of the Industrials–company. Perma Fix Environmental Services Inc stake is a new one for the and it was filed because of activity on August 3, 2016. We feel this shows Fundamental Global Investors’s positive view for the stock.

August 22, 2016 – OpenPR – Nuclear Medicine Market to Cross US$ 4.5 Billion by 2021 – Market Research Engine has published a new report titled as “Nuclear Medicine/Radiopharmaceuticals Market by Type (Diagnostic (SPECT – Technetium, PET – F-18), Therapeutic (Beta Emitters – I-131, Alpha Emitters, Brachytherapy – Y-90) & by Application (Oncology, Thyroid, Cardiology) – Global Forecasts to 2021”. The nuclear medicine market is expected to exceed more than US$ 4.5 billion by 2021 growing at around 9.0% CAGR for the given forecast period. Nuclear medicine is special category in medical branch used for diagnosis and treatment of disease in a safe and painless way. Nuclear medicine contain radioactive material which combined called as radiopharmaceutical. The small quantity of radiopharmaceutical is given into human body in the form of injection or swallowing. It goes to specific location of a body where there could be disease or abnormality. It emits radiation called gamma rays and contains gamma camera which helps nuclear medicine physician to see inside the body. It takes pictures of inner body which helps physician to diagnose patients’ disease.

August 22, 2016 – Optics.org – NASA mission to map asteroid using lidar and spectrometers – A NASA mission to investigate an asteroid in unprecedented detail with a variety of photonics-based equipment is set to launch September 8 from Cape Canaveral in Florida. Kitted out with a lidar altimeter, visible-IR spectrometers and a trio of cameras, the “OSIRIS-REx” mission (short for Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer) is aiming to generate new insights into planet formation and the origin of life on Earth. Arizona scientists are heavily involved in the mission, with Dante Lauretta from the University of Arizona in Tucson heading things up as principal investigator. “The launch of OSIRIS-REx is the beginning a seven-year journey to return pristine samples from asteroid Bennu,” said Lauretta. “The team has built an amazing spacecraft, and we are well-equipped to investigate Bennu and return with our scientific treasure.”

August 22, 2016 – The Guardian – Radon from fracking will not be a threat – In his letter (11 August) Dr David Lowry raised the issue of radon and shale gas quoting studies in Pennsylvania and sought to reinforce his own views by quoting from a study undertaken by Public Health England in 2014. Let me quote the same study, which states, “caution is required when extrapolating experiences in other countries to the UK since the mode of operation, underlying geology and regulatory environment are likely to be different” and “the PHE position remains, therefore, that the shale gas extraction process poses a low risk to human health if properly run and regulated”.

August 22, 2016 – PhysOrg – Scientists create method to obtain the most precise data for thermonuclear reactors – Researchers from the National Research Nuclear University, working as part of an IAEA project, have created the most accurate method to date of obtaining the data needed to reliably operate a thermonuclear reactor. The results were published in the Journal of Nuclear Materials. Thermonuclear facilities attempt to generate electricity using thermonuclear fusion reactions like those that drive the sun. The largest thermonuclear fusion project is ITER, which is currently under construction in France. Constructing thermonuclear reactors poses a number of challenges. For example, choosing the material for the most energetically tense reactor elements, which are in contact with thermonuclear plasma, is difficult. Tungsten is a material of interest, though specialists are still unsure how this metal will behave in the conditions of a working fusion reactor. In particular, researchers are interested in tungsten’s interaction with one of the components of thermonuclear fuel, the radioactive hydrogen isotope tritium. One potential problem is defects of plasma-facing reactor walls caused by tritium radiation.

August 22, 2016 – High Country News – Nuclear power divides California’s environmentalists – At the end of June, nearly 100 environmentalists marched through the streets of Oakland, California, stopping to picket an unlikely foe: the Sierra Club. While most of their comrades waved signs outside the concrete building’s expansive front windows, a small group took the elevators upstairs to the main office and began chanting: “We’re on a mission to stop all emissions!” “We love you, and we’re behind you,” declared Eric Meyer, organizer of the march. “But you’re wrong about one thing: nuclear power.” The protest followed Pacific Gas & Electric’s announcement that it would close the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant in 2025. PG&E executives said it would be too expensive to install the new cooling towers and seismic upgrades needed to keep it open. Both the Sierra Club and the Natural Resources Defense Council pushed for the closure because they say that there’s no long-term disposal method for nuclear waste, and the plants consume too much water. But environmentalists like Meyer argue that Diablo Canyon is currently California’s single largest producer of carbon-free power, and closing it will derail the state’s ambitious efforts to phase out fossil fuels. California already leads the nation in renewable energy, with 22 percent of its electricity coming from geothermal, wind and solar. By 2030, it hopes to more than double that figure.

August 22, 2016 – Los Angeles Times – Nuclear accident in New Mexico ranks among the costliest in U.S. history – When a drum containing radioactive waste blew up in an underground nuclear dump in New Mexico two years ago, the Energy Department rushed to quell concerns in the Carlsbad desert community and quickly reported progress on resuming operations. The early federal statements gave no hint that the blast had caused massive long-term damage to the dump, a facility crucial to the nuclear weapons cleanup program that spans the nation, or that it would jeopardize the Energy Department’s credibility in dealing with the tricky problem of radioactive waste. But the explosion ranks among the costliest nuclear accidents in U.S. history, according to a Times analysis. The long-term cost of the mishap could top $2 billion, an amount roughly in the range of the cleanup after the 1979 partial meltdown at the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant in Pennsylvania.

August 22, 2016 – London School of Business & Finance – Wind and solar power could challenge nuclear energy – One of Hinkley Point’s main advantages is offering continuous, “on-all-the-time” power. However, technology and its lower costs may be erasing the need for the plant to be built. One of those technologies is hi-tech battery storage. Currently being researched are lithium-air, sodium-ion and redox flow batteries. These all offer better energy options if developed, and will be cheaper than electricity. Their potential for energy storage will address complaints that wind and solar are intermittent. The green industry also believes that renewables are cheaper and that they will make the Hinkley project unnecessary. Solarcentury (a solar panel maker) Founder, Jeremy Leggett, said: “Finally the message is getting through that Hinkley, and indeed nuclear, make no sense today simply because wind and solar are cheaper. If we accelerate renewables in the UK, we can get to 100% renewable power well before 2050.”

August 22, 2016 – Sputnik International – Russia Unique in Being Able to Use Fast Breeder Reactors in Nuclear Industry – Russia is the only country able to introduce fast breeder reactors into the nuclear industry, Boris Vasiliev, chief designer of the Fast Neutron Reactors Department in Rosatom’s Afrikantov Experimental Design Bureau for Mechanical Engineering (OKBM Afrikantov) said. “Currently, Russia is the only country in the world able to introduce fast neutron reactors into the nuclear power industry. This is because only in Russia have studies of all stages of BN technologies been completed… I must mention the initiative by Russian nuclear experts to develop leading fast breeder reactors under a project named Proryv [Breakthrough]. The main aim of the next stage is to create the pilot and demonstration reactor [called] BREST-300. If it works successfully, it will give us an additional opportunity to develop components of fast breeder reactors,” Vasiliev told RIA Novosti in an interview.

August 22, 2016 – Hartford Courant – Kevin Rennie: Our Bipartisan Battle Against Nuclear Waste Dump – Last week, I wrote about the treachery accompanying the passage of the income tax I witnessed as a state representative 25 years ago this month. It was not, however, the only issue that commanded my attention that year. At a time when cynicism is flourishing, it’s important to hear this story of citizens and their representatives defeating a government plan thought to have been unstoppable. On June 10, 1991, a state agency announced that it had chosen three prospective sites in East Windsor, Ellington and South Windsor for a nuclear waste dump. John Larson, Ed Graziani and I were the legislators for the three towns. With nearby representatives Joe Courtney and Nancy Wyman, we became an unlikely and united bipartisan quintet in fighting this disorienting move by a government agency, the Low Level Hazardous Management Service. An ill-considered federal law required states to take more responsibility for disposing of the radioactive waste generated within their borders. Connecticut and New Jersey had entered into an agreement that required each state to build a facility for storing certain types of radioactive waste.

August 22, 2016 – Cape Cod Times – Challenge to nuclear waste facility heads to trial – After two years of waiting, neighbors of Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station will go to trial Monday in state Land Court to challenge construction of a massive storage facility for nuclear spent fuel on plant property. The lawsuit, filed in 2014 by a handful of residents who live within two miles of the plant, alleges that the nuclear waste facility will affect property values. The town of Plymouth improperly granted permits to Entergy, Pilgrim’s owner-operator, in 2013, they say. They contend a special permit process with a public hearing should have been required. Defendants in the case are Entergy; Plymouth Building Commissioner Paul McAuliffe, who issued a building permit for a concrete pad where massive dry casks would store spent fuel; and members of the Plymouth Zoning Board of Appeals, who upheld the building commissioner’s actions.

August 22, 2016 – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – Clean energy doesn’t require a nuclear renaissance – Edward H. Klevans (“Nuclear Power’s Time Has Come,” Aug. 12 Perspectives) praises New York state for providing clean energy credits to keep its otherwise uncompetitive nuclear plants running and finds “an overwhelming case for […] reliance on, and expansion of, America’s nuclear energy infrastructure.” Market reality suggests a limited and temporary role for nuclear power. In California, Pacific Gas & Electric Co. announced in June that it will phase out Diablo Canyon’s two nuclear reactors over nine years, because they’re too costly to operate and not necessary. Its output will be replaced entirely by efficiency and renewables, burning no fossil fuels, emitting no carbon and costing $1 billion less (net present value through 2044) than continuing to run the high-performing plant (estimated savings according to the National Resource Defense Council).

August 22, 2016 – Amarillo Globe News – Officials, dignitaries gather for Pantex groundbreaking – National dignitaries gathered Thursday for the groundbreaking of the new Pantex Administrative Center, which will house up to 1,100 office employees. “It’s pretty remarkable that this will take roughly a third of the workforce at Pantex that work in conditions that, if anything, are unsure,” said U.S. Secretary of Energy Dr. Ernest Moniz. “It’s a new chapter, a chapter of modernization. It’s already been said that we have a great challenge ahead of us in terms of the life extension of our (nuclear stockpile).” The 343,000-square-foot building is the culmination of 16 months of planning by Consolidated Nuclear Security, the company that manages the Pantex Plant, and the National Nuclear Security Administration. Construction is expected to be finished in spring of 2018. The building will be located at the intersection of Farm-to-Market Road 2373 and U.S. Highway 60.

August 22, 2016 – AlterNet – The Toxic Legacy of Racism and Nuclear Waste Is Very Much Still With Us in Los Alamos – The air is crisp, cool and fresh. The sun is warm, but not too much. Residents picnic at a pond complete with cruising swans and ducks. The vistas of the Jemez Mountains and the mesas of the Pajarito Plateau are breathtaking. Flowers are in bloom. Everything is green. The historical structures are quaint and rustic, ranch-style houses made of wood and corrugated tin. The city is quiet and peaceful, a perfect slice of small-town America. It’s difficult at times to remember that this is the part of the world where the nuclear bomb was invented. It’s hard to picture the hundreds of thousands who died in Hiroshima and Nagasaki while standing in this environment, filling your lungs with fresh air; difficult to imagine the sounds of the celebrations that ensued after receiving the news via telegram from Truman while you listen to the wind rustle through the trees. No one could hear the screams of burning children halfway across the world from all the way up here.

August 22, 2016 – Deseret News – For future nuclear electric power, small is the answer – Small modular nuclear reactors, combined with renewables, are the only opportunity we have to achieve such reductions in carbon emissions and control global warming. On the horizon are U.S.-designed small modular nuclear reactors (SMRs) that range from 50 megawatts to 300 megawatts electrical power output. Like renewables (wind and solar), SMRs produce no air pollution or global warming gases, but SMRs are also capable of generating base load electrical power on demand. Almost 50 companies are creating designs for SMRs using 21st-century technology and enhanced features. These designs include modularity, efficient factory construction, rapid siting and exceptional safe operation. Very important is that SMRs are less expensive and easier and faster to site and build than conventional 1,200-megawatt nuclear plants. Reliance on renewables as now pursued by Germany has resulted in 37 cents per kilowatt-hour in U.S. dollars compared with France (75 percent nuclear base) at 17 cents per kilowatt-hour and Utah at 11 cents per kilowatt-hour.

August 22, 2016 – SF Gate – Scientists to examine WWII carrier that survived nuclear tests – Scientists aboard an ocean research ship moored at the Embarcadero are preparing to probe the sunken remains of an American aircraft carrier that was blasted by atom bombs at Bikini during the first postwar tests of the nation’s nuclear firepower. Marine archaeologists and biologists aboard the E/V Nautilus — its initials stand for Exploration Vessel — said Thursday that they will use a remotely operated underwater vehicle to take the first new photographs of the Independence, the famed World War II aircraft carrier that survived the first Bikini atom bomb tests in the Pacific in 1946 and was later used to train sailors for radiation readiness at Hunters Point. The ship was finally sunk by the Navy in 1951 and now lies in 2,600 feet of water near the borders of the Monterey Bay and Greater Farallones national marine sanctuaries.

August 22, 2016 – KREM 2 – Legal papers depict Hanford managers eager to cut back on safety – Legal documents filed by the Washington state attorney general, the advocacy group Hanford challenge and the local 598 pipefitters union detail a trail of decisions by managers at Hanford that, according to the records, explain why a record number of workers have been exposed to suspected chemical vapors and are suffering adverse health effects from them in the last three months. The documents paint a picture of a government contractor eager to cut back on safety protections for the workforce, even during some of the most hazardous work conducted in years. Then, the attorney general and Hanford challenge contend managers didn’t respond accordingly, but instead looked the other way as workers began getting sick in record numbers.

August 22, 2016 – USNRC Press Release (08/19/16) – NRC Makes Yucca Mountain Hearing Documents Publicly Available – The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has made nearly 3.7 million documents from the adjudicatory hearing on the proposed nuclear waste repository at Nevada’s Yucca Mountain publicly available in the agency’s online documents database. The documents were formerly part of the Licensing Support Network (LSN) created to allow various parties and the public access to documents needed for the hearing on the Department of Energy’s request for a construction authorization for the repository. The NRC’s Atomic Safety and Licensing Boards had admitted nearly 300 contentions from various parties challenging aspects of DOE’s application. The LSN was shut down when the hearing was suspended in September 2011 after Congress reduced funding.

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