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August 19, 2016 – Press Pieces

On August 19th, 2016, posted in: Latest News, Press Pieces

August 19, 2016 – Nevada Appeal – Heller: Don’t force Yucca on Nevada – Sen. Dean Heller says the nation needs a program to dispose of and store nuclear fuel and radioactive waste but Yucca Mountain isn’t the answer. In a letter to House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee chairman John Shimkus, the Nevada Republican urged him not to try to revive the defunct Yucca Mountain repository project. Shimkus is holding hearings focused on doing just that. “I fully appreciate the importance to Illinois, which is home to more nuclear power plants than any other state in the nation, that progress is made,” he said. “With that said, that solution is not forcing the burden on Nevada, a state that has never had a nuclear power plant.” Heller pointed out the Department of Energy last year began an initiative to find communities willing to host a waste storage and disposal facility. He said that program is “the only viable long-term solution to our nation’s nuclear waste problem.”

August 19, 2016 – New Baltimore Voice – Cause of massive fire at St. Clair Power Plant under investigation – Authorities are investigating the cause of a massive fire that raged for more than 10 hours at the St. Clair Power Plant in East China Township Thursday and Friday. The fire broke out at the DTE plant on Recor Road at about 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Fire crews extinguished the blaze at about 4:45 a.m. Friday and continue to monitor the facility for rekindling. All employees were evacuated from the building with no injuries reported. Small radioactive sources used in level gauges are present in piping inside the facility, but pose no threat to first responders or the public, St. Clair County officials stated in a press release. Monitoring of all hazardous materials that could pose a threat will continue throughout the response.

August 19, 2016 – Blackburn News – Opposition Growing Against Trucking Radioactive Waste – A proposal to truck highly radioactive liquid waste 1,000 miles through the United States and Canada isn’t sitting well with many environmentalists. The US Department of Energy wants to transport the material from Chalk River, near Ottawa, to the Savannah River site in South Carolina. Beyond Nuclear Radioactive Waste Specialist Kevin Kamps believes this has never been done via truck and says it would set a dangerous precedent. “We’re worried about the Bluewater Bridge, Sault St. Marie, and Interstate 75 traversing much of Michigan as well as Interstate 69,” says Kamps.

August 19, 2016 – PhysOrg – Method to entangle thousands of atoms could lead to record clock stability – Physicists have proposed a method for entangling hundreds of atoms, and then entangling a dozen or so groups of these hundreds of atoms, resulting in a quantum network of thousands of entangled atoms. Since small bundles of these entangled groups can function as atomic clocks, this design is the first detailed proposal for a quantum network of atomic clocks. The scientists estimate that, if realized, these clocks will have an order of magnitude greater stability than today’s best atomic clocks. Superstable clocks are critical for measuring astronomical effects such as gravitational waves and, potentially, dark matter.

August 19, 2016 – Santa Fe New Mexican – Navajo Nation gets federal funds for mine cleanup – The Navajo Nation will receive more than $300,000 for cleanup work at abandoned uranium mines through a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The $328,847 will cover the costs of cleanup work for the next 14 months, and additional grant funding may be available after that, the EPA has said. More than $100 million has been spent remediating the mine sites, but the work likely will require hundreds of millions of dollars more. Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye said in a statement that the mining occurred decades ago, and companies that mined the sites have become difficult to identify and hold accountable.

August 19, 2016 – KYForward.com – Public health researchers, geologists combine to create radon risk potential maps for state, 15 counties – University of Kentucky health researchers and geologists combined their research on radon and created a map that shows which parts of Kentucky have the highest risk of radon exposure, and most recently created maps that focus on 15 counties, according to a UK news release. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer. “It is a collaboration between two disciplines that might not traditionally be seen as related,” Ellen Hahn, a professor in the UK College of Nursing, said in the release. “There is a new and emerging emphasis on geology as we think about other disciplines, in this case, nursing and public health.”

August 19, 2016 – Tasnim News Agency – Over-The-Counter Laser Pointers A Threat to Eyesight – Some laser pointers that can be bought over the counter are unsafe to the point that they can cause blindness, report researchers. Laser pointers bought legally for less than $AU30 are a threat to eyesight — with one pointer found to be 127 times over the Australian legal limit. RMIT University researchers in Melbourne, Australia, found that green lasers were most dangerous, with all four models tested failing Australian standards. Now they are calling on government to consider banning green lasers. In the meantime, they are recommending authorities to implement stringent testing and quality control.

August 19,2016 – Tecake.in – Hawking Radiation studied and proved in a new study, for the first time – Black hole remained a mystery as knowing anything about it was quite difficult, until now. A virtual hole has been created in a lab and studied, showing that some particles can escape black holes. Scientists believed that black hole traps whatever enters it, the reason that the name is ‘black hole’, and nothing can come out of it. In 1975 Stephen Hawking, the popular physicist came up with the theory that black holes are not completely black and that some particles known as ‘Hawking Radiations’ can escape through it, this can happen only when a particle and its antimatter are situated at the edge of the hole, in this case either of them escapes the black hole along with its energy. The energy loss results in shrinking the black hole. Jeff Steinhauer, a physicist at the Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa chilled atoms in a test-tube to create black hole, phonons were created inside it, which are pairs of sound particles that were made to move very fast inside the liquid which was Bose-Enistein condensate of rubidium-87 atoms. This resulted in moving away of one particle when the liquid was sped up to the speed of light, other particles escaped. The same experiment was repeated for 4600 times and conclusion was made, though it did not show anything about light but sound works just fine with it.

August 19, 2016 – Standardmedia.co.ke – How phones can actually cause cancer – The debate whether cell phone use can cause cancer and other tumors has been ranging for some time now. Though medical experts worldwide differ on this, some like Ruchira Misra are convinced of the effects of prolonged cell-phone usage. Dr. Misra, a consultant Pediatric Hematologist and Oncologist at Fortis Memorial Research Institute in India, believes that prolonged use of mobile phones exposes the user to radio frequency radiation which can cause cancer. “There are not enough studies to prove this; but we have seen that there is radiation exposure from the batteries that can cause cancer, and so should not be held close,” said Misra. The doctor wrote to the family of a 15-year-old girl fighting for her life for the past three years with T cell Rich B cell Lymphoma, saying the condition was as a result of exposure to cell phone radiation.

August 19, 2016 – Nature World – NASA Van Allen Probe Glimpses How Radiation Belts Become ‘Supercharged’ – On March 17, 2015, the Earth was under attack from the Sun. A great solar flare caused an interplanetary shockwave that rippled through the Earth’s magnetic field, creating one of the greatest solar storms in the last decade. The solar flare, which is called coronal mass ejection of CME, resulted in a geomagnetic storm that shook the Earth’s Van Allen radiation belts – the region in the Earth’s outer atmosphere held in place by the magnetic field. Fortunately, NASA’s Van Allen Probes were there to capture the rare phenomenon on their instruments, which were detailed in a paper published in the Journal of Geophysical Research. “We study radiation belts because they pose a hazard to spacecraft and astronauts,” David Sibeck, the Van Allen Probes mission scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, who was not involved in the research, said in a statement.

August 19, 2016 – ForexTV.com – Order from two customers in Belgium for C-RAD systems – C-RAD has secured an order for a Catalyst HD™, a Catalyst™ system and a Sentinel 4DCT™ system for two radiation therapy centers in Belgium. The order has a total value of 6.1 MSEK. The Catalyst HD™ and Catalyst will be delivered with the complete software configuration containing modules for Respiratory Gating, Patient Setup and Positioning, and Motion Monitoring, as well as interfaces to Varian and Elekta linear accelerators and the respective CT imaging modality. The customers also selected C-RAD’s unique audio-visual couching functionality, which supports an interactive gating mode. Delivery and installation are expected to start in September 2016. Sales and marketing for the C-RAD products in Belgium and the Netherlands is carried out by the Dutch company AEP International B.V. AEP International has more than 35 years of experience marketing and selling high-quality linear accelerator components, as well as representing many renowned RT brands in the Benelux area.

August 19, 2016 – Asahi Shimbun – Panel: TEPCO’s ‘ice wall’ failing at Fukushima nuclear plant – Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s “frozen wall of earth” has failed to prevent groundwater from entering the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, and the utility needs a new plan to address the problem, experts said. An expert panel with the Nuclear Regulation Authority received a report from TEPCO on the current state of the project on Aug. 18. The experts said the ice wall project, almost in its fifth month, has shown little or no success. “The plan to block groundwater with a frozen wall of earth is failing,” said panel member Yoshinori Kitsutaka, a professor of engineering at Tokyo Metropolitan University. “They need to come up with another solution, even if they keep going forward with the plan.”

August 19, 2016 – Mondaq Review – Canada: The Unlikely Intersection Of Nuclear Fallout And Green Energy – Will the world’s largest atomic fallout exclusion zone one day host the world’s largest solar farm? The infamous nuclear disaster at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, near Pripyat in Soviet Ukraine, occurred 30 years ago. A fire and series of explosions in one of the plant’s reactors caused the largescale release of radiation across parts of Belarus, Ukraine, Russia, and other parts of Europe. Despite extensive containment and decontamination efforts, lingering radiation in the area immediately surrounding the site of the meltdown has rendered the land uninhabitable for humans, likely for centurties. Other uses of the land, such as forestry or farming, have also been deemed too risky. As a result, a large swathe of once-viable land in northern Ukraine sits unused.

August 19, 2016 – Business Review – Romanian politicians react to US nuclear weapons transfer reports – The report by Euractiv.ro that the United States has started the transfer of nuclear weapons from Turkey’s Incirlik Air Base to the Deveselu air base in Romania has triggered numerous reactions from Romania’s politicians. The country’s Ministry of Defense denied yesterday the reports, which he dismissed as “speculations.” According to Euractiv.ro, the weapons are being transferred due to the worsening of relations between Washington and Ankara. The Incirlik Air Base is located 10 km east of Ankara. “What I can tell you is that there were no talks, neither at political level, nor at specialized level to this end. There is no thinking, no plan in this direction. Therefore, absolutely, we can only call such reports speculations,” Romanian Defence Minister Mihnea Motoc spoke from Buzau, where he attended Romania’s 2nd Army centennial celebrations.

August 19, 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 19, 2016 – Nature World News – ‘Secret Clocks’ In Tree-Rings Could Date Events From Thousands of Years Ago – Trees that grew during intense radiation bursts hold “secret clocks” that could pinpoint historical events in world history, scientists said. According to researchers at Oxford University, massive solar storms caused intense radiation bursts to impact the Earth sometime in 775 and 994 AD, which caused large concentrations of radiocarbon to be trapped inside the trees growing during that period. “Variations in atmospheric radiocarbon concentration are largely the result of carbon dioxide emissions from activity from volcanoes and the ocean, but they are also influenced by changes in solar activity,” Michael Dee from the School of Archaeology at the University of Oxford and lead author of the study said in a press release. “The spikes in 775 and 994AD were almost vertical and of comparable magnitude all around the Earth. Such markers can be easily identified in known-age tree-rings and are fixed in time.

August 19, 2016 – Democracy & Freedom Watch – Georgian drivers can now check if their car is radioactive – Georgian drivers can now get their car examined for radioactivity. But why would they want to do that? The new radiation control service became available on Wednesday and will be handled by the agency for nuclear and radiation security of the Environment Ministry. The ministry’s unusual concern for radioactive cars is related to the fact many of the vehicles seen driving along Georgian roads have been imported from Japan, which experienced a nuclear disaster at the Fukushima power plant in 2011. Vasil Gedevanishvli, head of the agency, told DFWatch that even though cars are examined at the border control, it will now be possible for drivers to voluntarily approach the agency and re-check their car. Checking the car for nuclear radiation cost 50 laris and takes 15-20 minutes.

August 19, 2016 – Express Tribune – How well prepared are we to deal with any possible fallout of a radioactive disaster – August marks the anniversaries of the United States (US) attack on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan. The World War II nuclear bombing killed 90% of Hiroshima’s population while tens of thousands died later due to radiation exposure. In Nagasaki, an estimated 40,000 people were killed. Today, despite consistent rise in nation states’ interest in building and expanding their nuclear capability, a combination of stringent safeguards and international diplomacy has largely reduced the threat of a repeat of a Hiroshima/Nagasaki. However, bombing is not the only way for toxic levels of radioactivity to make its way to common people’s lives. In the past 70 years, 440 radiation accidents have occurred worldwide, largely linked to nuclear power plants. A critical nuclear plant accident not only demand intensive disaster response in terms of addressing the radiation contamination, but states are required to undertake massive operations for evacuation and resettlement, while also dealing with psycho-social impacts of the disaster, and resurrect of a shattered economy.

August 19, 2016 – The Conversation – Nuclear power deserves a level playing field – In one of the courses I teach at Penn State, we discuss the characteristics of an ideal electricity production portfolio for the United States and consider what form of energy policy would best achieve it. The class typically identifies the most important factors as cost, reliability of supply, public safety and environmental impact. Students also cite other characteristics, such as national security, domestic availability of fuels and technologies, and electric grid stability. Because no real-world energy source fulfills all of these characteristics, we have to make compromises to find an optimal combination of energy sources. Ideally a well-designed national energy policy would give us a framework for making these choices by balancing short-term goals, such as cost, against long-term goals, such as environmental protection. However, there really is no coherent long-term energy policy in the United States. What exists instead is an ad hoc hodgepodge of subsidies, taxes and regulations differing across regions of the country, that, along with the free market, end up determining what energy sources are used for the production of electricity. In particular, we have no carbon tax to penalize carbon-emitting technologies.

August 19, 2016 – The Daily Caller – Report: Nuke Commission Improperly Stores Classified Info, Jeopardizes Govt Secrets – U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) officials are jeopardizing sensitive government secrets by processing and storing classified information on seven unauthorized systems, according to a new NRC Inspector General (IG) report. “NRC has national security systems that were operating without the required authorizations to operate, contrary to federal and internal requirements,” the IG said. The problem developed because of unclear or confusing policies and procedures for operating national security systems. As a result, the commission — which licenses, inspects and enforces regulations for commercial nuclear power plants and other uses of nuclear materials — violated Committee on National Security Standards (CNSS) rules requiring authorization for all national security systems.

August 19, 2016 – The Conversation – Compete or suckle: Should troubled nuclear reactors be subsidized? – Since the 1950s, U.S. nuclear power has commanded immense taxpayer and customer subsidy based on promises of economic and environmental benefits. Many of these promises are unfulfilled, but new ones take their place. More subsidies follow. Today the nuclear industry claims that keeping all operating reactors running for many years, no matter how uneconomic they become, is essential in order to reach U.S. climate change targets. Economics have always challenged U.S. reactors. After more than 100 construction cancellations and cost overruns costing up to US$5 billion apiece, Forbes Magazine in 1985 called nuclear power “the greatest managerial disaster in business history…only the blind, or the biased, can now think that most of the money [$265 billion by 1990] has been well spent.” U.S. Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) Chair Lewis Strauss’ 1954 promise that electric power would be “too cheap to meter” is today used to mock nuclear economics, not commend them.

August 19, 2016 – WBFO 88.7 – Legal fight underway to keep nuclear waste out of WNY – Radioactive liquid nuclear waste may soon be shipped across the Peace Bridge and through Western New York. As that reality looms, several organizations have joined forces to block the plan. The plan includes shipping nearly 6,000 gallons of liquid nuclear across the Peace Bridge. Experts say people in vehicles next to the trucks would be exposed to radiation. The groups, including the Sierra Club, have filed a lawsuit in federal court to stop the nuclear waste shipments. Under the U.S. Department of Energy’s plan, about 150 tractor-trailer loads of highly radioactive waste would travel a thousand miles from Chalk River, Ontario through Buffalo to a DOE processing site in South Carolina. Highly radioactive material from Chalk River, Ontario would be shipped through Buffalo in casks like this on tractor trailers. “This weapons-grade uranium is essentially the same kind of material that was in the Hiroshima bomb,” said Dr. Gordon Edwards with the Canadian Coalition for Nuclear Responsibility.

August 19, 2016 – Sputnik News – Radioactive Waste Leak at New York Nuke Plant Left Unrepaired for Years – An unrepaired New York nuclear power plant has been leaking highly-radioactive waste for at least four years, and those responsible will likely evade prosecution. According to a quarterly inspection report by the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), the leak at the Fitzpatrick plant is of “very low safety significance” in the immediate future, as it is in a contained area, but regulators warn that it will make the site far more difficult to decontaminate when the reactor is shut down. The NRC has stated that plant owner Entergy Corp. has not repaired the leak, despite knowing about it for four years and considering the uncontrolled radioactivity to be a “more than minor significance.”

August 19, 2016 – NY Newsday – Right move to save nuclear plants – The recent passage of a new Clean Energy Standard makes New York a leader in recognizing nuclear power’s crucial role in our energy portfolio and in the protection of our environment [“Cash to aid nuke plants,” News, Aug. 2]. The Public Service Commission’s support for nuclear plants means that we’re one step closer to achieving the ambitious and important goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent (from 1990 levels) by 2030. The new CES is a win because billions of dollars in economic activity and state and local taxes are provided by our nuclear fleet. Our workers, families, and communities win because they benefit from thousands of good-paying jobs. Our environment wins because nuclear generation in New York prevents the emission of 15.5 million metric tons of carbon each year. One important step remains: The state should drop its opposition to the relicensing of the Indian Point nuclear plant, which produces fully 20 percent of New York’s clean power and prevents the emission of 6.5 million metric tons of carbon annually.

August 19, 2016 – Odessa American – Andrews County judge appointed to state nuclear waste commission – Gov. Greg Abbott reappointed Andrew County Judge Richard Dolgener and a Waco health physicist to a state commission charged with managing and disposing of low level radioactive waste while maintaining public welfare. The governor announced the appointments to the the Low-Level Radioactive Waste Disposal Compact Commission on Wednesday. Dolgener was reappointed with Linda Kay Morris, an associate professor at the Texas State Technical College Environmental Health and Safety Technology Department. Their terms expire on Sept. 1, 2021.

August 19, 2016 – Las Vegas Sun – Metro Police seek help finding 2 gauges with radioactive material – Authorities seek the public’s help finding two missing bright-yellow cases carrying gauges with radioactive material. According to Metro Police: The cases, which contain gauges with two radioactive isotopes, went missing last week in the Las Vegas Valley. They’re safe when handled by a trained technician, but others should “use extreme caution.”

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August 18, 2016 – Press Pieces

On August 18th, 2016, posted in: Latest News, Press Pieces

August 18, 2016 – KLAS 8 – Metro searching for stolen nuclear density gauges – The Metro Police Department is assisting the Division of Public Health in investigating the whereabouts of two stolen nuclear density gauges. According to Metro, the density gauges, which are used to determine soil compaction and contain two radioactive isotopes, were stolen from the 4000 block of Meadow Valley Lane on Aug. 11. Geotechnical engineer Chris Guertin does his work out of a laboratory built in his garage. Guertin tests concrete while gathering research to make sure casinos, homes and other buildings don’t topple over on soil. Guertin’s research requires the right tools and says he went inside his home for only a few minutes. “I come in and out of the office a lot and then at one point the gauges are gone,” Guertin said. “This is a no-nonsense situation, this is hazardous material.” Two nuclear density gauges containing radioactive isotopes are now missing. The gauges were stored in cases the size of an icebox and aren’t dangerous inside of them. If opened, the consequences could cause immediate long-term health problems.

August 18, 2016 – Daily Mail – Something fishy? Bizarre four-eyed creature baffles experts after being reeled in by an angler in Australia – A bizarre four-eyed fish has baffled scientists after being caught by a fisherman in the Northern Territory. The bizarre specimen, which has a set of eyes on the front of its head as well as the side, bears a striking resemblance to ‘Blinky’ the radioactive fish from the Simpsons. Simon Merefield took to social media to unravel the mystery of the creature, caught in Darwin’s Buffalo Creek, before scientists debated exactly what it was.

August 18, 2016 – DNA India – Radiologists threaten another strike from September 1 – Radiologists have threatened to go on an indefinite nationwide strike from September 1 against actions taken by state health officials for technical errors under the Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (Prohibition of Sex Selection) Act. Associations of gynaecologists and radiologists have also come together against the same. In June, the radiologists had gone on a week-long strike after one in Pune was suspended for technical mistakes under the Act.

August 18, 2016 – defenseWeb – Egypt orders airport security systems from Smiths Detection – The Egyptian Ministry of Defence has awarded Smiths Detection contracts to provide advanced detection systems for passenger checkpoint, hold baggage and cargo screening to airports across Egypt. The contracts were awarded via Egyptian security company Falcon Group and are worth almost £19 million, Smiths Detection said on 10 August. The award for X-ray scanners, people screening systems and trace detectors is part of national programme to provide an additional layer of security to existing equipment at airports. Smiths Detection systems were chosen by the Egyptian Ministry of Defence for their lifetime high performance and quality, as proven by earlier contracts, the company said.

August 18, 2016 – The Atlantic – How 4-Year-Olds Learn Particle Physics – “The game actually doesn’t teach you anything,” Lauri Järvilehto told me over lunch in Helsinki, Finland. I scratched my head, because Järvilehto, 39, is a co-founder and the CEO of a Finnish education gaming company called Lightneer, which is poised to launch its first app, “Big Bang Legends,” in the coming months. I thought “teaching”is what these learning apps are supposed to do. Järvilehto’s road to co-founding Lightneer is as intriguing as his clothing style. (The day we chatted, he wore a black T-shirt with a huge Batman logo, a yellow hooded sweatshirt, yellow sneakers, and an Apple Watch with a yellow band.) At the age of 17, Järvilehto began a 10-year career as a pop-music producer in Finland, but eventually burned out, moved to France, and started reading philosophers like Plato. Then he returned to Helsinki to pursue a master’s degree in philosophy (just for fun), after which he received a Ph.D., got hired to consult Rovio’s video-game franchise Angry Birds on education issues, and eventually wrote a 2014 book called Learning as Fun. Then in October 2015, Järvilehto founded Lightneer with another Rovio alum.

August 18, 2016 – WhaTech – New report examines the medical radiation shielding market report on geographical analysis, key player profiles and future trends from 2016 to 2021 – The report “Medical Radiation Shielding Market – Global Forecasts to 2021”, report provides a detailed overview of major drivers, restraints, challenges, opportunities, current market trends, and strategies impacting the medical radiation shielding market along with estimates and forecasts of the revenue and market share analysis. Medical radiation shielding market is expected to reach USD 1330.0 Million by 2021 from USD 989.2 Million in 2016, at a CAGR of 6.1%. Complete report on Medical Radiation Shielding Market spread across 125 Pages, Profiling 10 Companies and Supported with 66 Tables and 25 Figures is now available at http://www.rnrmarketresearch.com/medical-radiation-shielding-market-by-products-x-ray-shields-booths-sheet-lead-bricks-curtain-solution-radiation-therapy-cyclotron-multimodality-pet-spect-ct-mri-end-user-hospitals-diagnostics-cen-ts-to-2021-market-report.html.

August 18, 2016 – (e) Science News – Isotope research opens new possibilities for cancer treatment – A new study at Los Alamos National Laboratory and in collaboration with Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource greatly improves scientists’ understanding of the element actinium. The insights could support innovation in creating new classes of anticancer drugs. “The short half-life of actinium-225 offers opportunity for new alpha-emitting drugs to treat cancer, although very little has been known about actinium because all of its isotopes are radioactive and have short half-lives,” said Maryline Ferrier, a Seaborg post-doctoral researcher on the Los Alamos team. “This makes it hard to handle large enough quantities of actinium to characterize its chemistry and bonding, which is critical for designing chelators.”

August 18, 2016 – Counter Punch – Helen Caldecott: “America Still Thinks It Can Win a Nuclear War” – I just attended the 31st annual national Veterans for Peace convention here in Berkeley and was truly inspired by the hundreds of vets who attended it, and by their organization’s heroic stand for peace. As one vet put it, “Been there, done that — war doesn’t work.” And while wandering around the grounds of the convention center before the festivities began, I ran into Helen Caldecott, an Australian doctor who has bravely spoken out against the use of nuclear weapons ever since the terrible days of America’s Cold War. I’m not sure what I was expecting that she would look like — perhaps Super Girl in a cape? But she was just an ordinary-looking person, like someone you would meet on the street. Until she started speaking to an audience of 300-plus veterans. And then her eyes flashed, her voice rang out like a warning bell and her passion came alive. “I am a pediatrician,” she told us, “and if you love this planet, if you love the next generation of babies, you will change the priority of your lives — because right now, America’s top priority seems to be for us to come as close to nuclear war as we possibly can.”

August 18, 2016 – themedialine.org – Israelis Gear Up for Annual Assault on its Nuclear Program – There is potentially good news about Israel’s annual battle against those seeking to dismantle Jerusalem’s nuclear program amid the usual plethora of doomsday scenarios. The daily Haaretz is reporting that it obtained a secret communication sent to those who will represent the Jewish state at the International Atomic Energy Agency’s conference informing them of the decision by Arab leaders to forego a vote on a resolution demanding international oversight on Israel’s nuclear activity. In addition to a heads-up warning that the situation could turn on a dime, it was explained that a decision had been made by Arab leaders to focus on what should be an easier goal: challenging the safety of Israeli nuclear facilities. Haaretz says the Israeli diplomatic corps will be gracious toward Arab diplomats for their decision but offer a stern warning that if they change their minds, Israel will fight to prevent the resolution’s passage.

August 18, 2016 – DailyStar.co.uk – Spine-chilling ritual ‘human sacrifice’ filmed on nuclear research campus – A VIDEO has surfaced online purporting to show a ritual human sacrifice being carried out inside the secure complex of a mysterious nuclear research facility. The minute-long clip, shot at the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Switzerland, shows several figures dressed in long black robes performing the gruesome ceremony in front of a statue of Shiva – the Hindu god of destruction. While the incredible footage has been circulated on numerous conspiracy websites, officials at CERN denied any murder had taken place. It is now thought that the ritual sacrifice was an elaborate hoax, conducted by scientists working at the secretive science facility – home to the Large Hadron Collider.

August 18, 2016 – Riverhead Local – Letter: N.Y. needs its nuclear power plants – Despite the protests of anti-nuclear activists (“N.Y. Public Service Commission OKs multi-billion dollar nuclear industry bailout,” August 12), true environmentalists who value New York’s Mail_Envelope_lettercarbon reduction goals recognize that maintaining our nuclear fleet is critical to achieving the 40 percent reduction in carbon emissions by 2030 projected in the Clean Energy Standard (CES). Nuclear energy is New York’s largest source of clean, emission-free energy. New York’s nuclear plants annually prevent over 21.4 million metric tons in carbon emissions annually, the equivalent of keeping 4.8 million gasoline-powered cars off the road. Nuclear opponents herald wind and solar as the primary energy sources of the future, but these can only produce power when the wind blows and the sun shines. Nuclear power plants produce safe, clean, zero carbon energy 24/7, 365 days a year. If we lose our statewide nuclear facilities, that void in our electric grid would be largely filled by natural gas – which emits carbon.

August 18, 2016 – Reuters – Nuclear developers have big plans for pint-sized power plants in UK – A range of mini-nuclear power plants could help solve Britain’s looming power crunch, rather than the $24 billion (18 billion pounds) Hinkley project snarled up in delays, companies developing the technology say. So-called small modular reactors (SMRs) use existing or new nuclear technology scaled down to a fraction of the size of larger plants and would be able to produce around a tenth of the electricity created by large-scale projects, such as Hinkley. The mini plants, still under development, would be made in factories, with parts small enough to be transported on trucks and barges to sites where they could be assembled in around six to 12 months, up to a tenth of the time it takes to build some larger plants. “The real promise of SMRs is their modularisation. You can assemble them in a factory with an explicable design meaning consistent standards and predicable costs and delivery timescale,” said Anurag Gupta, director and global lead for power infrastructure at consultancy KPMG.

August 18, 2016 – News-Sentinel – Dismantling Parkview Randallia incinerator reveals low-level radioactivity in bricks – About two weeks ago, a load of scrap from an incinerator at Parkview Hospital Randallia was rejected by metal dealer OmniSource because it triggered a radiation detector. The reason, hospital officials said later, was refractory bricks that were part of the incinerator. Those bricks, specially made to resist high temperatures, were radioactive enough to be flagged by a radiation detector, but their radioactivity was negligible, compared to more familiar sources of radiation. “The bricks did not pose a risk to anyone, at any time. All of the bricks have been removed from the property and disposed of properly. A significant majority of the incinerator has been removed. The remaining few pieces will be disposed of within days,” Parkview spokesman Eric Clabaugh wrote in an email on Tuesday. Clabaugh said that the radiation level in the bricks was measured in microrems, 1/1000 the strength of the more familiar measure of radiation exposure, the milliRem.

August 18, 2016 – HealthCanal – Ocean radiation levels finally returning to normal after Fukushima – Five years after the accident at Fukushima that saw the largest release of nuclear material in the world’s oceans research has shown radiation levels across the Pacific Ocean are rapidly returning to normal. Edith Cowan University environmental radiochemistry expert Professor Pere Masqué will discuss the affects of one of the world’s worst nuclear disasters in The West Australian ECU Lecture Series on Friday, 19 August. While hundreds of thousands of people were evacuated from towns and cities around the Fukushima plant, it’s believed more than 80 per cent of radioactive material from the stricken reactors ended up in the ocean. Immediately following the devastating 9.0 magnitude Tohoku earthquake in 2011 radioactivity levels off the coast of Japan were tens of millions of times higher than normal.

August 18, 2016 – Wise Bread – The 10 Coolest Things That Come in a Can – The humble can is making a comeback, and with good reason. When it comes to storing food, the aluminum can not only keeps out air, but also light, which can degrade the product within. It’s also lightweight, and easier to recycle, with the average aluminum can containing three times more recycled content than either plastic or glass bottles (plastic bottles contain only 3% recycled materials). That all adds up to great sustainability, and less impact on the environment. So it’s hardly surprising that so many cool things in cans are popping up on shelves. Here are 10 of the most noteworthy… which have you tried? 9. Uranium Ore – Planning to build your own nuclear reactor, or maybe a time machine like the one Doc Brown made in Back to the Future? Well, this won’t get you very far, but it is genuine. The uranium in this can is called NORM (Naturally Occurring Radioactive Materials) and is useful for science labs, and for testing Geiger counters. As it has low radioactivity, it’s safe, and gives off alpha, beta, and gamma radiation types. Once again, if you’re looking to find a gift for someone who has everything, it’s certainly unique.

August 18, 2016 – Eco-Business – 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.”

August 18, 2016 – KDAL – Beach Find Determined Not To Be Dangerous – A small container found on a beach near Poplar has been determined not to be a hazard to the public. A person walking on the beach Wednesday came across the item, about the size of a deck of cards, that had radioactive markings on it. Initial responders from the Superior Fire Department and the U-S Coast Guard determined that the object was not emitting any radioactivity. A follow up investigation ensured that the surrounding area was also clear of radiation. The container was removed by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services for proper disposal.

August 18, 2016 – The Recorder – Rowe seeks money for nuke waste storage – The Yankee Atomic Electric Co. nuclear power plant in Rowe shut down its 185-megawatt reactor in 1992, leaving in place 15 dry casks of radioactive spent fuel, along with one cask of higher-level nuclear waste, until the federal government finds a permanent home for waste like this. Now, Rowe and other U.S. communities with “de facto” interim spent nuclear fuel storage sites are seeking annual compensation for this storage from the federal government. Congressman Richard E. Neal, D-First District, has agreed to co-sponsor the “Interim Spent Nuclear Fuel Storage Site Compensation Act of 2016,” which would require annual payments of $15 per kilogram of spent nuclear fuel stored at the sites of former nuclear power plants built for electricity generation. For Rowe, this would generate about $1.9 million for every year the town applies for this funding, says Selectmen’s Chairwoman Marilyn Wilson. “We wrote to Congressman Neal saying we wanted his support, and he has signed on as a co-sponsor,” she said. “He will be visiting Rowe in the fall.”

August 18, 2016 – CNYCentral – Feds report violations, including leaks of radioactive waste, at FitzPatrick Nuclear Plant – An inspection report released by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission describes violations at the James A. FitzPatrick Nuclear Power Plant, including exposing workers to high amounts of radiation and allowing leaks of radioactive material over the past four years. The NRC’s report covers the period of time from April 1, 2016 to June 30, 2016. it was during this period that oil leaked into Lake Ontario from the plant. According to the inspection results, the oil spill wasn’t the only problem at the plant during that time. The report says employees were sent into a high-radiation area without monitoring for it or notifying the radiation protection department, and a failure of an atmospheric control system persisted for over a month and wasn’t shut down after 30 days as required.

August 18, 2016 – Buffalo News – Liquid nuclear waste shipments over Peace Bridge could start in September – Truck shipments carrying high-level liquid nuclear waste over the Peace Bridge and across Western New York’s highways en route to a South Carolina processing facility could start as early as September. A lawsuit that seven environmental organizations filed this week against the U.S. Department of Energy in federal court in Washington, D.C., aims to stop these “mobile Chernobyls on steroids.” “It is terrifying for us to hear that the government is willing to endanger the lives of so many by the shipments of this highly dangerous liquid radioactive waste through our community and those of others,” said Lynda Schneekloth, chairwoman of the Sierra Club’s Niagara Group.

August 18, 2016 – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – Westinghouse shuts down part of S.C. nuclear fuel plant over safety concerns – Nuclear regulators are investigating why Westinghouse Electric Co. ended up with three times the safe amount of uranium stuck inside a scrubber at its nuclear fuel factory in Columbia, S.C., and why it took the company more than a month to notify regulators when the situation should have been reported within 24 hours. When the Cranberry-based company did contact the Nuclear Regulatory Commission in mid-July, federal regulators sent out a team to investigate, and Westinghouse shut down that portion of the plant. The NRC is still piecing together what happened and might be finished with its investigation in several weeks, said spokesman Roger Hannah. In the meantime, the agency has deemed the uranium concentration was high enough that there might have been potential for an uncontrolled nuclear reaction that could have caused a small explosion. Last week, it sent a memo to Westinghouse outlining what the company will need to do before it can apply to restart that portion of the plant.

August 18, 2016 – Bloomberg BNA – Groups Aim to Derail Nuclear Waste Shipments – A nuclear safety advocate alleged that the Energy Department is aiming to profit off liquid nuclear waste shipments heading from Canada to Savannah, Ga., at the expense of public and environmental risk as he announced litigation Aug. 16 to enjoin the project. The department could begin shipping nuclear waste from Chalk River, Ontario, to the Savannah River Site by September as part of a years-long bid to secure authorization, Savannah River Site Watch and Friends of the Earth official Tom Clements told reporters. The project, however, is moving forward without an environmental impact statement and sufficient exploration of alternatives, which necessitates an injunction, Clements and other environmentalists said. The department is set to generate $60 million on the project, Clements said. The complaint says that sum will be used to operate the H-Canyon plant at the Energy Department-owned Savannah River Site, which stabilizes the waste for eventual disposal in a federal facility.

August 18, 2016 – Beyond Nuclear – Kamps’ prepared statement for press conference re: highly radioactive liquid waste truck shipments from Canada to U.S.A. – Kevin Kamps, Beyond Nuclear’s Radioactive Waste Watchdog, delivered a statement to members of the news media on a press conference call sponsored by NIRS. An environmental coalition, including Beyond Nuclear, has filed a lawsuit seeking to block up to 150 unprecedented truck shipments of highly radioactive liquid wastes, from Chalk River Nuclear Labs in Ontario, Canada through multiple states, to Savannah River Site nuclear weapons and radioactive waste complex in Aiken, South Carolina, U.S.A.

August 18, 2016 – Atlanta Business Chronicle – Georgia PSC approves latest Plant Vogtle spending – The Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) signed off Tuesday on Georgia Power Co.’s latest spending report covering the nuclear expansion at Plant Vogtle. Commissioners unanimously approved and verified $160 million the Atlanta-based utility spent on the project during the last half of last year. With that spending, Georgia Power’s share of the project remains within the $6.1 billion the PSC certified when the work was approved back in 2009.

August 18, 2016 – Amarillo Globe News – Pantex Plant to store more nuclear materials produced at Los Alamos lab – The Pantex Plant located 17 miles northeast of Amarillo will store nuclear materials produced at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico after plans to build a 31,000-square-foot storage vault were scrapped in an effort to cut costs, according to a report from the Government Accountability Office released earlier this month. The GAO report called into question the savings stated in the National Nuclear Security Administration’s report on the proposed Chemistry and Metallurgy Research Replacement facility. The facility, which would provide analysis in support of plutonium pit production at Los Alamos, was intended to include underground vaults to store the nuclear material. A plutonium pit, or core, is “the heart” of a nuclear weapon, according to the Pantex website.

August 18, 2016 – Casper Journal – Committee considers nuclear waste storage – In response to a renewed effort by the federal government to find a national nuclear waste repository site, a Wyoming legislative committee has voted to update the state’s laws allowing nuclear storage. The legislature’s Joint Minerals, Business and Economic Development Interim Committee last week reviewed the state’s radioactive waste siting statute, with an eye toward adjusting it to meet new U.S. Department of Energy guidelines. The state’s statute was passed in 1995 and only allows for “temporary” storage facilities – up to 40 years; and while the DOE is primarily seeking a permanent repository, it has considered using temporary facilities as an interim solution.

August 18, 2016 – Idaho Falls Post-Register – INL chooses leader for nuclear innovation program – Idaho National Laboratory has selected a veteran nuclear executive to lead its new Gateway for Accelerated Innovation in Nuclear program. Rita Baranwal, an executive at Westinghouse Electric Corporation in Pennsylvania, will take the top spot at GAIN next week, the lab announced Tuesday. Founded late last year, the INL-led initiative was set up to assist private companies hoping to develop new types of nuclear energy technologies. Baranwal starts the job Monday, taking over for Kemal Pasamehmetoglu, an INL associate lab director who has been pulling double duty leading GAIN since last year.

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August 17, 2016 – Press Pieces

On August 17th, 2016, posted in: Latest News, Press Pieces

August 17, 2016 – The Sun – Cold Finger; Secret US military base hidden under ice sheet to be exposed due to climate change – IT SEEMS a story straight from a Cold War thriller — only the case of Camp Century is 100 per cent fact. Now scientists have discovered the secretive military base in Greenland created by Danish and US governments during the 1950s and thought to be locked under the ice forever could be exposed by climate change. A recent study published in the journal of Geophysical Research Letters found the submerged city could be exposed within 75 years under a “business as usual” approach to global warming, reports news.com.au. It means low-level radioactive material, sewage, diesel and other waste that governments assumed would be locked up indefinitely in the ice could be leaked into the surrounding environment with no plan as to who is responsible. “Two generations ago, people were interring waste in different areas of the world, and now climate change is modifying those sites,” lead author William Colgan, of Canada’s York University told the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES).

August 17, 2016 – The Recorder – Rowe seeks money for nuke waste storage – The Yankee Atomic Electric Co. nuclear power plant in Rowe shut down its 185-megawatt reactor in 1992, leaving in place 15 dry casks of radioactive spent fuel, along with one cask of higher-level nuclear waste, until the federal government finds a permanent home for waste like this. Now, Rowe and other U.S. communities with “de facto” interim spent nuclear fuel storage sites are seeking annual compensation for this storage from the federal government. Congressman Richard E. Neal, D-First District, has agreed to co-sponsor the “Interim Spent Nuclear Fuel Storage Site Compensation Act of 2016,” which would require annual payments of $15 per kilogram of spent nuclear fuel stored at the sites of former nuclear power plants built for electricity generation.

August 17, 2016 – MENAFN.com – UAE’s nuclear regulator conducts workshop on radioactive material safety – The UAE’s Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR) last week completed a workshop with the Dubai Police to support its officials’ understanding of nuclear and radioactive material safety and security as they serve in a first-responder role to UAE security incidents. The FANR workshop provided information to familiarize officials with the basics of nuclear science, nuclear safety and security, radiation protection and the UAE’s nuclear nonproliferation obligations. Participants received extensive briefings from FANR staff representing the departments of nuclear safety, security, safegurds and education and training.

August 17, 2016 – Medgadget – Gamma Knife Market Poised to Rake in US$ 411.0 Mn by 2025 – 6Future Market Insights (FMI) announces the release of its latest report titled, “Gamma Knife Market: Global Industry Analysis and Opportunity Assessment 2015 – 2025”. According to the report, the global gamma knife market was valued at US$ 156.8 Mn in 2014 and is anticipated to reach US$ 411.0 Mn by 2025, registering a compound annual growth rate of 9.0% over the forecast period. Global Gamma Knife market growth is majorly driven by rising ageing population, increasing incidence of cancer and increasing prevalence of neurological disorders. By disease indication, brain metastasis cases undergoing Gamma Knife treatment accounts for highest market share as compared to other indications. Painless and non-invasive elective surgeries with high success rate have recently become the treatment of choice. Leading Gamma Knife manufacturers are entering into tie-ups with premium healthcare organisations in developed and emerging economies for setting up Gamma Knife surgery centres and Gamma Knife installations.

August 17, 2016 – International Business Times – North Korea resumes plutonium production with no plans to stop nuclear tests – North Korea has resumed its production of plutonium by reprocessing spent fuel rods, Japan’s Kyodo news agency reported on 16 August. In an interview with North Korea’s Atomic Energy Institute, a spokesperson confirmed that the country has no plans to stop nuclear tests as long as they perceive a remaining US threat. The Atomic Energy Institute has jurisdiction over the country’s main Yongbyon nuclear facilities. They confirmed that North Korea is continuing to produce highly enriched uranium that is necessary for nuclear power and nuclear arms. A spokesperson for the institute told Kyodo news: “We have reprocessed spent nuclear fuel rods removed from a graphite-moderated reactor.”

August 17, 2016 – KWQC TV 6 – Cambridge looks for ways to remove radium from drinking water – The Village of Cambridge has a problem with radium in the water and it could cost a half million dollars to fix it. The village operates two wells and one of them has a radium level over 5(MCL), which is the EPA threshold for action. The city has been addressing the problem by mixing water from both wells to reduce the radium levels, but that is only a short-term solution. Village of Cambridge City Administrator Dwaine Van Meenan stresses the water is safe to drink. The Village of Cambridge held a meeting Monday night to consider its options. VanMeenan says they looked at three possible solutions to fix the problem. One involves installing a reverse osmosis system at the water treatment plant; another involves filtering with Hydrous Manganese Oxide to remove the radium; another would be to build an Absorption Resin Residue plant. Officials decided that method (ARR) would create hazardous by-products, so they decided to remove it from consideration.

August 17, 2016 – Fox28 Spokane – Radon testing at Spokane Valley apartment complex has residents feeling the heat – Last week folks living in the Pine Terra and Pine Manor Apartments got a letter letting them know that for three days starting Monday, the management would be testing for radon gas. That testing required everyone living in the apartments to keep windows and doors closed, house fans off, and air conditioning units could only be run in recirculation mode. Worried about the heat, a relative of a person living in the apartments who didn’t want to be identified contacted KHQ about what they thought could be a danger to those living there. “I’m concerned for their safety,” the woman said. “We’re talking 90 degree heat outside, and then you close everything up and it’s going to get really hot in those apartments.”

August 17, 2016 – PhysOrg – Light-emitting glass to enhance solar panel efficiency – Researchers from ITMO University have developed optical luminescent glass that emits visible light under ultraviolet radiation. Due to this property, the new material has applications for increasing the efficiency and lifetime of solar cells. Ultraviolet radiation, which normally negatively affects solar cells, will be converted and used for extra charging of the cells. The glass is easy to manufacture and can also be used to increase the lifetime of white LEDs and ensure better color rendering. The study was published in the Journal of Luminescence.

August 17, 2016 – Science World Report – Is Russia’s Financial Crunch Forcing Roscosmos To Reduce International Space Station Crew Size? – New reports suggest Russia is planning to reduce the size of its crew on the International Space Station from three to just two. The typical ISS team comprises of six members- three Russians, two Americans, and generally one astronaut from Canada, Japan, or one of the 11 countries that belong to the European Space Agency (ESA). According to Russian newspaper Izvestia, the country’s state-run space corporation, Roscosmos, is considering to reduce its presence on the International Space Station as a move to reduce costs and increase efficiency. Roscosmos director of human spaceflight, Sergei Krikalev, said that they have already sent a letter about the possible move to the participants of the ISS program, reported Space.com.

August 17, 2016 – Business Standard – Secret clocks in tree-rings may help date ancient events – Tree-rings may serve as secret ‘time-markers’ that could help archaeologists date events of intense radiation bursts from thousands of years ago, a new Oxford study has found. Harvesting such data could revolutionise the study of ancient civilisations such as the Egyptian and Mayan worlds, researchers said. Until now scholars have had only vague evidence for dating when events happened during the earliest periods of civilisation, with estimates being within hundreds of years. However, the unusually high levels of the radioactive isotope carbon-14 found in tree-rings laid down during the radiation bursts could help reliably pinpoint dates, according to researchers from Oxford University in the UK.

August 17, 2016 – Compound Semiconductor – US team develops hexagonal BN nuclear detectors – To prevent terrorists from smuggling nuclear weapons into its ports, the US Security and Accountability for Every Port Act mandates that all overseas cargo containers be scanned for possible nuclear materials or weapons. This is done by detecting neutron signals with detectors based on scarce and costly Helium-3 gas. Now a group of Texas Tech University researchers has developed an alternative approach based on hexagonal BN semiconductors. The team, led by Hongxing Jiang and Jingyu Lin, think the material fulfills many key requirements for helium gas detector replacements and can serve as a low-cost alternative in the future.

August 17, 2016 – Gulf Business – Construction of UAE’s first nuclear plant now 68% complete – The Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) has confirmed that work on its four-unit nuclear energy plant at Barakah is “progressing steadily.” Overall, construction of Units 1 to 4 is now almost 68 per cent complete, it said in a statement on Wednesday. ENEC also confirmed that it has installed the Unit 3 steam generators – which play a key role in the conversion of the energy generated by nuclear fission into electricity.

August 17, 2016 – WYFF 4 – Sirens to be tested at Oconee Nuclear Station – Duke Energy officials will test sirens at the Oconee Nuclear Station today. The three-minute test is scheduled for 11:50 a.m. There are 65 sirens within 10 miles of the Oconee Nuclear Station. The testing today is part of new software installations.

August 17, 2016 – NDTV – Nuclear Plant Delay May Shift United Kingdom’s Energy Policy – Britain’s decision to stall a Franco-Chinese project to build its first nuclear power plant in a generation has fuelled speculation that the new government is reviewing its energy strategy to boost the role of renewables. Prime Minister Theresa May has given no clear reason for delaying final approval of the Hinkley Point plant, with her spokesman saying only that it was “an extremely important decision that we have to get right”. Critics cite the enormous cost of the 18-billion pounds (21-billion-euro, $23 billion) project as well as security concerns about the involvement of China’s major energy group CGN.

August 17, 2016 – NewsMaker – Global Nuclear Medicine/Radiopharmaceuticals Market 2016:SPECT, PET, Alpha Emitters, Beta Emitters – Radiopharmaceuticals, also known as molecular nuclear medicine, are pharmaceutical formulations comprising radioactive isotopes used in diagnosis and therapeutics. They are used in tracer quantities to mark, trace, and locate targeted parts of the body. Radiopharmaceuticals are most commonly used for diagnosis of various diseases and syndromes with the help of positron emission tomography (PET) and single proton emission computerized tomography (SPECT). Both these medical imaging devices use a radiation detection camera that captures the radiation emitted from radiopharmaceuticals within the body. Therapeutic radiopharmaceuticals are designed to deliver a healing dose of ionizing radiation to the specific disease site, including cancerous tumors, with high specificity in the body. These products have addressed the rising need for better diagnostics and targeted therapeutic tools. It has outpaced conventional chemotherapy by more convenient therapeutic radiopharmaceuticals for oncology and cancer treatment. Moreover, it helps physicians in diagnosis, and works as a convenient and safer alternative for the patients when compared to X-rays and other external radiation imaging devices.

August 17, 2016 – NewsMaker – Global Nuclear Power Plant and Equipment Market 2016: HTGR, PWR, BWR, PHWR, FBR – Latest industry research report on: World Nuclear Power Plant and Equipment Market. Rising need for cleaner and new energy sources have played an eminent role in increasing the importance of nuclear power plant and equipment market. Today, regions such as Asia Pacific has emerged as the largest market for nuclear power. Besides promising a higher growth rate the market will soon fulfill the growing demand for electricity generation. Popularity of clean generation of electricity has contributed to the growth of the market to a greater extent. Moreover, rising need for energy has also added to the growth of the nuclear power plant and equipment market. Growing focus on the security of supply is also driving the market worldwide. High cost associated with the nuclear power plant has hindered the progress of the market to a greater extent. However, demand for clean energy across different countries would create greater opportunities for the market. Rising need for safer nuclear operation would open new avenues for market growth.

August 17, 2016 – WSYR TV – Report: ‘Highly radioactive materials’ leaked in FitzPatrick Nuclear Plant – A new report by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission says that there has been an ongoing, uncontrolled radioactive leak at the Fitzpatrick Nuclear Plant. The report says that “Entergy, by its inaction over four years to correct the spillage, degradation of the solid radwaste system, and inaction to clean-up, package, and ship offsite the resultant accumulation of significant amounts of radioactive material, failed to minimize the introduction of residual radioactivity into the site.” The plant experienced a shutdown due to an oil leak into Lake Ontario on June 24 and has not been able to operate at full-power since, due to a condensate booster pump remaining out of service, according to the report.

August 17, 2016 – Platts – Dominion’s Millstone-2 nuclear unit at 100% capacity after maintenance outage – Dominion’s 918-MW Millstone-2 nuclear reactor in Waterford, Connecticut, was operating at 100% of capacity early Monday after completing a two-day maintenance outage over the weekend, the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission said in its daily reactor status report. The unit synchronized with the grid at 9:20 am EDT (1320 GMT) Saturday, Dominion said in a statement provided Monday by spokesman Richard Zuercher. The adjacent 1,276-MW Millstone-3 was not affected by the shutdown and has continued to operate at 100% of capacity, according to NRC’s daily reports.

August 17, 2016 – World Nuclear News – Regulator sets out corrective actions for fabrication plant – The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has outlined corrective actions to be completed before Westinghouse’s nuclear fuel fabrication facility in Columbia, South Carolina can resume some of its uranium processing operations following the discovery of a build-up of uranium in a plant component. Plant employees discovered an accumulation of uranium-bearing material in a scrubber system, which is designed to remove unwanted material from a number of plant processes, during an annual maintenance shutdown in May. The NRC ordered an augmented inspection of the facility after further analysis found the amount of uranium was higher than anticipated and potentially exceeded limits for the section of the scrubber involved. There were no actual safety-related consequences as a result of the buildup, but the “potential for such consequences may have existed,” the NRC said.

August 17, 2016 – Mountain XPress – Seven nonprofits seek injunction to stop radioactive waste transport – Activists with a nonprofit coalition calling for an injunction to stop the proposed transportation of liquid radioactive waste from Canada to the Savannah River Site near Augusta, South Carolina say the waste could pass through Asheville along its route. One hundred fifty truckloads of inherently dangerous liquid radioactive waste are slated to drive through Canadian and US communities and across major waterway crossings, from Chalk River, Ontario, Canada to the Savannah River Site, South Carolina, USA.

August 17, 2016 – LeRoy FarmerCity Press – Local leaders urge action on nuclear plant – This week, a group of mayors and community leaders across Illinois sent a letter to Illinois’ Governor and legislative leaders urging them to follow the state of New York’s lead in adopting a new energy program that will preserve the economic and environmental benefits of nuclear plants. Backed by business, labor, and environmental groups, the New York Public Service Commission recently approved a Clean Energy Standard (CES) that includes provisions to value nuclear energy for its low carbon attributes and will help preserve several struggling nuclear plants in upstate New York. Among them, the James A. Fitzpatrick Nuclear Power Plant was slated for closure but now has new life after Exelon announced this morning it is assuming ownership and operation of the facility thanks to the adoption of the landmark CES.

August 17, 2016 – Courthouse News Service – Greens Sue to Stop Nuclear Waste Transport – The U.S. Energy Department’s unprecedented proposed transfer of “a toxic liquid stew” containing nuclear waste between Canada and the U.S violates federal law, seven environmental groups claim in court. The proposed $60 million deal would see more than 6,000 gallons of the liquid waste transported more than 1,100 miles from the Fissile Solutions Storage Tank at Chalk River in Ontario, Canada to the Savannah River Site in South Carolina, according to a 47-page lawsuit filed Friday in Washington, D.C., Federal Court. “The radioactive waste byproducts resulting from processing the HEU targets at Chalk River are acknowledged to be among the most radioactively hazardous materials on Earth,” the complaint states, abbreviating highly enriched uranium. “They would be more easily dispersed into the environment in liquid form than in solid form, in the event of a breach of containment during transport.”

August 17, 2016 – Michigan State University – Dr. Richard R. Parizek: What Ever Happened To Yucca Mountain? – Dr. Richard R. Parizek from the Department of Geosciences at Penn State joins us Friday, October 19th from 12:30-1:30pm to discuss “What Ever Happened To Yucca Mountain?”. He begins his talk in Room 204 Natural Science Building. Please feel welcome to join us!

August 17, 2017 – KTVI Fox2Now – Radiation contamination concerns after Cold Water Creek flooding in Hazelwood – Residents at a Hazelwood apartment complex woke up this morning to find their cars submerged after a nearby creek over flowed. There’s more to be worried about then just water damage from Cold Water Creek. The water has receded, but it was a different story, when the parking lot filled with water overnight damaging vehicles. As the water went down we found crawdads in the parking lot. Residents were using buckets trying to get the water out of their cars. This apartment complex sits next to Coldwater Creek. Last year the Army Corps of Engineers confirmed that it had discovered what it described as low levels of radioactive contamination. The radioactive waste is the byproduct of uranium from the Manhattan Project that was stored near the airport. So this has only added to concerns for residents living near the creek.

August 17, 2016 – Los Alamos Monitor – DOE responds to new WIPP leak theory – The Environmental Management Los Alamos Field Office of the Department of Energy responded this week to a former Los Alamos National Laboratory physicist’s alternate theory about what caused a 2014 radiation leak at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in Carlsbad. The DOE is standing by its initial analysis of what happened to cause the rupture of a barrel of transuranic waste Feb. 14, 2014. “The overarching conclusion of the technical assessment team was that specific chemical contents inside one particular drum, in combination with physical configuration of the materials led to a chemical reaction that breached the drum,” said Steve Horak, a communications specialist with the DOE Environmental Management Field Office in Los Alamos. “A separate DOE board of experts and an independent expert board confirmed these results and we see no reason to question them now.”

August 17, 2016 – San Diego Union-Tribune – State leaders don’t see value of nuclear power – Regarding “Proposal filed to shut down Diablo Canyon” (Aug. 12): Everyone but a “climate denier” knows the vital importance of reducing carbon dioxide emissions. So why are we proposing to close the single remaining nuclear generating plant that produces 9 percent of our electrical power without any carbon dioxide emissions? Sure, they can make up the reductions through “green power,” but why not keep the nuke plant and close fossil fuel generators? Maybe there are other agendas that aren’t mentioned?

August 17, 2016 – San Francisco Bay View – Treasure Island whistleblower Mitchell Herrington faces immediate retaliation from power broker – Treasure Islanders who speak out about the radiation, chemicals, asbestos, lead and mold sickening John Stewart’s market rate renters and formerly homeless subsidized renters alike know they face swift retaliation engineered by the powers-that-be – wealthy, connected politicians who fear protest will alert potential buyers of mega-developer Lennar Corp.’s high rise and luxury condos to the toxins lurking in he groundwater of the liquefaction-prone island as they gaze at San Francisco Bay’s fabulous views.

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August 10, 2016 – Press Pieces

On August 10th, 2016, posted in: Latest News, Press Pieces

August 10, 2016 – East Idaho News – Search dogs aid in the hunt for pioneer remains on INL site – Of all the ghosts along the Oregon Trail, one of the loneliest may be James Slater, who died near the Big Lost River in the early morning hours of July 26, 1862, at age 53. For nearly 154 years the location of Slater’s remains near Goodale’s Cutoff remained a mystery. His daughter Nellie’s diary gives a vague idea of how and where his body was buried, but it wasn’t until early July 2016 that two trained noses – German shepherds named Kessa and Rocco – were brought into the hunt. Now it looks like Slater’s descendants, many of whom live in Idaho, could be visiting the site in September to pay their respects. The land where Slater’s bones rest, is now part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s 890-square-mile Idaho National Laboratory Site. INL first learned of the gravesite when it received a call in 1994 from Nellie Slater’s great-grandson, Wilbur Chitwood, now 78, of Nampa, who had asked for permission to explore the area.

August 10, 2016 – World Nuclear News – DOE legal obligation on Yucca Mountain – The US Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) has urged the Department of Energy (DOE) to pursue the completion of the licensing review for the Yucca Mountain used fuel and nuclear waste disposal facility, saying the consent-based siting process proposed by the department cannot legally substitute for the Nevada project. The Washington, DC-based organization, which represents the USA’s commercial nuclear industry, made the comments in its submission to the DOE’s request for public input on the consent-based approach, issued in December 2015. “We respectfully suggest that the Department must follow current law, under which the proposed Yucca Mountain project remains the only … repository authorized to date,” NEI Vice President and General Counsel Ellen Ginsberg said in her letter accompanying the submission.

August 10,2016 – The Recorder – Speakers in Pirie raise doubts about nuclear dump – Speakers at an indigenous forum in Port Pirie questioned the merits of proposals for a nuclear waste dump in South Australia. The forum was hosted by Jason Downs, of the Consultation and Response Agency set up after the Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission. It was aimed at gathering informal views from the Aboriginal community on the findings of the commission. Gregory Waldon, of Wirrabara, said radioactive contamination on the leg of a fly could be a “problem dose” amid the scenario of handling nuclear waste. He said the issue of “risk” should be reserved for the casino.

August 10, 2016 – myfoxspokane.com – State finds feds, contractor for mishandling Hanford waste – State regulators have fined the federal government and one of its contractors $50,000 for mishandling hazardous waste at Hanford. The Department of Ecology said Tuesday it issued the penalty to the U.S. Department of Energy and CH2M Hill for violations at Hanford’s T Plant. The facility is used to store and treat Hanford waste. The Tri-City Herald reports that DOE and its contractor were ordered obtain detailed analysis of waste before storing it and properly maintain records. An Energy Department spokesman says the agency is evaluating the notice and plans to seek clarification on some items. He says records show the contractor did identify and designate all of the waste in five containers.

August 10, 2016 – fastcoexist.com – Chernobyl’s Radioactive Wasteland Could Become The World’s Largest Solar Farm – Thirty years after the explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear plant spewed radioactive fallout over the surrounding area, it still isn’t a safe place to live, or grow food, or even log trees. And it won’t be any time soon, because some isotopes of plutonium last for more than 24,000 years. But the Ukrainian government hopes to put the massive area known as the exclusion zone, which is roughly the size of Rhode Island, to another use: a new solar farm. If it’s fully developed, the area could generate more than 1,000 megawatts of solar power. The exclusion zone has a few advantages for solar energy. First, because the land can’t be used for anything else, it’s cheap. The electrical transmission equipment—normally expensive to install—is still in place from the former nuclear plant. Chernobyl is also near Kiev, a city with nearly 3 million people and the largest power demand in the Ukraine.

August 10, 2016 – CNYCentral – Watchdogs criticize transfer of public funds in FitzPatrick deal – Many people are hailing the agreement for Exelon to purchase the James A. FitzPatrick Nuclear Plant from Entergy as a win for the region, but one watchdog group argues the deal isn’t the victory its claimed to be. In a release the Alliance for a Green Economy, otherwise known as AGREE, and the Nuclear Information and Resource Service said the deal puts public dollars into private hands and ignores “serious safety problems” both at FitzPatrick and at Exelon’s Nine Mile Point facility. Here is part of what they had to say: The sale of FitzPatrick from Entergy to Exelon was announced today and celebrated by Governor Cuomo at a rally in Oswego County, where FitzPatrick is located. The sale was brokered in order to save the unprofitable reactor from closure. Entergy had planned to shutter the reactor, but Exelon now plans to take it over with the promise of $7.6 billion in subsidies over 12 years to FitzPatrick and Exelon’s other three reactors in upstate New York.

August 10, 2016 – The Times – State prepares for nuclear emergencies annually with pill distribution – Mary Lou Wilson, 68, of Beaver took a few minutes to stop by the Center at the Mall last week to sit down with a representative from the state Department of Health. Officials visited Center Township to distribute more than 3,000 potassium iodide, or KI, pills as a part of an annual program for emergency preparedness. “I survived cancer recently, so you know what, I think I’m still meant to be here,” Wilson said, adding that in uncertain times she’s glad to feel a little safer. The pills, made of a salt compound, are offered annually for free to anyone living or working within a 10-mile radius of the state’s five nuclear power plants, including those near the Beaver Valley Nuclear Power Station in Shippingport. Schools and workplaces can also arrange for a bulk supply.

August 10, 2016 – BBC News – Independent inquiry into Worcestershire hospitals’ 11,000 X-rays backlog – An independent inquiry will look into why a hospital trust had a backlog of 11,000 X-ray results. An unannounced inspection found Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust failed to make reports of the X-rays. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) raised concerns of potentially delayed treatments. The trust said it is commissioning an “independent peer review into radiology services”. The CQC inspected the radiology departments of the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch, Worcestershire Royal Hospital and Kidderminster Hospital on 27 July. It has not yet published its findings. The trust was rated inadequate by the CQC in December.

August 10, 2016 – LiveMint – Kudankulam nuclear plant unit-I dedicated to the nation – Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa Wednesday jointly dedicated to the nation the 1,000 MW Nuclear Power Plant-I in Kudankulam, assuring it was one of the safest atomic plants in the world. Speaking on the occasion through video conferencing from New Delhi, Modi said Kudankulum 1, an India-Russian project, was an important addition to the continuing efforts to scale up production of clean energy in India.

August 10, 2016 – WWMT – Kalamazoo Co. offering free radon testing kits – The Kalamazoo County Health Department wants to help you detect a silent killer. The health department will be at the Kalamazoo County Fair giving away free Radon test kits. They say in West Michigan it’s especially important to have your home tested for the gas. Radon is a colorless, odorless and radioactive gas found naturally in the environment. It’s the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers and the second leading cause of lung cancer overall.

August 10, 2016 – Claims Journal – Son Waits for Late Father’s Radiation Exposure Compensation – As of last week, 219 current or former Wah Chang employees or their survivors had received more than $35 million in benefits as compensation from the federal government for cancers contracted through radiation exposure at the Millersburg, Ore., metals refinery. Most of them owe a debt of gratitude to Mark Backer, whose petition on behalf of his late father, Roy Backer, was the basis for establishing “special exposure cohort” status for the plant, a designation that made it much easier for claimants to qualify for benefits. The Backer family, however, has yet to see a dime in compensation. Even though it was Mark Backer’s petition that created the special exposure cohort covering hundreds of Wah Chang employees, his father’s claim has never been approved by the U.S. Department of Labor.

August 10, 2016 – WhaTech – Global linear accelerators for radiation therapy market manufacture, production, capacity, growth rate and revenue analysis illuminated by new report – Linear Accelerators for Radiation Therapy Market 2016 is a professional and in-depth study on the current state of the Linear Accelerators for Radiation Therapy worldwide. First of all, ” Global Linear Accelerators for Radiation Therapy Market 2016 ” report provides a basic overview of the Linear Accelerators for Radiation Therapy industry including definitions, classifications, applications and Linear Accelerators for Radiation Therapy industry chain structure. The analysis is provided for the Linear Accelerators for Radiation Therapy international market including development history, Linear Accelerators for Radiation Therapy industry competitive landscape analysis.

August 10, 2016 – Huffington Post – 108 Mobile Phone Towers Exceeding Radiation Limits In India – A total of 108 cell phone towers were found exceeding radiation limits in the last three years and penalties have been imposed on the concerned telecom providers, Lok Sabha was informed today. A total of 72 cellphone towers were found exceeding prescribed radiation level in 2013, while the figure came down to 24 the next year and no tower was found violating the norms till May this year, Communications Minister Manoj Sinha said during Question Hour. In 2015, the number of such towers stood at 12.

August 10, 2016 – Renal & Urology News – Adjuvant ADT May Up Mortality in Black Prostate Cancer Patients – Adjuvant androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) combined with radiation therapy for favorable-risk prostate cancer (PCa) is associated with an increased risk of death in black men compared with white men, a new study suggests. The study included 7252 men underwent brachytherapy with or without neoadjuvant ADT for low-risk or favorable intermediate-risk PCa. Men received ADT to reduce prostate size and facilitate brachytherapy, and not for therapeutic gain. Among those who received ADT, black men had a significant 77% increased risk of all-cause mortality and significant 86% increased risk of death from causes other than PCa in multivariable analysis, a team led by Konstantin A. Kovtun, MD, of Brigham and Women’s Hospital-Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, reported online ahead of print in Cancer. The investigators found no significant difference in PCa-specific mortality. Dr. Kovtun and his colleagues observed no significant differences in mortality risks among patients who did not received ADT.

August 10, 2016 – Medical XPress – Boron carrier for targeted tumour therapy – Scientists at Tokyo Institute of Technology have developed a boron carrier for use in targeted radiation treatment for cancerous tumours. The carrier is based on a common blood plasma protein, meaning it can be tailored to individual patients thus lessening the chances of blood contamination. Targeted radiation-based therapies for treating cancerous tumours such as ‘boron neutron capture therapy’ (BNCT), rely on the efficient and effective delivery of the capture agent (in this case, boron) to the tumour. The agent must collect in the tumour in high enough concentrations to trigger an effective reaction during thermal neutron irradiation.

August 10, 2016 – Tech Central – Drone crashes into Koeberg – Eskom has placed a safety officer at the Koeberg nuclear power station north of Cape Town on precautionary suspension after a drone crashed on the site in contravention of nuclear safety regulations. Eskom said in a media statement on Wednesday that the drone was returned to its owner without an investigation into what happened having been completed. This necessitated the officer’s suspension as a precautionary measure, the power utility said. “The matter has also been reported to the South African Police Service as Koeberg is a national key point,” it said. Such points enjoy special protection under the National Key Points Act of 1980.

August 10, 2016 – WRVO – Nuclear part of New York’s energy future – Tuesday’s announcement that a new company has agreed to take over the FitzPatrick Nuclear Power Plant in Oswego County — and keep it running — was cheered in central New York for the jobs and tax revenue it will keep in the region. But Gov. Andrew Cuomo says it is part of his goal for 50 percent of the state’s power to come from renewable energy by 2030. The governor announced that Exelon has agreed to take over the plant and keep it going for at least another 12 years. “And keep it producing nuclear power for years and years to come,” Cuomo said outside the plant, as workers cheered. More than 600 jobs will be saved by the decision. Cuomo said a closure could have caused a financial crisis in central New York.

August 10, 2016 – Bloomberg News – Eskom Probes Nuclear Information Leak Related to Contract Award – Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd., South Africa’s state-owned power utility, said it is investigating an information leak at the Koeberg nuclear plant that could affect a court case related to a 5 billion-rand ($373 million) contract awarded to Areva SA for work at the facility. The power producer hasn’t determined whether the leak was intentional, spokesman Khulu Phasiwe said by phone. Koeberg’s station and plant managers were put on precautionary suspension after distribution of the documentation. The data were given “to one of the said parties who are related to the steam-generator replacement program and it was information that had still not been approved by the board,” Phasiwe said. A safety officer was also suspended after a drone crashed at the plant in an unrelated incident, according to Eskom.

August 10, 2016 – Tasnim News Agency – Iranian MPs to Visit Nuclear Sites in Natanz, Fordow Next Week – Several members of the Iranian parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission plan to pay a visit to the country’s nuclear facilities in Natanz and Fordow in coming days, a spokesman for the commission said on Wednesday. “According to the schedule, the members of the National Security and Foreign Policy Commission’ nuclear committee will pay a visit to nuclear facilities in Natanz and Fordow on Monday,” Hossein Naqavi Hosseini told the Tasnim News Agency. The trip to the nuclear sites by the lawmakers is aimed at “monitoring the proper implementation of the JCPOA”, he said, referring to the July 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and other world powers, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

August 10, 2016 – Sputnik International – Modi: India Will Build More Nuclear Power Plants With Russia – India plans to build additional 1,000-megawatt nuclear power plants with Russia, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said at a ceremony dedicated to the handover of the Kudankulam nuclear power plant’s first unit with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday. “In years ahead we are determined to pursue an ambitious agenda of nuclear power generation. At Kundakulam alone, five more units of 1,000 megawatt each are planned. In our journey of cooperation [with Russia], we plan to build a series of bigger nuclear power plants,” Modi said.

August 10, 2016 – New York Times – Chinese City Backs Down on Proposed Nuclear Fuel Plant After Protests – Bowing to days of passionate street protests, a city government in eastern China said Wednesday that it had halted any plans to build a nuclear fuel plant there. The reversal was the latest indication of how public distrust could hold back China’s ambitious plans for expanding its nuclear power industry. The government of Lianyungang, a city near the coast of Jiangsu Province, announced the retreat in a terse message online. “The people’s government of Lianyungang has decided to suspend preliminary work for selecting a site for the nuclear cycle project,” it read, referring to a proposed plant for reprocessing used fuel from nuclear plants.

August 10, 2016 – Daily Mail – Thank goodness for weather forecasts! A solar storm in 1967 almost sparked a nuclear WAR – In May 1967, the US Air Force prepared aircraft for war, thinking the nation’s surveillance radars were being blocked by the Soviet Union. However, the cause of the radar jamming was not the Soviet Union. The military discovered that a solar storm had caused the disruption, and thankfully the US avoided a potential nuclear weapon exchange.

August 10, 2016 – KFYR TV – ND Health Council reapproves radioactive waste rule, asks for new study – The development of fracking brought a historic economic boom to North Dakota. It also brought issues the state rarely dealt with before, such as radioactive waste disposal. The North Dakota Health Council (NDHC) paved the way for some radioactive waste to be stored in state last year. But, landowners and activists say they weren’t given enough notice, so they took the council to court. Now, the NDHC revisited the rule in a public meeting. The NDHC gave landowners and experts 20 minutes to speak out against new rules regarding radioactive waste.

August 10, 2016 – Digital Journal – New Bikini Atoll A-Bomb test films released by National Security – On July 22, 2016, the U.S. National Security Archives declassified and released all the footage shot by Task Force One, the Army Air Force scientific photographic unit as it flew over Bikini Atoll just moments after the Able test detonation (1:00-4:30) went off. The same unedited film footage also depicts four shots of the Baker test from different ranges (5:44, 8:56, 11:28, and 14:10), showing the formation of the nuclear cloud past the height of clouds in the sky. The end of the film, (15:40) shows a roiling cauldron at the bottom of what was once a beautiful coral bay. The damage appears to be complete. Only five ships sank, but those left floating were extensively damaged, and the viewer can see the huge oil slicks contaminating the environment from ships that had suffered damage to their infrastructure. But U.S. scientists weren’t prepared for what the tests ultimately revealed.

August 10, 2016 – Bloomberg News – Customers Could Pay $2.5 Billion for Nuclear Plants That Never Get Built – U.S. electricity consumers could end up paying more than $2.5 billion for nuclear plants that never get built. Utilities including Duke Energy Corp., Dominion Resources Inc. and NextEra Energy Inc. are being allowed by regulators to charge $1.7 billion for reactors that exist only on paper, according to company disclosures and regulatory filings. Duke and Dominion could seek approval to have ratepayers pony up at least another $839 million, the filings show. The practice comes as power-plant operators are increasingly turning to cheaper natural gas and carbon-free renewables as their fuels of choice. The growth of these alternatives is sparking a backlash from consumers and environmentalists who are challenging the need for more nuclear power in arguments that have spilled into courtrooms, regulatory proceedings and legislative agendas.

August 10, 2016 – Beyond Nuclear – Radioactive Waste – No safe, permanent solution has yet been found anywhere in the world – and may never be found – for the nuclear waste problem. In the U.S., the only identified and flawed high-level radioactive waste deep repository site at Yucca Mountain, Nevada has been canceled. Beyond Nuclear advocates for an end to the production of nuclear waste and for securing the existing reactor waste in hardened on-site storage. Environmental coalition members from the Crabshell Alliance, Sierra Club Nuclear-Free Campaign, NIRS, PSR, NEIS, and Public Citizen “just say NO!” at the NRC HQ nuke waste con game public comment meeting on 11/14/13 in Rockville, MD. Photo credit David Martin and Erica Grey. Beyond Nuclear submitted six sets of comments to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), by the July 31st deadline, re: “Consent-Based Siting” for so-called “centralized interim storage sites” (de facto permanent parking lot dumps), as well as permanent burial dumps (such as long targeted at Yucca Mountain, Nevada), for high-level radioactive waste/irradiated nuclear fuel.

August 10, 2016 – Syracuse.com – Gov. Cuomo says Fitzpatrick nuclear plant saved: Whole state should be smiling – Gov. Andrew Cuomo today said a deal for Exelon Generation to take over the James A. FitzPatrick nuclear power plant in Scriba saves 615 high-skilled, well-paying jobs. The governor made the announcement at a rally in support of the FitzPatrick plant in Oswego County. The facility, currently owned by Entergy, provides enough electricity to power more than 800,000 average-sized homes.

August 10, 2016 – Albany Times Union – Cuomo touts FitzPatrick nuclear plant sale – Exelon has acquired the FitzPatrick nuclear plant from Entergy Corp., the company and state announced Tuesday, putting in sight an end to uncertainty surrounding the plant’s future even as the state continues to lean on nuclear power to help reach its clean energy goals. The $110 million agreement transfers the plant’s operating license to Exelon, according to the company. The New York Power Authority will transfer the decommissioning trust fund and liability for FitzPatrick, which is on the shores of Lake Ontario near Oswego, to Entergy, which would then transfer them to Exelon if the deal is approved by regulators and the transaction closes.

August 10, 2016 – Charlotte Observer – Is the Energy Department doing enough to protect nuclear whistleblowers? – Changes announced by the U.S. Department of Energy to strengthen protections for nuclear whistleblowers don’t go far enough to fix deep-rooted problems unearthed in a recent audit, lawmakers and worker advocates say. The audit, released last month, found that the DOE’s nuclear program rarely holds its civilian contractors accountable for unlawful retaliation against contract employees who raise concerns about health, safety, fraud and waste. The lack of enforcement has led to the creation of chilled work environments at nuclear sites across the country, according to the audit performed by the Government Accountability Office at the request of three Democratic senators: Claire McCaskill of Missouri, Ron Wyden of Oregon and Ed Markey of Massachusetts.

August 10, 2016 – The State – Once secret documents helping lawyers argue for sick nuclear workers at South Carolina complex – Lawyers are using once-classified government documents to argue that potentially thousands of sick nuclear weapons workers and their families should be eligible for federal benefits. The documents, released late last year, provide evidence that some workers at the Savannah River Site were exposed to thorium after 1972 even though the government said the South Carolina plant no longer had significant quantities of the radioactive material, said Bob Warren, an attorney representing ex-SRS employees. Warren said the federal records show that SRS had ample amounts of thorium, a metal used in nuclear reactions that can cause cancer. Warren obtained the documents under the Freedom of Information Act from the U.S. Department of Energy after a three-year wait.

August 10, 2016 – Aiken Standard – Solutions needed in MOX funding debate – It’s a shame more people weren’t on hand Thursday to hear an important legislative update from U.S. Sen. Tim Scott, R-South Carolina. But for the approximately 30 people attending the town hall organized by the North Augusta Chamber of Commerce, the affable senator from the Lowcountry delivered a lot of important news. Scott addressed a wide variety of topics, including roads, education and issues affecting small-business owners. But the bulk of Scott’s visit centered on the Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility, or MOX, at the Savannah River Site. Scott echoed the sentiments of most Republican lawmakers that the approximately $7.7 billion project must move forward.

August 10, 2016 – Daily Caller – Costly Wind Turbines Are Damaging Texas Power Grid, MIT Study Finds – Wind turbines are pushing Texas’s power grid to the limit, despite more than $8 billion invested in green infrastructure, according to a report published Friday in the Technology Review, by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. “Texas is learning just how costly it is to wrangle the wind,” MIT researchers found. Texas is already spending $8 billion, but the state’s utilities and transmission companies will have to spend hundreds of millions more to upgrade the system enough to transport electricity from wind-rich West Texas to market in East Texas, the report found. Texas’ new wind turbines also place dangerous stress on the power grid, potentially leading to blackouts.

August 10, 2016 – KFGO 790 FM – Health Council to revisit radioactive waste rules – North Dakota’s State Health Council will redo a meeting from a year ago during which it approved new rules for radioactive waste, in the wake of a lawsuit. Environmental groups sued in April, alleging the August 2015 meeting was held illegally. Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem had issued an opinion in March saying the council violated state law by not providing adequate notice of the meeting. The new meeting is being held on Tuesday at the state Capitol. The Health Council will consider ratifying the decisions made a year ago.

August 10, 2016 – Denver Post – Payouts to property owners in long-running Rocky Flats suit should start in 2017 – For those who lived in the shadow of the former Rocky Flats nuclear plant — and for those who still do — compensation for loss of property value triggered by the noxious stew of chemicals and radioactive elements that were produced at the sprawling facility and dispersed downwind is moving from dream to reality. Late last week, a federal judge gave preliminary approval to a $375 million settlement that was reached in May between thousands of property owners living east of Rocky Flats and the plant’s longtime operators, Rockwell International Corp. and Dow Chemical Co.

August 10, 2016 – WyoFile – Lawmakers eye nuke plant, waste – Wyoming lawmakers may consider working with the U.S. Department of Energy in a new “consent-based” effort to establish sites for storing highly radioactive nuclear waste. Storing nuclear waste was the source of terrific controversy the last time Wyoming experienced a severe energy bust in the late 1980s. The Joint Minerals, Business and Economic Development Committee has scheduled more than 2 hours to discuss nuclear waste storage and other nuclear energy-related topics when it meets Thursday at the Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission building in Casper. DOE wants states to voluntarily research the potential for temporary and permanent storage of spent nuclear energy material. Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality officials attended a meeting in Denver in May at which “consent-based siting” of nuclear waste was discussed. DEQ has been ordered to examine what it would take to draft a “permit mapping process” for nuclear waste storage, however it has not been instructed to take any actions.

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Augus 9, 2016 – Press Pieces

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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