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Thursday, August 25, 2016

FBI Files Say China Firm Pushed U.S. Experts for Nuclear Secrets

FBI Files Say China Firm Pushed U.S. Experts for Nuclear Secrets


http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-08-25/fbi-files-say-china-firm-pushed-u-s-experts-for-nuclear-secrets

“Holy Grail” Of Renewable Energy Storage Is Fast-Approaching


“Holy Grail” Of Renewable Energy Storage Is Fast-Approaching


http://breakingenergy.com/2016/08/24/holy-grail-of-renewable-energy-storage-is-fast-approaching/?utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=33399213&_hsenc=p2ANqtz--Wg05N4OmOMvWO7VldL9tEzlI8Ma2JEwW1OWMkLCuz7cg-jgs6972HXv4FO1HU7gFFSudxFKNsmkkbRATJt7dEq9PXPw&_hsmi=33399213

Nuclear legacy key to project success

Passing on the knowledge of decommissioning management and environmental stewardship from DOE site clean-up is not a ‘nice-to-have’; it could be make-or-break for the commercial nuclear industry.
Featuring insights from the DOE, UCOR and AREVA, Nuclear Energy Insider has put together a brand new report on the opportunities and challenges that will arise from collaboration between these two industries.
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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

AP: Many donors to Clinton Foundation met with her at State

News from The Associated Press





Many donors to Clinton Foundation met with her at State http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_CAMPAIGN_2016_CLINTON_FOUNDATION?SITE=AP

India Outlines Plan To Increase Biofuels Market By More Than 750 Percent By 2022


Five Things You Need To Know Before The Clean Power Plan Oral Argument


Five Things You Need To Know Before The Clean Power Plan Oral Argument

By By Environmental Defense Fund Energy Exchange Blog,   /  Tuesday, August 23, 2016 10:00 AM
The Clean Power Plan oral argument is coming up soon. On September 27, attorneys will present their arguments in front of the full U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. EPA and the many supporters of the Clean Power Plan have already filed their written arguments – and so has the coalition of coal companies

China sets sights on new global export: nuclear energy | Fox Business

China sets sights on new global export: nuclear energy | Fox Business

Nuclear Power: Safety is a Key Factor to Industry Growth - Power Engineering

Nuclear Power: Safety is a Key Factor to Industry Growth - Power Engineering

Nuclear Waste: Human Danger or Hidden Opportunity | RealClearEnergy

Nuclear Waste: Human Danger or Hidden Opportunity | RealClearEnergy

China Sets Sights on New Global Export: Nuclear Energy - ABC News

China Sets Sights on New Global Export: Nuclear Energy - ABC News

Feds propose nuclear waste transport through Erie County - GoErie.com - Erie, PA

Feds propose nuclear waste transport through Erie County - GoErie.com - Erie, PA

Insight into nuclear decommissioning newsletter edition 21 - Insight_into_nuclear_decommissioning_edition_21.pdf

Insight into nuclear decommissioning newsletter edition 21 - Insight_into_nuclear_decommissioning_edition_21.pdf

Christoph Frei, World Energy Council, on gas & energy security

Christoph Frei, World Energy Council, on gas & energy security

How is a Nuclear Plant Outage Like a Puzzle Race? - YouTube

How is a Nuclear Plant Outage Like a Puzzle Race? - YouTube

Russia support Thorium | Bård Bergfald | Pulse | LinkedIn

Russia support Thorium | Bård Bergfald | Pulse | LinkedIn

Urgent Leadership Summit to Save the Nukes! Oct. 22-24

Environmental ProgressFriends--

The future of nuclear energy — our largest source of clean power — is in serious jeopardy, and hardly anything is being done to save it.
America could lose half of its nuclear plants by 2030, and yet lawmakers from Washington, D.C. to Springfield, Illinois to Sacramento, California are failing to take action.
We won an exciting victory in New York, but it was temporary and inadequate: there is no plan to replace much less build new nuclear plants.
Thorium and advanced reactors hold great promise but where will they be built if today’s nuclear plants are decommissioned and their sites remediated? Who will want to work and invest in an industry that is in decline and denial?
Enough is enough. Pro-nuclear environmentalists, students, and young nuclear professionals have to take action into our own hands. We must unite to save nuclear at every level: in Washington, in the states, in our plants, in the media, and in our communities.
Join us for a “Save the Nukes!", a national leadership summit October 22 - 24 in Chicago, Illinois co-sponsored by Environmental Progress, American Nuclear Society’s Youth Members Group, Mothers for Nuclear, North American Young Generation of Nuclear, Thorium Energy Alliance, and Nukes Facebook group.  Here's what we have planned so far.
Schedule:
Saturday, October 22
5 pm Registration, Cocktails and Dinner — Dessert Panel: “How Can Illinois Save the Nukes?"
Sunday, October 23
9 - 12 noon: Why Is Nuclear in Crisis? What Is Working to Save Them? What Should We Do? 
12 - 1 Lunch: 
1 - 3: Get Action!
Strategy
Skills Trainings
3 - 5: Get Organized! Small Group Breakout Sessions
Washington, D.C.
Mid-West
West
New York
New England
Southeast
Monday, October 24
Morning -- Meet with Legislators
Noon / Afternoon -- Fight to save Clinton and Quad Cities Nuclear Plants with a March and Direct Action!
Schedule and locations to be announced soon-- mark your calendar and tell your friends.
For more information or if you have questions, shoot me an email.
With hope for the future,
Eric Meyer
Organizing Director
eric@environmentalprogress.org

How do we know the anti-Diablo Canyon Proposal would increase emissions? We read the fine print.

How do we know the anti-Diablo Canyon Proposal would increase emissions? We read the fine print.

by Michael Shellenberger
Diablo Canyon will be mostly replaced by natural gas and emissions will increase if the Joint Proposal by PG&E, IBEW 1245, and anti-nuclear groups is approved by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and upheld by the courts.
Further, the percentage of electricity PG&E derives from low-carbon energy sources will decline from 58 to 55 percent.
The Proposal claims it will replace the 17,660 gigawatt-hours of low-carbon electricity produced by Diablo Canyon with an equal amount of low-carbon electricity, but the details of the Proposal make clear that will not happen. The Proposal’s specifics mandate:
1) 2,000 gigawatt-hours per year of reduced energy consumption through energy efficiency by 2025;
2) Another 2,000 gigawatt-hours per year of “GHG free energy resources or energy efficiency” to come on line by 2025;
3) There is no 3.
That’s it: 4,000 gigawatt-hours per year of (mostly) energy efficiency and (maybe) renewable power to replace 17,660 gigawatt-hours from Diablo Canyon.
Where will the remaining 13,660 gigawatt-hours come from? The Proposal doesn’t say, but the only source it can come from is natural gas.
And with all of that natural gas will come 5.4 million tons of extra carbon dioxide emissions every year.
Read More: Why Diablo Canyon Will Live — and the Corrupt Proposal to Kill It Will Fail
What about energy storage? The Proposal itself admits, “energy storage, by itself, is not a source of energy,” which may be why it doesn’t bother setting storage targets.
What about the 55 percent (of PG&E sales) Renewable Portfolio Standard by 2031 (to last through 2045)?
That sounds good, but it starts 6 years after Diablo Canyon would close, and it’s actually a stepdown from PG&E’s current GHG free share of generation, which was 58 percent last year.
So all the efficiency and renewables the Proposal mandates—or vaguely promises—would leave PG&E’s energy mix slightly dirtier in 2045 than it was in 2015—no progress at all for 30 years because of Diablo’s closure.
And while it might constitute a nominal replacement (almost) of Diablo Canyon, it would likely come by buying Renewable Energy Certificates from out-of-state renewable plants, leaving California’s in-state generation markedly dirtier. Under that RPS mechanism, California has met its nominal renewables targets even as the GHG free share of in-state electricity generation has fallen by 20 percent over the last decade.
The reason the Proposal doesn’t call for replacing Diablo with renewable energy is simple: California’s grid can’t handle it. The state is already struggling to integrate intermittent renewable power, and is having to curtail mid-day surges of solar to avoid destabilizing the grid.
The Proposal acknowledges that Diablo must be closed to make room for curtailed solar. (Of course, replacing clean nuclear power with clean solar power does nothing for the climate, although its great for the solar industry.)
But it also states that closure will “impact the efficient and reliable balancing of load,” which means blackout risk.  That’s why the Proposal is careful not to mandate any more destabilizing solar or wind—and leaves the door wide open for reliable gas generation.
Which leaves load reduction through energy efficiency as the main (though woefully inadequate) green component of both the Proposal and PG&E’s forecasts. But while energy efficiency is great, load reduction is plumb stupid as climate policy.
Grid electricity is the easiest part of the energy supply to decarbonize, so we should be using more electricity—for transport, heating and other purposes—not less; PG&E’s generation should grow mightily to accommodate all the Tesla’s and Volts Californian’s could be driving on electricity from Diablo Canyon. The Proposal’s prescription for grid austerity marks a disastrous wrong turn for California energy policy.
All of this fits a growing pattern. Despite green groups’ claims that nuclear power can be easily replaced by wind, solar and energy efficiency, recently closed plants from Vermont Yankee to California’s San Onofre have been replaced overwhelmingly with fossil-fueled power. With Diablo Canyon, at least they are admitting ahead of time that renewables can’t do the job.

Read More: Why Diablo Canyon Will Live — and the Corrupt Proposal to Kill It Will Fail

Ukraine To Continue Efforts On Diversifying Nuclear Supplies And Services, Official Says

Ukraine To Continue Efforts On Diversifying Nuclear Supplies And Services, Official Says

Kuwait Backing Away From Nuclear Power Option - News - Nuclear Power News - Nuclear Street - Nuclear Power Plant News, Jobs, and Careers

Kuwait Backing Away From Nuclear Power Option - News - Nuclear Power News - Nuclear Street - Nuclear Power Plant News, Jobs, and Careers

Drone Photographs Project Vogtle Progress - News - Nuclear Power News - Nuclear Street - Nuclear Power Plant News, Jobs, and Careers

Drone Photographs Project Vogtle Progress - News - Nuclear Power News - Nuclear Street - Nuclear Power Plant News, Jobs, and Careers

American Public Power Association - Report questions EPA assumptions on availability of nuclear power

American Public Power Association - Report questions EPA assumptions on availability of nuclear power

US waste facility developer acts on local impact queries to avoid delays | Nuclear Energy Insider

US waste facility developer acts on local impact queries to avoid delays | Nuclear Energy Insider

New York carbon credits keep FitzPatrick online; Utah selects site for first SMR | Nuclear Energy Insider

New York carbon credits keep FitzPatrick online; Utah selects site for first SMR | Nuclear Energy Insider

Nuclear engineers apply 3-D printing to cut cost of parts replacement


Nuclear engineers apply 3-D printing to cut cost of parts replacement

http://analysis.nuclearenergyinsider.com/nuclear-engineers-apply-3-d-printing-cut-cost-parts-replacement

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Next Big Future: Russian 789 megawatt fast nuclear reactor reaches full power

Next Big Future: Russian 789 megawatt fast nuclear reactor reaches full power

Decommissioning of Nuclear Facilities: Germany’s Experience

Decommissioning of the Merlin Research Reactor in Germany. (Photo: Forschungszentrum Juelich GmbH)
Germany recently announced a milestone in the complete dismantling of the reactor pressure vessel of the Obrigheim nuclear power plant in Germany. After 36 years of operations the plant shut was down in 2005 and has been in the process of dismantling since 2008.
Boris Bredenbach, a well-known decommissioning expert gave us some insight details on Germany’s experience in this specialised field in an article published in the March 2016 issue IAEA Bulletin.
Germany has gained considerable experience in the decommissioning of nuclear facilities since the 1970s. Currently 16 nuclear power plants, both power and prototype reactors, are at different stages of decommissioning. Three decommissioning projects have been completed (see map).
Following the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant (NPP) accident in March 2011, the German Government decided to end the use of nuclear energy for the commercial generation of electricity by gradually phasing it out. This decision resulted in an amendment of the German Atomic Energy Act (AtG) on 31 July 2011, withdrawing the authorization to operate an installation for the fission of nuclear fuel for the commercial production of electricity for the seven oldest NPPs and NPP Krümmel on 6 August 2011, and setting end dates for the authorization for the remaining nine NPPs in a phased approach ending in 2022.
Since then, all eight NPPs, which were shut down in 2011 applied for a decommissioning licence. Additionally, NPP Grafenrheinfeld was shut down on 27 June 2015, half a year before its originally scheduled end date. An application for decommissioning was submitted well in advance, as is the case for NPP Gundremmingen B, which is still in operation and which is scheduled to shut down at the end of 2017.
The map below provides an overview of the nuclear power plants under decommissioning in Germany, as well as those already either dismantled, permanently shut down but awaiting granting of the decommissioning licence, or in operation with the foreseen end dates. In addition to the power and prototype reactors, more than 30 research reactors of various size and more than ten nuclear fuel cycle facilities have been shut down and have been or will be decommissioned.
In many shapes and forms
There may be many decommissioning projects proceeding concurrently, but each project is unique. The course of the project, its financing, the choice of decommissioning strategy and many other conditions depend on the type of facility and its owner:
  • Power reactors and plants for uranium enrichment and fuel fabrication belong to the power utilities and the companies operating in this sector.
  • Research reactors, prototype reactors for electricity production and prototype nuclear fuel cycle facilities are, on the other hand, established at research centres or universities. They are financed publicly. 
  • The decommissioning of the Greifswald and Rheinsberg NPPs of the former East Germany is financed from the federal budget, as are the decommissioning and remediation of the uranium mining and processing facilities of East Germany.
The legal framework for the decommissioning of nuclear facilities results from the AtG. It stipulates that decommissioning is subject to licensing by the competent authority. According to the AtG, there are two different strategies allowed: immediate dismantling or dismantling after safe enclosure. The decision as to which decommissioning strategy to implement is taken by the operator. Most operators have opted for dismantling immediately.
For the licence application, specified documents and information have to be submitted to the competent authority of the State in which the nuclear facility is located. These have to describe, among other things, the procedure applied for, the planned dismantling measures and associated techniques to be used, the environmental impact and the provisions for radiation protection. Further details are regulated by the Nuclear Licensing Procedure Ordinance and are included in the Decommissioning Guide.
Compliance with the requirements for work permitted in the decommissioning licence is supervised by the competent local state authority. The authority verifies whether the conditions specified for the work and the licensing conditions imposed are complied with. Additional inspections are carried out by independent experts commissioned by the authority for assistance. Furthermore, the techniques and methods specified in the licence will be fully specified and a detailed plan prepared in the course of the supervisory procedure.
Future tasks in Germany are the completion of the current decommissioning projects and the decommissioning of the nuclear facilities that are still operating once they have reached the end of their operating life. The number of parallel decommissioning projects of large scale facilities required by the phase-out of nuclear power could pose challenges in terms of the availability and maintenance of competences at all levels (operators, regulatory body, technical support organizations, and suppliers).
Past, current and future decommissioning projects of nuclear power plants in Germany. (Source: Installation and Reactor Safety Company, Germany)

UCS Causes Meltdowns at US Nuclear Reactors (no, really)

UCS Causes Meltdowns at US Nuclear Reactors (no, really)


http://allthingsnuclear.org/dlochbaum/ucs-causes-meltdowns-at-us-nuclear-reactors-no-really

First offshore wind farm in US completed. Details of FOAK costs & schedule

First offshore wind farm in US completed. Details of FOAK costs & schedule


http://atomicinsights.com/first-offshore-wind-farm-us-completed-details-foak-costs-schedule/

Why the TPP Deal Won’t Improve Our Security - The New York Times

Why the TPP Deal Won’t Improve Our Security - The New York Times

Tomgram: Todd Miller, The Great Mexican Wall Deception

Tomgram: Todd Miller, The Great Mexican Wall Deception 
http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/176179/tomgram%3A_todd_miller%2C_the_great_mexican_wall_deception/#more

Nuclear accident in New Mexico ranks among the costliest in U.S. history - LA Times

Nuclear accident in New Mexico ranks among the costliest in U.S. history - LA Times

Nuclear power divides California’s environmentalists (Nuclear power divides environmentalists in California) — High Country News

Nuclear power divides California’s environmentalists (Nuclear power divides environmentalists in California) — High Country News

Why manufacturing will make or break the future of energy | GreenBiz

Why manufacturing will make or break the future of energy | GreenBiz

Companies ask regulators to approve sale of FitzPatrick nuclear plant | syracuse.com

Companies ask regulators to approve sale of FitzPatrick nuclear plant | syracuse.com

India’s Kudankulam Unit 2 Reactor Prepares for Full Launch Amid Uneasiness | The Diplomat

India’s Kudankulam Unit 2 Reactor Prepares for Full Launch Amid Uneasiness | The Diplomat

India’s Kudankulam Unit 2 Reactor Prepares for Full Launch Amid Uneasiness | The Diplomat

India’s Kudankulam Unit 2 Reactor Prepares for Full Launch Amid Uneasiness | The Diplomat

Nuclear’s Glacial Pace

Nuclear’s Glacial Pace

Your Nuclear News | X-energy and Southern Nuclear collaborate on advanced reactor development

Your Nuclear News | X-energy and Southern Nuclear collaborate on advanced reactor development

NUCLEAR: Southern Co. moves closer to advanced reactor technology -- Tuesday, August 23, 2016 -- www.eenews.net

NUCLEAR: Southern Co. moves closer to advanced reactor technology -- Tuesday, August 23, 2016 -- www.eenews.net

Next Big Future: Carnival of Nuclear Energy 323

Next Big Future: Carnival of Nuclear Energy 323

Holding Clean Energy Hostage | Jacobin

Holding Clean Energy Hostage | Jacobin

Westinghouse Makes Leadership Changes At Fuel Fabrication Plant - News - Nuclear Power News - Nuclear Street - Nuclear Power Plant News, Jobs, and Careers

Westinghouse Makes Leadership Changes At Fuel Fabrication Plant - News - Nuclear Power News - Nuclear Street - Nuclear Power Plant News, Jobs, and Careers

Bus-sized nuclear reactors could replace large-scale plants - E & T Magazine

Bus-sized nuclear reactors could replace large-scale plants - E & T Magazine

As world retreats from nuclear power, Russia pushes fast reactors

As world retreats from nuclear power, Russia pushes fast reactors

New Study Shows How Clinging to Nuclear Power Means Climate Failure | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community

New Study Shows How Clinging to Nuclear Power Means Climate Failure | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community

Beyond Growing Pains: Germany’s New Normal in Renewable Energy Policy

Beyond Growing Pains: Germany’s New Normal in Renewable Energy Policy

King Coal is Dethroned in the US, and That’s Good News for the Environment

King Coal is Dethroned in the US, and That’s Good News for the Environment

Russia notes progress with fast reactor technology

Russia notes progress with fast reactor technology
Russia has reached two more milestones in its endeavour to close the nuclear fuel cycle. Mashinostroitelny Zavod (MSZ) - part of Russian nuclear fuel manufacturer TVEL - has completed acceptance tests of components for its ETVS-14 and ETVS-15 experimental fuel assemblies with mixed nitride fuel for the BREST and BN fast neutron reactors. MSZ has also announced the start of research and development work on the technical design of the "absorbent element" of the core of the BREST-OD-300 reactor.http://world-nuclear-news.org/NN-Russian-notes-progress-with-fast-reactor-technology-23081601.html

US advanced reactor developers team up

US advanced reactor developers team up
X-energy and Southern Nuclear Operating Company have signed a memorandum of understanding to collaborate on development and commercialization of their respective advanced reactor designs.http://world-nuclear-news.org/NN-US-advanced-reactor-developers-team-up-2308165.html

FAS Roundup August 23, 2016

 

Book Review

Steven Aftergood's book review featured in Nature

In the latest issue of Nature, FAS Director of the Project on Government Secrecy, Steven Aftergood, had his book review of The Ethics of Invention: Technology and the Human Future by Sheila Jasanoff published.           

 

 

From the Blogs


No First Use of Nuclear Weapons and More from CRS
by Steven Aftergood, FAS

This update features 9 new and updated Congressional Research Service reports across a variety of issues, from "No First Use" policy discussion to airline passenger protection rights. 
Full story.

Security for Domestic Intelligence Facilities Revised
by Steven Aftergood, FAS

After an incident at the CIA headquarters on June 13, a new directive was put into motion to set security standards for facility protection, design, and renovation. Full story.

Defense Support of Civil Authorities: Overview
by Steven Aftergood, FAS
The Department of Defense published a three-volume manual detailing the conditions under which the DoD can intervene in domestic civilian affairs. Full story.

 

In the News

No First Use of Nuclear Weapons, & More from CRS

No First Use of Nuclear Weapons, & More from CRS

CBE  |  JOCE Special Volume 2.2

CBE  |  JOCE Special Volume 2.2

CBE  |  Secure-Oceans

CBE  |  Secure-Oceans

CBE  |  Secure-Oceans

CBE  |  Secure-Oceans

ANS Winter Meeting & Expo


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What Lightbridge Does


What Lightbridge Does


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jPH5zenNEps&list=TL1r68PCVy9-kyMzA4MjAxNg

Tokyo Electric Power : 10,000 tons of toxic water pools in Fukushima nuclear plant trenches | 4-Traders

Tokyo Electric Power : 10,000 tons of toxic water pools in Fukushima nuclear plant trenches | 4-Traders

US NRC Blog Update: When A Plant Changes Hands

When A Plant Changes Hands

Neil Sheehan
Public Affairs Officer
Region I
FitzPatrickTowerViewIn February, Entergy announced plans to permanently shut down the James A. FitzPatrick nuclear power plant on Jan. 27, 2017. However, there are indications – based on recent negotiations between Entergy and Exelon – that the facility may not cease operations after all.
On Aug. 9, Exelon announced it had reached a deal to purchase the Scriba (Oswego County), N.Y., boiling-water reactor from Entergy for $110 million. This agreement occurred after the New York State Public Service Commission approved Zero Emission Credits, or subsidies, which will help upstate N.Y. nuclear plants stay online amid historically low energy prices.
Challenging market conditions had earlier prompted Entergy to announce the plant’s closure. The NRC in 2008 had approved a renewal of FitzPatrick’s initial 40-year operating license, extending it until October 2034.
Before the sale of the plant can be completed, the transaction will undergo reviews by the NRC, as well as other regulatory agencies. NRC staff will evaluate Exelon’s technical and financial capabilities to ensure the plant’s safe operation and to provide reasonable assurance that adequate funding is available to safely decommission the unit after the final shutdown has occurred.
Exelon currently owns and operates 22 reactors at 13 plant sites in the U.S. The company also runs Fort Calhoun under a contract with the Omaha Public Power District.
We will publish on our website and in the Federal Register a notice of having received the license transfer application, dated August. 18, and the opportunity to request a hearing on the proposal. As for the process itself, such reviews generally take from six months to a year. For example, when the FitzPatrick operating license was transferred from the New York Power Authority to Entergy in 2000, the review was completed in about half a year.
As a footnote, Exelon already owns the Nine Mile Point nuclear power plant, which is located next-door to FitzPatrick.

Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz Calls For Increased Investment To Enhance U.S. Energy Emergency Response


Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz Calls For Increased Investment To Enhance U.S. Energy Emergency Response


http://breakingenergy.com/2016/08/22/energy-secretary-ernest-moniz-calls-for-increased-investment-to-enhance-u-s-energy-emergency-response/?utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=33274345&_hsenc=p2ANqtz--ObkdEjReV8Ym7qNQxgcwHkDPe72wKC9CjufKOd6YjbbPeIQ_5TfeA1dSYWqh0ARO75zNjcZvs3wi84B7tdVyNVR6C-Q&_hsmi=33274345

US CO2 Emissions From Natural Gas Will Top Coal In 2016

US CO2 Emissions From Natural Gas Will Top Coal In 2016



http://breakingenergy.com/2016/08/22/us-co2-emissions-from-natural-gas-will-top-coal-in-2016/?utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=33274345&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-9qYrJWuVGZ_ZCia3D6J7KgP94ADeNg_xnzV8KVqxy6tC-tPB_-cxZApE7G2GI8zmfg_51mOu8yTuOpRVvp9FG403f3iQ&_hsmi=33274345

Monday, August 22, 2016

Baghdad, ISIS Carry out Executions; 238 Killed in Iraq - Antiwar.com Original by -- Antiwar.com

Baghdad, ISIS Carry out Executions; 238 Killed in Iraq - Antiwar.com Original by -- Antiwar.com

Articles: How Obama Hoodwinked the Supreme Court on Obamacare

Articles: How Obama Hoodwinked the Supreme Court on Obamacare

A Displeased Colin Powell Accuses Hillary Of "Trying To Pin" Email Scandal On His Advice | Zero Hedge

A Displeased Colin Powell Accuses Hillary Of "Trying To Pin" Email Scandal On His Advice | Zero Hedge

Robert Scheer: Dear Bill Clinton: The End of Welfare Isn’t the End of Poor People - Columns - Robert Scheer - Truthdig

Robert Scheer: Dear Bill Clinton: The End of Welfare Isn’t the End of Poor People - Columns - Robert Scheer - Truthdig

Texas Judge Blocks Obama Transgender Bathroom Policy: "It Threatens Students’ Safety And Privacy" | Zero Hedge

Texas Judge Blocks Obama Transgender Bathroom Policy: "It Threatens Students’ Safety And Privacy" | Zero Hedge

"Sooner Or Later The Younger Generation Will Explode In Rage At The System" | Zero Hedge

"Sooner Or Later The Younger Generation Will Explode In Rage At The System" | Zero Hedge

"Sooner Or Later The Younger Generation Will Explode In Rage At The System" | Zero Hedge

"Sooner Or Later The Younger Generation Will Explode In Rage At The System" | Zero Hedge

Obama Is Pushing the Trans-Pacific Partnership So Clinton Won’t Have To (Video) - Truthdig

Obama Is Pushing the Trans-Pacific Partnership So Clinton Won’t Have To (Video) - Truthdig

Clinton’s Transition Team: a Corporate Presidency Foretold

Clinton’s Transition Team: a Corporate Presidency Foretold

FBI Uncovers Over 15,000 More Emails In Clinton Probe | Zero Hedge

FBI Uncovers Over 15,000 More Emails In Clinton Probe | Zero Hedge

Robert Scheer: How Bill Clinton Waged a War on Welfare Mothers Instead of a War on Poverty - Columns - Robert Scheer - Truthdig

Robert Scheer: How Bill Clinton Waged a War on Welfare Mothers Instead of a War on Poverty - Columns - Robert Scheer - Truthdig

Fukushima Update 8/22/16

Fukushima Update 8/22/16

Some Okuma evacuees make temporary returns to home… Kawamata Town to be fully reopened by April 1, 2017… Ikata unit #3 is now at 100% power… Antinuclear tents are removed from the Industry Ministry’s property… Officials continue to search for the remains of residents missing due to the 2011 tsunami… Another ex-Fukushima worker gets workman’s compensation for low level radiation exposure… and more.

http://www.hiroshimasyndrome.com/fukushima-accident-updates.html

Nuclear power divides California’s environmentalists (Nuclear power divides environmentalists in California) — High Country News

Nuclear power divides California’s environmentalists (Nuclear power divides environmentalists in California) — High Country News

IAEA Detects Signs of Resumed Activity at Yongbyon Nuclear Complex

IAEA Detects Signs of Resumed Activity at Yongbyon Nuclear Complex





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230 million yuan of 'radiation seafood' smuggled from Japan to China - People's Daily Online

230 million yuan of 'radiation seafood' smuggled from Japan to China - People's Daily Online

Concerns about National Academy of Sciences and Scientific Dissent | National Association of Scholars

Concerns about National Academy of Sciences and Scientific Dissent | National Association of Scholars

As Corn Devours U.S. Prairies, Greens Reconsider Biofuel Mandate - Bloomberg Politics

As Corn Devours U.S. Prairies, Greens Reconsider Biofuel Mandate - Bloomberg Politics

Australia Finds Out Wind Power Doesn’t Really Work | The Daily Bell

Australia Finds Out Wind Power Doesn’t Really Work | The Daily Bell

Tennessee Wildlife Federation | Crab Orchard Wind Farm — Are we considering ALL the costs?

Tennessee Wildlife Federation | Crab Orchard Wind Farm — Are we considering ALL the costs?

An update on the Energiewende

An update on the Energiewende



http://euanmearns.com/an-update-on-the-energiewende/

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Fukushima Commentary 8/20/16

Fukushima Commentary 8/20/16

Does the Asahi Shimbun Comprehend the F. Daiichi Ice Wall’s Purpose?

The “ice wall” at Fukushima Daiichi is misunderstood by Japan’s number two newspaper. The “wall” is supposed to stop contaminated water from mixing with fresh groundwater. But, the Asahi incorrectly reports that it is supposed to stop external groundwater flow, misleading its 12 million readers!

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What The New NASA ‘Hot Spot’ Study Tells Us About Methane Leaks


What The New NASA ‘Hot Spot’ Study Tells Us About Methane Leaks


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Harry Ferrari, Westinghouse Engineer, Used Radiation to Enhance Tennis Strings - WSJ

Harry Ferrari, Westinghouse Engineer, Used Radiation to Enhance Tennis Strings - WSJ

Gov't to use state funds for cleanup of heavily contaminated Fukushima areas ‹ Japan Today: Japan News and Discussion

Gov't to use state funds for cleanup of heavily contaminated Fukushima areas ‹ Japan Today: Japan News and Discussion

TEPCO’s Plan to Freeze Soil at Fukushima Site to Curb Contamination Failing


TEPCO’s Plan to Freeze Soil at Fukushima Site to Curb Contamination Failing

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Tokyo Electric Power Company’s initiative to create a frozen soil barrier around Japan's damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant to prevent the groundwater from becoming contaminated with radioactive materials has not shown any success, the Japanese Nuclear Regulation Authority's expert panel member said.


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Fukushima Nuclear Plant ice wall fails to stop radiation reaching sea | Daily Star

Fukushima Nuclear Plant ice wall fails to stop radiation reaching sea | Daily Star

Jordan News Agency (Petra) |Bakhit: Jordan is pressing ahead with its peaceful nuclear program in transparent manner

Jordan News Agency (Petra) |Bakhit: Jordan is pressing ahead with its peaceful nuclear program in transparent manner

Nuclear Outlook Thru 2017

Nuclear Outlook Thru 2017

BWXT to buy Ontario nuclear business from GE Hitachi, double presence in Canada - MRO Magazine

BWXT to buy Ontario nuclear business from GE Hitachi, double presence in Canada - MRO Magazine

General Electric and Hitachi selling their nuclear division

General Electric and Hitachi selling their nuclear division

New York and Ohio, climate change and nuclear power - Editorials - Ohio

New York and Ohio, climate change and nuclear power - Editorials - Ohio

Condition Monitoring: Going Nuclear - Power Engineering

Condition Monitoring: Going Nuclear - Power Engineering

Nuclear regulators keep ban on Monju reactor - News - NHK WORLD - English

Nuclear regulators keep ban on Monju reactor - News - NHK WORLD - English

Australia formally bans Chinese from leasing power grid | The Seattle Times

Australia formally bans Chinese from leasing power grid | The Seattle Times

‘99% effective’ Fukushima ice wall fails to seal off crippled nuclear plant — RT News

‘99% effective’ Fukushima ice wall fails to seal off crippled nuclear plant — RT News

Feds: Chinese businessman will flee prosecution | WBIR.com

Feds: Chinese businessman will flee prosecution | WBIR.com

The Granddaddy of the Climate Change Movement is Trying to Save Nuclear Energy in California · Environmental Leader · Environmental Management News

The Granddaddy of the Climate Change Movement is Trying to Save Nuclear Energy in California · Environmental Leader · Environmental Management News