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Friday, January 20, 2017

Connecticut nuclear plant seeks to bid on state contracts | Economy | qctimes.com

Connecticut nuclear plant seeks to bid on state contracts | Economy | qctimes.com

Russia and Iran forge closer ties

Russia and Iran forge closer ties
Russia and Iran yesterday signed documents furthering their cooperation in the peaceful uses of nuclear energy. They were signed in Moscow by Nikolay Spassky, deputy director general for international affairs at Rosatom, the Russian state nuclear corporation, and Behrouz Kamalvandi, deputy head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran for International, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs.http://www.world-nuclear-news.org/C-Russia-and-Iran-forge-closer-ties-20011702.html

Kyushu Electric gets approval for Genkai upgrade plans

Kyushu Electric gets approval for Genkai upgrade plans
Japan's Nuclear Regulation Authority has confirmed that Kyushu Electric's Genkai units 3 and 4 in Saga Prefecture meet new regulatory standards. The Japan Atomic Industry Forum said today that the decision, which Kyushu announced on 18 January, was based on the NRA's approval of a revised review of reactor upgrade plans at the two 1180 MWe pressurized water reactors.http://www.world-nuclear-news.org/RS-Kyushu-Electric-gets-approval-for-Genkai-upgrade-plans-20011703.html

Perry sets out climate beliefs to Senate committee

Perry sets out climate beliefs to Senate committee
Rick Perry, nominated to be US Energy Secretary by President-elect Donald Trump, said yesterday he believes "some" climate change is manmade and promised to protect the Department of Energy's scientific research activities into the issue. He told a Senate committee he regretted calling for the department's abolition five years ago and said he advocated all energy options for the USA's 21st century energy policy.http://www.world-nuclear-news.org/NP-Perry-sets-out-climate-beliefs-to-Senate-committee-2001177.html

iPWR: Integral Pressurized Water Reactor

iPWR: Integral Pressurized Water Reactor

http://ansnuclearcafe.org/2017/01/19/ipwr-integral-pressurized-water-reactor/#sthash.l35YSNHn.q60wyO8o.dpbs

Pope’s Congratulatory Message to New US President Donald J Trump – ZENIT – English

Pope’s Congratulatory Message to New US President Donald J Trump – ZENIT – English

WPR Articles Jan. 13 — Jan. 20

WPR Articles Jan. 13 — Jan. 20

Is Sudan Coming In From the Cold?

By: Andrew Green | Briefing
One of the more unexpected decisions to emerge in the waning days of Barack Obama’s presidency was his move last week to ease U.S. sanctions against Sudan that have been in place for nearly two decades. The move to open up Sudan’s economy might encourage the reforms that 20 years of sanctions have not.

Mexico Faces a Crucial Year as Trump and Domestic Pressures Converge

By: Paul Imison | Briefing
Amid U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s threats on trade and immigration with Mexico, deeply unpopular Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto faces social unrest and a potential recession ahead of a presidential election in 2018, when another populist underdog will look to capitalize on public anger.

Economic and Security Issues Sideline Women’s Rights in Egypt

By: The Editors | Trend Lines
An Egyptian court recently upheld a decision to freeze the assets of three women’s rights activists. The three are charged, along with five others, of using illegally obtained foreign funds to “destabilize Egypt.” In an email interview, Marwa Shalaby discusses women’s rights and gender equality in Egypt.

Taking Stock of the U.S. Rebalance and the Contest for Influence in Asia

By: Timothy R. Heath | Briefing
As Donald Trump prepares to assume the presidency of the United States, the contest with China for influence in Asia continues apace. The region’s ambiguous response to President Barack Obama’s rebalance or “pivot” owes less to any U.S. shortcoming than to the potency of its competitor, China.

Under Hollande, Old Ills Plague French Policy in Africa

By: Karina Piser | Trend Lines
Security has defined France’s Africa policy under President Francois Hollande, who was in Mali last week for the final Africa-France Summit of his presidency. But critics argue that Hollande’s militaristic approach distracted from the institution-building necessary for long-term African stability.

Declining Income Inequality Masks Sierra Leone’s Slow Economic Growth

By: The Editors | Trend Lines
With general elections due to be held by 2018, Sierra Leone’s opposition parties have been criticizing the ruling All People’s Congress party for its handling of the country’s poverty and crime issues. In an email interview, Tristan Reed discusses poverty and income inequality in Sierra Leone.

Is Jordan Winning Its Battle Against Domestic Extremism?

By: Frederick Deknatel | Trend Lines
Last month’s terrorist attack in southern Jordan, which the Islamic State claimed responsibility for, was a brutal reminder of the kingdom’s fragile security situation. For all the worries about homegrown extremism in Jordan, though, the attack revealed its opposite: popular rejection of the Islamic State.

Once a Caribbean Success Story, Trinidad and Tobago Faces an Uncertain Future

By: Robert Looney | Briefing
Resource booms and busts are a sad reality for most commodity-based developing countries, and Trinidad and Tobago is no exception. The wealthiest of the Caribbean economies, thanks to its oil and gas resources, is currently mired in a severe recession after the collapse of world oil prices.

The National Intelligence Council Paints a Grim Future of ‘Disruption’

By: Steven Metz | Column
In the NIC’s latest long-term forecast, which catalogues an array of political, economic, demographic and technological trends, a single keyword occurs over and over: disruption. In a very broad sense, the futurists in the U.S. intelligence community believe the world has entered an age of disruption.

The Rise and Potential Fall of the Liberal International Order

By: The Editors | Trend Lines
In this week’s Trend Lines podcast, WPR’s editor-in-chief, Judah Grunstein, and senior editor, Frederick Deknatel, discuss President Barack Obama’s foreign policy legacy. For the Report, Patrick M. Stewart talks to Peter Dörrie about the prospects of the liberal world order and what might replace it.

Can Cote d’Ivoire Keep Its Soldiers in the Barracks?

By: Robbie Corey-Boulet | Briefing
Last week, Cote d’Ivoire’s government and soldiers who had mutinied claimed to have reached a deal to end their standoff. The mutiny proved that, six years after the creation of a new Ivoirian army amid post-election violence, the goal of a cohesive and disciplined fighting force is still far from reality.

How Rafsanjani Became the Pragmatic Voice of Iran’s Revolution

By: Mohsen Milani | Feature
Iran’s late Ayatollah Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani left a powerful but mixed legacy. During his career he justified repression and catered to extremists, but was also often a voice of moderation. His death comes at a critical juncture in Iranian politics, leaving an uncertain fate for reform.

On Iran, Can Trump Make the Transition From Campaign Rhetoric to Policy?

By: Ellen Laipson | Column
When it comes to Iran, as on other issues, the views of Donald Trump’s Cabinet nominees do not suggest an easy consensus about how to transition from the president-elect’s brash campaign promises—to cancel the Iran nuclear agreement, for example—to the messy world of less-than-ideal policy options.

Morocco Renews Iran Ties—With Saudi Arabia’s Permission

By: The Editors | Trend Lines
Earlier this month, Morocco’s ambassador to Iran presented his credentials in Tehran, restoring ties between the two countries that Rabat severed in 2009 over what it called Iran’s interference in Morocco’s internal affairs. In an email interview, Ann Wainscott discusses Morocco’s ties with Iran.

Trump Wants to Break the EU. Will He Instead End Up Being Its Savior?

By: Judah Grunstein | Column
Just when it seemed like the EU’s troubles couldn’t get any worse, Donald Trump rubbed salt in its wounds last week in an interview, lauding Brexit, disparaging German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and deriding the EU as a vehicle for German economic domination. But could Trump end up being the EU’s savior?

As Inequality Grows in Mexico, So Does Social Polarization

By: The Editors | Trend Lines
Mexico has one of the highest rates of inequality among developed countries, according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, with the richest 1 percent of the population owning almost half of the country’s wealth. In an email interview, Patricio Solís discusses income inequality in Mexico.

How Will Countries Respond to China’s Shift From Global Exporter to Investor?

By: Damien Ma | Briefing
That China is an export powerhouse is well established. Less remarked upon is the rise of its newest export: capital. During his speech at the World Economic Forum this week—the first by a Chinese president—President Xi Jinping touted China’s efforts in facilitating global trade and economic development.

Why Americans Won’t Give Trump a Pass on Russia Ties

By: Frida Ghitis | Column
Americans are watching with great interest to see how exactly the Trump administration manages bilateral ties with Russia and how Donald Trump deals with Russian President Vladimir Putin. This is not a positive development for the incoming president, given Americans’ deep distrust of Moscow and Putin.

Despite a Robust Women’s Movement, Turkey Sees Gender Equality Lag

By: The Editors | Trend Lines
Last year, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called women who work “half persons,” sparking outrage among many liberal Turks, though his statement resonated with the country’s conservative majority. In an email interview, Melinda Negrón-Gonzales discusses women’s rights and gender equality in Turkey.

In Life and Death, Rafsanjani Will Leave a Lasting Imprint on Iran’s Politics

By: The Editors | Trend Lines
In this week’s Trend Lines podcast, WPR’s editor-in-chief, Judah Grunstein, and senior editor, Frederick Deknatel, discuss U.S. President Donald Trump’s foreign policy agenda. For the Report, Mohsen Milani talks about former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani’s lasting influence on Iranian politics.

Which of America’s Adversaries Will Test Trump First?

By: Steven Metz | Column
America’s adversaries are almost certain to challenge President Donald Trump early on to test his inexperience in national security affairs. How he and his team respond will determine whether other adversaries mount challenges of their own. What is unclear is which of America’s adversaries will move first.

The Energy Collective Mapping Out a Low-Carbon Future

Mapping Out a Low-Carbon Future | The Energy Collective Daily

Link to The Energy Collective

NRC Completes Review of Proposed New Reactor at North Anna Site - NBC29 WVIR Charlottesville, VA News, Sports and Weather

NRC Completes Review of Proposed New Reactor at North Anna Site - NBC29 WVIR Charlottesville, VA News, Sports and Weather

Report: No safety issues that would prevent license for North Anna reactor

Fredericksburg.com - ‎2 hours ago‎
The federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission has concluded that there are “no safety aspects” that would prevent the issuance of a license for construction and operation of a third reactor at Dominion Virginia Power's North Anna Power Station, a project ...

Proposed nuclear reactor 1 step closer to federal approval

Virginian-Pilot - ‎3 hours ago‎
MINERAL, Va. (AP) — A proposed nuclear reactor outside Richmond is one step closer to getting federal approval. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission said Thursday that a final safety report found no issues. The NRC's next step is a hearing later this ...

Survey finds CT residents oppose subsidy for Millstone nuclear power plant | Westfair Communications

Survey finds CT residents oppose subsidy for Millstone nuclear power plant | Westfair Communications

Belarusian nuclear power plant to start getting nuclear fuel in late 2018

Belarusian nuclear power plant to start getting nuclear fuel in late 2018
MINSK, 20 January (BelTA) – There are plans to start delivering nuclear fuel to the Belarusian nuclear power plant in late 2018, BelTA learned from ...http://eng.belta.by/society/view/belarusian-nuclear-power-plant-to-start-getting-nuclear-fuel-in-late-2018-98107-2017/

IAEA SEED mission works out recommendations for Belarus

Belarus News (BelTA) - ‎5 hours ago‎
MINSK, 20 January (BelTA) – The IAEA SEED mission has worked out recommendations for Belarus and identified the good practices that already exist in the country, reads the press release posted on the IAEA's official website, BelTA has learned. An IAEA ...

Belarus to fulfill all IAEA's proposals after SEED mission

Belarus News (BelTA) - ‎6 hours ago‎
MINSK, 20 January (BelTA) – Belarus is going to fulfill all the proposals of the IAEA after the SEED mission. The statement was made by Energy Minister Vladimir Potupchik at the meeting with the team members of the IAEA's SEED mission in Belarus, BelTA ...

Scope of IAEA SEED mission in Belarus compliant with Espoo Convention

Belarus News (BelTA) - ‎6 hours ago‎
MINSK, 20 January (BelTA) – The scope of the SEED mission to Belarus was in line with the recommendations of the Espoo Convention Implementation Committee, Belarusian Deputy Energy Minister Mikhail Mikhadyuk told reporters on 20 January, BelTA ...

Belarus invites Lithuania to set up joint agency for post-project analysis of BelNPP

Belarus News (BelTA) - ‎7 hours ago‎
MINSK, 20 January (BelTA) – Belarus invites Lithuania to set up a joint agency for post-project analysis of the Belarusian nuclear power plant (BelNPP), Belarusian First Deputy Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Minister Iya Malkina told ... 

IAEA: Belarusian authorities have taken into account all possible external hazards to BelNPP

Belarus News (BelTA) - ‎7 hours ago‎
The Belarusian authorities have taken into account all possible external hazards to the Belarusian nuclear power plant (BelNPP) that is under construction, Greg Rzentkowski, Director of the IAEA Division of Nuclear Installation Safety, told reporters ...

Belarusian nuclear power plant to start getting nuclear fuel in late 2018

Belarus News (BelTA) - ‎8 hours ago‎
MINSK, 20 January (BelTA) – There are plans to start delivering nuclear fuel to the Belarusian nuclear power plant in late 2018, BelTA learned from Belarusian Deputy Energy Minister Mikhail Mikhadyuk on 20 January. The official reminded that in line ...

IAEA: Belarus shows a responsible attitude to ensuring nuclear safety

Belarus News (BelTA) - ‎8 hours ago‎
MINSK, 20 January (BelTA) – Belarus clearly demonstrates a responsible attitude to ensuring nuclear safety, Greg Rzentkowski, Director of the IAEA Division of Nuclear Installation Safety, told reporters at the presentation of the results of the SEED ...

Energy Ministry: Belarus provided SEED mission with all requested information

Belarus News (BelTA) - ‎9 hours ago‎
MINSK, 20 January (BelTA) – Belarus provided the SEED mission with all requested information, Belarusian Deputy Energy Minister Mikhail Mikhadyuk said at the presentation of the results of the IAEA SEED mission in Belarus on 20 January, BelTA has ...

Belarus prioritizes NPP safety in cooperation with IAEA

Belarus News (BelTA) - ‎9 hours ago‎
MINSK, 20 January (BelTA) – It is of utmost importance for Belarus to secure the safety of its nuclear power plant in the cooperation with the IAEA, Belarus' Deputy Energy Minister Mikhail Mikhadyuk told reporters at the presentation of the results of ...

Replacement reactor vessel prepped for installation at Belarusian nuclear power plant site

Belarus News (BelTA) - ‎9 hours ago‎
MINSK, 20 January (BelTA) – The replacement reactor pressure vessel has been delivered and is getting prepared for installation. It is up to the general contractor — Rosatom — to decide on the fate of the compromised reactor pressure vessel, BelTA ...

Another batch of Belarusian nuclear power plant personnel getting trained in Novovoronezh

Belarus News (BelTA) - ‎10 hours ago‎
MINSK, 20 January (BelTA) – Another batch of personnel of the Belarusian nuclear power plant has started training at the Novovoronezh nuclear power plant, BelTA learned from the Information and Public Relations Office of the enterprise Novovoronezh ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Nuclear in a Nutshell: Nuclear is a large part of Alabama Power's energy mix - Alabama NewsCenter

Nuclear in a Nutshell: Nuclear is a large part of Alabama Power's energy mix - Alabama NewsCenter

'Miniature', modular nuclear power plants could be rolled out in the US


NuScale Power

'Miniature', modular nuclear power plants could be rolled out in the US

They can fit on the back of a truck.

http://www.sciencealert.com/miniature-modular-nuclear-power-plants-are-being-implemented-in-the-us


Toshiba dives on reported nuclear power losses


Toshiba dives on reported nuclear power losses

Toshiba shares plunged in Tokyo Thursday following reports of huge losses at its US nuclear power business.
http://energy.economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/power/toshiba-dives-on-reported-nuclear-power-losses/56659313


 

Japan trade minister says not considering Toshiba rescue plan

Deccan Chronicle - ‎6 hours ago‎
Japan's minister for economy, trade and industry, Hiroshige Seko, said on Friday a rescue plan for embattled conglomerate Toshiba Corp was not under consideration at his ministry. Seko told reporters after a cabinet meeting that he would closely ...

Toshiba woes intensify on reports of $6bn writedown

Times of Malta - ‎13 hours ago‎
Pedestrians walk past a logo of Toshiba Corp in Tokyo, Japan. Photo: Yuya Shino/Reuters. Toshiba Corp's financial crisis deepened yesterday as media reported it may unveil a bigger-than-expected $6 billion writedown for its US nuclear business, sending ...

Toshiba – yet another Japanese giant falls from grace

Asia Times - ‎13 hours ago‎
And so now it's Toshiba Corp. Another giant brought to its knees from the ranks of Japan's corporate behemoths that once ruled the world. Toshiba's shares have lost about half their value since the company said last month it may face a writedown at its ...

Editorial: Toshiba must clarify how it suffered staggering losses

The Mainichi - ‎14 hours ago‎
Toshiba Corp., which is restructuring after it came to light that the electronics giant had padded its profits, faces a new crisis: around a 700 billion yen loss stemming from its U.S. unit Westinghouse Electric Co.'s takeover of another U.S. company ...

Western Digital tipped for Toshiba semiconductor partnership

bit-tech.net - ‎9 hours ago‎
Toshiba has confirmed it is investigating spinning off its semiconductor arm, with Western Digital named as the most likely company to pick up a 20 percent stake. Toshiba has confirmed that it is considering spinning off its semiconductor business ...

Toshiba dives on fears of huge loss at nuclear unit

Daily Times - ‎18 hours ago‎
TOKYO: Toshiba shares went into freefall Thursday, with the embattled stock down by nearly half since late December on concerns about huge losses at its nuclear power business in the United States. The Tokyo-listed shares dived 16 percent to end the ...

Toshiba shares extend drop as losses mount at US nuclear unit

Asia Times - ‎19 hours ago‎
Shares in Japan's Toshiba Corp extended losses on Friday, weighed down by concern over a potentially bigger-than-expected US$6 billion writedown triggered by cost overruns at its US nuclear business. The shares fell as much as 6% in early trade before ...

Toshiba's US nuclear business loss may be as much as $6.1 billion

Japan Today - ‎20 hours ago‎
Toshiba Corp could post a 700 billion yen ($6.1 billion) loss at its U.S. nuclear reactor business, much bigger than the 500 billion yen it had earlier flagged to investors, Kyodo news agency reported Thursday. Shares in Toshiba plunged 15% on reports ...

Toshiba Is Studying The Possibility of Spinning Off NAND Flash Production

AnandTech - ‎Jan 19, 2017‎
Toshiba on Wednesday confirmed that it is studying the possibility of splitting its NAND flash business into a separate company. While nothing has been decided as this point, the Japanese tech firm needs money and it may sell a stake in its memory ...

Toshiba considers spinning off its memory business

Networks Asia - ‎17 hours ago‎
Toshiba said it is considering splitting off its memory business into a separate company but added that nothing had been finalized at this point. The Japanese company said Wednesday that it positions its memory unit as a focus business. The ...
 

Proposed nuclear reactor 1 step closer to federal approval - The Washington Post

Proposed nuclear reactor 1 step closer to federal approval - The Washington Post

California's Carbon Emissions Soar With Nuclear Exclusions - News - Nuclear Power News - Nuclear Street - Nuclear Power Plant News, Jobs, and Careers

California's Carbon Emissions Soar With Nuclear Exclusions - News - Nuclear Power News - Nuclear Street - Nuclear Power Plant News, Jobs, and Careers

Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists Nuclear Roundup January20, 2017



Nuclear Roundup
January 20, 2017
A compilation of quality nuclear policy news published on the Web, around the world.
Iran Nuclear Deal

Trump asks Obama appointee who helped craft Iran nuclear deal to stay on

http://www.timesofisrael.com/trump-asks-obama-appointee-who-helped-craft-iran-nuclear-deal-to-stay-in-role/

Israeli Intel Warns Netanyahu Against Pushing Trump to Undo Iran Deal

http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-1.766210

United States

Donald Trump Is Getting the Nuclear Football

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/donald-trump-getting-nuclear-football-n709006

In Nuclear Poker, Don't Bet on Trump

https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2017-01-19/in-nuclear-poker-don-t-bet-on-trump

Nonproliferation or nuclear buildup: What path will Trump follow?

http://www.russia-direct.org/opinion/nonproliferation-or-nuclear-modernization-what-path-will-trump-follow

How Trump’s erratic nuclear posture could spark a new arms race

https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg23331093-000-the-return-of-dr-strangelove/?utm_campaign=RSS%7CNSNS&utm_source=NSNS&utm_medium=RSS&utm_content=news&campaign_id=RSS%7CNSNS-news

The Government Secrets Trump Is About to Discover

http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/01/top-secret-government-documents-confidential-intelligence-214665

What we heard — and didn't hear — from Rick Perry about the US nuclear arsenal

http://www.cnbc.com/2017/01/19/what-we-heard-from-rick-perry-about-the-us-nuclear-arsenal.html

Rick Perry Wants to Keep (and run) the Energy Department

http://foreignpolicy.com/2017/01/19/rick-perry-wants-to-keep-and-run-the-energy-department-trump-nuclear-security-senate-confirmation-hearing-climate-change-iran-deal/

Nuclear activist previously arrested at SRS leads nuclear protest at inauguration

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/2017-01-19/nuclear-activist-previously-arrested-srs-leads-nuclear-protest-inauguration

International

The Scary Reasons NATO (and the World) Should Fear Russia's Nuclear Weapons

http://nationalinterest.org/blog/the-buzz/the-scary-reasons-nato-the-world-should-fear-russias-nuclear-19091

Obama and Russia’s Nuclear Stockpile

https://www.factcheck.org/2017/01/obama-and-russias-nuclear-stockpile/

US, South Korea, Japan stage missile-defense drills amid N. Korea threat

https://www.stripes.com/news/us-south-korea-japan-stage-missile-defense-drills-amid-n-korea-threat-1.449797

Timeline: North Korea nuclear tests versus United Nations sanctions

http://www.cnn.com/2017/01/20/asia/north-korea-nuclear-sanctions-timeline/

India seeking NSG entry on its non-proliferation record: MEA

http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-seeking-nsg-entry-on-its-non-proliferation-record-mea-4482683/

India slams China NSG jibe

http://www.asianage.com/india/all-india/200117/india-slams-china-nsg-jibe.html

A Promising New Method For Cleaning Up the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster

http://gizmodo.com/a-promising-new-method-for-cleaning-up-the-fukushima-nu-1791399499

Treated carbon pulls radioactive elements from water

http://news.rice.edu/2017/01/19/treated-carbon-pulls-radioactive-elements-from-water-2/#sthash.0cA6ydSI.dpuf

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