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Should NRC Spend Time and Money Simplifying Transition to Decommissioning?

January 26, 2015 by Rod Adams

In the past three years, five nuclear reactors in the United States have permanently ceased operations and are in the process of transitioning to a decommissioning status. There is not a well defined process for making that transition and for applying appropriate, risk-informed regulations.[read more]

Can an Advanced Nuclear Reactor Design Ever Be Approved in the US?

January 12, 2015 by Eric Wesoff
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Advanced Reactor Design Approval

Oak Ridge National Laboratory announced that it is collaborating with Canadian firm Terrestrial Energy to develop the firm's proprietary Integral Molten Salt Reactor technology to the engineering blueprint stage -- and perhaps to regain some North American technological leadership in advanced nuclear power.[read more]

ThorCon: Demonstrated Molten Salt Tech Packaged With Modern Construction Techniques

January 9, 2015 by Rod Adams
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ThorCon is a packaged nuclear power plant concept from Martingale, Inc. that is designed to wring capital costs out of nuclear plant construction. The company visionaries have recognized that the biggest hurdles to building new actinide-fueled reactors are the initial capital investment.[read more]

As 2014 Has Come to a Close, Nuclear Energy is at a Crossroads - Again!

January 1, 2015 by Milton Caplan
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Nuclear Crossroads

Looking back at 2014, the nuclear industry has had its ups and downs. There were setbacks as France formalized its intention to reduce its reliance on nuclear going forward, Sweden pulled back after its most recent election, and in Finland the Olkiluoto 3 project was delayed once again.[read more]

With US Nuclear in Decline, Scientists and Analysts Urge Support for Next-Generation Technologies

December 24, 2014 by Stephen Lacey
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Even with countries like China and India looking to boost their low-carbon energy supplies with nuclear, project developers around the world have faced long delays, cost overruns, and strong competition from natural gas and distributed resources, as well as policies designed to phase nuclear out entirely.[read more]

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U.S. Uranium Supplies, Part 2: Mitigating Future Energy Security Risks from Large Imports Disruptions

December 17, 2014 by John Miller
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Uranium Security and Supply Risk Prevention

In the previous ‘U.S. Uranium Supplies, Part 1’ report we covered current-future World & U.S. Nuclear Power generation, primary sources of nuclear fuels, and the growing risks to imported supplies. Here we will cover promising policies and strategies for mitigating future potential uranium fuel imports disruption risks.[read more]

DoE Announces $12.5B in Loans for Advanced Nuclear

December 17, 2014 by Katherine Tweed
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DoE Advanced Nuclear Loans

The Department of Energy issued a loan guarantee solicitation for $12.5 billion on Wednesday for innovative nuclear projects. This comes on top of $8 billion for advanced fossil energy projects last December, and $6.5 billion for two nuclear reactors in February, the first new to be built in the U.S. in about 30 years.[read more]

Almost All U.S. Nuclear Plants Require Life Extension Past 60 Years to Operate Beyond 2050

December 12, 2014 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy
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Nuclear Plant Life Planning

When nuclear plants are built, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has the authority to issue initial operating licenses for a period of 40 years. Beyond that, the reactors need license renewals, and the NRC has granted 20-year license renewals to 74 of the 100 operating reactors in the United States.[read more]

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U.S. Uranium Supplies, Part 1: Growing Energy Security Risks

December 1, 2014 by John Miller
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Uranium Supply and Risk

Nuclear Power is the largest source of U.S. ‘zero carbon’ electricity generation. Expansion of this baseload power generation capacity is needed to replace coal and enable future expansions of variable Wind and Solar Power. The U.S. unfortunately imports most nuclear fuels, which are subject to growing supply disruption risks.[read more]

Tour of NuScale Control Room and Test Facility

October 31, 2014 by Rod Adams
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NuScale Tour

On October 20, 2014, I had the opportunity to visit NuScale’s facilities in Corvallis, OR. Though the company now has offices in three cities, Corvallis, the home of Oregon State University, is the place where the NuScale Power Module has been conceived and refined.[read more]

Three Ways to Play Uranium: Dundee's David Talbot Names His Top Draft Picks

October 26, 2014 by Jim Patrick

Ways to Play Uranium Investment

Dundee Capital Markets Vice President and Senior Mining Analyst David Talbot worked for nine years as a geologist in the gold exploration industry. Talbot joined Dundee's research department in May 2003, and in summer 2007 took over the role of analyzing the fast-growing uranium sector.[read more]

Why Radiation is Safe and Why All Nations Should Embrace Nuclear Energy

August 23, 2014 by Rod Adams
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Nuclear Energy, Radiation, and Risk

Dr. Wade Allison has recently published a video on radiation that is aimed at a general audience. It explains why radiation associated with nuclear energy production, medical diagnostics, and medical treatments is generally safe and should not be a cause for excessive concern.[read more]

Shell's Future Scenarios Ignore Nuclear Energy [VIDEO]

August 8, 2014 by Rod Adams

Shell, Nuclear Energy, and the Future

One of the reasons I am so certain that hydrocarbon producers dislike the idea of competing with nuclear energy is the fact that their ads, stockholder communications, and predictions of future energy supply scenarios virtually ignore nuclear energy.[read more]

NRC Commissioner Candidates Stephen Burns and Jeffery Baran

July 29, 2014 by Rod Adams

Filling NRC Vacancies

With some trepidation and caution, I recommend that the Senate confirm Stephen Burns as an NRC Commissioner. He will not require a lengthy acculturation process or any significant training time to come up to speed as a fully functioning Commissioner.[read more]

Jeb Handwerger: Are You Ready for Doubles and Triples in Uranium Mining Stocks?

July 12, 2014 by Jim Patrick

Uranium Mining Jump

Jeb Handwerger is an author, speaker and founder of Gold Stock Trades. He studied engineering and mathematics at University of Buffalo and earned a master's degree at Nova Southeastern University. Handwerger began a daily newsletter, which grew to include thousands of readers.[read more]