Archive for January, 2014

2014 nuclear Issues Vol 37 No 1 January

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Can we stop burning coal?

Leaving aside the arguments over the possible threat that climate change may threaten in the future if emissions of carbon dioxide from coal-fired electricity plants continue to rise, there is no doubt at all about the serious health effects that these emissions have and are now causing. They are a sufficient reason in themselves to seek the abandonment of coal as a fuel at the earliest practical date.

Some estimates are horrific. The Health and Environmental Alliance ...

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UK and France Announce Plans For Further Nuclear Collaboration

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The UK and France are planning to collaborate on constructing new nuclear power stations, to find opportunities for small and medium enterprises in nuclear supply chains, and to fund joint training and skills centres for the nuclear industry.

In a joint communique today the two governments declared their commitment to developing nuclear energy, commercial opportunities and skills. They said French nuclear supplier Areva has committed to offering “strategic and practical support” to the UK’s National Skills Academy for Nuclear for the ...

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Myrrha Research Reactor Test Facilities Unveiled

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A scale model of the Myrrha research reactor being developed by the Belgian nuclear research centre SCK•CEN has been unveiled at the von Karman Institute for fluid dynamics in Belgium.

The model, named MyrrhaBelle, is a one-to-five scale model of the Myrrha reactor and will use water to simulate and analyse the behaviour of heat transfer through the fluid and its impact on the components.

A three-directional shake-table, named Shakespeare, was also unveiled and will be used to test the effects of ...

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Russia Partnership Is ‘Right Choice’ For Finland

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Finland has one of the highest energy consumption rates per capita in Europe and teaming up with Russia to build a new reactor is the right choice if the country is to meet demand, Fennovoima project director Minna Forsström told NucNet.

“In the mid-term, in the coming decades, the oldest nuclear plants in Finland will be at the end of their lifetimes,” Ms Forsström said in an interview.

“We have many conventional power plants which will be closed down as well, so ...

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NRC Paves Way For South Dakota Uranium Recovery Project

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There is no potential environmental impact that would prevent the licencing of the proposed Dewey-Burdock uranium recovery project in South Dakota, the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has concluded in its final supplementary environmental impact statement.

The facility would use an in-situ recovery process to extract uranium from underground ore and convert it into yellowcake for use in the production of nuclear fuel.

A licence application was submitted on 10 August 2009 by Powertech Inc. for the construction, operation and eventual decommissioning ...

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Axpo Board Decides To Halt Russian Uranium For Beznau

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The board of directors of the Swiss company Axpo Holding AG, owner of the two-unit Beznau nuclear plant, has decided to discontinue uranium deliveries for the production of fuel elements from the Russian production association Mayak, Axpo has said in a statement.

The decision is based on surveys carried out on behalf of Axpo in Russia into the environmental impact of production methods used at the Mayak facility.

In 2011, Axpo suspended uranium deliveries from Mayak until new measurements could be carried ...

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‘No Evidence’ Of Radioactive Release At UK’s Sellafield

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The Sellafield nuclear reprocessing plant in Cumbria, northwest England, is asking only essential workers to report for work after “elevated levels of radioactivity” were detected.

A perimeter alarm was triggered at the north of the site and each building is being checked, a spokesman told NucNet.

No evidence of radioactive release or accident had been found but “there can be no guessing on nuclear sites”, he added.

The company stressed there was no risk to the public or workforce.

In a statement Sellafield said ...

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January Newsletter No184

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The slow race to develop UK nuclear power is on

So far the New Year has delivered some cheer to nuclear supporters. Perhaps the best news is the purchase by Toshiba, owners of Westinghouse, for £85m of a controlling 60% stake from Iberdrola/GDF-Suez in what seemed to be the moribund NuGen scheme to build nuclear reactors near Sellafield. We assume that the Government has extended NUGen’s five-year option taken on the Moorfields site in 2008 as Toshiba gets down to complete ...

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