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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Bulletin of Atomic Scientists Nuclear Roundup May 24, 2017


Nuclear Roundup
May 24, 2017
A compilation of quality nuclear policy news published on the Web, around the world.

Iran Nuclear Deal

Iran's president criticizes US after Trump's sharp words

http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/politics-government/national-politics/article151907517.html

The Trump administration's Iran policy is dangerous and flawed

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/may/23/trump-administrations-iran-policy-dangerous-flawed

United States

NNSA Releases FY18 Presidential Budget Request

https://nnsa.energy.gov/mediaroom/pressreleases/fy18-presidential-budget-request-nnsa-released

Trump budget plan boosts funding for N.M. national labs

http://www.santafenewmexican.com/news/local_news/trump-budget-plan-boosts-funding-for-n-m-national-labs/article_e56ebdbe-784e-5185-85a5-16261a79ec7b.html

Trump budget terminates funding for Aiken County MOX project

http://www.aikenstandard.com/news/trump-budget-terminates-funding-for-aiken-county-mox-project/article_31e8c77a-3fd5-11e7-aa10-d77b9256e7fa.html

Trump calls Kim Jong Un a ‘madman with nuclear weapons,’ according to transcript of Duterte call

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-calls-kim-jong-un-a-madman-with-nuclear-weapons-according-to-transcript-of-duterte-call/

Democrats Warn Trump Against Pre-emptive Attack on North Korea

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/23/world/asia/congress-trump-kim-north-korea-nuclear-direct-talks.html

North Korea on 'inevitable' path to nuclear ICBM: US

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/05/north-korea-inevitable-path-nuclear-icbm-170524001117049.html

Dan Coats: Ukraine, Libya taught other countries to seek nuclear weapons

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/dan-coats-ukraine-libya-taught-other-countries-to-seek-nuclear-weapons/article/2623911

Full Testimonies: Coates and Stewart

https://www.armed-services.senate.gov/hearings/17-05-23-worldwide-threats

Could U.S. Nuclear Weapons Be Hacked?

http://nationalinterest.org/blog/the-buzz/could-us-nuclear-weapons-be-hacked-20814

Trump looks to Marine to beef up Energy Department's legal muscle

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/trump-looks-to-marine-to-beef-up-energy-departments-legal-muscle/article/2623984

New nominee for DOD legislative affairs

https://insidedefense.com/insider/new-nominee-dod-legislative-affairs

What It Took to Demolish the Most Infamous Room at the Hanford Nuclear Site

http://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/hanford-site-mcclusky-room-radioactive-nuclear-demolition

International

IAEA Library adopts international code to facilitate Member States’ access to its collection

https://www.iaea.org/newscenter/news/iaea-library-adopts-international-code-to-facilitate-member-states-access-to-its-collection-0

US may have to accept nuclear-armed North Korea as military strike too risky, says US admiral

http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2095501/military-strike-too-risky-solve-north-korea-nuclear

Why Trump making North Korea his “first priority” isn’t a good thing

https://www.nknews.org/2017/05/why-trump-making-north-korea-his-first-priority-isnt-a-good-thing/

North Korea's Nuclear Desire

http://www.jurist.org/hotline/2017/05/James-Rudolph-north-korea-nukes.php

Asia opts for a replay of cold war nuclear deterrence

https://www.ft.com/content/df52ff9a-4064-11e7-82b6-896b95f30f58

Russian Navy to get seven advanced nuclear submarines by 2021

http://tass.com/defense/947326

Hibakusha hail draft of latest move to outlaw nuclear weapons

http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201705240052.html

Hey, NATO, Let’s Move Those 50 US Thermonuclear Weapons Out of Turkey

http://www.defenseone.com/ideas/2017/05/dear-nato-get-those-50-us-thermonuclear-weapons-out-turkey/138113/

IAEA course helps radiation protection officers create national training programmes

https://www.iaea.org/newscenter/news/iaea-course-helps-radiation-protection-officers-create-national-training-programmes

General Interest

Nuclear developers stumble over technology and financing

https://www.ft.com/content/a4402d18-3567-11e7-99bd-13beb0903fa3

Nuclear War Without a War

http://newsweekme.com/nuclear-war-without-war/


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What Progressives Miss About Arms Sales - The Atlantic

What Progressives Miss About Arms Sales - The Atlantic

Pope Francis presents Trump with a ‘politically loaded gift’: His encyclical on climate change - The Washington Post

Pope Francis presents Trump with a ‘politically loaded gift’: His encyclical on climate change - The Washington Post

EM News Flash May 24, 2017: Sue Cange Testifies on EM's Fiscal 2018 Budget Request

DOE Office of Environmental Management

EM News Flash | May 24, 2017


Acting Assistant Secretary Sue Cange Testifies on EM’s Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Request to Congressional Subcommittee

WASHINGTON, D.C. Acting EM Assistant Secretary Sue Cange testified today on EM’s Fiscal Year 2017 budget request before the U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services Subcommittee on Strategic Forces. In her testimony, Cange provided an overview of the EM program, key achievements in the past year and planned accomplishments to be achieved with EM’s request of approximately $6.5 billion, which marks EM’s largest budget request in a decade. 
   “I am honored to be here today representing the over 20,000 men and women that carry out the Office of Environmental Management mission. Our request will enable us to continue to make progress with our mission and to realize a significant set of accomplishments across the EM program. We are committed to achieving our mission and will continue to apply innovative environmental cleanup strategies to complete work safely and efficiently, thereby demonstrating value to the American taxpayers. All of this work will, first and foremost, be done safely, within a framework of best business practices,” Cange says in her testimony. 
   EM rolled out the budget request on Tuesday. The request provides the resources necessary to continue making safe, steady and significant progress in tackling the environmental legacy of decades of nuclear weapons development and government-sponsored nuclear energy research. Read Cange’s written statement before the subcommittee here.
   Watch today's hearing here

Global Nuclear Fuel's new product completes regulatory process | WilmingtonBiz

Global Nuclear Fuel's new product completes regulatory process | WilmingtonBiz

YUCCA MOUNTAIN: Trump proposes money, staff to jump-start repository -- Wednesday, May 24, 2017 -- www.eenews.net E&E News -- Start a free trial

YUCCA MOUNTAIN: Trump proposes money, staff to jump-start repository -- Wednesday, May 24, 2017 -- www.eenews.net E&E News

NEA Energizes Extraordinary Nuclear Industry for the Future - YouTube

NEA Energizes Extraordinary Nuclear Industry for the Future - YouTube

Reactors at Oi N-plant approved for safety

Reactors at Oi N-plant approved for safety

The Japan News
The Yomiuri Shimbun The Nuclear Regulation Authority officially approved a “screening certificate” for the Nos. 3 and 4 reactors at Kansai Electric Power Co.'s Oi nuclear power plant in Fukui Prefecture at its regular meeting on Wednesday morning. http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0003718521

Two Oi reactors clear regulator safety review, paving way for restart

The Japan Times -
The Nuclear Regulation Authority formally confirmed Wednesday that two reactors on the Sea of Japan have met safety standards, paving the way for their restart as early as this fall. The authority gave final approval to a report submitted by Kansai ...http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/05/24/national/two-oi-reactors-clear-regulator-safety-review-paving-way-restart/

As I See It: Neighboring governors should be given right to decide reactor restarts

The Mainichi -
Saga Gov. Yoshinori Yamaguchi on April 24 agreed to the restart of the No. 3 and No. 4 reactors of Kyushu Electric Power Co.'s Genkai Nuclear Power Plant, telling a press conference, "I've been able to gain the understanding of prefectural residents as ...https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20170524/p2a/00m/0na/024000c

Japanese Regulators Approve Two Reactors For Restarts

Nuclear Street - Nuclear Power Plant News, Jobs, and Careers (press release) (blog) - ‎8 hours ago‎
Japan's Nuclear Regulation Authority cleared two more nuclear reactors for restart on Wednesday. Both reactors in the Fukui Prefecture could be restarted as early as this fall, if the restarts meet with local approval, according to Japanese media reports. https://nuclearstreet.com/nuclear_power_industry_news/b/nuclear_power_news/archive/2017/05/24/japanese-regulators-approve-two-reactors-for-restarts-052301#.WSXZosm1u7o

The Energy Collective Daily: China's Power Sector Reform: Progress for Clean Energy

China’s Power Sector Reform: Progress for Clean Energy | The Energy Collective Daily


Link to The Energy Collective

Westinghouse Global Businesses Roiled by Bankruptcy - WSJ

Westinghouse Global Businesses Roiled by Bankruptcy - WSJ

Graham says Trump budget’s MOX stance the same as Obama’s | The State

Graham says Trump budget’s MOX stance the same as Obama’s | The State

Trump Budget Proposes Deep Cuts in Energy Innovation Programs - The New York Times

Trump Budget Proposes Deep Cuts in Energy Innovation Programs - The New York Times

Updated: Trump budget pushes EPA, DOE cuts, divestment from federal power assets | Utility Dive

Updated: Trump budget pushes EPA, DOE cuts, divestment from federal power assets | Utility Dive

BUDGET: Trump plan reverses Obama energy and environment policies -- Tuesday, May 23, 2017 -- www.eenews.net

BUDGET: Trump plan reverses Obama energy and environment policies -- Tuesday, May 23, 2017 -- www.eenews.net

States Are Taking Note of Nuclear Energy's Carbon Free Benefits | HuffPost

States Are Taking Note of Nuclear Energy's Carbon Free Benefits | HuffPost

NuGen To Meet With China's State Nuclear Power Technology Corp.

NuGen To Meet With China's State Nuclear Power Technology Corp.
 
A Nuclear Industry Association spokeswoman in Britain confirmed talks would take place with the State Nuclear Power Technology Corporation (SNPTC) of China and NuGen, which has plans to build three AP1000 reactors in Moorside, near Sellafield.

With 60 percent of NuGen owned by financially troubled Japanese conglomerate Toshiba, serious questions have surfaced over the viability of the project. Toshiba said it expected to lose $8.4 billion in the fiscal year that ended March 31. The corporation's final financial report for the year has not yet been filed due to concerns over the valuation of Westinghouse Electric Corporation's October 2015 purchase of construction company CB&I Stone & Webster. Read more and comment http://nuclearstreet.com/nuclear_power_industry_news/b/nuclear_power_news/archive/2017/05/23/nugen-to-meet-with-china_2700_s-state-nuclear-power-technology-corp.-052301#.WSW1mcm1u7p
 

Argentina and China sign contract for two reactors

Argentina and China sign contract for two reactors

Reuse of Indian Point Site Decades Away after Closure | The Examiner News

Reuse of Indian Point Site Decades Away after Closure | The Examiner News

IAEA notes improvements in Czech regulatory framework

IAEA notes improvements in Czech regulatory framework

Trump administration dropping nuclear waste burial test | The Fresno Bee

Trump administration dropping nuclear waste burial test | The Fresno Bee

Bundle Clean Energy, Nuclear Tax Credit Proposals: Lawmakers | Bloomberg BNA

Bundle Clean Energy, Nuclear Tax Credit Proposals: Lawmakers | Bloomberg BNA

NEI president testifies on nuclear value before Ohio congress - Daily Energy Insider

NEI president testifies on nuclear value before Ohio congress - Daily Energy Insider

Toshiba May Seek Buyers for Westinghouse Starting This Fall - Bloomberg

Toshiba May Seek Buyers for Westinghouse Starting This Fall - Bloomberg

TASS: Military & Defense - Russian Navy to get seven advanced nuclear submarines by 2021

TASS: Military & Defense - Russian Navy to get seven advanced nuclear submarines by 2021

EU vows continued nuclear deal support following Rouhani reelection – EURACTIV.com

EU vows continued nuclear deal support following Rouhani reelection – EURACTIV.com

Nuclear Safety Injection Pumps Sales Market Dynamics, Forecasts to 2021, Sales and Revenue Analysis Report | satPRnews

Nuclear Safety Injection Pumps Sales Market Dynamics, Forecasts to 2021, Sales and Revenue Analysis Report | satPRnews

Global Nuclear Protective Clothing Market 2017-2021 - Ensuring Security needs to fuel the Market Growth - openPR

Global Nuclear Protective Clothing Market 2017-2021 - Ensuring Security needs to fuel the Market Growth - openPR

South Africa: The Govt Hasn't Given Up the Fight for Nuclear

South Africa: The Govt Hasn't Given Up the Fight for Nuclear

Federal Register :: Entergy Nuclear Operations, Inc.; Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station

Federal Register :: Entergy Nuclear Operations, Inc.; Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station

Supplies - 197131-2017 - TED Tenders Electronic Daily

Supplies - 197131-2017 - TED Tenders Electronic Daily

Britain's on the brink of a small-scale nuclear reactor revolution • The Register

Britain's on the brink of a small-scale nuclear reactor revolution • The Register

UPDATE 1-China National Nuclear ready to mass produce gen-3 reactors -official


UPDATE 1-China National Nuclear ready to mass produce gen-3 reactors -official


http://af.reuters.com/article/commoditiesNews/idAFL4N1IQ2U4

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Glenn Schleede, Energy Policy Expert, Dead at 83

Glenn Schleede, Energy Policy Expert, Dead at 83


http://www.powermag.com/blog/glenn-schleede-energy-policy-expert-dead-at-83/

Trump to nominate Caputo, Wright for Nuclear Regulatory Commission | Energy & Oil | Reuters

Trump to nominate Caputo, Wright for Nuclear Regulatory Commission | Energy & Oil | Reuters

Trump names nuclear chief Svinicki to a new five-year term

Trump names nuclear chief Svinicki to a new five-year term

NuGen To Meet With China's State Nuclear Power Technology Corp. - News - Nuclear Power News - Nuclear Street - Nuclear Power Plant News, Jobs, and Careers

NuGen To Meet With China's State Nuclear Power Technology Corp. - News - Nuclear Power News - Nuclear Street - Nuclear Power Plant News, Jobs, and Careers

German Nuclear Forum Sounds Warning On Need For Long-Term Skills And Training

German Nuclear Forum Sounds Warning On Need For Long-Term Skills And Training

India Sets Course for Nuclear Energy with New Build of Ten 700 MW PHWR; Emphasis is on Domestic Suppliers | Neutron Bytes

India Sets Course for Nuclear Energy with New Build of Ten 700 MW PHWR; Emphasis is on Domestic Suppliers | Neutron Bytes

Swiss Vote Spells Phase Out For Nuclear Power - News - Nuclear Power News - Nuclear Street - Nuclear Power Plant News, Jobs, and Careers

Swiss Vote Spells Phase Out For Nuclear Power - News - Nuclear Power News - Nuclear Street - Nuclear Power Plant News, Jobs, and Careers

Electric Cars Could Be Cheaper Than Internal Combustion by 2030 - MIT Technology Review

Electric Cars Could Be Cheaper Than Internal Combustion by 2030 - MIT Technology Review

India Cancels Plans for 14 GW of Coal Due to Cheap Solar - Power Engineering

India Cancels Plans for 14 GW of Coal Due to Cheap Solar - Power Engineering

The Energy Collective Daily: Climate Change: How Did We Get Here, and Why Is It So Hard to Fix? Part 1

Climate Change: How Did We Get Here, and Why Is It So Hard to Fix? Part 1 | The Energy Collective Daily

Link to The Energy Collective

Nuclear taxes get new lease on life after Fukushima- Nikkei Asian Review

Nuclear taxes get new lease on life after Fukushima- Nikkei Asian Review

Takahama reactor begins electricity generation - The Japan News

Takahama reactor begins electricity generation - The Japan News

NUCLEAR POWER: Pence meets with trade group chief -- Friday, May 19, 2017 -- www.eenews.net E&E News -- Start a free trial

NUCLEAR POWER: Pence meets with trade group chief -- Friday, May 19, 2017 -- www.eenews.net E&E News -- Start a free trial

The Idea of Floating Nuclear Power Plants Gets a New Look - WSJ

The Idea of Floating Nuclear Power Plants Gets a New Look - WSJ

Westinghouse locks out union at New Hampshire plant

Westinghouse locks out union at New Hampshire plant

Tax breaks could keep SCE&G's nuke project afloat | The State

Tax breaks could keep SCE&G's nuke project afloat | The State

India Sets Course for Nuclear Energy with New Build of Ten 700 MW PHWR; Emphasis is on Domestic Suppliers | Neutron Bytes

India Sets Course for Nuclear Energy with New Build of Ten 700 MW PHWR; Emphasis is on Domestic Suppliers | Neutron Bytes

The Risk of Nuclear Catastrophe Under Trump

The Risk of Nuclear Catastrophe Under Trump

Bulletin of Atomic Scientists Nuclear Roundup May 23, 2017



Nuclear Roundup
May 23, 2017
A compilation of quality nuclear policy news published on the Web, around the world.

United States

The Risk of Nuclear Catastrophe Under Trump

https://warontherocks.com/2017/05/the-risk-of-nuclear-catastrophe-under-trump/

Perry Tours Y-12 Nuclear Weapons Plant and Oak Ridge Lab

https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/tennessee/articles/2017-05-22/perry-tours-y-12-nuclear-weapons-plant-oak-ridge

Air Force to "Cyber-Secure" Nuclear Arsenal

http://www.scout.com/military/warrior/story/1725859-could-us-nuclear-weapons-be-hacked

Sen. Lindsey Graham talks Russia, MOX

http://www.aikenstandard.com/news/sen-lindsey-graham-talks-russia-mox/article_f9532444-3f2c-11e7-957f-4b84a96d192e.html

What drones? Fed finds no drones at ex-nuclear weapons site

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/what-drones-fed-finds-no-drones-at-ex-nuclear-weapons-site/2017/05/23

Trump to nominate three to nuclear commission

http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/334663-trump-to-nominate-three-to-nuclear-commission

International

A first draft of the world's first nuclear weapons ban

http://thebulletin.org/first-draft-worlds-first-nuclear-weapons-ban

Kim Jong-un makes crucial stride in ballistic missile

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/world/the-times/kim-jongun-makes-crucial-stride-in-ballistic-missile/news-story/c97b163e3601856f674e4cb1c312048b

North Korea declares medium-range missile ‘ready for action’, shows off apparent photos from space

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/05/22/asia-pacific/pyongyang-says-test-solid-fuel-missile-confirmed-warhead-guidance-orders-deployment

Spring Has Sprung at Punggye-ri, but a Sixth Nuclear Test Likely Still on Stand-by

http://38north.org/2017/05/punggye052217/

The US and North Korea: From mutual praise to threats of nuclear war, in 10 years

https://qz.com/985374/the-us-and-north-korea-from-mutual-praise-to-threats-of-nuclear-war-in-10-years/

Why Russia is key to curbing North Korea’s nuclear ambitions

http://www.ips-journal.eu/topics/international-relations/article/show/moscow-calling-2058/

Japan’s top officer ‘cannot be optimistic’ about North Korean nuclear progress

https://www.stripes.com/news/japan-s-top-officer-cannot-be-optimistic-about-north-korean-nuclear-progress-1.469726#.WSRBDfnytrQ

U.N. Panel Releases Draft of Treaty to Ban Nuclear Arms

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/22/world/americas/united-nations-nuclear-weapons.html?_r=0


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A Closer Look with Nuclear Energy Institute CEO Maria Korsnick - YouTube

A Closer Look with Nuclear Energy Institute CEO Maria Korsnick - YouTube

Economies of scale in nuclear power

Economies of scale in nuclear power

The future of nuclear power: Russia makes fuel device for ultra-safe reactor — RT News

The future of nuclear power: Russia makes fuel device for ultra-safe reactor — RT News

Why Are Global Warming Alarmists Afraid Of Nuclear Power?

Why Are Global Warming Alarmists Afraid Of Nuclear Power?

EM News Flash May 23, 2017 EM Rolls Out Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Request

DOE Office of Environmental Management

EM News Flash | May 23, 2017


EM Rolls Out Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Request

WASHINGTON, D.C.EM today rolled out its Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 budget request of $6.5 billion. This marks EM’s largest budget request in a decade, and provides the resources necessary to continue making safe, steady and significant progress in tackling the environmental legacy of decades of nuclear weapons development and government-sponsored nuclear energy research. 
   “This budget request is a strong sign of the important value the Administration, under the leadership of Secretary of Energy Rick Perry, places on the EM program, and shows that we are a worthy investment with our record of progress and success,” Acting EM Assistant Secretary Sue Cange said.
   EM’s FY 2018 request provides the resources necessary to achieve progress on the facilities and capabilities necessary to tackle longer-term cleanup challenges, including:
   The request also enables EM to continue moving forward with tackling aging and excess facilities across the DOE complex, such as:
   In addition, the request includes approximately $225 million in funding to allow EM to address specific high-risk excess contaminated facilities at two National Nuclear Security Administration sites — the Y-12 National Security Complex and the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
   “Over the years, we have made a huge amount of progress across the EM program. The strength of those steady sustained achievements provides the solid foundation upon which we are building,” Cange said. “We’re excited about the next steps of progress we’ll be able accomplish with the resources our FY 2018 budget request will provide, building upon our strong track record to date. We know how to do this work and we are getting the job done.”
   More information on EM’s FY 2018 budget request is available here