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Monday, December 11, 2017

Where is China targeting its development finance? | ChinaPower Project

Where is China targeting its development finance? | ChinaPower Project

SIPRI: Weapons sales up again worldwide | World | DW | 11.12.2017

SIPRI: Weapons sales up again worldwide | World | DW | 11.12.2017

Nuclear power’s resilience and security benefits are priceless | TheHill

Nuclear power’s resilience and security benefits are priceless | TheHill

Horizon nuclear plant: Hitachi chairman Hiroaki Nakanishi held talks with chancellor Philip Hammond over a deal for the Welsh plant | City A.M.

Horizon nuclear plant: Hitachi chairman Hiroaki Nakanishi held talks with chancellor Philip Hammond over a deal for the Welsh plant | City A.M.

New Jersey Isn't Waiting for Trump to Come Up With a Nuclear Fix - Bloomberg

New Jersey Isn't Waiting for Trump to Come Up With a Nuclear Fix - Bloomberg

Don't gamble with our electrical grid; keep Ohio's nuclear plants running: Henry B. Spitz (Opinion) | cleveland.com

Don't gamble with our electrical grid; keep Ohio's nuclear plants running: Henry B. Spitz (Opinion) | cleveland.com

China looks to nuclear option to ease winter heating woes

China looks to nuclear option to ease winter heating woes

Let America lead in nuclear power innovation | TheHill

Let America lead in nuclear power innovation | TheHill

Rick Perry says FERC's inability to meet his deadline places grid at risk

Rick Perry says FERC's inability to meet his deadline places grid at risk

US funds to support advanced nuclear technology development

US funds to support advanced nuclear technology development

N.J. Governor Christie eyes nuclear power subsidies, sparks criticism

N.J. Governor Christie eyes nuclear power subsidies, sparks criticism

Nuclear Control Rods Market Research, Growth Opportunities, Key Players, Outlook and Forecasts Report – satPRnews

Nuclear Control Rods Market Research, Growth Opportunities, Key Players, Outlook and Forecasts Report – satPRnews

U S Senate Committee on Environment and Public Wo : Barrasso Expands Uranium One Investigation

U S Senate Committee on Environment and Public Wo : Barrasso Expands Uranium One Investigation

Georgia PSC to make Vogtle nuclear project decision by Dec 21 - Electric Power | Platts News Article & Story

Georgia PSC to make Vogtle nuclear project decision by Dec 21 - Electric Power | Platts News Article & Story

Senate chairman presses nuclear regulators on Uranium One exportsTrue Viral News | True Viral News

Senate chairman presses nuclear regulators on Uranium One exportsTrue Viral News | True Viral News

John Barrasso probes uranium exports by US firm owned by Russia

John Barrasso probes uranium exports by US firm owned by Russia

Decision on nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle moved up to next week | The Augusta Chronicle

Decision on nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle moved up to next week | The Augusta Chronicle

Russia, Egypt sign deal to build $21bn nuclear plant | Middle East Construction News

Russia, Egypt sign deal to build $21bn nuclear plant | Middle East Construction News

New Jersey Needs Its Nuclear Power Plants - NJ Spotlight

New Jersey Needs Its Nuclear Power Plants - NJ Spotlight

Pope Francis calls for nuclear disarmament, environmental responsibility

Pope Francis calls for nuclear disarmament, environmental responsibility

Sisi, Putin to sign document on Monday to start work on Dabaa nuclear plant: Presidential spokesman - Politics - Egypt - Ahram Online

Sisi, Putin to sign document on Monday to start work on Dabaa nuclear plant: Presidential spokesman - Politics - Egypt - Ahram Online

The 2017 Nobel Peace Prize winner wants to ban nuclear weapons. Here’s why the U.S. is opposed. - The Washington Post

The 2017 Nobel Peace Prize winner wants to ban nuclear weapons. Here’s why the U.S. is opposed. - The Washington Post

Toshiba set to complete payment for $19bn Vogtle nuclear expansion project in US - Energy Business Review

Toshiba set to complete payment for $19bn Vogtle nuclear expansion project in US - Energy Business Review

Government invests £86m in nuclear fusion research | Process Engineering

Government invests £86m in nuclear fusion research | Process Engineering

Putin, Sisi set to finalize US$30b nuclear deal, boost ties | World | China Daily

Putin, Sisi set to finalize US$30b nuclear deal, boost ties | World | China Daily

ISIS, Threat Of Nuclear War Not Enough, Countries Now Spending Even More Money On Buying Weapons - Indiatimes.com

ISIS, Threat Of Nuclear War Not Enough, Countries Now Spending Even More Money On Buying Weapons - Indiatimes.com

Initial observation and study of Wave And Tidal Energy for forecast 2023 in Global market by focusing on Top Companies like Aquamarine Power, Pelamis Wave Power, Carnegie Wave Energy, Ocean Power Technologies, Ocean Renewable Power Company, Tenax Energy, AquaGen Technologies, Atlantis Resources, S.D.E. Energy, Marine Current Turbines – MilTech

Initial observation and study of Wave And Tidal Energy for forecast 2023 in Global market by focusing on Top Companies like Aquamarine Power, Pelamis Wave Power, Carnegie Wave Energy, Ocean Power Technologies, Ocean Renewable Power Company, Tenax Energy, AquaGen Technologies, Atlantis Resources, S.D.E. Energy, Marine Current Turbines – MilTech

IAEA Hosts Workshop on Nuclear or Radiological Accident Assessment and Prognosis

IAEA Hosts Workshop on Nuclear or Radiological Accident Assessment and Prognosis

Participant conducting a radiological assessment of a simulated transport accident at the Regional Workshop on Assessment and Prognosis during a Nuclear or Radiological Emergency in Vienna, Austria. (Photo: IAEA)
The IAEA last week held a workshop to support European Member States in their work to assess and make a prognosis for nuclear or radiological emergencies.
The high interest in the workshop, which attracted 25 participants from 24 Member States, reflects the priority IAEA Member States place on strengthening emergency preparedness and response capacities.
Virtual reality technology enables us to conduct large scale emergency simulations which otherwise would be complex to organise and require significant financial resources.
Mr. Chaput, Incident and Emergency Assessment Officer, IAEA Incident and Emergency Centre
Experts use evidence and scientific knowledge to assess a nuclear or radiological emergency and to make a prognosis of how it could evolve. Such assessment and prognosis is crucial for an effective emergency response.
The workshop focused on several areas including approaches used in Member States and the IAEA’s response roles.
As part of the Vienna workshop, participants practiced using a virtual reality tool which simulates emergency scenarios. Mr. Chaput, Incident and Emergency Assessment Officer at IAEA’s Incident and Emergency Centre, who developed the simulated scenarios, explained: “Virtual reality technology enables us to conduct large scale emergency simulations which otherwise would be complex to organise and require significant financial resources. Moreover, these tools allow us to train participants in environments impossible to simulate otherwise, such as emergencies with very high radiation exposure scenarios.”
The workshop was organised under the framework of a regional technical cooperation project[1] which supports Member States in the Europe region to enhance their capabilities to prepare for and respond to nuclear or radiological emergencies.
The IAEA will continue to support its Member States to strengthen effective emergency preparedness and response systems.

[1] RER9137 - Enhancing National Capabilities for Response to Nuclear and Radiological Emergencies

Bulletin of Atomic Scientists Nuclear Roundup December 11, 2017

Nuclear Roundup
December 11, 2017
A daily roundup of quality nuclear policy news.

North Korea

South Korea’s Moon to press Xi on Pyongyang nuclear crisis

https://www.ft.com/content/5611072c-daf6-11e7-a039-c64b1c09b482

Top S. Korean diplomat calls for building effective communication lines with N. Korea

http://english.yonhapnews.co.kr/northkorea/2017/12

Aftershocks likely from September test detected from North Korea nuclear site: USGS

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-northkorea-missiles-tremors/aftershocks

Why North Korea’s nuclear test is still producing aftershock
s

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-42305161

The North Korea debate sounds eerily familiar

http://www.defenseone.com/ideas/2017/12/north-korea-debate-sounds-eerily-familiar/144435/?oref=defenseone_today_nl

In a nuclear standoff with North Korea more than two decades ago, American foresaw a costly victory

http://www.post-gazette.com/news/world/2017/12/10/In-a-nuclear-standoff-with-North-Korea

A game of chicken in the Korean peninsula


http://www.thehindu.com/opinion/lead/a-game-of-chicken-in-the-korean-peninsula/article21386428.ece

North Korea will respect mutually assured destruction — not diplomacy

http://thehill.com/opinion/national-security/364239-north-korea-will-respect-mutually-assured-destruction-not-diplomacy

North Korea is a nuclear state. But can the U.S. accept that?

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/north-korea-is-a-nuclear-state-but-can-the-us-accept-that


United States

US says it may restart intermediate nuclear missile development

https://www.ft.com/content/0f60026a-ddd0-11e7-a8a4-0a1e63a52f9c

White House names Trump loyalist to Iran policy job at State Department

http://foreignpolicy.com/2017/12/08/white-house-names-trump-loyalist-to-iran-policy-job

International

Russia says it is fully committed to nuclear missile pact

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-russia-usa-nuclear/russia-says-it-is-fully-committed-to-nuclear-missile-pact-idUSKBN1E30HZ


Russian Compliance with the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty: Background and Issues for Congress

https://fas.org/sgp/crs/nuke/R43832.pdf

Asia in the ‘second nuclear age’ – assessing the risks of a nuclear exchange

http://ewn.co.za/2017/12/11/asia-in-the-second-nuclear-age-assessing-the-risks-of-a-nuclear-exchange

Israel's 54-year-old nuclear reactor a safety risk

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/12/israels-54-year-nuclear-reactor-safety-risk-171209153124924.html

India's admission into Wassenaar Arrangement may be ticket to NSG, key to decreasing world's nuclear stockpile

http://www.firstpost.com/world/indias-admission-into-wassenaar-arrangement-may-be-ticket-to-nsg


Nobel Peace Prize winner ICAN warns nuclear war 'a tantrum away'

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-42298453

The 2017 Nobel Peace Prize winner wants to ban nuclear weapons. Here’s why the US is opposed.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/monkey-cage/wp/2017/12/11/the-2017-nobel-peace-prize-winner

Nuclear weapons: In conversation with ICAN


http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/12/nuclear-weapons-conversation-ican-171207055118368.html

IAEA hosts workshop on nuclear or radiological accident assessment and prognosis


https://www.iaea.org/newscenter/news/iaea-hosts-workshop-on-nuclear-or-radiological-accident-assessment-and-prognosis

Swedish banks allow investment in nuclear weapons: report

https://www.thelocal.se/20171210/swedish-banks-allow-investment-in-nuclear-weapons-report

France takes mysterious radioactive mushrooms off the menu

http://www.atimes.com/article/france-takes-mysterious-radioactive-mushrooms-off-menu/

General Interest

Should we pay the staggering economic and human costs of nuclear weapons?

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/should-we-pay-the-staggering-economic-and-human-costs_us_5a2df1d5e4b0d7c3f2622437

Our View: Nuclear threat brings world closer to ‘midnight


http://www.pressherald.com/2017/12/10/our-view-nuclear-threat-brings-world-closer-to-midnight/

I’m a proud nuclear-missile owner

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/12/18/im-a-proud-nuclear-missile-owner

Nuclear technology unlocks 50-million-year-old time capsules

https://phys.org/news/2017-12-nuclear-technology-million-year-old-capsules.html


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Taylor's Officially Old and 'Atomic Winter' is Coming

Taylor's Officially Old and 'Atomic Winter' is Coming


http://www.generationatomic.org/skim/taylors-officially-old-and-atomic-winter?e=35d196e47bdda747146b2b9fae235959&utm_source=generationatomic&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=tayatomicwinter&n=2

How “America First” Turns Into “America Last” - The American Interest

How “America First” Turns Into “America Last” - The American Interest

The Nuke ‘Treaty That Ended the Cold War’ is Unraveling | The American Conservative

The Nuke ‘Treaty That Ended the Cold War’ is Unraveling | The American Conservative

As tax plan gained steam, GOP lost focus on the middle class - The Washington Post

As tax plan gained steam, GOP lost focus on the middle class - The Washington Post

How the Tax Plan Will Send Jobs Overseas - The Atlantic

How the Tax Plan Will Send Jobs Overseas - The Atlantic

Sen. Collins: Not sure if I will support tax reform plan - CNNPolitics

Sen. Collins: Not sure if I will support tax reform plan - CNNPolitics

Pentagon Announces First-Ever Audit Of The Department Of Defense : The Two-Way : NPR

Pentagon Announces First-Ever Audit Of The Department Of Defense : The Two-Way : NPR

The twelve days of Trumpmas - The Washington Post

The twelve days of Trumpmas - The Washington Post

After Jerusalem, the US Can No Longer Pretend to Be an Honest Broker of Peace | The Nation

After Jerusalem, the US Can No Longer Pretend to Be an Honest Broker of Peace | The Nation

Confirmed: Louvre Abu Dhabi acquired Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece 'Salvator Mundi'

Confirmed: Louvre Abu Dhabi acquired Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece 'Salvator Mundi'

Time to Take Trump at His Word on Israel-Palestine – LobeLog

Time to Take Trump at His Word on Israel-Palestine – LobeLog

Advent Hope – Fr. Daniel Berrigan | Interrupting the Silence

Advent Hope – Fr. Daniel Berrigan | Interrupting the Silence

What will U.S. foreign aid look like in the age of Trump? - LA Times

What will U.S. foreign aid look like in the age of Trump? - LA Times

Foreign Agents Registration Act, and More from CRS |

Foreign Agents Registration Act, and More from CRS |

NO DEAL: How Secret Talks With Russia To Prevent Election Meddling Collapsed

NO DEAL: How Secret Talks With Russia To Prevent Election Meddling Collapsed

Yes, the FBI is America's secret police | TheHill

Yes, the FBI is America's secret police | TheHill

A stunning new study shows that Fox News is more powerful than we ever imagined - Vox

A stunning new study shows that Fox News is more powerful than we ever imagined - Vox

The State Department’s naughty lists - The Boston Globe

The State Department’s naughty lists - The Boston Globe

Stratfor describes Russia and China allying against America

Stratfor describes Russia and China allying against America

The dangerous debate over cutting military spending - The Washington Post

The dangerous debate over cutting military spending - The Washington Post

Trump’s budget doesn’t help defense all that much - The Washington Post

Trump’s budget doesn’t help defense all that much - The Washington Post

171207_Defense_Budget_Analysis.PDF

171207_Defense_Budget_Analysis.PDF

Repair-and-Rebuild.pdf

Repair-and-Rebuild.pdf

U.S. tax revamp still incomplete as Republicans eye social program cuts

U.S. tax revamp still incomplete as Republicans eye social program cuts

Why we must raise defense spending - The Washington Post

Why we must raise defense spending - The Washington Post

Friday, December 8, 2017

The North Korea Debate Sounds Eerily Familiar - The Atlantic

The North Korea Debate Sounds Eerily Familiar - The Atlantic

Breakthrough Tech To Help Defuse America’s Ticking Time Bomb | OilPrice.com

Breakthrough Tech To Help Defuse America’s Ticking Time Bomb | OilPrice.com

China is at 1.5 times US electricity usage in 2017 and should be double by 2023 | NextBigFuture.com

China is at 1.5 times US electricity usage in 2017 and should be double by 2023 | NextBigFuture.com

Britain to provide funding for mini-nuclear plant research - Reuters - Discussion on Topix

Britain to provide funding for mini-nuclear plant research - Reuters - Discussion on Topix

US funds to support advanced nuclear technology development

US funds to support advanced nuclear technology development

UK fusion researchers welcome government support

UK fusion researchers welcome government support

US funds to support advanced nuclear technology development

US funds to support advanced nuclear technology development

Safety of Spent Fuel Management and Radioactive Waste Management: Workshop Promotes Adherence to International Convention


Safety of Spent Fuel Management and Radioactive Waste Management: Workshop Promotes Adherence to International Convention

(Illustration: F. Nassif/IAEA)
A workshop to promote the Joint Convention on the Safety of Spent Fuel Management and the Safety of Radioactive Waste Management ended yesterday in Rabat, Morocco. The three-day event — hosted by Morocco, a Contracting Party to this international legal instrument since its entry into force in 2001 — helped raise awareness among decision-makers from African countries that have not yet acceded to it.
“Radioactive waste and spent fuel should be managed safely, securely, and responsibly,” said Khammar Mrabit, Director General of the Moroccan Nuclear and Radiological Safety and Security Agency. “The Joint Convention is the only legally binding international instrument that offers a platform for contracting parties to contribute to achieving and maintaining a high level of safety of spent fuel and radioactive waste management worldwide.”
In addition to achieving and maintaining a high level of safety, the Convention aims to ensure the availability of effective defences against potential hazards, to prevent accidents with radiological consequences and to mitigate their consequences, should they occur.
Mrabit added that “it is in the interest of all countries to join this Convention so that individuals, society and the environment are protected from the harmful effects of ionizing radiation, now and in the future.”
Tailored to African States, the workshop was part of the IAEA’s effort to encourage universal adherence to and implementation of the Joint Convention. “The IAEA offers various tools and mechanisms to support States in this endeavour, should they decide to join,” said Peri Lynne Johnson, Legal Advisor and Director of the IAEA Office of Legal Affairs.
Participants from Burkina Faso, Egypt, Mali, Sudan and Uganda heard about the different aspects of the Joint Convention: from its history, key requirements, peer-review process and achievements, to its future prospects. They offered national perspectives and shared experiences on policies and programmes aimed at safely managing radioactive waste and, if appropriate, spent fuel, in their countries.
“The essential feature of this Convention includes the peer review process, which allows Contracting Parties to exchange and discuss experiences in the safe management of spent fuel and radioactive waste,” said Peter Johnston, Director of the IAEA Division of Radiation, Transport and Waste Safety.
The Joint Convention is a comprehensive instrument that offers several advantages to its Contracting Parties, Johnston added. “We should aim to ensure that it becomes universal in its adherence and implementation.”
Rosemary Byanyima from the Atomic Energy Council of Uganda and Bashir Eltayeb from the Nuclear and Radiological Regulatory Authority of Sudan said that the workshop offered an opportunity to learn about the relevance, procedure, benefits and obligations in regard to the Joint Convention.
Along with the Convention on Nuclear Safety, the Joint Convention represents a cornerstone of the international legal framework for nuclear safety. The universalization of these two conventions is a priority for the IAEA.
The Joint Convention was adopted in September 1997 and entered into force in June 2001. As of December 2017, it has 76 Contracting Parties.

Europe and Iran’s Threat Perception – LobeLog

Europe and Iran’s Threat Perception – LobeLog

Reason, Nuclear Weapons, and Donald Trump

Reason, Nuclear Weapons, and Donald Trump

DOE Announces Solicitation for Nuclear Reactor Technologies

DOE Announces Solicitation for Nuclear Reactor Technologies

ICIS Briefing: Nuclear power in France

ICIS Briefing: Nuclear power in France

Avoiding Nuclear War Is Our First Priority | Gold and Precious Metals

Avoiding Nuclear War Is Our First Priority | Gold and Precious Metals

Confidential Westinghouse report details early faults with nuclear projects | Business | postandcourier.com

Confidential Westinghouse report details early faults with nuclear projects | Business | postandcourier.com

US weighs response to Russian violations of nuclear missile treaty | South China Morning Post

US weighs response to Russian violations of nuclear missile treaty | South China Morning Post

Trump Administration INF Treaty Integrated Strategy

Trump Administration INF Treaty Integrated Strategy

How close are we to nuclear world war?

How close are we to nuclear world war?

UK aims to boost nuclear sector with funding package - PennEnergy

UK aims to boost nuclear sector with funding package - PennEnergy

Global Nuclear Waste Management Market 2017-2021: Growing Energy Demand in Developing Countries - Research and Markets

Global Nuclear Waste Management Market 2017-2021: Growing Energy Demand in Developing Countries - Research and Markets

Officials talk WIPP's future at town hall meeting

Officials talk WIPP's future at town hall meeting

Possible Iranian Links To The Claimed Houthi Missile Launch Against The UAE

Possible Iranian Links To The Claimed Houthi Missile Launch Against The UAE

By By Farzin Nadimi,   /  Thursday, December 7, 2017 10:00 AM
Early signs indicate that the rebels may have attempted to strike an Emirati nuclear site with an Iranian cruise missile — a claim that could heighten international pressure on Tehran and raise the stakes of the regional conflict if confirmed. On December 3, Houthi rebels in Yemen announced that they had fired a “winged cruise

Nuclear windfall for new technologies - but concerns over cost persist

Nuclear windfall for new technologies - but concerns over cost persist

UK nuclear sector vows to cut construction cost by 30%

UK nuclear sector vows to cut construction cost by 30%

WIPP air system to cost about $400M, complete by 2022

WIPP air system to cost about $400M, complete by 2022

Official: WIPP deficiencies stem from lack of funds | Local News | santafenewmexican.com

Official: WIPP deficiencies stem from lack of funds | Local News | santafenewmexican.com

New head of U.S. energy agency seeks delay of coal, nuclear rule

New head of U.S. energy agency seeks delay of coal, nuclear rule

UK Government to fund research into mini-nuclear plants | The Independent

UK Government to fund research into mini-nuclear plants | The Independent

Activist group and Coastal Commission spar over nuclear waste at San Onofore - The San Diego Union-Tribune

Activist group and Coastal Commission spar over nuclear waste at San Onofore - The San Diego Union-Tribune

Christie Hints He Might Sign Bill to Subsidize PSEG’s Nuclear Plants - NJ Spotlight

Christie Hints He Might Sign Bill to Subsidize PSEG’s Nuclear Plants - NJ Spotlight

New Chair Joins Energy Regulator as Decision on Coal Plan Nears | Bloomberg BNA

New Chair Joins Energy Regulator as Decision on Coal Plan Nears | Bloomberg BNA

The atomic age began with a secret test 75 years ago. Meet the last surviving witness. - The Washington Post

The atomic age began with a secret test 75 years ago. Meet the last surviving witness. - The Washington Post

Canada’s misguided debate on North Korea’s missiles | Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

Canada’s misguided debate on North Korea’s missiles | Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

Breaking the vicious cycle of the US-North Korea nuclear standoff | Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

Breaking the vicious cycle of the US-North Korea nuclear standoff | Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

Research details developments in the Worldwide marine power (wave and tidal) market forecasts up to 2022 - WhaTech

Research details developments in the Worldwide marine power (wave and tidal) market forecasts up to 2022 - WhaTech

The Energy Collective Daily: How American Cities and States Are Fighting Climate Change Globally

How American Cities and States Are Fighting Climate Change Globally | The Energy Collective Daily

Link to The Energy Collective

Office of the Inspector General Semiannual Report to Congress (NUREG-1415, Volume 31, No. 1) | Oversight.gov

Office of the Inspector General Semiannual Report to Congress (NUREG-1415, Volume 31, No. 1) | Oversight.gov

NRC 2.0: Adapting regulation to a changing nuclear industry - The Barrel Blog

NRC 2.0: Adapting regulation to a changing nuclear industry - The Barrel Blog

Activist group and Coastal Commission spar over nuclear waste at San Onofore - The San Diego Union-Tribune

Activist group and Coastal Commission spar over nuclear waste at San Onofore - The San Diego Union-Tribune

Funding nuclear project could hit Polish utilities' ratings: Fitch

Funding nuclear project could hit Polish utilities' ratings: Fitch

Atmosphere above Russia contaminated with radioactive substance, source of contamination remains unnamed

Atmosphere above Russia contaminated with radioactive substance, source of contamination remains unnamed

Russia Says Falling Satellite Could Have Been Source Of Radioactive Cloud

Russia Says Falling Satellite Could Have Been Source Of Radioactive Cloud

Russian nuclear institute proposes intl commission over ruthenium-106 'emission' — RT Newsline

Russian nuclear institute proposes intl commission over ruthenium-106 'emission' — RT Newsline

Russia Denies It Is the Source of Radioactive Cloud Over Europe

Russia Denies It Is the Source of Radioactive Cloud Over Europe

Russia claims radioactivity spike not due to nuclear plant - ABC News

Russia claims radioactivity spike not due to nuclear plant - ABC News

Opinion: Zero-Emission Credits Aren’t Just for Nuclear Power - NJ Spotlight

Opinion: Zero-Emission Credits Aren’t Just for Nuclear Power - NJ Spotlight

Monroe's Fermi 2 power plant back on line

Monroe's Fermi 2 power plant back on line

Meltdown | Can The United States Nuclear Power Industry Be Revived?

Meltdown | Can The United States Nuclear Power Industry Be Revived?

South Africa to proceed with nuclear power expansion: energy minister

South Africa to proceed with nuclear power expansion: energy minister

Japan Hosts IAEA Training Course on Nuclear Power Infrastructure Development

Japan Hosts IAEA Training Course on Nuclear Power Infrastructure Development

Participants of the IAEA training course on nuclear power infrastructure development during a visit to the Hitachi-GE factory at Ibaraki, Japan, 15 November 2017. (Photo: JICC)
A comprehensive introduction to the development of the infrastructure for a nuclear power programme, including the important roles of nuclear safety, radiation protection, and emergency planning and response, was the theme of a one-month IAEA training course that concluded last week in Japan.
Participants of the IAEA Interregional Training Course on Nuclear Power Infrastructure Development were 12 junior professionals from key organizations in eight Member States that are considering the introduction of nuclear power.
Participants gained a better appreciation for the relationship between issues of nuclear safety, emergency preparedness and public perceptions about nuclear power.
Akio Toba, JICC Executive Director
The training course focused on the IAEA’s Milestones approach and the 19 issues that need to be considered when developing the infrastructure for nuclear power, including topics such as legal and regulatory framework, radiation protection, human resource development, stakeholder involvement and others. It also included a session on lessons learned from the Fukushima accident. Simulations of a boiling water reactor and a pressurized water reactor provided participants with a better understanding of reactor technologies. Discussions, case studies, exercises, working group sessions and peer-to-peer exchange of good practices encouraged an interactive course environment.
The course also helped foster a network among those countries that are at similar stages of nuclear infrastructure development. “This course broadened my knowledge on the development of nuclear power programmes,” said Joshua Gbinu, an engineer at the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission. “It gave me the opportunity to meet new colleagues from other countries in the nuclear sector.”
As part of the curriculum, the participants visited several nuclear facilities, including training and emergency response centres, as well as the sites of the Fukushima Daini and Daiichi Nuclear Power Stations. They also learned about the value of active stakeholder involvement and public participation during visits to the Tsuruga 2 nuclear power reactor and the associated Public Information Centre. “The IAEA encourages Member States to actively engage the public early in the development of nuclear power programmes, as public support is a critical factor of a programme’s success,” said Jose Bastos, IAEA Technical Officer for the course.
The course from 6 November to 1 December 2017 was held as part of an IAEA technical cooperation project that supports Member States embarking on a new or expanding an existing nuclear power programme. For the second year in a row, it was hosted by Japan Atomic Industrial Forum’s International Cooperation Center (JICC) in Tokyo, in cooperation with the Government of Japan. Other institutions such as the University of Tokyo, the Wakasa Wan Energy Research Centre, the Japan Nuclear Human Resource Development Network, and several nuclear installations contributed to the programme.
“I believe that the participants learned a great deal about the unique nature of nuclear power,” said Akio Toba, JICC Executive Director. “They gained a better appreciation for the relationship between issues of nuclear safety, emergency preparedness and public perceptions about nuclear power.”
“We welcome this cooperation with Japan that assists our Member States in understanding the multifaceted and complex nature of embarking on new nuclear power programmes,” added Bastos.
Milestones Approach
The Milestones Approach splits the activities necessary to establish the infrastructure for a nuclear power programme into three progressive phases of development. The completion of each phase is marked by a specific “Milestone” at which progress can be assessed and a decision can be made about the readiness to move on to the next phase. The approach, detailing the 19 infrastructure issues, is documented in the IAEA guidance publication Milestones in the Development of a National Infrastructure for Nuclear Power.

Let America lead in nuclear power innovation | TheHill

Let America lead in nuclear power innovation | TheHill

Letter to DOE Secretary Rick Perry Regarding Pace of International Civil Nuclear Trade Authorizations - Energy and Commerce Committee

Letter to DOE Secretary Rick Perry Regarding Pace of International Civil Nuclear Trade Authorizations - Energy and Commerce Committee

Congressmen Ask DOE Sec. Perry to Streamline Nuclear Export Rules - Nuclear Energy Institute

Congressmen Ask DOE Sec. Perry to Streamline Nuclear Export Rules - Nuclear Energy Institute

Bulletin of Atomic Scientists Nuclear Roundup December 8, 2017

Nuclear Roundup
December 8, 2017
A daily roundup of quality nuclear policy news.

North Korea

Breaking the vicious cycle of the US-North Korea nuclear standoff

https://thebulletin.org/breaking-vicious-cycle-us-north-korea-nuclear-standoff11332

Singapore Airlines changed U.S. route because of North Korean missiles

http://money.cnn.com/2017/12/06/news/airlines-north-korea-missiles-flight-paths/index.html

Moon calls for ‘overwhelming’ military capability against North Korea

http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20171208050060

Russia accuses US of thwarting North Korea diplomacy

https://www.ft.com/content/4e3ee9ca-dc17-11e7-a039-c64b1c09b482

China no ally on North Korea, Sen. Tom Cotton says

http://www.arkansasonline.com/news/2017/dec/08/china-no-ally-on-n-korea-cotton-says-20/

Air Force developing weapon that could disable North Korean missiles

http://www.cnn.com/2017/12/07/us/air-force-champ-north-korea-missiles/index.html

The Hwasong-15: The Anatomy of North Korea's New ICBM

https://thediplomat.com/2017/12/the-hwasong-15-the-anatomy-of-north-koreas-new-icbm/

Spring 2018: When America Will Go to War with North Korea?

http://nationalinterest.org/blog/the-buzz/spring-2018-when-america-will-go-war-north-korea-23562

A dangerous choice looms for Trump on North Korea

http://www.cnn.com/2017/12/08/politics/north-korea-trump-dangerous-choice/index.html

North Korea Might Just Blow Up a Nuclear Weapon in the Atmosphere

http://nationalinterest.org/blog/the-buzz/north-korea-might-just-blow-nuclear-weapon-the-atmosphere-23540

Commentary: Remember Iran when dealing with North Korea

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/commentary/ct-perspec-kirk-north-korea-iran-1210-20171206-story.html

The time for doing nothing on North Korea is over

http://thehill.com/opinion/national-security/363781-The-time-for-doing-nothing-on-North-Korea-is-over

United States

Congressmen Ask DOE Sec. Perry to Streamline Nuclear Export Rules

https://www.nei.org/News-Media/News/News-Archives/2017/Congressmen-Ask-DOE-Sec-Perry-to-Streamline-Nuclea

Text of letter

https://energycommerce.house.gov/news/letter/letter-doe-secretary-rick-perry-regarding-pace-international-civil-nuclear-trade-authorizations/

UGA Research: U.S. medical profession unprepared for nuclear attack

http://www.ledger-enquirer.com/news/local/education/article188655394.html

http://news.uga.edu/releases/article/nuclear-attack/

Sobering Film on Nuclear Attack Shows Need for More Nuclear Defense Spending

http://dailysignal.com/2017/12/07/sobering-film-on-nuclear-attack-shows-need-for-more-nuclear-defense-spending/

https://medium.com/@heritage/all-americans-left-right-and-center-want-their-government-to-protect-them-from-foreign-threats-4cf7f4ceaff5

Document: DOE considering SRS as site to build nuclear weapons components

https://www.aikenstandard.com/news/document-doe-considering-srs-as-site-to-build-nuclear-weapons/article_4dd3b372-db85-11e7-8b52-2372605ce270.html

Homeland Security to create new office focused on countering weapons of mass destruction

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/homeland-security-to-create-new-office-focused-on-countering-weapons-of-mass-destruction/2017/12/07/f894b61c-db71-11e7-8e5f-ccc94e22b133_story.html?utm_term=.e4402626df58

The atomic age began with a secret test 75 years ago. Meet the last surviving witness.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2017/12/01/the-atomic-age-began-with-a-secret-test-75-years-ago-meet-the-last-surviving-witness/?utm_term=.b3a408d9ea4e

International

Iranian MP: 'Nuclear weapons have no place in Iran's strategy'

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/12/nuclear-weapons-place-irans-strategy-iranian-mp-171207102554098.html

Russia’s nuclear ‘death train’: is the Kremlin scrapping the Soviet-inspired railway weapon

http://www.newsweek.com/russias-nuclear-death-train-kremlin-scrapping-soviet-inspired-railway-weapon-741034

Russia Says It's Ready For Talks With U.S. On Key Arms-Control Treaty

https://www.rferl.org/a/us-russia-says-ready-talks-on-arms-control-treaty/28904761.html

Novator 9M729: The Russian Missile that Broke INF Treaty's Back?

https://scout.com/military/warrior/Article/Novator-9M729-The-Russian-Missile-that-Broke-INF-Treatys-Back-111932270

Trump and Putin risk arms race in Europe if they don't keep nuclear treaty, warns Gorbachev

http://www.newsweek.com/trump-and-putin-risk-missile-arms-race-europe-without-nuclear-treaty-warns-741977

Russia: Spike in radioactivity unrelated to nuclear plant

http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory/russia-spike-radioactivity-unrelated-nuclear-plant-51665118

Wassenaar Arrangement Admits India as Its 42nd Member

https://thediplomat.com/2017/12/wassenaar-arrangement-admits-india-as-its-42nd-member/

South Africa to Scale Down Nuclear Expansion Plan

https://www.voanews.com/a/south-africa-scale-down-nuclear-expansion-plan/4153984.html

Old Ford Cortina aids nuclear reactor work at Dounreay

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-42281540

General Interest

Nuclear Explosions for the Betterment of Mankind?

http://www.wsj.com/video/nuclear-explosions-for-the-betterment-of-mankind/A9A0C59F-7DC8-40A0-B71B-8360B915CA25.html

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