Russian control of US uranium supply is a huge national security problem

The Trump administration is to be commended for its “energy dominance” policy with respect to oil and natural gas production, but on domestic uranium mining, used for nuclear power generation and national defense purposes, it is the United States that is being dominated.  Fortunately, the administration is considering new corrective measures to address this vulnerability …

Uranium Week: Even More Complicated

Congress has now weighed into the 232 debate, potentially further delaying a decision from the White House. Congress moves to curb presidential power Uncertainty constraining uranium market volumes Last week the chairman of the US Senate Finance Committee, Republican Charles Grassley, directed his staff to work with senators on both sides of the aisle to …

Want to whip climate change? Go nuclear, says Alberta advocate

Want to whip climate change? It’s time to embrace the nuclear option, which is, in fact, nuclear power. So argues Alberta’s most enthusiastic advocate for nuclear power, engineer Sean Wagner, who runs the Alberta Nuclear Nucleus blog to educate folks on the benefits of nuclear energy. Alberta uses 10 to 11 gigawatts of electrical power …

U.S. to Bill Gates: Build your scrapped China nuclear reactor in America

A top Trump administration official called on Bill Gates to work with the Energy Department on building an advanced nuclear reactor in America after the billionaire shelved plans to do so in China. Driving the news: Gates said late last year that his nuclear-energy company, TerraPower, won’t be building a pilot project in China due to restrictions the Energy …

Ernest Moniz cautiously optimistic about global response to climate change

Ex-US secretary of energy believes Paris accord was key first step but not enough to address global warming There are grounds for optimism on the global response to climate change, though most countries are “off the pace” required to fulfil their obligations under the Paris agreement, according to former US secretary of energy Dr Ernest …

UK, Canada sign Nuclear Cooperation Agreement

The UK and Canada today signed a bilateral Nuclear Cooperation Agreement (NCA), the third such agreement signed by the UK this year in preparation for its exit from the European Union. It will allow the UK and Canada to continue their “mutually beneficial” civil nuclear cooperation when current European Atomic Energy Community (Euratom) arrangements cease …

Japan’s nuclear industry growing, but slower than government hoped

Japan’s resurgent nuclear industry will miss a government target of providing at least a fifth of the country’s electricity by 2030, a Reuters analysis shows. With eight reactors running and one more set to come online in November, nuclear has this year overtaken non-hydro renewables in power output for the first time since the 2011 …

Study quantifies job creation in the nuclear sector

A study on the employment generated by the nuclear energy industry has been published by the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). Some 200,000 job-years of employment are created by each gigawatt of nuclear capacity constructed, it suggests. “The nuclear energy sector employs a considerable workforce around the world, …

For national security, impose quota on foreign uranium imports

Today, the Texas uranium mining industry is virtually silent. Indeed, across the U.S., this once-thriving industry now supplies only a small fraction of our domestic nuclear energy and defense requirements, threatening our energy independence and national security. Along with many others, the U.S. Department of Commerce, or DOC, is now asking, why? As the world’s …