Senate environment panel chief backs probe into uranium imports

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The chair of the Senate’s Environment and Public Works Committee said on Thursday he wants the Commerce Department to investigate the impacts of uranium imports from Russia and central Asia on national security, backing a request from two U.S. uranium mining firms who filed the petition. “America’s ability to produce uranium is …

Small modular reactors generating interest among municipalities in Finland

Small modular reactors are stirring up interest among municipalities in Finland, according to Tekniikka & Talous. The innovation and technology-oriented weekly has revealed that the list of municipalities that are exploring the possibility of commissioning a small modular reactor includes Espoo, Helsinki, Kirkkonummi and Nurmijärvi. Small modular reactors (SMRs) are a type of nuclear fission reactors …

Japan’s nuclear fuel cycle policy suffers another setback

Completion of key facility delayed yet again amid charges of sloppy management TOKYO/AOMORI — Japan’s central government is finding itself in a bind over its long-standing nuclear fuel cycle policy, due to repeated delays in the completion of a key facility, two and a half decades after construction work began. The policy suffered another setback …

A Troubling Scenario for Kazakhstan

Key Points Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev has anchored the country’s political system for over a quarter century, making the uncertainty of his eventual succession a potential flash point for instability. In the event of volatility in Kazakhstan, Russia would, at a minimum, seek to secure its own borders and also possibly intervene on the pretext …

Colorado uranium companies ask Trump for help

Two Colorado uranium companies are jointly asking President Trump to help the U.S. uranium mining industry. In a joint letter yesterday to the U.S. Commerce Dept., Energy Fuels Inc. (NYSE: UUUU) of Lakewood and Ur-Energy Inc. (NYSE: URG) of Littleton said that they want protection from “imports of uranium products that threaten national security.” The companies …

Steam generators of Belarusian nuclear power plant’s second unit now in place

MINSK, 16 January (BelTA) – Steam generators have been installed as part of the second power-generating unit of the Belarusian nuclear power plant, BelTA learned from the Information and Public Relations Department of the state enterprise Belarusian Nuclear Power Plant. Four steam generators intended for the second unit of the Belarusian nuclear power plant have …

Diablo Canyon | PG&E can close nuclear plant, commission says

In a landmark decision, the California Public Utilities Commission has decided PG&E can close Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant in 2025 — and San Luis Obispo County still won’t get its much-desired $85 million mitigation settlement to support the community through the shutdown. PG&E will get more than expected for its employee retention and retraining …

Shin Kori-3 reactor operates without shutdown in first year

SEOUL, Jan. 12 (Yonhap) — The state-run Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power (KHNP) said Friday Shin Kori-3, an advanced nuclear reactor designed for exports, has operated without problems since coming online in December 2016. The ARP-1400 reactor in Ulsan, 410 kilometers southeast of Seoul, achieved “one cycle of trouble-free” operation for 389 days, the nuclear …