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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Rex Tillerson and the Unraveling of the State Department - The New York Times

Rex Tillerson and the Unraveling of the State Department - The New York Times

The Energy Collective Daily: To Save Coal, Will Trump Kill Electricity Competition?

To Save Coal, Will Trump Kill Electricity Competition? | The Energy Collective Daily

Link to The Energy Collective

China Focus: Domestic steam generator headed for nuclear power plant - Xinhua | English.news.cn

China Focus: Domestic steam generator headed for nuclear power plant - Xinhua | English.news.cn

Conservative think tank: Plan to help coal, nuclear power ‘arbitrary’ | TheHill

Conservative think tank: Plan to help coal, nuclear power ‘arbitrary’ | TheHill

The Iran Nuclear Deal Without The United States

The Iran Nuclear Deal Without The United States

What Miniature Nuclear Reactors Could Mean For The World | OilPrice.com

What Miniature Nuclear Reactors Could Mean For The World | OilPrice.com

THE POTENTIAL FOR DISRUPTIVE INNOVATIONS IN NUCLEAR POWER - CNL Nuclear Review

THE POTENTIAL FOR DISRUPTIVE INNOVATIONS IN NUCLEAR POWER - CNL Nuclear Review

Bulletin of Atomic Scientists Nuclear Roundup October 17, 2017

Nuclear Roundup
October 17, 2017
A daily roundup of quality nuclear policy news.

North Korea

North Korea says "nuclear war may break out any moment"

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/north-korea-warns-nuclear-war-may-break-out-any-moment/

Russia steps up as go-between on North Korea

https://asia.nikkei.com/Politics-Economy/International-Relations/Russia-steps-up

N.K. unlikely to talk until securing ICBM capability that levels playing field: Robert Gallucci

http://english.yonhapnews.co.kr/national/2017/10/16

Note on the Question of Iran/North Korean Cooperation

http://isis-online.org/isis-reports/detail/note-on-the-question-of-iran-north-korean-cooperation

United States

The President’s Power to Start a Nuclear War

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/15/opinion/trump-nuclear-war.html?_r=0

U.S. Navy Launches Most High-Tech & Stealthy Nuclear Attack Submarine Ever

http://nationalinterest.org/blog/the-buzz/us-navy-launches-most-high-tech-stealthy-nuclear-attack-22741

Daniel Ellsberg warns of nuclear dangers in the era of Trump

https://www.salon.com/2017/10/17/ellsberg-warns-of-nuclear-dangers-in-the-era-of-trump_partner/

International

Trump: 'Total Termination' of Iran Nuclear Deal Possible

https://www.voanews.com/a/donald-trump-total-termination-possible-iran-nuclear-deal/4072667.html

This is what Hans Blix told me about the dangers of Donald Trump’s foreign policy

http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/donald-trump-iran-nuclear-deal-risks-repeating-errors-in-iraq-a8003376.html

Russian, Iranian Diplomats to Discuss Iran Nuclear Deal This Week: Ifax

https://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2017-10-17/russian-iranian-diplomats-to-discuss-iran-nuclear-deal-this-week-ifax

FBI uncovered Russian bribery plot before Obama administration approved controversial nuclear deal with Moscow

http://thehill.com/policy/national-security/355749-fbi-uncovered-russian-bribery-plot-before-obama-administration

Trump’s Iran Strategy Looks Ominously Familiar

http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/10/16/donald-trump-iran-nuclear-deal-215717

Trump’s U-turn may see Iran join North Korea as a nuclear state

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2150443-trumps-u-turn-may-see-iran-join-north-korea-as-a-nuclear-state/?cmpid=SOC%7CNSNS%7C2017-Echobox

The Iran Nuclear Deal Without The United States

https://www.forbes.com/sites/jamesconca/2017/10/17/the-iran-nuclear-deal-without-the-united-states/#73efb5dd3c94

General Interest

Nuclear Fallout Shelters Were Never Going to Work

http://www.history.com/news/nuclear-fallout-shelters-were-never-going-to-work

We Almost Learned What Happens When Nuclear Missile Subs Collide

https://scout.com/military/warrior/Article/In-2009-We-Almost-Found-Out-What-Happens-When-Nuclear-Missile-Su-109040948


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Nuclear Reactor Market Trends and Key Players – Areva, CNNC, Rosatom, Westinghouse Electric Company, CGN, Hitachi GE Nuclear Energy, KHNP and More - openPR

Nuclear Reactor Market Trends and Key Players – Areva, CNNC, Rosatom, Westinghouse Electric Company, CGN, Hitachi GE Nuclear Energy, KHNP and More - openPR

UK Announces Plans To Invest £460 Million In Nuclear Energy

UK Announces Plans To Invest £460 Million In Nuclear Energy

This Video Shows What Happens if Washington, D.C. Is Attacked with Nuclear Weapons | The National Interest Blog

This Video Shows What Happens if Washington, D.C. Is Attacked with Nuclear Weapons | The National Interest Blog

This Video Shows What Happens if Washington, D.C. Is Attacked with Nuclear Weapons | The National Interest Blog

This Video Shows What Happens if Washington, D.C. Is Attacked with Nuclear Weapons | The National Interest Blog

FBI uncovered Russian bribery plot before Obama administration approved controversial nuclear deal with Moscow | TheHill

FBI uncovered Russian bribery plot before Obama administration approved controversial nuclear deal with Moscow | TheHill

What Can Save the Staggering U.S. Nuclear Industry?

What Can Save the Staggering U.S. Nuclear Industry?

Zuma's nuclear agenda behind #CabinetReshuffle – analyst | Cape Times

Zuma's nuclear agenda behind #CabinetReshuffle – analyst | Cape Times

Russian Nuclear Scandal - What Did Hillary Clinton Know? | National Review

Russian Nuclear Scandal - What Did Hillary Clinton Know? | National Review

Report: FBI Uncovers Confirmation of Hillary Clinton's Corrupt Uranium Deal with Russia

Report: FBI Uncovers Confirmation of Hillary Clinton's Corrupt Uranium Deal with Russia

Bribery Plot Uncovered By FBI Before Obama Administration Approved Moscow Nuclear Deal | Survival

Bribery Plot Uncovered By FBI Before Obama Administration Approved Moscow Nuclear Deal | Survival

Construction of #Belarus nuclear power plant: Security and public acceptance ‘top priority’ : EU Reporter

Construction of #Belarus nuclear power plant: Security and public acceptance ‘top priority’ : EU Reporter

Salt Mining to Resume at WIPP


Salt Mining to Resume at WIPP

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This continuous miner, located underground at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, is capable of cutting out salt and depositing it into a vehicle for transport to the surface.

CARLSBAD, N.M. – Mining operations at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) are expected to resume this fall for the first time in more than three years, helping EM fulfill its mission of emplacing transuranic waste from generator sites around the country.
   Mining for Panel 8 is expected to restart later this month or in early November, with completion of the partially-mined panel scheduled for 2020, according to Dave Sjomeling, undergound deputy operations manager with WIPP management and operations contractor Nuclear Waste PartnershipMiners have completed testing of the mining equipment to be used in Panel 8.
   More than 112,000 tons of salt will be removed from the underground to complete the panel, which will contain seven disposal rooms for waste emplacement. Each disposal room is 300 feet long, 33 feet wide, and 13 feet high. Rooms generally hold about 10,395 55-gallon drum equivalents.

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A finished disposal room ready to receive waste drums. Each room can hold more than 10,000, 55-gallon drums. There are seven rooms per panel.  

   “The resumption of mining represents an important step for WIPP and our workforce,” Carlsbad Field Office Manager Todd Shrader said. “Panel 8 will provide additional space for the emplacement of transuranic waste as our waste handler crews continue to emplace waste in Panel 7.”
   Panel 8 mining began in late 2013, but was halted following separate fire and radiological events that suspended emplacement operations. Workers will re-mine the current roof (called the back) at the panel’s entrance and install rock bolts to provide stability.
   Miners use a continuous miner — a machine designed to remove salt rock from the WIPP underground. They load the mined salt into a haul truck, which deposits it into a hoist that carries the material 2,150 feet to the surface for removal. WIPP uses a room and pillar system, where the mined material is extracted across a horizontal plane, creating arrays of rooms and pillars.
- Contributor: Khushroo Ghadiali

EM Update | Vol. 9, Issue 20 | Oct. 17, 2017

EM Update | Vol. 9, Issue 20 | Oct. 17, 2017
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The World Once Laughed at North Korean Cyberpower. No More. - The New York Times

The World Once Laughed at North Korean Cyberpower. No More. - The New York Times

Secretary Of Energy Rick Perry Announces First Shipment Of U.S. Crude Oil To India

 

Secretary Of Energy Rick Perry Announces First Shipment Of U.S. Crude Oil To India

By By U.S. Department Of Energy,   /  Monday, October 16, 2017 10:00 AM
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry announced that on October 2, 2017, the first-ever shipment of U.S. crude oil arrived in India. Following Prime Minister Modi’s visit with President Trump, Indian companies ramped up purchases of U.S. crude. “I am proud of the collaborative work between the United States and India that

https://breakingenergy.com/2017/10/16/secretary-of-energy-rick-perry-announces-first-shipment-of-u-s-crude-oil-to-india/?utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=57434651&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-9k9baw0vCdySNP91yv6QbCnNh7Q-6dMT_nDb1iK9P33sKIYKmbcUI0izWef7Gt-OFhf6V465ZteyZ0lOHfWnLRdbMznQ&_hsmi=57434651

EPA Says Higher Radiation Levels Pose ‘No Harmful Health Effect’ - Bloomberg

EPA Says Higher Radiation Levels Pose ‘No Harmful Health Effect’ - Bloomberg

Email Request from Nuclear Matters

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is seeking to advance its rulemaking to address critical threats to our energy grid and help keep nuclear power plants operating. As you know, nuclear energy is reliable and resilient, operating during some of the most challenging circumstances, such as the recent natural disasters, continuously providing power to our homes and communities.
Without government action, nuclear plants will continue to face the threat of imminent closure. We need FERC to prioritize this issue. Energy Secretary Perry said in August that America relies on an “all of the above” mix of energy sources, nuclear being one of the more important. We need your help to urge FERC to move forward with a new rule that will properly value the reliability and resiliency that nuclear brings to our energy grid.
Time is running out quickly – take action right now!

Nuclear Matters
http://www.nuclearmatters.com/

Dems lambaste Trump’s ‘outrageous’ EPA chemical safety pick | TheHill

Dems lambaste Trump’s ‘outrageous’ EPA chemical safety pick | TheHill

Conversation with Former Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz | Bipartisan Policy Center

Conversation with Former Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz | Bipartisan Policy Center

French regulator highlights safety risks at nuclear reactors globally

French regulator highlights safety risks at nuclear reactors globally

Japan's Kansai Electric to scrap two aging nuke reactors: media

Japan's Kansai Electric to scrap two aging nuke reactors: media

Joe Manchin backs Rick Perry's plan to subsidize coal, nuclear plants

Joe Manchin backs Rick Perry's plan to subsidize coal, nuclear plants

INL holds Reddit AMA

INL holds Reddit AMA



http://www.postregister.com/articles/news-todays-headlines/2017/10/16/inl-holds-reddit-ama

Monday, October 16, 2017

New US Strategy on Iran Poses Dilemma for Allies « LobeLog

New US Strategy on Iran Poses Dilemma for Allies « LobeLog

Bulletin of Atomic Scientists Nuclear Roundup October 16, 2017

Nuclear Roundup
October 16, 2017
A daily roundup of quality nuclear policy news.

North Korea

Diplomacy with North Korea will continue ‘until the first bomb drops,’ Tillerson says

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/10/16/world/politics-diplomacy-world/tillerson-u-s-diplomacy-north-korea-will-continue-first-bomb-drops/#.WeS3N_lSxrQ

A Secretive NYC Backchannel May Be The Best Hope For Avoiding War With North Korea

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/north-korea-new-york-channel_us_59de4babe4b0eb18af05877d

It’s Too Late To Stop North Korea As A Nuclear State — But Here’s What We Can Do

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/north-korea-nuclear_us_59dfd969e4b03a7be57f5e86

If Trump doesn’t want a nuclear war with North Korea, a ‘No First Use’ pledge might work better than threats

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/monkey-cage/wp/2017/10/16/if-trump-wants-to-prevent-nuclear-war-with-north-korea-a-no-first-use-pledge-might-work-better-than-threats/?utm_term=.0da7b4b5e045

United States

How to survive a nuclear bomb in DC (yes, really)

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/how-to-survive-a-nuclear-bomb-in-dc-yes-really/article/2637336

International

Iran vows to re-start enrichment in four days if U.S. ditches nuke deal, and bar IAEA inspectors

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/10/16/world/politics-diplomacy-world/iran-vows-re-start-enrichment-four-days-u-s-ditches-nuke-deal-bar-iaea-inspectors/#.WeS4hflSxrQ

EU Pins Hopes on U.S. Congress to Uphold Iran Nuclear Deal

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-10-16/eu-pins-hopes-on-u-s-congress-to-uphold-iranian-nuclear-accord

Haley: North Korea is the 'whole reason' for revisiting Iran deal

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/10/15/haley-iran-north-korea-trump-243786

Trump's defense chief: 'I stand by this Iran strategy'

http://thehill.com/policy/defense/355419-trumps-defense-chief-i-stand-by-this-iran-strategy

Tillerson says in US interest to stay in Iran nuclear deal

https://www.ft.com/content/c01ba300-b1c2-11e7-aa26-bb002965bce8

France Seeks to Save Iran Nuclear Deal

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-10-15/france-wants-to-save-iran-deal-macron-considers-potential-trip

Two Nuclear Deals, Two Countries, Three Decades Apart

https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2017/10/iran-northk-korea-nuclear/542673/

Trump’s Irrational Hatred of the Iran Deal

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/10/23/trumps-irrational-hatred-of-the-iran-deal

On the Iran nuclear deal, Trump finds the truth isn’t good enough

http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/the-iran-nuclear-deal-trump-finds-the-truth-isnt-good-enough

Fact check: Trump on Iran’s ‘multiple violations’

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2017/10/14/fact-check-trump-iran-multiple-violations/764482001/

Bolton: A Slow Death for the Iran Deal

https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/11180/iran-deal-slow-death

Dangerous pitch: Trump’s move to alter or scrap Iran nuclear deal benefits no one

https://blogs.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/toi-editorials/dangerous-pitch-trumps-move-to-alter-or-scrap-iran-nuclear-deal-benefits-no-one/

Iran nuclear deal: Obama focused on positives, Trump is magnifying negatives

http://www.hindustantimes.com/opinion/iran-nuclear-deal-obama-focused-on-positives-trump-is-magnifying-negatives/story-f57b8fbXNRDXdEeNpUMplK.html

NATO Launches its Main Nuclear Drill, Showcasing Its Defenses

https://www.wsj.com/articles/nato-launches-its-main-nuclear-drill-showcasing-its-defenses-1508155670

Brexit Is a Game-Changer for the British Nuclear Industry

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-10-15/brexit-takes-bureaucracy-to-the-atomic-level-for-u-k-industry

General Interest

William J. Perry, former Secretary of Defense, to deliver opening remarks at Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists dinner

https://thebulletin.org/press-release/william-j-perry-former-secretary-defense-deliver-opening-remarks11182

New Online Course: The Threat of Nuclear Terrorism

https://lagunita.stanford.edu/courses/course-v1:FSI+NuclearTerrorism+Fall2017/about


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Incentives Needed to Jump Start the SMR Industry in U.S. - The Energy Collective

Incentives Needed to Jump Start the SMR Industry in U.S. - The Energy Collective

The Energy Collective Daily: Prospects for Electric Vehicles Look Increasingly Good

Prospects for Electric Vehicles Look Increasingly Good | The Energy Collective Daily

Link to The Energy Collective

The Future of SMR Deployment in Canada.

In anticipation of Canadian Nuclear Laboratories’ (CNL) announcement of the exciting results of their Request for Expressions of Interest (RFEOI) on small modular reactors (SMR) in a report later this week, the CNL team will be answering your RFEOI and SMR questions following the announcement LIVE on Thursday, October 19 at 10:00 Eastern during a free Nuclear Energy Insider webinar.
Sign up for the webinar here and we’ll send you the report link as soon as it’s ready
Members of Canadian Nuclear Laboratories’ SMR team will be answering all your RFEOI questions LIVE on Nuclear Energy Insider’s webinar entitled: The Future of SMR Deployment in Canada.
 Here’s just some of the exciting news they’ll have to share and discuss:
  • CNL has identified SMRs as one of seven strategic initiatives the company intends to pursue as part of its Long-Term Strategy, with the goal of siting an SMR on its Chalk River site by 2026
  • CNL recently hosted a stakeholder roundtable, featuring Kim Rudd, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Natural Resources, the event also welcomed operators, developers, regulators, government officials and supply chain representatives to a global discussion on the obstacles and opportunities in deploying SMR technology
The team at Nuclear Energy Insider are also delighted to announce that we are partnering with CNL for the March 2018 SMR and Advanced Reactor Summit in Atlanta, working together on the brand-new Canadian track, hosting another industry roundtable and much, much more.
You don’t want to miss out on this exclusive webinar, sign up here
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Many thanks,
Ben
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The East Is Green: China’s Global Leadership in Renewable Energy

 

The East Is Green: China’s Global Leadership in Renewable Energy

https://www.csis.org/east-green-chinas-global-leadership-renewable-energy

#NukeGate: This Is Why Government Shouldn’t Run Utilities – FITSNews

#NukeGate: This Is Why Government Shouldn’t Run Utilities – FITSNews

U.S. Congress Urged To "Develop and Deploy Enhanced-EMP Nuclear Weapons"

U.S. Congress Urged To "Develop and Deploy Enhanced-EMP Nuclear Weapons"

42nd Marine Corps Marathon in Washington DC - An email from my son

Friends and Family,

I hope this email finds you doing well and enjoying the fall wherever you may be! 

As some of you know, this Sunday I am running in the 42nd Marine Corps Marathon in Washington D.C. as a part of Fred's Team. We are committed to raising money to support research efforts at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. 

More specifically, I am running for hope: the hope that the doctors, nurses and care providers at Sloan Kettering and elsewhere provide to families like ours that have battled various forms of cancer, and the hope that one day, through research and innovation, we will be able to defeat this disease in its many forms. 

Though I've done one marathon before, finding the hours to train with a toddler in the house is not so easy, so I need your support - please send health and speed vibes my way on Sunday

And, if you are willing, below is a link to donate to our team. I've committed to raise $750 or $29 per mile, and I'll be sure to raise a small cup of water to each of you at the stations along the route. No amount is too small! 


Thank you in advance for your support, and I hope our paths cross soon. 

All the best,
Mike

IAEA commends commitments of member states

IAEA commends commitments of member states

Heated Debate Arisen: Is Consent from US Required for S. Korea to Build Nuclear Power Plant Abroad? | BusinessKorea

Heated Debate Arisen: Is Consent from US Required for S. Korea to Build Nuclear Power Plant Abroad? | BusinessKorea

Coastal Commission 'sympathetic' but defends 2015 SONGS nuclear waste permit - The San Diego Union-Tribune

Coastal Commission 'sympathetic' but defends 2015 SONGS nuclear waste permit - The San Diego Union-Tribune

Coal, nuclear power are vital to grid reliability and national security, McKinley says | The State Journal | theet.com

Coal, nuclear power are vital to grid reliability and national security, McKinley says | The State Journal | theet.com

Exclusive webinar: SMR Deployment in Canada

Exclusive webinar: SMR Deployment in Canada

In anticipation of Canadian Nuclear Laboratories’ (CNL) announcement of the exciting results of their Request for Expressions of Interest (RFEOI) on small modular reactors (SMR) in a report later this week, the CNL team will be answering your RFEOI and SMR questions following the announcement LIVE on Thursday, October 19 at 10:00 Eastern during a free Nuclear Energy Insider webinar.

Sign up for the webinar here: http://bit.ly/2xKAatw

Members of Canadian Nuclear Laboratories’ SMR team will be answering all your RFEOI questions LIVE on Nuclear Energy Insider’s webinar entitled: The Future of SMR Deployment in Canada.

Here’s just some of the exciting news they’ll have to share and discuss:

CNL has identified SMRs as one of seven strategic initiatives the company intends to pursue as part of its Long-Term Strategy, with the goal of siting an SMR on its Chalk River site by 2026

CNL recently hosted a stakeholder roundtable, featuring Kim Rudd, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Natural Resources, the event also welcomed operators, developers, regulators, government officials and supply chain representatives to a global discussion on the obstacles and opportunities in deploying SMR technology

The team at Nuclear Energy Insider are also delighted to announce that we are partnering with CNL for the March 2018 SMR and Advanced Reactor Summit in Atlanta, working together on the brand-new Canadian track, hosting another industry roundtable and much, much more.

You don’t want to miss out on this exclusive webinar, sign up here http://bit.ly/2xKAatw

Can’t make the webinar when it’s on? Just sign up and we’ll send you the recordings shortly after.

Trolleys, Trump and nuclear missiles : The Massachusetts Daily Collegian

Trolleys, Trump and nuclear missiles : The Massachusetts Daily Collegian

Pentagon Papers Daniel Ellsberg: Trump Poses a Nuclear Threat to the World

Pentagon Papers Daniel Ellsberg: Trump Poses a Nuclear Threat to the World

Belarus Open To Cooperation With Bangladesh In Nuclear Power - Energy Bangla

Belarus Open To Cooperation With Bangladesh In Nuclear Power - Energy Bangla

Nuclear Reactor Global Market Trend, Research Approach, Data Analysis 2011-2017 and Forecast 2018-2023

Nuclear Reactor Global Market Trend, Research Approach, Data Analysis 2011-2017 and Forecast 2018-2023