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Oakbay optimistic about future of uranium mining industry via Mining Weekly

HARTBEESFONTEIN, North West (miningweekly.com) – JSE-listed investment holding company Oakbay Resources & Energy is upbeat about the long-term prospects for the uranium industry.
“It is estimated that uranium demand will grow to 266-million pounds a year by 2030, up from the current 140-million pounds a year. Uranium prices are also forecast to rise by 65% to 85% by 2017 as a result of an expected increase in demand and potential supply shortages,” CEO Varun Gupta told journalists at a site visit to the company’s Shiva uranium mine on Wednesday.
He explained that uranium demand was predominantly driven by its use in nuclear power generation, pointing out that there were currently about 355 operating nuclear power plants worldwide with 45 to 70 under construction and another 366 either in planning or at proposal stage worldwide.
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Gupta said the company had focused on starting openpit gold mining at the mine to provide cash flow. The mine had a total gold resource of 5.2-million ounces and an estimated 16-year mine life.
The mining complex comprised three underground shafts, an openpit gold mining operation and two processing plants, one for uranium and the other for gold.

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Exelon nuclear plants clear latest auction via Business Journal

Exelon Corp. announced Tuesday that all of its Illinois nuclear plants in PJM’s territory, including the Quad-Cities Generating Station, cleared in the power grid operator’s transition capacity auction.

The news means the plants, including the economically troubled Cordova plant, can sell supplemental power to the grid in the 2016-2017 planning year. It is positive news for the Quad-City facility, which a week ago, lost out on its bid to sell power to the grid in PJM’s 2018-2019 planning year.

The Quad-City facility is one of three Illinois nuclear plants that Exelon has threatened could face a premature closure because they are not competitive with other energy producers that are collecting billions in state and federal subsidies. The other Exelon plants are Byron and Clinton.

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The other Illinois Exelon plants to clear the auction are Braidwood, Byron, Dresden and LaSalle.

“We continue to be encouraged by these auction results, which along with EPA’s Clean Power plan, begin to properly value nuclear power for the reliability and low-carbon benefits,” Exelon president and CEO Chris Crane said in a news release announcing the latest auction results.

Exelon has said Illinois cannot achieve the new EPA regulations for states to reduce emissions by 2022 without all of the current nuclear plants remaining in operation.

While calling the auction results “great news for Quad-Cities Station,” Stoermer added, “the crisis we continue facing involving the long-term future operation of the plant has many components. The future of 800 Quad-City region full-time jobs and millions (of dollars) in economic activity hang in the balance, while consumer prices and reliability across the state of Illinois will be negatively impacted if the plant were to close.”

According to Exelon, this is the first of two transitional auctions PJM is holding to supplement its previous base capacity auctions for the 2016-17 and 2017-18 planning years under PJM’s new capacity performance reforms.

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Washington State Lawsuits Seek Safer Nuclear Cleanup via The Wall Street Journal

Plaintiffs allege that workers’ health is being endangered by noxious vapors escaping from waste tanks

The Washington state atoorney general and a citizens group filed separate federal lawsuits Wednesday alleging that workers’ health is being endangered by noxious vapors escaping from underground waste tanks as the Energy Department’s giant Hanford nuclear-weapons cleanup project.

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小泉元首相 再稼働を批判「原発ゼロ決断を」via NHK News Web

小泉元総理大臣は神奈川県小田原市で講演し、鹿児島県の川内原子力発電所1号機の再稼働に関連して、原子力規制委員会の安全基準が世界一厳しいという政府の説明はうそだと批判したうえで、政治の決断で原発に頼らない社会を実現すべきだという考えを重ねて示しました。
この中で小泉元総理大臣は、鹿児島県にある川内原子力発電所1号機が、先月再稼働したことに関連して「政府が、『世界一厳しい安全基準だ』とぬけぬけと 言っていることが分からない。アメリカやフランスとの比較も国民に説明しておらず、川内原発では事故が起きた場合の避難道も確保されていない。よくあそこ までうそを言い続けられる」と批判しました。
そのうえで、小泉氏は「原発は政治が導入を決断した。政治が原発ゼロの国づくりを決断すれば、多くの国民が協力してくれて実現できる。

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South Africa’s government pledges transparency on nuclear agreement via Reuters

South Africa’s energy minister pledged transparency in the country’s efforts to seek a nuclear agreement on Tuesday, seeking to reassure opposition parties who have accused the government of favoring a deal with Russia.

South Africa, struggling with an electricity crunch that has caused frequent power cuts and threatens economic growth, said in May it will procure a nuclear fleet to generate 9,600 megawatts of power by 2030.

Analysts estimate the project will cost as much as $100 billion, making it the country’s biggest ever infrastructure project.

But there has been mounting concern among opposition parties about the cost and that agreements to build the nuclear plants will be made behind closed doors, without the necessary public scrutiny.

“We would want these agreements to be scrutinized and exposed to public scrutiny,” energy minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson told parliament, reiterating that no deal had been signed with anybody as a preferred bidder.

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Study Shows How Investments Reflected Shift in Environmental Views via UTDallas News Center

A new study from The University of Texas at Dallas examines the differences in climate change perceptions in the United States and Europe by looking at investor behavior.

Dr. Anastasia Shcherbakova, clinical assistant professor of finance and managerial economics in the Naveen Jindal School of Management, said the researchers used the 2011 Fukushima crisis in Japan as a natural experiment to evaluate responses of U.S. and European investors to a shifting view of nuclear power.

This study, published in a recent issue of the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, is the first to use financial investors’ actions, rather than self-reported opinions, to investigate the trans-Atlantic difference in public opinion on climate change and the environment.
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Results show that investment behavior reflects investors’ environmental perceptions. The researchers observed a significant increase in returns to coal in the U.S., implying that investors put more money into coal stocks, Shcherbakova said. This suggests that they perceived cost efficiency and reliability of energy supply to be more pertinent issues than climate change.

In Europe, investors put significantly more money into renewable energy stocks, suggesting that they reflect the region’s environmentally conscious attitudes and willingness to pay for environmental outcomes, relative to investors in U.S. markets, Shcherbakova said.

“In the U.S., there is a very long history of coal,” she said. “If you want a cheap and reliable source of energy, you just run your coal plant all day long. In Europe, there’s been a significant backlash against coal. People like their countryside and are much more nature-oriented.

“In Europe, people have been much more willing to embrace renewable energy even though it’s much more expensive. In the U.S., we observe a much more price-sensitive energy consumer.”

Shcherbakova said one implication of the findings is that financial markets can be important contributors to successes and failures of government policy.

For example, if the government said that by 2025, 25 percent of the country’s energy must come from renewable resources, it would be difficult to achieve that goal if the policy isn’t aligned with the reality of economics, she said.

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泉田知事vs規制委、原発事故対応すれ違いvia 東洋経済

「被曝前提では住民理解得られない」
新潟県の泉田裕彦知事と、原子力規制委員会の田中俊一委員長の面談が初めて実現した。泉田氏といえば、東京電力の柏崎刈羽原子力発電所がある地元の県知事。福島第1原発事故後、「事故原因の検証・総括がないままでの柏崎刈羽原発の再稼働は論外」との立場を崩さず、再稼働を急ぐ東電の対応を批判してきた。

また、柏崎刈羽に限らず、住民の防災・避難対策が不十分なままでの原発再稼働はありえないと主張し、規制委に対しても住民の安全確保に対する考え方をただすため、以前から田中委員長に面談を求めていた。

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泉田知事が特に強く要求したのが、緊急時迅速放射能影響予測ネットワークシステム(SPEEDI)を活用した、実効性ある住民避難の仕組みだ。

規制委が今年4月に改定した原子力災害対策指針では、原発事故時の住民の避難対策はSPEEDIによる放射線量の予測値ではなく、モニタリングポストの実測値を使用する方針が定められた。泉田氏は「被爆を前提に避難指示を出すことになり、住民理解を得ることは困難」と批判した。

また同指針では、甲状腺の被爆を抑える安定ヨウ素剤の事前配布は原発5km圏(PAZ)の住民に限定され、5~30km圏(UPZ)では緊急事態発生後にヨウ素剤を配布することになっている。泉田氏は、緊急事態発生から数時間以内にUPZの全住民(新潟県の場合は約40万人)に配布することは極めて難しいと主張。放射線量の実測値が上がってから配るようでは「被曝してから服用」することになり、住民の安全は守れないと訴えた。
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さらに現行の労働安全衛生法では、労働災害の急迫した危険があるときは労働者を作業場から退避させる義務が事業者にある。そのため、緊急時の高線量下において、ヨウ素剤をUPZの住民に配布したり、地震で陥没した道路を復旧したり、避難住民を搬送するバス運転手を確保したりする災害対応が難しい法体系になっている。泉田氏はこうした法体系の整理に向け、規制委が国への勧告権を行使するよう求めた。
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面談後、泉田氏は記者団の取材に応じた。初会談の印象について泉田氏は、「現行の法体系に矛盾が多々あることを私は4年前から指摘しているが、ようやく面談がかなって委員長に認識してもらえたのは一歩前進」と語り、「今後、内閣府とも協力して検討を進めてほしい」と期待を示した。
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また、柏崎刈羽原発の再稼働の条件について問われると、「福島事故を二度と繰り返さないためには、事故の検証・総括が必要。津波についても15メートル級の津波が予測できたのに、なぜ対策がとれなかったかという総括も社内処分も行われていない。こうした状況では、再稼働について手続きも含めて議論する段階にない」と、従来と変わらぬ考えを表明した。

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泉田氏はこれまで田中委員長について、「原発の性能基準の審査ばかりやっていて、住民の安全を守る使命感が感じられない」などと公然と批判してきた。今回は知事会の代表としての面会要請だけに、田中委員長としても断るわけにはいかなかったのだろう。

田中氏は面談2日後の定例会見で感想を聞かれ、「私のほうは特別ないが、知事としては言いたいことをおっしゃって、ご満足いただけたのではないか」と、あたかもガス抜きさせたかのような皮肉交じりの発言もしている。だが今回の面談では意見が平行線に終始した問題も多く、無論、泉田氏は満足していないはずだ。
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‘Political rhetoric, not science’: Greenpeace slams IAEA Fukushima report via RT

Greenpeace has lashed out against the conclusions of IAEA’s latest report on the Fukushima disaster, calling the claim that radioactive exposure is “unlikely” to result in increased thyroid cancer risk in children a political rhetoric rather than science.

On Monday, IAEA said that despite uncertainties about the radiation doses incurred by children immediately after the accident, “an increase in childhood thyroid cancer attributable to the accident is unlikely.”

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On Tuesday, Greenpeace slammed the conclusions of the UN body as being ‘political rhetoric’.

“Nobody knows how much radiation citizens were exposed to in the immediate days following the disaster. If you don’t know the doses, then you can’t conclude there won’t be any consequences. To say otherwise is political rhetoric, not science,” said Kendra Ulrich, senior global energy campaigner with Greenpeace Japan.

Part of the reason why no solid data is available regarding the potential exposure of the civilian population, as IAEA notes, resulted from the chaos and unpreparedness of the authorities to deal with and document the radiological impact of the March 2011 industrial disaster.

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Meanwhile, Japanese media reported that yet another youth has been diagnosed with thyroid cancer, bringing the total number of young victims to 104, out of the 385,000 Fukushima Prefecture non-adult residents at the time of the accident.

At the same time, the prefectural government committee investigating the issue said that “as of now, it is unlikely for the thyroid cancers found in Fukushima Prefecture to have been caused by the nuclear power plant accident,” Asahi News quotes.

Greenpeace blames IAEA for being complicit in covering up the truth about the potential harm posed by Fukushima fallout.

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原子力規制委:安全審査中の原子炉使う事業は補助金対象外 via 毎日新聞

 原子力規制委員会は2日、2016年度から人材育成のため大学や研究機関に補助金を支出する事業について、安全審査中の原子炉を使う事業は対象外とする方針を明らかにした。

再稼働の前提となる審査中の原子炉に補助金を出せば、結果的に再稼働を促したり、規制委の審査の独立性に抵触したりする可能性があった。事務局の松浦克巳・原子力規制庁総務課長は「疑念を持たれたり、審査に影響が出たりしないようにしたい」と説明した。

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Korean repository officially opens via World Nuclear News

A ceremony was held on 28 August to mark the official opening of South Korea’s underground low- and intermediate-level radioactive waste (LLW/ILW) disposal facility at Gyeongju in North Gyeongsang province.

The ceremony was attended by South Korean prime minister Hwang Kyo-ahn, Gyeongsang governor Kim Kwna-yong and the mayor of Gyeongju, Choi Yang-sik, as well as 1000 local residents.

The site selection process for the 1.56 trillion won ($1.5 billion) facility began in 1986, eight years after South Korea’s first nuclear power reactor – Kori unit 1 – began operating. Construction of the repository started in early 2006 and was completed in June 2014. The first phase of the repository consists of six underground silos, each 40 metres high and with a diameter of some 24 metres. This first phase can hold up to 100,000 barrels of radioactive waste.

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The building of a second phase of the repository, which will be near-surface, began in January 2012 and is expected to be completed by 2019. This will add capacity to store a further 125,000 drums of LLW/ILW. Ultimately, the facility will be used to dispose of a total of 800,000 barrels of waste.

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