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Another nail in the coffin of the ‘integral fast nuclear reactors’ championed by nuclear lobby shills

Jim Green.Nuclear Fuel Cycle Watch South Australia    https://www.facebook.com/groups/1021186047913052/– 9 May 19

Another nail in the coffin of the ‘integral fast reactors’ championed by Ben Heard, Barry Brook et al.
UK consideration as to how to manage a growing stockpile of separated plutonium: “Re-use in PRISM [IFR] fast reactors – an option proposed by GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH) involving the construction at Sellafield of a fuel fabrication plant and two PRISM reactors (all ‘first of a kind’ facilities) to irradiate a plutonium alloy fuel. The option was put forward by GEH as ‘ready to deploy’ and therefore capable of quickly dispositioning the complete plutonium stockpile.‘ However, the studies undertaken by NDA with GEH over the past few years have shown that a major research and development programme would be required, indicating a low level of technical maturity for the option with no guarantee of success.
At this time, it is noted that the cost, scope and extent of work required to progress Fast Reactor options, such as the GEH PRISM, as well as the timeframe for these options to become available, means it is not credible for the NDA to develop these options, or have them available for implementation within the next 20 years. Therefore no further work with GEH has been funded by NDA’.”

A decision on the fate of UK’s Plutonium stockpile remains years away.  http://corecumbria.co.uk/briefings/a-decision-on-the-fate-of-uks-plutonium-stockpile-remains-years-away/?fbclid=IwAR2yPVluaq70YaoxikF_paOTbJ9BwleBhtGQb6kF0vI2sT4Ae-0M7HIItrE, 6th May 2019   The much delayed update from the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) on its plans for dealing with Sellafield’s burgeoning plutonium stockpile was quietly published at the end March 2019 under the title ‘Progress on plutonium consolidation, storage and disposition’. The lack of fanfare for its publication may be attributable to the absence of any major breakthrough in progress since the NDA’s 2014 Position Paper and the subsequent warning given to a Sellafield Stakeholder Group in 2016. Continue reading

May 9, 2019 Posted by | technology, UK | Leave a comment

Trump announces new sanctions on Iran. Iran warns it will step away from nuclear deal

U.S. Issues New Sanctions as Iran Warns It Will Step Back From Nuclear Deal,  NYT,   By David E. SangerEdward WongSteven Erlanger and Eric Schmitt, May 8, 2019 

WASHINGTON — Iran’s president declared on Wednesday that he would begin to walk away from the restrictions of a 2015 nuclear deal, and the Trump administration responded with a new round of sanctions against Tehran, reviving a crisis that had been contained for the past four years.

The escalation of threats caught the United States’ allies in Europe in the crossfire between Washington and Tehran. And while the announcement by President Hassan Rouhani of Iran did not terminate the landmark nuclear accord that was negotiated by world powers, it put it on life support.

Britain, France and Germany all opposed President Trump’s move a year ago to withdraw the United States from the accord that limited Iran’s capacity to produce nuclear fuel for 15 years. Ever since, the Trump administration has ramped up a pressure campaign against Iran’s military and clerical leaders, including blocking global oil exports and expediting warships and B-52 bombers to the Persian Gulf this week to face down what officials described, without evidence, as a new threat by Tehran against American troops in the Middle East.

European officials had promised to set up a bartering system to evade American sanctions imposed against Iranian oil. But that effort has largely failed, even as Iran complied with its obligations under the agreement, from production limits to inspections.

 

On Wednesday morning in Tehran, Mr. Rouhani declared he had run out of patience.

The path we have chosen today is not the path of war, it is the path of diplomacy,” he said in a nationally broadcast speech. “But diplomacy with a new language and a new logic.”

Rather than exit the deal entirely, Mr. Rouhani announced a series of small steps to resume the production of nuclear centrifuges and to begin accumulating nuclear material.

  • Mr. Rouhani also set a series of carefully calibrated deadlines for European leaders — essentially forcing them to either join the United States in isolating Iran or uphold the nuclear deal that world powers spent years negotiating with Tehran.

    He said the Europeans had 60 days to assure that Iran could “reap our benefits” under the nuclear accord, by making up for lost oil revenues and allowing the country back into the international financial system.

    If the Europeans agree, they will be subject to sanctions by the United States. If they dismiss Mr. Rouhani’s claims, he says Iran will take more dramatic steps.

    Hours later, the White House announced that it was taking additional measures to squeeze Iran’s economy by imposing sanctions on its steel, aluminum, iron and copper sectors. Iran’s industrial metals industries account for about 10 percent of its exports, according to a Trump administration estimate.

    Mr. Trump said in a statement that the move “puts other nations on notice that allowing Iranian steel and other metals into your ports will no longer be tolerated.”

    Under John R. Bolton, the national security adviser who has long advocated pressing for regime change in Iran, the White House has been urging ever-escalating sanctions…….Hours later, the White House announced that it was taking additional measures to squeeze Iran’s economy by imposing sanctions on its steel, aluminum, iron and copper sectors. Iran’s industrial metals industries account for about 10 percent of its exports, according to a Trump administration estimate.

    Mr. Trump said in a statement that the move “puts other nations on notice that allowing Iranian steel and other metals into your ports will no longer be tolerated.”

    Under John R. Bolton, the national security adviser who has long advocated pressing for regime change in Iran, the White House has been urging ever-escalating  santions……Hours later, the White House announced that it was taking additional measures to squeeze Iran’s economy by imposing sanctions on its steel, aluminum, iron and copper sectors. Iran’s industrial metals industries account for about 10 percent of its exports, according to a Trump administration estimate.

    Mr. Trump said in a statement that the move “puts other nations on notice that allowing Iranian steel and other metals into your ports will no longer be tolerated.”

    Under John R. Bolton, the national security adviser who has long advocated pressing for regime change in Iran, the White House has been urging ever-escalating sanctions…….https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/08/us/politics/iran-nuclear-deal.html

May 9, 2019 Posted by | Iran, politics international, USA | Leave a comment

Long delay before Savannah River Plutonium Disposal can start

May 9, 2019 Posted by | - plutonium, USA | Leave a comment

America’s accumulating nuclear trash: new Bill threatens Nevada

May 9, 2019 Posted by | USA, wastes | Leave a comment

Three Mile Island nuclear station has licence for 15 more years, but now to close

Three Mile Island Nuclear Plant To Close, Latest Symbol Of Struggling Industry, NPR,  May 8, 2019,  40 years after the nation’s worst commercial nuclear accident, the remaining reactor still operating at Three Mile Island in South-central Pennsylvania is closing.

Exelon announced Wednesday that Three Mile Island Generating Station Unit 1 will shut down by September 30th.

The company says the plant has been losing money for years. The nuclear industry generally has struggled to compete with less expensive electricity generated from natural gas and renewable energy.

Exelon first announced it would close two years ago unless lawmakers stepped in to keep it open. It then campaigned to save the plant by seeking a subsidy from Pennsylvania’s legislature. The company argued that, in light of climate change and efforts to address it, the plant deserves compensation for the [supposedly] carbon-free electricity it produces.

When it became clear the subsidy legislation wouldn’t pass within the next month Exelon decided to retire the plant, which was licensed to operate for 15 more years. …….. https://www.npr.org/2019/05/08/721514875/three-mile-island-nuclear-plant-to-close-latest-symbol-of-struggling-industry

May 9, 2019 Posted by | politics, USA | Leave a comment

Mike Pompeo enthuses over the ‘benefits ‘ of climate change

May 9, 2019 Posted by | climate change, politics, USA | Leave a comment

Nuclear industry not really prepared for climate change’s impacts on nuclear reactors

May 9, 2019 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

Unease at China’s grip on Britain’s nuclear future.

Times 8th May 2019 Unease at China’s grip on Britain’s nuclear future. China is still investing in big British infrastructure projects despite concerns over the Huawei deal and fears among the UK’s intelligence partners of exposure to foreign influence.
Construction is well under way at Hinkley Point nuclear power plant in Somerset despite the controversy, and Beijing is also being wooed for the HS2 high-speed rail link. Britain’s commitment to welcoming Chinese money for everything from its 5G network to cinemas and electric taxis has made it the top European destination for direct investment from China, but a former government energy adviser asked yesterday why the nuclear projects, which also include Chinese-backed power plants in Suffolk and Essex, did not attract more scrutiny.
Paul Dorfman of the Energy Institute at University College London said: “There’s significant
controversy around security implications of involving Huawei, yet plans for China General Nuclear Power Corporation to build nuclear reactors on UK soil are progressing almost unnoticed.
“Security experts have said letting Huawei in would compromise security yet they seem content that letting China build nuclear reactors here would be OK.” The US has also expressed concern about Britain’s nuclear ties with Chinese state-owned energy companies. The British government reviewed China’s investment in nuclear power shortly after Theresa May became prime minister in 2016, and decided that safeguards were adequate.

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/4f281efe-710a-11e9-a116-49ac88679a93

May 9, 2019 Posted by | politics, UK | Leave a comment

Donald Trump and John Bolton conniving to avoid any effective nuclear arms deal?

May 9, 2019 Posted by | politics international, secrets,lies and civil liberties, USA | Leave a comment

Safety concerns by Austria mean delay in Slovakia’s nuclear station expansion

May 9, 2019 Posted by | EUROPE, politics international, safety | Leave a comment

Deep ocean trenches found to have radioactive carbon from nuclear bomb tests

May 9, 2019 Posted by | 2 WORLD, oceans, radiation | Leave a comment

How the Pentagon Took Ownership of Donald Trump — Astute News

Donald Trump is a con man. Think of Trump University or a juicy Trump steak or can’t-lose casinos (that never won). But as president, one crew he hasn’t conned is the Pentagon. Quite the opposite, they’ve conned him because they’ve been at the game a lot longer and lie (in Trump-speak) in far biglier ways. […]

via How the Pentagon Took Ownership of Donald Trump — Astute News

May 9, 2019 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment