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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Your Favorite California Beach May Disappear Too Soon


Your Favorite California Beach May Disappear Too Soon

Rising sea levels could erode up to 67 percent of Southern California beaches.


http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/california-beach-erosion_us_58d97a32e4b0f805b3227bfb

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/2016JF004065/epdf

EARTH OBSERVATION Climate-addled jet streams boost drought, flood: study

EARTH OBSERVATION
Climate-addled jet streams boost drought, flood: study Paris (AFP) March 27, 2017 - Global warming amplifies severe droughts and floods by disrupting jet streams, the powerful high-altitude air currents that move west-to-east across the northern hemisphere, researchers said Monday. Just in the last 15 years, devastating drought in California, heat waves across the United States and western Europe, deadly flooding in Pakistan - all were made worse when manmade climate chang ... morehttp://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Climate-addled_jet_streams_boost_drought_flood_study_999.html

Extreme space weather: Protecting our critical infrastructure

DISASTER MANAGEMENT
Extreme space weather: Protecting our critical infrastructure Munich, Germany (SPX) Mar 27, 2017 - Extreme space weather has a global footprint and the potential to damage critical infrastructure on the ground and in space. A new report from the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) calls for bridging knowledge gaps and for better coordination at EU level to reduce the potential impact of space weather events. The sun shapes the space environment around the Earth. This so-ca ... morehttp://www.terradaily.com/reports/Extreme_space_weather_Protecting_our_critical_infrastructure_999.html

Trump Budget Blueprint For DoE Will Revive Yucca Conflict, Does Little To Enable Nuclear

Posted: 27 Mar 2017 08:00 PM PDT
The first few words of the first bullet in the Department of Energy’s (DOE) section of the Trump Administration’s Budget Blueprint seem purposely chose to instigate maximum conflict. Provides $120 million to restart licensing activities for the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository. This phrase, describing a spending item that represents just 0.4% of a $28 […] The post Trump Budget Blueprint For DoE Will Revive Yucca Conflict, Does Little To Enable Nuclear appeared first on The Energy Collective.http://www.theenergycollective.com/rodadams/2401240/trump-budget-blueprint-doe-will-revive-yucca-conflict-little-enable-nuclear?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=The+Energy+Collective+%28all+posts%29

Three Mile Island in living color: A look back at the accident and its aftermath

Three Mile Island in living color: A look back at the accident and its aftermath
Exactly 38 years ago, a cascading series of malfunctions and worker errors set off what the Nuclear Regulatory Commission called "the most serious ...http://www.pennlive.com/news/2017/03/three_mile_island_in_color_pho.html
 

UPI Almanac for Tuesday, March 28, 2017

UPI.com - ‎12 hours ago‎
On March 28, 1979, a failure in the cooling system at the nuclear power plant on Three Mile Island in Pennsylvania caused a near meltdown. By United Press International | March 28, 2017 at 3:30 AM ...

Three Mile Island Nuclear Meltdown Anniversary

PA home page - ‎3 hours ago‎
MIDDLETOWN, DAUPHIN COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU)- Today marks the 38th anniversary of the Three Mile Island nuclear meltdown. In 1979, a partial core meltdown shut the plant down and sent radioactive gas into the air in Middletown, near Harrisburg.

Three Mile Island nuclear accident - March 28, 1979

WDEL 1150AM - ‎4 hours ago‎
On this day, March 28, 1979, the nuclear reactor at Pennsylvania's Three Mile Island, along the Susquehanna River, came to within an hour--and 1,000 degrees--of a total meltdown. Read more about it on History.com.

Tuesday marks 38th anniversary of Three Mile Island nuclear accident

LancasterOnline - ‎7 hours ago‎
A historic marker along Route 441 in Dauphin County commemorates the scene of the nation's worst commercial nuclear accident at Three Mile Island's Unit 2. Three Mile Island: A good neighbor? Four days after the March 28, 1979, accident at TMI, ...

Three Mile Island in living color: A look back at the accident and its aftermath

PennLive.com - ‎10 hours ago‎
Exactly 38 years ago, a cascading series of malfunctions and worker errors set off what the Nuclear Regulatory Commission called "the most serious accident in U.S. commercial nuclear power plant operating history." Photos from the National Archives ...

38 Years Ago Today: Three Mile Island partial meltdown of the Unit 2 reactor

FOX43.com - ‎8 hours ago‎
HARRISBURG, Pa.– Today marks the 38th anniversary of the Three Mile Island partial meltdown of the Unit 2 reactor. It was what what the Nuclear Regulatory Commission called “the most serious accident in U.S. commercial nuclear power plant operating ...

The Three Mile Island Accident Anniversary – 38 Years Later

The Inquisitr - ‎9 hours ago‎
Today marks the 38th anniversary of the most serious nuclear reactor accident in the United States at the Three Mile Island Nuclear Plant, near the capitol city of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. In light of the disasters at Chernobyl in 1986 and Fukushima ...

Three Mile disaster

The New Indian Express - ‎20 hours ago‎
On this day in 1979, a water pump broke down at the Three Mile Island nuclear plant in Pennsylvania, US and radioactive steam was leaked into the atmosphere. This remains the biggest nuclear incident in US history. China Syndrome adds to scare
 

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Bulletin of Atomic Scientists Nuclear Roundup March 28, 2017



Nuclear Roundup
March 28, 2017
A compilation of quality nuclear policy news published on the Web, around the world.

Iran Nuclear Deal

McConnell criticizes Iran nuke deal as 'windfall' for Tehran

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory/lawmakers-back-measures-protect-israel-punishing-iran-46413926

Nikki Haley's reiterates Trump's wait-and-see approach to the Iran deal

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/nikki-haleys-reiterates-trumps-wait-and-see-approach-to-the-iran-deal/article/2618604

Netanyahu to Trump: Prevent Iran from 'ever' developing nuclear weapons

http://www.business-standard.com/article/international/netanyahu-to-trump-prevent-iran-from-ever-developing-nuclear-weapons-117032800087_1.html

United States

Senior Dems want nuclear warhead audit

http://thehill.com/policy/defense/326007-senior-dems-want-nuclear-warhead-audit

Text of Letter

http://democrats-armedservices.house.gov/_cache/files/2/2/22151947-81ea-461d-95a3-7fa66bfead63/B3F304FA8EF3D88F8B507A24B7D4A208.smith-kaptur-letter-on-nuclear-modernization-plan.pdf

Perry visits proposed Yucca nuclear waste site

http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/325995-perry-visits-yucca-nuclear-waste-site

This Day in History: America’s Worst Nuclear Fears Realized at Three Mile Island Plant

http://www.voanews.com/a/americas-worst-nuclear-fears-realized-at-three-mile-island-plant-in-1979/3784186.html

Meet the women building up the Nuclear Security Enterprise

https://nnsa.energy.gov/blog/meet-women-building-nuclear-security-enterprise

Proficiency flights ensure NNSA’s aerial measuring system soars

https://nnsa.energy.gov/blog/proficiency-flights-ensure-nnsa%E2%80%99s-aerial-measuring-system-soars

International

New North Korea sanctions bill introduced to U.S. House of Representatives

https://www.nknews.org/2017/03/new-north-korea-sanctions-bill-introduced-to-u-s-house-of-representatives/

We Can't Afford to Lose U.S.-Russian Nuclear Cooperation

http://nationalinterest.org/feature/we-cant-afford-lose-us-russian-nuclear-cooperation-19925

Panel: Conversations on Missiles and Nuclear Weapons Key to Rebuilding U.S.-Russian Relationship

https://news.usni.org/2017/03/24/panel-converstations-missiles-nuclear-weapons-key-rebuilding-u-s-russian-realatiohship

Myanmar: a nonproliferation success story

https://www.aspi.org.au/publications/myanmar-a-nonproliferation-success-story

UK nuclear decommissioning debacle costs government nearly £100m

https://www.theguardian.com/business/2017/mar/27/uk-nuclear-decommissioning-debacle-costs-government-100m

General Interest

THE DETONATION DETECTIVES

http://www.theverge.com/2017/3/24/15041826/cns-north-korea-nuclear-missile-test-tracking-icbm-analysis

US funded IAEA Cost Free Expert opportunity - Senior Project Engineer

https://www.bnl.gov/ISPO/CFE.php

UNIDIR: Nuclear Weapon Risks Symposium

http://www.unidir.org/programmes/weapons-of-mass-destruction/understanding-nuclear-weapon-risks/nuclear-weapon-risks-symposium


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ANS Nuclear Policy Wire: The Knives are Out!

ANS Nuclear Policy Wire
March 28, 2017

News
The Knives Are Out
 
The Office of Management and Budget has proposed a $168M cut to the Office of Nuclear Energy for the remainder of 2017, reducing the budget from $858M to $690M.
 
OMB says this could be achieved by "decreasing funding for later stage R&D in fuel cycle, reactor, and crosscutting technologies."
 
The cut list is not getting a warm reception from legislators on Capitol Hill.

Editor's Note March 28, 2017

I am recovering from a bad case of acute bronchitus. Posting will be brief today and tomorrow, but will resume with all due speed when I'm feeling better. I'm just grateful its not pneumonia.

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Monday, March 27, 2017

Fear of Nuclear – Part 3

Fear of Nuclear – Part 3


https://wattsupwiththat.com/2017/03/26/fear-of-nuclear-part-3/

Trump Budget Blueprint For DOE Will Revive Yucca Conflict. Does Little To Enable Nuclear

Trump Budget Blueprint For DOE Will Revive Yucca Conflict. Does Little To Enable Nuclear


https://atomicinsights.com/trump-budget-blueprint-doe-will-revive-yucca-conflict-little-enable-nuclear/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+AtomicInsights+%28Atomic+Insights%29

How Do We Know That Humans Are Causing Climate Change? These Nine Lines of Evidence

How Do We Know That Humans Are Causing Climate Change? These Nine Lines of Evidence
http://www.theenergycollective.com/edfclimate411/2401161/know-humans-causing-climate-change-nine-lines-evidence

NY nuclear subsidies kick in Saturday, but high-stakes legal challenge looms

NY nuclear subsidies kick in Saturday, but high-stakes legal challenge looms


http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2017/03/ny_nuclear_subsidies_kick_in_saturday_but_high-stakes_legal_challenge_looms.html

Amid setbacks in other states, Virginia utility moves forward with nuclear plan

Amid setbacks in other states, Virginia utility moves forward with nuclear plan



http://southeastenergynews.com/2017/03/27/amid-setbacks-in-other-states-virginia-utility-moves-forward-with-nuclear-plan/

Roadblocks to Improving the Energy Grid - Regulations and Empty Chairs



http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/roadblocks-to-improving-the-energy-grid-regulations-and-empty-chairs/article/2618341

Nuclear Powered Naval Vessels Market Overview, Manufacturing Cost Structure Analysis, Growth Opportunities & Restraints 2017-2021

Nuclear Powered Naval Vessels Market Overview, Manufacturing Cost Structure Analysis, Growth Opportunities & Restraints 2017-2021



http://www.satprnews.com/2017/03/27/nuclear-powered-naval-vessels-market-overview-manufacturing-cost-structure-analysis-growth-opportunities-restraints-2017-2021/

Nuclear power is dying. Can radical innovation save it?

Nuclear power is dying. Can radical innovation save it?


http://www.vox.com/energy-and-environment/2017/3/27/15043522/nuclear-power-future-innovation

NRC has accepted TVA’s early site permit application for small nuclear reactors



NRC has accepted TVA’s early site permit application for small nuclear reactors

http://oakridgetoday.com/2017/03/26/nrc-accepted-tvas-early-site-permit-application-small-nuclear-reactors/

India’s nuclear power promise is fading despite the deal with US. Here’s why


India’s nuclear power promise is fading despite the deal with US. Here’s why


http://www.hindustantimes.com/opinion/india-s-nuclear-power-promise-is-fading-despite-the-deal-with-us-here-s-why/story-FICd1xdYFO5hiZv3W1Yq2J.html

Toshiba seeks support from Korea Electric Power Corp. as Westinghouse nuclear unit prepares for bankruptcy



Toshiba seeks support from Korea Electric Power Corp. as Westinghouse nuclear unit prepares for bankruptcy

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/03/27/business/corporate-business/toshiba-hopes-tap-korea-electric-power-corp-westinghouse-unit-eyes-bankruptcy-filing/#.WNley461tSw

Westinghouse's Bankruptcy Unlikely to Affect more than $31 Billion in U.S. Nuclear Projects


Westinghouse's Bankruptcy Unlikely to Affect more than $31 Billion in U.S. Nuclear Projects

http://www.industrialinfo.com/news/abstract.jsp?newsitemID=257005

Six Nuclear Reactors in India Put at Risk by Westinghouse's Looming Bankruptcy


Six Nuclear Reactors in India Put at Risk by Westinghouse's Looming Bankruptcy

https://sputniknews.com/business/201703271051991459-india-westinghouse-electric-nuclear-reactors/