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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Report: America Will Use F-35s in Pacific in a 'Show of Force' as Signal to North Korea | The National Interest Blog

Report: America Will Use F-35s in Pacific in a 'Show of Force' as Signal to North Korea | The National Interest Blog

The Next Generation of European Nuclear Talent: Where Will It Come From? - The Energy Collective

The Next Generation of European Nuclear Talent: Where Will It Come From? - The Energy Collective

NRC Issues Confirmatory Order Over Security -Related Violations at Millstone Nuclear Power Plan


NRC Issues Confirmatory Order Over Security
-Related
Violations at Millstone Nuclear Power Plan

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Exclusive: Westinghouse discussing group bid for Saudi nuclear tender - sources - Channel NewsAsia

Exclusive: Westinghouse discussing group bid for Saudi nuclear tender - sources - Channel NewsAsia

Russia finds 1,000-times normal level of radioactive isotope after nuclear incident claims

Russia finds 1,000-times normal level of radioactive isotope after nuclear incident claims

Bulletin of Atomic Scientists Nuclear Roundup November 21, 2017

Nuclear Roundup
November 21, 2017
A daily roundup of quality nuclear policy news.

North Korea

Trump puts North Korea back on state sponsors of terrorism list to escalate pressure over nuclear weapons

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2017/11/20/trump-puts-north-korea-back-on-state-sponsors-of-terrorism-list

South Korea, Japan welcome U.S. relisting North Korea as sponsor of terrorism

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-northkorea-missiles/south-korea-japan-welcome-u-s-relisting-north-korea-as-sponsor-of-terrorism-idUSKBN1DL07I

With technology, these researchers are figuring out North Korea’s nuclear secrets

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/with-technology-these-researchers-are-figuring-out-north-koreas-nuclear-secrets/2017/11/20/274d9786-c9e2-11e7-b244-2d22ac912500_story.html?utm_term=.3f06afbef4d1

North Korea's nuclear tests pose radiation threats

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2017/11/20/north-korea-nuclear-tests-pose-radiation-threats/882161001/

The US Marines F-35 squadron is training to fight through nuclear war against North Korea

http://www.businessinsider.com/us-marines-f-35-squadron-training-for-nuclear-war-with-north-korea-2017-11

North Korea's 'ballistic submarine': Will Kim's gamble pay off?

http://www.dw.com/en/north-koreas-ballistic-submarine-will-kims-gamble-pay-off/a-41450280

United States

House advances measure to strengthen safety at nuclear sites

https://dailyenergyinsider.com/news/9193-house-advances-measure-strengthen-safety-nuclear-sites/

New Argonne National Laboratory Director Appointed

https://www.chicagomaroon.com/article/2017/11/21/new-argonne-national-laboratory-director-appointed/

Observations on DOE and Army Corps Assessments of the Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility Contract

https://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-18-122R

Carnegie Presentation: Approaches for Managing the Costs of U.S. Nuclear Forces, 2017 to 2046

https://www.cbo.gov/publication/53334?utm_source

Special Report: In modernizing nuclear arsenal, U.S. stokes new arms race

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-nuclear-modernize-specialreport/special-report-in-modernizing-nuclear-arsenal-u-s-stokes-new-arms-race-idUSKBN1DL1AH

Trump’s Pentagon Wants to Make Nuclear Weapons More ‘Usable’

https://www.thenation.com/article/trumps-pentagon-wants-to-make-nuclear-weapons-more-usable/

CBO’s Nuclear Weapons Cost Estimate Is Way Too High; Hint — Bombers

https://breakingdefense.com/2017/11/cbos-nuclear-weapons-cost-estimate-is-way-too-high-hint-bombers/

FBI informant gathered years of evidence on Russian push for US nuclear fuel deals, including Uranium One, memos show

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/361276-fbi-informant-gathered-years-of-evidence-on-russian-push-for-us

Donald Trump is LaVar Ball -- with nuclear weapons

http://www.cnn.com/2017/11/20/opinions/donald-trump-is-lavar-ball-with-nuclear-weapons-bailey/index.html

Someone besides the president should have the nuclear codes

http://thehill.com/opinion/national-security/361231-someone-besides-the-president-should-have-the-nuclear-codes

U.S. generals might stop trump from an illegal nuclear strike — but who will save us from a legal one?

https://theintercept.com/2017/11/21/u-s-generals-might-stop-trump-from-an-illegal-nuclear-strike-but-who-will-save-us-from-a-legal-one/

Editorial Yes, Trump with the nuclear codes is terrifying. But the threat of a first strike is a vital deterrent

http://www.latimes.com/opinion/editorials/la-ed-congress-nukes-20171118-story.html

Don’t Kill the Nuclear Cruise Missile

http://www.defenseone.com/ideas/2017/11

International

Forbes: Iran Nuclear Deal Fix It Or Nix It

https://www.forbes.com/sites/steveforbes/2017/11/21/iran-nuclear-deal-fix-it-or-nix-it/#5038be6c71a3

Russian nuclear facility denies it is source of high radioactivity levels

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/nov/21/russia-radioactivity-986-times-norm-nuclear-accident-claim

General Interest

What Is an EMP Bomb?

https://lifehacker.com/what-is-an-emp-bomb-1820610036

In 1956, Russia Came Close to Starting a Nuclear War

https://scout.com/military/warrior/Article/In-1956-Russia-Came-Close-to-Starting-a-Nuclear-War-Against-Israel-Britain-and-France-110803778

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Nuclear War Doesn’t Seem So Funny After All | Asharq AL-awsat

Nuclear War Doesn’t Seem So Funny After All | Asharq AL-awsat

FERC Chair Neil Chatterjee: 'We've Moved Past' DOE NOPR | RTO Insider

FERC Chair Neil Chatterjee: 'We've Moved Past' DOE NOPR | RTO Insider

UPDATE 1-EDF reports quality control failings regarding some rods at nuclear reactors

UPDATE 1-EDF reports quality control failings regarding some rods at nuclear reactors

FBI informant gathered years of evidence on Russian push for US nuclear fuel deals, including Uranium One, memos show | TheHill

FBI informant gathered years of evidence on Russian push for US nuclear fuel deals, including Uranium One, memos show | TheHill

Sarah Don: Building nuclear connections | MIT News

Sarah Don: Building nuclear connections | MIT News

Russia admits nuclear leak near site of 1957 disaster | World | The Times & The Sunday Times

Russia admits nuclear leak near site of 1957 disaster | World | The Times & The Sunday Times

Russian nuclear facility denies it is source of high radioactivity levels | World news | The Guardian

Russian nuclear facility denies it is source of high radioactivity levels | World news | The Guardian

The consensus is clear: there is no upside to a nuclear Brexit | Clare Moody | Opinion | The Guardian

The consensus is clear: there is no upside to a nuclear Brexit | Clare Moody | Opinion | The Guardian

Russia admits radioactive pollution in area near nuclear plants in the Urals | South China Morning Post

Russia admits radioactive pollution in area near nuclear plants in the Urals | South China Morning Post

Exclusive: Westinghouse discussing group bid for Saudi nuclear tender - sources

Exclusive: Westinghouse discussing group bid for Saudi nuclear tender - sources

Revealed: Inside Jordan's first nuclear research reactor - The National

Revealed: Inside Jordan's first nuclear research reactor - The National

Feds propose plan to bail out nuke, coal plants, possibly including Three Mile Island | Local News | lancasteronline.com

Feds propose plan to bail out nuke, coal plants, possibly including Three Mile Island | Local News | lancasteronline.com

South Carolina has six weeks to answer a $2B question about the future of its nuclear project | Business | postandcourier.com

South Carolina has six weeks to answer a $2B question about the future of its nuclear project | Business | postandcourier.com

What countries are SMRs best suited for?

At next year’s International SMR and Advanced Reactor Summit in Atlanta, (March 27-28) speakers from organizations around the world will discuss international deployment opportunities for SMR technologies.
At the conference last year, organizations such as U-Battery and CNL shared their insights into the possible deployment opportunities for SMR technologies. I’ve put the slide decks together for you to look at.
Get your copy of the past presentations here
The presentations will:
  • Give you an insight into the market opportunities in Canada, Poland, the UK, US and many more, allowing you to stay up to date with the needs of each country
  • Highlight the capabilities and requirements in certain markets such as Canada and the UK that will ensure you are aware of how your company or organization could fit into the deployment process
  • Update you on the partnerships being formed across the world aimed at deploying next generation nuclear technologies and the opportunities they hold
Many thanks,
Ben
Ben Moss
Senior Industry Analyst
Nuclear Energy Insider
+44 (0)207 375 7537
BMoss@nuclearenergyinsider.com

NSE News and Announcements :: November 2017

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Dear Friends and Colleagues,

As I write this, colourful leaves are falling from the trees, a familiar New England scene as we approach the Holiday season. This also means we are in the heart of the Fall semester at MIT; a particularly special semester for our senior undergraduates who take 22.033, the capstone design course. I personally love teaching design courses, they take you to such unexpected places intellectually, plus provide to me the best example of how we do education through research, and research through education at MIT.

This year the 22.033 course is being taught by Zach Hartwig (John C. Hardwick Assistant Professor) one of our newest NSE faculty members. The new model is more hands-on and group/project focused. It addresses issues such as how to identify an idea for a product need and how to solve problems. It focuses on ideation, pitching, presentation, communication skills, learning CAD, building skill sets for labs, how to use tools, what facilities are available to build "things" needed, i.e. the skill sets used in design teams in the real world. The semester started off with one problem defined by Hartwig: “how to design a better radiation check source?” Please see the MIT news article on this here, and that exercise is now serving as the model on how to approach solving a problem from concept to production.

Zach is building on a new teaching model for the course that was conceptualized and taught last year by Mike Short (Norman Rasmussen Assistant Professor). A paper on a project from last year's 22.033 design class has been accepted for publication. Our undergraduate students, with help from Dr. Patil and Prof. Buyukozturk in Civil & Environmental Engineering, have designed a new type of concrete which can accommodate waste plastic without losing its strength. This means we can take plastic out of a landfill, and use it to backfill concrete. Normally that causes the concrete to get weaker. However, our students figured out that if one gamma irradiates the plastic chips before adding to the concrete, the strength comes back! They also helped explain the reason that this happens. Please see this fascinating multi-disciplinary research here.

Finally we are approaching an exciting event: the restart of the Graphite Exponential Pile at the Nuclear Reactor Lab under the supervision of Professors Kord Smith, Ben Forget and NRL staff. The last fuel assembly will be reloaded at December 2 at 3:25 Chicago time to celebrate to the minute the 75th anniversary of the first artificial sustained chain nuclear reaction at Fermi’s CP-1. Beyond the nod to history, the Pile will becomes a critical (or should I say sub-critical, sorry I couldn’t help myself) part of our reactor physics education and research program.

I wish you all the very best for Thanksgiving.

Dennis Whyte
Jerry Akinsulire, MIT
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Exclusive: Westinghouse discussing group bid for Saudi nuclear tender - sources

Exclusive: Westinghouse discussing group bid for Saudi nuclear tender - sources

'Turkey to develop nuclear energy'

'Turkey to develop nuclear energy'

‘No place for BNPP in PHL’s nuclear power development program’ | BusinessMirror

‘No place for BNPP in PHL’s nuclear power development program’ | BusinessMirror

Special Report – In modernising nuclear arsenal, U.S. stokes new arms race – The Huffington Global

Special Report – In modernising nuclear arsenal, U.S. stokes new arms race – The Huffington Global

Russia Confirms High Levels Of Radioactive Ruthenium Isotope In The Urals

Russia Confirms High Levels Of Radioactive Ruthenium Isotope In The Urals

Vehicles to run on nuclear, radioactive fuels ' NNRA - Vanguard

Vehicles to run on nuclear, radioactive fuels ' NNRA - Vanguard

Russian nuclear accident fears as radioactive pollution detected over Ural Mountains - Nottingham Post

Russian nuclear accident fears as radioactive pollution detected over Ural Mountains - Nottingham Post

Secretary Of Energy Rick Perry Announces Expanded Partnership Opportunities With The National Laboratories


Secretary Of Energy Rick Perry Announces Expanded Partnership Opportunities With The National Laboratories


https://breakingenergy.com/2017/11/20/secretary-of-energy-rick-perry-announces-expanded-partnership-opportunities-with-the-national-laboratories/?utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=58651869&_hsenc=p2ANqtz--jSID1tr40SXXqnJfTS0XBotQzzOKIhg5MAVVX2CnT7bA3TwCeBHtXv0jNy9kxPpVxsnSEjxFyvBt6E8Z_7sJJRr5H5A&_hsmi=58651869

New theory rewrites opening moments of Chernobyl disaster

New theory rewrites opening moments of Chernobyl disaster

China Is The World’s Biggest Energy Market Mover | OilPrice.com

China Is The World’s Biggest Energy Market Mover | OilPrice.com

ITER Remains On Target For Full-Power Operation In 2035

ITER Remains On Target For Full-Power Operation In 2035

Articulating the Vision Behind DOE's NOPR - Power Engineering

Articulating the Vision Behind DOE's NOPR - Power Engineering

Experts Share Ideas to Strengthen Physical Protection of Nuclear Material at IAEA Conference

Experts Share Ideas to Strengthen Physical Protection of Nuclear Material at IAEA Conference

The IAEA plans to reflect the new ideas in future guidance, IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano said in Vienna last Friday at the closing of the International Conference on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material and Nuclear Facilities. (Photo: D. Calma/IAEA)
Last week, some 700 participants shared ideas, experiences and best practices to further enhance the physical protection of nuclear material and facilities against theft or sabotage. The IAEA plans to reflect the ideas in future guidance, IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano said at the closing of the conference in Vienna last Friday.
“Physical protection of nuclear material and nuclear facilities is a key element of national nuclear security regimes,” Mr Amano said. “All countries, and organizations such as the IAEA, must work together to ensure that physical protection is sufficient to meet evolving threats.”
All countries, and organizations such as the IAEA, must work together to ensure that physical protection is sufficient to meet evolving threats.
Yukiya Amano, IAEA Director General
The IAEA is the global platform through which countries cooperate to minimize the risk of nuclear and other radioactive material being used in a malicious way, Mr Amano said, adding that the International Conference on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material and Nuclear Facilities was an excellent example of this cooperation. “I am grateful to all of you for being part of this effort to strengthen nuclear security.”
Mr Amano highlighted the support Member States can obtain from the IAEA under the IAEA Nuclear Security Plan 2018-2021, adopted by the Board of Governors in September. This includes comprehensive guidance on nuclear security, physical protection upgrade assistance, peer review and advisory missions, and training and education on nuclear security to its Member States.
Participants also discussed the status of the Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material and its Amendment, which entered into force last year, and which expands the original Convention, adopted in 1979, to cover the protection of nuclear facilities and nuclear material in domestic use, storage and transport. Of the 155 signatories of the CPPNM, 115 have so far adhered to the Amendment. “I encourage all countries that have not yet done so to adhere to it,” Mr Amano said.
Besides the lectures and discussions, on the sidelines of the conference several institutions presented innovative equipment including safety masks and radiation detection devices. The conference also featured digital interactive content presentations which allowed participants to learn about different nuclear security areas using touch-screen displays.
A 3D virtual reality tool offered participants an opportunity to jump into the shoes of a fictitious criminal and allowed them to simulate an attempt to break into a nuclear power plant.
“The idea of this tool is to train people about the interaction between physical and cyber security,” said Scott Godwin, general manager of the National Security Directorate at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, where the new Immersive Training Platform was developed. “It allows you to go through the different security barriers, both physical and digital, in a realistic environment, and explore weaknesses that might exist in the security regime. During the experience, we are able to pause the virtual reality training and outline common defensive mechanisms to stop the threat.”
The Conference was held in cooperation with the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL), the World Nuclear Transport Institute and the World Institute for Nuclear Security.

Integrated Molten Salt Reactor passes pre-licensing milestone

Integrated Molten Salt Reactor passes pre-licensing milestone

Muon data confirms fuel melt at Fukushima Daiichi 1

Muon data confirms fuel melt at Fukushima Daiichi 1

Turbine island construction for Hualong One

Turbine island construction for Hualong One

The problem with subsidizing nuclear power and coal - Salon.com

The problem with subsidizing nuclear power and coal - Salon.com

Keystone XL Pipeline Gains Approval After A 9-Year Battle | OilPrice.com

Keystone XL Pipeline Gains Approval After A 9-Year Battle | OilPrice.com

Energy Majors Hit Hard By Climate Regulations | OilPrice.com

Energy Majors Hit Hard By Climate Regulations | OilPrice.com

Toshiba gains breathing room with $5.4 billion share issue to overseas investors


Toshiba gains breathing room with $5.4 billion share issue to overseas investors


https://www.reuters.com/article/us-toshiba-financing/toshiba-gains-breathing-room-with-5-4-billion-share-issue-to-overseas-investors-idUSKBN1DK007?feedType=RSS&feedName=businessNews&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+reuters%2FbusinessNews+%28Business+News%29

A Path to Competitive Solar Thermal Power - MIT Technology Review

A Path to Competitive Solar Thermal Power - MIT Technology Review

China plans for nuclear-powered interplanetary capacity by 2040

China plans for nuclear-powered interplanetary capacity by 2040

France on a mission to restore lost Middle East clout

France on a mission to restore lost Middle East clout

State Dept. approves potential missile sale to Poland

State Dept. approves potential missile sale to Poland

China urges talks after US brands N.Korea a terror sponsor

China urges talks after US brands N.Korea a terror sponsor

Russia denies nuclear accident after radioactive pollution

Russia denies nuclear accident after radioactive pollution

Five new revelations in the Russian uranium case

Five new revelations in the Russian uranium case



http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/361290-five-new-revelations-in-the-russian-uranium-case

Unserious Nation | Patrick J. Buchanan - Official Website

Unserious Nation | Patrick J. Buchanan - Official Website

The Real Winner in America's Russia Crisis Is China | The National Interest

The Real Winner in America's Russia Crisis Is China | The National Interest

Monday, November 20, 2017

Bulletin of Atomic Scientists Nuclear Roundup November 20, 2017

Nuclear Roundup
November 20, 2017
A daily roundup of quality nuclear policy news.

North Korea

South Korea fears further missile advances by North this year in threat to U.S.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-northkorea-missiles-southkorea/south-korea-fears-further-missile-advances-by-north-this-year-in-threat-to-u-s-idUSKBN1DK0HO

Kim Jong-un rushes to build submarine ‘that can fire nuclear missiles’

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/kim-jong-un-rushes-to-build-submarine-that-can-fire-nuclear-missiles-dzrtjbl8w

China Envoy Discusses ‘Situation of the Korean Peninsula’ With North

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/18/world/asia/north-korea-china-song-tao.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fworld&_r=0

United States

Top general says he'd push back against 'illegal' nuclear strike order

http://www.cnn.com/2017/11/18/politics/air-force-general-john-hyten-nuclear-strike-donald-trump/index.html

What if the general says 'no' to president's nuclear order?

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory/general-presidents-nuclear-order-51270254

No one can prevent Trump from using nuclear weapons, experts say

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2017/11/19/no-one-can-prevent-trump-using-nuclear-weapons-experts-say/878673001/

What exactly is an illegal nuclear attack order?

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/what-exactly-is-an-illegal-nuclear-attack-order/article/2177004

Safeguarding Nuclear Launch Procedures: A Proposal

https://www.lawfareblog.com/safeguarding-nuclear-launch-procedures-proposal

Nuclear watchdog playing a vital role

http://registerguard.com/rg/opinion/36136256-78/nuclear-watchdog-playing-a-vital-role.html.csp

UC to bid on Los Alamos contract, teeing up potential California-Texas contest over nuclear facility

http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/UC-to-bid-on-Los-Alamos-contract-teeing-up-12370092.php

Defense funding bill protects Los Alamos

https://www.abqjournal.com/1094799/los-alamos.html

NASA to test prototype Kilopower reactor

http://www.world-nuclear-news.org/ON-NASA-to-test-prototype-Kilopower-reactor-1711174.html

CBO's fuzzy math shouldn't stop nuclear defense modernization

http://thehill.com/opinion/national-security/361152-cbos-fuzzy-math-on-nuclear-defense-modernization-exaggerates-cost

The Trump Doctrine: Making Nuclear Weapons Usable Again

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/11/20/trump-doctrine-making-nuclear-weapons-usable-again

International

US may let Cold War missile treaty die after Russian violations

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/us-may-let-cold-war-missile-treaty-die-after-russian-violations/article/2641090

Russia's Next Big Nuclear Missile Submarine Launches Tomorrow

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/russia-apos-next-big-nuclear-015900962.html

Nuclear stability, conventional instability: North Korea and the lessons from Pakistan

https://warontherocks.com/2017/11/nuclear-stability-conventional-instability-north-korea-lessons-pakistan/

Indian nuclear build-up

https://pakobserver.net/indian-nuclear-build/

Revealed: Inside Jordan's first nuclear research reactor

https://www.thenational.ae/uae/science/revealed-inside-jordan-s-first-nuclear-research-reactor-1.677333

Top honour for 93-year-old engineer behind China’s first nuclear submarine

http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2120605/top-honour-engineer-behind-chinas-first-nuclear

Chernobyl disaster might have begun from nuclear blast: Study

http://indianexpress.com/article/technology/science/chernobyl-disaster-might-have-begun-from-nuclear-blast-study-4946198/

GE faces lawsuit over role in Fukushima nuclear disaster

https://www.bostonglobe.com/business/2017/11/17/faces-lawsuit-over-role-fukushima-nuclear-disaster/LHeU66Nxd1jOLCV7DhwcoN/story.html

General Interest

Homes should not be abandoned after a big nuclear accident

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-11/uob-hsn111717.php

U.S. drafted request to deploy nukes on Honshu in 1960s, documents show

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/11/19/national/history/documents-show-u-s-mulled-requesting-deployment-nuclear-weapons-japan-1960s/#.WhLr34anFrQ

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