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Last tango for nuclear?

by Ensia  (Jan. 30, 2015)

The U.S. nuclear power industry’s three-step: Revival, long goodbye or state-aided life support. As pressure to reduce climate-changing emissions grows, nuclear power is drawing growing attention — for better or worse. In this piece, the first of a series of three being published at Environmental Health News with funding ...

Nuclear waste storage and environmental intergenerational externalities

by Inderscience Publishers  (Jan. 7, 2015)

This article analyses the long–term consequences of nuclear waste storage within a general equilibrium framework. The objective is to determine the conditions for which the storage of waste, and thus the transfer of externalities towards the future, can be optimal. These conditions could explain the implementation of intergenerational ...

Management of spent nuclear fuel and its waste

by European Commission, Joint Research Centre  (Sep. 30, 2014)

The spent nuclear fuel from the operation of nuclear power plants needs to be managed in a safe, responsible and effective way. Several possibilities exist to deal with the spent fuel. Within the so-called “open fuel cycle”, it is disposed of without further use. When “closing the fuel cycle”, the energetic component in the ...

Case study - Savannah river nuclear solutions

by ENCON Evaporators  (Nov. 22, 2014)

ENCON’S Evaporators used for decommisioning radioactive waste.  The Company:  Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, LLC (SRNS) Location:   Aiken, South Carolina The Solution:   ENCON Thermal Evaporator (20 oil fired systems) Project Timeline: 2009-2012 Savannah River Site (SRS) is located in south-central South ...

Questions and answers on the amended Nuclear Safety Directive

by Europa Press Room  (Jul. 8, 2014)

What is new in the directive? The amended Nuclear Safety Directive strengthens the nuclear safety framework of the EU. The amendment reinforces the provisions of the existing directive. It: strengthens the role and independence of national regulatory authorities; introduces a high-level EU-wide safety objective, emphasizing accident ...

Comparing policy, regulations and institutions for geological disposal of radioactive waste and carbon dioxide

by Inderscience Publishers  (Oct. 29, 2014)

This paper compares the policy, regulatory and institutional (PRI) settings of Radioactive Waste (RW) and Carbon Dioxide (CO2) disposal for selected countries. This comparison is premised on the following arguments: (a) the policy/political acceptance of nuclear power and coal power with Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) technology to redress the ...

Comparison of monitoring programmes of ultimate disposal facilities for radioactive waste and carbon dioxide

by Inderscience Publishers  (Oct. 29, 2014)

Reliable and cost–effective monitoring is an important part of making geological repositories safe, effective, and acceptable for radioactive waste disposal and carbon dioxide (CO2) storage. The major objectives of monitoring should include the evolution of disposal systems compared to the baseline data of the undisturbed site, as well as the ...

Comparative assessment of ultimate disposal facilities for carbon dioxide and radioactive waste: overview and synthesis

by Inderscience Publishers  (Oct. 29, 2014)

The world community is seeking to move towards cleaner sources of energy for electricity generation to protect the environment. In addition to renewables, nuclear power and fossil fuel plants with carbon dioxide (CO2) capture and storage (CCS) are potential clean energy sources, if their wastes, i.e., radioactive material and CO2, are ...

Second Five-Year Plan to Address Uranium Contamination in the Navajo Nation

by EarthSoft, Inc  (Apr. 21, 2015)

Federal agencies recently completed a second Five-Year Plan to address uranium contamination on the Navajo Nation, which follows a progress report on the first plan that was initiated in January 2007. Contributing agencies include the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), U.S. Nuclear Regulatory ...

Comparison of cost estimates of final disposal facilities for carbon dioxide and high–level radioactive waste

by Inderscience Publishers  (Oct. 29, 2014)

This paper presents new research and new cost calculations for carbon dioxide (CO2) disposal in Cuba and Lithuania, as well as lessons from the comparative assessment of CO2 and high–level Radioactive Waste (RW) disposal costs in several countries. Nuclear power and CO2 Capture and Disposal (CCD) ...

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