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  • High Flux Isotope Reactor named Nuclear Historic Landmark

    The High Flux Isotope Reactor, or HFIR, now in its 48th year of providing neutrons for research and isotope production at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, has been designated a Nuclear Historic Landmark by the American Nuclear Society (ANS). “This designation from the ANS recognizes HFIR’s role in the history of the nuclear age, but it also speaks to the ...

  • Perma-Fix Signs Option Agreement to License Technology for Use in Proprietary Process to Produce Medical Isotopes

    ATLANTA, June 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Perma-Fix Environmental Services, Inc. (NASDAQ: PESI) today announced it has signed an exclusive option agreement with Battelle, which operates Pacific Northwest National Laboratory for the U.S. Department of Energy, to license technology from PNNL for use with Perma-Fix's proprietary process to ...

  • US, Russian Federation sign joint statement on reactor conversion

    The U.S. and Russian Federation jointly announced today that the first stage of work defined in the Implementing Agreement between the Russian State Corporation for Atomic Energy (Rosatom) and the Department of Energy (DOE) Regarding Cooperation in Concluding Feasibility Studies of the Conversion of Russian Research Reactors of Dec. 7, 2010, has been completed. The announcement comes at the close ...


    By US Department of Energy

  • EPA Statement: update on ongoing monitoring

    As a result of the incident with the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan, several EPA air monitors have detected very low levels of radioactive material in the United States consistent with estimates from the damaged nuclear reactors. These detections were expected and the levels detected are far below levels of public-health concern. Elevated levels of radioactive material in rainwater have been ...

  • New half-life measurements could improve understanding of heavy elements

    Giuseppe Lorusso, of the National Physical Laboratory (NPL), has furthered understanding of the creation of heavy elements as part of an international collaboration to measure the beta-decay half-lives of 110 isotopes. The new and updated values are important for determining the abundance of heavy elements, and allow for a more reliable discussion of the processes by which they are made. How ...

  • Canada’s rocky road with nuclear energy

    In the past year the Canadian nuclear industry has taken a couple of hits on the chin. These events raise the question of whether AECL is in the ditch or can a government tow truck get it back on the road? The commercial path forward is like an ice-covered road in a Canadian winter and there are plenty of back seat drivers. Here"s why. First, the Chalk River nuclear reactor, a supplier of medical ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • DOE selects contractor for depleted hexafluoride conversion project support

    The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today awarded a competitive small business task order to Navarro Research and Engineering Inc. of Oak Ridge, Tennessee. The award is a $22 million, time and materials task order with a three-year performance period and two one-year extension options. Navarro Research and Engineering Inc. will provide engineering and operations technical support services to the ...


    By US Department of Energy

  • DOE offers conditional loan guarantee for front end nuclear facility in Idaho

    As part of a broad effort to expand the use of nuclear power in the United States and reduce carbon pollution, U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu announced today the Department"s first conditional commitment for a front-end nuclear facility. The $2 billion loan guarantee will support AREVA"s Eagle Rock Enrichment Facility near Idaho Falls, Idaho, which will supply uranium enrichment services for ...


    By US Department of Energy

  • Making fuel for exploring space

    Since its 1977 launch, NASA’s Voyager 1 spacecraft has travelled farther than any other piece of human technology. It is also the only human-made object to have entered interstellar space. More recently, the agency’s New Horizons mission flew past Pluto on July 14, giving us our first close-up look at the dwarf planet. For the longevity of these missions we can thank the isotope ...

  • Universal Detection Technology's Radiation Detection Equipment Shipped to Various Customers Including Ones in Japan

    Universal Detection Technology (www.udetection.com) (OTCBB: UNDT) (the "Company"), a developer of early-warning monitoring technologies that protect against biological, chemical, and ...


  • ASTM C791 - 11 Standard Test Methods for Chemical, Mass Spectrometric, and Spectrochemical Analysis of Nuclear-Grade Boron Carbide

    Boron carbide is used as a control material in nuclear reactors. In order to be suitable for this purpose, the material must meet certain criteria for assay, isotopic composition, and impurity content. These methods are designed to show whether or not a given material meets the specifications for these items as described in Specifications C750 and ...


    By ASTM International

  • A Statement from U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz on P5+1 Nuclear Negotiations

    Today Secretary Moniz released the following statement regarding the P5+1 nuclear negotiations: "The key parameters established today lay the groundwork for achieving the P5+1’s objective of blocking Iran’s four pathways to nuclear weapons: the two uranium pathways through Iran’s Natanz and Fordow enrichment facilities, the plutonium pathway at the Arak reactor, and the covert ...


    By US Department of Energy

  • Ukraine President Wants to Renew Chernobyl Area

    KIEV, Ukraine (ENS) - Today, on the 21st anniversary of the explosion and fire at Chernobyl that sent a radioactive cloud across Europe, the president of Ukraine urged the country to support renewal of the uninhabited, contaminated region around the closed reactor. 'As chief of state,' said President Viktor Yushchenko, 'I insist that all executive bodies make it their priority to ...

  • Scientists turn nuclear waste into diamonds for power generation

    Researchers in the U.K. say they have found a way to turn radioactive waste into miniature diamond batteries to produce small electric currents that can last thousands of years. A team of physicists and chemists from the University of Bristol unveiled the technology at a lecture in Europe late last month.  The technique involves scraping away carbon-14, a radioactive isotope of carbon, from ...

  • Government proposes more steps to store Fukushima water

    A government panel proposed additional measures to lessen the contaminated water crisis at Japan's crippled nuclear power plant, saying Tuesday that current plans are not enough to prevent the risk of a disaster. Officials on the Industry Ministry's contaminated water panel also said that the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant could run out of storage ...


    By Associated Press

  • Fueling the world’s nuclear power plants: global nuclear fuel marks 10th anniversary helping utilities bring consumers virtually carbon-free energy

    Global Nuclear Fuel (GNF), the GE-led joint venture with Hitachi, Ltd. and Toshiba Corporation, this month is celebrating its 10th anniversary and embarking on a new decade as a world-leading supplier of reliable, high-quality fabricated nuclear fuel and services for the commercial nuclear industry. With a growing list of countries planning to build new nuclear plants, and with utilities ...


    By General Electric

  • 13C-enriched PCE Study to Evaluate the CL-Out Aerobic Cometabolic Pathway

    CL Solutions partnered with Microbial Insights Laboratory of Rockford, Tennessee to evaluate the cometabolic pathway that CL-Out utilizes to completely degrade PCE. Field applications have demonstrated the effectiveness of CL-Out®, but laboratory investigations have lagged behind our field progress. Other researchers have demonstrated an aerobic pathway for PCE and TCE utilized by pseudomonas ...


    By CL Solutions, LLC

  • Westinghouse Signs Agreement for Local Nuclear Fuel Development in South Africa

    Westinghouse Electric Company today announced that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation Ltd (Necsa) to investigate and cooperate in the development of local fabrication ...


  • Japan quake refuels India`s nuclear project debate

    The unfolding nuclear crisis in Japan has reignated the debate over a project to build the world's largest nuclear power plant in Jaitapur, on India's western coast. Amid protests by environmental activists, as well as Jaitapur residents, India's environment minister Jairam Ramesh cleared the 9,900 megawatt project in November 2010. Japan's Kashiwazaki-Kariwa facility, currently the world’s ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Energy secretary Steven Chu visits Oak Ridge

    At an event earlier this afternoon at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced that DOE has issued a five-year extension to its current management and operating contractor, UT-Battelle, LLC, for the continued operation of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. While at Oak Ridge, Secretary Chu also met with staff from the laboratory and ...


    By US Department of Energy

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