The White House runs the risk of damaging the US nuclear industry if it decides to crack down on imports of uranium, according to the world’s biggest producer of the radioactive material. The chief executive of Kazatomprom, Galymzhan Pirmatov, said he was “concerned” that more US reactors would be forced to close if the Trump administration were to introduce tariffs and force utilities to buy at least one quarter of their uranium from domestic miners. “US utilities running nuclear power plants are already facing challenges competing against cheap natural gas. Some are shutting down prematurely, before the end of their licence,” Mr Pirmatov said, during an interview with the Financial Times. “With tariffs and quotas you are adding more cost to an already difficult situation.” Eleven of the US’s nuclear reactors are set to close between September and 2025, a timetable that could be accelerated if the White House imposes tough measures on imports of uranium, said Mr Pirmatov.
FT 17th June 2019 read more »
Anti-nuclear activists fired away Friday at what they said is a dangerous and little known plan to produce deadly atomic weapons components at the Savannah River Site near Aiken. The federal government has proposed a multibillion dollar plutonium pit factory that could create as many as 1,700 jobs as part of an effort to make fresh plutonium, a major ingredient in atomic bombs. But the proposed factory is raising concerns about its risk to the environment and the public, in addition to how it would be viewed by world leaders. Critics say the government may use the pits in a new type of nuclear weapon, instead of only replenishing the existing stockpile with fresh plutonium.
Greenville News 17th June 2019 read more »
New York State Reaches Landmark Deal On Green New Deal-Style Climate Bill. If enacted, the bill would make New York the second big state — after California — to go for 100 percent carbon neutrality by midcentury.
Huffington Post 17th June 2019 read more »