Monday, March 26, 2007

Pricing Keeps Anti Nukes On Outside of Information Loop

Thought I would share with our readers one PERFECT EXAMPLE of how we are kept one step (or more) behind the nuclear industry........PRICING!

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Nevada Study: At-Reactor Storage Less Costly Than Building Yucca Dump

Nevada state officials have released a report concluding that the cost of building the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository “vastly exceeds” the cost of leaving radioactive waste at reactor sites. The report, commissioned by Nevada officials who oppose the Yucca project being built in their state, challenges the federal government’s cost estimate for the high-level radioactive waste dump and concludes that the repository would actually cost billions of dollars more than dry-cask storage at existing reactors.

Politics plays pivitol role in nuclear energy

Politics will play a pivotoal role in nuclear energy in coming months, with federal lawmakers sparring over new U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission appointments, Republicans seeking to strip the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) of its powers and presidential candidates weighing in on the merits of the proposed Yucca Mountain repository. The maneuvering comes as the federal government anticipates a rash of applications for reactor construction, as operators begin taking advantage of lucrative federal subsidies. And it comes as the federal government begins major investments in President Bush’s Global Nuclear Energy Partnership (GNEP).

Bush Budget Would Hike GNEP, Offers Less for Yucca Mountain

Undaunted by the first Democrat-controlled Congress of his tenure, President Bush this month unveiled a 2008 budget proposal rife with ambitious goals for the nation’s nuclear power industry. Promoting energy sources that might wean the nation from its reliance on fossil fuels proves to be a key component of the president’s spending blueprint for fiscal 2008, which begins Oct. 1. Bush is asking Congress to approve a $24.3 billion budget for the U.S. Energy Department, including significant investments in new energy sources, scientific research, radioactive-waste cleanup and strengthening the nation’s nuclear weapons stockpile while promoting global non-proliferation.

GNEP Technologies: The Future or Pure Folly?

An audioconference hosted last week by Capitol Press LLC spotlighted key proponents and detractors of President Bush’s Global Nuclear Energy Partnership (GNEP), with supporters arguing that now is the time to begin developing technology for the reprocessing of spent nuclear fuel, and foes countering that it will be too costly and time-consuming to attract private investors.

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