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Nuclear Monitor #866 - 24 September 2018

Nuclear Monitor Issue: 
#866
24/09/2018
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New IAEA report sees "possible shrinking role" for nuclear power: The International Atomic Energy Agency has released its latest projections for the future of nuclear power. For the first time in many years ‒ perhaps ever ‒ the IAEA is up-front about the grim prospects for nuclear power.

Generation IV nuclear waste claims debunked: Lindsay Krall and former US NRC chair Allison Macfarlane have written an important article in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. They argue that Generation IV developers and advocates "are receiving substantial funding on the pretense that extraordinary waste management benefits can be reaped through adoption of these technologies" yet "molten salt reactors and sodium-cooled fast reactors – due to the unusual chemical compositions of their fuels – will actually exacerbate spent fuel storage and disposal issues."

Film review: 'The New Fire' and the old Gen IV rhetoric: We review The New Fire, a pro-nuclear propaganda film similar in some respects to the 2013 film Pandora's Promise. The film's message is that young entrepreneurs may save the planet and its inhabitants with their Generation IV reactor projects.

The Age of Renewables is here: renewables make the grade in price, performance and reliability: Karel Beckman, editor of Energy Post Weekly, summarizes a new Deloitte Global report. According to the report, "three key enablers ‒ price and performance parity, grid integration, and technology ‒ allow solar and wind power to compete with conventional sources on price, while matching their performance."

Nuclear News

‒ US: Could the last remaining nuclear power project fall over?

‒ Fukushima clean-up workers, including homeless, at grave risk of exploitation, say UN experts

‒ 2018 NTI Index: Nuclear security progress in jeopardy