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Chemistry, minerals and microbes in nuclear waste management

22 November 2017

Current solutions for intermediate and higher activity radioactive wastes storage are temporary. Nuclear waste stores have lifetimes of around 100 years and storage ponds, which dissipate the decay heat from used nuclear fuel and act as powerful radiation shields, several decades. Research into biogeochemical control over radionuclide behaviour is therefore of great value for a deep geological disposal solution, writes Katherine Morris.

An inconvenient reality: nuclear power is needed

27 October 2017

Al Gore, An Inconvenient Sequel (Paramount) 72x48On a quiet afternoon I decided to see Al Gore's An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power. While certainly a powerful update on the importance of climate change and on the need to do something about it, I was disappointed. Why? Because, once again, after repeating the phrase 'climate crisis' many, many, many times, the solutions presented exclude the one with the largest potential, nuclear power, writes Milt Caplan.

Addressing uncertainties in decommissioning cost estimates

03 October 2017

Historical experience of estimating decommissioning costs has not been particularly satisfactory. In response to this, the process of decommissioning cost estimation is evolving, writes Simon Carroll.

Nuclear community's message to UN Environment

03 November 2017

World Nuclear Association asks UN Environment to join other leading international bodies in recognising that nuclear energy is an important part of the solution to climate change. We hope to see nuclear energy represented alongside renewables in future UN Environment dialogues on clean energy, innovation and sustainable development, writes Agneta Rising.

UAE celebrates international collaboration

23 October 2017

As the UAE progresses steadily with its peaceful nuclear energy programme, the nation continues to work closely with international experts to ensure the highest levels of nuclear quality and safety. This international collaboration has been an essential part of the programme throughout, and is a key feature that all new nuclear energy projects around the world can learn and benefit from, writes Hamad Alkaabi.

Valuing nuclear power in the USA

21 September 2017

Pacilio - Symposium 2017 - 48The World Nuclear Association's newly published Fuel Report indicates that, by 2035, the United States might be losing 11 reactor units (reference scenario), losing 30 (lower scenario), or losing two and gaining five (upper scenario). Michael Pacilio, COO of Exelon Generation, says the country "can't possibly meet its carbon reduction goals without nuclear power". The following is an abridged version of Pacilio's Hot Seat Interview at the Association's annual symposium in London last week.