Monday, 30 April 2012
This is the direct link to the Nature Climate Change journal lwhere this paper is published: http://www.nature.com/
nclimate/journal/vaop/ ncurrent/full/ nclimate1505.html
Posted by Zahra Yamani at 06:40
Sunday, 29 April 2012
Jordan weighs two offers to build nuclear plant, and Candu is none of them!http://www.petra.gov.jo/Public_News/Nws_NewsDetails.aspx?Site_Id=1&lang=2&NewsID=68454&CatID=13&Type=Home>ype=1
Wow, that for sure is not a good news for Canadian industry... for a while it seemed they were considering Candu as a serious contender... I wonder how much this decision was influenced by the recent restructuring of aecl and selling its Candu division to SNCc?
also see: http://
Posted by Zahra Yamani at 10:44
Fukushima revealed Canadian government’s confusion over nuclear emergency response, a new CNSC report says
revealed Canadian government’s confusion over nuclear emergency
response, a new CNSC report says: why this is not surprising? when
bureaucracy itself trumps the main cause for which the bureaucracy in
the first place was created to assist the cause with, this is the
expected outcome!: http://www.ottawacitizen.com/
news/ Fukushima+revealed+Canadian+gov ernment+confusion+over+nuclear +emergency+response+report+say s/6517357/ story.html#ixzz1tQXPO6lL
..."The federal government’s ability to handle a nuclear disaster is
questioned in a new report assessing federal actions during last year’s
The emergency revealed a confused federal
bureaucracy, unsure of what departments were responsible for measures
such as informing Canadians of radioactive fallout migrating across the
Pacific, says the report by a special review committee established by
the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC).
That and other
concerns, “exposed the lack of clearly-defined responsibilities and
leadership as it pertains to a nuclear emergency in Canada or a global
event,” it says of the federal government." .... this is the direct link
to the full CNSC report: http://
www.nuclearsafety.gc.ca/eng/ pdfs/japan-earthquake/ April-2012-Final-Report-of-the- EAC_CNSC-Response-to-the-Japan ese-Nuclear-Event_e.pdf
Posted by Zahra Yamani at 07:21
Ontario zeroes in on two nuclear reactor designs: Enhanced Candu 6 reactor by Candu Energy Inc and AP 1000 reactor by Westinghouse
zeroes in on two nuclear reactor designs: Enhanced Candu 6 reactor by
Candu Energy Inc and AP 1000 reactor by Westinghouse: http://www.thestar.com/
business/article/ 1168935--ontario-zeroes-in-on-t wo-nuclear-reactor-designs
..."Ontario is in talks with two nuclear suppliers about submitting
detailed plans for proposed new reactors at the Darlington nuclear
But provincial sources say it will be more than a year before a decision is made on which design to choose – if any.
The two designs in the running are:
• The Enhanced Candu 6 reactor made by Candu Energy Inc., a unit of
SNC-Lavalin, which bought the assets of Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd.
• The AP 1000 reactor made by Westinghouse.
Both reactor designs are currently be assessed by Canada’s nuclear regulator, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC).
Public documents show that the CNSC is not actively examining the
technology of a third potential candidate, made by the French nuclear
The province and Ontario Power Generation are
currently negotiating the terms of “service level agreements” with
Westinghouse and Candu Energy.
The agreements would commit the
companies to preparing detailed construction plans, schedules and cost
estimates for the proposed reactors, a process that would take a year or
The province is considering building two new reactors, each of about 1,000 megawatts, at Darlington.
But a source emphasized there’s no guarantee either proposal would be
accepted, and the province could still forego building new reactors
Posted by Zahra Yamani at 07:06
Posted by Zahra Yamani at 05:36
Friday, 27 April 2012
Is the elusive fusion closer to reality??? it appears so as scientists see solution to critical barrier to it, remarkable!!! http://www.sciencedaily.com/
"Physicists have discovered a possible solution to a mystery that has
long baffled researchers working to harness fusion. If confirmed by
experiment, the finding could help scientists eliminate a major
impediment to the development of fusion as a clean and abundant source
of energy for producing electric power.
An in-depth analysis by
scientists from the U.S. Department of Energy's Princeton Plasma Physics
Laboratory (PPPL) zeroed in on tiny, bubble-like islands that appear in
the hot, charged gases -- or plasmas -- during experiments. These
minute islands collect impurities that cool the plasma. And it is these
islands, the scientists report in the April 20 issue of Physical Review
Letters, that are at the root of a long-standing problem known as the
"density limit" that can prevent fusion reactors from operating at
Fusion occurs when plasmas become hot and dense
enough for the atomic nuclei contained within the hot gas to combine and
release energy. But when the plasmas in experimental reactors called
tokamaks reach the mysterious density limit, they can spiral apart into a
flash of light. "The big mystery is why adding more heating power to
the plasma doesn't get you to higher density," said David A. Gates, a
principal research physicist at PPPL and co-author of the proposed
solution with Luis Delgado-Aparicio, a post-doctoral fellow at PPPL and a
visiting scientist at MIT's Plasma Science Fusion Center. "This is
critical because density is the key parameter in reaching fusion and
people have been puzzling about this for 30 or 40 years.""
Posted by Zahra Yamani at 04:58
Gen4 Energy withdraws its pursuit of the DOE SMR Funding Opportunity Announcement: http://www.gen4energy.com/
news_item/ gen4-energy-decides-to-withdraw -its-pursuit-of-the-doe-smr-fu nding-opportunity-announcement /
"Gen4 Energy announced that it has decided not to pursue the recently
released DOE Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for Small Modular
Reactor Licensing Support Program. The purpose of the FOA was to enter
into cost sharing arrangements with companies that have designs that can
be “expeditiously licensed and achieve a U.S. Commercial Operation Date
(COD) on a domestic site by 2022.” While the FOA was open to any SMR
technology, Gen4 Energy concluded that use of well-known Light Water
Reactor (LWR) technology of 45 to 300 MW intended for deployment in the
USA had a much higher probability of success given the FOA’s stated
maximum of two awards.
“We have a unique, next generation product
for a very specific market” said Bob Prince, CEO of Gen4 Energy. “We
have targeted and will continue to target small, remote or off-the-grid
markets that tend to rely on diesel power. Gen4 Energy applauds the
efforts of the DOE to move domestic SMR technology forward, but our
focus will remain on regions and applications most in need of next
generation technology.” Prince also said, “The DOE FOA will help move
the current LWR SMR market forward which can provide an economic energy
alternative for the United States. We also look forward to DOE’s efforts
on additional domestic support for Generation IV nuclear power
“While we will not pursue the Licensing FOA, we are
excited to continue our work under our Memorandum of Agreement with DOE
to deploy our advanced reactor at Savannah River”, said David Carlson,
COO and Chief Nuclear Officer at Gen4 Energy, “In addition, we have
responded to the DOE’s recent RFI (DE-SOL-0003674) for advanced reactors
which is directly applicable to our initiatives.”"
Posted by Zahra Yamani at 04:51
A new nuclear-based business (http://
www.tyne-engineering.com/ Nuclear%20Products%20Overview.h tml) coming to the town of Deep River: http:// www.thedailyobserver.ca/ ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=3542739& ... see also the aecl's related announcement: http://www.aecl.ca/NewsRoom/ News/Press-2012/120423.htm
"Located in close proximity to the AECL Chalk River Laboratories, the
new Tyne facility signals an increased nuclear industry presence in the
Ottawa Valley and will be home to some of Tyne’s high-tech
manufacturing activities including work on hydrogen and oxygen
recombination and hydrogen isotope separation technologies.
collaborator with AECL, Oakville-based Tyne Engineering is an
established nuclear engineering firm that works in the fields of process
engineering, mechanical engineering and instrumentation and controls
for nuclear- and tritium-related industries. Tyne is excited to be
involved in AECL-developed technologies, one of which is the PAR
technology, which is a state-of-the-art safety system designed to remove
the risk of hydrogen build-up in reactor buildings."
Posted by Zahra Yamani at 04:46
Tuesday, 24 April 2012
Worried about AECL Chalk River Labs??? read this: http://
HANSARD – APR 19, 2012
Wow so revealing about the status of politics and how the end results
of political games and finger pointings is nothing but a big loss for
the tax payers at the end of the day!!! and from this I guess we are
learning Ontario did not submit any expression of interest that recently
ORAL QUESTIONS - NUCLEAR ENERGY
Mr. John Yakabuski: My question is for the Minister of Economic Development and Innovation.
On February 9 of this year, the federal government issued a request for expressions of interest to gauge stakeholder interest in participating in the future of Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd.’s Chalk River nuclear laboratories. This is Canada’s premier nuclear research facility, and the economic impact of its 3,000 highly-paid and skilled jobs on the local municipalities and economy is enormous.
I’ve written both the federal minister and your office on this issue. He has responded; you have not. Based on his reply, they would be open to a dialogue with the province – but his office has not heard from you, either.Minister, have you contacted Minister Joe Oliver? If not, why are you sitting on the sidelines while the future of Ontario’s nuclear industry hangs in the balance?
Hon. Brad Duguid: I have received the member’s letter and I thank him for sending me that. I’ll tell you, we are really serious about ensuring that our nuclear industry in this province does well. That’s why we have been working very closely with the federal government to ensure that we move forward, through the leadership of the Minister of Energy, with our refurbishment of our nuclear units. There are hundreds of thousands of jobs in this province that depend on the nuclear industry.
I wish, though, that the PC Party could support the other jobs that we’re creating. Just in the last few weeks, IBM made an important announcement here in Toronto: 145 high-end jobs. But guess what, Mr. Speaker? They wouldn’t have been here if it were not for the program that we provided support for them on, that your party doesn’t support.
This last month alone, 46,000 jobs created in this province, jobs that we’re very, very proud of. We’re going to keep creating jobs. The best thing we—
The Deputy Speaker (Mr. Bas Balkissoon): Thank you. Supplementary?
Mr. John Yakabuski: Minister, it’s time to stop with the gobbledygook and answer the question. You have not contacted the federal minister. The nuclear industry research division at Chalk River is vital to the industry across Canada: 70,000 jobs, most of them right here in the province of Ontario.
If Chalk River Laboratories is revitalized as a national research facility, it will support tens of thousands of research projects with wide-ranging applications, including health, environment, energy, natural resources, nanotechnology, aerospace, automotive and manufacturing. Why do you continue to sit on the sidelines in this process and not speak directly to your federal counterparts when the new future of this research facility hangs in the balance? Get off your hands and start talking to Minister Oliver.
The Deputy Speaker (Mr. Bas Balkissoon): Order. Sit down, please.
Hon. Brad Duguid: This side of the House has shared this member’s concern for a long time, about the lack of support from the federal government for important parts of the energy system here in this province. We’ve stood up for the energy workers of this province – whether it’s clean energy, whether it’s nuclear power – time and time again.
The federal government decided, in the middle of our consideration of a new build, to completely restructure AECL. Where was your voice then, when the nuclear workers of this province needed you? Today you stand up.
I’ve got a number, Mr. Speaker. It’s 1-613-992-4211. It’s Stephen Harper’s number. Give him a call. Finally, for once, stand up for the workers of this province."
Posted by Zahra Yamani at 19:11
CAP/DCMMP Brockhouse Medal is awarded to Dr. Douglas Bonn, University
of British Columbia, for his contributions to the field of high
temperature superconductivity! Congratulations Doug, this is richly
publicity/ press.php?year=2012&medal_id=3 ... for a list of the rest of the 2012 award winners, see: http://www.cap.ca/medal/ publicity/ recipients.php?year=2012
Posted by Zahra Yamani at 04:05
Monday, 23 April 2012
so it has been about a year since Germany's nuclear power phaseout, it
is becoming clear more than ever that only with maintaining existing
reactors and working on advancing next-generation nuclear technology to
help with anti-carbon policies for years to come, can the carbon
emissions goals be met or even exceeded... http://www.washingtonpost.com/
opinions/phasing-out-nuclear/ 2012/04/22/ gIQArSXbaT_story.html ... it is interesting that the support for nuclear power is also coming from an unlikely source: environmentalists, see: http://www.chicagotribune.com/ news/nationworld/ la-fg-germany-nuclear-20120421, 0,2597402.story
"To make up for the lost nuclear power, which supplied 22% of
Germany's electricity before the phaseout began, the country has
increased its reliance on brown coal, a particularly high emitter of
carbon dioxide into the atmosphere and a major contributor to global
warming. Brown coal now supplies 25% of Germany's electricity, up from
23% a year ago.
Previously a net exporter of electricity, Germany
now imports as much electricity as it sells abroad. Removing so much
German electricity from the market has benefited power companies in
neighboring countries that rely heavily on coal and nuclear power,
thereby undermining Germany's environmental goals and its nuclear safety
Posted by Zahra Yamani at 18:43
Sunday, 22 April 2012
Government media minders are being dispatched to an international polar conference in Montreal to monitor and record what Environment Canada scientists say to reporters
this for real happening in Canada in year 2012??? "Government media
minders are being dispatched to an international polar conference in
Montreal to monitor and record what Environment Canada scientists say to
""Until now such a crude heavy-handed approach to muzzle Canadian
scientists, prior to a significant international Arctic science
conference hosted by Canada, would have been unthinkable,” says a senior
scientist, who has worked for Environment Canada for decades. He asked
not to be identified due to the possibility of repercussions from
“The memo is clearly designed to intimidate government
scientists from Environment Canada,” he says. “Why they would do such an
unethical thing, I can’t even begin to imagine, but it is enormously
embarrassing to us in the international world of science."
Climatologist Andrew Weaver, at the University of Victoria, agrees.
“It’s going from bad to worse,” says Weaver, a vocal critic of the way
the federal government has been silencing and muzzling scientists in
recent years. He describes the email instructions to the polar
scientists as “unbelievable.”
He also says the instructions are
also “absurd” since anyone — including a journalist — is allowed to ask
questions after presentations at scientific conferences. It is also
common for the media to conduct impromptu interviews with speakers
immediately following sessions to clarify details before filing stories
on tight deadlines.
Having media minders take charge of arranging
interviews and sending recordings to Ottawa is reminiscent of the way
the Soviets used to send KGB agents to conferences with scientists
during the Cold War, says Weaver. “It’s an affront to democracy.”"
Posted by Zahra Yamani at 19:49
Saturday, 21 April 2012
Over 1000 employees of AECL, Municipalities, local businesses, related nuclear industry stakeholders from across Canada participated in request for opinions on AECL restructuring
1000 employees of AECL, Municipalities, local businesses, related
nuclear industry stakeholders from across Canada participated in request
for opinions on next steps of AECL restructuring: Let us hope this help
the government recognize the importance of the lab and why Canada needs
such infrastructure for nuclear, isotope and neutron scattering... http://www.cherylgallant.com/
2012/04/19/ mp-cheryl-gallant-thanks-commun ity-for-participation-in-aecl- consultation/
... "With all the change happening with this major Federal Government
employer, the opportunity a business could be seeking may be right in
its own back yard,” remarked Cheryl Gallant, MP. “What this also does
is attract businesses from outside our region that see the
opportunities, and are attracted to the activity taking place.”'
Posted by Zahra Yamani at 20:10
Friday, 20 April 2012
What can we do today to meet tomorrow’s demands for energy? - Special Energy Tech. Session at CAP Congress 2012
will be a great session at CAP congress this year, hope you will attend
and participate!: What can we do today to meet tomorrow’s demands for
energy? - Special Energy Tech. Session at CAP Congress 2012: message
from CAP: "You are undoubtedly aware that our ability to meet future
energy needs is challenged by many factors, such as sustainability and
efficiency in production, storage, and conversion to forms suitable for
transportation. You should also know that there will be a special
session on Energy Technologies at the CAP Congress, jointly sponsored by
DIAP and DCMMP. The session will consist of two parts: the first part
featuring distinguished invited speakers and the second part, a public
forum, to critically examine submitted ideas for answers to the
question: if we are to do something effective today to resolve the
challenges related to energy supply, what would that be?
you to submit a suggested answer to the above question for discussion
at the session. You may submit an idea for yourself or on behalf of a
group, such as students in a course on energy issues. This session is
open to ideas that may include, but is not limited to, the production of
electricity, storing it in a different form, converting it to fuel or
portable fuel for transportation. You should be able to argue that your
idea is a workable plan, not a dream. For example, it should be based on
technologies that already exist or that could be scaled up.
In the Forum, the presentation of ideas will follow the schedule below:
10 minutes: Presenter: Description of the idea and evidence for why it
is workable now, without having to wait for a fundamental breakthrough.
5 minutes: Audience: Assessing the idea and its impact only by making
positive comments. (Comments will be live-displayed in bullet form)
5 minutes: Audience: Assessing the idea and its impact only by making
negative comments. (Comments will be live-displayed in bullet form)
5 minutes: Moderator: Wrap-up to ensure comments as captured live are correct and accurate.
Please rise to the challenge and submit your idea (a page or less) to
Zin Tun at email@example.com. Deadline for the submission is 1 June
2012. Having your idea pre-approved will ensure that there is a 25
minute time slot for discussion of your idea. If time is available,
ideas not submitted in advance may be discussed."
Posted by Zahra Yamani at 18:00
International organizations endorse joint statement on improved patient's radiation exposure tracking systems
International organizations endorse joint statement on improved patient's radiation exposure tracking systems: http://www.iaea.org/
..."educing patients' cumulative radiation exposure from medical
procedures without losing clinical benefits is a leading priority for
international organisations, including the International Atomic Energy
Agency. Together these organizations are supporting the effort to
establish national and regional systems that track patient's radiation
A joint position statement was developed by
representatives of the World Health Organization (WHO), professional
societies of radiology, medical physics and radiographers, and a group
of experts at a meeting facilitated by the IAEA, which met at the IAEA's
Headquarters in Vienna, Austria in early 2012. The position statement
was then considered and formally endorsed by the participating
organizations, and culminates a long-standing IAEA project that has been
pushing to establish worldwide exposure tracking systems since 2009. By
adding their combined weight to the policy statement, these
organisations help strengthen the argument for countries to create and
adopt such a mechanism. "
Posted by Zahra Yamani at 06:16
physicists have now managed to detect the elusive third constituent of
an electron — its 'orbiton'. The research could help to resolve a
long-standing mystery about the origin of high-temperature
superconductivity as well aid in the construction of quantum
computers!!! "The team created the quasiparticles by firing a beam of
X-ray photons at a single electron in a one-dimensional sample of
strontium cuprate. The beam excited the electron to a higher orbital,
causing the beam to lose a fraction of its energy in the process, then
rebounded. The team measured the number of scattered photons in the
rebounding beam, along with their energy and momentum, and compared this
with computer simulations of the beam's properties. The researchers
found that when the photons' energy loss was between about 1.5 and 3.5
electronvolts, the beam's spectrum matched their predictions for the
case in which an orbiton and spinon had been created and were moving in
opposite directions through the material.
“The next step will be to produce the holon, the spinon and the orbiton at the same time,” says van den Brink.
Andrew Boothroyd, a physicist at the University of Oxford, UK, commends
the team’s technological prowess. “To detect this, they picked out a
shift in the beam energy of about one part in a million, which is very
difficult,” he says." http://www.nature.com/nature/
journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/ nature10974.html ... also see: http://www.nature.com/news/ not-quite-so-elementary-my-dear -electron-1.10471?WT.mc_id=FBK _NPG
Posted by Zahra Yamani at 06:09
Thursday, 19 April 2012
More on thorium and molten salt reactors: http://www.forbes.com/sites/
kensilverstein/2012/04/18/ nuclear-energy-accidents-may-be come-thing-of-past/
"The reality is that solid fuel reactors using uranium are now
supplying 20 percent of this country’s electric generation. Liquid fuel
reactors, or molten salt reactors, that use thorium will not replace
them. But the thorium technology still has place in the mix, as
evidenced by the international research now occurring. China is furthest
along and if it succeeds, the science will be applied elsewhere."
Posted by Zahra Yamani at 18:51
Wednesday, 18 April 2012
interested in partnership with AECL? seems like with the restructuring
of AECL happening, they are eager to engage anyone interested in
partnership with them... here is how to initiate the process: www.aecl.ca/Assets/Facilities/
General_Partnerships_Eng.pdf ... "With AECL’s new mandate, we are looking to partner with companies, academic
institutions, and other research laboratories to advance nuclear S&T for the
benefit of Canadians. All partnerships are based on an agreement between the
participants to pursue a common S&T goal using resources contributed by all
A PARTNERSHIP WITH AECL COULD ENTAIL:
• Access to our unique facilities, equipment and expert staff
• Collaborations in pursuit of either non-proprietary or proprietary research
• Collaborations for the purpose of training and education (including
sabbaticals, secondments and student internships)"... "Applicants are
encouraged to contact AECL representatives to begin discussions
around potential S&T partnerships. Information on the facilities and laboratories
at AECL, and the various types of work in which they are engaged in, is available
on the AECL web site at www.aecl.ca."
here is a list of AECL's facilities/labs: http://www.aecl.ca/
Programs/ Nuclear_Innovation_Networks _Program/ AECL_Facilities.htm
Posted by Zahra Yamani at 21:03
Tuesday, 17 April 2012
a peek at the Canadian government's bureaucracy at play!!! thought
provoking in addition to whether the federal government should be able
to directly talk to media: http://www.ottawacitizen.com/
Posted by Zahra Yamani at 18:06
Monday, 16 April 2012
A good read on developing Small Modular Reactors in the U.S: http://www.power-eng.com/
articles/npi/print/volume-5/ issue-2/nucleus/ developing-small-modular-reacto r-designs-in-the-us.html
"The development of small modular reactors in the U.S. continues to
gain support as the country searches for clean energy options. Although
concepts are still being designed, the U.S. Department of Energy gave
the sector a boost in March when it released a Funding Opportunity
Announcement to establish cost-shared agreements to support the design
and licensing of SMRs. A total of $450 million will be made available to
support two SMRs over five years.
"America's choice is clear," said
Energy Secretary Steven Chu. "We can either develop the next generation
of clean energy technologies, which will help create thousands of jobs
and export opportunities here in America, or we can wait for other
countries to take the lead."
The Energy Department said SMRs are
about one-third the size of current nuclear power plants and are
designed to offer a host of safety, siting, construction and economic
benefits. The size, according to DOE, makes SMRs ideal for small
electric grids and locations that cannot support large reactors. Also,
the reduced cost due to factory production may make the SMR more
attractive to utilities seeking to add a smaller amount of power.
"We really see a market right now that includes utilities that don't
have a large financial base and that are interested in clean,
sustainable power. They are looking at the SMR as an investment of a
billion dollars versus several billion dollars for large nuclear," said
John Goossen, vice president of Innovation and SMR Development at
Westinghouse. "These utilities, in most cases, do not need large chunks
of power and are looking to add power incrementally as part of their
plans for growth.""
Posted by Zahra Yamani at 20:00
Friday, 13 April 2012
AECL provides update on NRU planned shutdown: http://www.aecl.ca/NewsRoom/
... "National Research Universal (NRU) reactor will enter a planned
outage beginning on April 15, 2012 and ending May 15, 2012. The purpose
of the outage is to conduct scheduled inspection and maintenance.
addition to the annual vessel inspection, work is planned during the
outage to enhance the reliability and safety of NRU. A dedicated work
management outage team has been established to coordinate the activities
of suppliers, NRU specialists and supporting departments; ensuring the
safe and successful execution of the outage."
Posted by Zahra Yamani at 18:16
Tuesday, 10 April 2012
3rd Annual Nuclear Symposium: Monday, April 30 to Tuesday, May 01, 2012
Sutton Place Hotel, Toronto, Ontario: http://www.energija-drva.org/
... "The events of Fukushima and the sale of AECL have greatly
impacted the nuclear industry in Canada. At CI Energy Group’s
established 3rd Annual Nuclear Symposium, you will hear business-focused
perspectives on opportunities and challenges surrounding New Builds,
Refurbishments and Decommissions in Canada and abroad. The Nuclear
Symposium is back again this year to provide you with the essential
information you need to capitalize on the evolving Canadian and global
Hear from an outstanding panel of experts on the
policies, projects and practices that will shape how you do business.
Highlights from this must-attend conference include:
-An innovative panel on how to secure financing for nuclear projects by minimizing risk
-The latest regulatory changes from the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission
-An assessment of the future of the Chalk River Laboratories and elements of a business case for similar ventures
- Learn how to navigate application and licensing processes to ensure your new build moves forward
-Key information on Ontario’s current and future refurbishment projects
-An exploration of opportunities arising from China’s growing nuclear industry
-An assessment of the commercial potential for small-scale nuclear projects
-An exclusive Case Study on New Brunswick Power’s Point Lepreau Refurbishment Project"
Posted by Zahra Yamani at 19:24
FDA approves a radioactive compound for evaluating people with
Alzheimer's disease, another way nuclear medicine is helping to increase
the quality of life! http://www.prnewswire.com/
news-releases/ fda-approves-amyvid-florbetapir -f-18-injection-for-use-in-pat ients-being-evaluated-for-alzh eimers-disease-and-other-cause s-of-cognitive-decline-1464971 55.html
...""Florbetapir gives patients with cognitive decline, their families
and the physicians who treat them, more information about the amyloid
plaques that may be found in their brain," said R. Edward Coleman, M.D.,
professor of radiology, Duke University Medical Center. "This approval
marks a great advancement in nuclear medicine practice, as it enables us
to evaluate the presence or absence of moderate to frequent levels of
amyloid plaques in a patient's brain. In conjunction with other tests,
florbetapir may help give physicians additional information when
evaluating patients for the cause of their cognitive decline."
Because Amyvid loses over half of its radioactivity every two hours,
Amyvid must be distributed directly from a radiopharmacy to the imaging
centers where it will be administered within several hours. Beginning in
June, a limited number of radiopharmacies will be distributing Amyvid
with the goal of making the product available in more areas as soon as
"The approval of Amyvid exemplifies Lilly's commitment to
discovering and developing innovative products for many of the world's
unmet medical needs," said Alex Azar, president, Lilly USA. "We are
working hard with our manufacturing partners to increase production of
Amyvid and will notify the community as it becomes available in more
Amyvid images should be interpreted only by readers who
have successfully completed Amyvid reader training. Lilly has worked
collaboratively with the FDA and nuclear medicine experts to identify
the appropriate ways to support accurate and consistent interpretation
of Amyvid scans by imaging physicians. These efforts resulted in the
development and validation by Lilly of both an online and in-person
reader training program for physicians using Amyvid. Errors may occur in
the estimation of plaque density during image interpretation."
Friday, 6 April 2012
CAP writes to Prime Minister re Jenkins Report and NRC: http://www.cap.ca/en/news/
2012-03-31/ cap-writes-prime-minister-re-nr c-and-other-matters-jenkins-re port
... "CAP believes that the Report's recommendations regarding the
future of the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) are much
superior to those announced by NRC itself. In essence, the Report
recommends continuing but transforming the current NRC Institutes: some
as business-facing industry-oriented non-profit research centres
mandated to undertake collaborative R&D and commercialization
projects with business organizations, some (those currently undertaking
more basic research) as centres engaged in basic research and affiliated
with one or more universities, and some as part of a non-profit
organization mandated to manage what are currently NRC major science
In contrast, NRC's proposed changes place a heavy
emphasis on short-term efforts aimed at immediate industrial needs.
There is a role for such efforts, but major contributions to Canada's
economy and wellbeing require deep, world-leading expertise based on
research and expertise built up over many years. NRC has a long history
of such major advances. For example, the critical importance of canola
(developed by NRC in collaboration with Agriculture Canada) to Western
Canada was recently highlighted in the Globe and Mail; according to the
article, canola is responsible for $14B p.a. of economic activity in the
West. Other examples over the years include the development of the
world's first practical electric wheelchair, the first artificial
cardiac pacemaker, the first effective vaccine against infant
meningitis, the Crash Position Indicator, the Canadarm, and Computer
Compared with NRC's own proposals, the
Report's recommendations seem to us much more likely to preserve the
very valuable, hard-won expertise of the NRC Institutes, and to assist
them to continue to make major long-term contributions from which
industry and all Canadians will benefit. CAP is concerned that the
structural reorganization proposed by the NRC does not sufficiently take
into account the recommendations of the Report and we urge your
government to request that the Report's authors review NRC's proposed
changes before they are implemented."
Here you could learn about Jenkins report and get the full pdf file of the report: http://
www.sciencemediacentre.ca/ smc/ index.php?option=com_conten t&view=article&id=224%3Aec -oct19&catid=1%3Alatest-ne ws&Itemid=49&lang=en ..."An expert panel convened
by the federal government released their final report Monday on how
effective Canada is at supporting business-oriented research and
development. Chaired by Tom Jenkins, chief strategy officer of Open
Text, the report has several recommendations, including large changes to
the National Research Council. The report can be found online: http://rd-review.ca/eic/ site/033.nsf/eng/ h_00000.html"
... the summary of the recommendation of the report on NRC:
"Transform the institutes of the National Research Council into a series
of large-scale, collaborative centres involving business, universities
and the provinces.
The NRC was created during World War I to
kick-start Canada's research capacity. It has a long and storied history
of discoveries and innovation, including numerous commercial spin-offs.
While the NRC continues to do good work, research and commercialization
activity in Canada has grown immensely. In this new context, the NRC
can play a unique role, linking its large-scale, long-term research
activity with the academic and business communities. The panel
recommends evolving NRC institutes, consistent with the current
strategic direction, into not-for-profit centres run with stakeholders,
and incorporating its public policy research into other departments."
... from the pdf of the full report here is more
The NRC was created during World War I to kick-start Canada's research capacity. It has a long and storied history of discoveries and innovation, including numerous commercial spin-offs. While the NRC continues to do good work, research and commercialization activity in Canada has grown immensely. In this new context, the NRC can play a unique role, linking its large-scale, long-term research activity with the academic and business communities. The panel recommends evolving NRC institutes, consistent with the current strategic direction, into not-for-profit centres run with stakeholders, and incorporating its public policy research into other departments." ... from the pdf of the full report here is more
Posted by Zahra Yamani at 07:29
CAP's summary of the proposed budget 2012: http://www.cap.ca/en/news/
2012-03-30/ proposed-2012-budget-supportive -research-times-fiscal-austeri ty
... notably is the CAP's reaction to the $67 million for NRC: "$67
million in 2012–13 as the National Research Council refocuses on
business-led, industry-relevant research. The budget document adds the
comment that “in consultation with businesses and university and college
stakeholders, the Government will consider ways to better focus the
National Research Council on demand-driven research, consistent with the
recommendations of the Expert Panel.” It is not clear what this means,
but suggests that there is a possibility for influencing the changes at
NRC. The CAP letter to the Prime Minister pointed out that NRC’s own
proposed changes were inconsistent with the Jenkin’s Report and
recommended their Expert Panel review the proposed changes."
Posted by Zahra Yamani at 07:10
ADS (Accelerator Driven Systems) technology: solution for transforming spent nuclear fuel and using thorium as nuclear fuel
ADS (Accelerator Driven Systems) technology: solution for transforming spent nuclear fuel and using thorium as nuclear fuel: http://
... "A powerful enough accelerator could generate a beam of particles
to help transform spent nuclear fuel into a re-useable form. It could
reduce the time required for long-term geological storage from 300,000
years to 500 years. And it could use an abundant natural resource,
thorium, as a safer, cleaner, more proliferation-resistant fuel for
energy production in nuclear reactors.
Recent advances in
accelerator technology could make this concept, called Accelerator
Driven Systems or ADS, a reality in the relatively near future. While
countries in Asia and Europe are actively pursuing its applications and
building demonstration facilities, however, the United States does not
have an active ADS program. Accelerator and nuclear physicists and
engineers are pushing for this to change. "A lot of technologies,
including ADS, have been proposed to try to resolve the [nuclear] waste
issue," says Albert Machiels, a technical executive at the Electric
Power Research Institute, a non-profit company that conducts research
and development for all things related to electricity.
demonstrate its viability at a scale necessary to make a significant
impact will require sustained R&D for long periods of time," he
Posted by Zahra Yamani at 07:03
CREATE also submitted expression of interest in AECL: http://www.futurecrl.ca/
... the CREATE's vision for the future of Chalk River Labs notably
includes a new research reactor replacing the aging NRU reactor: "CREATE
focuses on the mission of CRL as a national laboratory and we provide
some high-level ideas about what such a model may look like. A major
purpose for adopting the vision of CREATE for CRL would be to best
leverage the existing assets. Thus, our vision for the Chalk River
National Laboratory (CRNL) is described in brief here. A national
laboratory mission will affect all existing facilities at CRL and will
require investment in upgraded and new infrastructure, including notably
a new research reactor. It is expected that this transition process
would be done in consultation with potential partners and customers. In
parallel, detailed planning for a new multi-purpose reactor for research
and other applications in the long-term is needed. Such a reactor would
assume and expand the functions of the aging NRU reactor.
proposed CRNL will be much more outward-looking, collaborating,
partnering and impacting at all levels of Canadian society, providing
many public good benefits as well as benefits for industry and
government directly. We believe that CRNL will be a vehicle to mobilize
science and technology (S&T) to Canada’s benefit, that is, it will
contribute to the vision of Canada’s S&T strategy: “to build a
sustainable national competitive advantage based on science and
technology and the skilled workers whose aspirations, ambitions, and
talents bring innovations to life.” CRNL will be a productive and
sustainable national laboratory that provides both near-term and
long-term benefits to the Canadian public, with a good return on the
investment of public tax dollars and private investment."
This is a recent writeup about expression's of interests from both CINS and CREATE at a local newspaper: http://
www.thedailyobserver.ca/ ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=35249 10
..."Under this proposal, CREATE sees a need for a new research
reactor to replace the current NRU reactor. This would be done as part
of a longer term transition process in consultation with potential
partners and customers. In parallel, detailed planning for a new
multi-purpose reactor for research and other applications in the
long-term is needed.
“Such a reactor would assume and expand the functions of the aging NRU reactor,” the proposal states.
The Canadian Institute for Neutron Scattering (CINS) is seeking an
oversight role to restore Chalk River Laboratories to its position as a
centre for research in Canada, and to ensure that its unique combination
of capabilities is managed for the benefit of all clients, whether they
be academic, government or industrial.
This will also require a new reactor
“We believe that neither Chalk River Laboratories in general, nor
Canadian neutron beam research in particular, have a meaningful future
without a powerful research reactor on the Chalk River site, and that
since NRU is coming to the end of its operational life, it is essential
that a new research reactor be built as a matter of great urgency so
that an orderly succession can be managed,” the CINS proposal states.
“With investment in a new research reactor, and active promotion of a
new research-centred mission for the laboratory, a revitalized Chalk
River Laboratories could regain its position as a world leader in
nuclear and neutron-based science and technology and serve a broad range
of academic, government and industrial users.
“It would advance
knowledge and contribute to the training of thousands of highly
qualified people, both those who work onsite, and the far larger number
of people who would visit the laboratories to use the facilities and
interact with the teams of local specialists.”
The CINS proposal
states by re-defining the site’s mandate as “research” Chalk River
Laboratories would be in a position to contribute to fields far from
nuclear engineering and would support research in energy, environment,
health, communications, materials science, fundamental physics and
chemistry and manufacturing and process development for the automotive,
aerospace and mineral processing sectors.
“The knowledge gained
would both expand Canada’s technological base, and also inform
government as it seeks to develop science-based policies that support a
technology-driven economy, and that both foster and regulate industry in
Canada,” it states."
Posted by Zahra Yamani at 06:55
Wednesday, 4 April 2012
radioactive waste eyed for Chalk River site, let's hope this will not
be the only thing that the lab does in the future!: http://www.thespec.com/news/
ontario/article/ 697182--underground-radioactive -waste-eyed-for-chalk-river
"Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd. says 267,000 cubic metres of low- and
medium-grade nuclear waste is now stored above-ground in steel
containers at the Chalk River site. The
amount of radioactive material is expected to grow to 360,000 cubic
metres by 2100. That’s enough debris to fill 106 Olympic swimming pools
now, and 144 by the end of the century.
Government-owned AECL is
looking at building an enormous underground repository to bury the
detritus of six decades of nuclear testing at the Chalk River site. The
cavernous compound would consist of shafts, access tunnels and as many
as 223 storage rooms for the radioactive waste.
A document posted recently on a website that advertises government contracts outlines the proposal.
“Atomic Energy of Canada Limited is investigating the suitability of
the Chalk River laboratories site for hosting a geologic waste
management facility as part of the Nuclear Legacy Liabilities Program
funded through Natural Resources Canada,” the document says.
(geologic waste management facility) is envisioned to be an underground
engineered-geological repository consisting of shafts, access tunnels
and emplacement caverns located at a nominal depth of 500 to 1,000
metres in the bedrock at the (Chalk River laboratories) site.”"
there is a "Review of AECL Study on Suitability of CRL Site for Geologic Waste Management Facility" on the merx site related to this, just go to merx.com and search for aecl. Here is the direct link: http://www.merx.com/English/SUPPLIER_Menu.asp?WCE=Show&TAB=1&PORTAL=MERX&State=7&id=240314&src=osr&FED_ONLY=0&ACTION=&rowcount=&lastpage=&MoreResults=&PUBSORT=0&CLOSESORT=0&IS_SME=N&hcode=sEHGXFuhgCdFA08slmkbEg%3d%3d
Review of AECL Study on Suitability of CRL Site for Geologic Waste Management Facility
bid solicitation cancels and supersedes previous bid solicitation
number NRCan-5000008980 dated November 28th, 2011 with a closing date of
January 17th, 2012 at 2:00 PM EST.
Third Party Review
of Atomic Energy of Canada Limited’s (AECL) Assessment and Findings on
the Suitability of the CRL Site for a Geologic Waste Management
By means of this RFP, NRCan is seeking
proposals from bidders to obtain independent advice from a qualified
contractor on the prospect of identifying a suitable subsurface
environment at the Chalk River Laboratory (CRL) site for a Geologic
Waste Management Facility (GWMF) for CRL’s low- and intermediate-level
radioactive waste (LILRW), based on a detailed review of Atomic Enegery
of Canada Limited (AECL) CRL Site Suitability Summary Report, eleven
(11) Primary Reference Documents, and other supporting information as
required. Also, as appropriate, to obtain recommendations on additional
technical work to investigate and further assess the suitability of the
CRL site for a GWMF for CRL’s LILRW. "
Tuesday, 3 April 2012
about medical isotopes, this site includes a very nice illustrated
introduction about nuclear medicine in addition to detailed information
for different methods and application of nuclear medicine: http://
whatisnuclearmedicine.com/ Home?PHPSESSID=205d3983d696e107 d492bad51761b988
Posted by Zahra Yamani at 05:16
scientific and environmental leadership: are they gone now? do you
think there has been enough rigorous public debate about these policies?
read and decide for yourself: http://www.newscientist.com/
article/ mg21328585.900-how-canadas-gree n-credentials-fell-apart.html ... "Canada once enjoyed a deserved reputation for scientific and environmental leadership, but those days are now long gone.
MOST people around the world, if they think of Canada at all, think of
it as the national equivalent of the nice boy they'd like their daughter
to marry. A bit boring, perhaps, but unfailingly polite, and someone
you can always count on to do the right thing. That is a stereotype, of
course, but like most stereotypes there is some truth to it, as those of
us who live here recognise.
Lately, though, that nice boy has
turned into a bit of a bully. Last year, the Conservative Party of
Canada, led by Stephen Harper, won a parliamentary majority after being
in a minority government for five years. It has since staked out an
aggressively right-wing position on many issues, notably science and the
The Harper government has abandoned Canada's climate
commitments, cut back on science spending and muzzled government
scientists who might stray from the official line. Hardly the cuddly
Canada the world thought it knew." ..."Canada's anti-science policies
reach beyond the environment. Last year, the government did away with
its compulsory long-form census, which was sent to about 20 per cent of
households. By making this census voluntary instead of mandatory, the
government effectively destroyed its value as an unbiased baseline of
information on Canadian society and the economy.
Of course, the
government has an electoral mandate and is entitled to enact its
programme. But it should also welcome robust debate about its policies,
and the reality is that the government is stifling that debate by
restricting its scientists' ability to speak frankly about their work.
Environment Canada's media protocol, introduced in 2008, requires
scientists to get official approval before talking to the press - a
demand that often delays an interview well beyond journalists' deadlines
and results in the public never hearing from the scientist at all. It
also can lead to the scientist being forced to parrot the official line
on an issue. The protocol states: "Media relations will work with staff
on how best to deal with the call. This should include asking the
programme expert to respond with approved lines." Other departments,
such as Fisheries and Oceans Canada, have similar policies.
result is that Canadians - and the rest of the world - have been denied
the chance to hear from some of the most authoritative scientific voices
on important issues ranging from the Arctic ozone hole to radiation
after the Fukushima Daiichi reactor accident in Japan, and even the
effect of aquaculture on wild salmon.
What's worse, the silence
comes just when the government's environmental policies are most in need
of vigorous public debate. The effect has been stifling. According to a
leaked Environment Canada internal document, media coverage of climate
change has fallen by 80 per cent since the policy came into force."
Posted by Zahra Yamani at 05:00
in addition to the logistical hurdle that could force some patients to
travel to imaging centres that are close to cyclotrons, there is another
fundamental catch: the price.
"Although the $20-million price
of a cyclotron is a fraction of the cost of building a nuclear reactor,
the latter is usually constructed and maintained by a government agency.
This was the case with NRU at Chalk River and
is the case with Rosatom’s reactors in Russia, so Nordion can import
isotopes at a lower cost than what the Canadian cyclotron sources would
have to charge."
“The government will know that the cyclotron
is an available technology,” says Dr. Turcotte. “I think it will stay
quiet for many years, until the next shortage.”
www.universityaffairs.ca/ the-race-to-build-isotopes-bett er.aspx
Posted by Zahra Yamani at 04:50
Monday, 2 April 2012
is still time to express your interest in AECL/Chalk River Labs. The deadline for submissions is April 2 (today!). This is a
great and quite important opportunity for all members of the public to
present their views/ideas/suggestions/
to the Government on this key issue. Please use this opportunity to
have a say in the future of Canada's nuclear science and technology.
Even just expressing your desire to see the lab is allowed to continue
its research in nuclear technology including neutron scattering, you
will be playing an important part in this process. The links to
submitting the documents to the merx website are given below. However
you can write to the Honourable Minister Joe Oliver directly using the
following contact info, please practice your right and responsibility:
Honourable Joe Oliver, P.C., M.P.
Minister of Natural Resources
162 Confederation Building
House of Commons
Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0A6
Posted by Zahra Yamani at 06:44
Sunday, 1 April 2012
Small reactors game changers for the nuclear industry? B&W and Bechtel form small modular reactor alliance: http://
theenergycollective.com/djysrv/ 40078/ bw-and-bechtel-form-small-modul ar-reactor-alliance
"Two leading energy announced July 14 they plan to jointly build and
sell 125MW small light water reactors as turn-key projects to U.S.
utilities and for export. Babcock & Wilcox (B&W) and Bechtel
Power have entered into a formal alliance to build small modular
reactors (SMR). Customers can add modules to match growth in electricity
Jack Futcher, president of Bechtel Power, which has a 20%
stake in the alliance, said, ""Nuclear energy is a viable source of
energy. SMRs are affordable and scalable. It has a potential to be a
real game changer."
The alliance joins the design and fabrication
capabilities of B&W with the engineering, procurement, and
construction expertise of Bechtel Power. The development takes the
potential for commercial deployment of a small reactor closer to
reality. It puts the B&W Generation mPower SMR out in front of the
competition from other firms like NuScale and Hyperion. The first unit
built for a customer could enter revenue service as soon as 2020.
Bechtel and B&W are privately-held firms so there is no way to
specifically tie the announcement to stock prices or investor interest.
First Energy is publically traded, but is diversified across nuclear,
coal, and natural gas fueled plants. TVA is a quasi-government agency."
And this is a more recent article on small reactors: http://
www.toledoblade.com/Energy/ 2012/03/11/ Small-reactors-may-be-key-t o-nuclear-power-s-future.h tml
And this is a great summary of activities around the world on Small Nuclear Power Reactors from World Nuclear Association: http://
"As nuclear power generation has become established since the 1950s,
the size of reactor units has grown from 60 MWe to more than 1600 MWe,
with corresponding economies of scale in operation. At the same time
there have been many hundreds of smaller power reactors built both for
naval use (up to 190 MW thermal) and as neutron sourcesa, yielding
enormous expertise in the engineering of small units. The International
Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) defines 'small' as under 300 MWe, and up to
700 MWe as 'medium' – including many operational units from 20th
century. Together they are now referred to by IAEA as small and medium
reactors (SMRs). However, 'SMR' is used more commonly as acronym for
Small Modular Reactors.
Today, due partly to the high capital cost
of large power reactors generating electricity via the steam cycle and
partly to the need to service small electricity grids under about 4
GWe,b there is a move to develop smaller units. These may be built
independently or as modules in a larger complex, with capacity added
incrementally as required (see section below on Modular construction
using small reactor units). Economies of scale are provided by the
numbers produced. There are also moves to develop small units for remote
sites. Small units are seen as a much more manageable investment than
big ones whose cost rivals the capitalization of the utilities
This paper focuses on advanced designs in the small
category, i.e. those now being built for the first time or still on the
drawing board, and some larger ones which are outside the mainstream
categories dealt with in the Advanced Reactors paper. Note that many
of the designs described here are not yet actually taking shape. Three
main options are being pursued: light water reactors, fast neutron
reactors and also graphite-moderated high temperature reactors. The
first has the lowest technological risk, but the second (FNR) can be
smaller, simpler and with longer operation before refueling.
Generally, modern small reactors for power generation are expected to
have greater simplicity of design, economy of mass production, and
reduced siting costs. Most are also designed for a high level of passive
or inherent safety in the event of malfunctionc. A 2010 report by a
special committee convened by the American Nuclear Society showed that
many safety provisions necessary, or at least prudent, in large reactors
are not necessary in the small designs forthcomingd."
Posted by Zahra Yamani at 11:21
Great advancement! consuming plutonium as fuel while generating electricity!: http://www.guardian.co.uk/
environment/2012/feb/02/ nuclear-reactors-consume-radioa ctive-waste
"A generation of "fast" nuclear reactors could consume Britain's
radioactive waste stockpile as fuel, providing enough low-carbon
electricity to power the country for more than 500 years, according to
figures confirmed by the chief scientific adviser to the Department of
Energy and Climate Change (Decc).
Britain's large stockpile of
nuclear waste includes more than 100 tonnes of plutonium and 35,000
tonnes of depleted uranium. The plutonium in particular presents a
security risk as a potential target for terrorists and will cost
billions to dispose of safely. The government is currently considering
options for disposing of or managing it.
Decc's preferred option is to build a plant to combine the plutonium
with other materials in so-called mixed-oxide fuel (Mox), which is less
dangerous than the current plutonium-oxide powder. But there is
currently no large-scale capacity for consuming Mox fuel, and the
previous Mox plant at Sellafield has been shut after being beset by
operating and financial problems.
In addition, Mox fuel allows only a tiny proportion of the energy in the waste to be converted into electricity.
The engineering firm GE Hitachi has submitted an alternative proposal
based on its Prism fast reactor, which could consume the plutonium as
fuel while generating electricity." ... this is the link to the original
environment/2011/nov/30/ ge-hitachi-nuclear-reactor-plut onium ...
Posted by Zahra Yamani at 11:18