Archive for March 30th, 2012

March 30, 2012 | 7:43 pm

AREVA Supports Calls for Regulatory Reforms in Canada

AREVA voiced its support for reforms to regulatory processes for energy and mining projects as outlined in the proposed Federal budget announced yesterday. AREVA echoed calls from the Canadian nuclear energy and mining industries that lauded the proposals included in the Government’s Economic Action Plan 2012 proposed March 29.  In fact, the budget specifically cites an AREVA Resources Canada project under review:

AREVA Resources Canada has proposed the construction and operation of a uranium mine and mining facilities in northern Saskatchewan, with capital investment of up to $400 million and up to 200 construction jobs. There was a 19-month delay in starting the environmental assessment. The federal lead department changed midway through the environmental review, which added unnecessary complexity.
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March 30, 2012 | 2:46 pm

ScienceWonk Stretches Story Seven Words Too Long

A recent post to ScienceWonk, “Back to the basics: producing fissile materials,” is an excellent factual introduction to uranium and plutonium, and the processes to refine them—but the conclusion is seven words too long.

“… Both systems have a long and proven track record, both have been mastered by many nations, and both represent paths to nuclear weapons.”

While some paths may lead there, the majority of fissile material production (contrary to where the story leaves you) represent paths to carbon-free clean energy—plus another one to fewer nuclear weapons.

This third path to plutonium also addresses ScienceWonk’s final point on nuclear weapons. The third path dismantles existing nuclear weapons, extracts the plutonium, and creates a mixed uranium and plutonium fuel (MOX) for nuclear reactors to peacefully generate gigawatts of clean electricity for decades with one fueling.

The MOX Fuel Fabrication Facility (MFFF) under construction near Aiken, SC, will use this safe, secure, proven process designed by AREVA and successfully operating in France for 20 years.

As stated on the MFFF website, “this facility will be a major component in the United States’ program to dispose of weapon-grade plutonium … [and] will be capable of turning 3.5 metric tons of weapon-grade plutonium into MOX fuel assemblies annually.”

Producing fissile material does not necessarily equate to producing nuclear weapons, and can even remove them.

March 30, 2012 | 2:15 pm

Customer Collaboration Achieving our Sustainable Energy Future

By Laura Clise, Director, Sustainable Development and Continuous Improvement, AREVA

2012 marks the twentieth anniversary of the U.N. Conference on Environment and Development, otherwise known as the Earth Summit, which took place in 1992 in Rio de Janiero, Brazil. 2012 is also the International Year of Sustainable Energy for All in recognition of the fundamental role energy plays in supporting sustainable development. Throughout the first quarter, AREVA has engaged with our customers in a variety of collaborative forums focused on furthering progress toward our sustainable energy future in the U.S. and around the world. Tackling topics ranging from climate disclosure and investor relations, to access to energy, to supply chain sustainability, AREVA and our customers are working alongside government and non-governmental organizations (NGO) to support energy security and sustainability.
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