Global Energy News Roundup: September 6

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Diplomats Meet in Tokyo to Discuss Contaminated Water at Fukushima

This week diplomats from 22 countries and regions attended a briefing in Tokyo where Japanese government officials told attendees that the government was still considering options for dealing with contaminated water at the Fukushima nuclear power plant. Recent worries have been expressed that the contaminated water could be dumped into the ocean. The issue at hand is more than a million tons of tainted water is building up at the nuclear power plant. It has been necessary for TEPCO to continue to pour water over the melted fuel cores in order to keep them cool. The company now estimates that the tank space will run out by mid-2022. In August, a government panel of experts met in order to discuss ways to solve the issue. Koichiro Matsumoto, the Japanese Foreign Ministry’s director of international cooperation, told diplomats at this week’s meeting that “with transparency in mind, Japan will continue providing the international community with information” on the situation at Fukushima.

Source: Reuters

World Nuclear Association Works to Draw Global Attention to Benefits of Nuclear Energy

At the opening of the World Nuclear Association’s Symposium 2019 the United Nations, the International Energy Agency (IEA) and the World Energy Council (WEC) are all working to draw international attention to the benefits and qualities of nuclear power as a clean and reliable source of power. Agneta Rising, Director General of the World Nuclear Association stated at the symposium that:

“Energy is essential for promoting human development and global demand is projected to increase significantly in the coming decades.Securing access to modern and affordable energy is essential for all, lifting people out of poverty and promoting energy independence and economic growth. Nuclear energy is a proven solution with a long established track record.

“The 445 nuclear reactors in 30 countries are the low-carbon backbone of electricity systems, operating in the background, day in day out, often out of sight and out of mind, capable of generating an immense amount of clean power. They are the silent giants upon which we rely today.

“Nuclear power showed that it can be the catalyst for delivering a sustainable energy transition long before climate change was on the agenda. Nuclear power is the fast-track to a high-powered and clean energy system, which not only delivers a healthier environment and an affordable supply of electricity, but also strengthens energy security and helps mitigate climate change.”

For more statements and information from the Symposium, please see here.

Source: World Nuclear News

Yucca Mountain Most Likely to Not Receive Funding for FY 2020.

Energy professionals expressed their views at the Rawaste Summit that Yucca Mountain will not receive funding this fiscal year due to the 2020 election. The summit, which focuses on radioactive waste with participants from both the public and private sectors took place this week at the Green Valley Ranch Resort in Henderson, Nevada. While speaking at the conference, Energy Communities Alliance Executive Director Seth Kirshenberg said that “political disagreements will likely continue to stop any movement on Yucca Mountain this year.” Additionally, Mr. Kirshenberg stated that “because it’s a presidential election, I think people are concerned — they’re not really expecting that to move forward.” Colin Jones, the deputy general manager for the Jacobs North American Nuclear Group said that “the noise is going to ratchet up, and as the noise ratchets up from a political perspective, from an agency perspective things will get a little quieter.”

Source: The Las Vegas Sun