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Coverage of uranium since July 26, 2023.

Uranium sector ‘scrambling’ to fill supply gap

"...The price of yellowcake, also known as triuranium octoxide or U3O8, has increased more than 50% this year. The green energy transition is gathering pace as governments from California to Europe ease aversion to nuclear power more than a decade after the Fukushima disaster. They also want reliable and independent backups to wind and solar energy grids after the war in Ukraine showed the pitfall of relying on Russian natural gas..."

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Vancouver miner NexGen's $1.3B uranium project wins Saskatchewan OK

"...“The achievement of this major milestone of provincial environmental assessment approval for Rook I is key in meeting the surging global demand for ethically sourced uranium,” NexGen CEO Leigh Curyer said. “NexGen has submitted all responses to the Federal technical review of the Rook I project environmental impact statement. ”..."

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Cameco buys US$2.2B share in Westinghouse Electric Company Globalnews.ca

"...Cameco brings over 35 years of experience in uranium mining and nuclear fuel production, while Brookfield, known for its expertise in clean energy, is expected to complement the venture. This collaboration aims to fortify Westinghouse's position in providing nuclear plant technologies, products and services, as well as fostering strategic growth in the nuclear sector. Veronica Baker, Cameco's external communications manager, says the acquisition marks a pivotal moment for the company..."

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Vancouver's NexGen raises US$110M for Rook I uranium project

"...NexGen recently completed a provincial environmental assessment technical review and submitted a final provincial environmental impact statement to the Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment for the project..."

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Small modular reactors in Saskatchewan met with questions, concerns Globalnews.ca

"...Another issue is the levels of nuclear waste that are produced during the reaction process. SMRs utilize the same nuclear reactions as large-scale nuclear reactors. Uranium is the main ingredient for SMR fuel..."

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Vancouver’s NexGen Energy Rook I project up for public review in environmental assessment

"...The company submitted the final provincial Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to the Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment for the project, located in Saskatchewan’s southwestern Athabasca basin. It includes underground and surface facilities to support the mining and processing of uranium ore from the Arrow deposit.  ..."

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$74 million announced for small nuclear reactor project in Saskatchewan Globalnews.ca

"...“We are investing in non-emitting nuclear technologies to power us forward — a future that leverages Saskatchewan's world-leading production of uranium to create jobs and help create non-emitting, reliable and affordable power to Saskatchewanians across this province,” Wilkinson said during a press conference at the University of Saskatchewan. No one from the Saskatchewan government attended the Saturday announcement. The money is to go towards the possible construction of a small nuclear reactor (SMR) to support decarbonization..."

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Why a German nuclear power startup set up shop in Vancouver

"...After all, in Canada most of the expertise in nuclear energy is in Ontario, where the CANDU reactor was developed and where several nuclear power plants operate..."

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Saskatchewan uranium major contributor to Manhattan Project Globalnews.ca

"...Craig Baird, host of the Canadian History Ehx podcast, says Saskatchewan was one of the United States' most prominent uranium suppliers during the nuclear arms race. “We hear about people like Oppenheimer and Einstein or people who were actually working on the project but very little about our role in it. I think most people don't even know the uranium mostly came from Canada..."

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The toxic nuclear legacy that Oppenheimer left behind

"...Nuclear weapons production has also exposed many people, communities and ecosystems to radiological and toxic chemical pollution. Here, Hanford offers troubling lessons..."

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July 2023 Bulletin

"...The climate crisis is also a public health and equity crisis, as low-income people in Canada are least responsible for the devastating impacts of climate change but are most impacted by them..."

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Jr. Technician, Environment (39298)

"...The uranium produced at Cigar Lake is used for nuclear fuel products, which utilities around the world rely on to generate safe, reliable, emissions-free nuclear power..."

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"...The uranium produced at McArthur River is used for nuclear fuel products, which utilities around the world rely on to generate safe, reliable, emissions-free nuclear power..."

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"...The uranium milled at Key Lake is used for nuclear fuel products, which utilities around the world rely on to generate safe, reliable, emissions-free nuclear power..."

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Engineer, Process Controls (39245)

"...Cameco is one of the largest global providers of the uranium fuel needed to energize a clean-air world..."

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Informative Video

Discussions, Documentaries, and Investigative Reports about uranium.

Depleted Uranium in Anti-Tank Shells

"...Depleted uranium is not the same as weapons-grade uranium..."

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Why the US needs Russian uranium

"...Russia is a huge player on the global stage when it comes to nuclear energy and particularly when it comes to the uranium supply chain..."

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Portable Nuclear Power

"...In fact, a single gram of fissile nuclear fuel, in theory, contains as much free energy as the gasoline contained within a small fuel tanker truck..."

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Nuclear Waste Is Manageable. We Just Have To Do It. | Random Thursday

"...The downside of nuclear power is, of course, nuclear waste..."

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Academic Research

Recent peer-reviewed papers about uranium relevant to the latest news.

Contribution of Bhabha Atomic Research Centre to the ?Metals Journey of India?

"...BARC is providing materials related support not only for Indian nuclear power reactors but also for heavy water plants, Indian Rare Earths Limited (IREL), Uranium Corporation of India Ltd (UCIL) and various other plants of Department of Atomic Energy (DAE)..."

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Dialectic narratives, hostile actors, and Earth?s resources in Saskatchewan, Canada

"...While actants of renewables are strongly emerging, uranium currently mined on the Saskatchewan landscape is receiving strong support by government due to the possibility of small modular reactors (SMRs)..."

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Sorption and reduction of hexavalent uranium by natural and modified silicate minerals: A review

"...In the context of rising anthropogenic activities and world conflicts, there is an urgent need for energy supply, such as nuclear power from uranium minerals..."

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Optical Materials for Sensing Radioactive Elements

"...To meet the current energy requirement, nuclear energy is one of the important resources..."

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The effect of TRISO particle size on its failure probabilities for UN and U3Si2 fuel materials

"...In order to improve the security and increase the discharge burnup of the reactor, nuclear materials UN and U3Si2 have been considered for their higher densities and breeding ratios compared with uranium dioxide..."

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Buried Industrial Wastes from Tyrnyauz Tungsten-Molybdenum Plant (North Caucasus): Assessment of the Negative Impact on the Eco

"...This publication presents the results of comprehensive studies of industrial waste TTMP with the identification of pollution sources and an assessment of the types and extent of their negative impact on the ecosystem of adjacent territories..."

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Structural chemistry of fluoride complexes of uranyl

"...With the exception of UO2F2 (uranium center CN 6), a pentagonal-bipyramidal configuration of the central atom polyhedron is realized in all the studied structures of the fluoride complexes of uranyl..."

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Uranium: an overview of physicochemical properties, exposure assessment methodologies, and health effects of environmental and

"...Natural and anthropogenic uranium contamination raises concerns about potential public health problems..."

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Mining and Sustainability in the Circumpolar North: The Role of Government in Advancing Corporate Social Responsibility

"...Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is recognized as important to fostering sustainable natural resource development in the Circumpolar North..."

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An Overview of Bacteria-Mediated Heavy Metal Bioremediation Strategies

"...However, different natural and artificial processes are gradually polluting groundwater and drinking water systems throughout the world..."

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Assessing economic sustainability of mining in Kazakhstan

"...We assess economic sustainability of Kazakhstan?s mining, focusing on its labor productivity, a key factor in counteracting the effects of resource depletion and increasing costs..."

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Adsorption behavior of O2 on U?Nb surface: a first-principles study

"...Metal uranium will be rapidly oxidized when exposed to oxygen directly, forming a complex and uncompacted oxide layer on the surface..."

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