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The impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the industry and the recent reduction in uranium production and exploration may affect existing supplies.

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Jim Stack on Mar 12, 2021

The Uranium may be available but who would be crazy enough to mine it? Most comes from Russia today in 2021. Why give them money? Also after use the deadly waste is all stored on site and not one ounce has been made safe and taken care of . One little mistake at places like Chernobyl and Fukushima and the area is unusable forever. People are affected right way and over the next century. What a poor system.

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Aasem Abuzeid on Mar 15, 2021

Dear Jim,

Why give the Russians money? It is not how all investors that need the uranium for NPPs think. Also, uranium doesn't come from Russia, although Rosatom owns or controls many uranium mines all over the world. A lot of companies are working or investing in onshore and offshore uranium mining. NPPs are supposed to be built on already unusable inhabitable sites. This is one of the safety standards for nuclear plants in many countries and a guideline by IAEA. The radioactive waste is safely and properly stored in anti-radiation containments. A single container can store the entire nuclear waste of the lifetime of a nuclear plant (around 60 years). Solar panels, or the li-io batteries for example, after 5-15 years of use, their waste become a much bigger problem, they are not recyclable and extremely toxic, yet many countries keep burying the solar energy waste and destroying the soil. Same with wind turbines, they are huge and recycling is very complex.

Let's hope green hydrogen becomes affordable, it will solve a lot of issues.

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Jim Stack on Mar 16, 2021

Solar PV panels have warranties of 20 to 25 years. They actually last 50 years or more. Not the 5-15 you stated. Their waste is not toxic. More companies are starting to recycle them.

Uranium is a finite material. It will run out. At Palo Verde the waste created and stored on site is over 100 tons so far. Not one ounce have been rendered safe. The water use is 60 million gallons a day. Solar is zero. 

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Aasem Abuzeid on Mar 16, 2021

If i understood correctly, the case of Palo Verde is not how NPPs are handled worldwide. I don't know what regulations manage nuclear power in Arizona.

PV panels life expectancy 25-30 years, not 50, and International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) in 2016 estimated there was about 250,000 metric tonnes of solar panel "waste" in the world at the end of that year. IRENA projected that this amount could reach 78 million metric tonnes by 2050. Solar panels often contain lead, cadmium, and other toxic chemicals that cannot be removed without breaking apart the entire panel.

Approximately 90% of most PV modules are made up of glass that often cannot be recycled as float glass due to impurities.

Li-io batteries last only 5-15 years. You can't run a solar power plant without energy storage. Those batteries are not recyclable and extremely toxic. And although they might last for 15 years, in reality they are replaced much sooner due to degradation in efficiency.

I still insist: Hydrogen is the answer.

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