Chinese scientists say they have developed nuclear fuel reprocessing technology that could effectively end uranium supply concerns, state media said Monday, as Beijing strives for energy security.
The technology, developed by state-run China National Nuclear Corp (CNNC) in the remote northwestern province of Gansu, enables the country to re-use irradiated nuclear fuel, China Central Television said.
“China’s proven uranium sources will last only 50 to 70 years, but this now changes to 3,000 years,” said the report, which provided scant details on what it described as a “breakthrough.”
Other countries have already developed technology to reprocess spent fuel, which is extremely costly.
“Globally, within the nuclear fuel industry, we’re one of a minority of countries that can do the nuclear fuel cycle,” Sun Qin, general manager of CNNC, was quoted as saying in the report.
The development would be an important step forward in China’s plans to increase the share of alternative power sources in its energy mix to reduce pollution and achieve energy security.
It has stepped up investment in nuclear power in an effort to slash carbon emissions and scale down the nation’s heavy reliance on polluting coal, which accounts for 70 percent of its power needs.
China, now the world’s second-largest economy after surpassing Japan in 2010, aims to get 15 percent of its power from renewable sources by 2020.
It aims to increase nuclear power capacity to 70-80 gigawatts by 2020, accounting for about five percent of the country’s total installed power capacity, state press reports have said.
The government said previously the target was 40 gigawatts.
China, which currently has 13 nuclear reactors in operation, produces around 750 tonnes of uranium a year but annual demand could rise to 20,000 tonnes a year by 2020, the China Daily newspaper has said.
Priest bound and gagged teen boy with masking tape and held him hostage in church’s janitor room
A Michigan Catholic priest has been charged with one count of false imprisonment after he wrapped a teenage boy in plastic wrap and covered his eyes and mouth with masking tape, all while trapping him in the janitor's room of a church, ClickOnDetroit reports.
Rev. Brian Stanley, 57, faces up to 15 years in prison and would also have to register as a sex offender if convicted.
Stanley was reportedly entrusted by the teen's family as a counselor before the incident took place in the fall of 2013 at St. Margaret's Catholic Church in Otsego.
Sarah Huckabee Sanders and Fox News ripped to shreds by media analyst for running state-news network briefing for Trump
Washington Post media critic Erik Wemple unleashed hellfire on former press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and Fox News for hiring her to deliver the White House spin for the president on their air.
Fox News, which has only modest actual news reporting outside of its opinion arm, but that's no reason to hire a liar to the network, he explained.
He cited the greatest hits from the Huckabee-Sanders show that happened less and less frequently from the White House podium. He included everything from the time she doctored a video of CNN's Jim Acosta to accuse him of assaulting a White House intern to her accusation of "fake news" to every question she didn't like.