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Senate Hearing on Nuclear Reactor Decommissioning Challenges

May 22, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard
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United States Senator Barbara Boxer’s Environment & Public Works Committee recently held a hearing on Wednesday, May 14th, 2014 to assess the various difficulties and challenges concomitant with nuclear reactor decommissioning nationwide.[read more]

Underground Reactor Advantages

October 10, 2011 by Charles Barton

Underground sited. This scale was chosen so that the physical size allowed it to be factory manufactured and transported to the site,which is a significant potential cost reducer. . . .- John Rawls, Chief Scientist at General AtomicsFrom the dawn of the Nuclear era, Edward Teller was deeply concerned about reactor safety. Teller favored...[read more]

U.S. Reactors Ride Out The Storm

August 29, 2011 by a b
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Hurricane Irene Caused No Damage To Reactors In Its PathThe nuclear reactors in eleven eastern states were mostly unaffected by the passage of Hurricane Irene over the weekend of August 26-28, 2011.  Two reactors shut down safely and several others reduced power.  At Constellation’s Calvert Cliffs site in Maryland one...[read more]

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Merkel's nuclear energy tax plan backfires

August 16, 2010 by a b
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As an idiomatic phrase, if something "backfires," it means plans for a project have not worked out and with unanticipated negative consequences. It can also mean that the plans were not thought out deeply ahead of time. Technically speaking, a backfire is an explosion of unburned gas in the exhaust system. Instead of blowing the doors off the competition, the poorly tuned engine blows the tailpipe off the car. This is exactly what's happening in Germany this week as Chancellor Andrea Merkel struggles to save the nation's 17 nuclear reactors and simultaneously tax their profits to buffer the impacts of her government's austerity budget. Germany's two largest utilities this week mounted a major campaign to push back on the idea of taxing their nuclear fuel rods to produce €2.3 billion a year or €23 billion ($2.9 billion) over the next decade.[read more]

Finland approves plan for two more reactors

July 2, 2010 by a b

The country is serious about energy independence and dealing with climate change The BBC reports Finland's parliament approved the construction of two new nuclear power stations by a vote of 120-72, which indicates the ruling coalition holds a majority on the issue in the 200 member chamber. The bill was opposed by Green League and the...[read more]

Sweden stays on flight path to nuclear future

June 18, 2010 by a b
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Despite a close vote in parliament, polls show strong support for new reactors to tackle climate change Sweden’s parliament overturned June 17 a 30-year-old ban on new nuclear reactors, adding to the renewed momentum behind nuclear energy in Europe as countries try to reduce dependence on fossil fuels. The Riksdag voted by a narrow 174-...[read more]

Sheffield Forgemasters loan may be off

June 7, 2010 by a b

UK Liberals pursue anti-nuclear agenda Chris Huhne, the UK Energy & Climate Minister, and his political allies are not to be trusted. Last month Huhne said his only concern about the development of new nuclear reactors in the UK was that there be no public subsidy. This week the new Business Minister from the Liberal Party...[read more]

Nuclear Proliferation: Devices and Weapons

January 8, 2010 by Charles Barton

Discussions of nuclear proliferation are tainted by some fundamental problems. Some academic "nuclear proliferation experts" appear to be unable to distinguish between nuclear weapons and nuclear devices. There are important differences. A nuclear weapon is deliverable by military means. That is it is possible to place a nuclear...[read more]

Price of South Texas Project could go up by $4 billion

October 28, 2009 by a b
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Toshiba shocks San Antonio CPS Energy.  City Council postpones $400 million bond vote.The estimated cost of two new 1,350 MW ABWR reactors to be built by Toshiba for NRG at the South Texas Project (STP) rose by $4 billion this week.  According to a report in the San Antonio Express, the project cost will be "substantially...[read more]

TEC discussion about "Nuclear power: An Inconvenient Solution"

October 7, 2009 by Charles Barton
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Jesse Jenkins is the Director of Energy and Climate Policy of the The Breakthrough Institute, an active Energy/Environment Blogger, and an active participant on the Energy Collective. Yesterday Marc Gunther posted an essay on Lamar Alexander's recent speech on land use. Marc's post is titled Nuclear power: An inconvenient solution. I...[read more]

Nuclear Energy Aspirations Are Legitimate; Even if You Live in an Oil Producing Nation

October 2, 2009 by Rod Adams

I do not understand why there are people who believe that there is really anything that the world can or should do to discourage any particular country from using nuclear energy to supply the power needs of its own people. My personal experience with the technology leads me to believe that anyone who knows much about it would choose it...[read more]

Nuclear-phobia

October 1, 2009 by Charles Barton

Suppose it were possible to build safe reactors. Reactors that simply would not kill people whether they were operated in a correct or incorrect way. Reactors that would never cause people to get cancer or any other radiation related illness. Suppose Reactors could be built more cheaply than renewable generation facilities. Suppose...[read more]

Areva launches at Newport News

July 23, 2009 by a b

A facility known for world class ship building will now also be manufacturing components for commercial nuclear reactorsAREVA and Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding, a sector of Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC), have joined forces to build a new nuclear manufacturing and engineering facility in Newport News, Va. The joint venture...[read more]

The Impossibility of "The China Syndrome" - A Melted Reactor Core Cannot Penetrate Its Container

July 18, 2009 by Rod Adams

Gizmodo published a blog entry by Adam Frucci titled The China Syndrome And Why We Wussed Out On Nuclear Power in which he describes how a coincidental sequence of events turned a 1979 "B" movie into a blockbuster that is still making money today.While The China Syndrome was still in theaters during its first run, Three Mile Island Unit...[read more]

Clinton’s passage to India

July 17, 2009 by a b
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U.S. nuclear deals are still some way off U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is now engaged in an official visit to India where she hopes to strengthen bilateral ties with that nation on behalf of President Obama. As part of the agenda for this visit, Sec. Clinton hopes to sign formal agreements for sales of U.S. defense weapons...[read more]