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Look Out for "Market Ingenuity" from Stressed LNG Project Developers

On Wednesday, March 18, 2015, a sobering LNG market analysis article from RBN Energy, LLC titled A Whole New World-Big Changes Coming to LNG Market concluded with the following prediction.Several industry forecasts suggest that, despite 2014’s pause...

Posted March 24, 2015    

South Australian Senator Believes There's Value in "Nuclear Waste"

South Australian Sen. Sean Edwards sees economic opportunity for his state by taking advantage of other countries’ irrational fear of radioactive materials.He wants to turn what some call “waste” into wealth.He and his staff recognize that there are...

Posted March 19, 2015    

All Cost, No Benefit: EPA Proposes 33 Year Monitoring Requirement for ISR Mining

Nominal In-Situ Recovery (ISR) well arrangementOn January 26, 2015, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a notice of proposed rulemaking that will have the effect — intended or unintended — of eliminating in-situ leach (ISL) uranium...

Posted March 18, 2015    

Nuclear Industry Must Remember that All Politics are Local

Copyright 2005 Jim Zimmerlin. All rights reservedThere aren’t very many people who can claim to more in favor of nuclear energy than I am. There are, however, many whose passion and amateur dedication to the technology equal mine. Unfortunately,...

Posted March 10, 2015    

How Do Fast Reactors Respond to Rapid Reactivity Insertion Events?

Fast neutron spectrum reactors offer one answer to the trump question that is often used to halt informative discussions about using more atomic energy to reduce our excessive dependence on burning hydrocarbon based fuels — “What do you do with the...

Posted February 20, 2015    

Slowly Accelerate Fast Reactor Development

In one corner are people who are certain that breeder reactors that can effectively use the earth’s massive supply of fertile isotopes — thorium and uranium 238 — should be pursued as rapidly as possible with the assistance of prioritized government...

Posted February 5, 2015    

Should NRC Spend Time and Money Simplifying Transition to Decommissioning?

In the past three years, five nuclear reactors in the United States have permanently ceased operations and are in the process of transitioning to a decommissioning status. There is not a well defined process for making that transition and for...

Posted January 26, 2015    

ThorCon: Demonstrated Molten Salt Tech Packaged With Modern Construction Techniques

The dearth of real innovation and focused direction from the established companies in the US nuclear industry in the face of rapidly expanding demand for clean energy solutions has stimulated the formation of a number of start-up companies. The...

Posted January 9, 2015    

Prevention is Easier and Less Painful Than Cure: Keep Vermont Yankee Operable

One of the well known techniques for minimizing the impact of an important report whose news some people don’t want to hear is to hold it for release until late Friday evening. That way, conventional journalists will not pay much attention until...

Posted December 30, 2014    

Putting Excitement Back into Nuclear Technology Development [VIDEO]

Josh Freed, Third Way‘s clean energy vice president, has published a thoughtful, graphically enticing Brookings Essay titled Back to the Future: Advanced Nuclear Energy and the Battle Against Climate Change. It focuses on Leslie Dewan and Mark...

Posted December 16, 2014    

60 Minutes on Coal Ash: Muted Outrage, Lots of Smiles and Nods

On December 7, 2014, 60 Minutes, the venerable investigative reporting television show that has been on the air since 1968, aired a segment about Duke Energy’s Dan River coal ash spill, which occurred on February 2, 2014. That large release of coal...

Posted December 12, 2014    

Northwest Wind takes a Week-Long Vacation

Some Atomic Insights readers don’t like it when I use the term “unreliables” to describe weather dependent power sources like wind and solar energy. They believe that word is demeaning and not entirely accurate, especially in certain system designs...

Posted December 5, 2014