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IPCC Working Group III Recommends Nearly Quadrupling Nuclear Energy

A few of my pronuclear friends have been disappointed by the treatment of nuclear energy in the recently released final draft of the IPCC working group III Summary for policy makers. For example, Steve Aplin at Canadian Energy Issues thinks that the...

Posted April 20, 2014    

Some Lessons Were Learned from TMI, Others Were Not

Three Mile IslandOn March 28, 1979, a little more than thirty-five years ago, a nuclear reactor located on an island in the Susquehanna River near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, suffered a partial core melt.On some levels, the accident that became known...

Posted April 6, 2014    

Vogtle Construction Update Video

This video provides an encouraging view of the positive impact that the Vogtle expansion project is having on the local community. It’s 4,000 – 5,000 construction jobs is just one part of the economic impact; that $23 million dollar property tax...

Posted April 5, 2014    

SMRs: Why Not Now? Then When?

I have shamelessly borrowed the title of one of the talks given during the first day of the Nuclear Energy Insider 4th Annual Small Modular Reactor (SMR) Conference as being representative of both the rest of the agenda and the conversations that I...

Posted April 2, 2014    

Nuclear Energy: Past, Present, and Future

On Friday, March 28, 2014, I had the privilege of attending a symposium at Dartmouth College titled Three Mile Island 35th Anniversary Symposium: The Past, Present, and Future of Nuclear Energy. If you are curious and have a free nine hours, you can...

Posted March 31, 2014    

What a Waste – Vermont Yankee is in Beautiful Condition

The Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant in Vernon, Vermont is a relatively young steam plant that uses a low-cost, essentially emission-free fuel. It is strategically located in an area with few fossil fuel resources, extreme weather, and frequent...

Posted March 29, 2014    

Radiation, Pollution, and Radiophobia

While researching answers to comments made on the Atomic Insights post titled Healthy doses of radiation, I found a book titled Nuclear Shadowboxing: Legacies and Challenges.It includes a fascinating appendix titled Radiation, Pollution and...

Posted March 20, 2014    

Healthy Doses of Radiation

Doses of radiation that are lower than about 700 mGy/yr (see note below) are more likely to reduce cancer incidence and increase life span than to decrease it. In other words, moderate radiation doses are good for you in the same way as moderate...

Posted March 19, 2014    

New Testing Rules Benefit Oil Producers

One of the odd circumstances that arises out of extracting, transporting and marketing a commodity in high demand is that overall industry profits can increase as an indirect result of experiencing a scary accident that destroys a portion of a now...

Posted March 5, 2014    

Argentina Pours Nuclear-Grade Concrete for CAREM, a 25 MWe SMR

On February 8, 2014, Argentina poured its first nuclear grade concrete for CAREM-25, an integrated pressurized water reactor (iPWR) whose design has been in intermittent progress for more than 24 years. Will Davis wrote an informative piece titled...

Posted February 17, 2014    

Ivanpah Solar Thermal Officially Opens

BrightSource Energy’s 377 MWe (net at peak) Ivanpah solar thermal power station officially opened on February 13, 2014. Secretary Earnest Moniz, in a rather amusing turn of phrase, called the plant a “shining example of how the United States is...

Posted February 16, 2014    

Chinese Plan to Dominate Nuclear Energy Market Worldwide

A California-based correspondent shared the following vignette to a private email list early this morning.An aside — had dinner with a Stanford biz prof teaching entrepreneurship. His 15 Chinese students were at the table too (big table). A few...

Posted January 9, 2014