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  • Hanford Leak Irreparable
    D.O.E. To Permanently
    Close Damaged Hanford Tank

    Jan. 2, 2018 - The Energy Department says it will permanently close a damaged radioactive waste storage tank on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.

    The department says that Tank AY-102 has widespread damage and should not be repaired.

    Click now for more on this earthFix story.

  • The U.S. Backs Off Nukes - Not Georgia
    Georgia Wants to Keep Building Reactors

    Aug. 31, 2017 - Even as the rest of the United States backs away from nuclear power, utilities in Georgia are pressing ahead with plans to build two huge reactors in the next five years — the only nuclear units still under construction nationwide.

  • Uranium Mining in the Grand Canyon?
    Keeping Uranium Mining
    Out of the Grand Canyon

    The Grand Canyon is an irreplaceable natural treasure. Its stunning vistas, ancient geology, and winding Colorado River are world renowned — drawing over 5.5 million visitors to the park each year. Moreover, more than 40 million people and 4 million acres of farmland depend on the Colorado River for clean, safe water.

    Yet, irresponsibly operated uranium mines located on federal public land just miles from the North and South Rims threaten to permanently pollute the Grand Canyon landscape and the greater Colorado River.

  • What is the NRC Hdiding on Palo Verde?
    Nuclear Leaks:
    The Back Story the NRC Doesn’t
    Want You to Know about Palo Verde

    June 14,2017 - One of two emergency diesel generators (EDGs) for the Unit 3 reactor at the Palo Verde Nuclear Generation Station in Arizona was severely damaged during a test run on December 15, 2016.

    The operating license issued by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) allowed the reactor to continue running for up to 10 days with one EDG out of service. Because the extensive damage required far longer than 10 days to repair, the owner asked the NRC for permission to continue operating Unit 3 for up to 62 days with only one EDG available. The NRC approved that request.

  • USA's 10 Riskiest Nuclear Power Plants
    Where Are They - And What Are the Dangers?

    March 18, 2011 - As we watch the continuing catastrophe in Japan unfold with no clear expectations of the outcome, one thing is for certain: The safety of nuclear power has become a hot topic of conversation. While some countries are shutting down plants, many other are reevaluating the safety of theirs and strategizing over future plans.

    Click now to read the complete article.

  • Old Nuc Plants Drag Down Clean Energy
    Why America’s Old Nuclear
    Plants Could Be Dragging Down
    Clean Energy Development

    Apr. 25, 2017 -New York and Illinois are investing billions to keep old facilities in action, and Connecticut, New Jersey, and Ohio are among states contemplating the same idea. It’s an expensive process, though it does mean that new natural gas plants aren’t required to fill the gaps left by wind and solar.

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  • Europe's Emission Cuts Slowed
    Europe’s Nuclear Club
    Slows Emissions Cuts

    Sept. 6, 2016 -The prospect of using nuclear energy appears to deter European countries from adopting renewable technologies such as wind and solar, and from introducing energy efficiency measures.

  • British Nuke Project Becomes Messy
    Huge British Nuclear Project
    Becomes a Diplomatic Flash Point

    Aug. 15, 2016 -Once considered a vital part of Britain’s clean-energy future, the beleaguered Hinkley Point nuclear plant project looked further than ever from becoming reality this week as a row erupted between the three countries developing the massive facility: the U.K., France, and China.

  • Fail-safe Nuclear Power?
    Could We Actually Have
    Fail-safe Nuclear Power?

    Aug. 2, 2016 -The Shanghai Institute’s effort to develop molten-salt reactors, a technology that has sat all but forgotten in the United States for decades, reflects just how daring China’s nuclear ambitions are. Already, the government has invested some two billion Chinese renminbi ($300 million) over the last five years in molten-salt R&D. Building actual plants will require tens of billions more.

  • FPL Sued For Radio-Active Leak
    Florida Nuclear Plant Operator
    Sued for Polluting Drinking Water

    July 15, 2016 -Environmental groups have filed a lawsuit against Florida Power & Light Co., operator of the Turkey Point nuclear facility, saying that the company violated the Clean Water Act by discharging contaminants from the plant, impacting nearby drinking water.

    Click now to read the story
    (Hint: Bring your Geiger Counter).

  • Diablo Canyon Nuc Plant to Close
    Diablo Canyon Nuclear Reactors to Be
    Replaced With 100% Renewable Energy

    June 21, 2016 -An historic agreement has been reached between Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E), Friends of the Earth and other environmental and labor organizations to replace the Diablo Canyon nuclear reactors with greenhouse-gas-free renewable energy, efficiency and energy storage resources.

    Click now to read the great news.

  • Fusion Confusion
    The Real Problem With Fusion Energy

    May 27, 2016 -The longstanding joke about fusion — that it’s the energy source of the future, and always will may not be the field’s biggest problem.

    Click now for what
    might be encouraging news.

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Decades have passed since the first power plant of this type went on line, and no viable solution for the storage of this contaminant has yet to emerge.

Industry spokespersons have long touted nuclear energy as cost-effective when compared to fossil based fuels, but their conclusions fail to consider the cost of decommissioning a plant when it has reached its maturity.
Recent studies have revealed that greenhouse gasses resulting from nuclear power may
be even higher that those produced from the burning of natural gas (latest findings).
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  • Would You Like a Little Radiation With that Wine?
    Fukushima’s Nuclear
    Signature Found in California Wine

    July 19, 2018 -The Japanese nuclear disaster bathed north America in a radioactive cloud. Now pharmacologists have found the telltale signature in California wine made at the time.

    Throughout the 1950s, the US, the Soviet Union, and others tested thermonuclear weapons in the Earth’s atmosphere. Those tests released vast quantities of radioactive material into the air and triggered fears that the nuclear reactions could ignite deuterium in the oceans, thereby destroying the planet in a catastrophic accidental fireball.

    Click now see where we
    stand today, from M.I.T. Technology Review.

  • Trump’s Coal and Nuclear Bailout Plan
    Hatred of Trump’s Coal and Nuke Bailout Plan
    Exceptions: Trump’s Favorite Coal
    Exec and a Bankrupt Nuke Company.

    June 7, 2018 - President Donald Trump’s fixation on bailing out the coal and nuclear power industries has proved confounding to renewable energy advocates and climate activists. But other sectors of the energy industry, including one that Trump purportedly wants to help, are also questioning the need for the radical intervention in energy markets proposed last week.

    Click now to read more
    from Think Progress.

  • Construction Delays Hurting Nuclear Development
    Nuclear Power Plants Costs By Up To 20%,
    Give Renewables Another Economic Advantage

    June 1, 2018 -Researchers from Imperial College London, the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, and the University of Minho have looked at the difference between the projected cost of nuclear power plants from 2010 to the present and compared them to the actual cost of those projects once completed. They find that, on average, delays in the construction process added about 18% to the budgeted cost of those projects.

    Click now to read the rest
    of the story from Clean Technica.

  • Where Fukushima Stands Now
    Fukushima Seven Years Later: Case Closed?

    May 1, 2018 - On March 11, 2011, a nuclear disaster struck Japan. The 9.0 magnitude Tohoku earthquake triggered a 15-meter tidal wave, which hit the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant approximately 45 minutes later. The plant’s power was knocked out and the backup generators crippled. After the emergency batteries were exhausted, three of the plant’s six reactors soon overheated, and at least two of the cores melted down, releasing immense amounts of radiation. While the reactors are now in theory stabilized, the work to understand and contain the damage continues.

    Click now for more from The Energy Collective.

  • Floating Nuke Plants - What Could Go Wrong?
    Russia's Floating Nuclear Plant Heads Out to Sea

    Apr 29, 2018 -A controversial floating nuclear power plant made by Russia has headed out for its first sea voyage.

    The floating plant, the Akademik Lomonosov, was towed out of the St Petersburg shipyard where it was constructed on Saturday.

    It is to be pulled through the Baltic Sea and around the Norwegian coast to Murmansk, a city of 300,000 people, where its reactors are to be loaded with nuclear fuel.

    Click now to read the whole story from
    News Sky.

  • A Little Grey With That Green
    New Jersey Takes a Big Step Toward
    Renewable Energy (and Nuclear Gets Help, for Now)

    Apr. 12, 2018 -TRENTON — New Jersey significantly altered the future of its energy sector on Thursday, passing two bills that set ambitious goals for expanding renewable power and curtailing greenhouse gases in the state.

    The bills, which require power companies in New Jersey to generate 50 percent of their electricity from renewable sources by 2030 and subsidize existing nuclear power plants, mark one of the biggest new policy steps that any state has taken toward cutting greenhouse gases since President Trump was elected.

    Click now to read more
    from The NY Times Climate Forward.

  • Hanford Radiation Leak Update
    Hanford Workers' Radiation Exposure
    Halts Nuclear Plant Demolition

    Apr. 8, 2018 -Seven decades after making key portions of the atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki, Japan, workers at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation are being exposed to radiation as they tear down buildings that helped create the nation’s nuclear arsenal.

    Click now to read more from Oregon Public Radio.

  • Small Modular Nuclear Reactors Grow in Popularity
    So Are Fears They Aren't Viable

    Mar. 14, 2018 -The slow-moving small modular reactor (SMR) market saw some positive activity in recent weeks, even as one expert predicted the technology would never achieve commercialization.

    Earlier this month, the World Nuclear Association reported that Ukraine had signed a memorandum of understanding with SMR developer Holtec International, aiming to turn the Eastern European nation into a manufacturing hub for Holtec’s SMR-160 reactors.

    Click now for more from GreenTechMedia.

  • Is Fusion Really Possible?
    MIT Receives Millions to Build
    Fusion Power Plant Within 15 Years

    Mar. 9, 2018 -Nuclear fusion is like a way-more-efficient version of solar power—except instead of harnessing energy from the rays of a distant sun, scientists create miniature suns in power plants here on Earth. It would be vastly more efficient, and more importantly, much cleaner, than current methods of energy production. The main issue is that actually realizing fusion power has been really difficult.

    But MIT has announced yesterday that it is working with a new private company called Commonwealth Fusion Systems (CFS) to make nuclear fusion finally happen. CFS recently attracted a $50 million investment from the Italian energy company Eni, which it will use to fund the development.

    Click now for more from gizmodo.

  • Problems for Africa’s Only Nuc Facility
    Eskom Pauses Nuclear Expansion Plan

    Jan. 31, 2018 - Eskom cannot afford to expand its nuclear power capacity, Calib Cassim, acting CFO of the South African utility, said yesterday. Cassim was speaking to reporters during the release of Eskom's financial results for the six months to 30 September 2017. Eskom, which operates the sole nuclear power plant on the African continent, reported a 34% drop in interim profits to ZAR 6 billion ($504 million) due to declining sales and higher financing costs.

    Click now for more of the
    story from Pennwell’s HUB News.

  • Grand Canyon Uranium Mining Still Banned
    Court Upholds Grand Canyon Uranium Mining

    Dec. 12, 2017 - The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday upheld a 20-year ban on new uranium mining on public land near the Grand Canyon, while also striking down a challenge to an existing uranium mine south of Grand Canyon National Park.

    Click now for article from azCentral.

  • A Fusion Future?
    An Absorbing Insight Into All Things
    Fusion and the Future of Fusion Energy

    Nov. 20, 2017 - From its earliest history, the human animal, among all species, has been the most ambitious to dominate its environment: to conquer the earth, the seas, the skies, and – more than half a century ago – making its first forays into space. If Elon Musk and other visionaries have their way, humans will soon become an interplanetary species.

    Click now to read the whole article.

  • The First Fourth-generation Reactor in North America?
    Will Advanced Nuclear Find
    a More Welcome Home in Canada?

    Nov. 8, 2017 - Canadian regulators announced that Terrestrial Energy has completed the initial phase of a design review for its molten-salt nuclear power plant, giving the Ontario-based company a small early lead in the race to commission the first commercial fourth-generation reactor in North America.

    Click to read the Technology Review article.

  • Nuclear Power for the Nuclear Powerful
    Nuclear Power, Weapons, and National Security

    Sept. 13, 2017 - The nuclear power industry has long maintained that it has no connection whatsoever to nuclear weapons proliferation. This argument was always based on lies and half-truths, as I make clear in this article in Nuclear Monitor #840.

    Ironically, the nuclear industry is now admitting they were not telling the whole truth. Its proponents are arguing it deserves public support precisely because it is essential for national security reasons! Some of them are adding a peculiar twist to their argument: they are saying that a strong nuclear power sector needs to be maintained in western countries so that they can maintain a capability to constrain the proliferation of nuclear weapons.

    Click to read the Energy Collective article.

  • Move Over, Nuclear - You've Got Competition
    Power from Renewables & Nuclear
    in Statistical Dead Heat

    September 1, 2017 - The latest issue of the U.S. Energy Information's (EIA) "Electric Power Monthly," with data through June 30, reveals that renewable energy sources (i.e., biomass, geothermal, hydropower, solar — including small-scale PV — and wind) remain in a statistical dead heat with nuclear power vis-à-vis their respective shares of US electrical generation, with each providing roughly 20 percent of the total.

  • Thorium Salt: Good Nuclar News?
    A Thorium-Salt Reactor
    Has Finally Fired Up

    Aug. 22, 2017 - The road to cleaner, meltdown-proof nuclear power has taken a big step forward. Researchers at NRG, a Dutch nuclear materials firm, have begun the first tests of nuclear fission using thorium salts since experiments ended at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in the early 1970s.

  • Does the U.S. Nuclear Industry Have a Future?
    Maybe Not, Given the Recent
    Cancellations and Westinghouse Bankruptcy

    August 14, 2017 - There is a strong likelihood that future plans by U.S. electric utilities to build full size nuclear reactors are now being put on indefinite hold.

    Even though the NRC has issued licenses, investors may not see a reason to proceed with projects like DTE’s Fermi III in Michigan, Dominion’s North Anna III in Virginia, and Duke’s William States Lee in South Carolina.

  • Hanford Dire Predictions Coming True
    Plutonium Detected In Air
    At Hanford Nuclear Site

    Aug. 8, 2017 - Radioactive plutonium and americium have been found in air samples collected where workers enter the secure area of the Hanford nuclear reservation in southeastern Washington, state health officials said Tuesday.

    The air samples were collected by the state Department of Health on June 8 at the Rattlesnake Barricade just off of public Highway 240, The Tri-City Herald reported.

  • Thinking Small for Nuclear
    Small Reactors Could Kick-Start
    the Stalled Nuclear Sector

    July 17, 2017 - The nuclear energy industry sees big promise in going small.

    Earlier this year, NuScale Energy took a crucial step forward in its prolonged effort to build 12 scaled-down nuclear reactors on an empty parcel at the Idaho National Laboratory, a sprawling research campus on the outskirts of Idaho Falls (see “Shrinking Nuclear”).

    The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission agreed to begin the formal process of reviewing the company’s designs for the 600-megawatt plant, which could power a city the size of Boise twice over.

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