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  • Is solar the next shale?

    02/07/2015 8:13:41 PM PST · by ckilmer · 61 replies
    Wood Mackenzie ^ | 01 Feb 2015 | Woods MacKenzie
    Is solar the next shale?     Just as shale extraction reconfigured oil and gas, no other technology is closer to transforming power markets than distributed and utility scale solar.Since the late 2000s, a widespread collapse in the price of solar modules has altered the economics of solar energy, putting it in a strong position to compete with other forms of power in the United States.With module costs at historic lows, increased efficiency has become the next frontier. Consequently, while higher efficiency solar technology may command a greater module price, capacity gains per square meter can make them more economic...
  • Vermont just replaced its only only nuclear reactor with fossil fuels obtained from fracking

    02/02/2015 3:04:53 PM PST · by grundle · 26 replies
    wordpress ^ | February 1, 2015 | Dan from Squirrel Hill
    Dan from Squirrel Hill's Blog Vermont just replaced its only only nuclear reactor (which had accounted for 71.8% of the state’s electricity production) with fossil fuels obtained from fracking For the past 42 years, Vermont’s only nuclear power plant was responsible for 71.8% of the state’s electricity production. This huge amount of electricity was generated by a single nuclear reactor.Vermont has just shut down this reactor.The replacement energy source for this shut down reactor is shale gas, a fossil fuel whose combustion causes global warming, and which is obtained from fracking.And all this time, I had thought that liberals in Vermont...
  • Ray Bradbury's house, sold for $1.76 million, is being torn down

    01/17/2015 10:23:26 AM PST · by EveningStar · 44 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | January 13, 2015 | Carolyn Kellogg
    Ray Bradbury lived in his 1937 Cheviot Hills home for more than 50 years. After the author of "Fahrenheit 451" died in 2012, the house was readied for sale ... The home, which was purchased in June for $1.765 million, is being demolished. A permit for demolition was issued Dec. 30, Curbed LA reports, and a fan who visited the house over the weekend found it in the process of being torn down ...
  • GOP Should Revive Yucca Mountain And Nuclear Energy

    12/09/2014 2:07:45 PM PST · by raptor22 · 17 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | December 9, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Nuclear Waste: While Keystone XL remains a focus, the long-stalled repository for spent nuclear fuel at Yucca Mountain, Nev., deemed safe in a recent report, is also good for the environment and for our energy future. The ghosts of Chernobyl, Three Mile Island and Fukushima continue to haunt and hinder the nuclear energy industry. Yet a report released Oct. 16 may revive both the spent fuel repository and the nuclear energy industry with it. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) report, mostly finished in 2010 but delayed by Yucca Mountain foes such as the Obama administration and soon-to-be Senate Minority Leader...
  • EDF France: Inquiry after drones buzz nuclear sites

    10/31/2014 7:11:22 AM PDT · by Seizethecarp · 2 replies
    BBC ^ | October 30, 2014 | Unattributed
    An investigation has been launched after France's state-owned EDF power company said unidentified drones had flown over seven of its nuclear plants. The first unmanned aircraft was spotted on 5 October and there had been further sightings up to 20 October, EDF said. Who is behind the drones is unclear but pressure group Greenpeace has denied any involvement. Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve says measures are being taken to "neutralise" the drones. Under French law, no aircraft is allowed to enter a 5km-wide (three-mile) zone around a nuclear plant, nor fly below 1,000m (3,300ft) there. The air force is responsible for...
  • Good news: New Lockheed Martin fusion reactor to solve all the worlds problems in 10 years or so

    10/16/2014 10:01:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    Hot Air ^ | October 16, 2014 | Allahpundit
    In case you were too consumed with Ebola news yesterday to notice this, heres a belated FYI that Americas going to put the Middle Easts oil barons out of business before your grandkids are out of college. Assuming the Ebola doesnt get us first, I mean. Lockheed has a webpage dedicated to its new breakthrough in compact fusion reactors but this write-up in Aviation Week is the most thorough explanation Ive seen of how it would actually work. If I understand it correctly, which I probably dont, the problem with current fusion reactors is that theyre too darned big and...
  • Lockheed Martin Claims Fusion Breakthrough That Could Change World Forever

    10/15/2014 5:42:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 69 replies
    Forbes ^ | October 15, 2014 | William Pentland
    Lockheed Martin, the aerospace and defense conglomerate based in Bethesda, Md., is claiming to have made a major breakthrough in nuclear fusion, which could lead to development of reactors small enough to fit on the back of a truck within a decade. In the simplest terms, nuclear fission breaks a single atom into two whereas nuclear fusion combines two atoms into one. Fusion, the holy grail of nuclear power, creates three to four times as much energy as fission. More importantly, fusions key advantage over fission is that it does not produce cancer-causing radioactive waste. (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Tom McGuire, who heads the...
  • Here Are Amazing Photos Of Russia Dismantling An Outdated Nuclear Submarine

    10/14/2014 12:11:09 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 20 replies
    Business Insider (Australia) ^ | Oct 10 2014, 3:29 PM | Pierre Bienaim
    Russia is currently in the process of expanding and modernizing its navy. This might have something to do with Moscows apparent appetite for military conquest although Russia also has a few nuclear submarines that are dangerously past their prime, considering the fissile materials that are still stored onboard. In 2009, one rusted behemoth was transported to a factory in the far eastern port city of Vladivostok, close to the Korean peninsula, for decommissioning. With the vessel fully out of water, the pictures offer an amazing perspective on how massive and complex even an outdated class of nuclear submarine really...
  • How to solve global warming in 2 easy steps: It starts with a skyscraper full of vegetables

    10/05/2014 9:50:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Week ^ | October 3, 2014 | Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry
    Most clear-thinking people can see by now that there isn't going to be a functioning global carbon emissions abatement scheme in the foreseeable future. Whether or not that's a good thing (and I think it is) is a separate question. Because regardless, we should look at the world as it is. Now of course, excessive carbon emissions into the atmosphere remain a serious concern and a real problem. So what can we do to solve it? First, let's look at the main sources of carbon emissions. The two big ones are energy production and agriculture, which is set to explode...
  • Saudis Announce Plan to Build 1st Nuclear Reactor

    09/04/2014 4:57:16 AM PDT · by thackney · 7 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | SEPTEMBER 2, 2014 | Algemeiner
    Energy officials in Saudi Arabia announced Tuesday that they are embarking on a plan to build a nuclear reactor for peaceful purposes, Israels NRG News reported, quoting the London-based Al-Hayat Arabic-language daily. Senior sources in the Muslim kingdom told the newspaper that construction of the reactor is expected to begin before the end of the calendar year. Construction of the first Saudi nuclear reactor will take ten years, according to the plan, although we hope that we can complete the task in less time, the newspaper said, quoting Saudi sources. The kingdoms ultimate goal, the report stated, is to establish...
  • Lack of information hampered government's evacuation efforts in Fukushima crisis

    06/20/2014 7:49:03 PM PDT · by ransomnote
    THE ASAHI SHIMBUN ^ | June 17, 2014 | No Byline
    As the crisis unfurled at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in March 2011, the prime ministers office issued a series of evacuation orders in reaction to worsening developments without sufficient information and expert knowledge, according to testimony by a former top government official. In testimony to the governments Investigation Committee on the Accident at the Fukushima Nuclear Power Stations, then Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Tetsuro Fukuyama, who was in charge of evacuating residents, detailed how government officials were forced to issue evacuation orders in a flurry. The Asahi Shimbun recently obtained a copy of his testimony. We only...
  • Tipping Point on Iran

    06/06/2014 7:58:29 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 5 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | June 5, 2014 | Spencer Irvine
    Dr. Matthew Kroenig, associate professor and the international relations field chair at Georgetown University, spoke at a the Heritage Foundation on Irans nuclear proliferation efforts and his newest book, A Time to Attack: The Looming Iranian Nuclear Threat. Although one may think that Kroenig is advocating for a military option, he said, I argue that we should try to solve this problem, the Iranian nuclear challenge, diplomatically, if possible. But, if diplomacy fails, Kroenig suggested that there will come a time to attack Iran. And, adding to the discussion, he asked the question, Are we prepared to live with a...
  • New Godzilla trailer gives fans a proper look at the terrifying monster... and Bryan Cranston's..

    04/07/2014 5:58:09 AM PDT · by C19fan · 44 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | April 7, 2014 | Sarah Bull
    It's one of the most famous monster stories of all time. And now Godzilla has had a reboot - complete with incredible special effects and an amazing cast - for a new blockbuster due for release this summer. A new extended trailer for the movie, which stars Bryan Cranston and Aaron Taylor-Johnson, shows the back story of Bryan's nuclear physicist character Joe Brody, as well as the first proper look at the terrifying monster.
  • Electricity Price Index Soars to New Record at Start of 2014; U.S. Electricity Production Declining

    02/21/2014 8:47:05 PM PST · by george76 · 32 replies
    CNS News ^ | February 21, 2014 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    The electricity price index soared to a new high in January 2014 with the largest month-to-month increase in almost four years, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Meanwhile, data from the Energy Information Administration, a division of the U.S. Department of Energy, indicates that electricity production in the United States has declined since 2007, when it hit its all-time peak. The U.S. is producing less electricity than it did seven years ago for a population that has added more than 14 million people. ... Between 2007 and 2012, the nation's annual coal-fired electricity generation declined by about 25 percent,...
  • Scientists Say Their Giant Laser Has Produced Nuclear Fusion

    02/13/2014 1:12:49 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    National Public Radio ^ | February 12, 2014 | Geoff Brumfiel
    Researchers at a laboratory in California say they've had a breakthrough in producing fusion reactions with a giant laser. The success comes after years of struggling to get the laser to work and is another step in the decades-long quest for fusion energy. Omar Hurricane, a researcher at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, says that for the first time, they've produced significant amounts of fusion by zapping a target with their laser. "We've gotten more energy out of the fusion fuel than we put into the fusion fuel," he says. Strictly speaking, while more energy came from fusion than went into...
  • TAP molten salt nuclear reactor design that'd generate 75 times more electricity per ton of uranium

    02/08/2014 4:13:24 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    Next Big Future blog ^ | February 4, 2014 | Brian Wang
    Email ThisBlogThis!Share to TwitterShare to Facebook Transatomic Power (TAP) is developing an advanced molten salt reactor that generates clean, passively safe, proliferation-resistant, and low-cost nuclear power. This reactor can consume the spent nuclear fuel (SNF) generated by commercial light water reactors or use freshly mined uranium at enrichment levels as low as 1.8% U-235. It achieves actinide burnups as high as 96%, and can generate up to 75 times more electricity per ton of mined uranium than a light-water reactor. Transatomic Power has greatly improved the molten salt concept, while retaining its significant safety benefits. The main technical change we...
  • Sabotage may have started Three Mile Island accident

    01/19/2014 10:12:01 AM PST · by Pontiac · 34 replies
    ATOMIC INSIGHTS ^ | 1/18/2014 | Rod Adams
    Updated (Jan 19, 2014 at 01:45 am) The pattern is not completely clear, and there are pieces missing from the puzzle, but I have found enough bits of evidence to convince me that it is more likely than not that someone purposely initiated the Three Mile Island (TMI) accident. This is a difficult story to tell; its not easy to revise history. Its even harder to it successfully when there is sure to be disbelief, dismissal, and efforts to discredit. I prefer being respected and strive to avoid the potential of being marginalized as a crackpot. However, I feel a...
  • The Fire at the Brown's Ferry Nuclear Power Station

    01/17/2014 10:38:17 PM PST · by logi_cal869 · 7 replies
    How a Candle Caused a Nuclear Emergency At noon on March 22, 1975, both Units 1 and 2 at the Brown's Ferry plant in Alabama were operating at full power, delivering 2200 megawatts of electricity to the Tennessee Valley Authority. Just below the plant's control room, two electricians were trying to seal air leaks in the cable spreading room, where the electrical cables that control the two reactors are separated and routed through different tunnels to the reactor buildings. They were using strips of spongy foam rubber to seal the leaks. They were also using candles to determine whether or...
  • Texas nuclear power plants seek new workforce

    01/14/2014 5:36:39 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 25 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | January 14, 2014 | Jim Malewitz, Texas Tribune
    "....Not everyone is equipped to operate and maintain a reactor, or to monitor radiation levels inside a plant and on its own employees. Nuclear energy officials feared they would soon lack the manpower to operate the country's current reactors as their licenses were renewed, let alone the new ones."It's at all levels, from the managers on down,"Koehl said of his company's needs, adding that specialty engineers and people with other industry-tailored skills are particularly hard to find.That includes Jesse Wells, who has coordinated 18 of STP's planned outages, the monthlong powering down of a reactor to refuel it and perform...
  • Green Revolution? German Brown Coal Power Output Hits New High

    01/09/2014 8:12:39 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | January 07, 2014 01:52 PM | (crowith wire reports)
    In 1990, Germanys bown coal-fired power stations produced almost 171 billion kilowatt hours of power. At the time, many old eastern German plants were still in operation. It was a situation that the German government wanted to change, with the aim being that of radically reducing the output of the CO2-polluting lignite plants, but thats not happening. In 2013, it rose to 162 billion kilowatt hours, the highest level since reunification in 1990, according to preliminary figures from AGEB, a collection of industry associations and research institutes. [] Power output from anthracite coal also rose, by eight billion kilowatt hours...
  • Radiation alerts hit U.S. cities

    12/13/2013 11:28:14 AM PST · by Errant · 99 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 12/13/2013 | Bob Unruh
    A private organization that monitors radiation data from network points across the United States issued email alerts today for two Western U.S. cities, Reno, Nev., and St. George, Utah. The alerts came from the the Nuclear Emergency Tracking Center, which explains its mission is to provide radiation monitoring information from hundreds of sites in Japan and the U.S., including those run by the Environmental Protection Agency. The warning pinpointed an area of concern in St. George, Utah, where background radiation levels more than doubled today from the typical reading. In Reno, the current background radiation level has increased suddenly...
  • Seven loopholes favoring a nuclear Iran in deal signed by the world powers

    11/24/2013 8:37:03 AM PST · by Dave346 · 16 replies
    Debka ^ | November 24, 2013, 4:51 PM (IDT)
    The first preliminary nuclear deal the six world powers (US, Russia, China, UK, France and German) signed with Iran before dawn Sunday, Nov. 24, at the end of a four-day marathon, failed to address the most questionable aspects of Irans nuclear program, i.e. its clandestine military dimensions. The accord confined itself to aspects of uranium enrichment and stockpiles. UN inspections were expanded but not applied, for instance, to Irans concealed nuclear sites - or even the Parchin military base where Iran is suspected of having tested nuclear-related explosions. Israel, the Gulf States and others are therefore highly dubious of...
  • Unavoidable Answer for the Problem of Climate Change [New York Times endorses nuclear power]

    11/23/2013 5:06:49 PM PST · by grundle · 49 replies
    New York Times ^ | November 19, 2013 | EDUARDO PORTER
    How will the world replace fossil fuels? Can it be done fast enough, cheaply enough and on a sufficient scale without nuclear energy? For all the optimism about the prospects of wind, sun and tides to power our future, the evidence suggests the answer is no. Scrambling to find an alternative fuel to generate some 30 percent of its power, Japan had no choice but to turn to coal and gas. A few years ago, it promised that in 2020 it would produce 25 percent less greenhouse gas emissions than in 1990; last week it said it would, instead, produce...
  • Physicist: There was no Fukushima nuclear disaster

    10/29/2013 9:11:15 AM PDT · by Twotone · 43 replies ^ | October 12, 2013 | Kelvin Kemm
    I have watched a TV programme called Fear Factor. In the series there are contestants who have to confront their worst fears to see who bails out and who can fight the fear and get through.
  • Nations bloated nuclear spending comes under fire

    09/13/2013 1:16:24 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 13, 2013 12:10 PM EDT | Jeri Clausing and Matthew Daly
    Virtually every major project under the National Nuclear Security Administrations oversight is behind schedule and over budgetthe result, watchdogs and government auditors say, of years of lax accountability and nearly automatic annual budget increases for the agency responsible for maintaining the nations nuclear stockpile. The NNSA has racked up $16 billion in cost overruns on 10 major projects that are a combined 38 years behind schedule, the U.S. Government Accountability Office reports. Other projects have been canceled or suspended, despite hundreds of millions of dollars already spent, because they grew too bloated.
  • Fukushima leaks: Japan pledges $470m for 'ice wall'

    09/03/2013 8:14:30 AM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 16 replies
    BBC ^ | 3 September 2013 Last updated at 09:06 ET
    Japan is to invest hundreds of millions of dollars into building a frozen wall around the Fukushima nuclear plant to stop leaks of radioactive water. Government spokesman Yoshihide Suga said an estimated 47bn yen ($473m, 304m) would be allocated. ... Water is now being pumped in to cool the reactors, but storing the resultant large quantities of radioactive water has proved a challenge for plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco). Under the government plan, a wall of frozen earth will be created around the reactors using pipes filled with coolant to prevent groundwater coming into contact with contaminated water...
  • High radiation readings found at Fukushima tanks (NEW LEAK)

    09/01/2013 7:10:12 AM PDT · by winoneforthegipper · 305 replies
    Japan Today ^ | 09/01/13 | staff
    At the time of last weeks discovered leak the plant operator said the radioactivity of the puddles was around 100 millisieverts per hour. Jiji news agency said the highest reading of 1,800 millisieverts per hour was found at one of the tanks, adding that exposure to that level for four hours would be fatal to humans. The other readings measured between 70 and 230 millisieverts, the agency added. A TEPCO official said the operator could not rule out the possibility of new leaks of radioactive water at the four sites, the agency reported, adding that the operator had not noticed...
  • (UPDATED with Diagrams) Real Leak of at Least 300 Tonnes of Highly Contaminated Water (Fukushima)

    08/20/2013 11:41:42 AM PDT · by ransomnote · 18 replies ^ | August 19, 2013 | Ex-skf Blogger
    Real Leak of at Least 300 Tonnes of Really Highly Contaminated Water at #Fukushima I Nuke Plant, and Leak Continues As the world's mainstream media and alternative media suddenly rediscover Fukushima I Nuke Plant over the "assumption" by a career bureaucrat at Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (whose Agency of Natural Resources and Energy oversees the decommissioning of the plant) that "300 tonnes of highly contaminated [sic] water" may be leaking every day, a real leak of actual waste water with extremely high beta nuclides has been found. According to TEPCO, who held an ad hoc press conference at...
  • Appeals Court: Obama Violating Law on Nuke Site

    08/14/2013 7:40:39 AM PDT · by kidd · 11 replies
    ABC News / AP ^ | 8/13/2013 | MATTHEW DALY
    In a rebuke to the Obama administration, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has been violating federal law by delaying a decision on a proposed nuclear waste dump in Nevada. By a 2-1 vote, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ordered the commission to complete the licensing process and approve or reject the Energy Department's application for a never-completed waste storage site at Nevada's Yucca Mountain. In a sharply worded opinion, the court said the nuclear agency was "simply flouting the law" when it allowed the Obama administration to continue plans...
  • Fukushima's Radioactive Water Leak: What You Should Know

    08/11/2013 8:50:30 AM PDT · by Errant · 115 replies
    National Geographic ^ | 7 August, 2013 | Patrick J. Kiger
    Tensions are rising in Japan over radioactive water leaking into the Pacific Ocean from Japan's crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, a breach that has defied the plant operator's effort to gain control. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday called the matter an urgent issue and ordered the government to step in and help in the clean-up, following an admission by Tokyo Electric Power Company that water is seeping past an underground barrier it attempted to create in the soil. The head of a Nuclear Regulatory Authority task force told Reuters the situation was an "emergency."
  • A nuclear reactor that burns its own waste?

    08/06/2013 9:33:12 PM PDT · by ckilmer · 16 replies
    The Globe and Mail ^ | Tuesday, Aug. 06 2013, 1:44 PM EDT | SHAWN McCARTHY
    Bill Gates has invested some of his considerable fortune in a nuclear reactor developer that is promising to deliver cheaper power while operating more safely and dramatically reducing radioactive waste.
  • Underway on nuclear power

    08/01/2013 2:34:11 PM PDT · by ckilmer · 7 replies
    Power Engineering ^ | 2013/07 | Denver Nicks
    Underway on nuclear power By Denver Nicks As we finalized our upcoming issue of Nuclear Power International, a major milestone for the nuclear industry passed by quietly, almost stealthilysilent and deep, you might say. Vice Admiral Eugene P. Wilkinson passed away on Thursday, July 11, at the age of 94. Decades earlier, in 1955, the vice admiral made history when, while piloting a submersible ship named the USS Nautilus out of Groton, Conn., into Long Island Sound, he uttered the now-famous words, Underway on nuclear power. The moment was not only momentous because it marked the beginning of Americas nuclear...
  • This Thorium Reactor Has the Power of a Norse God

    07/04/2013 12:17:13 PM PDT · by Innovative · 57 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | July 3, 2013 | Andrew Tarantola
    This stuff could very well revolutionize nuclear power. Thorium-MOX can be formed into rods and used in current generation (Gen II) nuclear reactor with minimal retrofitting. Thor Energy is currently testing the new technology on the small scale. A prototype reactor will power a paper mill in the town of Halden, Norway for the next five years. If the fuel proves to be commercially viable during that test, we could see a sea change in nuclear power by the end of the decade.
  • Obama to unveil climate plan in Tuesday speech (going after power plants)

    06/24/2013 2:23:15 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun. 22, 2013 6:05 PM EDT | Josh Lederman
    President Barack Obama is preparing to unveil his long-awaited national plan to combat climate change in a major speech, he announced on Saturday. Environmental groups have been pleading with Obama to take that step, but the administration has said its focused first on controls on new power plants. The Environmental Protection Agency, using its authority under the Clean Air Act, has already proposed controls on new plants, but the rules have been delayedto the chagrin of states and environmental groups threatening to sue over the delays. They shouldnt wait for Congress to act, because theyll be out of...
  • Is Nuclear Waste Really Waste? By products of fission.

    06/10/2013 5:58:40 PM PDT · by ak267 · 8 replies
    You Tube ^ | 12/15/2010 | Google Tech Talk
    An economic analysis of what is in spent nuclear fuel. As a nuclear reactor fissions heavy metal U235 and Pu239, the atoms are split into two randomly sized pieces. Many of these fission products are unstable and rapidly decay into other products. After nuclear reactor fuel has cooled in a pool of water for a few years, and then sat in dry cask storage for another 10--30 years, what is it made of? Is it dangerous waste that needs to be isolated from humanity for 100,000 years or is it precious material waiting to be partitioned and sold? The answer...
  • Two Years After Fukushima, Japan Reassesses Nuclear

    03/13/2013 5:12:15 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 22 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | March 13, 2013 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Nuclear Power: Buoyed by data showing that outside the immediate area, radiation dangers remain small, Japan's pro-nuclear prime minister seeks to restart other shut-down reactors to restart a stagnant economy. It has been two years since the March 11, 2011, Honshu quake and tsunami that killed nearly 19,000 people, smashed Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s Fukushima plant, and put the brakes on the worldwide commercial use of nuclear power. Days after the quake which registered at 9.0 on the Richter scale and was equal to about 336 million tons of TNT, a quake so powerful it shifted the position of...
  • China blazes trail for 'clean' nuclear power from thorium

    01/06/2013 6:14:36 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The London Sunday Telegraph ^ | January 6, 2013 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    The Chinese are running away with thorium energy, sharpening a global race for the prize of clean, cheap, and safe nuclear power. Good luck to them. They may do us all a favour. Princeling Jiang Mianheng, son of former leader Jiang Zemin, is spearheading a project for China's National Academy of Sciences with a start-up budget of $350m. He has already recruited 140 PhD scientists, working full-time on thorium power at the Shanghai Institute of Nuclear and Applied Physics. He will have 750 staff by 2015. The aim is to break free of the archaic pressurized-water reactors fueled by uranium...
  • Yucca Mountain: A Post-Mortem

    12/17/2012 3:16:56 PM PST · by neverdem · 19 replies
    The New Atlantis ^ | Fall 2012 | Adam J. White
    Department of Energy Imagine the following scenario: The President of the United States delivers a speech on nuclear energy. With gasoline prices high and oil being imported from unfriendly countries, the president says that “a more abundant, affordable, and secure energy future” will be a crucial part of getting the nation out of its economic slump. “One of the best potential sources of new electrical energy supplies in the coming decades,” the president notes, “is nuclear power.” But there are obstacles: Nuclear power has become entangled in a morass of regulations that do not enhance safety but that do cause...
  • New York tells Con Edison to prepare in case Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant shuts down

    11/30/2012 12:21:33 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 11/30/2012 | Scott DiSavino
    New York energy regulators told power companies in New York City to develop plans to keep the lights on in the Big Apple in case the giant Indian Point nuclear power plant, which supplies about a quarter of the city's electricity, is forced to shut down. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo wants the two reactors at Indian Point shut when their operating licenses expire in 2013 and 2015 in part because the nuclear plant is located in the New York metropolitan area, home to some 19 million people. The governor has said even the most unlikely possibility of an accident...
  • Six anti-nuclear protesters found guilty and fined (oldest is 93 y/o)

    11/28/2012 3:52:10 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 6 replies
    The Barre Montpelier Times Argus/ ^ | November 28,2012 | Susan Smallheer
    BRATTLEBORO Six anti-nuclear protesters were convicted Tuesday of unlawful trespass at the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant by a Windham County jury, after a judge rejected their attempts to turn the trial into a tribunal on nuclear power. After deliberating for more than an hour and a half, the four-man, eight-woman jury returned the unanimous guilty verdict.
  • Three Mile Island nuclear plant shuts down unexpectedly

    09/20/2012 5:36:47 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 33 replies
    US News ^ | September 20, 2012
    A reactor at Three Mile Island, the site of the nations worst nuclear accident, shut down unexpectedly on Thursday afternoon when a coolant pump tripped and steam was released, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission told NBC News. The system tripped when "the pump stopped operating and created a power/flow imbalance," said NRC spokesman Neil Sheehan. The plant responded as designed and is stable with no impact on public health or safety, added NRC spokeswoman Diane Screnci. If any radiation was in the released steam, Screnci said, it would be below detectable levels. Exelon, the plant operator, said in a statement that...
  • The Panic Over Fukushima (The long-term health effects have been exaggerated)

    08/25/2012 1:11:51 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 08/21/2012 | RICHARD MULLER
    Denver has particularly high natural radioactivity. It comes primarily from radioactive radon gas, emitted from tiny concentrations of uranium found in local granite. If you live there, you get, on average, an extra dose of .3 rem of radiation per year (on top of the .62 rem that the average American absorbs annually from various sources). A rem is the unit of measure used to gauge radiation damage to human tissue. The International Commission on Radiological Protection recommends evacuation of a locality whenever the excess radiation dose exceeds .1 rem per year. But that's one-third of what I call the...
  • No to Nukes: Nuclear power isnt cost-effective, no matter how you do the math.

    06/27/2012 9:04:38 PM PDT · by neverdem · 100 replies
    Reason ^ | July 2012 | Veronique de Rugy
    When Barack Obama was just a baby, nuclear energy was touted as the technology that would finally provide pollution-free, limitless electricity for all. In its famous 1962 Port Huron Statement, the left-wing Students for a Democratic Society gushed about how our monster citiesmight now be humanized thanks to nuclear power. Like so many predictions about the future, that one rather dramatically missed the mark. Surprising as it may seem, the United States still generates around 20 percent of its electricity from nuclear power plants. This despite the fact that no new facilities have been built since the notorious Three Mile...
  • House Slaps Obama On Yucca Mountain, Nuclear Power

    06/11/2012 2:11:15 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 9 replies
    IBD Edirorials ^ | June 11, 2012
    Energy: A green administration blocks the safe storage of nuclear waste and refuses even to acknowledge nuclear power has a future. But after the GOP House votes to open a safe site, the nuclear debate has been reopened. Actually "waste" is an inaccurate term for the spent nuclear fuel rods still accumulating at above-ground fuel storage sites around the country, many near major cities. Spent nuclear fuel is a renewable resource that, in generating energy after being reprocessed, emits no greenhouse gasses. But wait, critics shout, what about Fukushima and Chernobyl? Certainly Russian incompetence and Japanese carelessness produced tragic results....
  • Panel: Gov't Meddling Added To Japan Nuclear Crisis

    06/11/2012 8:13:01 AM PDT · by Still Thinking · 2 replies
    Manufacturing.Net ^ | June 11, 2012 | Mari Yamaguchi
    TOKYO (AP) -- A panel investigating Japan's nuclear disaster said Saturday that the ex-prime minister and his aides caused confusion at the height of last year's crisis by heavily interfering in the damaged and leaking plant's operation. Shuya Nomura, a member of the parliamentary panel, said that Naoto Kan's aides made numerous calls to the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant, often asking basic questions and distracting workers, thus causing more confusion. They did not follow the official line of communication -- through the regulator, the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency -- under the country's nuclear disaster management law, he said.
  • Tokyo soil so contaminated with radiation it would be considered nuclear waste in US

    05/24/2012 8:11:02 PM PDT · by JohnKinAK · 59 replies
    Natural News ^ | 5/24/2012 | Ethan A. Huff
    Radioactive fallout from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster continues to show up at dangerously high levels in the city of Tokyo, which is located roughly 200 miles from the actual disaster site. According to an analysis of five random soil samples recently taken by nuclear expert Arnie Gundersen, the soil around Tokyo is so contaminated with Fukushima radiation that it would be considered nuclear waste here in the U.S. During a recent trip to Tokyo, Gundersen collected soil samples from a sidewalk, a children's playground, a rooftop, a patch of moss by the side of a road, and the lawn...
  • Plan To Cut Tube Wear Falls Short At San Onofre Nuke Site

    05/13/2012 7:52:44 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 14 replies
    AP) ^ | May 13, 2012 12:13 PM
    A $670 million overhaul at Californias San Onofre nuclear plant was expressly intended to avoid the types of ailments that have sidelined its twin reactors. San Onofres twin reactors have been idle for more than three months in the midst of a federal probe into what went wrong with hundreds of tubes that snake through the generators. Some were so eroded after a brief run in operation they can no longer function safely. Less than a month before a tube break in January prompted Southern California Edison to take the plant offline, engineers writing in a trade magazine touted a...
  • Japan's Nuclear Power Hara Kari (Will Japan shut down its Nuclear Industry forever?)

    05/07/2012 7:21:18 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 05/07/2012 | Ron Lipsman
    Any discussion of Japan and nuclear power is complicated by that country's history as the only nation ever to suffer a nuclear attack. That event continues to haunt the venerable Pacific nation. This is an immutable truth that one must accept regardless of which side one is on concerning the legitimacy of the US attack 67 years ago. That said, the Japanese nation nevertheless staked much of its economic destiny on nuclear power. Beginning more than four decades ago, Japan deployed over 50 nuclear power plants to feed the energy needs of its densely packed population. Very limited in domestic...

    04/09/2012 2:31:38 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 43 replies ^ | March 12, 2012
    China will accelerate the use of new-energy sources such as nuclear energy and put an end to blind expansion in industries such as solar energy and wind power in 2012, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao says in a government report published on March 5.China will instead develop nuclear power in 2012, actively develop hydroelectric power, tackle key problems more quickly in the exploration and development of shale gas, and increase the share of new energy and renewable energy in total energy consumption.The guidance indicates a new trend for new-energy and renewable energy development in China from 2012. Analysts believe that the...
  • Feds: Calif. nuke plant to remain shut for probe

    03/27/2012 10:15:47 PM PDT · by Razzz42 · 36 replies ^ | March 27th, 2012 | Associated Press
    The troubled San Onofre nuclear plant in Southern California will remain shut down while investigators try to solve a mystery inside its massive generators _ the rapid decay of tubing that carries radioactive water, federal regulators said Tuesday. The announcement that formalized an agreement with operator Southern California Edison came on the same day that a report commissioned by an environmental group claimed the utility misled the Nuclear Regulatory Commission about design changes that are the likely culprit in excessive tube wear. A four-page letter to Edison from NRC Regional Administrator Elmo E. Collins laid out a series of steps...