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On Atomic Insights Blog, Rod Adams discusses energy supplies, energy technology, and energy politics from an atomic point of view.
  • No intrigue at NRC regarding Stephen Burns

    On September 16, 2014, Stephen Burns and Jeff Baran were confirmed as Commissioners at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission by the Senate. Thirty days later, on October 14, 2014, Jeff Baran was sworn in and began serving out the remainder of the term of William Magwood, who left the commission to take over...
  • Another blogger for Nuclear Energy – Evan Twarog

    Atomic Insights is expanding. I’d like to introduce our newest writer, Evan Twarog. Some of you may recognize his name; in the friendly world of pro-nuclear bloggers, Evan has made a name for himself as a bright young man who started learning the importance of public communications about nuclear...
  • From the HPS President – Health Physics News November 2014

    This is a reprint of an article published in HP News, an official publication of the Health Physics Society ( www.hps.org ). Neither the Health Physics Society nor the author of the article have any affiliation with Atomic Insights. Barbara Hamrick, CHP, JD, HPS Fellow At 2:46 p.m. Japan Standard...
  • Lockheed’s fusion sales pitch

    Please count me as an extreme skeptic on the possibility of anything useful coming from the Lockheed Martin Skunk Works fusion project described in the below commercial. The only explanation I can think of for the recent hype and attention given to this project is that there is a competition that...
  • Arnie Gundersen tells tall tales to 1600 chiropractors

    The email introducing the below video included the following description. The attached film is so ridiculous and the author is an idiot. The second clause of that sentence is not quite true; the author is an intelligent man who has created a few tall tales for a nefarious purpose. I’d like...
  • Neural network analysis “unequivocally” reveals threshold dose response in atomic bomb victims

    Low dose radiation suppresses cancer. Note: Low dose in this case is defined as being below a threshold value of somewhere between 100 – 200 mSv depending on exposed organ. That bold, conventional wisdom-challenging statement is supported by an incredibly important paper titled Cancer risk...
  • Corvallis to Richland and back

    After an informative tour of the NuScale facilities in Corvallis, OR on October 20, I continued my quick visit to the Pacific Northwest. I had originally arranged my travel plans to fly into Portland, OR instead Richland, WA — which was my ultimate destination — for a variety of reasons...
  • Purposely imposed fear prevents properly using radiation benefits

    On October 21, 2014, I was invited to be a speaker at the Eastern Washington American Nuclear Society Meeting. That talk was recorded and produced by volunteers at the section. Perhaps as a result of jet lag or nervousness, I neglected to provide proper credit for borrowed slides. Though the words...
  • New England Clean Energy Council hopeful about nuclear – ten years from now

    An article in the Berkshire (MA) Eagle News titled New England Clean Energy Council hopes for renewable energy push from candidates appeared in my Google News Alert on “new nuclear power plants” this morning. If you follow that link and begin reading, you might wonder how Google found this...
  • Tour of NuScale control room and test facility

    Disclosure: I have a small contract to provide NuScale with advice and energy market information. That work represents less than 5% of my income for 2014. On October 20, 2014, I had the opportunity to visit NuScale’s facilities in Corvallis, OR. Though the company now has offices in three cities...
  • Big move at Vogtle – lower ring time lapse

    If you are like most people I know, you like watching impressively large objects move in a precision fashion. This video is a time lapse view of the recent lift at Vogtle unit 3 to set the lower ring. That steel object weighs 950 tons and is 51 feet tall. New skills are being developed at Vogtle...
  • Political battles hampering function of important agency

    The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is supposed to be an independent regulator with the mission of regulating the use of radioactive materials to adequately protect public safety, promote the common defense and security, and protect the environment. Unfortunately, the Commission has become a political...
  • UAMPS stepping forward to serve customers

    The established nuclear energy industry has taken a wait-and-see approach to the idea of developing and deploying smaller, simpler fission power stations that can take advantage of the economy of series production. The industry’s trade organization, the Nuclear Energy Institute, has expressed cautious...
  • Prospective customers lining up at NuScale

    UAMPS plans to own. Energy NW plans to operate A few days ago, Dan Yurman at Neutron Bytes published a blog post that is now titled Flash: NuScale executive says firm may build SMRs at Idaho lab . It was a follow-up to an earlier post in which Dan speculated about the Idaho National Lab’s potential...
  • Disneyland 3-14 – Our Friend, The Atom

    On Sunday, January 23, 1957, a large American audience gathered around their television sets to watch the weekly episode of Disneyland, a popular show created and hosted by Walt Disney in return for an investment from ABC that he used to build Disneyland. On that evening, the audience was treated to...
  • Paterson’s plan for CO2 emission reductions

    Owen Paterson, who served as the UK’s environment secretary until a cabinet realignment during the summer of 2014, is planning to begin advocating a dramatic course change for his country’s energy policy. Instead of the wind-heavy plan that was developed by the Department of Energy and Climate...
  • FOE’s manipulative legal strategy for closing nuclear reactors

    During a recent discussion on James Conca’s article titled Are California’s Carbon Goals Kaput? , Paul Gunter of Beyond Nuclear accused Conca of trying to revise history . Gunter’s comment includes a lengthy interpretation of the events surrounding the closure of San Onofre from the...
  • The Canadians are coming

    Hugh MacDiarmid, the Chairman of the Board for Terrestrial Energy, Inc. , gave a talk to the Economic Club of Canada on September 24, 2014. That talk included a brief description of TEI’s integral molten salt reactor technology, but most of the talk was visionary in nature and aimed at exciting...
  • Reusable nuclear fuel is an asset for future generations

    It’s time to stop talking about the material removed from commercial reactors as “nuclear waste” and to stop looking at the inventory as a burden on future generations. That labeling and that characterization of the material is a costly legacy imposed on us by people who do not like...
  • Inside a German Lignite Mine

    The BBC made a visit to a German lignite (brown coal) mine. I’d like the people who favor the EnergieWende to explain how they can like this energy source better than nuclear power. The post Inside a German Lignite Mine appeared first on Atomic Insights . ...read more
  • Antinuclear activists are too modest

    Jim Conca has published a couple of recent posts on Forbes.com about the premature closure of nuclear power plants in the United States. One titled Are California’s Carbon Goals Kaput? focuses on some of the environmental aspects of the San Onofre debacle; the other, titled Closing Vermont Nuclear...
  • Nuclear energy getting attention on No Agenda podcast

    No Agenda , staring Adam Curry and John C. Dvorak bills itself as “The Best Podcast in the Universe.” It is the best, most entertaining, most thought-provoking, and most professionally-produced podcast I listen to, so I cannot argue with the frequently repeated claim. On Episode 656 , recorded...
  • Purposeful price pumping by constraining supply

    James Conca recently published a commentary on Forbes titled Closing Vermont Nuclear Bad Business For Everyone . A major thrust of Conca’s initial post was highlighting the rapidly rising prices of electricity in New England that are being driven by an increasing reliance on natural gas as reliable...
  • Antinuclear activists don’t like continued storage rule

    Several of the usual suspects — including Dr. Mark Cooper , Dr. Arjun Makhijani , and Diane Curran — have banded together to assert their opinion that the NRC’s recently issued NUREG-2157 , Generic Environmental Impact Statement for Continued Storage of Spent Nuclear Fuel , violates...
  • Robert F. Kennedy Jr. disavows need for individuals to change behavior

    During the march held in New York City on September 21, PJTV reporter Michelle Fields spoke with Robert F. Kennedy about his plans to change his personal consumption habits. The good news is that RFK Jr. has absolved all of us of having to make any changes in our personal choices; the bad news is that...