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  • Who said modular construction would save money on first of a kind units?

    Sourced from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dr8R64cO1-Q with permission from Southern Company On July 27, 2015, the Wall St. Journal published an article written by Rebecca Smith titled Prefab Nuclear Plants Prove Just as Expensive . That piece has been widely shared and discussed on social media...
  • Nova’s “Uranium – Twisting the Dragon’s Tail”

    On July 29, 2015, a week before the August 6 commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, PBS (Public Broadcast System in the US) aired a documentary titled Uranium – Twisting the Dragon’s Tail . Unlike many efforts on similar topics, this one is worth watching...
  • Sierra Club member asks Executive Director Brune to support nuclear energy

    A few days ago, a friend from Californians for Green Nuclear Power shared a letter he had written to Michael Brune, the Executive Director of the Sierra Club. He gave me permission to share his letter with Atomic Insights readers. My friend is a Sierra Club member because he agrees with many of its...
  • FOE continues promoting fossil fuel by trying to force Diablo Canyon closure

    As a literature major during my undergraduate years, I was fascinated by the variety of stories that can be told about the same topic depending on the author’s selected point of view. Here is a brief example. Friends of the Earth (FOE) has a page on its web site titled Shutting down Diablo Canyon...
  • Duke TIP Nukes at GA Tech

    As mentioned a few days ago, I spent the first three weeks of July teaching Nuclear Science to a group of interested, bright, open-minded teenagers who have the inherently questioning attitude that makes working with them so rewarding. We got to know each other pretty well during the nearly 100 hours...
  • Diablo Canyon relicensing public meetings August 5, 2015

    On November 23, 2009 — close to six years ago — the Pacific Gas and Electric Company filed a license renewal application for Diablo Canyon units 1 and 2. That renewal application continues its excruciatingly slow journey through obstacles that continue to be invented by people who are opposed...
  • Why did ERCOT credit wind capacity at less than 9%?

    For a number of years, the planners on the ERCOT (Texas) grid assumed that wind projects would provide less than 9% of their nameplate capacity towards meeting peak demand. That assumed number for “Effective Load-Carrying Capability” (ELCC) was based on the fact that wind production is not...
  • Hormesis is entering the mainstream

    Even if you read nothing else today, please take the time to visit Environmental Toxicologist Hopes Hormesis Hypothesis May be Acknowledged by U.S. Regulatory Action . The story offers a renewing tale of the value of persistence in the pursuit of truth in the face of sometimes hostile opposition. It...
  • Teaching Nuclear Science to bright, open-minded, questioning teenagers

    Some of you might have been missing irregular, but frequent, updates here on Atomic Insights for the past few weeks. You may have wondered why most comment threads have been closed. You may have even noticed that the Twitter tool in the right hand column didn’t include any new tweets for days on...
  • Leukemia and lymphoma study recently published in Lancet being strong challenged by SARI

    A recent study published in Lancet Haematology claims to show that even extremely low doses of radiation increase the risk of leukemia and lymphoma. The study was conducted with funding from the following organizations: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare...
  • BWXT Begins Life as a Pure Play Nuclear Company

    The Babcock & Wilcox Company has completed its planned separation into two companies, Babcock & Wilcox Enterprises, Inc. and BWX Technologies, Inc. (BWXT). One of the neat things about this announcement is that BWXT will be headquartered in Lynchburg, VA. It might also mean that there is a...
  • Will North Anna 3 be lead ESBWR?

    North Anna – from NRC archives There is a growing perception that the Nuclear Renaissance in the U.S. is dead, killed off forever by low natural gas prices. Some members of the American Nuclear Society (ANS) are not so sure. At the June 7 President’s Reception for the 2015 ANS annual meeting...
  • Strategic Insights hosting SMR webinar for professionals

    Press release: You Are Invited to the 2015 SMR Market Outlook Web Conference Get an inside look at the Small Modular Reactor (SMR) market intelligence already being used by organizations including the International Atomic Energy Agency, Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission, U.S. Department of Commerce...
  • Atomic Show #240 – Prof Gerry Thomas radiation health effects

    Gerry Thomas , Professor of Molecular Pathology of the Imperial College of London, has a subspecialty in the study of the health effects of radiation. She strongly believes that “public involvement and information is a key part of academic research,” and she is “actively involved in...
  • Doctors petitioning NRC to revise radiation protection regulations

    The wheels are in motion for an official review of radiation protection regulations at the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Doctors who are radiation health specialists are challenging the NRC’s use of the linear, no-threshold (LNT) dose response model as the basis for those regulations and the...
  • Moving nuclear energy discussions forward

    On Wednesday, June 24 Bloomberg BNA (Bureau of National Affairs) conducted a morning meeting titled A Chain Reaction: The Role of Nuclear Energy in New England’s Energy Mix at the Westin Copley Place in Boston, MA. The timing was fortuitous for me, my wife and I were visiting family in Maine the weekend...
  • Sweet Briar has been saved

    Back in early May, I shared a story about giving a talk on nuclear energy to the engineering students at Sweet Briar College on the same day that the president of the school shocked the faculty and student body by announcing that the school was being closed. That story needs a follow-up. There is a...
  • Diablo Canyon pitching in to help alleviate drought with desalination

    Diablo Canyon nuclear power station is self sufficient for potable and pure water. It uses a modular reverse osmosis plant with pumps powered from the plant output and a number of parallel osmosis units that remove salt when supplied with pressurized water. The plant is licensed to a capacity of 1...
  • WISE and NIRS promoting twisted campaign with slogan “Don’t nuke the climate”

    It has been a long standing absurdity that the clean development mechanisms approved by the Kyoto treaty to reduce the risk of climate change exclude nuclear energy. This year there is momentum building to reevaluate and change a rule that virtually eliminates the option for nations to use the most...
  • Finding the New Energy Mix in New England

    Dan Yurman recently published a post titled Energy in New England focus of Bloomberg forum with Nuclear Matters that described an intriguing event sponsored by Bloomberg and Nuclear Matters. Here is an excerpt from his post: The proceedings will kick off with a conversation with John Kotek, Principal...
  • Helen Caldicott explains important skill she learned in school

    I came across the following quote worth sharing. Another activity I enjoyed was the debating class. We were taught how to develop a case even if it was the antithesis of our belief and how to sway others to our viewpoint. I had been given an important skill that would stand me in good stead for the...
  • Chevron’s John Watson should follow pronuclear words with nuclear energy investments

    During an OPEC meeting in Vienna held in early June 2015, John Watson, the CEO of Chevron , the second largest oil and gas company in the United States, made a comment that deserves more attention and follow up from journalists. The context of the below comment was that Watson was explaining why his...
  • ANS 2015 Plenary Talks – Part 5 Scott Tinker, Texas state geologist and star of the documentary “Switch”

    Scott Tinker, Director, Bureau of Economic Geology and creator of Switch was the final speaker during the plenary session on June 8, 2015 at the American Nuclear Society (ANS) annual meeting. As usual, his talk was face paced, well delivered and full of important information about energy. His segment...
  • ANS 2015 Plenary Talks – Part 4 David Scott, architect of UAE nuclear program

    The UAE has made amazing progress in moving from a country almost totally dependent on burning natural gas (some of which is imported) to provide domestic electricity to one where a rapidly growing portion of its electricity from 2017 onward will be produced in zero fossil fuel, no CO2 emission nuclear...
  • ANS 2015 Plenary Talks – Part 3 Tom Fanning, President, Chairman and CEO of Southern Company

    Tom Fanning is always a good choice to speak to a gathering of nuclear professionals who might need a little bit of confidence building. Here is a quote from the start of his talk during the ANS 2015 opening plenary session. I’m going to give you the punchline and that is that nuclear must be a dominant...