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On Atomic Insights Blog, Rod Adams discusses energy supplies, energy technology, and energy politics from an atomic point of view.
  • Stanford’s University’s New Natural Gas Initiative

    It is virtually impossible to get an educational institution to understand something when its revenue depends on its audience not understanding it. – Rod Adams, Stanford’s New Natural Gas Initiative , Atomic Insights, May 30, 2015 Aside: In case the allusion doesn’t work for you...
  • Integrating six decades of learning about fast reactors

    John Sackett and Yoon Chang (seated at left) and Jack Spencer (standing). Florence Lee-Lowe seated at right. I learned some important new concepts yesterday from two of the leaders of the Integral Fast Reactor (IFR) project – John Sackett and Yoon Chang. Among other things, they informed me...
  • Tale of two Chinas – One surging forward, one retreating

    Two stories caught my attention this morning. One came from the Taipei Times, one from the Beijing Review. The first one focused on a future energy supply prognostication from an American “expert” who has a light educational and professional background in energy technology, manufacturing...
  • Motivating natural gas pipeline construction into New England

    RBN Energy is one of my favorite sources of education about US energy markets. They publish a daily, song title-themed blog that focuses on a particular energy-related topic and provides useful analysis with a light, often humorous touch. That’s not easy to do when writing about a topic that is...
  • “Greens” fighting Pebble mine are helping Rio Tinto, Anglo-American and BHP Billiton

    I came across an interesting saga yesterday. My introduction came from a May 14, 2015 opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal titled The Greens’ Back Door at the EPA . (Hint: If you don’t have a WSJ subscription, copy and paste the article title into the Google search engine. That should provide...
  • Atomic Show #239 – Sarah Laskow and the LNT model

    In March 2015, Foreign Policy magazine published an article by Sarah Laskow titled The Mushroom Cloud and The X-Ray Machine . The article described the controversy over the radiation protection model known as the linear, no-threshold dose response. Ms. Laskow conducted some admirable literature research...
  • Go Nuclear site is now live

    Go Nuclear, Inc. has released a massively enhanced version of its website that is filled with informative videos, presentations, and articles about nuclear energy and radiation science. It is a place where one can easily lose track of time while exploring. Here is just one sample to whet your appetite...
  • Participation opportunity – Turkey Point EIS public meeting

    One of the most prolific anti-nuclear activist groups, Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE), is distributing posts encouraging their followers to oppose FP&L’s plan to build two new reactors at the Turkey Point Power station. SACE is encouraging people to submit negative comments via...
  • The Three Gorges Dam, Why China is Run by Engineers

    Perhaps the largest single engineering project of the 20th century was the Three Gorges Dam in China. Standing nearly 600 feet tall, and 2.3 kilometers in length, the Three Gorges Dam is the single largest dam ever constructed, holding a reservoir that stretches for 660 kilometers. Standing at the base...
  • Atom and the Fault

    I came across a fascinating little book by Richard Meehan titled The Atom and the Fault: Experts, Earthquakes and Nuclear Power . It was published in 1984 by MIT University Press. Meehan is a geotechnical engineer who participated in several controversial nuclear plant projects in California, including...
  • Consumer Reports Editor Clings to LNT to Spread Uncertainty About Radiology

    Consumer Reports, a widely read magazine in the U. S., has published more than half a dozen articles in the past couple of years warning people that every CT scan carries with it the risk of causing cancer. Here are the headlines of those articles. Consumer Reports: January 03, 2013. Many patients...
  • Atomic Show #238 – StarCore Nuclear co-founders

    StarCore Nuclear is a Canadian company whose co-founders, David Dabney and David Poole , are experienced engineers and businessmen. They have spent most of the past six years developing a technology and a business model aimed at providing reliable, emission-free electrical power and heat to remote locations...
  • Professor Gerry Thomas explains radiation health risks

    A friend whose Twitter handle is @ActinideAge just posted a link to Gerry Thomas Highlights Misconceptions over Health Impacts of Nuclear Accidents . (Embedded below.) Even though it was published in November 2014 on the UN University YouTube channel , it had received a grand total of 189 views at...
  • EPA’s Proposed ISR Rule

    By Andrea Jennetta During a March 16, 2015, meeting of the National Council on Radiation Protection (NCRP), FCW columnist (and Atomic Insights owner/blogger) Rod Adams listened to, challenged and followed up with Jonathan Edwards, Director of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Radiation...
  • Atomic Show #237 – Dave Lochbaum, UCS

    On March 26, 2015, Cleveland.com published a story titled Perry refuels its nuclear reactor, critics concerned about storage (photos) . The story described how a group of activists had tried to generate concerns and actions in response to First Energy’s decision to improve the Perry plant by...
  • SMR advocates and interested parties gathering in Charlotte – April 14-15

    In about 10 days, I’ll be arriving in Charlotte, NC for the 5th Annual Nuclear Energy Insider SMR Summit . the planned agenda indicates that there are people who are moving beyond talk and presentations. Participants are clearly preparing to discuss and create initial action plans addressing...
  • Atomic Insights is 20 years old today

    On April 1, 1995, I published the fist issue of a paper newsletter initially titled Atomic Energy Insights . For old times sake, here is a reprint of the introduction to the newsletter that was included in that issue. Please join me in a quiet celebration and raise a cup of coffee as a toast. Here’s...
  • Atomic Show #236 – Local Nuclear NW, NE, Canada

    On March 30, 2015, I gathered a few of my pro-nuclear blogging friends together for a chat about recent events and activity in three separate areas, the Pacific Northwest, the US Northeast, and the eastern provinces of Canada. We also chatted about recent budget hearings for the DOE and the NRC and...
  • Time to stop consuming precious resources to harmonize occupational dose limits

    Pressure groups and interested individuals have been striving for more than two decades to force the U. S. to reduce its occupational worker radiation protection limit from 50 mSv/year to 20 mSv/year. The primary justification for this effort is that in 1991 the International Commission on Radiation...
  • Nuclear Spent Fuel Expert Describes Vermont Yankee Dry Cask Safety

    By Guy Page By 2020, the spent fuel left over from all 42 years of Vermont Yankee’s operation is scheduled to be stored in huge steel “dry casks” on pads at the plant site in Vernon. Just how strong and reliable are Vermont Yankee’s “dry cask” spent nuclear fuel containers? Consider the following...
  • SMRs – lots of noise but DOE budget that’s 1% of annual wind tax credit

    I’ve been spending some time watching, rewatching and clipping interesting excerpts from the Senate Appropriations Energy and Water subcommittee hearings on the FY2016 Department of Energy budget. It’s not everyone’s idea of entertainment, but it’s fascinating to me to watch...
  • Nuclear reactor near Harrisburg, PA experienced mysterious loss of feedwater – 36 years ago

    It might be fun for the knowledgable people who participate on Atomic Insights to use hindsight to evaluate the expertise of the featured experts in this historic CBS News segment from March 30, 1979. The post Nuclear reactor near Harrisburg, PA experienced mysterious loss of feedwater – 36 years...
  • Look out for “market ingenuity” from stressed LNG project developers

    On Wednesday, March 18, 2015, a sobering LNG market analysis article from RBN Energy, LLC titled A Whole New World-Big Changes Coming to LNG Market concluded with the following prediction. Several industry forecasts suggest that, despite 2014’s pause in demand growth, LNG demand will rise at a healthy...
  • NRC issues SER for Westinghouse Small Break LOCA PIRT

    I apologize for the acronym soup in the title. Here is what I really wanted to say, but couldn’t fit into the title field. On February 27, 2015, nearly three years after it was submitted, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) issued a letter reporting that the NRC staff had prepared a final...
  • Contradicting Arjun Makhijani’s claim about bombs from power reactors

    On March 3, 2015, Arjun Makhijani testified in front of a committee of the Minnesota Senate . The committee was conducting an investigation on whether or not it should recommend lifting the state’s current moratorium on building new nuclear reactors. Here is the presentation that he prepared and...