• Fri, May 17 2013

    Atomic Show #204 – Nuclear vendor CEOs discuss global market outlook

    On May 15, 2013, I had the opportunity to attend a session at the Nuclear Energy Assembly titled Thinking Globally, Acting Locally: Supplying the Nuclear Energy Industry in the 21st Century. The panel discussion was moderated by John Hamre, President and CEO of Center for Strategic and International Studies. Participants included E. James Ferland, President [...] The post Atomic Show #204 – Nuclear ...read more
    • Thu, May 9 2013

    Atomic Show #203 – Globally distributed atomic conversation

    Attempting to transition away from fossil fuels to an “all renewable” energy system is fraught with cost and reliability challenges. Germany is running into substantial challenges and is burned 5% more lignite – brown coal – in 2012 than it did in 2011. Recently completed studies that including a range of scenarios in Australia and [...] The post Atomic Show #203 – Globally ...read more
    • Mon, Apr 22 2013

    Atomic Show #202 – Atomic Earth Day 2013

    Many nuclear professionals have been attracted to the technology because of its inherently light footprint when compared to all other alternative power sources. It uses less land, less metal, less concrete, and a tiny volume of fuel when compared to producing a similar quantity of energy from other sources of reliable power, especially when the [...] The post Atomic Show #202 – Atomic Earth Day ...read more
    • Fri, Apr 12 2013

    Atomic Show #201 – Better Way to Clean Up Hanford Tanks

    Darryl Siemer is a professional chemist who spent his career in nuclear waste remediation at the Idaho National Laboratory. While there, he developed a reputation as someone who will not go along to get along and apparently made quite a few waves by suggesting improvements in processes or technical decisions that might have resulted in [...] The post Atomic Show #201 – Better Way to Clean Up ...read more
    • Mon, Mar 18 2013

    Atomic Show #200 – Celebrating atomic communicators

    On March 9, 2006, Shane Brown and I recorded the first episode of The Atomic Show. We formatted the show as a couple of geeks chatting about atomic energy and published it on Cameron Reilly’s The Podcast Network. On March 17, 2013, I hosted and recorded Atomic Show #200 as a roundtable discussion that included [...] The post Atomic Show #200 – Celebrating atomic communicators appeared first ...read more
    • Mon, Mar 11 2013

    Atomic Show #199 – Fukushima happened 2 years ago

    Before March 11, 2011, “Fukushima” was the name of a relatively unknown prefecture in Japan. Now it is a shorthand reference to an event in which three large nuclear power plants melted and released a small quantity of long lived radioactive material that has not harmed any human being. Here is a brief synopsis of [...] The post Atomic Show #199 – Fukushima happened 2 years ago appeared ...read more
    • Mon, Mar 4 2013

    Atomic Show #198 – Women are empowered by reliable energy

    A few days ago, Steve Aplin wrote an inspiring post on Canadian Energy Issues titled The electric grid: the greatest invention of all time expanded after women won the vote. That post described how important electricity was to the effort to free women from household chores so that they could choose to pursue more interesting [...] The post Atomic Show #198 – Women are empowered by reliable energy ...read more
    • Tue, Feb 26 2013

    Atomic Show #197 – Radium, educational museums and Voices for Vermont Yankee

    On Sunday, February 24, I gathered a group of fission fans to talk about a number of nuclear energy related topics. We discussed Romance of Radium and how perceptions about radiation have been molded over the 76 years since it was produced. Then, people had learned enough about the benefits of using power emitted from [...] The post Atomic Show #197 – Radium, educational museums and Voices for ...read more
    • Mon, Feb 18 2013

    Atomic Show #196 – Atomic Optimists

    On Sunday, February 17, 2013, a group of five nuclear energy professionals gathered to share their thoughts about the current state of the atomic energy business. Participants included: Margaret Harding (@M2harding), 4 Factor Consulting Meredith Angwin (@yes_VY), Yes Vermont Yankee Andrea Jennetta (@NuclearBuzz), Fuel Cycle Week and I Dig Uranium Cal Abel (@cal_abel), PhD candidate [...] The post Atomic ...read more
    • Mon, Jan 14 2013

    Atomic Show #195 – Health effects of low level radiation

    On Sunday, January 13, 2013, I had a conversation with Dr. Jerry Cuttler and Dr. A. David Rossin. Each of these distinguished gentlemen has a long history of working with ionizing radiation and studying its biological effects on human beings. Dr. Jerry Cuttler earned his PhD in 1964. He has performed radiation research, designed radiation [...] The post Atomic Show #195 – Health effects of low ...read more
    • Mon, Jan 7 2013

    Atomic Show #194 – What do you do with the waste?

    The first Atomic Show of 2013 is a geeky, chemistry laden discussion aimed at helping to answer the question that many people who fight nuclear energy try to use as their trump card “What do you do with the waste.” It often makes their head spin or makes them put their fingers into their ears [...] The post Atomic Show #194 – What do you do with the waste? appeared first on Atomic ...read more
    • Mon, Dec 31 2012

    Atomic Show #193 – Nuclear Wrap Up 2012

    On Sunday, December 30, 2012, I gathered a group of atomic advocates to talk about their favorite nuclear energy stories from 2012. Participants in the discussion included: Gwyneth Cravens, author of Power to Save the World: The Truth About Nuclear Energy Will Davis from Atomic Power Review, ANS Nuclear Cafe and Fuel Cycle Week Meredith [...] The post Atomic Show #193 – Nuclear Wrap Up 2012 appeared ...read mor...
    • Mon, Dec 17 2012

    Atomic Show #192 – Zero Carbon Options for South Australia

    Ben Heard is one of the growing number of environmental professionals who have seriously evaluated all options for reducing mankind’s annual production rate of carbon dioxide and discovered that the best tool available is nuclear fission energy. As a part of his continuing journey of discovery, he worked with Brown and Pang to produce a [...] The post Atomic Show #192 – Zero Carbon Options ...read more
    • Mon, Dec 3 2012

    Atomic Show #191 – 70th Anniversary of CP-1, the First Controlled Fission Chain Reaction

    On Sunday, December 2, 2012, I gathered together a group of nuclear professionals to talk about the impact to human history of the construction and operation of Critical Pile 1 (CP-1). That simple assembly of graphite, uranium, and uranium dioxide was built in about 6 weeks. When measurements taken during construction indicated that the system [...] The post Atomic Show #191 – 70th Anniversary ...read more
    • Wed, Nov 7 2012

    Atomic Show #190 – Nuclear plant performance during Hurricane Sandy

    There are 34 nuclear reactors located in areas affected by Hurricane Sandy. Of those, 7 were shutdown for planned maintenance. Three units tripped due to disturbances on the grid or issues with one of their redundant cooling systems. The other 24 remained operational and supplied as much power as the grid could accept. On Sunday, [...] The post Atomic Show #190 – Nuclear plant performance during ...read more
    • Mon, Aug 27 2012

    Atomic Show #189 – Energy Subsidies

    Dr. Jim Conca recently published an article titled What’s Better? A Carbon Tax or Energy Subsidies? for his column on Forbes.com. I invited him, along with Cal Abel, a nuclear engineering PhD candidate at Georgia Tech with a strong interest in energy economics, for a chat on the Atomic Show. We got a little off [...] The post Atomic Show #189 – Energy Subsidies appeared first on Atomic ...read more
    • Wed, Aug 15 2012

    Atomic Show #188 – Wheeler and Harding discuss ANS Utility Working Conference

    During the first week of August each year, the American Nuclear Society hosts a conference called the Utility Working Conference (ANS-UWC). It is one of my favorite ANS meetings because it draws a crowd of professionals whose daily employment is focused on safely operating electricity production facilities powered by atomic fission. Those facilities produce 20% [...] The post Atomic Show #188 – ...read more
    • Fri, Aug 3 2012

    Atomic Show #187 – Women In Nuclear (US WIN) 2012

    During the period from July 15-18 2012, more than 440 nuclear professionals attended the annual U. S. Women In Nuclear (US WIN) conference held in Orlando, FL. I spoke to three of the attendees – Julie Ezold, Sandy DePirro, and Savannah Fitzwater – about the conference and about the organization. The women work in three [...] ...read more
    • Mon, Jul 30 2012

    Atomic Show #186 – SMRs, Climate Change, and Natural Gas Competition

    On the evening of July 29, 2012, Suzy Hobbs-Baker, Director of the Nuclear Literacy Project and founder of PopAtomic Studios, Dan Yurman, who blogs at Idaho Samizdat and writes for Fuel Cycle Week and the ANS Nuclear Cafe, Margaret Harding, an independent nuclear energy consultant who blogs at 4 Factor Consulting, and Cal Abel, a [...] ...read more
    • Tue, Jul 24 2012

    The Atomic Show #185 – Is Thorium Superior to Uranium?

    On July 23, 2012, busy schedules aligned and I had the chance to talk with Richard Martin, the author of SuperFuel: Thorium, the Green Energy Source for the Future and Kirk Sorensen, the co-founder and chief technology officer of Flibe Energy, a start-up company formed to “develop small modular reactors based on liquid-fluoride thorium reactor [...] ...read more
    • Fri, Jul 20 2012

    The Atomic Show #184 – Kirk Sorensen, Co-Founder Flibe Energy

    Kirk Sorensen is the co-founder and chief technologist of Flibe Energy. He is a member of a tiny club of people who can honestly claim to be atomic entrepreneurs. He is a brilliant man – one of the few people who has been both a rocket scientist and a nuclear engineer. Kirk is best known [...] ...read more
    • Thu, May 17 2012

    Atomic Show #183 – Arjun Makhijani Explains Carbon Free, Nuclear Free Strategy

    Dr. Arjun Makhijani has been fighting against the use of nuclear fission energy since his college days in the late 1960s. He was influenced by Professor Thomas Pigford at the University of California, Berkeley who lectured on the need to build 1000 nuclear reactors because using fission was better than depending on coal. After hearing [...] ...read more
    • Mon, Mar 19 2012

    Atomic Show #182 – 53 Weeks after Fukushima

    The last two episodes of the Atomic Show have been conversations with people who responded to the events of Fukushima by sharing accurate information in as many venues as they could reach. Three people who I really wanted to include in those conversations were unable to participate, so I asked them to gather on March [...] ...read more
    • Tue, Mar 13 2012

    Atomic Show #181 – The Year After Fukushima (Part 2)

    There was so much to talk about regarding the way that the world responded to the great north east Japan earthquake and tsunami – and the subsequent damage to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station that I gathered a second group of people in the evening of Sunday March 11, 2012. This group included Will [...] ...read more
    • Sun, Mar 11 2012

    Atomic Show #180 – The Year After Fukushima (Part 1)

    One year ago today, one of the largest earthquakes in recorded history occurred less than 100 miles off of the north east coast of Japan. About 30-40 minutes later, a series of 7 tsunamis (tidal waves) decimated a large section of the coast, washing over numerous engineered barriers. The waves destroyed homes, factories, bridges, roads, [...] ...read more