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Nuclear Power or Nuclear Danger News - In the Past Year
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  • • Four U.S. Nuclear Plants Will
    Start Producing Clean Hydrogen
    Putting Nuclear to Good Use

    REW

    Nov. 14, 2022 -The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is partnering with utilities on four hydrogen demonstration projects at U.S. nuclear power plants.

    Hydrogen would be produced at the nuclear plants through high- or low-temperature electrolysis, a process of splitting water into pure hydrogen and oxygen. High-temperature electrolyzers use both heat and electricity to split water and are more efficient.

  • • 70-Foot Nuclear Fusion Gun Could Change the World
    First Light Fusion Hopes it Will Be the Future of Energy Production

    NW

    Oct 28, 2022 -On a quiet industrial estate in England, the silence is occasionally broken by the thump of a 72-foot-long gun. At the end of the barrel, a star is born.

    The Big Friendly Gun (BFG) is a prototype for what U.K.-based nuclear fusion company First Light Fusion hopes will be the future of energy production.

  • • Germany Extends Life of 2 Nuclear Reactors
    It Could Upend the Country’s Plans to Become the First Industrial Power to Shutter Its Program

    NYT

    Sep. 5, 2022 - Germany will keep two of its three remaining nuclear power plants operational as an emergency reserve for its electricity supply, its energy minister announced on Monday, delaying the country’s plans to become the first industrial power to go nuclear-free for its energy.

    The latest decision is aimed at giving the government more room to cushion the blow of a deepening energy crisis spurred by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, to which the European Union has responded with a string of sanctions against Moscow.

  • • The Future of California’s Last Nuclear Power Plant
    Advocates Push to Extend the Life of the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Reactor

    NYT

    Aug. 23, 2022 -At a gathering of nuclear professionals and enthusiasts in Anaheim a couple of months ago, the tenor of the conversations about the Diablo Canyon Power Plant — California’s last operating nuclear reactor — turned inconceivably hopeful.

    The American Nuclear Society’s convention, held for four days in the shadow of Mickey Mouse, couldn’t have picked a better venue to uplift spirits.

  • • UN Head Calls Shelling at Europe's
    Largest Nuclear Plant 'Suicidal'
    Since Russian Forces Occupied Ukraine Nuclear Power Plant Zaporizhzhia in March, the Situation has Deteriorated

    DW Logo

    Aug. 9, 2022, -Experts say that Ukraine's Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant — Europe's biggest — is "extremely vulnerable" to meltdown after the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said all safety measures had been "violated" by occupying Russian forces.

    If the plant loses grid power due to a potential uptick of fighting in the area, backup generators and batteries are still insufficient to cool, not only the six reactors, but large pools of highly radioactive spent fuel, said Shaun Burnie, nuclear specialist with Greenpeace East Asia.

  • • France Tweaks Rules to Keep
    Nuclear Plants Running During Heatwave
    Is It Worth the Risk?

    REUTERS

    Aug. 8, 2022 -France's nuclear power regulator has extended temporary waivers allowing five power stations to continue discharging hot water into rivers as the country contends with a fourth heatwave of the summer and an energy crisis.

    High river temperatures have in recent weeks threatened to reduce France's already low nuclear output at a time when nearly half its reactors are offline because of corrosion problems and maintenance.

  • • Could Nuclear Fusion One Day Electrify Earth?
    ITER: A $20-Billion Reactor Approaching Completion in Southern France Could Pave the Way for the Future

    NatGeo

    Aug. 5, 2022, -Some of ITER’s incoming components are so massive, France has had to widen or reinforce 64 miles’ worth of roads and bridges to get them to the construction site in Saint-Paul-lez-Durance. When the reactor is completed, no sooner than 2025—it’s about three quarters of the way there now—it will have taken 40 years of negotiations, design work, and construction to get there.

    All of this in service of an audacious goal and a half-century old dream: To generate energy by harnessing nuclear fusion, the power source of the stars. Fusion, if it can ever be tamed, promises abundant power without smokestack fumes or planet-baking carbon emissions, without reactor meltdowns or long-lived radioactive waste—power on demand 24/7, with seawater as the ultimate source of fuel.

  • • Ukraine: Situation at Europe's
    Largest Nuclear Plant 'Out of Control'
    After Russian Forces Occupied
    a Ukraine Nuclear Power Plant,
    the Situation has Deteriorated

    DW Logo

    Aug. 3, 2022 -Experts say that Ukraine's occupied Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant — Europe's biggest — is "extremely vulnerable" to meltdown after the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said all safety measures had been "violated" by Russian forces.

    If the plant loses grid power due to a potential uptick of fighting in the area, backup generators and batteries are still insufficient to cool, not only the six reactors, but large pools of highly radioactive spent fuel, said Shaun Burnie, nuclear specialist with Greenpeace East Asia.

  • • Japan OKs Fukushima Plant Water Release
    Oh, What's a Little Radio Activity
    in Your Water Supply, Anyway?

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    July 22, 2022 -Japan’s nuclear regulator on Friday approved details of a planned release of treated radioactive wastewater from the wrecked Fukushima nuclear power plant into the sea next year.

    The approval by the Nuclear Regulation Authority will enable Tokyo Electric Power to start building necessary facilities ahead of the discharge. It came two months after a preliminary greenlight and a subsequent public review process.

  • • Europe Calls Gas and Nuclear Energy ‘Green’
    The Decision Could Reverberate Beyond Europe’s Borders and Hamper Its Efforts to Lead The Global Climate Negotiations

    NYT

    July 6, 2022 -In a landmark vote for Europe’s climate and energy policies, the European Parliament on Wednesday endorsed labeling some gas and nuclear energy projects as “green,” allowing them access to hundreds of billions of euros in cheap loans and even state subsidies.

  • • A Big Step Toward Fusion Energy
    Is Hailed by a Seattle Start-Up
    Skeptics Are Skeptical

    NYT

    June 23, 2022 -Zap Energy, a fusion energy start-up working on a low-cost path to producing electricity commercially, said last week that it had taken an important step toward testing a system its researchers believe will eventually produce more electricity than it consumes.

    That point is seen as a milestone in solving the world’s energy challenge while it moves away from fossil fuels.

  • • Could Nuclear Desalination
    Plants Tackle Water Scarcity?
    There are Communities on Every Continent Running Short of Water, States the U.N.

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    June 20, 2022 -Unfortunately, although our planet is swathed by oceans and seas, only a tiny fraction of Earth's water - about 2.5% - is fresh, and demand for drinking water is projected to exceed supply by trillions of cubic metres by 2030.

    Desalination plants, which remove the salt from seawater, could help supply the fresh water needed.

  • • Agencies Warned for Ignoring Florida
    Nuclear Plant’s Harm to American Crocodiles
    Turkey Point Extension Came Despite Role in Reptile’s Plummeting Population

    CBD

    June 16, 2022 -The Center for Biological Diversity warned the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that they’re violating the Endangered Species Act by failing to lawfully consult over the Turkey Point Nuclear Plant’s current harm to imperiled American crocodiles and their habitat. The violations relate to the federal approval of a 20-year operational extension for nuclear units 3 and 4 at Turkey Point.

    Today’s letter also says that the nuclear commission and Florida Power & Light Company — the utility that owns Turkey Point — are violating the Act’s prohibition on the unauthorized killing, harming or harassing of the crocodiles because there has been no proper analysis and authorization of the plant’s current harm to the threatened species.

  • • Feds Need to Increase Nuclear Waste Cleanup Funds
    This, According to Washington Governor Jay Inslee

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    June 2, 2022 -Jay Inslee, who has recently criticized the slow pace of cleaning up the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, toured the former nuclear weapons production site on Thursday and said more federal money is needed to finish the job.

    Hanford created more than two-thirds of the nation’s plutonium for nuclear weapons, including the atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki, Japan, at the end of World War II. Left behind was the most contaminated nuclear site in the nation.

  • • Hinkley Point B Will Not Extend Life of Nuclear Plant
    EDF Energy Tells Staff Reactors
    Will Be Shut Down In Summer
    Despite Concerns of Predicted Blackouts

    The Guardian

    May 30, 2022 -The owner of one of the UK’s six nuclear power plants has said it will not extend its life beyond a planned shutdown in summer, despite officials raising concerns over the danger of blackouts in the months that follow.

    The French-owned EDF Energy sent a memo to staff on Monday in which it said it would not postpone the closure of the two reactors at Hinkley Point B in Somerset, which are scheduled to be shut down on 8 July and 1 August.

  • • Closed Nuclear Plants Force Sweden
    to Turn to Solar to Fill Power Void
    Sweden, Known for Long
    Dark Winters With Little Daylight,
    Sees a Solar Power Boom

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    May 28, 2022 -Sweden, known for its long dark winters with barely any daylight, is seeing a solar power boom.

    Harnessing whatever sunshine the country gets is emerging as the quickest solution to fill part of the void left by two closed nuclear reactors in southern Sweden, where the biggest cities and industries are located. With shortages piling up in the region and consumers keen to secure green energy at stable prices, solar is quickly catching up with wind as developers put panels on rooftops and underutilized land in populated areas.

  • • What the World’s First Nuclear Waste
    ‘Tomb’ in Finland Could Mean for Nuclear Energy
    Finland Will Bury Nuclear
    Waste Safely in Copper Sarcophagi
    for At Least 100,000 Years

    ZME Science

    May, 24, 2022 -The imminent catastrophic threats of climate change, as well as the most recent energy shortages and price hikes due to war and cartels, highlight the need for urgent action toward transitioning away from fossil fuels. But this transition to renewable energy sources could take decades, depending on where you live, and should ideally involve nuclear energy as an intermediate step or even as a permanent hedge in case something goes wrong — for instance, if we get bogged down by intractable battery shortages.

  • • The Coastal Areas that Could
    Become the UK’s Nuclear Dump
    Lincolnshire Community Residents
    are Just Not Buying It

    The Guardian

    May 17, 2022-On the unspoiled Lincolnshire coast, where dog walkers enjoy the five miles of golden sandy beach and families take holidays in the caravan parks beyond the dunes, the efforts of British politicians to persuade the public nuclear energy is green, safe and clean do not seem to be gaining traction.

  • • The Future of Power Can't Be Nuclear
    Here Are the Reasons Why

    The Guardian

    May 14, 2022-Mounting tensions with Russia, a global pandemic and a reckless scramble for nuclear energy: the echoes of 1957 are alarming – we would do well to heed them.

  • • Size Matters For Speeding Up Nuclear Waste Cleanup
    Innovative Separation Technology May Have Broad Industrial Uses

    CleanTechnica

    May 14, 2022 -Cleaning up legacy radioactive waste from nuclear weapons production has been a daunting, lengthy, and expensive process.

    Now, researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) have designed and demonstrated a simple particle separation technology that may decrease the time and money needed for cleanup.

  • • Ukraine’s Nuclear Power Plants Caught
    in the Crossfire of War With Russia
    Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine has Triggered Fears of Another Nuclear Power Disaster in the Region, 36 Years After The World’s Largest Nuclear Accident

    Revelator

    May 2, 2022 -It took less than a minute after an unexpected power surge for one of the nuclear reactors at Chornobyl (Chernobyl in the Russian spelling) to explode on April 26, 1986, ripping the roof off and spewing dangerous chemicals into the air.

    The event, and emergency cleanup that followed, left 30 workers dead, thousands exposed to cancer-causing nuclear material, and a legacy of radiation. Now, 36 years later and with war raging, Ukraine is desperate to prevent another nuclear disaster.

  • • War Danger for Ukraine's Nuclear Power Plants
    Fears Triggered of Another Nuclear Power Disaster in the Region

    Revelator

    May 2, -It took less than a minute after an unexpected power surge for one of the nuclear reactors at Chornobyl to explode on April 26, 1986, ripping the roof off and spewing dangerous chemicals into the air.

    The event, and emergency cleanup that followed, left 30 workers dead, thousands exposed to cancer-causing nuclear material, and a legacy of radiation. Now, 36 years later and with war raging, Ukraine is desperate to prevent another nuclear disaster.

  • • Russian military seizes control of Chernobyl,
    Where Radiation levels are Higher than Normal
    Should We Be Worried?

    ZME Science

    Feb. 25, 2022 -As the news of Ukraine facing a large-scale Russian attack erupted, it sent a shockwave across the entire world. These are frightening times for everyone, and the invasion is scary on many different levels.

    Among the many events that shocked the world about this conflict was the report that following some armed fights around Chernobyl, the radiation levels around the sealed nuclear plant have started to rise.

  • • Water to be Released from Fukushima Nuclear Plant
    The IAEA Will Review This Idea

    HT

    Feb. 19, 2022-A team of experts from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) visited the site at Japan’s wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant where more than a million tons of treated radioactive wastewater are to be released into the ocean, as they seek to determine how to make the project safe.

    Japan has sought the IAEA’s assistance to ensure the release meets international safety standards and to gain the understanding of neighboring countries that have sharply criticized the plan.

  • • The Safest and Most Deadly Types of Energy
    How Renewables Compare to Fossil Fuels

    ZME Science

    Feb. 14, 2022 -Energy is the cornerstone of our modern society. For most of human civilization, the energy we used was biological: from our bodies and the animals we used (for instance, for plowing in agriculture). We also burned a lot of wood for heating.

    Then, some 250 years ago, people started realizing that they can burn something else: fossil fuels; specifically, coal. Coal offers a lot more energy we can use than wood. Fast forward to about 1880, and people also started burning coal for electricity. This usage of fossil fuels, both directly and to produce energy, has been instrumental to our recent evolution as a society.

    But this has come at a cost.

  • • France Calls For Nuclear 'Renaissance'
    to End Reliance on Fossil Fuels
    France is Unique in This Approach

    EC

    Feb. 14, 2022 -French President Macron announced plans to build six more nuclear reactors, and also put funds into fossil fuel. He also said that €1 billion in financing will be open to developers of so-called small modular reactors, or SMRs. The President also wanted more renewables to be on the French grid.

  • • Scientists Achieve Milestone on
    Path Towards Nuclear Fusion Energy
    It’s a Near-Limitless Source of
    Clean Energy We Could One Day Be Using

    ZME Science

    Feb. 11, 2022 -The possibility of developing practical nuclear fusion, the energy process that powers the stars, is now a step closer to reality. UK scientists at the Joint European Torus (JET) have reached a new record on the amount of energy released in a sustained fusion reaction, generating 59 megajoules of heat – equivalent to about 14 kilograms of TNT.

    This more than doubles the previous record of 21.7 megajoules achieved in 1997 at the same research facility.

  • • Hanford Begins 1st Large-Scale
    Treatment of Nuke Tank Wastes
    U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell,
    D-Wash., Called the News “a Monumental
    Step" in the Cleanup of Hanford

    SEJ

    Feb. 3, 2022 - Workers on a former nuclear weapons production site have started the first large-scale treatment of radioactive and chemical wastes from large underground storage tanks, a key milestone in cleaning up the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, the U.S. Department of Energy said Wednesday.

    Hanford for decades made plutonium for the nation’s nuclear arsenal and is the most radioactively contaminated site in the nation’s nuclear weapons complex. It was created by the Manhattan Project and made the plutonium for the atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki, Japan, at the end of the World War II.

  • • EU Nations Need EUR500
    Billion for New Nuclear Reactors
    Enabling the EU to
    Meet Climate Goals by 2050

    EC

    Jan. 11, 2022-(WNN) Investment in nuclear power totaling around EUR500 billion (USD565 billion) by 2050 will be needed if the European Union’s goal of carbon neutrality is to be hit, the European Commissioner for the Internal Market Thierry Breton has said in an interview with France’s Le Journal du Dimanche.

  • • Germany Waves Bye Bye to Three More Nuclear Plants
    Now, Only Three Will Remain

    REUTERS

    Dec. 30, 2021 -Germany will pull the plug on three of its last six nuclear power stations on Friday, another step towards completing its withdrawal from nuclear power as it turns its focus to renewables.

    The government decided to speed up its phasing out of nuclear power following Japan's Fukushima reactor meltdown in 2011 when an earthquake and tsunami destroyed the coastal plant in the world's worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl 25 years earlier.

  • • Positive News Fusion Reaction
    More Energy Than
    That Absorbed by The Fuel

    MS_Smart

    Dec. 2, 2021, (msn.com) -For the first time, a fusion reaction has achieved a record 1.3 megajoule energy output – and for the first time, exceeding energy absorbed by the fuel used to trigger it.

    Although there's still some way to go, the result represents a significant improvement on previous yields: eight times greater than experiments conducted just a few months prior, and 25 times greater than experiments conducted in 2018. It's a huge achievement.

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  • • Fusion Breakthrough: One
    Step Closer to Solving Key Challenges
    Another Step Towards a
    Working Fusion Reactor

    ZME Science

    Nov. 8, 2021 - In fusion power, two atomic nuclei combine to form a heavier nucleus, releasing vast amounts of energy in the process. The process takes place in a fusion reactor and, at least in theory, this energy can be harnessed; but the practical aspects are extremely challenging.

    An important problem for fusion reactors is maintaining the plasma core extremely hot (hotter than the surface of the sun), while also safely containing the plasma — something fusion researchers refer to as “core-edge integration”.

  • • Is Thorium the Nuclear Answer?
    Thorium Nuclear Reactors
    Mentioned by Andrew Yang

    Dec. 23, 2019 (energycentral)- Andrew Yang mentioned Thorium Nuclear Reactors as one of the advanced nuclear fission reactor concepts. Yang has also talked about making a prototype thorium reactor by 2027. There is a US startup working on a Liquid Fluoride Thorium Reactor. If Flibe Energy was fully funded then they could build their planned 20-50 MW modular nuclear reactor by 2027. China also has an extensive molten salt and thorium reactor program. It is also possible to have more conventional reactors or pebble bed reactors adapted to use some thorium.

    Yang has proposed nuclear subsidy—$50 billion over five years. If there was that level of subsidy, then the other advanced nuclear projects would complete for it. There would be a lot of push for the molten salt reactors that use Uranium. The Thorcon molten salt reactor seems like a design that could scale to 100 GW per year of construction. In the rest of this article, I will review the status of the US, China and Indian Thorium reactor projects.

  • • TerraPower: Nuclear Innovation
    (Striving to Improve the World)
    We Need Advanced Nuclear Now
    TeraPower Says It's Rready

    TeraPower-TerraPower’s founders entered the nuclear energy arena to meet growing electricity needs and lift billions out of poverty. Advanced reactors and other isotopic applications are now possible with technology and enhanced computing capabilities that were unimaginable just a few decades ago. TerraPower says that they are ready to build the clean energy of tomorrow - today.

    One of their founders, incidentally, is Bill Gates.

  • •  The Hanford Nuclear Leak Is Irreparable  
    D.O.E. To Permanently
    Close Damaged Hanford Tank

    Jan. 2, 2018 - The Energy Department says it will permanently close a damaged radioactive waste storage tank on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.

    The department says that Tank AY-102 has widespread damage and should not be repaired.

    Click now for more on this earthFix story.

  • •  The U.S. Backs Off Nukes - But Not Georgia 
    The U.S. Backs Off Nuclear
    Power. Georgia Wants to
    Keep Building Reactors

    Aug. 31, 2017,  The New York Times - Even as the rest of the United States backs away from nuclear power, utilities in Georgia are pressing ahead with plans to build two huge reactors in the next five years — the only nuclear units still under construction nationwide.

  • • Uranium Mining in the Grand Canyon?
    Keeping Uranium Mining
    Out of the Grand Canyon

    The Grand Canyon is an irreplaceable natural treasure. Its stunning vistas, ancient geology, and winding Colorado River are world renowned — drawing over 5.5 million visitors to the park each year. Moreover, more than 40 million people and 4 million acres of farmland depend on the Colorado River for clean, safe water.

    Yet, irresponsibly operated uranium mines located on federal public land just miles from the North and South Rims threaten to permanently pollute the Grand Canyon landscape and the greater Colorado River.

  • • What's the NRC Hiding on Palo Verde?
    Nuclear Leaks: The Back Story
    the NRC Doesn’t Want You to
    Know about Palo Verde

    June 14,2017 - One of two emergency diesel generators (EDGs) for the Unit 3 reactor at the Palo Verde Nuclear Generation Station in Arizona was severely damaged during a test run on December 15, 2016.

    The operating license issued by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) allowed the reactor to continue running for up to 10 days with one EDG out of service. Because the extensive damage required far longer than 10 days to repair, the owner asked the NRC for permission to continue operating Unit 3 for up to 62 days with only one EDG available. The NRC approved that request.

  • • The USA's 10 Riskiest Nuclear Power Plants 
    Where Are They - And
    What Are the Dangers?

    March 18, 2011 - As we watch the continuing catastrophe in Japan unfold with no clear expectations of the outcome, one thing is for certain: The safety of nuclear power has become a hot topic of conversation. While some countries are shutting down plants, many other are reevaluating the safety of theirs and strategizing over future plans.

  • • Ohio House Speaker Arrested for Bribery
    The Speaker and Four Others
    Were Attempting to Bail
    Out the Ohio Nuclear Industry

    July 21, 2020,(POWERGRID INTERNATIONAL)-The powerful Republican speaker of the Ohio House and four associates were arrested Tuesday in a $60 million federal bribery case connected to a taxpayer-funded bailout of Ohio’s two nuclear power plants.

    Hours after FBI agents raided Speaker Larry Householder’s farm, U.S. Attorney David DeVillers described the ploy as “likely the largest bribery scheme ever perpetrated against the state of Ohio.”

    Householder was one of the driving forces behind the nuclear plants’ financial rescue, which added a new fee to every electricity bill in the state and directed over $150 million a year through 2026 to the plants near Cleveland and Toledo.

  • • Is The Energy of the Future Finally Here?
    World’s Largest Nuclear Fusion
    Experiment Clears Milestone

    July 24, 2019,(Scientific American) -A multination project to build a fusion reactor cleared a milestone yesterday and is now 6 ˝ years away from “First Plasma,” officials announced.

    Yesterday, dignitaries attended a components handover ceremony at the construction site of the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor in southern France. The ITER project is an experiment aimed at reaching the next stage in the evolution of nuclear energy as a means of generating emissions-free electricity.

  • • Old Nuke Plants Are Dragging Down Clean Energy
    Why America’s Old Nuclear
    Plants Could Be Dragging Down
    Clean Energy Development

    Apr. 25, 2017 -New York and Illinois are investing billions to keep old facilities in action, and Connecticut, New Jersey, and Ohio are among states contemplating the same idea. It’s an expensive process, though it does mean that new natural gas plants aren’t required to fill the gaps left by wind and solar.

  • • Revisiting the Three Mile Island Meltdown 
    Documentary:Meltdown at Three
    Mile Island 40 Years Later

    EnergyCentral Mar. 28, 2019 -The Three Mile Island accident on March 28, 1979 is still considered the worst at a U.S. nuclear plant in history. Due to a series of human and technical errors, the core of the Unit Two reactor at TMI partially melted down.

    Though debated and controversial, research over the past 40 years concluded only a small amount of radiation escaped into the atmosphere and didn’t result in any deaths or injuries.

    This documentary details what happened inside the containment building at TMI on March 28: the chaos, confusion, miscommunication and fear in the area surrounding the plant afterwards and the legacy of TMI after the accident.

  • • British Nuclear Project Becomes Messy
    Huge British Nuclear
    Project Becomes a
    Diplomatic Flash Point

    Aug. 15, 2016 -Once considered a vital part of Britain’s clean-energy future, the beleaguered Hinkley Point nuclear plant project looked further than ever from becoming reality this week as a row erupted between the three countries developing the massive facility: the U.K., France, and China.

  • •  Does Fail-safe Nuclear Power Actually Exist?   
    Could We Actually Have
    Fail-safe Nuclear Power?

    Aug. 2, 2016 -The Shanghai Institute’s effort to develop molten-salt reactors, a technology that has sat all but forgotten in the United States for decades, reflects just how daring China’s nuclear ambitions are. Already, the government has invested some two billion Chinese renminbi ($300 million) over the last five years in molten-salt R&D. Building actual plants will require tens of billions more.

  • •  Florida Power & Light Sued For Radio-Active Leak 
    Florida Nuclear
    Plant Operator Sued for
    Polluting Drinking Water

    July 15, 2016 -Environmental groups have filed a lawsuit against Florida Power & Light Co., operator of the Turkey Point nuclear facility, saying that the company violated the Clean Water Act by discharging contaminants from the plant, impacting nearby drinking water.

    Click now to read the story
    (Hint: Bring your Geiger Counter).

  • • The Protrusion of Confusion Over Fusion
    The Real Problem With
    Fusion Energy

    May 27, 2016 -The longstanding joke about fusion — that it’s the energy source of the future, and always will may not be the field’s biggest problem.

    Click now for what
    might be encouraging news.

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Resources

  • • All Things Nuclear
    Fukushima: Taking On the NRC

    Union of Concerned Scientists - If the Nuclear Regulatory Commission balks at implementing new safeguards in a reasonable time frame on the grounds that it does not have enough information about what happened in Japan, then the agency also cannot have enough information to relicense operating reactors or license new ones...

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  • • Russia Criticized For Its Arctic Nuclear Activity
    Nuclear Security: Power
    Plants Are Poorly Protected
    Against Malicious Acts

    Oct. 10, 2017   Greenpeace - The nuclear power plants around us are “The Sword of Damocles” over our heads.

    A new report by independent experts, submitted to authorities in France, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland and Luxembourg, questions security at French and Belgian nuclear facilities and points at their vulnerability to outside attacks. These experts are particularly concerned about a certain type of facility at nuclear plants: the spent fuel storage pools.

    These pools tend to contain the highest volume of radioactive matter in a nuclear plant and are very poorly protected. Rather than wait for the worst to happen, let’s address this issue and take action.

  • • Dangers of Densely Packed Nuclear Waste Pools
    The Case for Moving U.S.
    Nuclear Fuel to Dry Storage

    Apr. 14, 2011   M.I.T. Technology Review - One of the lesser-noted facts of the Fukushima nuclear disaster—where loss of coolant in spent-fuel pools has resulted in massive radiation releases—is that some fuel at the plant was stored in so-called dry casks, and these casks survived the March 11 earthquake and tsunami intact.

    This fact is likely to result in new calls to move some spent fuel out of water pools at reactor sites in the United States—where it is packed more densely than the fuel in the stricken Japanese pools—and into outdoor dry casks, experts say.

    Worried? Click now to get radio-active.

  • • Links Between Nuke Power and Weapons
    The Links Between Nuclear
    Power and Nuclear Weapons

    - Nuclear weapons and nuclear power share several common features. The long list of links includes their histories, similar technologies, skills, health and safety aspects, regulatory issues and radiological research and development. For example, the process of enriching uranium to make it into fuel for nuclear power stations is also used to make nuclear weapons. Plutonium is a by-product of the nuclear fuel cycle and is still used by some countries to make nuclear weapons.

    There is a danger that more nuclear power stations in the world could mean more nuclear weapons. Because countries like the UK are promoting the expansion of nuclear power, other countries are beginning to plan for their own nuclear power programs too. But there is always the danger that countries acquiring nuclear power technology may subvert its use to develop a nuclear weapons program.

    Click to read more from
    the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament.



Decades have passed since the • first power plant of this type went on line, and no viable solution for the storage of this contaminant has yet to emerge.

Industry spokespersons have long touted nuclear energy as cost-effective when compared to fossil based fuels, but their conclusions fail to consider the cost of • decommissioning a plant when it has reached its maturity.

Recent studies have revealed that greenhouse gasses resulting from nuclear power may
be even higher that those produced from the burning of natural gas (• latest findings).
• U.S. Nuclear Power Plant Locations
• Worldwide Nuclear Leaks

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