Beyond Business as Usual: Investigating a Future without Coal and Nuclear Power in the U.S.
Beyond business as usual
Nuclear waste problems start gold rush
There are not many jobs you could take on at the beginning of your working life and know they would still be nowhere near completed by the time you retired. But decommissioning the world’s nuclear power plants is one of them. The estimates of the amounts of money involved in keeping old nuclear plants safe and dismantling them are so large that they are almost beyond comprehension − and unlikely to be accurate anyway. The fact is that the problems are so difficult and so liable to complications that...
U.S. Senate forwards bill to license advanced nuclear power
A bipartisan group of U.S. Senators easily advanced a bill last week that will update regulations to help drive advanced nuclear power plants into the market. The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee voted 18-3 to pass the bill, sponsored by Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyoming), which is an updated version of a similar bill that stalled in the Senate last year. The bill would require the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to develop a regulatory framework enabling the licensing of advanced nuclear reactors,...
MiniLab™ 153 Enters Nuclear Power Plants
he MiniLab Series is rapidly being adopted by nuclear power plants in China and worldwide to provide on-site oil analysis, avoiding unplanned failures and preventing costly downtime. Sending samples to outside laboratories can be particularly expensive for nuclear power plants, as many outside laboratories are not equipped to handle radioactive samples and those that can often charge high rates for doing so. In an industry as critical as nuclear power, the turnaround time associated with off-site labs is often...
New technique could extract endless nuclear power from seawater
Scientists have discovered a new technique that can capture uranium from seawater, helping make nuclear power accessible to countries that lack uranium mines. The ocean has already been known to be a good source of uranium, however efforts to extract the critical ingredient for nuclear fission have produced insufficient quantities. Now researchers at Stanford University say they have developed a new technique that can capture up to three times more, enough to make seawater-based uranium economically viable. &ldq...
Feds allow Pilgrim nuclear plant to stay open amid safety concerns
Federal regulators said the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station near Boston can remain open, even as they acknowledged problems related to safety during a three-hour meeting with residents and elected officials last week. At a packed hearing, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) released the preliminary results of a inspection sparked after the unintentional release of an internal NRC email that described Pilgrim staff as “overwhelmed” trying to improve security. The email listed several safety-related...