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Nuclear Reactors

23 Years of Radioactive Rainfall at New York Nuclear Plant

Roger Witherspoon | Posted 04.18.2016 | Green
Roger Witherspoon

For the past 23 years, Entergy engineers have tried unsuccessfully to ignore, live with, and then stop a radioactive rain from the Indian Point 2 reactor cavity from falling onto workers inside the massive containment building.

Critical Nuclear Reactor Bolts Fail at Indian Point 2

Roger Witherspoon | Posted 04.06.2016 | Green
Roger Witherspoon

A special inspection of the Indian Point 2 nuclear reactor found that more than a quarter of the stainless steel bolts needed to channel cooling water through active nuclear fuel rods were broken, distorted or "missing," a finding that calls into question the effectiveness of the long term management of this and other ageing power plants.

Beware of the Loving Embrace of the Government

Llewellyn King | Posted 02.29.2016 | Politics
Llewellyn King

I am not a government-basher per se. As a reporter, I have covered it too long to say the bureaucracy is always incompetent and lazy. But I have also ...

Global Nuclear Power Supply At Lowest Level Since 1980s

Reuters | Posted 09.28.2014 | Green

By Aaron Sheldrick TOKYO, July 29 (Reuters) - Atomic power's share of global electricity supply is at the lowest level since the 1980s...

Thorium

Helen Caldicott | Posted 08.31.2014 | Green
Helen Caldicott

There is an extraordinary push by certain individuals to extol the wonders of thorium-fueled nuclear reactors. In fact, so concerted is this push that some blame me for preventing the ongoing expansion of such technology. So here are the facts about thorium for those who are interested.

The War To End All Wars

Robert Koehler | Posted 07.08.2014 | Politics
Robert Koehler

And the Cold War itself -- this deep, unspoken commitment to mass suicide -- merely went on hold. And now it's back, with the two sides still in command of thousands and thousands of nuclear weapons.

Is Nuclear Power Compatible With Democracy?

Madhusree Mukerjee | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Madhusree Mukerjee

Companies that clearly don't trust their own claims of safety have long been asking ordinary people to stake their lives on the same -- and they are no longer willing to comply.

Small Reactors, Big Hype

Elliott Negin | Posted 11.05.2014 | Green
Elliott Negin

Nuclear power proponents pinning their hopes on small modular nuclear reactors to resurrect the industry's fortunes likely will be disappointed, according to a report released today by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS).

Guess Which State Isn't Getting A New Nuclear Reactor?

The Baltimore Sun | Jamie Smith Hopkins | Posted 05.12.2013 | DC

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission upheld a decision Monday preventing a French company from building a third reactor at the Calvert Cliffs Nuclea...

The Rust-Bucket Reactors Start to Fall

Harvey Wasserman | Posted 12.29.2012 | Green
Harvey Wasserman

The U.S. fleet of 104 deteriorating atomic reactors is starting to fall. The much-hyped "nuclear renaissance" is now definitively headed in reverse.

Could the Next Nuclear Disaster Happen in South Korea?

John C.K. Daly | Posted 12.24.2012 | Green
John C.K. Daly

While the world seems to have overlooked the consequences of the debacle at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, the fact remains that the global nuclear power industry continues to suffer from several threats unknown to more conventional power stations.

NRC Renews Reactor License

Reuters | Posted 07.25.2012 | Green

May 25 (Reuters) - The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) said Friday it approved a new 20-year operating license for Entergy Corp's Pilgrim r...

The Deadly Folly of Nuclear Power Overhead

Karl Grossman | Posted 06.12.2012 | Science
Karl Grossman

These missions don't present threats to life on Earth -- unlike the use of nuclear power overhead. Also, the production of nuclear fuel on Earth for use in space -- or in the atmosphere for drones -- constitutes danger, too.

WATCH: 17-Year-Old Physicist Builds Nuclear Reactor

Posted 04.04.2012 | Teen

Physics, the most-loathed class for many high school students, is teen scientist Taylor Wilson's greatest passion. In fact, he even goes so far as to ...

Aging Nuclear Reactors: Are We Doing Enough to Ensure Safety?

Joe Rubin | Posted 05.09.2012 | Green
Joe Rubin

While reporting on the Diablo Canyon story, one of the most surprising things that I learned was how the NRC oversaw the relicensing of aging nuclear power plants.

New Nuclear Construction Will Help Secure U.S. Energy Technology Leadership

J. Scott Peterson | Posted 04.22.2012 | Green
J. Scott Peterson

The Energy Department, which is 15 years in arrears of meeting contractual obligations to take used uranium fuel rods from commercial reactors, now will make recommendations to Congress to revamp the program. This is a political problem however, not a technical challenge.

French Nuclear Anxieties Soar After Fukushima

John C.K. Daly | Posted 04.17.2012 | Green
John C.K. Daly

France's 59 nuclear reactors generate 78.8 percent of France's electricity, the highest percentage in the world.

LFTR: A Long-Term Energy Solution?

Victor Stenger | Posted 03.10.2012 | Science
Victor Stenger

It came as a surprise to me to learn recently that an alternative to carbon combustion has been available to us since World War II, but not pursued because it lacked military applications.

The Bombing of Osirak: Lessons From the 30th Anniversary of Israel's Strike on Iraq's Nuclear Reactor

Bennett Ramberg, Ph.D. | Posted 08.07.2011 | World
Bennett Ramberg, Ph.D.

Thirty years ago today, eight F16-A aircraft armed with sixteen Mark 84 2000-pound bombs took off from their base in Etzion, Israel on a mission that established a new post-World War II standard to halt the spread of atomic weapons.

Japan's Radiation Contamination Protocols Align With Old Testament Laws

Roger Isaacs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Roger Isaacs

The confluence of events in Japan has created a horrific event of biblical proportions. As keepers of the highly radioactive Ark of the Covenant, Moses and Aaron would agree: screen, cleanse, isolate.

Hiroshima to Fukushima: The Illusion of Control

Joe Cirincione | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Joe Cirincione

Hiroshima and Fukushima are of course very different, but the tragedies are fundamentally connected. Both involve our collective deception that we can always control the nuclear machines we invented. We cannot.

Louisiana Power Plants Say They're Prepared For Quakes

Susan Buchanan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Susan Buchanan

Seeing Northeast Japan in ruins is a jarring reminder of lives lost to killer waves and storm surge in Louisiana and of past power outages and hurrica...

Merchants of Danger

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Richard (RJ) Eskow

The ugly truth, here and in Japan, is this: Unless government regains the will and the ability to regulate private industry, more catastrophes are all but inevitable.

American Reactors on Verge of Meltdown

Mark Olmsted | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Mark Olmsted

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Exploring Earthquake Risks to US Nuclear Power Plants

David Kroodsma | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
David Kroodsma

Of the reactors in the U.S., about one third of them are boiling water reactors, using the same technology as the Fukushima Daiichi reactor in Japan.