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Fusion becoming real?

Remember the time a decade or two ago when two professors announced that they had carried out a fusion reaction? Well, that didn’t work out so well and was soon forgotten. More recently it became known that a multi-national consortium … Continue reading

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New hope for Nuclear Waste disposal?

In the U.S. there are now 70,000 metric tons of spent nuclear fuel at 75 locations in 33 states awaiting disposal and this volume of highly radioactive waste will swell at the rate of 2100 tons per year as existing reactors … Continue reading

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A plea for maintaining nuclear plants considered at risk

A movement is gaining momentum to stop shutting down nuclear power plants that have little or no competitive advantage over natural gas-fired plants or have high maintenance costs. The reason: The less we rely on nuclear energy, the more carbon will … Continue reading

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Another good thing about shale

When the Yucca Mountain idea for disposing of nuclear waste was torpedoed by Harry Reid, senator from Nevada, the problem of disposing of 70,000 metric tons of spent nuclear fuel remained unsolved – a sort of “sword of Damocles” hanging … Continue reading

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Confused about U.S. future electricity supply? stay tuned

A number of articles have recently appeared that point out that new power plants based on low priced natural gas have a considerable economic advantage over new nuclear power plants. An additional factor bearing on power supply are the substantial  Federal subsidies … Continue reading

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Indian Point: Steady as she goes….

The original 40-year licenses for the two nuclear reactors at Indian Point are due for 20-year extensions this September and in 2015, respectively. Hearings by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission were started late last year and no final decision is realistically … Continue reading

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Spent nuclear waste: Solutions needed

The problem of what to do with spent nuclear fuel is a typical example of the government “kicking the can down the road”. The U.S. has built and operated over a hundred nuclear power plants, all of which store their … Continue reading

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