If you want to hear the voice of the nuclear renaissance, the Carnival of Nuclear Energy Blogs is where to find it.
Past editions have been hosted at Yes Vermont Yankee, Atomic Power Review, ANS Nuclear Cafe, Idaho Samizdat, NEI Nuclear Notes, and CoolHandNuke, as well as several other popular nuclear energy blogs.
The publication of the Carnival each week is part of a commitment by the leading pro-nuclear bloggers in North America that we will speak with a collective voice on the issue of the value of nuclear energy. While we each have our own point of view, we agree that the promise of peaceful uses of the atom remains viable in our own time and for the future.
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This Week's Carnival
Cool Hand Nuke - NRC vote for Southern reactors "imminent" Fertel
A vote will take place soon by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to award combined construction and operating licenses for twin Westinghouse AP1000 reactors at the utility's Vogtle site in George.
That's according to Marvin Fertel, the CEO of the Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) Fertel says he expects the action approving the licenses to take place "within days."
In addition to Southern, Scana, a South Carolina utility, is also seeling licenses for twin AP1000s at its V.C Summer Station. According to Fertel, the announcement on Southern's reactors is only a matter of time. He said the vote on Scana's application will take place later this winter.
Nuclear Diner - Cheryl Rofer
Pop Atomic Studios - Susie Hobbs Baker (Link courtesy of Nuclear Street; Cam Abernethy)
The daughter of a nuclear engineer, Suzanne Hobbs Baker was initially afraid of radiation when she first learned about in biology class at 15 years old. So she and her dad spent the day at the Oconee nuclear plant in South Carolina, learning about safety systems, taking dose readings and discovering more about how nuclear power works.
Today, Hobbs Baker is a visual artist who leads PopAtomic Studios and uses her medium to address fears and misconceptions about nuclear energy. In this TEDx Talk, she elaborates on her work and the organization’s outreach, as well as the ways visual art can illustrate concepts in physics that can be difficult for non-scientists to grasp using equations alone.
Atomic Power Review - Will Davis
|Nuclear icebreaker Lenin - |
Image: Atomic Power Review
As a special feature for National Nuclear Science Week, Will Davis has two posts covering a little discussed job nuclear energy does really well - icebreaking.
Our top three reasons why we think the licenses for Cameco’s facilities in Port Hope and Blind River, Ontario should be renewed by the regulator, the CNSC.
Yes Vermont Yankee - Meredith Angwin
Federal Judge Murtha ruled against the State and for Entergy in the Vermont Yankee lawsuit. This was a major court victory for nuclear energy. Near the day of the ruling, Yes Vermont Yankee blogger Meredith Angwin had some scheduled surgery. Angwin thanks several guest bloggers, and spotlights three fine guest posts on the blog:
- District Court Upholds the Rule of Law by George Angwin
- Beyond the Federal Court Decision by Howard Shaffer
- The State and the Control-H Defense by Cavan Stone
|Conceptual drawing - Myrrha|
Image: Belgian Nuclear Research Centre
MYRRHA, a flexible fast spectrum research reactor (50-100 MWth) is conceived as an accelerator driven system (ADS), able to operate in sub-critical and critical modes. It contains a proton accelerator of 600 MeV, a spallation target and a multiplying core with MOX fuel, cooled by liquid lead-bismuth (Pb-Bi). MYRRHA will be operational at full power around 2023.
Idaho Samizdat - Dan Yurman
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission announced in early January it is starting work on an update to the Waste Confidence decision. With the Obama administration’s successful bid to terminate the Yucca Mountain repository project, one of the agency’s key assumptions for the update is that interim storage of spent fuel will be the norm for up to 200 years after a reactor's operations come to an end.
Critics of the effort, and there are many, weigh in about the agency's process and the perception it is trying the make policy instead of implementing it.
Nuke Power Talk - Gail Marcus
Gail Marcus responds to a reader who is a student of nuclear engineering and is seeking a summer internship. She tells him about the WISE program, with which she has been involved, and other science policy internships, mainly in Washington, DC. She also invites readers who know of other opportunities to share them through the blog comments for the benefit of this student and others.
ANS Nuclear Cafe - Paul Bowersox
The Department of Defense is shifting to clean energy sources that reduce greenhouse gases. Can Small Modular Reactor system lifecycle costs compete with existing installation electricity costs? William J. Barattino at the ANS Nuclear Cafe summarizes his initial assessment of the market size of Small Modular Reactors (SMRs) on U.S. Army installations - and the results are encouraging.
The Neutron Economy - Steve Skutnik
- What to Expect from Japan's Nuclear Fleet and 2011 in Context - by Alan Rominger
i-Nuclear - David Stellfox
The UK Nuclear Decommissioning Authority remains in talks with GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy to build its Prism fast reactors at Sellafield as a means of managing and disposing of the UK’s 84-tonne stockpile of civil plutonium, an NDA spokesman said January 24.
NDA spokesman Bill Hamilton described reports in today’s Guardian newspaper that the NDA had rejected GE-Hitachi’s proposals as “completely without foundation.”
“Discussions are ongoing,” Hamilton told i-NUCLEAR. He said the NDA was prepared to provide financial support to develop the proposals if ongoing discussions demonstrate promise.
NEI Nuclear Notes
The Blue Ribbon Commission issues its final report. Enumerating shortcomings of the nation’s used fuel management program, a federal government panel this week recommended eight steps to improve it.
Among them, the Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future said in a report issued today, is that levies on nuclear energy that American consumers have been paying for years should be fully available to a new organization created to manage the federal government’s used nuclear fuel program.
The commission also recommended development of at least one consolidated storage facility for used nuclear fuel.
Congressional hearings on a new used fuel management organization should begin “as soon as possible,” the commission said.
This blog post tells the real story about nuclear plant liability insurance.
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