This post represents the latest link in a chain of almost six years of the weekly summaries of the best of the pro-nuclear blogs.
About these bloggers
The bloggers who write the posts cited here do so because they have come to see, based on experience, that nuclear energy is a cost-effective, carbon emission free, source of electrical power which can raise the standard of living for any population which benefits from access to it.
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Carnival 333 – Special Edition; Reporting on Saving the Nukes in Chicago
ANS Nuclear Cafe – Gene Grecheck and Brett Rampal
If you think someone else is going to stop nuclear plants from closing, it’s time to take off the blinders and take action. That was the message being touted during the #SavetheNukes Summit in Chicago on October 22-24, organized by Environmental Progress with the American Nuclear Society (ANS) Young Members Group (YMG), among others.
The summit was not held in Illinois by coincidence. After success in New York, those who were involved in the passage of the Clean Energy Standard and associated Zero Emissions Credit that saved the Fitzpatrick, Ginna, and Nine Mile Point plants felt invigorated to bring the fight to the next battlefield.
More than 70 nuclear advocates from diverse backgrounds (environmentalists, leaders of nuclear professional groups, nuclear advocacy groups, nuclear professionals, students, etc.) attended, including many ANS members, especially students!
Yes Vermont Yankee – Meredith Angwin
The pro-nuclear rally and march (see photo below) in aimed to encourage pro-nuclear public opinion, and targeted groups that oppose nuclear energy. These are anti-nuclear lobbying groups. They take fossil fuel money and rejoice when a gas-fired plant is built. They call themselves “environmental groups” but they are no such thing. (Photos courtesy Meredith Angwin)
The Chicago event was organized by Environmental Progress and other groups of the Clean Power Coalition. Here’s a group picture from the meeting.
Also from Yes Vermont Yankee — Nuclear plans, films and trains
I recently watched a sneak preview of a movie which extolls the “citizen activists” who caused Vermont Yankee to close. I also write about sitting in a local coffee shop near the railway tracks, watching a fuel train be made up, and thinking about how many people in the coffee shop probably feel very safe because Vermont Yankee is shut down.
Atomic Insights – Rod Adams
Nuclear plants that are economically uncompetitive under current market conditions should be retained for future operations, not immediately destroyed.
However, an operational nuclear plant in the US is effectively “destroyed” and prohibited from ever being operated again if the owner certifies to the NRC that it intends to permanently cease operating and thus obtains a license amendment that converts the operating license to “possession only.”
Nuke Power Talk – Gail Marcus
At NukePowerTalk, Gail Marcus reports on a recent meeting at the Center for Strategic and International Studies which was keynoted by DOE Secretary Ernie Moniz. Particularly interesting was that he mentioned that he sees a 5-year window for some important decisions affecting the future of nuclear power, and he named about 8 issues that he saw as key during this period. The rest of the program featured 8 other speakers from the US and abroad, including former NRC Chair Allison Macfarlane.
Neutron Bytes – Dan Yurman
Policy recommendations for advanced reactor deployment are published by a DC think tank in collaboration with a key nuclear industry trade group
- Advanced reactors are essential to meet climate goals
- New regulation, investment will drive their development
Next Big Future – Brian Wang
Lightbridge has joint venture with France’s nuclear energy company to develop new metallic fuel for 10-30% power increases in existing nuclear plants
Unit 4 of the Beloyarsk nuclear power plant in Russia has started commercial operation, state nuclear corporation Rosatom announced today. The BN-800 fast neutron reactor started operating at 100% power for the first time on 17 August.
The BN-800 reactor was brought to minimum controlled power for the first time in June 2014, at which time commercial operation was planned for the end of that year. However, in December 2014 Rosenergoatom announced that nuclear fuel for the unit would first be developed further. It was brought again to the minimum controlled power level in August 2015, and again in November 2015, eventually being connected to the grid on 10 December 2015
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