Diablo Canyon pitching in to help alleviate drought with desalination

Diablo Canyon nuclear power station is self sufficient for potable and pure water. It uses a modular reverse osmosis plant with pumps powered from the plant output and a number of parallel osmosis units that remove salt when supplied with pressurized water. The plant is licensed to a capacity of 1.5 million gallons per day, […]

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WISE and NIRS promoting twisted campaign with slogan “Don’t nuke the climate”

It has been a long standing absurdity that the clean development mechanisms approved by the Kyoto treaty to reduce the risk of climate change exclude nuclear energy. This year there is momentum building to reevaluate and change a rule that virtually eliminates the option for nations to use the most effective tool available to permanently […]

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Finding the New Energy Mix in New England

Dan Yurman recently published a post titled Energy in New England focus of Bloomberg forum with Nuclear Matters that described an intriguing event sponsored by Bloomberg and Nuclear Matters. Here is an excerpt from his post: The proceedings will kick off with a conversation with John Kotek, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of […]

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Chevron’s John Watson should follow pronuclear words with nuclear energy investments

During an OPEC meeting in Vienna held in early June 2015, John Watson, the CEO of Chevron, the second largest oil and gas company in the United States, made a comment that deserves more attention and follow up from journalists. The context of the below comment was that Watson was explaining why his company will […]

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ANS 2015 Plenary Talks – Part 5 Scott Tinker, Texas state geologist and star of the documentary “Switch”

Scott Tinker, Director, Bureau of Economic Geology and creator of Switch was the final speaker during the plenary session on June 8, 2015 at the American Nuclear Society (ANS) annual meeting. As usual, his talk was face paced, well delivered and full of important information about energy. His segment about the challenges and opportunities associated […]

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ANS 2015 Plenary Talks – Part 4 David Scott, architect of UAE nuclear program

The UAE has made amazing progress in moving from a country almost totally dependent on burning natural gas (some of which is imported) to provide domestic electricity to one where a rapidly growing portion of its electricity from 2017 onward will be produced in zero fossil fuel, no CO2 emission nuclear fission reactors. In 2009, […]

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ANS 2015 Plenary Talks – Part 3 Tom Fanning, President, Chairman and CEO of Southern Company

Tom Fanning is always a good choice to speak to a gathering of nuclear professionals who might need a little bit of confidence building. Here is a quote from the start of his talk during the ANS 2015 opening plenary session. I’m going to give you the punchline and that is that nuclear must be […]

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ANS 2015 Plenary Talks – Part 2 Welcome from Doyle Beneby, Chairman and CEO of CPS Energy

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Doyle Beneby, the Chairman and CEO of CPS Energy, welcomed the ANS meeting attendees to San Antonio. He talk was partly the traditional greeting provided by the electric utility that supplies power in the service territory hosting the meeting, but he also spoke about his vision for the future of energy. He was not an […]

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Romance of Radium – How did our relationship with radioactive material sour?

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Note – This post was initially published on February 23, 2013. After attending the ANS President’s Special Session about the way we should communicate about radiation, I thought it would be worth repeating. Sometimes, we need to look outside of our immediate time and place to find “best practices” that we should emulate. Hitting road […]

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