Even dedicated pro-nuclear bloggers have been known to take late summer vacations, but the calendar did not prevent the submission of a number of excellent posts to highlight in this week’s Carnival. This event circulates among the top pro-nuclear blogs, and each week it provides descriptions and links to those items submitted to the host as most important or most timely.
Atomic Insights has been a free rider on this valuable effort for far too long; there have been more than 100 issues since the last time the Carnival was hosted here. I’ll do better in the future.
From Nuke Power Talk
EPA’s Proposed Rule: Some of the Complexities
Gail Marcus adds to her previous discussion of EPA’s proposed carbon dioxide emission rules on Nuke Power Talk. This week, she looks at two recent studies related to the topic, one from MIT, and one that is a joint effort of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and National Security Program and the Rhodium Group (RHG). The MIT study doesn’t explicitly address the EPA’s proposed rule, but does cover some of the same issues. The CSIS-RHG report is an interim report on a study of the proposed rule that will be completed in the fall. It looks at the possible state and regional impacts of the proposed rule, as well as prices and other impacts.
From Yes Vermont Yankee
Founders of Ben&Jerry’s ice cream were major opponents of Vermont Yankee’s continued operation. However, making, transporting, and storing a national brand of hard ice cream needs a lot of electricity. Angwin notes the energy infrastructure required to manufacture a pint of Cherry Garcia, transport it, and finally take it home from the grocery store. She suggests (tongue in cheek) that we should all switch to soft-serve ice cream, to save energy.
From ANS Nuclear Cafe
All utilities that own nuclear reactors in Japan have now applied to have inspections conducted for restarting at least one of their reactors, with Hokuriku Electric Power Company submitting an application to restart Shika Unit 2. 20 nuclear units in all now have applications in under the revised and strengthened post-Fukushima safety guidelines of the Nuclear Regulatory Authority.
The Latest Sop to Nuclear Opponents
by Howard Shaffer
The Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant is scheduled to close in December – and the Vermont legislature has established a new citizens’ advisory panel on decommissioning. Howard Shaffer reports on whether this is simply a means to keep an anti-nuclear crusade going, or if information reaching the public might be more balanced and complete this time around.
From Robert Rock, President, Environmentalists for Nuclear, Canada
Robert Rock writes about his experience as an attendee at a one-sided “debate” about a proposed Deep Geologic Repository. He was shocked at the nature of the debate and how anyone who had positive things to say about the science or nuclear in general was very rudely treated. What he saw during this debate was healthy fear, which leads to solid research and developing a plan that covers known eventualities, give way to unhealthy fear.
An exchange on social media prompted a more lengthy consideration of common misunderstandings about modern nuclear energy. As with any complex topic, tapping into science-based, peer-reviewed expert resources is a good way to foster reasonable open discussion and develop a better understanding of the issues.
From Next Big Future
Helion recently received $2 million in funding. Dr. David Kirtley describes his company’s plans to achieve a first commercial scale nuclear fusion system with ten times energy gain in 2019.
From CNN Pressroom
CNN’s FAREED ZAKARIA GPS features an interview with Co-founder & CEO of the Transatomic Power Corporation, Leslie Dewan. Dewan speaks to Fareed about her aspirations to build a carbon-free, sustainable, and scalable nuclear reactor to generate great quantities of electricity.
Note: CNN’s Pressroom did not exactly provide that submission through normal channels to the Nuclear Energy Blog Carnival host, but they did send out a press release about the interview, so I thought it was fair game.
From NEI Nuclear Notes
Bechtel’s Angela McAlpin is working exactly where she wants to be – in the most demanding industry in the country.
NEI’s Mark Flanagan takes a look at nuclear technology and venture capital investment.