On November 22, 2009, flush with good feelings about the recent American Nuclear Society (ANS) Winter Meeting, I invited four others who attended the meeting to get together for a conference call to talk about what we heard and learned. The show is a bit longer than average, but it is worth every minute!
Lisa Stiles, Margaret Harding, John Wheeler and Dan Yurman together have nearly 100 years of experience in various aspects of nuclear technology and the nuclear power industry. Add in my 28+ years and you get a pretty experienced group sharing their impressions about one of the more positive and exciting ANS meetings for quite some time.
Watching the Nuclear Renaissance over the past half dozen years or so may have been about as exciting as watching grass grow. However, like growing grass, the natural progression of people recognizing that nuclear fission has serious advantages is happening steadily enough so that if you do not pay attention you will find that the process can overwhelm any attempts to mow it down.