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The Battle for Long Island and Nuclear Power

PSEG, a Newark, New Jersey-based utility—long deeply involved in nuclear power—was foisted on Long Island, New York to be THE utility on the island by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. In 1985, a…

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Terrorism and nuclear power

Pre-deployed weapons of mass destruction. That’s what nuclear power plants are. And that’s another very big reason—demonstrated again in recent days with the disclosure that two of the Brussels terrorists were planning attacks…

An aerial view of Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s tsunami-crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant on March 11.

Nuclear Meltdown: Releasing radiation and containing the truth

Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) admitted last week that they should have declared a meltdown within days of the March 11th earthquake and tsunami that crippled the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, instead…

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United States developing role of offshore wind in its energy future

An energy revolution is happening east of Long Island. In the waters of the Atlantic Ocean, Deepwater Wind is constructing the nation’s first offshore wind farm—five wind turbines off Block Island, Rhode Island….

Obama Nuclear Power

Obama’s “Clean Energy” budget is propping up nuclear energy

You don’t have to be a math wizard to understand the Obama administration’s just announced $4.15 trillion budget proposal for the 2017 fiscal year, but it helps. It also helps if you like…

Susquehanna Nuclear

Who is monitoring the health of populations around nuclear power plants?

Author’s note: I wrote this blog post with knowledge of the ongoing tritium leaks plaguing a number of  nuclear power reactors in the U.S., but before the latest high levels of tritium released…

BNL AERIALS

Class action lawsuit against Brookhaven National Lab moving ahead

A class action lawsuit—begun 20 years ago—that charges Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) with contaminating neighborhoods adjacent to it will be moving ahead again in New York State Supreme Court this month. Court action is…

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Pripyat: City for the Future, City of the Past

The following is the fourth installment of a new series of editorials which will communicate portions of my recent trip to the Chernobyl nuclear power plant (Read the first installment here, the second installment here,…

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Inside the Chernobyl Unit 4 control room

The following is the third installment of a new series of editorials which will communicate portions of my recent trip to the Chernobyl nuclear power plant (Read the first installment here, the second installment here, the…

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NRC management of FOIA requests puzzling experts

Many people know of my interest in the release of information through the Freedom of Information Act by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. In October 2014, I participated in a meeting with Dave Lochbaum…

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French and Japanese nuclear fuel cycle may be affected by failures at Monju

Residents of Fukui Prefecture in Japan have announced that they will file a lawsuit with the Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) to permanently shutdown the Monju fast breeder reactor. A breeder reactor generates more…

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Renewables threaten to shakeup energy industry

We’ve had solar power energizing our house in Sag Harbor on Long Island in New York for six years now—and it’s a bonanza! Once the photovoltaic panels are up on your roof, nothing…

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Visiting the Chernobyl site and the Unit 2 control room

The following is the second installment of a new series of editorials which will communicate portions of my recent trip to the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. The first editorial focused on what it was like…

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Experiencing the Chernobyl nuclear power plant nearly 30 years after the disaster

The following is the first installment of a new series of editorials which will communicate portions of my recent trip to the Chernobyl nuclear power plant (Read the second installment here, the third installment…

This combination photo shows smoke rising from Fukushima Daiichi 1 nuclear reactor after an explosion

A Fukushima Lesson Unlearned: NRC scraps public rulemaking on weak GE containments

The United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) typically begins its narrative on the “lessons learned” from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear catastrophe with Japan’s March 11, 2011accident. Not surprisingly, the agency has avoided addressing…

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Nuclear powered aircraft plans should remain grounded

Consider getting on to an airplane with nuclear-powered engines. Consider the consequences if an atomic airplane crashes. The Boeing Company last week received approval from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for an…

A image of the explosion of the Space-X rocket

Debate over future of nuclear power systems in space

NASA has released a study claiming there is a need for continued use of plutonium-energized power systems for future space flights. It also says the use of actual nuclear reactors in space “has…

Tsunami

Internal TEPCO document reveals executives knew beefing up tsunami defenses was “indispensable”

Tokyo Electric, the operator of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, has released a document during a lawsuit brought by over 40 shareholders which reveals the utilities acknowledgment that tsunami defenses at…

Kincardine Nuclear

Canada to delay decision on nuclear waste facility on Great Lakes

Canadian Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq announced that a decision on whether or not to approve the $1 billion Kincardine nuclear waste storage facility on Lake Huron will be postponed until after elections in…

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Strong action necessary at Indian Point

In 1976, Robert Pollard, a rarity among U.S. government nuclear officials—honest and safety-committed—said of the Indian Point nuclear power station that it was “an accident waiting to happen.” Pollard had been project manager…

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