San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station

A critique of the reasoning for any proposed San Onofre restart

Born on April 22nd, 1724, Immanuel Kant was one of the most famous philosophers during the “Age of Enlightenment” at the end of the 18th century.  In the latter stages of his life…

Nuclear Regulation Authority Chairman Shunichi Tanaka

Japan’s efforts to move past Fukushima Daiichi disaster draws criticism from experts and jeers from public

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has been working bullishly to promote new economic and energy policies which are facing harsh scrutiny from the public and experts alike.  The Japanese government has said that…

Electric Power Grid

Energy storage systems are focus of demand for future power grids

From the early days of nuclear research and development, experts claimed that nuclear power would be too cheap to meter, but that dream was killed dead after the Three Mile Island and Chernobyl…

San Onofre Unit 2 Steam Generator Contact Indications

AREVA analysis of San Onofre Unit 2 steam generators reveals new twist in restart debate

For the last year, Southern California Edison has been working to resolve the serious problems and deficiencies found in the newly installed replacement steam generators at both Unit 2 and Unit 3.  As…

Fukushima Daiichi Unit 1 Torus Survey

TEPCO workers survey Fukushima Daiichi Unit 1 torus room

This week, twenty workers at Fukushima Daiichi worked to investigate the torus room inside of the Unit 1 reactor building.  They found that the top of the water is around OP 3700, which…

Hanford Nuclear Reservation Found Housing Leaking Single Wall Tanks

Washington Governor confirms radioactive waste leaking from underground tanks at Hanford Nuclear Reservation

  On Friday, Washington Governor Jay Inslee confirmed that radioactive liquids are leaking from tanks at the most contaminated nuclear site in the United States at Hanford, further heightening concerns experts have shared…

Toshiba Dry Ice Vacuum Cleaner Robot For Fukushima Daiichi Decontamination

Toshiba develops new decontamination vacuum robot to aid efforts at Fukushima Daiichi

The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster may bring about a small revival to Japan’s robotics industry, which had long been losing ground with consumers as they worked on developing robots which could carry out…

Plant Vogtle Construction

The State of the Nuclear Union

Today, nuclear power plants operate in 31 of 196 nations, providing only 5.7% of the world’s energy, and prompting world-wide debate about the merits and benefits of the use of nuclear energy.  Annual…

Southern California Edison installed replacement steam generators (RSG) at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS), located a mere 62 miles southeast of Los Angeles, both of which were fabricated by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) in Japan at a $670 million price tag.

San Onofre restart issue growing more contentious and convoluted

This week U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer and U.S. Rep. Edward J. Markey wrote to Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairwoman Allison Macfarlane and alleged that a report by Mitsubishi indicates that Southern California Edison (SCE)…

Steven Chu

The resignation of Steven Chu

Secretary of Energy Steven Chu announced his resignation last week after four years of pushing nuclear power, although he promoted energy efficiency and safe, renewable energy technologies such as solar and wind, too….


NRC representation of San Onofre outage contested

Over the course of the last year while the San Onofre reactors have been shut down by steam generator failures, readers may have visited and read the NRC’s representation of the steam generator…

World Wide Nuclear Testing

Fukushima Daiichi disaster proved nuclear reactors are a potential Pandora’s Box for proliferation

Concerns over nuclear weapons proliferation has re-emphasized the need for swift and accurate detection of nuclear tests conducted anywhere in the world. Most nuclear weapons states publicly declare their nuclear status by way…

Fukushima Decontamination

Japan may have to change decontamination efforts after labor shortages

Decontamination efforts in the wake of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster are facing serious problems, most of which seem to be of their own creation.  In reality, the decontamination efforts to date have…

Tsuruga Nuclear Power Plant

Tsuruga nuclear power plant likely on active fault says NRA report

According to a new report released by the Nuclear Regulation Authority, “The crush zone running under the Tsuruga power station is very likely an active fault.”  The report also highlights the direction of…


Nuclear Regulatory Commission delays decision on San Onofre restart

According to an updated timeline posted on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s website, a decision to restart the San Onofre Unit 2 reactor has been delayed until the end of May. According to Victor…


Radioactive cesium in calves found higher than mothers after Fukushima Daiichi disaster

After the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster released enormous amounts of radiation into the environment, scientists and researchers in Japan began monitoring the concentration of Cesium-134 and Cesium-137 in the organs of 79 abandoned…

Fukushima Daiichi Unit 1

TEPCO plans to dump water stored at Fukushima Daiichi into Pacific

TEPCO has announced that it plans to dump contaminated water into the Pacific Ocean after processing it to reduce radioactive materials to legally permissible levels.  By “processing”, TEPCO means once-high radioactive content has…

Ohi Nuclear Power Plant Units 3 and 4

Japan may halt nuclear reactors again says NRA chairman

At a press conference on Wednesday, Nuclear Regulation Authority chairman Shunichi Tanaka said that the agency will not allow the Ohi reactors to continue operations if they fail to meet nuclear safety standards….


San Diego School District calls for NRC to conduct adjudicatory license amendment hearing process at San Onofre

The Board of Education of the San Diego Unified School District has passed a resolution Tuesday night, which calls for the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission to conduct an adjudicatory license amendment hearing…

Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant under decommissioning

Japan’s nuclear regulatory authority releases new nuclear safety standards draft

Japan’s Nuclear Regulatory Authority presented a draft outline of new safety standards for nuclear power plants in the wake of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, including countermeasures against severe accidents and criteria for…

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