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Juno Probe - NASA

Juno spacecraft demonstrates viability of solar power in deep space

What NASA insisted for decades could not be­a spacecraft using solar energy rather than nuclear power going beyond the orbit of Mars­will be proven false next Monday, July 4th, Independence Day, when the…

Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant Closure

PG&E deal to close Diablo Canyon benefits residential consumers the most

This week, Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), the operators of the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant in California, agreed to a breakthrough deal which established the terms necessary to shut down the last…

PSEG Nuclear

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…

Quad Cities Nuclear Power Plant

Two nuclear power plants in Illinois waiting on subsidy judgement or face closure

Exelon has announced that it is considering closing two nuclear power stations in Illinois because they are no longer profitable. The utility claims that the impact of natural gas on the electricity market…

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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…

Cimarron Fuel Fabrication Facility - 3

Visiting the Cimarron Nuclear Fuel Fabrication Facility

The Cimarron site, located in the heart of tornado valley – just north of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, was used to fabricate enriched uranium and mixed oxide fuels for nuclear reactors from 1965–1975.  It…

Fukushima Daiichi

France, Japan and United States to work together on Fukushima decommissioning

The Japanese government has decided to work with the United States and France to develop new technologies to help operators decommission the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. The Science and Technology Ministry of…

St. Lucie nuclear power plant

Scuba diver sucked into St. Lucie nuclear power plant intake suing FP&L

On July 12th, 2015, Christopher Le Cun, a scuba diver and resident of South Florida, was boating, swimming and scuba diving with friends and family near the St. Lucie nuclear power plant. While…

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…

Clint-Plummer

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…

columbia-generating-station

Whistleblowers send warning at Columbia Generating Station

The Columbia Generating Station, the only commercial nuclear reactor in the state of Washington, has agreed to hire an independent investigator to look into whistleblower allegations that the plant has ignored operational and…

Chernobyl - Pripyat - 21

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,…

Animals of Fukushima Daiichi and Chernobyl - 8

The Animals at Fukushima Daiichi and Chernobyl

TEPCO released images this week of what appeared to be a fox that had entered the Fukushima Daiichi Unit 2 reactor. The animal pokes his head around and explores the contaminated structure. The…

Savannah River Site - Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility

More weapons-grade plutonium headed to Savannah River Site

Nearly an additional ton of weapons-grade plutonium will be shipped to the Savannah River Site (SRS) in South Carolina from Europe, the Pacific Rim (including from Japan), and North America.  The material would…

Genkai Nuclear Power Plant - Japan

Kyushu Electric set to decommission Genkai Unit 1 reactor

Officials from the Kyushu Electric Power Company in Japan announced that it will file decommissioning plans with the Nuclear Regulation Authority in Japan for the Genkai Unit 1 reactor in Saga Prefecture. The…

Chernobyl Trip 2015 - Editorial 3 - 31

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…

MOX-Facility

Two SRS MOX facility contractors accused of defrauding government

Two contractors at the Savannah River Site (SRS) in South Carolina have been indicted this week on charges of defrauding the federal government. Prosecutors indicted Phillip Thompson and Aaron Vennefron on 15 counts…

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