Shareable Infographics

ANS regularly creates downloadable infographics and images to be shared by email or social media to extoll the value and contributions of nuclear science and technology. They’re ideally suited to help better inform your friends, family, neighbors, colleagues, and government officials on all things nuclear.


Nuclear Powers America: Let's Keep It Running


NEI’S Nuclear by the Numbers report – distilling nuclear power’s contributions

Nuclear Energy Institute has updated their “Nuclear by the Numbers” study to better reflect the contributions of America’s nuclear power plants in delivering cost-efficient clean electricity.

ANS has likewise updated our social media shareables that depict the report’s updated findings. These images are ideal for sharing online via social media or email to friends, family, colleagues, environmentalists, activist groups, government officials, and policymakers.

So – download, post, and link to NEI’s Nuclear by the Numbers report that summarizes the environmental and economic contributions of nuclear energy, including:

  • Nuclear power is America’s largest carbon-free energy source:
    • Nuclear generation supplied 54.8% of America’s carbon-free electricity in 2019
    • Nuclear energy generated 19.7% of America’s electricity in 2019
  • U.S. nuclear power plants avoided 505.8 million metric tons of carbon in 2019:
    • Equivalent of taking nearly 110 million cars off the road
  • Nuclear energy added $60 billion to United States’ GDP in 2019:
    • Nuclear energy supports 475,000 jobs across America
    • Nuclear energy contributes $12.2 billion in federal and state taxes each year
    • Nuclear energy saved U.S. consumers an average of 6% in electricity bills
  • U.S. nuclear power plants set industry-breaking records in 2019:
    • Generated 809.4 billion/kWh of electricity
    • Achieved highest average capacity factor ever at 93.4%
    • Achieved lowest electricity generating costs since 2002 – at $30.41/MWh

Risk-informed and performance-based regulatory reform

A series of images attempt to explain the rationale behind the consensus among nuclear engineers and scientists in favor of risk-informed, performance-based regulation in setting nuclear safety standards. These are just the first batch aimed at explaining a very complex topic.

Considering past performances, likelihood of events, and what is important and essential – and what isn’t – is at the heart of risk-informed, performance-based regulation. Prescriptive standards and regulations codify experience without providing flexibility. Standards and regulations ought to evolve instead with our scientific understanding of the technology and risks.

ANS supports regulatory reform that improves plant performance by leveraging risk-informed and performance-based analysis to focus on the most safety-significant issues while explicitly identifying performance outcomes, setting objective criteria, and measuring performance. Visit http://ans.org/choices to learn more.


Top U.S. power plants by electric generation in 2019 – EIA report:

Nine of the top 10 power plants generating the most electricity in America are nuclear-powered, says a new report by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). Carbon-free, energy-dense nuclear tops the list but 10 years ago it was a mix of clean nuclear & dirty coal-fired plants. Read ANS Newswire’s article on the report here.


Press Releases on the Newswire

A Statement from Craig Piercy, CEO and Executive Director of the American Nuclear Society, on FY2022 E&W Appropriations

“On behalf of the 10,000 members of the American Nuclear Society, I thank House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Chairwoman Marcy Kaptur, Ranking Member Mike Simpson, and the full House Appropriations Committee for including increased support for nuclear R&D and education and workforce programs in the Fiscal Year 2022 Energy and Water appropriations bill.

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American Nuclear Society urges Biden to fill NRC seats

The American Nuclear Society (ANS) requests President Biden restore the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to five commissioners by naming and expediting nominees to the agency. The impending vacancy of Commissioner Annie Caputo’s seat after June 30 will reduce the five-member NRC to three commissioners. NRC commissioners are appointed by the president and confirmed by the Senate for staggered five-year terms.

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A Statement from Craig Piercy, CEO and Executive Director of the American Nuclear Society on President Biden’s FY22 budget request

"The American Nuclear Society welcomes the release of President Biden’s Fiscal Year 2022 budget request. As the scientific and professional organization for over 10,000 nuclear engineers and technologists in the U.S., we applaud the administration’s support for federal investments in advanced nuclear energy and tax credit mechanisms for our existing fleet of carbon-free nuclear power plants.

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Statement on the 10th anniversary of Fukushima

This week marks the tenth anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami that killed approximately 19,000 people in Japan and subsequently triggered the Fukushima Daiichi accident. The International Atomic Energy Agency rated Fukushima as a level 7 major accident, the highest on its scale. Thankfully, no civilian deaths or discernible cancer rate increases can be attributed to radiation released from the accident, according to the United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation. However, over 1,000 died in the evacuation of the Fukushima prefecture. Most of the victims were elderly and vulnerable, and died primarily from exposure to cold weather, stress and inadequate access to healthcare and housing.

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Statement on the successful landing of NASA's Perseverance rover on Mars

ANS congratulates NASA for the successful landing of Perseverance on Mars. We look forward to watching from afar its exploration of the Red Planet and search for past microbial life. This is a proud moment as well for nuclear science and technology as a multi-mission radioisotope thermoelectric generator will be powering the rover to mission success.

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