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

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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Task force issues assessment of U.S. nuclear energy R&D funding for 2020s

La Grange Park, IL –A task force commissioned by the American Nuclear Society (ANS) issued an assessment of U.S. nuclear energy research and development funding needs for the 2020s. The study is a prospectus for appropriations as Congress and the Biden administration consider ways to support and expand America’s largest carbon-free energy technology, nuclear energy.

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Statement on the death of Secretary George P. Shultz

ANS remembers the life of George P. Shultz and mourns his passing. A nonproliferation hero and renowned statesman, Shultz leaves behind a legacy that will continue to inspire for generations to come.

As U.S. Secretary of State, Shultz was paramount in achieving a peaceful end to the Cold War and shepherding landmark arms control agreements with the Soviet Union, including the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces Treaty of 1987.

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American Nuclear Society recommends NNSA use surplus plutonium for clean energy

La Grange Park, IL – The American Nuclear Society (ANS) is recommending that the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) consider using surplus plutonium from nuclear weapons as fuel for advanced reactors to generate carbon-free energy, rather than diluting and disposing 34 metric tons of weapons-grade plutonium at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in New Mexico as proposed by the NNSA.

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Statement from the American Nuclear Society on the appointment of Christopher T. Hanson as NRC chair

On behalf of America’s nuclear professionals, we applaud President Biden for designating ANS member Christopher T. Hanson as chair of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC).

The NRC plays a critical role in ensuring nuclear technology and materials are used safely to provide zero-carbon energy, detect and treat cancer, and protect the food supply, among many other applications.

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EU Taxonomy to Include Nuclear Energy as Sustainable Energy Source ANS Position

A PDF version of the letter can be downloaded here.

I write on behalf of the American Nuclear Society (ANS) to recommend the EU’s inclusion of nuclear energy as a sustainable energy source securing Europe’s prosperous future. ANS and the 10,000 nuclear technology professionals it represents are committed to advancing, fostering, and promoting the development and application of nuclear sciences and technologies to benefit humanity.

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ESC letter to DOE transition team

A PDF version of the letter from the ESC is available to download here.

Dear Dr. Arun Majumdar and DOE Transition Team Members:

The Energy Sciences Coalition (ESC) thanks you for your public service. As you prepare policy and funding recommendations for the incoming Biden Administration, ESC urges you to prioritize investments in the Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science. The DOE Office of Science is critical to advancing the fundamental science and early-stage energy technologies necessary to achieve ambitious net-zero goals; developing Industries of the Future and emerging technologies; and maintaining the highly skilled science and technology workforce that is essential for the United States to compete globally.

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Statement from UAE Section of ANS Chair Gale Hauck on Barakah

At Barakah Site, we feel so lucky to be a part of such a historic achievement and to have contributed in some small way. I came to the UAE almost three years ago with the hope that I could see a first core initial startup at least once in my career. Now that it’s happened, it’s a little surreal. While we celebrate our accomplishments at the site, we remain focused on our everyday work. There’s still much to do to ensure Units 2, 3, and 4 can safely start up on schedule.


Note: Hauck is also the Deputy Site Manager at Barakah for Westinghouse Electric Co.

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