A hearing titled "Lessons from Fukushima One Year Later: NRC's Implementation of Recommendations for Enhancing Nuclear Reactor Safety in the 21st Century" will be held in the U.S. Senate on Thursday, March 15, at 10:00 AM EDT. The hearing will be a joint session of the Senate's Committee on Environment and Public Works and the Subcommittee on Clean Air and Nuclear Safety.
March 12, 2012, 6:00AMANS Nuclear Cafe
March 7, 2012, 10:45PMANS Nuclear Cafe
March 7, 2012, 7:00AMANS Nuclear Cafe
We are within one week of the one year anniversary of the Great North East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami. That powerful punch from nature slowly destroyed four out of six of the nuclear units at Fukushima Daiichi while the world watched with rapt attention.
March 5, 2012, 10:00PMANS Nuclear Cafe
The American Nuclear Society Special Committee on Fukushima has been conducting a comprehensive study of the events at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant following the Great East Japan earthquake of 2011. The special committee was tasked with providing a clear and concise explanation of what happened during the Fukushima Daiichi accident, and offer recommendations based on lessons learned. A report from the special committee will be released at a press conference on Thursday, March 8, at 10AM EST. The press conference will be webcast at http://www.visualwebcaster.com/event.asp?id=85244, and the report will be available for download at http://fukushima.ans.org/.
March 2, 2012, 9:00PMANS Nuclear Cafe
Webcast event available from National Press Club
February 24, 2012, 8:00PMANS Nuclear Cafe
Steven A. Arndt, Ph.D., P.E., cited as best engineer in federal service
February 2, 2012, 7:00AMANS Nuclear Cafe
The American Nuclear Society's Center for Nuclear Science and Technology Information and the ANS Outreach Department will be sponsoring a one-day teacher workshop on Sunday, February 26, in Phoenix, Ariz. The workshop-Detecting Radiation in Our Radioactive World-is intended for science educators (including biology, chemistry, earth science, physics, physical science, life science, environmental, and general science teachers) at the high school and middle school levels. The workshop will be held prior to WM2012, the international waste management conference that takes place annually in Phoenix.
January 30, 2012, 7:00AMANS Nuclear Cafe
January 25, 2012, 7:00AMANS Nuclear Cafe
Today is National Nuclear Science Day, an event celebrating nuclear science and technology. The American Nuclear Society is proud to be a sponsor of this full-day event at the Illinois Institute of Technology that features world-class nuclear experts in many fields of nuclear science and technology. The experts, during presentations during the day, are explaining what nuclear is all about during live internet webinars and question-and-answer sessions for students in grades 5-12 (and other interested parties).
January 24, 2012, 6:59AMANS Nuclear Cafe
January 17, 2012, 7:00AMANS Nuclear Cafe
January 12, 2012, 7:00AMANS Nuclear Cafe
Once upon a time...
January 11, 2012, 7:00AMANS Nuclear Cafe
I recently joined the latest social media phenomenon-"Pinterest"-after some good old-fashioned peer pressure from my pals. Basically it is an online scrapbook, where you can collect images from all over the Internet and organize or "pin" them under categories like "recipes to try" or "ideas for the garden" on your personal page. There is very little text and not much user-to-user interaction. You just browse thousands of images of party dresses, wedding ideas, art, or whatever you or other users have uploaded to the site. Essentially it's a whole lot of eye candy.
November 2, 2011, 9:27AMANS Nuclear Cafe
Our intrepid reporter files another update from the ANS Winter Meeting.
October 26, 2011, 6:00AMANS Nuclear Cafe
The Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant is undergoing a refueling outage. For most plants, the situation would be business as usual. The state of Vermont, however, believes it has the power to shut down Vermont Yankee in March 2012, even though the plant has a 20-year license extension from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. In order to continue operations at Vermont Yankee, Entergy (the plant's owner and operator) has sued the state.
October 18, 2011, 6:00AMANS Nuclear Cafe
October 17, 2011, 6:00AMANS Nuclear Cafe
For a while in the early 1990s, my work at Nuclear News magazine included coverage of Washington, D.C. Eight or ten times a year, I'd spend two or three days in our nation's capital, attending congressional hearings, interviewing bigwigs, pestering agencies to give me copies of arcane documents, and frantically taking notes in public meetings at the headquarters of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
October 6, 2011, 6:00AMANS Nuclear Cafe
A collaborative effort between the American Nuclear Society and the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission resulted in a successful 90-minute webinar on nuclear safety issues on October 4.
September 23, 2011, 6:00AMANS Nuclear Cafe
The American Nuclear Society's Public Education Program will be sponsoring a one-day teacher workshop on Saturday, October 29, in Washington, DC. The workshop-Detecting Radiation in Our Radioactive World-is intended for science educators (including biology, chemistry, earth science, physics, physical science, life science, environmental, and general science teachers) at the high school and middle school levels. The workshop will be held prior to the ANS Winter Conference, October 30-November 3, 2011.
August 30, 2011, 6:00AMANS Nuclear Cafe