In my September post at the ANS Nuclear Cafe, I discussed the Democratic and Republican party platforms, along with their potential impacts on nuclear energy. With the 2012 U.S. elections now behind us, this post provides a post-election follow up, and discusses the impacts of the election results on nuclear's prospects over the near- to mid-term.
December 20, 2012, 7:00AMANS Nuclear Cafe
November 21, 2012, 7:00AMANS Nuclear Cafe
September 18, 2012, 6:00AMANS Nuclear Cafe
Both the Republicans and the Democrats have recently released their party platforms. Here's a look at what each platform has to say about energy and environmental issues in general, and on nuclear specifically.
June 20, 2012, 5:00PMANS Nuclear Cafe
Several important events have recently occurred involving the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository, and the interactions between the two.
February 6, 2012, 7:00AMANS Nuclear Cafe
Soon after declaring that it would end the Yucca Mountain repository project, the Obama administration created the Blue Ribbon Commission on America's Nuclear Future to reevaluate the nation's nuclear waste program and policies. The commission was asked to recommend improvements to the waste program and the Nuclear Waste Policy Act (NWPA), and to make general recommendations on the path forward. The commission was specifically instructed to not address the Yucca Mountain project, or any specific project or site. The commission's final report was released this month.
January 27, 2012, 7:00PMANS Nuclear Cafe
The Blue Ribbon Commission on America's Nuclear Future released its final report on Thursday, January 26. The report contains recommendations for a comprehensive U.S. strategy for managing spent nuclear fuel and high-level radioactive waste.
November 15, 2011, 7:00AMANS Nuclear Cafe
October 25, 2011, 6:00AMANS Nuclear Cafe
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 15, 2011, 6:00AMANS Nuclear Cafe
Next stop, federal court!
September 12, 2011, 6:00AMANS Nuclear Cafe
Last month, the Blue Ribbon Commission (BRC) on America's Nuclear Energy Future released its long-awaited full draft report to Secretary Chu, based upon the findings of each of its subcommittees. Several nuclear bloggers offered their thoughts on the draft summary of the BRC recommendations when they were posted back in May. Since that time, the release of the full draft report expands upon earlier BRC recommendations, which largely focused upon centralized interim storage for spent nuclear fuel until a new permanent geological repository can be sited.
August 29, 2011, 6:00AMANS Nuclear Cafe
ANS President Eric Loewen sends letter to Chairman Jaczko and NRC commissioners to stress the importance and obligation to complete licensing application
August 15, 2011, 6:00AMANS Nuclear Cafe
August 9, 2011, 3:44PMANS Nuclear Cafe
The American Nuclear Society issues a comprehensive spent fuel report
May 18, 2011, 6:00AMANS Nuclear Cafe
On May 13, the Blue Ribbon Commission on America's Nuclear Future released its draft conclusions and recommendations. Despite its more general sounding title, the commission's work mostly concerned the nuclear waste issue. It was created by President Obama's administration primarily to investigate alternatives to the proposed Yucca Mountain repository, after the administration moved to shut that program down. While the commission did release some recommendations on other issues such as advanced reactors and Fukishima, this post will focus on its recommendations concerning nuclear waste policy.
May 5, 2011, 6:00AMANS Nuclear Cafe
The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments on March 22, 2011, for the lawsuit brought by three private citizens of Washington State challenging the president's authority to cancel the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository.
March 29, 2011, 6:00AMANS Nuclear Cafe
The court will decide Yucca Mountain's future, not the president