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The division's objectives are to promote the advancement of knowledge and understanding of the fundamental physical phenomena characterizing nuclear reactors and other nuclear systems. The division encourages research and disseminates information through meetings and publications. Areas of technical interest include nuclear data, particle interactions and transport, reactor and nuclear systems analysis, methods, design, validation and operating experience and standards. The Wigner Award heads the awards program.
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Metz on Harold Denton: Memories of a life in nuclear safety
A number of years ago, historian and writer Chuck Metz Jr. was at the Bush’s Visitor Center in Tennessee’s Great Smoky Mountains when he ran into former Nuclear Regulatory Commission official Harold Denton and his wife. Metz was at the visitor center, which opened in 2010 and is now a tourist hotspot, because, as he explained to the Dentons at the time, he had overseen the development of its on-site museum and had written a companion coffee-table history book.
The chance meeting turned into a friendship and a fruitful collaboration. Denton, who in 1979 was the public spokesperson for the NRC as the Three Mile Island-2 accident unfolded, had been working on his memoir, but he was stuck. He asked Metz for help with the organization and compilation of his notes. “I was about to retire,” Metz said, “but I thought that exploring the nuclear world might be an interesting change of pace.”
Denton passed away in 2017, but by then Metz had spent many hours with his fast friend and was able to complete the memoir, Three Mile Island and Beyond: Memories of a Life in Nuclear Safety, which was published recently by ANS. Metz shared some of his thoughts about Denton and the book with Nuclear News. The interview was conducted by NN’s David Strutz.
ANS works on behalf of its members to advocate for policies that advance nuclear science and technology. In Washington, D.C. and at the state level, ANS looks for opportunities to support policies that advance nuclear science in medicine, energy, education, and aerospace. ANS works in a variety of ways to encourage policies that recognize the benefits nuclear science and technology bring to our lives.
Each year ANS provides testimony on Department of Energy (DOE) programs to the House and Senate Energy and Water Appropriations Subcommittees for the upcoming fiscal year. The testimony looks to further advance nuclear-related funding levels and nuclear-related policy issues. For more information on the federal budget process click here.
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ANS formed the Nuclear Waste Policy Task Force in 2019 to interact with policymakers, government representatives, and the public on spent fuel and high-level radioactive waste management issues.
The issue of nuclear waste policy is of paramount importance for the nuclear technology community. Effective radioactive waste management is necessary to allow for the application of nuclear technology. In particular, this refers to restricting the development of advanced reactors which would provide reliable, carbon-free energy if the waste issue is not sufficiently addressed.
In June 2019, ANS Nuclear Waste Policy Task Force Chair Steve Nesbit provided testimony for a hearing before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. The purpose of the hearing was to examine options for the interim and long-term storage of nuclear waste and to consider S.1234, the Nuclear Waste Administration Act of 2019.
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Proposal for Progress on Nuclear Waste Management
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The Special Committee on Advanced Reactor Policy (SCARP) was organized in 2018 by then ANS President John Kelly to survey existing advanced reactor-related legislation and policy proposals in order to develop integrated policy-related recommendations. In examining current federal policies in law, regulation, public pronouncement and practice, the Special Committee developed an eight-page report aimed at accelerating the deployment of advanced reactors in the U.S. and abroad that best represent the consensus position of the U.S. nuclear community.
The Special Committee knows that it is essential for the federal government, specifically the U.S. Department of Energy, to actively support accelerated development of the advanced reactor standards by standards development organizations (SDOs) that the U.S. NRC would incorporate into its regulatory policies, guidelines, and activities so as to not delay or complicate the timely licensing of the first generation of advanced reactor.
It is the Committee’s hope that the NRC, DOE, and SDO community review the report and implement its recommendations when moving forward with advanced reactor standards development and policies related to advanced reactor deployment. The Special Report was officially introduced at the ANS Winter Meeting in November 2019.
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Setting the Right Bar: How Consensus Standards Help Advanced Reactor Development
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ANS members can re-watch the September 2019 webinar which examines the health effects and polarizing questions surrounding the topic of low-dose radiation.
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ANS members can re-watch the November 2019 webinar discussion on the political landscape of nuclear as we near the 2020 fall election season. Topics covered range from interacting with the green community on nuclear, low-dose radiation, and a breakdown of current federal nuclear legislation.
The ANS Nuclear Policy Wire provides members with up to date information on the ever-changing federal nuclear policy landscape.
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The ANS Nuclear Policy Wire also produces the Nuclear All-Stars series! Where we interview some of nuclear’s biggest advocates in Congress to chat about upcoming legislation and why nuclear is important to them.
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