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The Young Members Group works to encourage and enable all young professional members to be actively involved in the efforts and endeavors of the Society at all levels (Professional Divisions, ANS Governance, Local Sections, etc.) as they transition from the role of a student to the role of a professional. It sponsors non-technical workshops and meetings that provide professional development and networking opportunities for young professionals, collaborates with other Divisions and Groups in developing technical and non-technical content for topical and national meetings, encourages its members to participate in the activities of the Groups and Divisions that are closely related to their professional interests as well as in their local sections, introduces young members to the rules and governance structure of the Society, and nominates young professionals for awards and leadership opportunities available to members.
2020 ANS Annual Meeting
June 8–11, 2020
Online Virtual Meeting
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Nuclear Science and Engineering
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U.S. nuclear capacity factors: Resiliency and new realities
In the early years of the Nuclear News capacity factors survey, any factor over 70 was deemed excellent; any factor under 50 was considered poor. By that standard, all but two operating U.S. power reactors chalked up excellent performance during 2017–2019. A record 809.4 TWh of electricity was generated in the United States from nuclear energy in 2019, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), besting the record of 807.1 TWh set in 2018.
Nuclear News staff developed the capacity factors survey in the early 1980s as a way to identify the most productive reactors in an expanding fleet. Fleet improvement was the industry’s self-identified goal, but no one could anticipate the startlingly rapid pace of improvement, spurred by the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations (INPO), which boosted fleetwide performance to highs that continue today.
The American Nuclear Society provides statements which reflect the Society's perspectives on issues of public interest that involve various aspects of nuclear science and technology. Position statements are prepared by key members whose relevant experience or publications inform the documents and then the documents are reviewed by ANS committees and divisions. The final position statements are approved by the Board of Directors.
Price-Anderson Act — ANS-54-2019
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Nuclear Technology's Critical Role In The World's Future Energy Supply — ANS-43-2019
Advanced Reactors — ANS-35-2018
U.S. Commercial Nuclear Power Plants: A Vital National Asset — ANS-26-2017
The Safety of Transporting Radioactive Materials — ANS-18-2017
Fusion Energy — ANS-12-2016
Small Modular Reactors — ANS-25-2011
External Costs of Energy Technologies — ANS-63-2010
International Cooperation for Expansion of Nuclear Energy* — ANS-79-2006
Risk-Informed and Performance-Based Regulations for Nuclear Power Plants — ANS-46-2017
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission — ANS-77-2016
Decommissioning of Nuclear Power Reactors — ANS-13-2015
Reactor Safety — ANS-51-2007
Nuclear Facility Safety Standards — ANS-24-2006
Disposition of Surplus Weapons Plutonium — ANS-47-2020
Interim Storage of Used or Spent Nuclear Fuel — ANS-76-2017
Disposal of Low-Level Radioactive Waste — ANS-11-2017
Creation of an Independent Entity to Manage U.S. Used Nuclear Fuel — ANS-22-2015
Nuclear Fuel Recycling — ANS-45-2014
Licensing of Yucca Mountain as a Geological Repository for Radioactive Wastes — ANS-80-2009
Clearance of Solid Materials from Nuclear Facilities — ANS-50-2008
The Use of Thorium as Nuclear Fuel — ANS-78-2006
U.S. Global Nuclear Leadership Through Export-Driven Engagement — ANS-83-2012
Nonproliferation — ANS-55-2009
Space Nuclear Power and Propulsion Systems — ANS-40-2009
Food Irradiation — ANS-28-2009
Societal Benefits of Radiation — ANS-73-2008
The Use of Highly Enriched Uranium for the Production of Medical Isotopes — ANS-72-2005
U.S. Radioisotope Supply — ANS-30-2004
Nuclear Energy's Role in Climate Change Policy — ANS-44-2019
A Declaration on Sustainable Development — ANS-37-2010
Health Effects of Low-Level Radiation — ANS-41-2001
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Diversity in the Nuclear Profession — ANS-66-2018
Research and Training Reactors — ANS-53-2011
Stewardship of Nuclear Engineering Education — ANS-21-2007
Maintaining a Viable Nuclear Industry Workforce — ANS-29-2006
Nuclear Engineering Licensure — ANS-61-2003
Preserving Experimental Benchmark Work — ANS-48-1999