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The objectives of MSTD are: promote the advancement of materials science in Nuclear Science Technology; support the multidisciplines which constitute it; encourage research by providing a forum for the presentation, exchange, and documentation of relevant information; promote the interaction and communication among its members; and recognize and reward its members for significant contributions to the field of materials science in nuclear technology.
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Carbon value: Lifetime extensions of nuclear reactors could save billions in climate mitigation costs
On the road to achieving net-zero by midcentury, low- or no-carbon energy sources that slash carbon dioxide emissions are critical weapons. Nevertheless, the role of nuclear energy—the single largest source of carbon-free electricity—remains uncertain.
Nuclear energy, which provides 20 percent of the electricity in the United States, has been a constant, reliable, carbon-free source for nearly 50 years. But our fleet of nuclear reactors is aging, with more than half of the 92 operating reactors across 29 states at or over 40 years old—the length of the original operating licenses issued to the power plants. While some reactors have been retired prematurely, there are two options for those that remain: retire them or renew their license.
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.
Advanced Reactors — ANS-35-2018
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Assuring U.S. Global Nuclear Leadership — ANS-83-2021
Clearance of Solid Materials from Nuclear Facilities — ANS-50-2008
Creation of an Independent Entity to Manage U.S. Used Nuclear Fuel — ANS-22-2015
Decommissioning of Nuclear Power Reactors — ANS-13-2015
Disposal of Low-Level Radioactive Waste — ANS-11-2017
Disposition of Surplus Weapons Plutonium — ANS-47-2020
Diversity in the Nuclear Profession — ANS-66-2018
Food Irradiation — ANS-28-2016
Fusion Energy — ANS-12-2016
Health Effects of Low-Level Radiation — ANS-41-2020
Interim Storage of Used or Spent Nuclear Fuel — ANS-76-2017
Licensing of Yucca Mountain as a Geological Repository for Radioactive Wastes — ANS-80-2017
Maintaining a Viable Nuclear Industry Workforce — ANS-29-2006
Nonproliferation — ANS-55-2009
Nuclear Energy's Role in Climate Change Policy — ANS-44-2022
Nuclear Engineering Licensure — ANS-61-2016
Nuclear Facility Safety Standards — ANS-24-2006
Nuclear Fuel Recycling — ANS-45-2014
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission — ANS-77-2016
Nuclear Technology's Critical Role In The World's Future Energy Supply — ANS-43-2019
Price-Anderson Act — ANS-54-2019
Research and Training Reactors — ANS-53-2011
Risk-Informed and Performance-Based Regulations for Nuclear Power Plants — ANS-46-2017
Safety of Nuclear Power — ANS-51-2021
Small Modular Reactors — ANS-25-2020
Societal Benefits of Radiation — ANS-73-2008
Space Nuclear Power and Propulsion Systems — ANS-40-2009
Stewardship of Nuclear Engineering Education — ANS-21-2007
Transportation of Radioactive Materials — ANS-18-2021
U.S. Commercial Nuclear Power Plants: A Vital National Asset — ANS-26-2017
U.S. Radioisotope Supply — ANS-30-2004
The Use of Highly Enriched Uranium for the Production of Medical Isotopes — ANS-72-2022
The Use of Thorium as Nuclear Fuel — ANS-78-2020