July 30, 2008

A Guide to the Rebirth of Nuclear Power In the United States & Its Implications for the Nuclear Waste Industry

Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/e7ef88/the_rebirth_of_nuc) has announced the addition of the "The Rebirth of Nuclear Power In the United States" report to their offering.

American nuclear power is coming out of the shadows as a viable alternative energy source:

From President Bush's recent call for the United States to "take advantage of clean, safe nuclear power," to NRG Energy, Inc. announcing plans last fall to build new nuclear plants in Texas, to Westinghouse's new reactor design A1000, nuclear power is quickly becoming a strong contender as a new energy option.

Discover what a resurgence in nuclear energy would mean for the nuclear waste industry and your organization. In this exclusive special report, you'll get a concise crash course on the key indicators and their significance politically, technologically and from a business perspective. Find case studies, information on funding sources, and a heads-up on other inherent challenges you may not yet have envisioned.

This report is an essential primer for:

-- Power plant owners and operators

-- State and regional policymakers

-- Lobbyists representing nuclear and environmental industries/groups

-- Environmental law attorneys

-- State and regional regulators

-- Energy consultants

Executive Summary:

It was a relatively low-key announcement for what was arguably one of the most remarkable events the energy industry had seen for some three decades: From the press offices of the U.S. Energy Department (DoE) one Tuesday afternoon last September came the news that a utility was seeking approval to build two brand-new nuclear reactors 90 miles southwest of Houston. It was perhaps the most palpable evidence to date that, after a 30-year-haitus, nuclear power was poised for a comeback.

Not 12 weeks later, however, events were transpiring in the halls of Congress that would provide a sober reminder that -- despite the convergence of events that had ripened the nation for a nuclear power revival -- powerful political, financial, technological and social realities remained that could hinder, if not cripple, that resurgence. In the final weeks of 2007, congressional Democrats forced such severe cuts in federal funding for the high-level nuclear waste repository at Nevada's Yucca Mountain that DoE officials began questioning the viability of the project so critical to the success of nuclear power in this nation.

A relentless and increasing demand for electricity, global worries about coal-based fuels and their environmental impact, the potential for higher costs on climate-changing carbon dioxide that would make coal more expensive and a White House sympathetic to the nuclear industry: all those realities have forced the nation, even the global community, to take a new and hard look at nuclear power.

Key Topics Covered:

-- The Current State of Affairs

-- The Ball Starts Rolling in Texas

-- Rash of Relicensings Reopens Old

-- Taking Stock of the Costs Involved

-- Managing Uranium Stockpiles

-- New Technology Promises Better Performance but U.S. Reactor Technology May Be Lagging

-- Regulatory Hurdles the Industry Faces

-- How GNEP Factors In Waste: The Underlying Problem

-- Challenges for Packaging & Transportation

-- DoE, NRC Confront an Aging Workforce

-- The Renaissance Awakens Critics

-- Recent Investigations & Citations Raise Flags

-- Security in a Post-Sept. 11 Era

-- How the Climate Change Debate Will Affect Nuclear

-- The Need for Public Support

Companies Mentioned:

-- U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission

-- Long Island Lighting Co.

-- Nuclear Energy Institute

-- General Electric

-- Toshiba

-- Dominion Power

-- Nuclear Energy Institute

-- Tennessee Valley Authority

-- Brown's Ferry

-- Farley Nuclear

-- NuStart

-- Alabama Power

-- Constellation Energy

-- Duke Energy

-- EDF International North America

-- Entergy Nuclear

-- Beyond Nuclear

-- The Stanley Foundation

-- Areva

-- Southern Nuclear Operating Co.

-- Greenpeace

-- Friends of the Earth International

-- Sierra Club

-- Clean Water Action

-- Union of Concerned Scientists

-- Princeton University

Products Mentioned:

-- Advanced Boiling Water Reactor

-- Economic Simplified Boiling Water Reactor (GE Hitachi)

-- Advanced Pressurized Water Reactor

-- Evolutionary Power Reactor (Areva)

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