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2008-07-23 03:00:53

By Wayne Madsen America's twin crises of skyrocketing energy costs and catastrophic climate-change effects shouldn't be a convenient excuse to push nuclear power as a viable replacement for coal, oil and natural gas power-generating plants. The nuclear disaster at the Soviet Union's Chernobyl nuclear power plant in 1986 and the near-disaster at Three Mile Island in Pennsylvania in 1979 are reasons enough to strike nuclear power from the list of acceptable non-fossil and carbon...

2008-07-17 09:01:11

WASHINGTON _ America's twin crises of sky-rocketing energy costs and catastrophic climate change effects shouldn't be a convenient excuse to push nuclear power as a viable replacement for coal, oil and natural gas power-generating plants. The nuclear disaster at the Soviet Union's Chernobyl nuclear power plant in 1986 and the near-disaster at Three Mile Island in Pennsylvania in 1979 are reasons enough to strike nuclear power from the list of acceptable non-fossil and carbon energy sources....

2008-07-15 03:00:32

By McKenzie, Lawrence J The nuclear energy industry faces a critical shortage of workers over the next five years. According to Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) surveys conducted in 2004 and 20051, up to 23,000 workers may be eligible to retire, representing 40 percent of all jobs in the sector. Additionally, nearly half of industry employees are more than 47 years old and as of 2007, less than 4 percent of the nuclear technician workforce is under the age of 33. To meet the current and...

2008-06-17 21:00:20

By THE CANADIAN PRESS SASKATOON - Saskatchewan, the world's largest producer of uranium, looked to jump into the nuclear game Tuesday with word that Bruce Power (TSX:CCO, TSX:TRP) will study the possibility of building a reactor in the province. But critics charged that the move is aimed at pitting Saskatchewan and Alberta against each other in a nuclear race. Duncan Hawthorne, president and CEO of Bruce Power, announced that the company will undertake a feasibility study on the...

2008-06-17 12:00:48

WASHINGTON, June 17 /PRNewswire/ -- The Clean and Safe Energy Coalition (CASEnergy Coalition) today released a new white paper titled, Job Creation in the Nuclear Renaissance that catalogues the potential for tens of thousands of American jobs in the nuclear energy industry in the next decade. Coalition Co-chair Christine Todd Whitman, former EPA administrator and New Jersey governor, was joined by a diverse group of leaders to support the positive economic and environmental impact of...

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2008-03-12 15:05:00

With a proposed fiscal year 2009 budget of $20 million, the effort by the Department of Energy, Oak Ridge National Laboratory and partners to develop grid-appropriate reactors is gaining steam. Grid-appropriate reactors are typically between 250 megawatts and 500 megawatts, making them far more affordable and practical for developing nations than the typical 1,300-megawatt commercial light-water reactor. This is in part because these nations have smaller power grids and less well-developed...

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2008-02-18 00:20:00

A new field called "nuclear forensics" is brining scientists together from across the globe with the goal of thwarting atomic terrorism. Between 1993 and 2007 there were 1,340 cases reported of illicit trafficking of nuclear materials around the world, according to Anita Nilsson, director of the office of nuclear safety at the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna, Austria. "Nuclear terrorism is a global threat, not local or regional," she said. Speaking to the annual meeting of the...

2008-01-07 09:00:49

Florida Power & Light Company's St. Lucie nuclear power plant Unit 2 returned online January 4 following a scheduled refueling and maintenance outage. Unit 2 was taken offline September 30 for its 17th refueling since it began commercial operation in 1983. During refueling outages, scheduled about every 18 months, FPL also performs preventive and scheduled maintenance work that cannot be done when the plant is operating. Work performed during the plant shutdown ranked among the...

2006-07-26 09:51:35

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Radioactive water has spilled in a Russian nuclear submarine, but has not escaped into the environment, local media reported on Wednesday. "The radioactivity level inside and outside the atomic submarine is normal. There is no pollution risk," a navy spokesman told Russian news agencies. The feedwater -- which is used to cool the reactor -- had been spilled when removing the reactor from the submarine in the Arctic naval base of Vidyaevo, the news agencies said....

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2006-04-20 00:00:00

By Jon Hurdle MIDDLETOWN, Pennsylvania -- Four giant cooling towers loom over the Three Mile Island nuclear plant, reminders of the fears and hopes surrounding an industry that may help cut U.S. dependence on foreign oil. Two towers stand quiet, idle since a partial meltdown in a reactor almost 30 years ago in the nation's worst nuclear accident. Two others belch steam from an active reactor, providing cheap electricity to 400,000 homes. Unlike the Chernobyl disaster in Ukraine -- which will...


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