Nuclear energy

Interest in nuclear energy is growing on Capitol Hill. While there is a broad range of opinion about the positive and negative impacts of nuclear energy, there is growing recognition that its future role should be fully explored.

25 Aug 2008

Professors Brian Toon and Alan Robock of the University of Colorado and Rutgers University, recently presented their research on the potential climatic effects of a nuclear conflict to congressional staffers and interested parties.  The event, sponsored by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), examined the environmental impact of a hypothetical nuclear war between India and Pakistan.

20 Jun 2008

Significant changes were made in the final FY 2008 funding bill to the budget request for the Department of Energy's Office of Nuclear Energy. Some of its programs received considerably more funding than what was requested, while significant cuts were made in budgets for other programs.        

16 Jan 2008

Major questions surround the future role of nuclear power in providing baseline energy in the United States. On November 16, Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) addressed the American Nuclear Society in a speech entitled “Nuclear Energy in a Carbon Constrained World.”His speech provides a good overview on the status, outlook, and ramifications of nuclear power, excerpts of which follow.

30 Nov 2009

“There is no doubt that the accident at Three Mile Island permanently changed both the nuclear industry and the NRC.” - Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Thirty years after the most serious nuclear accident in the history of the U.S. commercial nuclear power industry, a Senate subcommittee  held a hearing to examine the lessons learned from the partial meltdown of the reactor core in one of the two units of the Three Mile Island Nuclear Power Plant outside of Harrisburg PA.

20 Apr 2009

An  interdisciplinary MIT study offers important new perspectives on many of the  long-running issues surrounding the future utilization of nuclear energy in the  United States.  In several areas, the  report provides the basis for a fundamental rethinking of long-held assumptions  about reactor fuel, reactor design, and the disposition of spent nuclear fuel.

29 Oct 2010

The House Committee on Science and Technology’s Energy and Environment Subcommittee recently reported favorably the Nuclear Energy Research and Development Act of 2010 (H.R. 5866) to the full committee.

17 Aug 2010

On June 29 three administrative judges of the Atomic Safety and Licensing Board of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission denied a motion by the Department of Energy to withdraw its construction authorization application for a high-level nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain, Nevada.  While this denial does not clear the way for the repository to built, a Board decision to grant this DOE motion would have effectively terminated the repository for all time.

12 Jul 2010

“In order to meet the Administration’s goals of energy security and greenhouse gas reductions, nuclear energy must play an important role in the national energy portfolio.”- Nuclear Energy Research and Development Roadmap

18 Jun 2010

“Science and technology (S&T) will play a critical role in advancing the US plan to balance deterrence with downsizing the US nuclear arsenal.” - APS Panel on Public Affairs

Movement toward the global reduction and the eventual elimination of nuclear weapons will involve a complex interplay of diplomatic measures, protocols, and science and technology.  An important report by the American Physical Society’s Panel on Public Affairs outlines a strategy for how science and technology can inform governments working toward nuclear disarmament.

10 Mar 2010


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