America Risks Missing Out On A Global Nuclear Power Revival.
Council on Foreign Relations 4th Sept 2018 read more »
The world will suffer from the deterioration of nuclear non-proliferation and security standards that the United States spent decades establishing. The risks to U.S. national security and its global interests are serious if Russia and China remain unchallenged. The United States must participate in the commercial export market so it can insist on strict protocols that promote nuclear security, deter nuclear theft, and prevent weapons development. U.S. nuclear technology exports have been in decline for a generation, but there is a new window of opportunity for the United States to revitalize its nuclear industry. Washington can harness the world’s renewed attention to mitigating climate change and the opportunity to commercialize new reactor designs to meet rising demand. But the U.S. nuclear industry, burdened by official neglect and unfair competition, will need policy support to succeed. To reverse its fortunes, the United States can restore its position in the market by pursuing a bipartisan solution that advocates actively for nuclear energy, aids American businesses, and helps deploy clean energy globally.
Washington Quarterly (accessed) 6th Sept 2018 read more »
Hanford Challenge is calling for an independent study of the threat that radioactive contamination might pose to the Tri-Cities from the Hanford nuclear reservation. On Tuesday it released a research report by Marco Kaltofen, an engineer with Boston Chemical Data Corp., who has been collecting Hanford-area samples at times since at least 2008. His latest report found “modest but detectable level(s)” of radioactive material that had collected on the air filters of three vehicles belonging to Hanford workers. The vehicles had been checked and cleared to leave the Hanford nuclear reservation, where they had been at the Plutonium Finishing Plant.
Tri City Herald 4th Sept 2018 read more »
The Trump administration has revived the discussion of using Yucca Mountain in Nevada as a repository for the nation’s nuclear waste. Nevada officials remain opposed to the idea of putting spent nuclear fuel in long-term storage at a site about 100 miles from Las Vegas. But while a bill to resurrect Yucca Mountain as a storage site moves through Congress, other groups have stepped forward with plans to site, build, and operate nuclear waste storage and disposal facilities in areas including Texas and New Mexico. Those plans have reignited the debate about what the U.S. should do with its nuclear waste, along with the discussion of whether the federal government or the individual states should take the lead in developing long-term storage plans. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) says at least 12 U.S. reactors are committed to closing over the next five years, joining the more than 20 reactors shuttered over the past 10 years across the country. That’s lot of spent nuclear fuel, in multiple locations, in need of safe storage, whether at an interim site or at a facility designed for long-term storage.
Power Mag 5th Sept 2018 read more »