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Vermont Yankee ends its service
The Vermont Yankee plant ceased operation yesterday after more than 402 years in service. All of the plants with "Yankee" in their name are now shuttered. These plants were the forerunners of nuclear power development across the country and among the earlie...
The Vermont Yankee plant ceased operation yesterday after more than 402 years in service. All of the plants with "Yankee" in their name are now shuttered. These plants were the forerunners of nuclear power development across ...
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Atomic laughs
Long before the Simpsons we can find examples of nuclear humor. I've found a number of old postcards that have radioactive stuff at the center of the humor.  The first card is from a set Tout au radium (Everything radium) by an early 20th century illustrato...
Long before the Simpsons we can find examples of nuclear humor. I've found a number of old postcards that have radioactive stuff at the center of the humor.  The first card is from a set Tout au radium (Everything radium) by ...
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The Father of the Indian Nuclear Program
I am off to India Sunday to attend a wedding in Calcutta, my second trip in the past few months, the first being in November to lecture at a nuclear law course at National Law University, Delhi. In anticipation of the trip, I thought this first day cover fr...
I am off to India Sunday to attend a wedding in Calcutta, my second trip in the past few months, the first being in November to lecture at a nuclear law course at National Law University, Delhi. In anticipation of the trip, I...
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Nuclear Furlough
My old friends and colleagues at the NRC got the word today that the agency is out of money so the furlough process has begun for all but the "excepted" or "essential" employees - mostly resident inspectors at power plants, emergency operations center staff...
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Life extension in Canada and France
Plants in Canada and France have received the green light for additional years of operation. In Canada the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commis...
Plants in Canada and France have received the green light for additional years of operation. In Canada the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission authorized a 5 year extension of the Pickering license. There are 6 operating plant...
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I haven't posted in a while, but just to get things started again, I pulled a couple early items. The first is an early research reactor, the Aerojet-General Mechanics AGN-201. Two of these reactors are still under NRC licens...
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Three Mile Island - 35 years later
At the time of the accident I had been at the NRC not quite 7 months. This was certainly the "significant emotional event" in the history of nuclear energy in the US and also had an impact internationally on nuclear safety. Although the NRC was barely 4 yea...
At the time of the accident I had been at the NRC not quite 7 months. This was certainly the "significant emotional event" in the history of nuclear energy in the US and also had an impact internationally on nuclear safety. ...
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Greenpeace at Oskarshamn
A number of Greenpeace activists scaled the fence at the Oskarshamn Nuclear Power Plant in Sweden last week.  The entry was related to a protest against the age of the reactors, the first of which began operation in 1972. Three of Sweden's ten operating nuc...
A number of Greenpeace activists scaled the fence at the Oskarshamn Nuclear Power Plant in Sweden last week.  The entry was related to a protest against the age of the reactors, the first of which began operation in 1972. ...
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Happy New Year - Atoms for Peace
Happy New Year! I've been away from the blog for a couple months, but hope to post more in 2014. Let's start off with this image from the IAEA's official holiday card.
Happy New Year! I've been away from the blog for a couple months, but hope to post more in 2014. Let's start off with this image from the IAEA's official holiday card.
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50 Years Ago - US Senate Ratifies the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty
Today marks the 50th anniversary of the US Senate's ratification of the Treaty Banning Nuclear Weapons Tests in the Atmosphere, Outer Spa...
Today marks the 50th anniversary of the US Senate's ratification of the Treaty Banning Nuclear Weapons Tests in the Atmosphere, Outer Space and under Water, commonly known as the Limited or Partial Test Ban Treaty. The treaty...
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Entergy's announcement that it will close the Vermont Yankee plant next year means all of the plants with "Yankee" in their name will be shuttered. These plants were the forerunners of nuclear power development across the cou...
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I'm back from St. Petersburg, Russia, where I was a speaker at AtomExpo, the annual conference sponsored by Rosatom which was held on the margins of the IAEA ministerial conference on Nuclear Power for the 21st Century last w...
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