Category: Nuclear Energy

February 22 2017 0comment
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Why You Should Have a Second Survival Cache

With the collapse of the USSR in 1991, the threat of nuclear winter is further from people’s minds. But it’s possible our sense of security is more false than we realize. A large amount of the world’s nuclear arsenal is still in the hands of unstable leaders who are less predictable than anyone in the […]

December 30 2016 0comment
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REFRESH — Where There’s Steam, There’s … a Steam Generator

When the NRC talks about “steam generators,” we’re not talking about teakettles. Steam generators provide vital technical and safety functions at many U.S. nuclear power plants. In the United States, steam generators are only found in pressurized-water reactors, one of the two types of U.S. reactors. There can be two to four steam generators for […]

December 30 2016 0comment
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Nuclear retirements major threat to emissions targets

Premature retirement of US nuclear power plants could be a major threat to efforts to reduce carbon emissions in both the short and long terms, a new report by the Brattle Group has found. A white paper prepared by Brattle economists finds that the retirement of a 1000 MWe nuclear power plant could increase carbon […]

July 13 2016 0comment
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Everything you need to know about mini nuclear reactors

Stephen Monk, Lancaster University Nuclear power can be a touchy subject, one that seems to divide opinion. Many people believe it is unclean, controversial and costly – and the 2011 Fukushima disaster showed the world just how unsafe nuclear can be; the meltdown of the power plant was the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl in […]

July 13 2016 0comment
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Nuclear Profile: Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

In our last post, we profiled the Idaho National Laboratory (INL). Today, we will look at one of INL’s sister labs: The Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). The LLNL is located in the foothills east of California’s Bay Area, tucked away in the Lawrence Livermore Valley. It was founded in 1952 by the University of […]

July 13 2016 0comment
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Nuclear Profile: The Idaho National Laboratory

Spread out across several facilities in the vast desert between Idaho Falls and Arco, Nevada is the Idaho National Laboratory (INL). The INL is a site operated by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), and while most of the people who work there are contractors to the DOE, there are federal employees who work at […]