The First U.S. Nuclear Power Plant Licensed in Three Decades

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Does nuclear power within the United States have a future? Two new nuclear power reactors have been approved for the Vogtle facility in Georgia, so it appears the answer is yes, at least for the moment, but the question still remains whether new technology and faster licensing meets all the expectations and requirements of nuclear inspectors. […]

Solar Flare Radiation Dangers: Are We Ready?

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It is a violent environment out there for our Earth, and all that impacts the fragile Earth affects us. As long as the Earth has existed, solar flares have been sending doses of radiation to the planet’s surface. “A worst-case scenario of an extreme event,” says Michael Hesse, chief of NASA’s Space Weather Laboratory at […]

Is Nuclear Power in Your Future?

Very high temperature gas reactor (VHTR) Image by the U.S. Department of Energy

Proposed as the energy market’s silver bullet, nuclear power would meet all the worlds needs for increased energy demands with little pollution or fear of accidents, right? Actually, we know that this isn’t true. Light water reactors, which provide the bulk of our nuclear capacity, are notoriously inefficient.  Couple this with concerns about waste and […]

Latest Radioactive Leak from Fukushima

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On December 5, 2011, new contaminated-water leaks from the earthquake and tsunami-damaged Fukushima Nuclear Site were reported by its operator, Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO).  The water leaks occurred in a recently constructed facility designed to purify contaminated water being used to cool the nuclear fuel in the site’s damaged reactors. Fukushima Purification System On June […]

Fracking at Marcellus Shale Site: Hydraulic Fracturing Increases Radionuclides

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It’s a controversial subject at best, but there may be solid reasons to regulate hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in areas like the Marcellus Shale site. In addition to the numerous other environmental  concerns, such as the unknown chemicals seeping into groundwater supplies, the concentration of radionuclides in the water, pipes, and equipment of a fracking […]