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Sunday, September 30, 2012

Carnival of Nuclear Bloggers No. 124 is now at atomic power review .

Carnival of Nuclear Bloggers No. 124

Atomic Power Review is proud to present the 124th Carnival of Nuclear Bloggers.  This rotating event, appearing at the best pro-nuclear blogs every week, showcases selected entries from those blogs and allows anyone interested to see just what was on the minds of those behind the blogs during the past week.

Followers of the Carnival are all too well aware that entry to the event when hosted here is predicated upon the requirement that those who enter take a look at some photograph or drawing and try to guess what it is they've seen before leaving the park, as it were.  Today is no different.  So, What is this?

To find out visit this link.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Uranium Plant Using Laser Technology Wins U.S. Approval

Uranium Plant Using Laser Technology Wins U.S. Approval.

 RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A nuclear power partnership of General Electric and Hitachi has received federal approval to build the first plant to enrich uranium for use in commercial reactors using a classified laser technology. 

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission issued a license to General Electric-Hitachi Global Laser Enrichment this week to build and operate a uranium enrichment plant near Wilmington, N.C., deploying the laser technology instead of costlier centrifuges.
The approval alarmed some advocates of nuclear weapons control, who say they fear that allowing companies to use the cheaper and easier technology could increase the risk of it falling into the wrong hands.
“We think the approval of the license was done without due consideration of proliferation,” said Edwin S. Lyman of the Union of Concerned Scientists. “We’re already grappling with how to cope with Iran’s nuclear enrichment capability” and the laser technology “could make the problem of global proliferation intractable and uncontrollable.” 

For the full story follow the link below.


Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Atomic Insights Smoking Gun.LNG ship builders and their financial backers stoke nuclear fears

Smoking gun: LNG ship builders and their financial backers stoke nuclear fears


It’s been a while since my last ‘smoking gun’ report so it might be worth a brief reminder of what that categorization means. For Atomic Insights, the tag ‘smoking gun’ means a story that includes evidence of fossil fuel related interests working to oppose nuclear energy development, usually at a specific project. Some of the stories require reading between the lines written in order to see the evidence, others are easier to recognize.
Yesterday, a friend posted a link to a Bloomberg story with a headline that made the link between nuclear opposition and fossil fuel profits pretty clear – Japan’s Nuclear Exit Extending Record Profit for Golar: Freight. The story includes several juicy quotes indicating just how important it is for the LNG shipbuilding industry and the bankers/investors who back it to do everything they can think of to encourage more people to turn away from beneficial use of nuclear energy.

Sunday, September 23, 2012


 Stop by The Hiroshima Syndrome Blog for the latest in nuclear energy information.


The Hiroshima Syndrome is proud to host this week’s Carnival of Nuclear Energy Bloggers, listing the reports posted by the internet’s most prominent nuclear bloggers during the past week. The Carnival of Nuclear Bloggers has existed for more than two years and is a mainstay of nuclear information for thousands of interested readers.




Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Nuclear fusion. The future of nuclear energy ?

Nuclear fusion is very close to the point where the amount of energy produced by the system equals or surpasses what's been put in.
Sandia scientists say that magnetically imploded tubes called liners, intended to help produce controlled nuclear fusion at scientific "breakeven energies or better, have functioned successfully in preliminary tests.
It's a key test of a concept called Magnetized Liner Inertial Fusion (MagLIF),based on magnetic fields and laser pre-heating.

Check out the cool nuclear earrings. I think I will get some for Mrs. Roadie.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Environmental astroturfing. The beginnings of the buzzword "astroturf".

Once again I see the catch phrase "astorturfer" being thrown about to support an anti nuclear diatribe on twitter so I decided to do some research on the origins of it. What I found is the environmentalist movement is extremely guilty of of being big businesses pawns all while putting on a Earth friendly face. I have supplied some links that show the depths of deceit used to push an agenda.

Here’s an interesting item from an environmentalist group opposing the Pebble Mine project in Alaska. They’re running a road show, not in Alaska, but in mainland cities to try and stir up the masses. Sign a petition,win a prize.

What does New York Alliance for Environmental Concerns advocate for? Whom does Citizens for Fire Safety Institute represent?
Both, it turns out, work on behalf of businesses that produce or use chemicals. Lobbying always has an element of spin, but some organizations make it easy to misunderstand whom they speak for or what they stand for.

Environmental Groups Tout Their Astroturfing Campaign As “Unanimous” Opinion.


Disinformation and anti-propaganda campaign against Thorium and LFTR reactors.


The Astronomical Rise of Astroturfing

So, with all the astroturfing currently going on how can you spot the astroturfers? 
A research group at the Indiana University has developed a program called Truthy that allows anyone to track cases of “astrotweeting”. Any search term can be entered into Truthy and the program will scan the Twitter API and build a model of how the search term originated. The group have even provided a selection of handy templates to help you decode the data!

 So the next time someone calls you an "astroturfer" you can be better informed of where this started.




Carnival of nuclear energy 121 is at Next Big Future.

Stop by, take a look, leave a comment.

Meeting on Browns Ferry plutonium plan Thursday

A public meeting will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the conference room of Calhoun Community College’s Aerospace Training Center. Representatives with the Tennessee Valley Authority will also be present.

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Monday, September 3, 2012

The unknown link between the military and clean energy technology.

Rare Earth metals used in wind turbines also used by the military.

A tongue in cheek headline like those used too often when describing nuclear energy.

The term rare earths refers to a group of minerals with chemically similar properties that are important in the manufacture of a wide range of high-technology products. They are used to make a variety of electronic goods, including smartphones and flat-screen televisions, and can be found in specialized industrial products like drills, components for electric automobiles and MILITARY equipment. They are also crucial to new clean energy technologies, ranging from compact fluorescent light bulbs to electric cars to giant wind turbines.

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Sunday, September 2, 2012

If it is nuclear related it is fair game.Mars rover Curiosity is the latest anti nuclear target.

Curiosity's dirty little secret.

Curiosity runs on plutonium from a Soviet-era nuclear weapons plant.

Korea to Build Nuke Fuel Storage Facility

The government has decided to build an intermediate storage facility for spent nuclear fuel by 2024 as hopes fade of persuading the U.S. to let Korea reprocess its own spent fuel rods.

Currently, spent nuclear fuel is stored in temporary storage facilities in nuclear power plants, but the government decided to build an intermediate facility since they will reach saturation by 2016. 

Read the full story here.


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The 119th weekly Carnival of Nuclear Energy Bloggers is up at Yes Vermont Yankee

The Carnival is the collective voice of blogs by legendary names that emerge each week to tell the story of nuclear energy.

If you want to hear the voice of the nuclear renaissance, the Carnival of Nuclear Energy Blogs is where to find it.

EDF seeks Chinese nuclear partners.No word on the search for American partners.

EDF, the French utility, is trying to link up with a Chinese company to build new nuclear reactors in the UK, amid growing concern about the rising cost of nuclear energy.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Wind energy's ghosts.

The sound floats on the winds of Ka Lae, this southernmost tip of Hawaii's Big Island, where Polynesian colonists first landed some 1,500 years ago.
Some say that Ka Lae is haunted -- and it is. But it's haunted not by Hawaii's legendary night marchers. The mysterious sounds are "Na leo o Kamaoa"-- the disembodied voices of 37 skeletal wind turbines abandoned to rust on the hundred-acre site of the former Kamaoa Wind Farm.

Startup NuScale holds its own in game of nuclear giants. Are SMR's the future of nuclear energy?

Nuclear power startup NuScale Power LLC is competing against some of the biggest names in the business for a U.S. federal grant to develop the next generation of nuclear reactors -- and it is playing the safety card.


 Here is an opinion piece by David Repka  regarding the NRC's no foreign ownership policy. Is it an antiquated relic from a different era ? I believe it is.

these cases reveal the statute itself as a Cold War relic that may now stand as a significant impediment to foreign investment in major U.S. infrastructure projects. Other provisions of the Act assure that no license may be issued by the NRC if the license would be “inimical” to safety and security of the United States. The FOCD provision in the Atomic Energy Act — one that may prevent foreign investment in projects otherwise controlled by U.S. companies — raises significant policy questions and appears to be inconsistent with the current global nature of the nuclear energy industry.

EDF given 60 days to find domestic partner. Calvert Cliffs 3 hangs in the balance.

The US nuclear regulator has taken the unusual step of denying a licence to EDF of France to build and operate a new reactor at Calvert Cliffs in Maryland, in the latest blow to hopes of an American “nuclear renaissance”.
The Atomic Safety and Licensing Board, part of the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission, denied the application on the grounds that foreign companies, such as EDF, are not allowed to control US nuclear plants.

EDF has known about this for years.The first I heard about it was in 2011.

It would seem that EDF has no intention of building unit 3 at Calvert Cliffs.

Here is the latest article.