Nuclear News

U.S. Chamber of Commerce declares May their Nuclear Month

  There's one source of energy that will operate 24/7 - through heat waves or cold snaps - all while producing zero emissions. Seem incredible? That's just the start of what nuclear energy provides the U.S. Nuclear energy is powering the country with emissions-free electricity from 100 reactors located in 31 states across the U.S. Soon, five new reactors will be added to that list with the capacity to p...

15 May 1:25 PM 0 Read More...

The Sun goes down on San Onofre

Our thoughts are with friends and colleagues at San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) after Friday's news of the shutdown and eventual decommissioning of the two units in southern California (link to article). NAYGN has reached out to our members located at SONGS and we will continue to support them in whatever way we can. We look forward to learning from how the technical, regulatory, political and public pe...

12 Jun 2:14 PM 0 Read More...

An Inside View: US Federal Government Approves Yet Another Nuclear Energy Plant for Construction

[Approx. Read Time: 2 minutes] Reference: http://www.power-eng.com/articles/2012/03/nrc-approve-col-for-vc-summer.html Julie Ezell, NA-YGN Member Six years out of college and I never dreamed I would be here - working on a project to license and construct two new nuclear units. Working at SCE&G has afforded me the opportunity to be involved in many aspects of the project.  I was part of the team t...

30 Mar 3:10 PM 9 Read More...

Young Professionals in Nuclear Power Look Forward

[Approx. Read Time: 2 minutes] One year ago today, the Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami struck Japan.  The tragic event resulted in 15,850 deaths, over 6000 injuries, more than 3000 missing and countless billions in property damage.  While this disaster weighed heavily upon the heart of so many, it particularly resonates with those of us in the nuclear industry.  As we know, the tsunami challenged many of Japan's...

12 Mar 9:22 AM 0 Read More...

NA-YGN Congratulates North American Nuclear Executive Susan Reilly Landahl

[Approximate Read Time - 1 minute] The World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO) announced their annual Nuclear Excellence Awards today at the conclusion of their eleventh Biennial General Meeting held in Shenzhen, China. Susan Reilly Landahl, Chief Operation Officer of Exelon Nuclear and member of NA-YGN’s Executive Advisory Committee was one of the eight recipients this year. The Nuclear Excellence awar...

31 Oct 10:19 AM 0 Read More...

State and Federal Officials Discuss Uranium Mining in VA

[Approx. Read Time: 3 minutes] Virginia’s policy on uranium mining was one of several featured issues discussed at Governor Bob McDonnell’s second annual Governor’s Energy Conference in Richmond earlier this week. A break out session was held to discuss the historical, economic and environmental issues surrounding the potential for uranium mining in the state . The panel included State Senator John Wa...

25 Oct 9:28 AM 4 Read More...

NA-YGN Durham Holds Energy Expert Series with Rotman School

[Approx. Read Time: 3 minutes] On September 21, 2011, the North American Young Generation in Nuclear (NA-YGN) Durham Chapter partnered with one of Canada's premier business schools, The Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto to create a special and successful event with Ontario Power Generation's Chief Nuclear Operating Officer, Mr. Pierre Tremblay. [caption id="attachment_3145" align="alignce...

24 Oct 5:00 AM 2 Read More...

Be Informed

[Approx. Read Time: 1 minute] The Washington Post issued an online article last week titled, “Quake shifted nuclear storage containers at Virginia’s North Anna plant.” The picture following the headline (below) is a perfect example of the misrepresentation commonly faced by the nuclear industry. Be informed, this photo is not a concrete wall in a nuclear power facility.  By selecting the “View Photo ...

06 Sep 10:02 AM 2 Read More...

Germany, Where’s the Logic?

[Approx. Read Time: 1 min] German Chancellor Angela Merkel has publicized the plan to close all 17 nuclear power plants in Germany by 2022.  Germany temporarily shut down 7 reactors in an immediate "knee-jerk" reaction to the Fukushima Daiichi accident. Germany currently generates about 23% of electricity by means of nuclear power.  The plan is to replace nuclear power with alternative energy productions that...

15 Jun 5:02 AM 2 Read More...

Edison to the Rescue - Lights on in Japan

[Approx. Read Time: <1 minute] Who knew that a century after Thomas Edison's invention of the light bulb, it would serve as a beacon of hope in a difficult situation? Nuclear professionals around the world were grateful for this photograph of the lights coming on in the Unit-3 Fukushima Dai-Ichi control room. This simple achievement represents the dedication and accomplishments of the Japanese nuclear power p...

24 Mar 9:32 AM 1 Read More...

Resources on Situation in Japan

As our thoughts continue to be with our friends and colleagues in the Japanese nuclear industry, we would like to provide our North American Young Generation in Nuclear (NA-YGN) members with up-to-date information and talking points based on factual information from experts and industry professionals on the ground. Remember, as members of the nuclear industry in North America, it is important to stay informed of t...

16 Mar 3:08 PM 3 Read More...

Blue Ribbon Commission on Nuclear Waste to Hold Public Meeting in Augusta

[Approx. Read Time: 2 minutes] National Nuclear Waste Commission to Hear from Public, Environmental Groups on Friday in Augusta Friends of the Earth to Challenge those who Aim to Dump Spent Fuel at SRS By: Randy Key Augusta, GA -- A national panel established by President Obama to decide the way forward with high-level nuclear waste will meet in Augusta, Georgia on Friday, January 7. The Blue Ribbon Commissio...

06 Jan 10:00 AM 1 Read More...

Entergy's Arkansas Nuclear One Wins Global Nuclear Project of the Year

[Approx. Read Time: 1 minute] Entergy’s Arkansas Nuclear One Wins Global Nuclear Project of the Year Two Entergy Projects Honored at 2010 Power-Gen Orlando, Fla. - Entergy employees from Arkansas Nuclear One were honored by Power Engineering magazine as Nuclear Project of the Year in the annual global completion at the 2010 Power-Gen International conference.  Working with American Ceramics Technology, the ANO ...

31 Dec 9:01 AM 0 Read More...

Harvard MBAs get Straight Answers on Nuclear Power

[Approx. Read Time: 2 minutes] Harvard MBAs get Straight Answers on Nuclear Power Entergy's John Herron addresses Harvard Business School Energy Symposium               (Cambridge, Mass.) - One of the nation's nuclear leaders, Entergy Chief Nuclear Officer John Herron, encouraged future business leaders to seriously consider the nuclear energy in terms of career opportunities and future energy p...

27 Oct 1:51 PM 0 Read More...

Popular Mechanics Disappoints the Youth in Nuclear Crowd

[Approx. Read Time: 1 minute] Perusing through the internet a week ago, I came across an interesting article from Popular Mechanics titled "Debunking the Top 10 Energy Myths".  Knowing the misunderstandings that frequently arise from nuclear power, it had to be on the list.  Here's a link to the article: http://www.popularmechanics.com/science/energy/debunking-myths-about-nuclear-fuel-coal-wind-solar T...

29 Sep 10:02 AM 10 Read More...

The Future Looks Bright for the Next Generation of Nuclear Workers

[Approx. Read Time: 2 minutes] [caption id="attachment_2443" align="aligncenter" width="398" caption="Southern Company's Buzz Miller (Forbes.com)"][/caption] Harnessing the Power of the Atom Southern Company's new nuclear units in Georgia will create 3,500 construction jobs and 800 high-paying permanent jobs Despite the economic downturn, the population of the southeastern United States continues to in...

27 Sep 4:00 AM 0 Read More...

Parts of Plant Vogtle's New Reactors Arrive On-site

[Approx. Read Time: 3 minutes] Reactor parts start arriving at proposed Ga. plant The first major parts have begun arriving in eastern Georgia for what could become the country's first nuclear reactor in a generation, although uncertainty remains over when safety regulators might grant it final approval. Flatbed trucks started delivering metal plates Tuesday to Plant Vogtle, where they will eventually be welde...

13 Sep 12:28 PM 0 Read More...

Fertel: Nuclear Energy is the Clean Energy Job Engine

[Approx. Read Time: 8 minutes] Nuclear energy's advantage in job creation continues to be its most attractive asset.  The new generation of nuclear professionals that is now entering the revitalized nuclear industry is the direct beneficiary of this fact, and organizations like the North American Young Generation in Nuclear (NA-YGN) showcase its success. According to the Department of Energy, nuclear po...

13 Sep 4:00 AM 0 Read More...

Radiation Experts Say Va. Uranium Mining No Risk to Public Health or Environment

[Approx. Read Time: 2 minutes] In what is being viewed as a landmark demonstration of public support among the scientific community, the President of the Virginia Health Physics Society officially endorsed efforts to mine uranium in Virginia in an Op Ed in the Chatham Star Tribune.   The Health Physics Society is an organization of nearly 6,000 scientific professionals from across the country that strives ...

25 Aug 4:19 PM 5 Read More...

Jobs, Jobs, Jobs

 [Approx. Read Time: 3 minutes] "It's the economy, stupid", with double digit unemployment, what our economy really needs is jobs.  Nuclear energy provides thousands of Americans with stable high paying jobs.  The article below explains how new graduates from a two year program in Miami are getting great jobs before they even graduate. Miami Dade College's Clean Energy Institute graduates get more than a di...

17 Aug 5:55 AM 4 Read More...

Southern Company’s new units at Plant Vogtle hit a new milestone

IHI ships heavy components for Vogtle project 9 August 2010 Japan’s IHI has started shipping the containment vessel bottom heads for the Vogtle AP1000 in the USA. It is the first time in 30 years that IHI has shipped nuclear power generation machinery to the USA. IHI was awarded the contract for two containment vessels from CB&I in January 2009. The CVBHs, produced at IHI works in Yokohama, Japan will be...

12 Aug 5:22 AM 5 Read More...

International Youth Nuclear Congress: Cape Town, South Africa 2010

[Approx. Read Time: 3 minutes] How was the Cape Town International Youth in Nuclear Conference (IYNC) meeting?   To quote Kansas State student and attendee Sam Brinton-- "Amazing." Nothing compares to breaking free from the northern hemisphere for the first time to attend your first global youth in nuclear conference. South Africa was a wonderful host for this international meeting which focused on buil...

26 Jul 9:05 AM 1 Read More...

Nukes, Baby, Nukes

[Approx. Read Time: 2 minutes] I wanted to share this article from Bradley Blakeman, professor of Politics and Public Policy at Georgetown, on the United States' need for more nuclear energy.  Blakeman hits all of the key points--nuclear power is clean, safe, reliable, and cheap. [caption id="attachment_2138" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Duke Energy's Oconee Nuclear Power Units 1, 2, and 3"][/c...

28 Jun 2:51 PM 1 Read More...

Report: Nuclear is Sustainable, Reliable, Safe, and Clean

[Approx. Read Time: 2 minutes] With all of the recent state legislation requiring a certain portion of electricity generation to come from “renewable” energy sources, now is a good time to expand nuclear power. With the ever increasing reliance on technology, electricity demand is projected to increase 26 percent from 2007 to 2030. A report by the National Center for Policy Analysis suggests that recycling ...

06 Jan 2:31 PM 1 Read More...

Bi-Partisan Letter to the President

[Approx. Read Time: 1 minute]  A recent Bi-Partisan letter to the President provides frame work for nuclear power growth and environmental change.  The following is the section of the letter that focuses on nuclear power. "Encouraging nuclear power. Additional nuclear power is an essential component of our strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. We strongly support incentives for renewable energy sources ...

17 Dec 3:18 PM 0 Read More...

CEI Returns from Outage Season

[Approx. Read Time: 4 minutes] We're back.  After a month of outage season it's time to get back to work.  Most of Clean Energy Insight's contributors are back from working their respective outages.  Contributors spent time working long hours over the past month at places like Diablo Canyon, Sequoyah, Three Mile Island, VC Summer, Oconee, and Salem nuclear power plants.  While working on-site and in the field ...

23 Nov 11:42 PM 1 Read More...

Nuclear and the Senate Climate Bill

[Approx. Read Time: 4 minutes] NEI Nuclear Notes covered President Obama's comments on nuclear power late last week during his trip to New Orleans.  Here they are: "There's no reason why technologically we can't employ nuclear energy in a safe and effective way.  Japan does it and France does it and it doesn't have greenhouse gas emissions, so it would be stupid for us not to do that in a much more effectiv...

20 Oct 12:20 AM 1 Read More...

Britain an "Ideal" Location for New Nuclear Power

[Approx. Read Time: 2 minutes] We have covered the nuclear power issue in the United Kingdom previously, here and here.  Lord Philip Hunt (center), Minister of the Department of Energy and Climate Change in the United Kingdom, offered the following pro-nuclear letter in the Guardian today.  Very well written and interesting to see the statistics from Britain on nuclear power that are very similar in proporti...

19 Oct 8:00 AM 1 Read More...

HSBC Private Bank Goes Nuclear

[Approx. Read Time: 2 minutes] HSBC Private Bank has begun recommending clients to invest between 1-5% of their wealth in nuclear power.  According to the head of global strategy for HSBC, Fredrik Nerbrand, nuclear power is the only sustainable means of electricity.  Nerbrand is also recommending to steer clear of other renewable energy stocks such as solar because of their dependence on government subsidie...

16 Oct 1:31 PM 0 Read More...

New Nuclear Creates Hope in Rural Florida

[Approx. Read Time: 1 minute] The prospect of building a new nuclear power plant in Inglis, Fl has local residents excited. Current economic conditions in surrounding Levy county are dismal with unemployment topping 12% and per capita income reaching only $15,000.  Progress Energy estimated the number of jobs that would be created in constructing and operating the  plant in a recent news article: "Progress spok...

14 Oct 5:00 PM 1 Read More...