Category Archives: Nuclear Renaissance

Majority of Americans oppose nuclear power in new Gallup poll

Gallup reported yesterday: For the first time since Gallup first asked the question in 1994, a majority of Americans say they oppose nuclear energy. The 54% opposing it is up significantly from 43% a year ago, while the 44% who … Continue reading

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Ralph Nader: Nuclear power is uneconomical, uninsurable, unsafe, unnecessary and unevacuable

Consumer Advocate Ralph Nader published a great summary piece on nuclear power in the Ecologist last Friday: …nuclear power is a government / taxpayer-guaranteed boondoggle whose staggering costs, incurred and deferred, are absorbed by American taxpayers via a supine government … Continue reading

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Trouble on Nuclear Island: More in-fighting pushes back completion of new Finnish nuclear reactor

When a nuclear power plant is behind schedule or over budget, nuclear proponents like to blame pesky safety regulations or those darned environmentalists. As I told you last Thursday in a post on the expansion project at the Koeberg nuclear … Continue reading

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Hypocrisy alert: Exelon has nuclear and wind power plants, opposes extension of wind tax credits and asks for new nuclear subsidies

Background: Exelon operates a total of seventeen nuclear reactors in the United States. The company is also the nation’s 11th largest producer of wind energy. But it looks as if Exelon prefers its nuclear toys. Delaware’s News Journal reported Friday: … Continue reading

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Update: More details on construction delays at South Carolina nuke

Earlier today, I told you about the delay in construction of the new units at the V. C. Summer nuclear power plant in South Carolina. Later, I found this South Carolina’s Post and Courier, giving further details into why the … Continue reading

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Another misleading headline: ‘Revised schedule’ instead of ‘delay’ for South Carolina nuke

Today, the Nuclear Energy Institute posted a link to a Platts news service story on its NEI SmartBrief page. But, rather than using the Platts headline: Builders’ schedule could delay completion of South Carolina nukes NEI used a less-specific headline: … Continue reading

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Aging reactors, rise in renewables to cut into nuclear’s share of energy production, according to new industry report

Reuters reported yesterday: Atomic power’s share of global electricity supply is at the lowest level since the 1980s following the shutdown of Japan’s reactors after the Fukushima disaster, and may fall further without major new plant construction. The forecast is … Continue reading

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Event Report: Contract employee working on Georgia nuclear plant expansion fails Fitness for Duty screening

According to a notice posted on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s Event Notification Report web page, a contract employee working on the two new reactors being built at the Vogtle nuclear plant in Georgia tested positive for a controlled substance in … Continue reading

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Georgia nuclear expansion is behind schedule and over budget, according to state Public Service Commission report

The Florida Times-Union’s Jacksonville.com website reported today: The companies building one of the first U.S. nuclear plants in a generation have missed project deadlines, and government monitors questioned in reports released Monday whether those delays could grow. Southern Co. subsidiary … Continue reading

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Finnish newspaper puts cost of single new reactor at Olkiluoto at $11 billion‏

The Bellona Foundation, an environmental group based in Sweden, carried a piece this morning on the rising cost of building a new reactor at the Olkiluoto facility in Finland: Woes continue to mount around the construction of Finland’s Olkiluoto 3, … Continue reading

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