Does TEPCO Have a Nuclear Future?

by Will Davis The ultimate survival of TEPCO as a long term profitable business continues to be in question as the company struggles with the ongoing decommissioning of the Fukushima Daiichi plant.  In recent times the company has also stated that it will dismantle...

Hallam Nuclear Station on 1960’s TV!

by Will Davis This week’s enhanced Friday Matinee feature is a fascinating, albeit short, compilation of television clips that were made at Sheldon Station in Nebraska.  This pioneering power station included a very modern coal fired facility and the Hallam Nuclear...

ALCO’s 1950’s Nuclear Gamble

In April 1957, when the new, small nuclear plant at the Army’s Fort Belvoir, Virginia site first started up, it seemed as if the plant’s vendor, ALCO Products, had carried off something of a coup.  Winning this important early contract had come about three years...

Ex-TEPCO execs found not guilty

by Will Davis In a move that has relieved some observers but angered others, a Tokyo District court has found three former executives of Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO) not guilty on the charges of not having prepared the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant against the...

Be the change you want to see in the world

By Dr. Matthew Jasica and Alyse Huffman What does it mean to be a leader? That question is at the heart of the Young Professionals Congress 2019 (YPC19). YPC19 is a one-day event, organized by the ANS Young Members Group (YMG) and the North American Young Generation...

Time for a fresh look at low-dose radiation

By Craig Piercy, ANS Washington Representative “How many angels can dance on the head of a pin?” We will never know whether Thomas Aquinas actually pondered this specific question during the Middle Ages, but today the metaphor has shed its religious overtones to be a...

Imagination is the Key to Everything!

By Dr. Catherine Riddle Remember when you were a child on a long road trip to grandma’s house before cars were equipped with televisions? My dad would tell us to imagine that we were watching an episode of Star Trek, and my sister and I would run through every nuance...

ANS Nuclear Cafe Friday Matinee – July 12

The nearness of the completion of Rosatom’s Akademik Lomonosov floating two-unit nuclear power plant is apparently raising interest in, of all places, the Philippines.  This island nation, which very nearly had a nuclear plant but which halted its operation when fully...

How HBO Got It Wrong On Chernobyl

By Dr. James Conca I just knew it! I was hoping I’d be wrong, that HBO would have the courage and integrity to do their homework and consult even one actual nuclear scientist or radiobiologist. Or even just read the United Nations Chernobyl Forum Report, the best...

Nuclear Plant Construction Delay and Cost 7

by Will Davis We are quite aware today that a major force in delaying nuclear plant licensing has been the action of “intervenors” – persons, or more often groups pretending to act as concerned individuals, who attend open meetings, file motions, and start all sorts...