Historic Army SM-1 Nuclear Plant in Photos

by Will Davis It was released this week that the US Army Corps of Engineers has decided to enter into the process of decontaminating and dismantling the historic SM-1 nuclear plant at Fort Belvoir, Virginia.  This early military prototype plant isn’t often discussed...

President Signs Pro-Nuclear Legislation

By Dr. James Conca Two bipartisan pieces of legislation modernizing America’s nuclear future have recently become law. It’s still a long way from pushing nuclear builds the way we need to address a host of environmental issues, but it is a good start. The Nuclear...

Nuclear Plant Construction Delay and Cost 5

by Will Davis This article is the fifth in a continuing series examining the delays in nuclear plant construction and increases in nuclear plant overall (project) cost during the large round of construction in the United States.  Previous installments are linked at...

2019 – A Wish List in Nuclear Energy

by Will Davis Welcome to 2019!  I hope everyone who took a break enjoyed it. For those who didn’t, why didn’t you?  Initially, I had thoughts of trying to separate from social media and news to a significant extent during the holidays but, after conversations with...

Looking Back: A Brief History of CONTE

By Dr. Jane LeClair The accident that occurred at Three Mile Island on March 28, 1979, brought about many changes to the nuclear industry. Among the changes was the industry stopping to reflect on current procedures and the training of its employees. Exhorted by the...

EBR-1 in Photos

by Will Davis December 20, 1951 marks an important date in the history of nuclear power; it’s the date on which the first useful electric power was generated by atomic fission.  While the now-famous event at that time only powered four light bulbs, the somewhat...

Underway On Nuclear Power: A Retrospective

By Ann D. Winters I was honored to participate in a panel session on November 14, 2018, at the American Nuclear Society’s Winter Meeting in Orlando, Florida. The title of the session was “Underway on Nuclear Power: A Retrospective,” focusing on the importance to...

Atoms on the Grid! – Shippingport, 1957

by Will Davis Shippingport Atomic Power Station as pictured in original press package; photo PR-19109 December 1957 would prove to be a month of firsts for the Shippingport Atomic Power Station; the plant had only recently been completed, and its new and novel reactor...

The Mother of Radiation: Marie Curie

By Kaitlyn Butler The start of Marie Curie’s story isn’t like most of the other scientists that  had made a name for themselves throughout history, mostly because she was a grown woman by the start of the 20th century. But she was the first woman to do a lot of...

Nuclear Medicine Radiates Hope For Patients

By Emma Meyers As a fourth year nursing student working in Chicago area hospitals, I deal with nuclear medicine quite often. The term “nuclear medicine” can sound disconcerting, but when you are familiar with it, I assure you, it’s not. Just think of it as a bunch of...

Nuclear Plant Construction Delay and Cost 3

Reactor vessel delivered to Calvert Cliffs; from brochure in Will Davis collection. by Will Davis The year 1971 saw a continuation of the general trend of rising capital costs for all types of power plants, described by the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) in its...

Friday Matinee: Building Yankee Rowe

This week’s matinee is a half hour long feature presentation entitled “Pioneering with Power,” and is the story of the construction of one of America’s earliest commercial nuclear power stations.  Remarkable views, unobtainable virtually anywhere else, are given of...