Salvation by SMR: The Industry Gets Closer

by Will Davis, from the American Nuclear Society 2018 Annual Meeting in Philadelphia Long in coming has been the Small Modular Reactor nuclear plant; widely assured as the ‘next big thing’ for nuclear energy, the development of this variety of plant has been much more...

Is This the Breakthrough for SMR’s?

by Will Davis I was intrigued this morning to read that StarCore Nuclear, a startup in Canada that’s focusing on small, independent nuclear plants to provide a spectrum product (power, water, heat) had been – it is reported – in negotiation to provide an African...

What Next for SAVANNAH?

Illustration of NS SAVANNAH from Launch Ceremony Brochure in Will Davis’ collection. by Will Davis Observers were startled to learn in March that the Omnibus Spending Bill had included, in the budget for the U.S. Maritime Administration, the complete estimated amount...

Dr. Steven Arndt guests on RadioNuclear.org

Podcast at RadioNuclear is today’s Matinee. Have a listen as ANS member Dr. Steve Arndt – a senior technical officer in the office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation (NRC) – shares his insights on the work the NRC does, and what the future of regulation may look like. Dr....

Bataan – Is There Hope?

by Will Davis Last week, I brought you the sordid tale of the Shoreham nuclear plant – a plant which was completed and started up, but which for a host of reasons was destined to never put power on the grid.  The plant sits today as a shell – disabled in a nuclear...

Showdown at Shoreham

by Will Davis The story of the Shoreham Nuclear Power Plant on Long Island, New York was once well known in the industry and in utility circles; the plant, which took a very long time to construct and which faced considerable cost overrun, was heavily opposed by...

The Long-Lived History of Nuclear Medicine

By M. Alex Brown, Ph.D. When was the marriage between radiation and medicine? At first glance, joining those two might seem counter-intuitive given the shaky public perception of nuclear. Yet, we’ve all had x-ray procedures. Some of us might have even been treated...

Why Take the Nuclear PE Exam?

By Alexandra Burja, P.E. (Nuclear) The Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE) exam may last for eight hours, but factoring in the time it takes to study, prepare, and apply for the exam, the level of effort grows substantially. Given that, why did I choose to...

Fort St. Vrain in Pictures: 6

The Fort St. Vrain Nuclear Generating Station completed and in operational service. Press photo in Will Davis collection. The initial startup of the Fort St. Vrain station finally happened on January 31, 1974, which was roughly one month after the station had received...