VIDEO: Declaration of Clean Energy signing

An impressive 42 representatives of nuclear societies around the world were in France in May 2019 to sign the Declaration of Clean Energy. ANS Past President Donald Hoffman represented  the U.S. and the American Nuclear Society. The goal of the Declaration is to push...

VIDEO: Realizing the nuclear future

ANS Washington rep Craig Piercy asks: “What’s the role for ANS members in realizing the nuclear future?”  Why get involved in the American Nuclear Society? Why attend the meetings? Because getting involved and facing the challenges together gets our voices heard.  ANS...

The Add-Ons

by Will Davis Roughly six years ago, I wrote an article for ANS Nuclear Cafe entitled “The Hook-Ons,” which covered small nuclear plants that were added (or “hooked”) onto existing or purpose-built cooperative fossil fired plants.  That idea continues to receive...

Nuclear Plant Construction Delay and Cost 6

by Will Davis With the publication of the above WASH 1174-74, which was “The Nuclear Industry” for the year 1974 (and which was published in late Fall, 1974) a twelve year era ended.  This was the final publication of this important series, which launched in 1962 and...

Chernobyl Remembered

By Robby Kile The Accident On April 25, 1986, early in the morning, operators at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant near Pripyat, Ukraine, began a test of their backup power supply during a planned outage of Unit 4.  The first step of the test was to reduce the power...

Dr. Chip Martin Wants To Save The World

By Chip Martin Saving our planet. That’s the principal reason I applied to become the 2018 ANS Glenn T. Seaborg Nuclear Science and Engineering Policy Congressional Fellow.  After I applied, interviewed and was selected, I was invited to work in the office of Rep....

ANS and the Value of Nuclear

by Will Davis Nuclear energy is perhaps mankind’s ultimate technical achievement. (Big Rock Point photo from Consumers Power brochure in my collection.) The upcoming American Nuclear Society Annual Meeting in June has, as its theme, “The Value of Nuclear.”  I am aware...

Friday Matinee – Double Feature!

by Will Davis This week we have two wonderful, historic but short features that focus in on Idaho National Laboratory and some of the remarkable achievements that this storied site has accomplished. First is a quite interesting but short film produced by INL to...

What if we DO need nuclear now?

by Will Davis Looking at the news every day these days, remembering of course that algorithms collate content for me quite often on various platforms, it seems that there’s some considerable momentum growing for nuclear energy here in the United States.  What’s...

Advocating for Nuclear with the NESD

By Hannah Gardiner Sometimes it feels like we’re fighting an uphill battle for nuclear energy – and perhaps we are. Indeed, because an April 2018 survey by Pew Research found that 54% of Americans oppose building new nuclear reactors despite a majority of U.S. adults...