The Hiroshima Syndrome’s Fukushima Commentary is proudly hosting the latest edition of the Carnival of Nuclear Bloggers. This week, we have postings by Dan Yurman, Dr. Gail Marcus, Meredith Angwin, John Dobken, and Guy Page.

Here’s the Fact or Fiction (?) quiz for this week… Canada is the country producing the most uranium in the world.

Now…for this week’s Blogs. To read the full articles, please click on the individual links. Blog topics for this edition include… little hope for ABWRs in Texas, NRC celebrates 25 years of principles of good regulation, women’s careers in energy, how less nuclear means more natural gas (no matter what the headlines say), the new storage pad at Vermont Yankee.

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From Dan Yurman’s Neutron Bytes
NRG gets licenses for STP twin ABWRs, but little hope to build them

The NRC has cleared the way for the Office of New Reactors to issue two Combined Licenses (COL) for Nuclear Innovation North America’s (NINA) South Texas Project (STP); twin 1350 MW ABWR systems. NRG Energy and its partners, including Toshiba, have the go-ahead from the NRC to build them near Houston. However, the partners have no plans to actually proceed with the project at this time. The key reason is that they lack U.S. investors. The Texas cities of San Antonio and Austin pulled out nearly half a decade ago and no others have stepped in to fill their spots.

From Dr. Gail Marcus’ Nuke Power Talk (2) –
NRC Celebrates 25 Years of the principles of Good Regulation

Last month, NRC celebrated 25 years of the Principles of Good Regulation with a seminar for NRC staff.  Dr. Marcus, as one of the people involved in its development, was one of the speakers.  The speakers also included former Commissioner Kenneth Rogers, who had initiated the effort to develop the Principles. Also speaking was NRC historian Tom Wellock, who discussed the motivation behind the principles, how they were developed, and similar sets of principles in other organizations. The event was for internal staff, but the NRC also has a panel scheduled for its Regulatory Information Conference to be held March 8-10 in Rockville, MD.


Women, Energy, and Careers – Some Interesting Perspectives

Last week, Dr. Marcus was on an energy careers and women panel, organized by the Council of Women in Energy and Environmental Leadership (CWEEL) of the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE).  Gail notes that despite the very different fields the panelists represented—solar, nuclear, and biomass—they had some very similar experiences in how they transitioned from their academic work to their current careers.  Dr. Marcus sees a very different situation for young women in technical fields than when she attended college and in the early years of her career.


From Northwest Clean Energy (2) –
Reality: Less nuclear means more natural gas

Meredith Angwin looks at the energy consequences of closing nuclear plants.  Though people may talk about how nuclear power “would’a, could’a, should’a” been replaced by renewables when nuclear plants close on the East Coast or the West Coast, their power is almost always replaced by power from natural gas plants.


Energy Policy by Headline

John Dobken looks at the headlines about how an energy revolution to renewables will be fast and cheap. There is no reason to believe such a change will be fast and cheap.  Slow and unreasonably expensive is more like it. For example, the Northwest may be maxed-out on wind development, right now.


From Meredith Angwin’s Yes Vermont Yankee (2) –
Guest post by Guy Page;
New Storage Pad Needed at Vermont Yankee  

Vermont Yankee will need a new storage pad for the new dry casks for its spent fuel. The Vermont Public Service Board must rule on a Certificate of Public Good for this pad. Approval of this pad is part of the Settlement Agreement between Entergy and Vermont. Entergy is providing $50 million in development funds to the state as part of that agreement.


Smaller Faster Lighter Denser Cheaper; Book Review

Robert Bryce wrote Smaller Faster Lighter Denser Cheaper. The book could be called: “in praise of engineering.” Our longer, healthier and happier lives are a direct result of our human quest to achieve more results while using less resources.

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Here’s the Fact or Fiction (?) answer for this week… Fiction.

Canada actually ranks number two in the world for uranium production. The world’s leader – by a long shot – is Kazakhstan, with 23,127 tons produced in 2014. Canada was second at 9,134 tons, and Australia third at 5,000 tons. The United States ranked eighth at 1.919 tons.