New Jersey’s Oyster Creek Nuclear Generating Station remains under an official Alert, a day-and-a-half after the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission declared the emergency classification due to flooding triggered by Hurricane Sandy. An Alert is the second category on the NRC’s four-point emergency scale. Neil Sheehan, a spokesman for the federal regulator, said that floodwaters around the plant’s water intake structure had receded to 5.7 feet at 2:15 PM EDT Tuesday, down from a high of 7.4 feet reached just after midnight.
|By: Gregg Levine Wednesday October 31, 2012 1:15 pm|
|By: Gregg Levine Saturday October 13, 2012 1:59 pm|
In Mad Science: The Nuclear Power Experiment, Joseph Mangano returns to that time, and then methodically pulls back the curtain on the real history of nuclear folly and failure, and the energy source that continues to masquerade as clean, safe, and “too cheap to meter.”
|By: Gregg Levine Sunday September 2, 2012 11:50 am|
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission cannot issue a license for the construction and operation of a new nuclear reactor in Maryland–that is the ruling of the NRC’s Atomic Safety and Licensing Board (ASLB) handed down Thursday.
Michael Mariotte, Executive director of NIRS, called Thursday’s decision “a blow to the so-called ‘nuclear renaissance,’” noting that back in 2007, when permit requests were submitted for Calvert Cliffs 3, the project was considered the “flagship” of a coming fleet of new reactors. “Now,” said Mariotte, “it is a symbol or the deservedly failed revival of nuclear power in the US.”
A symbol, yes, but far from the only symbol.
|By: Gregg Levine Wednesday August 1, 2012 3:50 pm|
Nuclear power was already understood to be dirty, dangerous and absurdly expensive, even without the pressures of climate change. Far from being the answer to growing greenhouse gas emissions, the lifecycle of nuclear power–from mining and milling to transport and disposal–has turned out to be a significant contributor to the problem. And now, the global weirding brought on by that problem has made nuclear even more precarious–more perilous and more pricy–and so an even more pernicious bet.
|By: Gregg Levine Friday June 15, 2012 3:04 pm|
Throughout the three-plus days of panels, training sessions, caucuses and keynotes, attendees quite likely heard no mention of nuclear power, its persistent threats to safety, its drastic drain on the budget, its onerous oppression of workers or its brazen gouging of rate-payers. For, while there were well over 100 panels, and dozens of other training sessions and caucuses, nothing on the schedule even made a passing attempt to address nuclear energy here in the United States or the ongoing (and growing) crisis of radioactive contamination from Fukushima spreading across the globe.
|By: Gregg Levine Friday January 13, 2012 2:48 pm|
“Clean, safe, and too cheap to meter.” This sunny tagline from the early days of atomic energy has more recently become a quickest way to sum up how dark and dismal its prospects are today–as in, nuclear power has proven itself to be unclean, unsafe, and prohibitively expensive. “Clean, safe and too cheap to meter” now sounds less like boastful marketing, and more like a schoolyard taunt.
The numbers of ways nuclear power plants have betrayed their Madison Avenue mantra has pretty much been the backbeat of this column for nearly ten months now, and 2012 keeps up the cadence.
|By: Gregg Levine Saturday September 24, 2011 11:30 am|
In an age where so many economies are desperately trying not to lose any more ground in the present, could it be that the ones more responsive to their rank-and-file electorates are the ones in the best position to (to borrow a quickly forgotten phrase) win the future?
|By: Scarecrow Friday April 29, 2011 3:31 pm|
Despite Congress making nearly $20 billions in construction loan guarantees available since 2005, and the Obama Administration and Congress proposing to add up to $36 billion more, those funds are going begging for applicants, Wald reports. And the few utilities that have applied are backing off.
|By: Gregg Levine Friday March 18, 2011 9:45 am|
Have you heard anyone in America begging the president to reassure them that the future of our nuclear power industry is sound?
|By: David Dayen Sunday May 9, 2010 4:00 pm|
We keep looking for silver bullets in solving our energy issues that carry major risks to our environment and public health. Meanwhile renewable technologies that offer great promise don’t get the same level of attention or interest.