The Obama Administration’s Energy Department has announced an award to support a  project to design, license and help commercialize a small modular reactor (SMR) in the United States.  The lucky partnership members are Babcock & Wilcox with the Tennessee Valley Authority and Bechtel who will receive a dollar for dollar cost match in funding to […]

World Nuclear News is reporting that the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is to help push forward the manufacture of small modular nuclear reactors. This contrasts with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s (NRC) standing record of never approving a new reactor design.  The December 2011 “approval” by the NRC of the Westinghouse AP1000 is not a […]

Finally, the US Department of Energy’s First Quadrennial Technology Review, released last week, identifies Nuclear Regulatory Commission licensing as the technology’s primary obstacle. It would seem obvious to most anyone that better new designs and applying experience would offer a safer, cheaper and more efficient production of nuclear power.  It just isn’t so in the […]

With news reports coming with depressing regularity about nuclear plant builds outside the U.S. and much of the developed world the news from Dave Carlson, the COO at Hyperion in an email to Rod Adams at Atomic Insights is welcome, indeed, a face into the gale force wind kind of challenge. Mr. Carlson explained to […]

Dale Klein, Ph.D., Associate Vice Chancellor for Research at the University of Texas, currently serving as a U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Commissioner and former NRC Chairman pointed out again this week the U.S. has an extremely valuable resource in used nuclear fuel. Klein made his remarks Sunday morning at the American Association for the […]