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Christine Todd Whitman: Nuclear Energy Should Be Part of National Policy

US News

by: Meg Handley
December 11, 2012

Energy policy is on the agenda, with experts and organizations weighing in on which strategy the White House should adopt. Christine Todd Whitman, former New Jersey governor and Environmental Protection Agency administrator under George W. Bush, says that nuclear energy [...]

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Reactor Operators: What it Takes To Do This Important Job

U.S. NRC Blog

by: John Munro
November 14, 2012

At first glance, the list seems surprising: Among professions that can earn $100,000 a year without a college degree are massage therapists, personal trainers, executive pastry chefs and nuclear reactor operators.
The list from PayScale.com has been touted in several NBC [...]

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Phasing out Nuclear

The Washington Post

by: Editorial Board
April 23, 2012

Can the world fight global warming without nuclear power? One major industrialized country — Germany — is determined to find out, and another — Japan — is debating whether to try. Both illustrate how hard it would be.

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LTE: Benefits of Nuclear Power

The New York Times

by: Christine Todd Whitman
April 19, 2012

Nuclear energy accounts for 70 percent of the clean electricity produced in the United States, and together with renewables like solar and wind is a vital part of any clean energy portfolio. Companies that rely on 24/7 baseload power to meet their electricity needs are contributing to emission-reduction goals by including nuclear in their energy mix.

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U.S. nuclear reactors are safe


by: Marvin Fertel
March 14, 2012

The nuclear industry is, without hesitation, using what is being learned from Japan to improve safety. Within days of the Fukushima accident, the U.S. industry launched intensive inspections to evaluate the readiness of the operators and equipment to respond to events similar to what happened in Japan, including managing an extended loss of power for vital safety systems, and seismic and flooding challenges.

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Spencer: Hold the obits on nuclear power

The Washington Times

by: Jack Spencer
March 14, 2012

After Fukushima, commenters were quick to write off nuclear energy. But, because of the lessons learned and regulations put in place since Three Mile Island, the September 11 attacks, and Fukushima, nuclear production is safer than ever. Natural gas prices have skyrocketed and environmental consciousness is at an all time high, so reform is needed to allow greater competition in energy markets. This reform should expand the NRC’s technical expertise to regulate new technologies and introduce market forces to nuclear waste management.

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Exelon outlines post Fukushima safety measures at Limerick nuke plant

The Mercury

by: Evan Brandt
March 12, 2012

After the Fukushima disaster, personnel from Exelon were dispatched to Japan to provide expertise. In the year since, actions taken at the Limerick reactors have included: creating, revising, and verifying over 200 procedures; additional training on backup emergency equipment pump; hands on pump trailer training; review of over 90 pieces of portable and installed equipment; inspection of external and internal design barriers and seals; modified training and main control room simulations to address post-Fukushima lessons.

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Support is growing for U.S. nuclear power post-Fukushima, survey says

Power Engineering Magazine

February 27, 2012

A new poll shows that support for nuclear power in the U.S. has increased recently; 64 percent of respondents now say they support nuclear energy, only 7 points below where it had been before the Fukushima meltdown. Opposition has also fallen, down to 33 percent from 35 percent in September. Over 80 percent of respondents believe that nuclear energy will play a key role in America’s future electricity demands and that the U.S. should learn from Fukushima to develop advanced nuclear power plants. Two-thirds of those polled are okay with new reactors being built at current sites, while 58 percent support building new sites.

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Nuclear Plants are Powerful Economic Engines

U.S. News & World Report

by: Eric Loewen
February 3, 2012

The American Nuclear Society strongly believes that nuclear energy for the production of stable, diversified baseload electricity in the United States should be expanded. Demand for electricity continues to increase as we move to a more digital, electrified society. At present, however, nuclear energy only accounts for about 20 percent of all electricity in the United States. Nuclear energy is the only energy source whose technology is both proven and becoming safer and more efficient. Along with reducing our carbon footprint and improving productive efficiency, newly Nuclear Regulatory Commission approved nuclear facility designs show themselves to be good for local economies. The construction of only one new plant will initially create 1,700 jobs with the promise of additional highly paid, skilled employment, and eventually will generate $400 million to $600 million in revenue for the community.

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Nuclear Power’s Undeserved Bad Year

White House Chronicle

by: Llewellyn King
December 31, 2011

The great event of the nuclear calendar for 2011 was the earthquake and tsunami that hammered three reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi plant in Japan. As with all accidents or even incidents, nuclear is held to a standard of safety orders of magnitude stricter than is applied to any other industrial activity, including other big energy undertakings, like oil refining, chemical production and transportation, and aviation. The suspicion that falls upon nuclear technology is not only unfair – it is uneven.

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