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    Texas Fertilizer Plant Explosion: Error and Terror are Two Different Things

    On April 17, a West Texas fertilizer plant exploded, leaving 14 dead and approximately 200 injured. Investigators continue to look into exactly what caused the explosion that left an estimated $100 million in damages in its wake. Yet, while investigators are still looking to determine if the blast was due … More

    Blue Ribbon Commission on Nuclear Energy Misses Chance at Real Reform

    The President’s Blue Ribbon Commission (BRC) on America’s Nuclear Future released its final report late last week. It provides a thoughtful overview of how America’s nuclear waste policy has evolved since the mid-20th century, but the report’s final recommendations largely fall short. Essentially, the commission accepted the underlying structure of … More

    Discussing Solutions for Nuclear Waste

    The Obama administration’s rhetoric on nuclear energy has been promising.  Unfortunately, actions speak louder than words and his decision to attempt to kill the waste repository program at Yucca Mountain without a workable replacement speaks volumes. Not only has the nation spent nearly $10 billion on the project, but no … More

    NRC Decision Game Changer for Nuclear Blue Ribbon Commission

    The Secretary of Energy’s request that the Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future not consider Yucca Mountain has been debatable from the beginning.  After all, America’s electricity ratepayers have already invested over $10 billion into the repository.  And besides that, federal statute clearly states that Yucca Mountain will be … More

    President’s Commission on Nuclear Waste Has Historic Opportunity

    The Department of Energy finally announced the formation of its blue-ribbon commission on nuclear waste. The commission, co-chaired by former Indiana Congressman Lee Hamilton and former National Security Advisor Brent Scowcroft has been charged with reviewing the nation’s nuclear waste policies and providing recommendations for moving forward. If carried out … More