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    Yucca Mountain: NRC Takes First Step to Follow the Law

    The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) took a constructive step toward finishing the job on Yucca Mountain. Yesterday, the NRC announced its plan of action to complete the safety evaluation review of the site, calling it “an agency priority.” This comes three years after then-NRC chairman Gregory Jaczko controversially halted the … More

    Court Kicks Yucca Mountain Review Back in Motion

    Despite the politics surrounding Yucca Mountain and the Obama Administration’s policy to terminate the project, a federal court today held the executive branch to its chief role: executing the law. After 468 days of waiting, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia today ruled that, despite the … More

    Subsidies and Taxes Complicate the Future of Nuclear Power

    Rising maintenance costs and a sharp decrease in natural gas prices have put the future of some nuclear power plants into question. But other plants face retirement under the burden of specific taxes and anti-competitive green energy subsidies. Mark Cooper, a senior fellow at the Vermont Law School, recently published … More

    Energy Budget Cuts Are Attack on Subsidies, Not Science

    House Members who are proposing cuts to the Department of Energy (DOE) budget are facing bogus criticism that the cuts are an attack on science. The reality is that the cuts are attacks on subsidies and duplicative spending and, in fact, do not go far enough. The lowest-hanging fruit for … More

    Japan’s Green Initiative Drowns in Oil

    The government picking winners and losers is bad for any economy. But it also often leads to the opposite of the intended result. Take a look at Japan. Last week, an expert committee from Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry announced its plan to reduce the price of solar … More

    Georgia Commissioner Seeks Reforms for Nuclear Waste Management

    State public service officials are gathered in Washington, D.C., this week for the winter meeting of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners. One of shining stars involved in NARUC is a Georgian named Tim Echols, who hopes to transform America’s system of nuclear waste management. Echols won a statewide … More

    Nuclear Reactors Small & Large

    104 nuclear power plants currently provide electricity for 20% of the nation. One of these reactors (1,000 Megawatt) provides electricity for about one million homes. This is great, but good things can come in small packages, too. For instance, Hyperion Power Generation, Inc. is looking to commercialize small, nuclear reactors … More

    Exploring New Nuclear Technologies

    The U.S. is at the threshold of a nuclear renaissance as it prepares for a new era of nuclear power plant construction. But nuclear technology can provide so much more. Indeed, it brings the promise of an energy revolution. The development and commercialization of small reactors, fast reactors, alternative fueled … More

    Nuclear Reactors the Size of a Hot Tub

    This could bring a whole new meaning to the “Not in My Back Yard” argument. Hyperion Power Generation, Inc. is looking to commercialize small, nuclear reactors for remote locations as soon as 2013. The reactors, developed at the reputable Las Alamos National Laboratory, are the size of a hot tub … More