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    Don’t Invest in Nuclear: Create a Better System

    Despite President Obama’s rhetoric as being a pro-nuclear, all-of-the-above energy President, his Administration has done nothing to move nuclear energy policy forward in the United States. Yet, there is plenty the government can and should be doing. Yes, Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz announced that he would soon finish $8.3 … More

    Court Decision on Nuclear Waste Fee Offers Chance for Reform

    The D.C. Circuit Court delivered a welcome conclusion this week in NARUC v. Department of Energy: The Department of Energy (DOE) cannot charge commercial nuclear power plant operators for a service it doesn’t provide. The decision creates a unique opportunity to fix America’s broken nuclear waste management system. Since 1982, … 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

    Georgia Leader Beats Drum for Nuclear Energy

    Georgia is riding a wave of new nuclear energy that, five years ago, many thought would be more crowded by now. Georgia Public Services Commissioner Tim Echols, a champion of using market forces to help solve our nuclear waste problems, has seen firsthand how important getting nuclear energy policy right matters. … More

    The President’s Pro-Nuclear Rhetoric vs. His Anti-Nuclear Policies

    President Obama released his Climate Action Plan this week, which laid out his vision for reducing climate change. Regardless of what one thinks about climate change policy, producing more unsubsidized, affordable, clean, reliable, emissions-free power is a laudable goal. That is why, of all the recommendations that the President puts … More

    Senators’ Nuke Waste Plan Renovates When We Really Need to Raze and Rebuild

    Senators Ron Wyden (D–OR), Dianne Feinstein (D–CA), Lamar Alexander (R–TN), and Lisa Murkowski (R–AK) finally released a discussion draft of their much anticipated nuclear waste bill this morning. It essentially accepts the assumption that the federal government should be responsible for nuclear waste management and disposal and that waste producers … More

    DOE Nuclear Waste Plan Ignores Basic Flaw of Current Policy

    The Department of Energy (DOE) released its long-awaited “Strategy for the Management and Disposal of Used Nuclear Fuel and High-level Radioactive Waste” Friday afternoon. Regrettably, the DOE missed a historic opportunity to fix the nation’s failed nuclear waste management policy. Its “strategy” is built on the very same flawed assumptions … More

    A Nuclear Waste Carol

    Yucca Mountain was dead—to begin with. There was no doubt whatsoever about that. The register of its burial was signed by the Senator, the Chairman, the Secretary, and the President. Now three Senators, maybe four, were left to pick up the pieces. On one bitterly cold Christmas Eve, these Senators … 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