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China needs improved administrative system for nuclear power safety
The People's Republic of China should improve its system for ensuring the safety of its rapidly expanding nuclear power program, experts from the Chinese Academy of Sciences say. Despite having 40 percent of the world's proposed nuclear power plants, the country lacks an independent regulatory agency and sufficient staff to keep pace with nuclear power development, they describe in a viewpoint article in ACS's journal Environmental Science & Technology. (2011-06-22)

Is nuclear power fair for future generations?
The recent nuclear accident in Fukushima Daiichi in Japan has brought the nuclear debate to the forefront of controversy. A study by Behnam Taebi from the Delft University of Technology, published online in the Springer journal Philosophy & Technology, reflects on the various possible nuclear power production methods from an ethical perspective: If we intend to continue with nuclear power production, which technology is most morally desirable? (2011-05-05)

Nuclear Safer Than Coal?
Nuclear power plants are a much safer option in terms of the effect on peoples health than traditional coal burning power stations, according to Professor Bernard Cohen, writing in the journal Interdisciplinary Science Reviews. Cohen, from the University of Pittsburgh, USA, says, (1999-01-27)

APS disappointed in NRC rejection of petition urging barriers to proliferation
The APS is disappointed in the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's rejection of its petition urging barriers to proliferation of nuclear fuel technologies. (2013-05-31)

Rebalancing the nuclear debate through education
Better physics teaching with a particular emphasis on radioactivity and radiation science could improve public awareness through education of the environmental benefits and relative safety of nuclear power generation, according to leading Brazilian scientist Heldio Villar. He suggests that it might then be possible to have a less emotional debate about the future of the industry that will ultimately reduce our reliance on fossil fuels. (2011-09-09)

LUT investigates the role of nuclear power in Europe
A project investigating the role of nuclear power on the energy map of Europe is about to be started in the Lappeenranta University of Technology, LUT. The study will involve, in total, 26 European countries and is the most extensive project studying nuclear power in Europe. It is the first to form a comprehensive picture on the role of nuclear power in Europe. (2015-03-03)

Nuclear power helps protect Japan from high oil prices
Nuclear power contributes to Japan's energy security by reducing the economic impact of an oil price shock. A Rice University study estimates that in the absence of nuclear power, the cumulative impact of a single oil price shock could result in a loss of up to 2 trillion yen in GDP. (2004-09-21)

Nuclear cannibals
Nuclear energy must increase by more than 10 percent each year from 2010 to 2050 to meet all future energy demands and replace fossil fuels, but this is an unsustainable prospect. According to a report published in Inderscience's International Journal of Nuclear Governance, Economy and Ecology such a large growth rate will require a major improvement in nuclear power efficiency otherwise each new power plant will simply cannibalize the energy produced by earlier nuclear power plants. (2008-03-04)

Sweden's 100 percent carbon-free emissions challenge
The Swedish power supply is largely free of carbon emissions. Indeed, it is mainly based on a combination of hydroelectric and nuclear power combined with power exchange with neighboring Scandinavian countries. A study published in EPJ Plus investigates the possibility of replacing nuclear power with wind power, which is by nature intermittent. According to the study, this would finally lead to a reduction in the use of hydroelectricity if the annual consumption remained constant. (2016-06-21)

Making nuclear power more attractive
Increasing the safety and reliability of nuclear power as a solution for satisfying energy needs is the challenge addressed by a new initiative announced today. The £6.1 million Keeping the Nuclear Option Open programme will investigate how nuclear power can become a more appealing option for future energy production. (2005-11-01)

How sustainable is nuclear power for the UK?
Nuclear power could contribute significantly to reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the UK but this would lead to considerable impacts on natural resources and the environment, a report from the University of Manchester claims. (2011-12-07)

Researchers create smaller and more efficient nuclear battery
Batteries can power anything from small sensors to large systems. While scientists are finding ways to make them smaller but even more powerful, problems can arise when these batteries are much larger and heavier than the devices themselves. University of Missouri researchers are developing a nuclear energy source that is smaller, lighter and more efficient. (2009-10-07)

TPU researchers discover how to improve safety of nuclear power plants
Researchers at Tomsk Polytechnic University found a method to increase fuel lifetime by 75%. According to the research team, it will significantly increase safety and reduce the operating cost of nuclear power plants in hard-to-reach areas. (2020-02-14)

Tackling the threat of nuclear terrorism
The only effective way to tackle the threat of nuclear terrorism is to abolish nuclear weapons and establish strict international control of all fissile materials that could be used to make new weapons, argue three US physicians in this week's BMJ. (2002-02-07)

What happened at the Fukushima nuclear power plant?
Michio Ishikawa, an expert in the field of nuclear power, has written a book for those who would like to know more about the nuclear disaster which occurred in Japan in March 2011. A Study of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Accident Process explains what caused the core melt and hydrogen explosion and discusses new ideas for safety design. (2015-09-30)

Construction delays make new nuclear power plants costlier than ever
The cost of building new nuclear power plants is nearly 20 percent higher than expected due to delays, a new analysis has found. (2018-05-29)

Restricting nuclear power has little effect on the cost of climate policies
By applying a global energy-economy computer simulation that fully captures the competition between alternative power supply technologies, a team of scientists from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and the University of Dayton, Ohio, analyzed trade-offs between nuclear and climate policies. Strong greenhouse-gas emissions reduction to mitigate global warming shows to have much larger impact on economics than nuclear policy, according to the study published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. (2012-10-01)

Longer service lives for European nuclear power stations
New nuclear power stations are being built on all sides of Germany and service lives for existing facilities extended. It is therefore important that German experts remain able to assess the safety of the nuclear power stations in neighboring countries. For this reason, scientists from Germany have participated in the LONGLIFE Project which was coordinated by the Helmholtz Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf. The partners in the project have investigated how pressure vessels of nuclear power stations age. (2014-01-20)

IAEA helps developing countries plan their energy future
In a world facing the combined challenge of dwindling fossil fuels and mounting energy demand, the energy and development nexus is becoming central to the long term strategy of countries. To help countries strategically plan for nuclear energy programs, the IAEA offers them support in evaluating all energy supply options and assessing nuclear's possible role. (2010-06-16)

Generating clean electricity will improve world population's health
The health of people around the world will (2007-09-12)

Nuclear power shutdowns won't spike power prices
Despite economic woes that could shutter two of Pennsylvania's nuclear power plants -- which generate 6 percent of the state's power -- power prices will remain steady due to low natural gas prices, according to Seth Blumsack, associate professor of energy policy and economics, Penn State. (2018-06-19)

Historian says history of nuclear power needs to be addressed
The long-standing conflicts over nuclear power and the risks of radiation exposure are nothing new -- in fact, the debate over the damaged Fukushima Dai-Ichi plant in Japan are similar to arguments happening between scientists, governmental agencies and the public since 1945, according to an Oregon State University expert on the history of science. (2011-04-05)

Statement on nuclear energy by Chairmen of Global Sustainable Electricity Partnership
Top executives of many of the world's largest electricity companies today offered a collective statement on nuclear energy, saying its limitation threatens to raise the cost of electricity significantly, reduce the world's ability to lessen greenhouse gas emissions and undermine the reliability of power supplies. (2011-06-06)

Status of nuclear power 2010
Risoe DTU has made its eighth report in the series (2011-08-11)

Study finds dramatic increase in thyroid cancer
The Nuclear Policy Research Institute (NPRI) today called on the Bush administration to reassess its commitment to the expansion of nuclear power; based on new study reported in the June edition of the International Journal of Epidemiology. The study documents a dramatic increase in thyroid cancers following the 1986 Chernobyl disaster. (2004-06-11)

Where to put nuclear waste?
Researchers in Finland have found that acceptance of the site of a spent nuclear fuel repository can depend on gender and economic background. Writing in the International Journal of Environmental Technology and Management, the team reports that affluent men more often have a positive opinion on the location of such facilities than women or disadvantaged people. (2012-06-19)

Values predict attitudes toward nuclear power
Concerns about climate change and energy independence have led to renewed calls for the resurgence of nuclear power. Therefore, it is important to understand the level of and bases for public attitudes, both supporting and opposing nuclear power. (2009-03-25)

NEI criticizes fear-mongering by authors of used fuel paper
The Nuclear Energy Institute criticizes the fear-mongering of the authors of a paper on used nuclear fuel storage that theorizes about the possible effects of a terrorist attack. The paper intentionally misleads the public. (2003-02-14)

Lessons learned from the Fukushima accident
A recent article provides an overview of the impacts of the Fukushima Nuclear Power Station accident in Japan in 2011 and subsequent remediation measures, comparing similarities and differences with the lessons learned from the 1986 Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant accident in Ukraine. (2016-10-25)

Despite safety and other concerns, nuclear power saves lives, greenhouse gas emissions
Global use of nuclear power has prevented about 1.84 million air pollution-related deaths and release of 64 billion tons of greenhouse gases that would have resulted from burning coal and other fossil fuels, a new study concludes. It appears in the ACS journal Environmental Science & Technology. (2013-05-29)

Postpone the nuclear waste decision
Although nuclear waste has been produced for a long time, there is still no good way to discard the highly toxic material, which remains hazardous for up to 130,000 years. In his new book titled (2012-04-02)

AECL signs agreement with Argentina on expanded CANDU program
The Honorable Gary Lunn, minister of Natural Resources, announced today that AECL (Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd.) has signed an agreement with Nucleoeléctrica Argentina S.A. that will advance co-operation in Canadian-developed CANDU nuclear power. The agreement covers the refurbishment of Argentina's first CANDU power station and includes a feasibility study for another 700-megawatt CANDU 6 power station. (2006-11-27)

Plutonium or greenhouse gases? Weighing the energy options
Can nuclear energy save us from global warming? Perhaps, but the tradeoffs involved are sobering: thousands of metric tons of nuclear waste generated each year and a greatly increased risk of nuclear weapons proliferation or diversion of nuclear material into terrorists' hands. (2006-10-23)

NRC rewards Penn State nuclear engineering efforts
Penn State's nuclear engineering program, part of the mechanical engineering department, has received nearly $1 million from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission in the areas of education, faculty development and curriculum development to boost nuclear education and expand the workforce in nuclear and nuclear-related disciplines. (2009-12-10)

Study analyzes impact of switch from nuclear power to coal, suggests directions for policy
A new study used data from the United States to analyze the costs and benefits of electricity production from coal-fired versus nuclear sources. The study's authors conclude that policymakers should look at nuclear power as a low-carbon electricity source, but that utilities will need to have incentives to do so. (2020-02-26)

No increased risk of cancer near Sellafield or Dounreay in recent years
Children, teenagers and young adults living near Sellafield or Dounreay since the 1990s are not at an increased risk of developing cancer according to research published in the British Journal of Cancer today. (2014-07-23)

Poll reveals half British public support nuclear future
A MORI poll conducted by University of East Anglia research team reveals that 54 percent of British public support the building of nuclear power stations. (2006-01-17)

Using building materials to monitor for high enriched uranium
A new paper details how small samples of ubiquitous building materials, such as tile or brick, can be used to test whether a facility has ever stored high enriched uranium, which can be used to create nuclear weapons. The technique could serve as a valuable forensic tool for national or international efforts related to nuclear nonproliferation and security. (2019-07-15)

MIT: Lack of fuel may limit US nuclear power expansion
Limited supplies of fuel for nuclear power plants may thwart the renewed and growing interest in nuclear energy in the United States and other nations, says an MIT expert on the industry. (2007-03-21)

Nuclear energy programs do not increase likelihood of proliferation, Dartmouth study finds
Contrary to popular thought, nuclear proliferation is not more likely to occur among countries with nuclear energy programs, according to research published in International Security. In a historical analysis of the relationship between nuclear energy programs and proliferation from 1954 to 2000, the study finds that the link between the two has been overstated. (2017-11-06)

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