Indian Point

Back in the 1960’s Nuclear Power was pitched as “Too Cheap to Meter.” Today  the state of the art can be summarized in 15 words: Chernobyl, Fukushima, San Onofre, Fort Calhoun, Indian Point, Radioactive Waste, Evacuation Plans and Emergency Response.

Hurricane Sandy, the 1,000 mile diameter storm brought rain, wind, water and power failures to 10.4 million from North Carolina up to Maine, and west to Ohio, Indiana, and Michigan in the USA and another 145,000 people in Canada, over 1.5 million people. As NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo said, here, “We have old infrastructure and […]

Indian Point’s two reactors, operating since 1974 and 1976, generate up to 30 percent of New York City and Westchester’s power. Yet the plant remains controversial. March 1, 2012, Michael Gerrard, director of the Center for Climate Change Law, moderated  the Forum on the Future of Indian Point held at Columbia Law School. The forum […]

Did the Japanese (and the rest of the world) NEED Fukushima?   Happy Earth Day.  Think for the Future. Do We Need Nuclear Power, Part 1, L. Furman, 4/20/12, here. Do We Need Nuclear Power, Part 2, L. Furman, 4/20/12, here. Do We Need Nuclear Power, Part 3, L. Furman, 4/21/12, here.     US […]

In the 54 years between 1957, when the Price Anderson Act was passed, and 2011 we have: Experienced four melt-downs and one partial melt-down at nuclear power plants, An increasing amount of radioactive waste that we really don’t know how to deal with, but must manage for hundreds of years – or thousands.   Security Concerns. […]

On March 11, 2011, the Fukushima nuclear disaster shocked the world. Sadly, the thinkers in the anti-nuclear world were not complete surprised. We were startled, but we know that disasters, while unpredictable, are inevitable. Disasters are built into the nuclear power system. The best engineers are fallible. (Anyone who drives a car or uses a […]

Tweet I am presenting “Beyond Fuel: From Consuming Natural Resources to Harnessing Natural Processes,” a discussion of the hidden costs, or “economic externalities,” of nuclear power, coal, and oil, and the non-obvious benefits of wind, solar, marine hydro and efficiency at the Space Coast Green Living Festival, Cocoa Beach, Florida, Sept 17, 2011. The festival  […]

 Tweet Bucolic?  Pastoral? Looks that way, but looks can be deceiving.  First of all, there’s Indian Point 1. Then there’s the water issue.  Other issues are waste and national security. Indian Point 1 Brought online in August, 1962. Shutdown in October, 1974. Spent fuel is stored on site. Scheduled to be closed in 2026. Operated […]

Tweet After Chernobyl, Hans Bethe, pictured at left, said “the Chernobyl disaster tells us about the deficiencies of the Soviet political and administrative system rather than about problems with nuclear power” (PBS).  Dr. Bethe is right.  Managing nuclear power and our energy infrastructure is not limited to physics and engineering. It also involves economics, human […]