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.

In A Return To ‘Safety First’ For Michigan Nuclear Plant, NPR correspondent Lindsey Smith reports, The Palisades nuclear power plant in Michigan had five unplanned shutdowns last year. It’s one of the area’s biggest employers, and its safety record is one of the worst in the country. Now it’s trying to prove to federal regulators […]

Rather than “Can we get away from Nuclear Power?” The real questions we need to ask ourselves are: How quickly can we phase out nuclear power? What will it cost? Given that a definition of insanity is doing the same behavior but expecting different results,

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. […]

The New York Times reports on some of the complexities associated with closing the Indian Point nuclear power plants.  But what is missing from the story?  Patrick McGeehan’s   Dirtier Air and Higher Costs May Follow Indian Point Closing: Shutting down the Indian Point nuclear power plant would lead to significantly dirtier air and higher electric […]

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 […]

Preliminary evidence supports these propositions: The NRC is interested in limiting the scope of the public hearings; the NRC doesn’t mind if no one can hear what’s being said Attempts by persons or groups to conceal their actions may be interpreted as circumstantial evidence of consciousness of guilt (Wigmore On Evidence, 2nd edition, 1915, § […]