June 2018

Nuclear Reactors 563 - The Nuclear Regualory Commissions Works To Improve Protection From High Energy Arc Failures - Part 1 of 2 Parts

       The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission defines a high energy arc fault (HEAF) as “… a very intense abnormal discharge of electrons between two electrodes that are carrying an electrical current. Since arcing is not usually a desirable occurrence, it is described as an arcing fault.” Nuclear power plants generate electricity and use some of the generated electricity to power equipment in the plant.

Nuclear Reactors 562 - The United Kingdom Is Struggling To Fulfill Brexit Requirement Needed To Obtain Nuclear Fuel

       I recently blogged about problems caused by the Brexit for the U.K. nuclear power industry. The U.K. was a member of Euroatom, a European Union agreement on the handling of nuclear materials and technologies. Now that it is leaving the EU, the U.K.

Chicago, Our Town

Dear Mr. President, My grandchildren live in Chicago, and I’m scared for them. Somebody said dealing with domestic violence isn’t your job any more, but it’s everybody’s job. I couldn‘t go out with the proverbial microphone and speak to rioters. If you
have stature. You have earned the right to be heard, Mr. President. Would you consider becoming again, particularly for Chicago, a community activist and helping tone down the violence? We love our city. Thank you so much.

Nuclear Weapons 343 - U.S. Deciding Where To Produce New Plutonium Cores For Nuclear Warheads - Part 2 of 2 Parts

Part 2 of 2 Parts (Please read Part 1 first)
       In 2015, a group of prominent former arms negotiators and senior diplomats drafted a letter to the Obama Energy Secretary saying that the MOX fuel plan was a threat to nuclear nonproliferation efforts. Many nuclear arms control advocates say that using plutonium to produce fuel for nuclear power plants is unnecessary and uneconomical.