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NuScale Brings SMR Technology to Canada

NuScale, the American company behind the development of the forthcoming small modular reactors (SMR), has made a push to bring their potentially revolutionary technology to Canada. Last month the company submitted the first of four proposals to the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (the CNSC) for a review of their SMR design as a way to… Read more »

Trump Eyes 2021 for a $1.2 Billion Budget Proposal in Nuclear R&D

President Donald Trump remains committed to bolstering the nuclear industry in wake of Obama-era rollbacks. Following his proclamation that the “revitalization of the domestic industry and the ability of domestic technologies to compete abroad”, President Trump recently signed a proposed budget of $1.2 billion for 2021 for the nuclear industry to invest in the research… Read more »

U.S. Reactors Pushing to Become Earth’s Oldest

Twenty-Five miles south of Miami, two nuclear reactors loom against the Atlantic horizon: on one side of this picture the twin Turkey Point reactors draw reflections in the glass water—on the other side, behind them and up the coast line, a country simmers their shadow. The decision by the federal government in December of last… Read more »

True Climate Change Goes Beyond Reducing Carbon Emissions

For this point in human history, where we have the most advanced and powerful tools ever known to man at our fingertips, where we have mapped the earth and drawn designs upon the stars, split molecules and are knocking very resoundingly on the door of artificial intelligence—we sure seem to have a very jejune view… Read more »

U.S. Department of Energy Invests in New Test Reactor

Despite the recent sensationalist maelstrom twisted with partisan politics that has become nuclear energy discussions in this United States, the Department of Energy is reaching above the fray in pursuit of innovative technologies to propel the industry forward—and this time it enlisted some seriously deep and well-connected pockets. Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and his armada… Read more »

Lockheed Martin Wins $31.9 Million Weapons Contract

Defense contractor Lockheed Martin Corp. has been awarded a $31.9 million contract by the U.S. government to develop a specialized weapon-delivery system capable of striking mobile enemy targets. The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) conferred the contract to Lockheed’s Missiles & Fire Control branch in Grand Prairie, Texas, this month where the bulk… Read more »

Lessons to be Learned from Germany’s Nuclear Abdication

In this American landscape where the word nuclear has been sandbagged and vilified by progressives, green movements and the like, we would do well to observe the effect Atomausstieg or “nuclear phase-out” has had on Germany’s energy outlook. Reeling from Japan’s Fukushima disaster in 2011, German Chancellor Angela Merkel began what has become known as… Read more »

NRC Approves First Small Modular Reactor Permit

In a move that could have ripple effects throughout the industry in the near future, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission approved a permit for the construction of a small modular reactor under the auspices of the Tennessee Valley Authority. The first of its kind in the United States, the permit grants the TVA twenty years to… Read more »

NRC Grants First-Ever 80 Year Extension

In a move that will surely turn environmentalists and climate change activists green with envy, the American Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) passed a referendum to extend a nuclear power plant’s operating license for 80 years. Last week the NRC approved a second operating license of 20 years for the Turkey Point reactors in southern Florida,… Read more »

New Orleans Besieged by Cyber Security Attack

In yet another brazen attack on an American city, cyber security criminals besieged New Orleans over the weekend with a flurry of phishing and ransomware attempts. Beginning shortly before dawn Friday, the faceless hackers continued to ratchet up their activity through the morning hours, reaching a peak around 8am. The head of the city’s IT… Read more »