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  • Atomic Show #307 – Mark Nelson, Managing Director Radiant Energy Group
    by Rod Adams on May 17, 2023 at 5:54 pm

    Mark Nelson has been traveling the world in an effort to help create a sustainable pronuclear movement. His focus includes both saving existing plants and encouraging the construction of new reactor in areas that have operating reactors, those that have shut down their nuclear plants and in countries that have never operated nuclear plants. We...

  • Atomic Show #306 – Dr. Rita Baranwal, Westinghouse AP300
    by Rod Adams on May 12, 2023 at 10:32 am

    Westinghouse, one of the world’s first nuclear power plant vendors, recently announced a new small modular reactor (SMR) design called the AP300. It is described as a simplified version of the AP1000, four of which are currently operating in China and two of which are in the final stages of operational testing in Georgia, United...

  • Atomic Show #305 – Oliver Stone and Joshua Goldstein Co-Writers Nuclear Now
    by Rod Adams on April 19, 2023 at 8:39 pm

    On Apr 28, the much anticipated film, Nuclear Now, will premier in selected theaters in New York, Sedona and Los Angeles. It will remain available in those venues for a week. On May 1, 2023, the film will be shown at 350 theaters across the US and Canada. The film is co-written by Oliver Stone...

  • Atomic Show #304 – Len Rodberg, Nuclear New York
    by Rod Adams on March 2, 2023 at 9:18 am

    Dr. Leonard Rodberg spent most of his adult life being opposed to nuclear energy. A half a dozen years ago, he abruptly changed his mind. Ever since, he has been a strong and vocal advocate for the increased use of nuclear energy. On Atomic Show #304 Len and I discuss his education, career, his changing...

  • NRC’s imposition of Aircraft Impact rule played a major role in Vogtle project delays and VC Summer failure
    by Rod Adams on February 24, 2023 at 10:44 am

    Projects that last as long as building nuclear reactors in the U.S. are analogous to extreme endurance competitions in which overall progress is the sum of all stages of the race. There is no magic reset button that allows recovery of time lost early in the race, even though the specific events that resulted in...

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  • Update 160 – IAEA Director General Statement on Situation in Ukraine
    on June 2, 2023 at 2:45 pm

    Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhya Nuclear Power Plant (ZNPP) has been without external back-up power for three months now, leaving it extremely vulnerable in case the sole functioning main power line goes down again and underlining the importance of adhering to five principles established by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) for the protection of the facility during the military conflict, Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi said today.

  • IAEA Report Finds Japan’s Measurements of the Treated Water to be Discharged from Fukushima Daiichi Accurate and Precise
    on May 31, 2023 at 7:30 am

    Japan’s Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), the operator of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station (NPS), has demonstrated its capabilities for accurate and precise measurements of the radionuclides present in the treated water stored on site, according to an International Atomic Energy Ag

  • IAEA Director General Statement to United Nations Security Council
    on May 30, 2023 at 6:30 pm

    I thank the President of the Security Council in allowing me the opportunity today to update you on IAEA activities concerning safety, security and safeguards in Ukraine. Your own personal conviction in supporting me and the work of the IAEA has been remarkable.

  • IAEA Code of Conduct: 20 Years of Progress in Safety and Security of Radioactive Sources
    on May 30, 2023 at 3:30 pm

    More than 270 legal and technical experts from 128 countries and four international organizations have convened this week in Vienna, Austria, to review progress achieved in the safety and security of radioactive sources and address areas in need of improvement.

  • Nuclear Explained – How do Nuclear Sciences Ensure Food is Safe to Eat?
    on May 30, 2023 at 12:30 pm

    Food safety is a critical aspect of public health and global food security. Since consumers cannot always see, taste or smell the threat of contaminated food, food safety laboratories backed by nuclear science serve as a line of defence to detect and prevent food hazards.