Donald J. Higson is a Fellow of the Australasian Radiation Protection Society, Jerry Cuttler is a distinguished nuclear scientist in Canada. The nuclear energy industry offers a proven and safe means for generating most of the electricity we need at a reasonable cost, with minimal damage to the environment. Other uses of nuclear science and technology in industry and in medicine also provide enormous benefits to society. Other uses of nuclear science and technology in industry and in medicine also provide enormous benefits to society. However, for many people, fear of radiation – essentially the mistaken belief that there is no safe radiation dose – is a significant deterrent to the wider use of these technologies.For low doses and low dose rates, there is abundant evidence that conflicts with the Linear No-Threshold LNT model in use worldwide for establishing radiation safety guidelines.
Bryan Leyland is a consulting engineer for major electric generating projects in Africa and Asia. He is a strong advocate for nuclear power. His home is in beautiful New Zealand where he owns a hydroelectric generating plant.
Medical radioisotope use to treat cancer has its origins in 1936 when Dr. Hertz spontaneously asked the President of MIT Karl Compton, "Could iodine be made radioactive artificially?"
Nuclear power needs a fuel recycle reactor. This program should be the cornerstone of the U.S. advanced nuclear technology development program. The capability of operating nuclear power plants with recycled fuel is far more important than the capability of operating nuclear plants at higher temperatures. The benefits of increasing thermal efficiency are minuscule when compared to the benefits of increasing nuclear fuel efficiency. .. .. Even after the first cycle, with the burnup that was routinely achieved in EBR-II, this fuel will contain much too high of a concentration of higher isotopes of plutonium and other actinides to be attractive for weapons.
Argonne National Laboratory was in charge of the design, construction, operation, research for EBR I and EBR II, Experimental Breeder Reactors I and II. It was lead by top pioneers in breeder reactor technology, Enrico Fermi, Walter Zinn and many others. The breeder reactor technology developed by many top scientists at Argonne National Laboratory is the best developed in the United States with proven passive safety and optimum spent fuel recycling technology.