Gary Young, mechanical engineer, major product development manager - Before retirement, he worked on product development that significantly contributed to profitability of a global technology company. In this three part series of articles titled "A Galactic Visitor's Essay," he uses a fictional galactic visitor to let his outstanding technical knowledge and practical experience describe important new ways to use existing nuclear power that can solve many problems existing today in nuclear power and energy needs in general. Part III is the presentation of his grand idea, starting in the United States.
Catrina Rorke, R Street: With the recently announced planned retirements of nuclear facilities in Illinois and California, nearly 10 percent of the U.S. nuclear-energy fleet either already has closed or is scheduled to close within the next 16 years. Worse, there are no plans to replace them or add new plants. Similar in Germany and soon also in Switzerland. France wisely planned to replace their nuclear power plants. Russia and China are going ahead with nuclear power for the long term future.
Russia cancels plutonium agreement, leaving MOX future uncertain (Aiken Standard, Thomas Gardiner) Russia USofA05.Oct.2016
Aiken Standard, Thomas Gardiner: A 16-year-old international nuclear nonproliferation agreement fell apart, rendering the future of weapons-grade plutonium processing in the U.S. and at the Mixed Oxide Fabrication Facility at the Savannah River Site uncertain. The agreement’s demise could take enough plutonium for 17,000 warheads out from under the oversight of international nuclear experts. South Carolina U.S. Sens. Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott called the White House’s efforts to shut down the MOX program disastrous. The US government's intentions to down blend weapons grade plutonium and bury it in the ground instead of using it in commercial reactors is a wilful act to reduce having plentiful, clean nuclear energy, similar to decisions to stop development of fast reactors. The world goes on without us.
Kelvin Kemm is a nuclear physicist and chairman of the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation: South Africa is getting ready to buiild three new nuclear power plants. Koeberg nuclear power plant was built on time and within budget, 40 years ago. There is no reason why South Africa cannot do it again. We have far superior skills and technology now than we had then. Anti-nuclear activists want wind and solar instead.