Exploring Hydrocarbon Depletion
cephalotus wrote:Only for a few days???
Plantagenet wrote:socrates1fan wrote:
U.S. May Face Inevitable Nuclear Power Exit
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/20 ... 122927.htm
Thats a misleading title, as the article is about the Obama administration providing money to support the construction of two new nuclear power plants in the USA.
Backing from Obama and the dems for nuclear power isn't bad for nuclear power---its really really GOOD for nuclear power.
Tanada wrote:Fear of nuclear power is the same as the fear of heights (acrophobia) or small spaces (claustrophobia), there is no reasoning behind it because it is not based on actual damage done to the person in fear, it is based on the potential damage to the person who is fearful.
If anything were like the media presents it to be then we would have all died from every possible threat long long ago. That doesn't keep people from having zombie apocalypse nightmares, or ebola bioterrorism nightmares, but in this world we live in your chances of dieing from starvation or violence are vastly greater than your odds of falling out of a skyscraper window, being crushed to death, or getting fatal radiation poisoning.
dissident wrote:Only if you are all total morons. Will the backup generators, that only need to run for a few days, disappear or be comprised? The only reason we had the Fukushima disaster is because of idiotic deployment of a US building design to a tsunami prone coastal area in Japan. If they paid some high school student to revise the design the first thing that would have been suggested was to move the backup generators out of the basement and onto the rocky hill right behind the plant.
dissident wrote:That's right, you mentioned some hypothetical power outage in Germany causing Fukushima like disasters. This is pure BS because the nuclear power plants would remain intact. The blackout we had here in Ontario and North East USA in 2003 caused nuclear power plants to be shut down and then restarted over the course of 2 weeks. There were no meltdowns. I am not going to engage in moving goal posts debates. Come up with better scenarios for nuclear Holocausts in Germany.
A proposed underground repository at Yucca Mountain, Nevada, is technically sound, the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission has concluded.
The US Department of Energy’s 2008 proposal to build a nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain, Nevada, is technically sound, US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) staff said on 29 January.
With the release of the final two volumes of a five-part technical analysis, the commission closed another chapter on the controversial repository nearly five years after President Barack Obama abandoned the project, and more than a quarter century after the site was selected. While the staff recommended against approving construction, the solid technical review could embolden Republicans who now control both houses of Congress and would like to see Yucca Mountain revived.
“At this point it would be difficult to revive the project,” says Matthew Bunn, a nuclear expert at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. “All of the people who were working on this project have moved on, and they have new jobs.”
In January 2012, an independent commission appointed by the White House to analyze the country’s nuclear waste policy recommended starting from scratch and looking for communities and states that are willing to host a repository. The commission also recommended the establishment of an interim storage program, but lawmakers on Capitol Hill have yet to tackle the issue.
NRC staff released its technical analysis under orders from a federal court, which in 2013 ruled that the agency must continue with the licensing process as long as it has money to do so. Although the DOE has shown the project to be geologically sound, the staff said in its report to the full commission, construction would be impossible until the federal government secures the necessary land and water rights from the state of Nevada, which is vehemently opposed to the project.
White House Proposes Reviving Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Site
WASHINGTON — The White House’s fiscal 2018 budget plan for the U.S. Department of Energy includes $120 million to restart licensing for the proposed Yucca Mountain nuclear waste dump in Nevada, a project stalled for years by lawsuits and local opposition.
The move signals that President Donald Trump may consider the site as a solution to extending the lives of existing U.S. nuclear power plants that have been hobbled by a lack of places to get rid of their spent nuclear fuel.
"These investments would accelerate progress on fulfilling the federal government's obligations to address nuclear waste, enhance national security, and reduce future taxpayer burden," according to a summary of the budget proposal.
Yucca Mountain has been studied by the U.S. government since the 1970s as a potential repository for the nation's radioactive waste and billions of dollars have been spent on the project.
But it has never opened for business because of legal challenges and widespread opposition from local politicians, environmentalists and Native American groups.
In 2010, then-President Barack Obama withdrew the license to store waste at Yucca amid opposition from then-Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Democrat from Nevada.
Trump's energy secretary, Rick Perry, a former Texas governor, told lawmakers at his confirmation hearing that restarting the Yucca Mountain project could not be ruled out, but that he would collaborate with states.
"I am very aware that this is an issue this country has been flummoxed by for 30 years. We have spent billions of dollars on this issue," Perry told the hearing in January. "I’ll work closely with you and the members of this committee to find the answers to this issue."
The White House proposal for the Department of Energy budget calls for an overall cut of 5.6 percent, which would include the elimination of some research programs.
(Writing by Richard Valdmanis; Editing by Peter Cooney)
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