Nuclear regulation

Well attended nuclear conference kicks off interesting, productive year

March 5, 2014
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When you look at packed audience halls at a nuclear industry convention, you know there is activity in the industry. Last week’s Canadian Nuclear Association annual conference and trade show was very well attended, and not just by the Ontario nuclear utilities, Ontario Power Generation and Bruce Power, whose billion dollar annual revenues make them…

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The cost of Ontario power: jobs, no jobs, and snowjobs

August 6, 2013
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The mayor of Sarnia, anxious perhaps to divert public attention from the molecular-level particle interactions that provide so many of his constituents with such well-paying employment, loudly proclaimed in 2011 his opposition to sub-atomic-level interactions apropos of Bruce Power’s plan to ship old nuclear steam generators to Sweden via the Great Lakes. The route would…

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Nuclear waste versus time/money waste: which is worse? An international exercise in comic-book posturing

June 27, 2013
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Nuclear waste versus time/money waste: which is worse? An international exercise in comic-book posturing

An interesting exchange of diplomatic letters between the U.S. State of Michigan and the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission on the matter of the proposed underground nuclear waste repository on the Canadian side of Lake Huron highlights the concern on the American side over the issue of nuclear waste in general. The Michigan government apparently feels…

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Port Hope uranium workers had lower mortality and cancer than rest of Canadian population, says British Medical Journal study

March 14, 2013
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Port Hope uranium workers had lower mortality and cancer than rest of Canadian population, says British Medical Journal study

Helen Caldicott is a charming lady: passionate, pleasant, and engaging. She is also hopelessly wrong about her anti-nuclear cause, a fact which is so obvious that it is difficult to refrain from expressing frustration and even annoyance when speaking with her. I debated her once, on TVO, and thought I was being gentle in the…

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U.S. used nuclear fuel: the elephant is a mouse, is the solution to America’s power generation problems

January 29, 2013
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Listening to American politicians talk about energy security and clean energy is sometimes like listening to Captain Queeg testifying at the court martial: at first it sounds congruous, coherent, and believable, but upon the easiest cross examination it rapidly collapses under its own contradiction and irrelevancies. This is especially true with those politicians who fancy…

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Item 1: if Ontario did not have its nuclear generating fleet, last hour’s CO2 emissions would have been AT LEAST:

5,634 metric tons, and the CIPK would have been 355.6 grams

Item 2: Since prorogation of the Ontario legislature on October 15, 2012, provincial gas-fired generating plants have dumped this much CO2 into our air:

14,316,410 metric tons. This is a running total. Every hour, the total increases by the amount of Gas CO2 given in Table 1.

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