CANDU in Japan: different, proven, and symbiotic with the current fleet

January 2, 2013

The new Japanese prime minister, Shinzo Abe, recently told a television interviewer that he wants to see new nuclear reactors built in Japan. He said that these should be “totally different” from the current ones, which are light water designs of the pressurized-water or boiling-water variety. He should consider the Canadian CANDU. It is totally…

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American symbolism and its effect on nuclear proliferation: bureaucratic fantasy meets the real world

December 14, 2011

In 1976 U.S. president Gerald Ford announced that the U.S. would stop reprocessing used civilian nuclear fuel. The trigger for this decision was of course political: the announcement was on October 28, and in five days there would be a general election in which Ford was the Republican presidential candidate. But why would such an…

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Doomsday Clock reset to six minutes before midnight: breathe easy, people of East and South Asia

January 14, 2010

Over the last couple days I have participated in a very interesting discussion on the relevance of proliferation concerns to the renaissance in civilian nuclear energy. This closely preceded the announcement, a few minutes ago, by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists that the hands of its famous “Doomsday Clock” have been reset from 5 to 6…

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Canada’s nuclear future II: tough questions and no clear answers

December 21, 2009

To no one’s surprise, the Canadian government has announced it wants to sell the reactor part of Atomic Energy Canada Limited (AECL). What exactly that entails is not clear. The government says it is open to any and all offers, from some kind of public-private partnership to full 100 percent private ownership. It looks like…

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Canadian government inches closer to coherent nuclear strategy

December 5, 2009

How should Canada resolve the medical isotope crisis? A new report says we should build a new multi-purpose research reactor which can produce isotopes on the side.  Though this is the most expensive of the options presented, the authors point out the impressive benefits a multi-purpose reactor would offer. The logic of this recommendation will,…

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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:

6,394 metric tons, and the CIPK would have been 379.2 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:

14,457,404 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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