Author Archive | Gail Marcus

Nuclear Liability:

The Logic of Liability Regimes Once again, I have seen an article criticizing the fact that nuclear liability regimes assign financial responsibility solely to the nuclear plant operator, thus appearing to insulate vendors from financial claims.  On the surface, these criticisms seem to have some logic–after all, who wouldn’t want to go after the “real” […]

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ASME Engineer-Historian Award:

A Note of Thanks Like many people, I am busy celebrating this holiday season and have even less time than usual for writing my blog.  Therefore, I thought I’d devote this blog to expressing my appreciation for the recognition my book, Nuclear Firsts: Milestones on the Road to Nuclear Power Development, has received. First and […]

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ANS Conference:

A Wealth of Anniversaries The theme of this year’s American Nuclear Society (ANS) Winter meeting, which just concluded, was “75 Years of Nuclear Fission,” so I fully expected a lot of reflection on this milestone event.  I was not mistaken.  What I did not expect was that a number of speakers would pick up on […]

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The Energy Market and Carbon:

Another Look at the Energy Marketplace A Washington Post editorial on nuclear power a few weeks ago caught my attention.  It was reacting to the continued bad news coming from Fukushima in Japan, as well as to the Entergy announcement in the US regarding their decision to close Vermont Yankee.   The editorial made the […]

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Women in Engineering: Personal Reflections

An article in the New York Times on October 3 on why there are still so few women in science and engineering took me by surprise.  In the first place, I’d just returned from a visit to an alumni leadership conference at my alma mater, MIT, where they were parading all the good news stories […]

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Financing Nuclear Construction Costs:

Thinking Outside the Box In the United Kingdom, Sir John Armitt, the former chairman of the Olympic Delivery Authority recently told the government that he could break the log-jam over the construction of new nuclear power plants by setting up a similar body to construct them. The particular issue he was addressing is the impasse […]

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The Future of the Electric Grid:

Is it in Question? Recently, Rod Adams had a thought-provoking discussion about the electric grid on his blog, Atomic Insights.  In it, he points out the fallacies of the argument that the electric power grid is becoming obsolete.  I would like to take this opportunity to reinforce many of the points he made, and perhaps […]

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Energy and Fire:

Hidden Dangers Just last week, I commented on the Yosemite fire and the concerns forest fires raise in terms of siting of some energy sources and power lines.  I didn’t think I’d find myself writing about fire issues again so soon, but a friend just sent me a very interesting article about the dangers solar […]

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Irradiated Food:

The Case for More I was pleased to see a recent NRC blog that highlighted the value of irradiating food to eliminate the harmful pathogens in our food supply that all too regularly cause massive outbreaks of illness and even deaths.  They were responding to news of recent outbreaks of illness traced to lettuce from […]

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New Nukes: The Next Generation

I was pleased to see an article in Time magazine called New Nukes, which provided a rather positive and optimistic view of the need for nuclear power and its future.  [Note:  On-line access by Time magazine is by subscription, so I’m not sure this link will provide the full article or be permanent.] What proved […]

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