By Roger Witherspoon Download and/or Print Article Federal officials are investigating Entergy Nuclear Corps’ management of its massive steam generators following the latest in a series of mechanical failures which forced six plant shut downs in the last two years. Nuclear Regulatory Commission inspectors are specifically examining the cause of the Sept. 3 malfunction in a steam generator serving the reactor in Indian Point 2, which triggered an automatic “trip” or shut down.
By Roger Witherspoon Download and/or Print Articlle In a sense, it could fairly be said to have begun with patent number 252,386, issued January 17, 1882 to a young Black inventor named Lewis Howard Latimer. Latimer, the only inventor to work with both of America’s icons of modern technological development – Thomas Edison and Alexander Graham Bell – patented the carbon filament which made the electric light bulb possible. By bringing high intensity light to the factory floor,
By Roger Witherspoon Download and/or Print Article Congress and the Obama Administration are on a course to provide the nation’s nuclear industry an unprecedented financial package which could dwarf the combined expenditures of the bailout programs enacted during the past year. The legislative package is accompanied by restrictions – billed as efforts to streamline bureaucracy – which would block the Nuclear Regulatory Commission from completely examining the major components
By Roger Witherspoon Download and/or Print Article “There’s no reason why technologically we can’t employ nuclear energy in a safe and effective way. Japan does it and France does it. And it doesn’t have greenhouse gas emissions, so it would be stupid for us not to do that in a much more effective way.” –President Barak Obama New Orleans, 10/15/09 “That’s going to finally make clean energy the profitable kind of energy in America — legislation that will make the best use of