Safety Third: TVA’s Proposed Clinch River Small Modular Reactors (SMRs)

Please note: comments to the NRC are due July 13, 2018 – you can take action here. Honestly, my knowledge surrounding nuclear power was somewhat limited. In my Master’s program, I gained knowledge about policy issues surrounding nuclear waste storage at Yucca Mountain, a proposed federal repository; I watched, horrified, at news reports about the […]

Does “SMR” stand for “Squandering More Resources?”

What does the acronym “SMR” stand for? If you’re talking about plans for TVA’s Clinch River Site near Kingston, Tennessee there may be multiple answers. TVA and nuclear industry proponents would say you’re referring to a plan to possibly build up to 800 megawatts of new nuclear power technology known as Small Modular Reactors. But for those of us concerned with yet another untested, risky nuclear scheme, it stands for “Squandering More Resources” or “Squandering Money and Resources” on something that is clearly not needed, which TVA itself recently stated.

New nuclear reactor designs and concepts are expensive, challenging – New GAO report

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a new technology assessment report yesterday, “Nuclear Reactors: Status and challenges in development and deployment of new commercial concepts.” But the results of the study were anything but new. The GAO’s findings confirmed that new nuclear reactor technologies, such as small modular reactors (SMRs), and other new reactor […]

Kingston Ash Landfill Changes Fraught with Concerns

December 30th marked the end of a public comment period around a draft permit for storage of coal ash waste at TVA’s Kingston plant in East Tennessee – the very location of the coal ash tragedy of six years ago. The Tennessee Department of Environmental Conservation (TDEC), who must decide to grant or deny TVA’s […]

Remembering TN’s Coal Ash Problems After NC’s Dan River Disaster

In the wake of the recent coal ash disaster at Duke Energy’s Dan River plant in Eden, NC, environmental groups have become increasingly concerned with the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation’s (TDEC) handling of toxic coal ash within the state. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Tennessee’s coal ash impoundments can hold up […]

TVA Updates Citizens on Kingston Coal Ash Spill Cleanup Status

On May 30, the Tennessee Valley Authority and the Environmental Protection Agency held a public hearing in Kingston, TN where they provided an update on their combined efforts to clean up the 5.4 million cubic yards of coal ash that spilled 4 1/2 years ago into the land and water surrounding their nearby Kingston coal […]

Building small modular reactors senseless

This article, written by Dr. Arjun Makhijani, was originally published in the Knoxville News Sentinel. Dr. Makhijani is the President of the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research in Takoma Park, Md. The highly touted “nuclear renaissance” is ending with a whimper. Private investors don’t want the risk of the huge investments new reactors require. […]

And The Award for Biggest Taxpayer Ripoff Goes To?

Jeannie McKinney, SACE Communications Coordinator, contributed to this post. Whether or not you joined in the hype surrounding the Oscars earlier this week, we’ve got one award show we promise you don’t want to miss. While most awards honor the best and the brightest, today we highlight a special award that honors exactly the opposite. […]

Letting the Coal Ash Settle: The Kingston Disaster 4 Years Later

  Just before 1 a.m. on Monday, December 22, 2008, TVA’s coal ash impoundment at its Kingston Fossil Plant in Roane County, TN ruptured and spilled 1.1 billion gallons (5.4 million cubic yards) of toxic coal ash into the surrounding community and waterways – covering more than 300 acres of land and water.  After the dust […]