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- Below are submissions from third-party experts on nuclear energy who are not employed or compensated by the Nuclear Energy Institute.
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Recent Opinion Leaders Comment on the Benefits of Nuclear Energy
26 Oct 2012
Elected Officials Former Gov. Mitt Romney (R-Mass.) and Presidential Candidate “We’re going to take full advantage of our oil, our coal, our natural gas, our nuclear, our renewables… I know you’re particularly aware of nuclear as well and recognize America must have a reliable source of domestically produced uranium, enriched uranium. We need to make sure that Piketon has the most modern technology so that we can provide that source of security for our great country.” “Romney highlights energy in southern Ohio” October 13, 2012 Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.) “Temporarily lower energy prices driven by wind-power’s negative pricing will cripple clean-coal and nuclear-power companies. But running coal and nuclear out of business is not good for the U.S. economy. There is no way a country like this one—which uses 20 percent to 25 percent of all the electricity in the world—can operate with generators that [...]
Impact of Radiation Exposure on Workers and Residents Near Fukushima
9 Mar 2012
The Health Physics Society has released additional videos from their recent briefing on the health effects of the accident at Fukushima Daiichi. In this first video, Dr. Robert Peter Gale of the Imperial College, London, talks about the radiological impact on the first responders who worked at Fukushima Daiichi. His conclusion: that even among those workers who received the highest dose of radiation, the effects may be minimal: In this second video, Gale, along with Dr. Richard Vetter and Dr. John Boice of Vanderbilt University, turn their attention to the radiological impacts on local residents. Again, their conclusions are encouraging: To view another interview from the HPS event with Dr. Kathryn Higley, click here.
How Emergency Planning Zones Help Protect Public Health and Safety
9 Mar 2012
On March 1, 2012, the Health Physics Society convened a panel of leading scientific experts on radiation safety at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. While the quake and tsunami killed an estimated 20,000 people, radiation has not killed anyone so far, and members of HPS, drawn from academia, medicine, and the nuclear industry, suggested that the doses were too small to have much effect. One of the HPS experts, Dr. Kathryn Higley, Head of the Department of Nuclear Engineering at Oregon State University and the former Reactor Supervisor for the Reed College TRIGA reactor, was asked a few questions about the adequacy of Emergency Planning Zones (EPZ) and whether or not they are sufficient to protect public health and safety around nuclear power plants. For more on the HPS event, click here.
Opinion Leader Statements on Nuclear Energy
6 Mar 2012
Many opinion leaders have voiced their support for nuclear energy over the past year. Below is a sampling of their statements. (Click here for a printer-friendly version.) Elected Officials Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) “Enacting a CES [Clean Energy Standard] will create the jobs this country needs and reduce pollution by advancing down a path of renewables, natural gas generation, nuclear technology and carbon capture. It reflects the principles of the do it all, do it right, energy policy I’ve been advocating for.” http://bingaman.senate.gov/news/20120301-02.cfm March 1, 2012 Energy Secretary Steven Chu “If we want to be on top in producing the nuclear technologies that will be used both here and around the world, we’ll have to up our game—but this is a race America can win. The resurgence of America’s nuclear industry starts here in Georgia, where you just got approval for the first time in three decades to build new [...]
New Video on Radiation Protection and Fukushima
28 Feb 2012
Dr. Robert Emery, vice president for safety, health, environment and risk management at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center at Houston, talks about the role of the radiation protection community played in the wake of the incident at Fukushima Daiichi. Visit NEI’s YouTube channel to see part II and part III to the video.
- Recent Opinion Leaders Comment on the Benefits of Nuclear Energy