This report was produced by the same organization that managed America's failed nuclear energy policies for most of the last 50 years. Where are we today? The first round of commercial nuclear power plants are nearing end of licensed life or closing early due to matters beyond their control. There is no official plan of what to do with the used nuclear fuel, except store it on site for decades and ultimately lock it away in the ground. There is no plan to replace existing nuclear power plants with new ones, like has so wisely been done in France. There is very little progress to develop new nuclear technologies and use thorium also as a fuel source. Licensing is bizarrely expensive and long. There is no plan for used fuel reprocessing and using depleted uranium that can produce nuclear fuel worth trillions of dollars. There is little onshore enrichment capability. This report doesn't mention these long neglected problems, much less solve them. It is issued by a Secretary of Energy who has almost no experience in energy in general and nuclear energy in particular. What is needed is qualified, committed leadership in the Department of Energy and solid, long-term backing in Congress and the White House to keep nuclear power at the forefront generation after generation for the very long term.
U.S. Department of Energy: The evolution of wholesale electricity markets, including the extent to which Federal policy interventions and the changing nature of the electricity fuel mix are challenging the original policy assumptions that shaped the creation of those markets. Markets recognize and compensate reliability, and must evolve to continue to compensatereliability, but more work is needed to address resilience. The biggest contributor to coal and nuclear plant retirements has been the advantaged economics of natural gas-fired generation.
James Muckerheide - Low-dose radiation is documented to be beneficial for human health but, for political reasons, radiation is assumed to be harmful at any dose. Radiation-protection scientists, and others, who cover up the data that contradict present policy should be investigated for misconduct.
.The Department of Energy's Office of Environmental Management (EM) manages approximately 700,000 metric tons of depleted uranium hexafluoride at the gaseous diffusion plants located near Paducah, Kentucky. and Portsmouth, Ohio. It plans to convert the depleted uranium hexafluoride to a stable material. The conversion process will produce approximately 55 1,000 metric tons of depleted uranium oxide - a relatively stable form that can be handled and disposed of by direct burial or, potentially, used in various materials or products.