Ken Kok, nuclear engineer, Editor of the Nuclear Engineering Handbook. David Dalton, contributor to NUCNET: GE Hitachi is beginning licensing of a scaled down, simplified version of their boiling water nuclear power technology they have been developing for over 60 years. Licensing of this very familiar technology by the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission has not gotten any simpler, faster or less costly in half a century. The NuScale Pressurized Water Reactor Small Modular Reactor is also taking a lot of time and money to license. Everything else in modern living has made tremendous progress. Licensing of existing technology nuclear plants in the United States has made little progress. Licensing of new nuclear technologies is non-existent in the USA. What are the reasons? Could they be against the best interests of the United States and the rest of the world?
Ken Kok is a nuclear engineer and leading member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers advocating for advanced nuclear power technology with spent fuel recycling. In the late 1970’s and early 1980’s he became involved in both magnetic and laser fusion projects. His team built a series of simple models which showed how difficult maintenance would be. Much of their conclusions to his knowledge has not been examined. Hence, he stands by his 50-year prediction made in 1980 and feels that adding another 40-50 years sounds reasonable.
Ken Kok is a nuclear engineer and leading member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers advocating for advanced nuclear power technology with spent fuel recycling. Used nuclear fuel and depleted uranium are already mined and milled resources that can power all of America's electrical energy needs at 1994 levels for over 700 years. This is more valuable than fossil fuels and would not require mining for these needs. Combined with fossil fuels, and uranium and thorium still in the ground, the United States and the rest of the world potentially have enough energy to improve the lives of people everywhere for as far as we think civilization will last.
Alan Waltar, Nuclear Engineer and Past President of the American Nuclear Society, Wanda Munn, Nuclear Engineer with advanced nuclear technologies, Kenneth Kok, Nuclear Engineer, Fellow - ASME, John Shanahan, Civil Engineer, President of Environmentalists for Nuclear - USA formulated this message to the White House and Secretary of Energy with recommendations of what needs to be done to keep America strong with nuclear power.