Keep the faith... "Don't ever give up." Dr. Bob

In the current movie, “Pandora’s Promise,” in a 1995 clip, Sen. John Kerry announced the end of advanced reactor development. Approaching 20 years later, after an unbelievable fight, the FFTF remains inerted, in deactivated condition, its stainless steel core and internals remain in certified, pristine condition. There is no other fast neutron test [...]

70 years ago – Dr. Enrico Fermi

In Chicago 70 years ago, a team of scientists lead by Nobel Prize winner, Dr. Enrico Fermi, created the first controlled nuclear fission.  The Manhattan Project’s B-Reactor was fully operational in an incredibly short time.  Plutonium was separated.  This innovation, engineering and human effort brought an end to WWII.  Nobel laureate Glenn Seaborg later called [...]

Sodium Fast Reactor - a new study! Sandia National Laboratory

Sandia National Laboratory published the report (May 2012) Sodium Fast Reactor Safety and Licensing Research Plan – Volume I and Volume II. The requirement for a test/demonstration facility is abundantly clear.

Nuclear Fuel Cycle: Advance or Retreat?

Amazingly, the United States does not have a current energy policy?  Will we advance, or will we retreat? The policy void is being populated by opinion from Universities, Commissions, Societies, Associations, international energy policies, low-cost natural gas, anti-nuke FUD, and social media ramblings.

The United States is becoming dependent on foreign research institutions because of very [...]

Secretary Chu on Facebook

Open Letter to Secretary of Energy Steven Chu

Pro-nuke euphoria followed President Obama’s generally welcomed pronouncement supporting nuclear power and your Facebook posting,!/notes.php?id=79707582290

There is talk of a renaissance and environmentalists’ recognition that nuclear power can provide large amounts of carbon-free power that is always available.

But [...]

Fast Flux Test Facility - Public Comment


Draft TC&WM EIS which includes FFTF Decommission decision

January 26, 2010

Benton County sued DOE in November 2002 to stop liquid sodium drain and to stop the rush to destroy the Fast Flux Test Facility (FFTF).   Benton County argued that Decommissioning [...]

NEPA Planning – 2005 Commentary – Fast Flux Test Facility

NEPA Planning – a Fast Flux Test Facility commentary

By: Carl Holder Monday, January 03, 2005

The motive for Benton County v US Department of Energy (DOE) in November 2002 was to find something, anything that would stop sodium drain at the Fast Flux Test Facility (FFTF).   Benton County [...]

FFTF Decommission EIS aka TC&WM EIS

The FFTF Decommission EIS took public scoping comments until October 8, 2004. Then this EIS was was rolled into the Tank Closure and Waste Management TC&WM EIS being performed by SAIC for DOE Richland Office. The Draft TC&WM EIS was published on November 4, 2009. DOE proposes to [...]

TC&WM EIS + FFTF Decommission EIS

Support:  NO ACTION alternative for FFTF Decommission.

DOE offers three alternatives for the FFTF in the current Environment Impact Statement (EIS):
No Action – maintain the current Surveillance & Maintenance (S&M) for 100 years.  $2m/yr includes main feature:  Maintain inert cover gas on piping.
Entombment (the preferred alternative)

They do not offer other alternatives:
Restart, or Greenfield –  as [...]

Reprocess? - ask Japan

The U.S. and Japan will begin to cooperate on “advanced fuel cycle technologies” for nuclear plants, or reprocessing nuclear waste, according to the Environmental Capital blog.

Reprocessing helps get rid of nuclear waste, which is why both France and Japan have been big advocates.  The U.S. killed a reprocessing plan in the ’70s.   Then, the Bush [...]