nuclear power


Five Windham County projects have been selected to receive $814,000 in grants after the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant shuts down.

Last year after the plant's owner, Entergy Nuclear, announced it was closing the plant, it agreed to contribute $10 million over five years for economic development in the county.

But Gov. Peter Shumlin said when he reviewed the 24 proposals, he found most didn't offer the "transformational new jobs and economic opportunity we were hoping for."


  In his new book, The Age of Radiance, author Craig Nelson reveals how atomic power and radiation are indivisible from our everyday lives, tracing mankind’s complicated relationship to nuclear energy.

When Marie Curie, Enrico Fermi, and Edward Teller forged the science of radioactivity, they created a revolution that arced from the end of the nineteenth century, through the course of World War II and the Cold War of superpower brinksmanship, to our own twenty-first-century confrontation with the dangers of nuclear power and proliferation—a history of paradox, miracle, and nightmare.

We open the phones very wide today and ask, "What is the biggest problem in the (or your) world - and what is the one thing you would do to solve it."  WAMC listeners did not disappoint, bringing a vast number of deep thoughts to the table.  Ray Graf  hosts. 

United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission

PLYMOUTH, Mass. (AP) — Off-site power has been restored to the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station, two days after being knocked out by the blizzard.

MA AG Coakley: Go Slow on Pilgrim Plant Renewal

Apr 6, 2012

Attorney General Martha Coakley has filed an appeal challenging the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's decision to go ahead with hearings to grant a new 20-year license extension for the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant.  WAMC's Tristan O'Neill reports...

The appeal challenges the decision to continue the relicensing process for the Plymouth-based nuclear power plant before considering what Coakley said are lessons learned from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster in Japan.