[Date Prev][Date Next][Date Index]

E-M:/ Stop the Insanity (New and Improved Mini-Nukes)



-------------------------------------------------------------------------
Enviro-Mich message from James Clift <jamesmec@voyager.net>
-------------------------------------------------------------------------

Below is a item that appeared in the Federal Register about a Department
of Energy study into the feasibility of the development of a new class
of modular nuclear power reactors (as required by the Senate Energy
Committee).

Just a couple of quick thoughts:

Why do they only want to here from the "nuclear technology community"?

Is the study going to compare modular nukes with solar/wind modular
units on cost and safety issues?

They think that the units should be ready for "transport to remote
communities such as islands".  What are they thinking, Beaver Island ?
Mackinac Island? Why not Isle Royale?

What about the waste?  Should they just keep it on beach, like we do on
Lake Michigan?


I'm sure Secretary Abraham and crew would like to hear from a broader
audience.



[Federal Register: February 27, 2001 (Volume 66, Number 39)]
[Notices]
[Page 12505-12506]

DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

Office of Nuclear Energy, Science and Technology; Small Modular
Nuclear Power Units

AGENCY: Department of Energy (DOE).

ACTION: Notice of public interest.

-----------------------------------------------------------------------

SUMMARY: The United States Department of Energy plans to undertake a
study to determine the feasibility of and issues associated with the
deployment of small modular nuclear reactors for preparation of a report
to Congress by May 2001. This report is being prepared as directed by
the Senate Committee on Appropriations (S.R. Report no.
106-395, at 107(2000)) on the Energy and Water Development
Appropriations Act, 2001 (Public Law 106-377). The Committee report
specifically states the following:

    The committee is aware of recent improvements in reactor design that
make feasible small modular reactors with attractive characteristics for
remote communities that otherwise must rely on shipments of relatively
expensive and sometimes environmentally undesirable fuels for their
electric power. To be acceptable, such a reactor would have to be
inherently safe, be relatively cost effective, have intrinsic design
features which would deter sabotage or efforts to divert nuclear
materials, have infrequent refuelings, and be largely factory
constructed and deliverable to remote sites. The Committee
recommendation provides $1,000,000 for the Department to undertake a
study to determine the feasibility of and issues associated with the
deployment of such small reactors and provide a report to Congress by
May 2001.

    This notice hereby announces the Department's interest in receiving
information from the nuclear technology community on small modular power
unit concepts that should be considered in the study. Such concepts must
generally meet the criteria previously mentioned and may be entirely, or
almost entirely, factory fabricated for transport to remote communities
such as islands and should be no larger than 50 megawatts-electric
(MWe).

DATES: Concept information must be submitted by 4:30 p.m., edt, March
15, 2001, to be accepted for review and to permit timely consideration
for inclusion within the report.

ADDRESSES: All concept information should be forwarded to Argonne
National Laboratory by U.S. Postal Service Express Mail or any
commercial mail delivery service, or hand carried by the applicant to:
Roald Wiegland, ``Small Modular Reactor Study,'' Argonne National
Laboratory, 9700 South Cass Avenue, Building 208, Argonne, Illinois
60439-4842. Individuals who wish to submit concept information
electronically should forward their information to smr@anl.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kenneth Chuck Wade, Nuclear Industry
Analysis, NE-80, Office of Nuclear Energy, Science and Technology, U.S.
Department of Energy, Germantown, Maryland 20874-1290, (301) 903-1031.

ACCESS THE COMPLETE ANNOUNCEMENT IN HTML TEXT FORMAT AT:
http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=2001_register&docid=01-4733-filed

OR IN PDF FORMAT EXACTLY AS IT APPEARS IN THE PRINTED EDITION
OF THE FEDERAL REGISTER AT:
http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=2001_register&docid=01-4733-filed.pdf



___________________

Prepared by:

James Clift
Michigan Environmental Council
119 Pere Marquette, Ste. 2A
Lansing, MI 48912
(517) 487-9539
www.mecprotects.org



==============================================================
ENVIRO-MICH:  Internet List and Forum for Michigan Environmental
and Conservation Issues and Michigan-based Citizen Action.   Archives at
http://www.great-lakes.net/lists/enviro-mich/

Postings to:  enviro-mich@great-lakes.net      For info, send email to
majordomo@great-lakes.net  with a one-line message body of  "info enviro-mich"
==============================================================