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Public opinion survey indicates support for nuclear energy

The Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) said its semiannual public opinion survey indicates the public supports nuclear energy with a high degree. The survey, conducted between Feb. 18 and March 1 in part by Bisconti Research, Inc., and Quest Global Research, found that 83 percent of respondents stated it was important for the U.S. nuclear industry to act as a leading force in global markets. Read More »

TVA: Watts Bar Unit 2 may be operational by year's end

The Tennessee Valley Authority’s Watts Bar Unit 2 plant is in the final phases of construction, and a TVA official recently said it is on track to be the first new nuclear plant of the 21st century. The TVA said the facility, upon completion, will generate approximately 1,150 megawatts of safe, carbon-free power. It’s estimated that Unit 2 will help TVA avoid emissions of 6 to 8 million tons of carbon dioxide a year. Read More »

House duo: Congress, industry must address nuclear-waste storage needs

Two U.S. House members told 800 power-industry leaders attending the Nuclear Energy Institute’s (NEI) annual conference last week that now is the time for Congress and the industry to tackle used-nuclear-fuel policy. U.S. Rep. John Shimkus (R-IL), ch airman of the House Environment and the Economy Subcommittee  said there is bipartisan support to create a federal repository for used uranium fuel. Read More »

NEI conference speakers see bright future for nuclear energy

Two speakers during this week's three-day Nuclear Energy Institute's (NEI) Industry Conference and Supplier Expo in Washington, D.C., predicted that nuclear-energy use would increase in the future. William Magwood, director general of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development's Nuclear Energy Agency, and Stefan Selig, undersecretary for international trade at the U.S. Department of Commerce said nuclear energy will have an important role in national and global energy sectors. Read More »