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RNE24: Batteries will fix all our problems, right?? Craig Piercy guests!

Thank you for joining us on Episode 24 of RadioNuclear! In this episode, we briefly discuss the passage of H.B. 6 in Ohio, effectively saving the two nuclear plants in Ohio for the time being. This week we also talk about a recent article detailing the true cost of using battery storage for energy. How much could using them for 100% renewable energy cost? Tune in to find out!

This episode’s guest is Craig Piercy, who serves as the Washington representative for the American Nuclear Society. In this role, Piercy helps devise and execute ANS’s federal outreach activities to Capitol Hill, the Executive Branch. Craig has over 20 years of experience in public policy, within government and as an advocate representing corporations, universities, and trade associations.

Music credit: Pogo
Tracks Used (in order of appearance)
1.) MagiK Carpet
2.) Absoblume
3.) Soul Shine
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RNE23:Do renewables & nuclear power need to work together? ANS President Marilyn Kray guests!

RNE23: Do renewables & nuclear power need to work together? ANS President Marilyn Kray guests!

Thank you for joining us on Episode 23 of RadioNuclear! In this episode, we discuss the landmark achievement at Purdue’s research reactor, PUR-1, on going to a fully digital I&C system, the increasing support for nuclear power from Japanese courts, and the recent increase in radioactivity from a sunken Soviet Union Submarine, the Komsomolets. We also give a brief update on pronuclear legislation in Ohio and discuss the relationship renewables and nuclear must play in the future.

Today’s guest is ANS President Marilyn Kray, who serves as vice president of Nuclear Project Development at Exelon. During her 30-year career, she initiated and led a consortium to develop the industry process for licensing new nuclear power plants in the United States. She has also appeared in front of Congress multiple times to testify about nuclear powers merits, and is a frequent public speaker, having appeared on outlets such as NPR, MSNBC, and PBS NewsHour.

RNE22: HBO’s Chernobyl: Setback or Opportunity? Tom Bergman from NuScale Guests!

Music Credit: Pogo
Tracks used (in order of appearance)
1.) J’adore Juin
2.) Reach
3.) Soul Shine
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RNE22: HBO’s Chernobyl: Setback or Opportunity? Tom Bergman from NuScale Guests!

Thank you for joining us on Episode 22 of RadioNuclear! Today, we discuss the recent miniseries “Chernobyl”, which recently concluded on HBO. We discuss opinions on it, and debunk some of the more egregious articles written in the wake of the show. We also discuss good ways to engage with individuals who are captivated with the show, and not necessarily familiar with nuclear technology.  

Today we talk to with Tom Bergman, VP of Regulatory Affairs for NuScale. He is responsible for all licenses, certifications and activities related to the U.S. regulations and international client licensing support. He has more than 30 years of experience in the nuclear industry. He is a 23-year veteran of the NRC. His most recently held positions were in the Office of New Reactors as the deputy director for licensing operations and the director of the Division of Engineering.

Articles discussed in the show:

    1. https://www.livescience.com/65618-are-chernobyl-style-reactors-still-operating-safe.html
    2. https://news.google.com/articles/CAIiELaBcn38_vt8FV_tPJBnXkMqFQgEKg0IACoGCAow0KsBMLBFMIuPXQ?hl=en-US&gl=US&ceid=US%3Aen
    3. https://www.express.co.uk/news/science/1139210/Chernobyl-radiation-radioactive-fallout-melting-glaciers-Chernobyl-HBO-Fukushima-disaster

RNE21: Special Episode with guests Donald Hoffman and Greg Gibson

RNE23: Do renewables & nuclear power need to work together? ANS President Marilyn Kray guests!

Music Credit: Pogo
Tracks Used (In Order of Appearance)
1.) Likes
2.) Buh
3.) Soul Shine
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RNE21: Special Episode w/guests Donald Hoffman & Greg Gibson

Episode 21 of RadioNuclear deviates from the norm as it is news-free. This special podcast features ANS Past President and Fellow, United Nuclear Industry Alliance (UNI) Chairman of the Board, and President & CEO of EXCEL Services Corporation Donald Hoffman, along with UNI Executive Director, former President & CEO of Unistar Nuclear Energy, and the chair of this special session Greg Gibson. Listen as they discuss a new and ongoing interactive series of Supply Chain Special Sessions focusing on the next generation of supply chain innovation–a new business road map for the supply chain, domestic and international. This inaugural event will take place at the upcoming ANS Annual Meeting in Minneapolis on Tuesday, June 11.

This joint ANS-United Nuclear Industry Alliance session will discuss the need for U.S. suppliers to be more competitive, and outright successful, as the nuclear industry transitions into the next decade of new nuclear projects.

Session Moderator: Don Eggett, UNI Director of Supply Chain and Former Key Account Executive AMEC Foster Wheeler

Panelists: Don Dracon (AECOM), Graham Cable (Westinghouse), Donald Hoffman (UNI and EXCEL), and Art Wharton (Studsvik)

The schedule will be as follows:

  • Part I – Panel Discussion, 1:30-3:40 pm
  • Part II – Workshop,  3:55-5:30 pm

Also in this episode, I told you about ANS member Cathy Riddle and her voyage into the Land of LEGOS. Cathy needs 10,000 votes to make Atomic Town Power a reality. So, let’s help her and help the kids of the future so that they can have fun with LEGOS playing with Atomic Town Power. How can you help besides voting online? Share this voting link on your social media platforms: https://ideas.lego.com/projects/af5510c6-8111-4fe0-8ab8-da7d36e5dcb5/comments_tab#content_nav_tabs

Let’s show how strong the nuclear community is! 

See you at Annual Meeting in Minneapolis. There will be so much to learn. It is a very educational experience as well is an opportunity to network. You just never know who you are going to meet at the ANS Meetings. For a list of all ANS Meetings visit online.

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RNE20: What is a Design Certification? Dr. Jose Reyes Guests!

Thank you for joining us on Episode 20 of RadioNuclear! In this episode, we discuss the news of the NRC’s decision to issue a design certification license for the APR1400. Because of this news, we take a few minutes to discuss the monumental effort and process of getting a reactor through design certification process. We cover the recent and unfortunate news regarding the future of nuclear from Southern Company. There may also be a possible lifeline for the VC Summer project?  We also take a minute to discuss a video from friend of the show Dr. Georg Steinhauser on a recent fishing trip to the cooling ponds of Chernobyl.

Today’s special guest is Dr. Jose Reyes of NuScale, LLC! Dr. Reyes is the chief technology officer and co-founder of Nuscale, the company delivering the NuScale passively cooled, small nuclear reactor. Internationally recognized for his expertise passive safety systems, testing, and operation of nuclear power plants, he is also a co-inventor on over 110 patents granted or pending all over the world. He is currently a fellow of the American Nuclear Society and a member of the National Academy of Engineering.

Also in this episode: information on ANS Student Program:

Learn more about the ANS Annual Meeting.

RNE19: Is Nuclear Built for Climate Change? Dr. Mary Lou Dunzik-Gougar Guests!

Music Credit: Pogo
Tracks used (in order of appearance)
1. Hundred Acre Rain-Pogo
2. Stork-Pogo
3. Grow Fonder- Pogo

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