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I can answer questions about the viability of nuclear power versus other forms of energy, about the economics of nuclear plants and public policy issues.

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Only two Commercial nuclear plants in the United States have shut down early. I led the successful fight to shut down one of them-the Maine Yankee plant which shut down 12 years early.


NIRS (Nuclear Information & REsource Service) Cheaper, Safer, Power: Co-founder and Spokesperson


Maine Nuclear Watch


B.A., American Studies, Colby College

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2013-08-02 Nuclear power in Australia:

Hi Jaya,   I've added an article that I wrote a couple of years ago as it might give you a little more material that you may use--it has more scientific information:      While the use of nuclear power

2012-03-08 Nuclear Energy:

Countries should not create any new nuclear plants.  There are two major reasons why not. First, nuclear is the most expensive form of new power.  The construction costs alone of new nuclear plants make

2011-09-21 safety:

Any industrial accident at a nuclear power plant which triggers an automatic shutdown is potentially catastrophic.  Nuclear plants rely on backup power to keep fuel cool when the plant shuts down. If power

2011-09-21 plant maintenance:

Eli,    PWRs need to refuel every 18 months or so.  They need constant maintenance, which is expensive because all people, tools and equipment become radioactively contaminated. Further, all steam generators

2011-09-21 Efficiency:

Coal has always been cheaper than nuclear to produce.  Of course, both forms of energy have serious environmental costs associated with them. Coal is a big contributor to climate change, producing nasty


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