nuclear energy

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While nuclear power in Ohio heads into the sunset, NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland has developed a portable nuclear energy system for outer space.

FirstEnergy Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station in Oak Harbor, Ohio.
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FirstEnergy says it’s starting the process of shutting down its two nuclear power plants in northern Ohio, saying it can’t compete with lower natural gas prices. The company says it’s willing to work with lawmakers to find ways to keep them operating.

Enrico Fermi: Pioneer of the Nuclear Era

Feb 2, 2018
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We take a look at the life and legacy of one of the most accomplished physicists of the 20th century, Enrico Fermi. The 1938 Nobel Prize winner’s résumé includes building the world’s first nuclear reactor, and a lead scientist on the Manhattan Project, the top-secret U.S. military program that developed the atom bomb. 

Enrico Fermi: Pioneer of the Nuclear Era

Jan 18, 2018
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We take a look at the life and legacy of one of the most accomplished physicists of the 20th century, Enrico Fermi. The 1938 Nobel Prize winner’s résumé includes building the world’s first nuclear reactor, and a lead scientist on the Manhattan Project, the top-secret U.S. military program that developed the atom bomb. 

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson recertified Iran's compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal late Monday, but senior administration officials emphasized that Tehran is a dangerous threat to both U.S. interests and Middle East stability.

Local leaders are urging state lawmakers to save Ohio’s nuclear plants in fear of the impact those shutdowns would have on their communities. 

Updated at 4:58 p.m. May 18 to update the status of an Ohio bill and to add the name of a group spearheading support for it.

Just like coal companies, America's nuclear power industry is having a tough time. It faces slowing demand for electricity, and competition from cheaper natural gas and renewables. And now, touting itself as a form of clean energy, the nuclear industry is lobbying state legislatures with a controversial pitch for help.

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The proposals at the Statehouse to subsidize FirstEnergy’s two nuclear plants are getting some pushback from about 40 different entities in Ohio.

The utility that owns Ohio’s two nuclear power sites say it needs to charge its customers more in order save the struggling plants. The senator who’s proposing a bill that would allow that to happen is accused of having a conflict of interest.

The U.S. Department of Energy is trying to find better ways to dispose of nuclear waste, and they’re enlisting Ohio State University to help. The D.O.E. this week said it will give OSU $10 million to create one of four new sites to research ways to improve storage and disposal. Some methods include changing the waste itself.

Nuclear power often conjures nightmarish images of Hiroshima, but it fuels everything from microwaves to medicine, and this paradoxical energy source defined the 20th century. In some ways, it seems like the answer to traditional power sources like coal and oil, which have been maligned for hurting the environment and for being limited resources. However, the technology has inherent problems of its own including a poor public reputation with people who associate nuclear power with meltdowns and military posturing.