Nuclear Energy Timeline

  • Regulatory Malpractice (2003)

    The Energy Reorganization Act of 1974 created the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC).
  • Impacts of a Terrorist Attack at Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant (2004)

    Since 9/11, the specter of a terrorist attack at the Indian Point nuclear power plant, thirty-five miles upwind from midtown Manhattan, has caused great concern for residents of the New York metropolitan area.
  • Research Reactors Fueled by Highly Enriched Uranium (HEU) (2004)

    HEU is attractive to terrorist groups because it can be used directly to make a simple nuclear weapon.
  • Walking a Nuclear Tightrope (2006)

    This event—an outage at a nuclear power plant that lasts more than a year—has happened 51 times at 41 different reactors around the United States and shows no signs of stopping.
  • Futility at the Utility: Two Decades of Missed Opportunities at Fermi Unit 2

    Nuclear power reactor dutifully tested a key safety system—the one that reacts to interruptions in electricity and signals the onsite emergency diesel generators to start and power components that protect the reactor core from damage.
  • Nuclear Power in a Warming World

    The life cycle of nuclear power results in relatively little global warming pollution, but building a new fleet of plants could increase threats to public safety and national security.
  • Fire When Not Ready

    A report on fire—a primary threat to reactor cores
  • Nuclear Loan Guarantees

    Nuclear Loan Guarantees
    Congress should be cautious about committing taxpayer dollars to promote plants that both industry and Wall Street consider too risky to finance on their own.
  • Nuclear Power: A Resurgence We Can't Afford

    The nuclear industry must resolve major economic, safety, security, and waste disposal challenges before new nuclear reactors could make a significant contribution to reducing carbon emissions.
  • Nuclear Power Subsidies Will Shift Financial Risks to Taxpayers

    The nuclear power industry is seeking tens of billions in new subsidies and other incentives in federal climate and energy legislation that would shift massive construction, financing, operating and regulatory costs and risks from the industry and its financial backers to U.S. taxpayers.
  • Control rods at Peach Bottom

    In January 2010, workers reduced the power level of the Unit 2 reactor at the Peach Bottom nuclear plant in Pennsylvania to time how long it took control rods to fully insert into the reactor core. Safety studies assume the control rods will insert within a short time period to stop the nuclear chain reaction to mitigate the consequences of an accident. The tests revealed that three of the 19 control rods tested took longer than assumed.
  • Regulatory Roulette: The NRC's Inconsistent Oversight of Radioactive Releases from Nuclear Power Plants

    This report shows that the NRC is not living up to its self-stated mission when it comes to accidental releases of radioactive liquids and gases from nuclear power plants.
  • Nuclear Power: Still Not Viable without Subsidies

    Nuclear Power: Still Not Viable without Subsidies
    The nuclear power industry requires government help to stay afloat.
  • Emergency Planning for Nuclear Disasters

    Emergency Planning for Nuclear Disasters
    Planning for nuclear disasters because twenty million Americans lives close range to a Nuclear Plant
  • The NRC and Nuclear Power Plant Safety in 2010

    The NRC and Nuclear Power Plant Safety in 2010
    The first of a series of annual UCS reports on the NRC's performance in ensuring nuclear power plant safety.
  • U.S. Nuclear Power After Fukushima

    The recent events in Japan remind us that while the likelihood of a nuclear power plant accident is low, its potential consequences are grave. And an accident like Fukushima could happen here.
  • Florida and Georgia Nuclear Power Projects Too Risky, Costly

    Florida and Georgia Nuclear Power Projects Too Risky, Costly
    According to a new study, they probably won't be happy with the answer—because what's in it for them is primarily higher costs and greater risks. And in both states, safer, more cost-efficient energy choices are available.
  • The NRC and Nuclear Power Plant Safety

    Fifteen "near-misses" suggest the NRC can and should do better with nuclear power safety.
  • The NRC and Nuclear Power Plant Safety

    The NRC and Nuclear Power Plant Safety
    Inconsistent enforcement and a lax safety culture prevents the NRC from being an effective regulator.
  • Small Modular Reactors: Safety, Security and Cost Concerns

    Small Modular Reactors: Safety, Security and Cost Concerns
    Small modular reactors are unlikely to solve the economic and safety problems faced by nuclear power.
  • Diablo Canyon and Earthquake Risk

    The NRC isn't enforcing seismic regulations at the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant.
  • The NRC's Reactor Oversight Process: An Assessment of the First Decade

    The Reactor Oversight Process (ROP), which the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) instituted to evaluate the safety and security performance of the nation’s 104 nuclear power reactors, recently passed the ten year mark
  • The NRC and Nuclear Power Plant Safety in 2013: More Jekyll, Less Hyde

    The NRC and Nuclear Power Plant Safety in 2013: More Jekyll, Less Hyde
    The NRC can effectively enforce nuclear safety regulations—but it’s doing so inconsistently.