Nuclear waste research


Tori Forbes, Department of Chemistry
Tori Forbes,
Department of Chemistry

A University of Iowa faculty member is researching how nuclear waste moves in environmental systems

Tori Forbes specifically studies uranium, a byproduct of nuclear fuel, and how it interacts in natural waters. The team will soon study at neptunium as well.

By better understanding how uranium and other nuclear chemicals react in the natural environment, new processes can be established to remove these chemicals safely and effectively.

 

For the full profile, visit the CGRER webpage.

MidAmerican reviewing nuclear options


An interior view of MidAmerican’s Walter Scott Energy Center near Council Bluffs, Iowa.

The Iowa Legislature adjourned last week, but did not take action on a bill that would create a regulatory structure for MidAmerican Energy’s proposed nuclear power plant. Officials at the utility said they are reviewing their options.

“We are evaluating future options, and at this time it’s premature to speak in detail about those plans,” said Tina Potthoff, media relations manager for MidAmerican Energy. She said the company likely will hold internal meetings to decide how to proceed.”

MidAmerican has been exploring new technology in the field of nuclear power, including small modular units that, while less expensive than larger reactors, also produce less energy. The utility estimates that the new nuclear facility will cost between $1 billion and $2 billion.

For more information, read the full article at The Gazette.

Controversial nuclear bill revived


Duane Arnold Energy Center, Iowa's lone nuclear source.

A controversial bill that outlines steps for MidAmerican Energy to build a nuclear power plant in Iowa was revived and approved today by a Senate subcommittee.

The bill, House File 561, failed to advance through the Senate last year.

Critics were angered by the legislation’s sudden resurrection.

“The nuclear industry and MidAmerican Energy specifically would have us believe that nuclear power is clean, safe and cheap when in actuality it is very dangerous and expensive,” said Mike Carberry, an Iowa member of Friends of the Earth, an environmental group based in Washington, D.C.

Advocates of the bill argued that this legislation will help Iowa avoid a potential energy crisis by diversifying the state’s energy sources.

“This bill represents just another piece of that journey to create a more diverse energy sources for our citizens of the state of Iowa,” said John Gilliland, senior vice president of government relations of the Iowa Association of Business and Industry.

The bill will be considered by a full committee on Tuesday, and must pass both the Senate and the House before it can be signed by Gov. Terry Branstad.

For more information, read the full article at the Des Moines Register.