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BLACKBURN: U.S. ‘FALLING BEHIND’ ON NUCLEAR POWER

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

February 10, 2011
Nuclear Townhall

If the nuclear renaissance is looking for a charismatic female leader to embrace the technology, it may have hit the jackpot with Representative Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee.



The five-term Congresswoman from Tennessee spoke out loudly this week at the three-day Women in Nuclear Conference at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, charging that the U.S. is falling dangerously behind in nuclear technology. “China has 25 nuclear power plants under construction and 50 more on the `drawing board,’ and the United States needs to build new reactors quicker in order to catch up with other countries,” Blackburn told the conference, according to this report in Hopestar, published in Bill Clinton’s hometown of Hope, Arkansas. Blackburn also praised Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander’s call to build 100 new reactors over the next twenty years. “That’s a great concept,” she said.


Titled “Mini Reactors – Mighty Neutrons,” the conference placed special emphasis on the breakthroughs made possible by the development of small modular reactors. The technology is creating great excitement in the industry and is about to receive another big boost when Fortune magazine publishes a special SMR issue in May.



Founded in 1999, Women in Nuclear has 4000 professional members in the industry. Its mission is both to make the industry a compatible work environment for women and to promote nuclear technology in the population at large. The effort is important because polls consistently indicate a nearly 20-point gender gap in acceptance of the technology. More than two-third of men support nuclear while for women it is less than half. Concerns about genetic mutations usually dominate women’s awareness of nuclear technology, even though most research now shows the mutagenic effects of radiation have been overstated. Three generations after Hiroshima, no genetic mutations have shown up in the Japanese population exposed to the bomb, even at the highest levels of intensity.

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