The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has released a regulatory analysis of the regulatory basis supporting a “rulemaking” to change the NRC’s decommissioning of nuclear power reactors. The NRC has multiple goals for changes to the current regulations. First, they want to make the decommissioning process more efficient. Second, they want to reduce the need for granting exemptions to existing regulations.
Radioactive isotopes are used in many medical diagnostic and treatment procedures. In recent years, there have been problems with the production and distribution of radioisotopes used to treat cancer. New technologies are being developed for the production of medical radioisotopes. Now a new process for producing pure radium for cancer treatment is under development.
With the antagonism for NATO and the European Union being expressed by the U.S. President, the NATO members who do not have nuclear weapons are coming to doubt the reliability of the U.S. in coming to their aid if attacked by a nuclear armed enemy such as Russia. The U.S.
Did President Trump admit to Russian collusion via tweet? "Fake News reporting, a complete fabrication, that I am concerned about the meeting my wonderful son, Donald, had in Trump Tower. This was a meeting to get information on an opponent, totally legal and done all the time in politics - and it went nowhere. I did not know about it!". Colluding with Russia, a hostile enemy state is not "done all the time", and conspiring to rig an election is not legal.
There have been a few false alarms that almost triggered a nuclear war between the U.S. and the Soviet Union during the Cold War. Fortunately, cooler heads prevailed and decided to wait for confirmation before launching an all-out nuclear war. Although some of the false alarms were cases of human error, others were related to design issues of the detection systems being employed.