From Argonne Lab via Medill Reports: “Out from the shadows: Argonne’s quest to demystify nuclear energy
Dec 12, 2012
Argonne National Laboratory is trying to set the record straight on nuclear energy as a clean fuel that can be generated safely. No carbon emissions and no need for imports.
But the scientists working inside it want the world to know they’ve got nothing to hide.
Argonne grew out of the Manhattan Project that created the atomic bomb at a secret location in New Mexico during World War II. ‘Argonne has really been the reactor laboratory,’ [Argonne nuclear engineer Roger] Blomquist said. Now Argonne scientists are putting the cabash on the nuclear-related stigma and promoting public awareness of the reality and potential of nuclear energy. ‘We’ve never done bombs, nuclear weapons—anything like that,’ he said.
Argonne National Laboratory
The lab, focusing on nuclear energy, alternative energy and battery development among a long list of interdisciplinary research programs, is operated by the U.S. Department of Energy. Argonne’s dedication to public education is especially pertinent in society’s current interest in nuclear energy as a potentially green solution, according to Tom Ewing, Associate Division Director of Argonne’s Nuclear Engineering Division.
During a private tour of a nuclear energy museum on Argonne’s campus, Blomquist explained that the laboratory’s work includes reactor materials construction and safety, fuel recycling and general reactor safety. Argonne developed the world’s first nuclear reactor able to produce electricity and then produced the first prototype reactor used to power the whole town of Arco, Idaho, as part of proving the stability of boiling-water reactors.
‘We’re not trying to do something secretive here,’ said Emily Wolters, also an Argonne nuclear engineer, in an interview. ‘We’re just trying to show people it’s a safe technology.'”
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