It began on July 6, 2010, with commentary about a flood inside the Unit 2 containment building at Indian Point. Fission Stories were weekly commentaries about nuclear power plant problems. Fission Stories #198 ended the series on September 29, 2015.
In March 2013, the weekly Fission Stories were supplemented by Nuclear Energy Activist Toolkit (NEAT) commentaries. The NEAT commentaries were more educational than advocacy, seeking to explain technology and regulatory processes rather than critique them. NEAT #64 ended the series on September 22, 2015.
The Disaster by Design/Safety by Intent weekly commentaries began on October 6, 2015, with a summary of how U.S. nuclear plants are vulnerable to flooding.
After nearly 325 posts, UCS is retiring the weekly commentaries. Instead, we are reactivating the Fission Stories and Nuclear Energy Activist Toolkit commentaries to join the Disaster by Design/Safety by Intent. When we come across something that warrants commentary, we will use whichever of these templates fits best and post it. The result may be multiple postings in one week or multiple weeks between postings.
This change gives us the freedom of posting commentaries that are more timely and topical rather than finding topics that match the current theme. Hopefully, this will result in better use of our resources and, more importantly, better meet your needs.
We truly appreciate those who have read these commentaries over the years and look forward to sharing our perspectives with you in the future via this revised format.
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