Atomic Energy Commission

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Editor’s note: This article, written by the Department of Energy’s historian, is a deeper dive into events of historical relevance to the Department. To learn more, visit the Energy Department Historian’s website. In December 1953, the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission suspended the security clearance of J. Robert Oppenheimer, perhaps the most well-known American scientist of the… Keep reading →

Landshut Nuclear Power Plant

More nukes are shutting down than getting built. Cheap and plentiful natural gas accomplished what thousands of anti-nuclear protesters could not: shut down the Yankee Nuclear Power Station in Vernon, VT. In late August 2013, the operator of the plant, Entergy Corp., the second biggest operator of nuclear reactors in the US after Exelon, announced that the decision… Keep reading →