Engineers testify about coal combusion products, nuclear safety

Posted on 22. Jun, 2011 by in Academic Departments, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Energy Independence, Engineering Physics, Environment and Sustainability, Interdisciplinary Degree Programs, Issues, Magazine, People, Research

Nuclear expert testifies about U.S. reactor safety
In the wake of the devastating earthquake in Japan and the effects of the resulting tsunami on the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear reactors, Wisconsin Distinguished Professor of Engineering Physics Michael Corradini presented testimony April 6, 2011, to a U.S. House subcommittee about the state of U.S. nuclear plants and safety practices.

In his testimony to the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Corradini addressed the effects of the natural disaster on the Fukushima Daiichi plants, the effects of the accident progression on the surrounding region, and how the United States nuclear industry can learn from those events.

Corradini recently was appointed co-chair of the newly formed American Nuclear Society Special Commission on Fukushima Daiichi. The committee will examine the major technical aspects of the Japan accident to help U.S. policymakers and the public better understand the consequences of the accident and its lessons for the U.S. nuclear industry.

Corradini is a member of the U.S. Department of Energy Nuclear Energy Advisory Committee and chair of its Reactor Technology Subcommittee. He is a member of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Advisory Committee for Reactor Safeguards and a member of the French Atomic Energy Scientific Committee. He also is involved in national nuclear energy activities for the U.S. National Academies.

Research informs EPA coal-combustion products ruling
Working with the energy industry through EPRI, the Electric Power Research Institute, Wisconsin Distinguished Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering Craig Benson, Civil and Environmental Engineering Professor Tuncer Edil and graduate student Jonathan O’Donnell concluded a study that quantified the economic and environmental benefits of using coal-combustion products in beneficial construction applications, such as Portland cement.

On July 22, 2010, Benson delivered testimony about his research of coal-combustion products to the U.S. House Small Business Subcommittee on Rural Development, Entrepreneurship and Trade. Read more.

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