Using the so-called nuclear option, the U.S. Senate confirmed Neil Gorsuch to the United States Supreme Court. Arizona State University Law Professor Paul Bender and local attorney Stephen Montoya will discuss Gorsuch’s impact on the court and the impact of the possibility of future nominees being confirmed with fewer votes now that the nuclear option has been used.
They’re called “Downwinders”; people affected by the fallout from nuclear testing in Nevada during the 1950s and early 60s. Many of those impacted lived in Northern Arizona, like John Hanna Sr. of Prescott, who died this past October of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Hanna’s widow Sherrie Hanna will discuss the impact of nuclear fallout on Northern Arizona residents and what she’d like to see done to address the issue.
He recently briefed the Arizona Corporation Commission about earthquake hazards near the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station. Lee Allison, state geologist and director of the Arizona Geological Survey, talks about the state’s seismic monitoring network which is due to run out of funding this summer; earth fissures; and what may be a large deposit of a highly sought- after mineral near Holbrook.
Arizona’s Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station is the nation’s largest power producer. Randy Edington, the plant’s chief nuclear officer, explains how the plant operates, its safety mechanisms, and what would happen if Arizona faced a nuclear emergency like the one in Japan.
President Obama and Governor Brewer are among those calling for a renewed commitment to nuclear energy. What is the future of nuclear power in Arizona? Guests include: Renz Jennings, former Arizona Corporation Commissioner, and
Keith Holbert, Ph.D., ASU School of Engineering.
In a Science Special on Horizon, we look at an Arizona State University program to develop a flexible video display, talk about the future of nuclear power and hear from Seth Shostak, a lead scientist from SETI, where extraterrestrial life is being sought.
Two ships of the United States Navy have been named after the city of Tucson, Arizona. The first was a light cruiser, commissioned in 1945 and decommissioned in 1949. The second is a Los Angeles-Class nuclear attack submarine commissioned in 1995 and on active duty as of 2006. Recently, reporter Christopher Conover and a group of residents from The Old Pueblo took a tour of the sub.
HORIZON introduces one of the most prominent professors on the Arizona State University campus, Assistant Law Professor Orde Kittrie. A former U.S. Department of State Director of International Anti-Crime Programs, Orde Kittrie has worked on U.S.-Mexico border issues, the reform of Jordanian business law, and negotiated five nuclear nonproliferation agreements between the U.S. and Russia, among many other initiatives. His efforts are now being recognized across the country, including being named one of the top international legal experts in the U.S.