02/22/2014 SONGS plans March auction for machinery
Parts and machinery from the closed San Onofre nuclear generating facility are going on the auction block. The Orange County Register says operator Southern California Edison plans to hold the sale in late March. Buyers can bid in person at the plant or by webcast.
02/21/2014 New lease of life for Garona?
Spain's cabinet has approved a royal decree that allows recently shutdown nuclear power plants to apply for their operating permits to be renewed. The regulatory change could lead to the restart of the 446 MWe boiling water reactor Garoña plant which began operation in 1971.
02/20/2014 MHI's robot proves nuclear decontamination work at Fukushima
MEISTeR – or Maintenance Equipment Integrated System of Telecontrol Robot – finished demonstration testing of decontamination work and concrete core sampling at the plant, which is operated by Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO).
02/20/2014 Plutonium detected half-mile outside WIPP
Four days after a radiation alert shut the nation’s only underground nuclear waste facility, an independent monitoring center said Wednesday it found radioactive isotopes in an air sensor about a half mile from the southeastern New Mexico plant.
02/19/2014 DOE finalizes $6.5bn loan guarantee for Vogtle
Ernest Moniz, secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), made the announcement during a speech at the National Press Club on the White House’s “all of the above” energy strategy on Feb. 19. Moniz also said that President Obama reiterated that nuclear power is included in the strategy.
02/19/2014 Decommissioning of Chernobyl units approaches
Work could soon start on decommissioning units 1 to 3 of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine after a project to put the units into care and maintenance was approved by a state review authority.
02/18/2014 Official who raised safety concerns at Hanford nuclear site is fired
The head of nuclear safety for the cleanup of the former nuclear weapons site at Hanford, Wash., was fired Tuesday after allegations she made over several years that the construction project was ignoring serious safety problems.
02/18/2014 B&W and TerraPower to collaborate on innovative Generation IV nuclear technology
The Babcock & Wilcox Company (B&W) and TerraPower have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to support the development of TerraPower’s Generation IV traveling wave reactor (TWR).
02/16/2014 Exelon to consider plant closures
Exelon Corp., parent company of Limerick Generating Station owner Exelon Nuclear, said it has no current plans to close any nuclear plants before the end of their “federally licensed operating lives” except the Oyster Creek plant, which will close in 2019.
02/15/2014 No contamination detected at Carlsbad facility
Officials said Saturday night there is no danger to human health or the environment after monitors detected airborne radiation at the U.S Department of Energy's Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in Carlsbad.
02/14/2014 Steam generator pre-order for Watts Bar 2
The board of the Tennessee Valley Authority has approved a $160 million contract to order additional steam generators for Watts Bar 2. The plant is expected to start up in two years using its previously-supplied steam generators.
02/14/2014 Hamaoka 4 seeks restart approval
Chubu Electric Power Company has requested a safety review by Japan's nuclear regulator of unit 4 at its Hamaoka plant in Shizuoka prefecture. It becomes the seventeenth Japanese reactor to seek permission to restart.
02/14/2014 Davis-Besse finds gap in Containment wall
FirstEnergy Corp. notified the Nuclear Regulatory Commission at 11:14 a.m. Friday that the utility discovered an extensive air pocket or gap of concrete in the shield building's inner wall late Thursday night.
02/13/2014 Are We on the Verge of Infinite Clean Energy?
On Wednesday, U.S. scientists at the federally funded Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California said that for the first time experiments have produced more energy from fusion reactions than the amount of energy put into the fusion fuel, meaning the fusion reaction broke even.
02/12/2014 Studsvik scales back US presence
Sweden's Studsvik has agreed to sell most of its radioactive waste operations in the USA to nuclear commercial services company EnergySolutions for $23 million.
02/12/2014 All set for 2020, UAE gets approvals on additional nuclear plants
Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) has received approval for additional civil works on Barakah nuclear units 3 and 4 under its limited construction license. The approval will help ensure that the units remain on schedule to begin commercial operations in 2019 and 2020 respectively.
02/11/2014 Regulator approves US plant uprates
The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has given its blessing to uprates at five nuclear reactors that will add nearly 100 MWe of capacity to the US grid.
02/11/2014 Ningde 4 vessel delivered
The reactor pressure vessel for unit 4 of the Ningde plant has been delivered to the construction site in China's Fujian province. The reactor is due to start up next year.
02/10/2014 Obama's Climate Goals Jeopardized By Shutting Working Nuclear Plants
Concern is mounting in the Obama Administration over a growing number of nuclear reactors that are being closed prematurely. For the wrong reasons.
02/10/2014 Construction of CAREM underway
The pouring of first concrete has marked the official start of construction of Argentina's prototype CAREM-25, a domestically-designed and developed small integral reactor.