05/21/2013 DOE overpaid Shaw Areva millions in living expenses
The Energy Department paid the builder of its planned weapon-grade plutonium reprocessing plant millions of dollars in taxpayer money for unnecessary employee living expenses, government auditors concluded Monday.
05/21/2013 Palisades will remain shutdown until early summer
The repairs are likely to keep the Covert Township facility, which is owned by New Orleans-based Entergy Corp. offline until at least early summer, said Lindsay Rose, spokeswoman for Palisades in an email.
05/20/2013 NRC delays San Onofre restart decision again
Federal regulators have pushed back indefinitely a decision on the proposed restart of the troubled San Onofre nuclear power plant in California.
05/17/2013 OSHA rules in favor of Enercon Whistleblower
OSHA ordered the firm to reinstate the senior engineer at the Wolf Creek plant with back pay. The agency also told the engineering firm to pay him $50,650 in damages, plus his attorneys' fees and costs, according to the OSHA letter released by his attorneys.
05/17/2013 Crack Discovered In Shearon Harris Reactor
A quarter-inch crack in the reactor at the Shearon Harris nuclear plant in southwest Wake County, North Carolina has forced Duke Energy to take the plant offline.
05/17/2013 Putin reaffirms willingness to help South Africa
Russian President Vladimir Putin reaffirmed his country's willingness to aid South Africa in developing its nuclear power industry, officials said.
05/16/2013 $19M for LANL cleanup
Congress has approved an additional $19 million for nuclear waste cleanup at Los Alamos National Laboratory.
05/16/2013 Maintenance crews surveying Commanche Peak after tornado
Maintenance crews were surveying the two nuclear reactors at the Commanche Peak facility and the DeCordova natural gas plant. No damage was found, a spokesman for Luminant said.
05/16/2013 NRC moves to streamline rules for transporting radioactive material
The 13 changes in the new proposal, issued in consultation with the Department of Transportation, would bring current NRC regulations into accordance with the latest standards from the International Atomic Energy Agency and maintain accordance with rules from the Department of Transportation.
05/15/2013 NEI: Nuclear power sector poised to rebound
The nuclear energy industry has made solid progress in facing the issues that confront it, including implementing post-Fukushima reforms, introducing new reactor designs and forming international partnerships for new power plant construction. This is according to the Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) and its president and CEO Marvin Fertel.
05/15/2013 Savannah River Site Funding Approved
On Wednesday Congress approved the funding requested by the Department of Energy (DOE) for use at the Savannah River Site (SRS). As a result of sequestration more than 2,500 workers had been furloughed at SRS.
05/13/2013 NRC to visit Palisades today
Republican Congressman Fred Upton of St. Joseph says he and Commissioner Kristine Svinicki will visit the plant today, which was taken off line over a repeated water leak problem.
05/13/2013 Seeking bids for Brookhaven Lab management
The federal Department of Energy is one month into its 20-month competition during which it will accept bids to run and operate Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton.
05/13/2013 German decommissioning plans revealed
EnBW Kernkraft (EnKK) has formally applied to the state of Baden-Wurttemberg for permission to decommission and demolish two nuclear units forced to close by German politicians in response to the Fukushima nuclear accident.
05/12/2013 Turkey, China Finalize $2.4 Billion Power Plant Contract
The deal was signed between Turkish Hattat Holding and China's Harbin Electric International in Istanbul on Friday. The power plant is projected to generate2,640 megawatts of electricity. Harbin Electric International Project Manager Xu Hongfu expressed his satisfaction with the deal.
05/11/2013 Dominion investigating vibrations at North Anna
Dominion Virginia Power had a crew of about 20 working Friday to determine what caused the shutdown of its North Anna power facility’s Unit 2 nuclear reactor earlier in the day.
05/10/2013 Break-in thwarted at Peach Bottom
Security officers at Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station chased off two would-be burglars who were breaking into a storage trailer there early Thursday morning. Lacey Dean, spokeswoman for the nuclear power plant, said nothing dangerous was stored in the trailer -- nothing radioactive and no security or safety-related equipment.
05/10/2013 Constellation shuts down Calvert Cliffs Unit 2
Calvert Cliffs spokesman Kory Raftery says valves that feed turbines in Unit 2 unexpectedly shut down Wednesday evening, and the reactor was taken offline. He says that workers at the southern Maryland plant followed their training and that there was no public safety threat.
05/08/2013 Four Major Setbacks in Three Days for US Nuclear Power
Call it the "renaissance in reverse." Not only is the U.S. nuclear power industry mothballing plans for planned reactors in North Carolina and Texas, SCE is also threatening to permanently shutdown the reactors at SONGS. All of that and the passage of anti-industry legislation in Florida happened last week.
05/08/2013 DOE pushes to prevent vit plant furloughs
Congressional committees have begun considering a Department of Energy request that could prevent furloughs at the Hanford vitrification plant and help meet a key legal deadline for emptying underground waste tanks.