03/11/2014 Regulators vow to steer Fukushima plant decommissioning swiftly
Nuclear Regulation Authority Chairman Shunichi Tanaka on Tuesday reaffirmed the importance of swiftly dismantling the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear complex, as Japan marked the third anniversary of the start of the devastating accident there.
03/11/2014 Westinghouse Awarded BWR Reactor Core Safety Systems Contract at TVO
Westinghouse Electric Company today announced that it received a contract from Teollisuuden Voima Oyj (TVO) to provide two new traversing incore probe (TIP) systems for the two boiling water reactors (BWR) at Olkiluoto, Finland.
03/11/2014 Japanese government signals restart of nuclear power plants
Three years after the Fukushima nuclear disaster, the Japanese government is moving to restart the country’s nuclear plants, all of which remain shut down. A draft energy plan released late last month officially designates nuclear power as a long-term base power source, setting the stage for the resumption of nuclear plant operations.
03/10/2014 DOE criticized for delay in emptying tank
A Hanford watchdog group on Monday criticized the federal government's plan to wait at least two years to begin emptying a nuclear waste storage tank that is leaking. The group Hanford Challenge said that delay is too much.
03/10/2014 DOE: Four more WIPP employees exposed to radiation
The Department of Energy announced that fecal samples taken from employees at the nuclear waste facility found 17 workers tested positive for low levels of radiation. After initial testing more than a week ago, the DOE reported 13 workers tested positive for trace amounts americium and plutonium.
03/08/2014 Japan sees future business in decommissioning of Fukushima
There is something surprising in the radioactive wreck that is the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant: opportunity. Eyeing dozens of aging reactors at home and hundreds of others worldwide that eventually need to be retired, Japanese industry sees a profitable market for decommissioning expertise.
03/06/2014 USEC files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy
The United States Enrichment Corporation filed for bankruptcy, as its shares plummeted by another 46% in premarket trading on Wednesday. The company, based in Bethesda, Maryland, has 505 employees, but will be unable to repay debts due by October, 2014.
03/05/2014 US MOX plant left cold by budget
Of the $11.7 billion the DoE has requested for NNSA, the lion's share - $8.3 billion - is earmarked for its weapons activities appropriation, including $2.7 billion for stockpile modernization. The MFFF receives nothing.
03/03/2014 CH2M Hill Sees Business in Decommissioning
Decommissioning Japan’s nuclear plants is a business opportunity for CH2M Hill Cos., which is overseeing cleanup at the Hanford atomic weapons site in the U.S., a vice president at the engineering company said.
02/27/2014 13 exposed to radiation at WIPP
Thirteen workers at the U.S. underground nuclear waste dump in New Mexico have tested positive for radiation exposure after a recent leak released toxic particles in and around the plant, officials announced.
02/25/2014 NuScale Power Successfully Completes Helical Coil Steam Generator Testing Activities
NuScale Power, LLC announced today that it recently successfully completed its helical coil steam generator (HCSG) testing activities at the SIET S.p.A. (SIET) facilities in Piacenza, Italy, and that during that same time period, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) conducted a successful quality assurance (QA) inspection of the testing activities.
02/24/2014 NM nuclear dump officials say environment is safe
Officials investigating a leak from the federal government's only underground nuclear waste dump tried to reassure skeptical southeastern New Mexico residents Monday night that their health is safe.
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).