06/14/2014 EPA Hits Nuclear Power With Kryptonite
This new proposed emissions rule (actually a redo of parts of 40CFR190 that may result in a rulemaking) is for nuclear power plants . It turns out that a never-discussed radionuclide is at the center of these new rules. Krypton-85. It’s never discussed because it’s never been considered a hazard.
06/13/2014 Will Oyster Creek close in 2019?
Oyster Creek reactor owner Exelon is seeking an extension of a deadline for improved emergency vents in its containment building, contending the multimillion dollar project would be completed only one year before the now 45-year-old power plant is scheduled to shut down.
06/13/2014 Czech Nuclear reactor decisions will come next year
The government will decide on a possible state support to the construction of new nuclear reactors on the basis of an analysis next year, after it discusses a new state energy strategy and a nuclear energy development plan, Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka said.
06/12/2014 Robot wields mop in Fukushima nuclear plant cleanup
Operator Tokyo Electric Power has modified a demolition robot and put it to work decontaminating the interior of the Unit 2 reactor building at the plant, which was crippled in the earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan in 2011.
06/12/2014 Callaway Makes $145 Million Improvement
Ameren Missouri's nuclear power plant in Callaway County will be installing a crucial new piece equipment. The plant just finished moving a nuclear reactor vessel head into its facility, something it needed to continue running.
06/11/2014 DoE uranium transfers in question
The US Government Accountability Office has questioned the legality of four transactions involving the Department of Energy and US uranium enrichment company USEC.
06/11/2014 South Africa regards Rosatom as most likely contractor to build NPP
President Jacob Zuma declared that South Africa was planning to build new nuclear reactors with an overall capacity of 9.6 GW. South African experts have visited China, which is one of Russia's main rivals, France and South Korea.
06/11/2014 SONGS fuel to remain on site for years
Even after the twin domes along I-5 are gone and the San Onofre nuclear plant is mostly a memory, fuel rods hot with radioactivity will remain behind in rows of tomb-like casks – perhaps for decades.
06/10/2014 Fourth Yangjiang unit gets its dome
The dome has been installed on the containment building of unit 4 at the Yangjiang nuclear power plant in China's Guangdong province. The milestone marks the end of major civil engineering works at the unit.
06/10/2014 25 years on at America's most contaminated nuclear waste site
Hanford, Washington, has long been the most contaminated nuclear waste site in the US. But critics say poor management has put the site in further danger.
06/10/2014 Officials fear melted reactor fuel is now exposed at Fukushima
Officials with the operator of the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant say the water level inside the No.2 reactor’s containment vessel is about half what they had estimated.
06/09/2014 Kudankulam 1 reaches full power
The first unit of the Kudankulam nuclear power plant in India's southern state of Tamil Nadu has reached 100% power for the first time. It is due to enter commercial operation next month.
06/09/2014 'Reactor decommissioning town' planned to rebuild Fukushima
The government’s reconstruction plans for Fukushima Prefecture include creating a town for 5,000 people tasked with decommissioning the crippled nuclear plant, but some local leaders doubt anyone else will want to live there. According to the plan, an estimated 4,000 to 5,000 engineers and workers will be needed to handle technological development and actual decommissioning work.
06/09/2014 Ft. Calhoun back at full power
Nebraska Public Power District's 766-megawatt Cooper nuclear power plant in Nebraska returned to full power by early Monday from 25 percent power early Friday, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission said in a report.
06/04/2014 Atucha 2 achieves first criticality
Just days after receiving a licence allowing nuclear operations to begin, Argentina's Atucha 2 has achieved a sustained chain reaction. The 745 MWe pressurized heavy water reactor (PHWR) achieved first criticality yesterday at 9.02am, the Ministry of Federal Planning reported.
06/04/2014 AREVA wins work at Gosgen nuclear plant
AREVA announced it has been selected by the Kernkraft Gösgen-Däniken AG to carry out two new projects at the single-unit Gösgen nuclear power plant in Switzerland.
06/02/2014 Fukushima ice wall under construction
Construction has started of a wall of frozen soil at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant to prevent groundwater entering the reactor buildings. The ice wall is expected to take nine months to complete.
05/30/2014 Atucha II to start supplying energy
The Néstor Kirchner nuclear plant, previously known as Atucha II, will start supplying energy for the national energy system in only 60 days, President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner said yesterday after inaugurating the nuclear phase of the plant. Up to 754 megawatts will be produced by the plant that will will be added to the national energy system.
05/30/2014 NRC ruling won't affect Vermont fuel transfer
A decision by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission this week not to endorse the transfer of spent nuclear fuel from pools to dry cask storage won’t affect the anticipated transfer of the highly radioactive fuel at Vermont Yankee.
05/30/2014 Barakah 1 reactor vessel delivered
The reactor vessel for the initial unit of the United Arab Emirates' (UAE's) first nuclear power plant has been delivered to the construction site at Barakah.