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- 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.
- 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.
- 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).
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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).
- 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.
- 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.