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- NRC Considers Voiding Key Ruling On San Onofre
Federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff want to void a ruling that played a significant role in Southern California Edison’s decision to shut down the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station.
- NRC still seeking why spot missed at Shearon Harris
An outside contractor hired to look for flaws in a Duke Energy nuclear reactor near Raleigh last year missed a quarter-inch spot of corrosion and cracking near the reactor core that forced a full shutdown last month after new eyes reviewing year-old data found the problem, federal regulators said Thursday.
- TVA cuts 530 jobs, spending on Bellefonte
A total of 35 TVA employees and 495 contractors will lose their positions at the Bellefonte Nuclear Power Station northeast of Scottsboro, Ala. The budget will fall from $182 million to $66 million, a reduction of roughly 64 percent.
- Lockheed Martin, SNPAS of China sign agreement
Lockheed Martin and State Nuclear Power Automation System Engineering Co. have signed an agreement to prototype, manufacture and qualify nuclear power plant reactor protection systems for China’s Generation III reactors. SNPAS is a subsidiary of China’s State Nuclear Power Technology Corp.
- U.S., Czech Republic establish a joint Civil Nuclear Cooperation Center
The US Department of Energy, in cooperation with the Czech Republic’s Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports, have agreed to establish a joint Civil Nuclear Cooperation Center in Prague. The center will facilitate and coordinate joint activities and support regional initiatives in the fields of nuclear energy, nuclear security and nuclear non-proliferation.
- DOE IG flags $450K in payments to Heather Wilson’s firm
The information investigators got from contractor officials at the Los Alamos, N.M., and other DOE labs “did not meet even minimum standards for satisfying” Federal Acquisition Regulation requirements, Friedman said.
- SCE Will Close Troubled San Onofre Plants
Operator Southern California Edison said in a statement it will retire the twin reactors because of uncertainty about the future of the plant, which faced a tangle of regulatory hurdles, investigations and mounting political opposition. With the reactors idle, the company has spent more than $500 million on repairs and replacement power.
- France, Japan join forces for larger share of nuclear market
Japan and France on Friday agreed to boost nuclear cooperation to secure a larger share of global atomic energy markets as Tokyo's pro-nuclear government looks to restart reactors despite public unease in the wake of the Fukushima disaster.
- Federal radioactive facility opens at WCS
A year and a half after Waste Control Specialists opened a state facility for dumping radioactive waste, the federal side of the facility opened up. WCS officially cut the ribbon on the federal waste disposal facility, with 26 million cubic feet of space almost 100 feet below the land level, in Andrews County.
- Bechtel to Install Beaver Valley's Steam Generators
Bechtel will start engineering the generators in late 2016 and start installing the systems in March 2017 for the Pennsylvania-based Beaver Valley Nuclear Power Station, Bechtel said Thursday.