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  • Blog Post: NRC Tags Two Technicians With Willfully Shortchanging Weld Tests

    The Nuclear Regulatory Commission said Monday that tests done on high level waste casks welds in late 2013 were done improperly at the Monticello Nuclear Power Plant 35 miles northwest of Minneapolis, Minn. The federal watchdog said that two former contracted employees willfully falsified reports...
  • Blog Post: UniStar Retracts Application For Third Reactor At Calvert Cliffs NPP

    The Nuclear Regulatory Commission said that UniStar has retracted its application for a third reactor at the Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant in Lusby, Md. The NRC said Tuesday that it had approved of the retraction as of last Friday, SoMDNews reported. With the withdrawn application, UniStar...
  • Blog Post: NRC Drops Columbia NPP Infraction From White To Green

    The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has notched back emergency preparedness concerns at the Columbia Generating Station in Richland, Wa., that arose during a plant inspection in May, dropping the status of the problems cited from white to green, the lowest status in the watchdog agency's scale. ...
  • Blog Post: NRC Completes SER Process for Braidwood And Byron NPPs

    There are no technical issues that stand in the way of 20-year license renewals for two Exelon Generation Company nuclear power plants in Illinois, the Byron and Braidwood plants that house two reactors each, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission said. Exelon submitted applications in May 2013 to have...
  • Blog Post: NRC To Initiate Downsizing To 3,600 Employees

    The Nuclear Regulatory Commission said Monday that it had approved the first step of "Project Aim," a plan to downsize the agency to “meet the demands of an evolving work load, while maintaining its ability to project public health and safety.” In so many words, the stalled demand...
  • Blog Post: TVA Announces Regulatory Milestone For Watts Bar 2

    The Tennessee Valley Authority said Wednesday it had reached a regulatory milestone, announcing the Nuclear Regulatory Commission had voted to direct the Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation to issue an operating license for Watts Bar 2, decades after construction had begun on the unit. Construction...
  • Blog Post: NRC Turns Down Request To Shut Down Diablo Canyon

    The Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Thursday denied a request from an environmental group to shut down the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant near San Luis Obispo, California, due to earthquake risks. Both plant operator Pacific Gas & Electric and environmental group Friends of the Earth claimed...
  • Blog Post: Four Utilities Request NRC Review Of Lightbridge Metallic Fuel Design

    U.S. regulators said Monday that four U.S. electric utility companies, representing close to 50 percent of the country’s nuclear generation, have formally requested a review, by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, of Lightbridge Corporation metallic fuel design, which might be available for testing...
  • Blog Post: Kurion Awarded Cimarron Cleanup Contract

    California-based waste water management firm Kurion Inc. said Monday that it had been awarded a contract to treat radioactive water at the Cimarron fuel fabrication facility in Guthrie, Oklahoma, which could open a door for potential company growth. Kurion, which has designed mobile water treatment...
  • Blog Post: NRC Directs Columbia Generating Station And Diablo Canyon NPP To Assess Seismic Risks

    The Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Wednesday directed Energy Northwest and Pacific Gas and Electric Company, operators of the Columbia Generating Station in Washington state and the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant in California, to take the next step in a review of seismic hazards by assessing the...
  • Blog Post: NEI Applauds House Appropriation Committee Commitment To Nuclear Energy

    Nuclear Energy Institute senior vice president for governmental affairs Alex Flint said he was pleased that the U.S. House of Representatives' Appropriations Committee had proposed a bump of 2.5 percent to nuclear energy programs for fiscal 2016 from the current budget year. The key budget committee...
  • Blog Post: Federal Judge Says San Onofre Shut Down Debate Is A State Concern

    A federal judge in San Diego on Friday referred the complaints over a cost-management plan involving the closure of the San Onofre nuclear power plant to state courts, but otherwise held to an earlier agreement that utility customer would pay $3.3 billion of the decommissioning costs of the plant. ...
  • Blog Post: NRC Says OK To Susquehanna Power Plant License Transfer

    The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has approved the transfer of the operating licenses for Susquehanna Steam Electric Station's Unit 1 and 2, taking PPL Corporation a step closer to combining its electricity generation with RJS Power Holdings LLC, a division of international energy generation holding...
  • Blog Post: Perry NPP Given Green Light For GNF2 Fuel

    Perry Nuclear Power Station operator FirstEnergy can go ahead with plans to use the hotter GNF2 fuel made by Global Nuclear Fuel, federal regulators said. In a letter dated 27 March 2015, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission approved the fuel which has already been adopted by most reactors similar to...
  • Blog Post: NRC Says Entergy Financially Viable To Run Pilgrim And FitzPatrick NPPs

    The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has issued a preliminary decision that say Entergy Nuclear Operations is in a strong enough financial position to continue operations at the James A. FitzPatrick Nuclear Power Plant in New York and the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Massachusetts, according to a media...
  • Blog Post: Poll Shows Strong Support For Nuclear Waste Consolidation

    A national poll found that 54 percent of respondents believe an independent agency run by a corporate-style board of directors would do a better job of managing the storage of nuclear waste than a federal regulator. The national survey, conducted by Quest Global Research for Bisconti Research from...
  • Blog Post: NRC To Drop San Onofre Investigation

    The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is planning on dropping the investigation of Southern California Edison involving potential irregularities that may have contributed to problems that lead to the closure of the San Onofre nuclear power station. The plant closed in January 2012 due to the discovery...
  • Blog Post: Federal Government Re-thinks Nuclear Waste; Sen. Alexander Pushes For Solution

    U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said this week that the the government would begin a consent-based process this year for the purpose of siting two nuclear waste repositories, one for high level defense radioactive waste and one for one for spent fuel originating from commercial operations. Moniz...
  • Blog Post: NRC Says OK For Westinghouse To Test Small Modular Reactor

    Westinghouse Electric Company has announced that federal regulators have granted permission for the company to test its small modular reactor design, or SMR. Westinghouse called this a “significant step towards design certification,” which will reduce the time needed to license the company's...
  • Blog Post: NRC, Despite Challenge, Grants Callaway Unit 1 An Extension

    The Nuclear Regulator Commission said Monday that Ameren's Callaway Plant Unit 1 in Fulton, Missouri, had been granted a 20-year license extension, which bumps its potential commercial life through October 2044. The pressurized water reactor became the 76 th to receive a renewed license from the...
  • Blog Post: NRC Puts 94 Percent of U.S. Plants In Top Two Assessment Tiers

    Seventy-five percent of the nation's 100 commercial nuclear power reactors fully met all regulatory safety and security performance objectives in 2014, while 94 percent were in the top two highest performance categories, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission said Friday. With annual assessment letters...
  • Blog Post: NRC Receives Mixed Score For Cybersecurity

    For both 2013 and 2014, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission scored a zero on use of strong authentication to secure their computer networks and the sensitive data managed by the agency, an executive branch report said. By comparison, the office of Housing and Urban Development, the Labor Department...
  • Blog Post: NRC To Start APR-1400 Certification Review

    The Nuclear Regulatory Commission said Wednesday that it would begin a full certification review of the APR-1400 Advanced Power Reactor on behalf of the Korea Electric Power Corp. and Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power, which submitted an application for review in December 2014. The first step in the review...
  • Blog Post: At Watts Bar One, A Condenser Glitch, At Unit 2, A Regulatory Milestone

    Plant operators at the Watts Bar Nuclear Power Generating Station shut down reactor one after an unexpected problem with the condenser in a non-nuclear portion of the plant over the weekend. But the more significant news at the TVA facility involved Unit 2, which is over 90 percent completed and received...
  • Blog Post: NRC Envisions Itself 10 Percent Smaller By 2020

    The Nuclear Regulatory Commission envisions itself as leaner and more focused within five years, according to a new outlook report. In the coming weeks, the NRC said it would consider recommendations of what is called “Project Aim,” which was initiated in June 2014, and that it would begin...