• Wed, Jun 7 2017

    Radiation Exposure In Japan Threatens Five Workers

    The Japan Atomic Energy Agency said that five workers at a research facility in east Japan had been exposed to high levels of radioactivity after a storage bag they were handling burst open.
    • Tue, Jun 6 2017

    Texas Takes DOE To Court Over Yucca Mountain Limbo

    Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has filed a motion with the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to have the court force the federal government to re-channel its funds and activities towards a spent nuclear fuel (SNF) storage solution at Yucca Mountain in Nevada.
    • Tue, Jun 6 2017

    Japan's Fifth Re-Activated Reactor -- Takahama 3 -- Is Restarted

    The Kansai Electric Power Company reactivated its No. 3 reactor at the Takahama nuclear power plant in Japan Tuesday, initiating control rod removal at 2:00 P.M. local time, media reports indicate. The No. 3 Unit at Takahama is the fifth reactor switched on in Japan following the extended moratorium on nuclear power prompted by the March 2011 accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Generating Station northeast of...
    • Mon, Jun 5 2017

    DOE Awards Shipping Contract To CAST

    The U.S. Department of Energy has announced a $112 million contract awarded to CAST Specialty Transportation, Inc., a Colorado company, for transportation services connected to the Waste Isolation Pilot Program in Carlsbad, New Mexico.
    • Mon, Jun 5 2017

    Westinghouse News Includes 48-Hour Extension In Georgia

    Georgia Power and Westinghouse Electric have agreed to a 48-hour extension of the interim construction agreement that was due to end June 3, the companies announced.
    • Fri, Jun 2 2017

    Trump Announces Pull-Out From Paris Accord

    Ignoring the advice of government officials, corporate leaders and family members, President Donald Trump on Thursday announced that the United States would pull out of the 2015 Paris Agreement that sought to impose limits on pollution that contributes to global warming.
    • Fri, Jun 2 2017

    Canadian Nuclear Lab Issues Teaser On SMR Development

    The door is open for a national discussion on small modular reactor (SMR) technology in Canada, as the Canadian National Laboratories (CNL) on Friday announced the kick off of a “Request for Expressions of Interest on SMRs,” which would run from 1 June to 31 July.
    • Thu, Jun 1 2017

    OPPD Re-Assures Ratepayers On Fort Calhoun Decommissioning Costs

    Omaha Public Power District Representatives assured the public in an open meeting Wednesday that its current funding strategy for decommissioning the shuttered Fort Calhoun nuclear power plant would cover the costs.
    • Thu, Jun 1 2017

    Korean-Fabricated Fuel Assemblies Reach Barakah

    The Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (Enec) has announced the safe arrival of the first Korean-fabricated fuel assemblies that will be used in the Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant's No. 1 and 2 reactors once approval for the start ups have been granted.
    • Wed, May 31 2017

    OPG Affirms First Choice For Deep Geologic Repository

    Ontario Power Generation's latest report on the controversial Deep Geologic Repository for radioactive waste close to Lake Huron affirms the company's position that the a waste storage site close to the nation's largest nuclear power facility is a more attractive option than shipping the waste elsewhere.
    • Wed, May 31 2017

    Nuclear Power Key For Developing Countries, Says IAEA DIrector

    The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency Yukiya Amano opened the agency's annual conference in Vienna Tuesday, stating that nuclear power was needed to help developing countries that required a stable energy source for growth while avoiding undue contributions to global warming.
    • Tue, May 30 2017

    Westinghouse Notes Consortium Approval For VVER-440 Fuel

    Westinghouse Electric Company said Tuesday that, together with its eight European consortium partners, it had reached a milestone with the approval of the conceptual design for fuel for the VVER-440 assemblies, which is an enhanced version of a previous Westinghouse fuel product that was delivered to the Loviisa Nuclear Power Plant in Finland from 2001 to 2007.
    • Tue, May 30 2017

    Three Mile Island To Close In 2019 -- 15 Years Early

    Exelon Corporation said Tuesday that it would close down the famous Three Miles Island Generating Station in Pennsylvania in September 2019, barring an unexpected policy shift that would turn the current energy market economics around for the state's nuclear power industry.
    • Fri, May 26 2017

    New Horizon Moves Wylfa Newydd Design Forward

    Horizon Nuclear Power has moved the Wylfa Newydd project design forward with a consolidated facility concept that eliminates the need for some buildings, including some of the off-site structures, and combines operations for radioactive waste storage for the two units.
    • Fri, May 26 2017

    NRC Budget Reflects Need For Fewer Employees

    The Nuclear Regulatory Commission said Friday that it had submitted its budget request for fiscal year 2018 to the U.S. Congress, asking for $45 million less than the previous annual request, in part to adjust to a smaller staff required due to work completed in response to the Fukushima Daiichi accident of 2011.
    • Thu, May 25 2017

    MHI Delivers Three Steam Generators To Cruas NPP

    Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) has delivered three replacement steam generators to Électricité de France S.A. (EDF) for the Cruas Nuclear Power Plant Unit 1 Reactor. The replacement steam generators have been certified by France's nuclear authority as compliant with the country's strict regulatory requirements on April 28, 2017.
    • Wed, May 24 2017

    Thermal Hydraulic Researchers Build Largest Transparent Fuel Test Assembly in the World

    --Shared by Texas A&M Engineering -- Advanced reactor technologies have generated interest for their potential to reduce fossil fuel emissions, improve energy efficiency and cut down on nuclear waste. Researchers with the Department of Nuclear Engineering at Texas A&M University have provided new insights into the workings of an advanced sodium-cooled fast reactor fuel assembly, having used a specialized test...
    • Wed, May 24 2017

    IAEA Review Notes Improvements In Czech Regulatory Framework

    An international review of the Czech Republic's regulatory framework for nuclear power has been significantly enhanced in recent years, although some work remains regarding implementation of the country's new Atomic Act, the International Atomic Energy Agency said Tuesday.
    • Wed, May 24 2017

    Japanese Regulators Approve Two Reactors For Restarts

    Japan's Nuclear Regulation Authority cleared two more nuclear reactors for restart on Wednesday. Both reactors in the Fukui Prefecture could be restarted as early as this fall, if the restarts meet with local approval, according to Japanese media reports.
    • Tue, May 23 2017

    EDF Denies "Rumor" Of Delaying Nuclear Rollback

    French utility EDF, which is majority owned by the state, used a Twitter account to deny a media allegation that it secretly intended to roll back the country's nuclear power reduction plan by 25 years.
    • Tue, May 23 2017

    NuGen To Meet With China's State Nuclear Power Technology Corp.

    A Nuclear Industry Association spokeswoman in Britain confirmed talks would take place with the State Nuclear Power Technology Corporation (SNPTC) of China and NuGen, which has plans to build three AP1000 reactors in Moorside, near Sellafield.
    • Mon, May 22 2017

    Swiss Vote Spells Phase Out For Nuclear Power

    A referendum in Switzerland that included a provision forbidding construction of new nuclear power plants passed on Sunday. The referendum included support for renewable power sources and pitted the two energy supplies against each other. Thus, the bill, perhaps inadvertently, was a referendum against energy diversity.
    • Mon, May 22 2017

    Ohio House Drops Nuclear Financing Plan

    Chairman of Ohio's House Public Utilities Committee Bill Seitz has closed down the hearing that was exploring the possibility of setting up financial support for FirstEnergy's two nuclear power plants in the state. Reportedly, FirstEnergy is continuing efforts to revive the discussion, which FirstEnergy Chief Executive Officer Chuck Jones said is “not a bailout.”
    • Fri, May 19 2017

    EDF To Create Nuclear Island Engineering Firm Edvance

    French utility EDF's board of directors on Wednesday approved the merger of its engineering division with that of AREVA NP to form nuclear island and reactor control systems business Edvance. The board approved the new entity, which would be responsible for nuclear island design, implementation and procurement issues, as well as manufacturing and commissioning support.
    • Fri, May 19 2017

    Swiss Vote Sunday Could Ban Nuclear Power

    Voters in Switzerland on Sunday will have the option of banning nuclear power in the country and appear poised to do so, according to voter surveys. The binding resolution pits nuclear power against subsidies for renewable energy sources, leaving out the option that the two industries can compliment each other.