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  • French nuclear plants to go on strike Thursday - CGT union

    05/25/2016 1:50:43 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | 5-25-16 | Geert De Clercq
    Staff in France's 19 nuclear plants have voted to go on strike on Thursday as part of protests over a labour reform, a CGT union official told Reuters on Wednesday. Industry experts say planned strikes are unlikely to provoke blackouts because of legal limits on strike action in the nuclear industry and France's ability to import power from neighbouring countries.
  • Powerful earthquake hits south Japan, collapsing houses

    04/14/2016 7:15:12 AM PDT · by blueyon · 56 replies
    AP ^ | 4/14/16 | MARI YAMAGUCHI
    TOKYO (AP) — A powerful earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.4 struck southern Japan on Thursday evening, collapsing walls and a number of houses. There are no immediate reports of casualties.
  • Iran to Begin Construction on Two New Nuke Plants

    01/19/2016 1:23:30 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 01/19/2016 | BY: Adam Kredo
    The head of Iran's atomic energy organization announced on Tuesday that the Islamic Republic, with assistance from Russia and China, will move forward on the construction of two new nuclear power plants, according to comments published in Iranian state-controlled media. Ali Akbar Salehi, who heads the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, told Iranian reporters that construction on these new nuclear plants will begin in the "near future," according to Fars News Agency. "Construction of two 1000-MW power plants will start soon," Salehi was quoted as saying. "We will build two other small power plants too in cooperation with China," he...
  • 'Beyond Belief': Obama Moves to Close Last US Uranium Plant

    09/28/2015 10:11:22 PM PDT · by george76 · 76 replies
    Newsmax. ^ | 28 Sep 2015 | David A. Patten
    The Obama administration plans to close the last remaining American-owned uranium enrichment facility in the United States, even as it moves forward on a controversial nuclear deal with Iran that permits the Islamic Republic to conduct ongoing and significant uranium enrichment. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has informed Centrus Energy it will end the American Centrifuge project in Piketon, Ohio, on Sept. 30. Notices have been issued to some 235 workers that their jobs are in jeopardy. ... This is beyond belief," Rep. Brad Wenstrup, R-Ohio, responded in a statement. "While this administration is greenlighting uranium enrichment in Iran...
  • Can the Molten Salt Reactor Break Through?

    09/11/2015 9:48:35 AM PDT · by thackney · 50 replies
    Real Clear Energy ^ | September 11, 2015 | William Tucker
    The big worry about nuclear reactors is that the solid fuel rods are going to melt down. If the core of the reactor loses its cooling water – as it did both at Three Mile Island and Fukushima – then the fuel rods overheat. Even though the nuclear reaction may stop, the decay heat is enough to melt the zirconium fuel rods so that the uranium pellets inside get exposed. If there is some water remaining, the heat may be enough to split off hydrogen, which can cause a hydrogen explosion, as occurred at Fukushima and was feared at Three...
  • Almost all U.S. nuclear plants require life extension past 60 years to operate beyond 2050

    12/08/2014 5:36:54 AM PST · by thackney · 2 replies
    Energy Information Administration ^ | DECEMBER 8, 2014 | Energy Information Administration
    When nuclear power plants are built, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has the authority to issue initial operating licenses for a period of 40 years. Beyond that, the reactors need license renewals, and the NRC has granted 20-year license renewals to 74 of the 100 operating reactors in the United States. These reactors may now operate for a total period of 60 years. They represent a cumulative capacity of a little more than 69,000 megawatts (MW). The NRC is currently reviewing license renewal applications for an additional 17 reactors, and expects to receive seven more applications in the next few...
  • Obama EPA Regulations Kill 15 Power Plants, 480 Jobs In Georgia

    01/08/2013 10:54:35 AM PST · by drewh · 50 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | January 8, 2013 | 10:20 am | Beltway Confidential
    Georgia Power asked state regulators for permission to shut down 15 power plants yesterday, claiming new regulations from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) make the plants too expensive to run. The 15 coal-, oil- and natural gas-fired power plants currently produce 2,061 megawatts (MW) for Georgia energy consumers. Georgia Power plans to close 11 of the plants on the exact day the EPA’s new mercury regulations are set to take effect, April 16, 2015. Georgia Power will seek waivers from the EPA to keep four of the other plants open for a single year, and then shut those down too...
  • U.S. Regulator Halts Nuclear-Plant Licensing

    08/08/2012 5:42:59 PM PDT · by EBH · 29 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 8/7/12 | REBECCA SMITH AND RYAN TRACY
    Court Rules That NRC Can No Longer Accept Assurances a Permanent Waste Repository Is Coming The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission said it would stop issuing licenses for nuclear plants until it addresses problems with its nuclear-waste policy that were raised by a recent federal appeals court decision
  • EPA to unveil limits on mercury and toxic air pollutants from power plants

    12/20/2011 1:41:26 PM PST · by jazusamo · 28 replies · 1+ views
    The Hill ^ | December 20, 2011 | Andrew Restuccia
    The Environmental Protection Agency will unveil highly-anticipated regulations on Wednesday aimed at curbing mercury and other toxic air pollutants from power plants. The agency said Tuesday that EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson will make a “significant Clean Air Act announcement” Wednesday at the Children’s National Medical Center in Washington DC. A source closely following the issue confirmed to The Hill that the agency will unveil the final mercury and air toxics standards. Jackson will be joined at the event Wednesday afternoon by public health experts and industry representatives, EPA said. But the agency did not name the officials. The long-delayed...
  • Solyndra To Make Solar Power As Cheap As Coal In 2-3 years (from 2 year ago)

    Solyndra, the first recipient of a loan from the Department of Energy, told us that it thinks it will produce solar panels at a price that's competitive with standard sources of energy in the next 2-3 years. "We see a clear path," says Kelly Truman, the VP of marketing, sales and business development, "and in 2-3 years we'll hit grid parity." We spoke with Truman yesterday who said the $535 million loan from the DOE will finance 73% of a new factory, though he declined to say how the company would pay for the remainder of the project. The current...

    06/10/2010 2:41:31 PM PDT · by Cindy · 6 replies · 363+ views
    (REUTERS) via YNET ^ | Published: 06.10.10, 22:20 / Israel News | n/a
    SNIPPET: “Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Thursday that Moscow was in talks on building further nuclear power plants in Iran — a step that, if followed through, would rile the West — in addition to the Bushehr site, due to open in August after years of delay. Lavrov’s statement came just hours after Russia’s Foreign Ministry said the new UN sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program did not oblige Moscow to scrap a controversial deal to deliver surface-to-air missiles to Tehran.”
  • Al-Qaeda Suspect From NJ Worked At 6 Nuke Plants

    03/13/2010 5:12:39 AM PST · by ricks_place · 15 replies · 582+ views
    CBS ^ | 3/13/2010 | AP
    An American seized in Yemen in a sweep of suspected al-Qaida members had been a laborer at six U.S. nuclear power plants, and authorities are investigating whether he had access to sensitive information or materials that would be useful to terrorists. Sharif Mobley, 26, worked for contractors at plants in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Maryland from 2002 to 2008, mostly hauling materials and setting up scaffolding, plant officials said. Nuclear Regulatory Commission spokesman Neil Sheehan said Friday that investigations are under way into which areas Mobley entered. But he noted that areas containing nuclear fuel are tightly controlled, and that...
  • Iran Announces Plans to Build Nuke Plants; Israel Ready to Say "Yes We Can" on Stopping Iran - Video

    11/29/2009 12:43:43 PM PST · by Federalist Patriot · 2 replies · 539+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | November 29, 2009 | Brian
    Here is video of former Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations - Dan Gillerman - reacting today to the news that Iran has announced they will build 10 new Uranium Enrichment Plants. Work will begin on the new plants within two months. Gillerman said bluntly that if the world does not act to stop Iran from becoming a Nuclear Power, Israel is prepared to do it. Echoing the campaign slogan of President Obama, he said Israel's view is "Yes We Can;" "Yes We Will;" "Yes We Must." Gillerman said his message to Iranian Dictator Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is that the "world...
  • Russia to install 4 floating nuclear plants in northeast Siberia

    03/11/2009 4:03:48 AM PDT · by pobeda1945 · 32 replies · 773+ views
    RIA Novosti ^ | 11/ 03/ 2009
    YAKUTSK, March 11 (RIA Novosti) - Four floating nuclear power plants will be installed in the northeastern Siberian republic of Yakutia under an agreement between the Federal Nuclear Power Agency and the local administration, local authorities said on Wednesday. "The implementation of this project will make it possible to considerably reduce outlays on the delivery of fuel for the existing energy supply system, and raise the quality and reliability of energy provision, taking into account industrial development in northern Yakutia," the republic's presidential administration said. The floating nuclear plants to be installed in four districts of Yakutia are intended to...
  • Keep the Price of Oil Going Down, Down, Down

    07/24/2008 7:11:28 AM PDT · by PurpleMountains · 23 replies · 285+ views
    From Sea to Shining Sea ^ | 7/24/08 | Purple Mountains
    Isn’t it interesting how just a small drop in gasoline consumption – coupled with polls that show almost 60% of the American public favor greatly expanded drilling (and President Bush’s largely symbolic canceling of the existing executive order limiting drilling) – can cause such a large drop in the world market price of oil? Obviously the market-makers for petroleum think that America may, at long last, be starting to get serious about drilling our way out of our dependence on foreign countries that hate us. The price has dropped today to $126 from a high of $146.
  • France calls on Iran to open nuclear plants for scrutiny-

    06/01/2008 4:31:39 AM PDT · by Flavius · 3 replies · 109+ views
    reuteurs ^ | 6/1/2008 | reuteurs
    SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Iran should open its nuclear installations to international scrutiny to clear suspicions about its nuclear ambitions, French Defense Minister Herve Morin said on Sunday. "We support calls that Iran demonstrates through total opening of its installations that Iran is not conducting nuclear program with military purposes and goals," he told reporters on the sidelines of a security conference in Singapore.
  • Iran plans 19 more nuclear plants

    12/25/2007 12:08:01 PM PST · by G8 Diplomat · 14 replies · 344+ views
    TEHRAN -- Iran plans to build 19 more nuclear power plants and will soon solicit international bids for their construction, a lawmaker said in a report published Monday. "Contracts for the construction of 19 nuclear power plants, each with a capacity of 1,000 megawatts, will be put into international tender in the near future," Kazem Jalali was quoted as saying by the official IRNA news agency. Jalali, a member of the Iranian parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Committee, said the bids would be in line with legislation that calls for production of 20,000 megawatts of electricity through nuclear power...
  • Iran: Bushehr plant ready by March

    12/23/2007 8:52:01 AM PST · by DBCJR · 31 replies · 208+ views
    CNN ^ | 12/23/07
    Iran's first nuclear power plant will be operational within three months, providing electricity to Iran's national power grid by the summer, according to Iranian Energy Minister Parviz Fattah. Russia says its fuel can only be used at and for the Bushehr plant. Russia, which is building the Bushehr plant for Iran, started delivering nuclear fuel to the facility a week ago as part of a compromise effort to alleviate concerns over Iran's nuclear intentions while supporting Iran's right to a nuclear energy program. ... The United States, several European nations, and Israel suspect Tehran has been trying to acquire nuclear...
  • Egypt to Build Nuclear Plants

    10/30/2007 5:20:19 AM PDT · by america4vr · 39 replies · 56+ views
    Associated Press/Yahoo News ^ | October 29, 2007 | By SALLY BUZBEE
    Egypt's president announced plans Monday to build several nuclear power plants — the latest in a string of ambitious such proposals from moderate Arab countries. The United States immediately welcomed the plan, in a sharp contrast to what it called nuclear "cheating" by Iran. President Hosni Mubarak said the aim was to diversify Egypt's energy resources and preserve its oil and gas reserves for future generations. In a televised speech, he pledged Egypt would work with the U.N. nuclear watchdog agency at all times and would not seek a nuclear bomb. But Mubarak also made clear there were strategic reasons...
  • Westinghouse signs nuclear plant deal with China

    07/24/2007 3:04:07 PM PDT · by RS_Rider · 23 replies · 586+ views
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | 07-24-2007 | Joe McDonald
    BEIJING -- Westinghouse Electric Co. signed deals today to build four nuclear power plants in China and to transfer technology for its newest reactor to a Chinese partner, a cost of gaining a foothold in the country's fast-growing industry. Westinghouse President Steve Tritch described the deal for third-generation AP1000 reactors as "multibillion-dollar contracts," but said the Chinese buyers asked the company not to disclose details. The deal calls for Westinghouse to hand over technology for the AP1000 to China's government-owned State Nuclear Power Technology Corp., making it the basis for Chinese efforts to develop a nuclear industry. "The signing of...
  • NRC says new nuclear plants should be plane-proof

    04/25/2007 9:07:21 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 18 replies · 558+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 4/25/07 | Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. nuclear reactor builders will likely have to weigh the potential for a commercial aircraft strike when they design new plants, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission said on Tuesday. The NRC's proposed rules are meant to protect new reactors against a deliberate hit by a jet like those that rammed into the World Trade Center and Pentagon on September 11, 2001, the commission said. "This is the most recent step in a broad, proactive effort to improve the security of reactors initiated by the NRC after September 11," NRC Chairman Dale Klein said. "We need more technical analysis...
  • Power Producers Rush to Secure Nuclear Sites

    01/28/2007 10:54:43 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 16 replies · 749+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | January 29, 2007 | REBECCA SMITH
    With the U.S. on the verge of building a new generation of nuclear power plants, potential owners are racing to identify and lock down the best sites in order to secure billions of dollars in federal subsidies pledged to first-comers. Their efforts will test local and national attitudes more than two decades after nuclear accidents made headlines. They also represent a considerable financial gamble for the utility industry, which is moving ahead at a rapid pace despite uncertainty ranging from environmental opposition to finding a home for radioactive nuclear waste. In one case, the zeal to secure a promising site...
  • US Unveils $2 Bln Insurance for Nuke Plant Delay(Finally!)

    08/05/2006 5:44:14 AM PDT · by kellynla · 4 replies · 377+ views
    Reuters News Service ^ | Aug 4, 2006 | Chris Baltimore
    WASHINGTON, Aug 4 (Reuters) - The U.S. Energy Department on Friday set rules on how utilities can qualify for a $2 billion pool of federal risk insurance that is meant to spur construction of the first new nuclear plants in 30 years. The first six new projects to apply for building licenses could qualify for the funds, which would reimburse utilities for delays from unforeseen legal issues and bureaucratic snags, the Energy Department said. The incentives, required by energy legislation Congress passed last year, seek to jump-start the nuclear industry from a 30-year hiatus in building new plants. The nation's...
  • China and Russia to construct floating nuclear power plants

    05/03/2006 11:01:38 PM PDT · by Roy Tucker · 17 replies · 488+ views
    Alexander's Gas and Oil Connections | 28 March, 2006
    China and Russia to construct floating nuclear power plants 28-03-06 Russia and China look set to take their already substantial energy cooperation to a new level, as a Russian official from the country's top civilian nuclear body said that Beijing was ready to join efforts to construct floating nuclear power plants. "China has openly stated it was willing to cooperate in this field, including in terms of investment," said Vitaly Ryabov, a department head at the Federal Agency for Nuclear Power. The official's comments echo a source in a Russian delegation that visited Beijing last fall who said that China...
  • CA: Energy Commission says keep ban on new nuclear plants

    04/28/2006 6:39:54 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 50 replies · 926+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 4/28/06 | Samantha Young - ap
    In its first comprehensive look at nuclear power in nearly 30 years, the California Energy Commission recommended Friday that the state continue its moratorium on construction of nuclear plants. The commission issued a report that was triggered by the "renewed enthusiasm" about nuclear power in Washington and overseas, commissioner John Geesman said. California has barred construction of nuclear plants since 1976. The 198-page report puts California at odds with the Bush administration, which has advocated nuclear power development in the face of rising gas prices and as a way to reduce the country's dependence on foreign oil. The Energy Commission...
  • Rosatom offers to build 40 nuclear power units

    01/28/2006 7:54:55 AM PST · by pageonetoo · 10 replies · 315+ views
    Bellona ^ | 2006-01-27 16:38 | not attributed
    The new director of the Federal Agency for Nuclear Power is confident that in the next 25 years, Russia must build 40 nuclear power units. The cost of this gigantic program, according to specialists, could reach $60 billion...
  • Britain may build new nuclear power plants

    11/29/2005 12:13:39 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 399+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 11/29/05 | Jenn Wiant - ap
    LONDON - Prime Minister Tony Blair said Tuesday the government may consider building a new generation of nuclear power stations, in a speech delayed briefly by anti-nuclear activists. "The issue back on the agenda with a vengeance is energy policy," Blair told the Confederation of British Industry. "Energy prices have risen. Energy supply is under threat. Climate change is producing a sense of urgency." Nuclear power currently provides one-fifth of Britain's electricity, but the nation's 12 nuclear power plants are aging and unless replaced will provide just 4 percent by 2010. A government policy paper on energy resources will be...
  • Reactors? We'll Take Thirty, Please

    10/05/2005 5:15:21 AM PDT · by kidd · 24 replies · 946+ views
    BusinessWeek Online ^ | October 3, 2005
    Westinghouse, GE, and their nuclear rivals are chasing $50 billion in Chinese power-plant deals Power to the People's Republic! That could easily be the slogan of the nuclear power executives winging their way to Beijing these days to pitch next-generation reactor designs, downplay rivals' plans, and woo the Communist Party leadership. President Hu Jintao's government is committed to spending $50 billion to increase nuclear power generation capacity from 8.7 million kilowatts today to 40 million kilowatts by 2020. That's one of the largest buildouts in the industry's history. And by the time that $50 billion is spent, some 30 new...
  • Sites Chosen for First U.S. Nuclear Plants in 30 Years

    09/27/2005 8:51:55 AM PDT · by cogitator · 31 replies · 1,228+ views
    WASHINGTON, DC, September 23, 2005 (ENS) - The country’s largest consortium of nuclear power companies said Thursday it has selected two sites, in Alabama and in Mississippi, to build two nuclear reactors. If their applications for construction and operating licenses are approved by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, these will be the first new nuclear power plants built in the United States since the 1970s. NuStart Energy Development LLC, a consortium of 11 companies that operate nuclear generating plants around the country, selected the two sites from a candidate list of six. PICTURE Bellefonte The Bellefonte facility is located about six...
  • Energy Group Plans to Build Nuclear Plants in Gulf States

    09/23/2005 11:03:52 PM PDT · by Crackingham · 29 replies · 722+ views
    NY Times ^ | 9/23/05 | Matthew L. Wald
    A consortium of eight companies said on Thursday that it would spend about $100 million to prepare applications to build two nuclear reactors, in Mississippi and Alabama, a step that seems to move the industry closer to its first new reactor order since the 1970's. The announcement was made by NuStart Energy, a consortium of companies that has substantial government financing. The consortium selected a site in Claiborne County, Miss., adjacent to Entergy Nuclear's Grand Gulf reactor, and another in northern Alabama, next to the Tennessee Valley Authority's long-abandoned Bellefonte nuclear construction project. The Energy Department is committed to sharing...
  • Aging Nuclear Power Plants May Affect Emissions Pact

    09/15/2005 4:07:12 AM PDT · by raybbr · 4 replies · 419+ views
    The New York Times ^ | September 14, 2005 | MATTHEW L. WALD
    .... Shutting down the two reactors would mean immediate, substantial increases in the emissions, because it would increase reliance on fossil fuel plants, probably tripling emissions in Vermont and doubling them in New Jersey.....Some environmentalists say the goals can be met even without the two nuclear plants, Vermont Yankee and Oyster Creek, and without other nuclear plants whose licenses will expire in the next few years....."We just have to bust the myth that we need to be using more energy," said Rob Sargent, senior energy policy analyst for the State Public Interest Research Groups, a nonprofit consumer organization.....The debate has...
  • US nuke plants terror target

    06/12/2005 1:46:39 PM PDT · by phoenix_004 · 8 replies · 437+ views
    The US government may have set its security standards for nuclear power plants too low, and guards say they may not be ready to stop a terrorist attack of September 11 magnitude. A nuclear regulatory commission (NRC) document "raises serious questions about whether the government has set security requirements for nuclear plants too low and allowed nuclear plant operators to provide security on the cheap," Time reported. Even plant guards worry they would be unable to thwart a big terrorist operation, saying they lack the necessary training and weapons, the magazine said. The plants could also be vulnerable to an...
  • New life for old nuclear plants

    09/19/2004 1:00:38 PM PDT · by Willie Green · 19 replies · 596+ views
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | September 19, 2004 | Robert Manor
    Despite concerns over safety, including uncertainty over how long the reactors will be able to keep running, some licenses have been renewed through 2040 FORKED RIVER, N.J. -- Obscured by scrub trees and unkempt shrubs not far from the Atlantic Ocean, the Oyster Creek nuclear plant, which has generated electricity since Richard Nixon became president in 1969, is looking at a prolonged life, as regulators allow utilities to run reactors decades longer than first anticipated. Driven by demand for cheap power, utilities are seeking to keep existing reactors operating until as late as 2040 and beyond. Regulators have approved license...
  • Regulators will stop revealing nuclear plant safety lapses

    08/05/2004 10:37:01 AM PDT · by esryle · 13 replies · 337+ views
    WASHINGTON Citing a need to keep information from terrorists, regulators say the government will no longer reveal security gaps discovered at nuclear power plants. Officials say subsequent enforcement actions taken against plant operators will also remain secret. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission announced the change in policy during its first public meeting on power plant safety since Nine-Eleven. It drew barbs from critics who said the secrecy would erode public confidence in the agency. Until now, the N-R-C has provided regular public updates on vulnerabilities its inspectors found at the country's 103 nuclear power reactors, such as broken fences or weaknesses...
  • Government to End Public Nuclear Updates

    08/04/2004 1:00:09 PM PDT · by ZGuy · 4 replies · 255+ views
    AP via Yahoo ^ | 8/4/04 | MALIA RULON
    The government will no longer reveal security gaps discovered at nuclear power plants, hoping to prevent terrorists from using the information, regulators said Wednesday. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission announced the change in policy during its first public meeting on power plant safety since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Until now, the NRC has provided regular public updates on vulnerabilities its inspectors found at the country's 103 nuclear power reactors, such as broken fences or weaknesses in training programs. "We need to blacken some of our processes so that our adversaries won't have that information," said Roy Zimmerman, director of...
  • Davis-Besse Reactor Shuts Down

    08/04/2004 10:51:30 AM PDT · by we_will_prevail · 39 replies · 1,105+ views
    NBC 24 has learned that the Davis-Besse nuclear power station nuclear reactor shut down at 10:24 a.m. today and remains idle at this hour. A Nuclear Regulatory Commission spokesperson tells NBC 24 that inspectors are unsure as to what caused the reactor to shut down. The NRC also says that all safety systems at D-B performed properly. NBC 24 will have more information throughout the day. You can get a complete update on the shutdown on NBC 24 News At Five.
  • Japan on highest terror alert

    02/20/2004 4:47:45 PM PST · by mylife · 18 replies · 170+ views
    Japan on highest terror alert TOKYO - Japan raised its terror alert to its highest level yesterday. Heavily armed police were mobilised around airports, nuclear plants and government offices to guard against a possible attack, an official said. It was the first time the government had gone on such a heightened alert since the US-led military attack on Iraq last year. A National Police Agency official refused to say whether the government had new information about a possible terror strike. The official said riot police would guard Tokyo and Kansai international airports and nuclear power and reprocessing facilities
  • Bush to eliminate Nuclear-plant standards-Plan to let contractors devise new (their own) rules

    01/28/2004 10:45:17 PM PST · by lewislynn · 21 replies · 192+ views
    Jan. 28, 2004, 11:53PM Bush to eliminate N-plant standards Plan to let contractors devise new rules By NANCY ZUCKERBROD Associated Press WASHINGTON -- The Bush administration is moving to replace government safety standards at federal nuclear facilities with requirements written by contractors -- after Congress directed it to start fining the contractors for violations. Long-established government minimum standards at the more than two dozen nuclear weapons plants and research labs around the nation would become unenforceable guidelines under the Energy Department proposal. Sen. Jim Bunning, R-Ky., an author of the 2002 legislation ordering the fines, accused the administration of distorting...
  • New Uranium Plant to Be Built in Ohio

    01/12/2004 11:17:16 AM PST · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 5 replies · 189+ views
    Guardian ^ | 1/12/04 | JOHN McCARTHY
    Ohio (AP) - Ohio has been chosen over Kentucky for a $1.5 billion plant that will use updated technology to enrich uranium for power plant reactors, the company building the plant announced Monday. The facility at the shuttered Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant in Piketon, which previously had been used for uranium processing, will employ 500 and will be operating by the end of the decade, USEC Inc. President Nick Timbers said. Sen. George Voinovich said the ``new plant is great news for Piketon and Ohio.'' Officials said the decision means that billions of dollars will be invested in the state....
  • AP: Dean Warned Repeatedly About Lax Vermont Security (Hypocrite Alert)

    01/03/2004 4:31:37 PM PST · by Retired Chemist · 4 replies · 154+ views
    Presidential hopeful Howard Dean (news - web sites), who accuses President Bush (news - web sites) of being weak on homeland security, was warned repeatedly as Vermont governor about security lapses at his state's nuclear power plant and was told the state was ill-prepared for a disaster at its most attractive terrorist target. ?The warnings, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press, began in 1991 when a group of students were brought into a secure area of the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant without proper screening. On at least two occasions, a gun or mock terrorists passed undetected into the...
  • Iran - Nuclear Facilities -Map

    12/27/2003 11:35:26 AM PST · by nuconvert · 5 replies · 683+ views
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  • Indian Point should stay open

    11/17/2003 10:44:50 AM PST · by presidio9 · 5 replies · 195+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | November 17, 2003 | Stanley Crouch
    The environment and the issues that surround it are never less than extremely important. In the case of environmental safety and health, we know that coal- and fossil-burning power plants in black and Latin communities have been held responsible for the high numbers of children who suffer from respiratory diseases. Given those facts, it seems odd that there is now a conflict between advocates for black communities and environmentalists over the presence of nuclear plants and the uses of nuclear energy right here in New York. One side tells us that the nuclear power plant in Indian Point should be...
  • Germany's Retreat from Nuclear Energy Begins

    11/14/2003 11:54:08 AM PST · by jpl · 7 replies · 164+ views via Reuters ^ | Friday, November 14, 2003 | Christian Charisius
    STADE, Germany (Reuters) - Germany switched off the first of its 19 nuclear power stations on Friday, launching what it calls the world's fastest withdrawal from atomic energy but a policy that may still be reversed if the opposition takes power. Germany's center-left government struck a deal with industry in 2000 to close all nuclear power plants by about 2025, the Greens making a phase-out a condition for forming a coalition with Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder's Social Democrats in 1998. However, it is still unclear if Germany can meet the deadline and how it will replace atomic power, which provides a...
  • Germany Starts Historic Nuclear Shutdown

    11/14/2003 6:32:26 AM PST · by LurkedLongEnough · 115 replies · 453+ views
    Kansas City Star ^ | November 14, 2003 | TONY CZUCZKA,, AP
    BERLIN - Germany began phasing out nuclear power Friday when a 32-year-old power plant was switched off forever, the first step toward a historic shift in the energy supply of Europe's biggest economy. Eighteen remaining plants are to be closed over the next two decades under an accord between utilities and the government that bears the stamp of the environmentalist Greens party, Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder's junior partner. Germany's second-oldest nuclear plant at Stade in northern Germany, operated by the E.On Kernkraft utility, was powered down at about 8:30 a.m., the Lower Saxony state environment ministry said. Plans call for the...
  • Report: Nearly 150 plant workers tested positive for drugs (at nuclear power plants)

    11/14/2003 4:37:03 AM PST · by Born Conservative · 51 replies · 1,083+ views
    Posted on Fri, Nov. 14, 2003 Report: Nearly 150 plant workers tested positive for drugs Associated Press YORK, Pa. - Nearly 150 workers and short-term contractors at two power plants tested positive for drugs and alcohol between July 1999 and December 2002, according to a published report.The majority of the 143 workers with positive drug tests at both Three Mile Island and the Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station were short-term contractors, the York Daily Record reported Friday, citing Fitness-for-Duty reports from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.The workers who tested positive showed traces in their systems of drugs including cocaine,...
  • U.S. Gets Backing to Halt N. Korea Plants

    11/05/2003 8:31:07 AM PST · by Indy Pendance · 3 replies · 145+ views
    TBO ^ | 11-05-03 | SANG-HUN CHOE
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- The United States won support from key allies Wednesday to halt construction of two nuclear power plants in North Korea for at least a year because of the communist state's atomic weapons program. The executive board of the Korean Peninsula Energy Development Organization - a U.S.-based consortium building the reactors in North Korea - met in New York on Monday and Tuesday and discussed suspending the $4.6 billion project for the impoverished nation. KEDO has been building two light-water reactors as part of a 1994 accord between Washington and Pyongyang in which North Korea promised...
  • Nuclear Power Plants Maintain Lowest Production Cost for Baseload Electricity

    10/13/2003 7:34:55 AM PDT · by chimera · 23 replies · 467+ views
    Nuclear Energy Institute ^ | 9/3/03 | Nuclear Energy Institute
    WASHINGTON, D.C., Sept. 3, 2003—Last year was the fourth straight year that nuclear energy was the low-cost leader for baseload production of electricity. Production costs—which encompass fuel plus operations and maintenance at a plant—averaged 1.71 cents/per kilowatt-hour (kwh) at nuclear power plants in 31 states. Nuclear power production costs were lower than coal-fired power plants, 1.85 cents/kwh; natural gas plants, 4.06 cents/kwh; and oil-fired plants, 4.41 cents/kwh. Stable and competitive supplies of low-cost nuclear fuel and efficient power generation at nuclear power plants—a record 780 billion kilowatt-hours—resulted in low production costs in 2002. The average fuel cost for nuclear plants...
  • Investigators raise concerns about security oversight at nuclear plants

    09/25/2003 8:06:27 AM PDT · by Brian S · 1 replies · 199+ views
    <p>WASHINGTON - Federal inspections and security exercises at commercial nuclear power plants often overstate the level of protection and reduce the likelihood of security improvements, according to congressional investigators.</p> <p>The report said that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's inspection reports were found to not include incidents such as a guard found sleeping or falsification of security logs as security violations.</p>
  • Toronto could be plunged into and out of darkness until the end of next week

    08/17/2003 12:34:23 AM PDT · by Pikamax · 2 replies · 262+ views
    Toronoto Sun ^ | 08/16/03 | ROB GRANATSTEIN AND ANTONELLA ARTUSO
    A bad week looms for T.O. Getting full power system back takes longer than expected By ROB GRANATSTEIN AND ANTONELLA ARTUSO, TORONTO SUN Toronto could be plunged into and out of darkness until the end of next week as the province struggles to bring its nuclear power plants, the heart of the generating system, back to life. Rolling power outages through Toronto and the entire province are expected as demand for power is still far greater than supply, and officials are begging both individuals and corporations to continue to conserve energy this weekend in order to prevent another massive blackout....
  • NRC: 9 Nukes Knocked Off Line by Blackout

    08/14/2003 4:34:02 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 36 replies · 247+ views
    Reuters | August 14, 2003
    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Thursday said nine nuclear reactors in four U.S. states were shut following a massive blackout that hit the Northeast United States and Canada. "At this point, we have nine reactors that are offline. And there is no timeline as to when these will return to service," NRC spokesman Scott Burnell said. Burnell said the reactors are in New York, New Jersey, Ohio and Michigan.