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  • 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....