A diagram of the Voda Voda Energo Reactor, the reactor design to be used for Turkey's first nuclear reactor constructed by Rosatom.

Turkey’s first nuclear power plant delayed for second time in six months

For nearly five decades Turkey has been developing plans to establish a nuclear power program, but these plans have yet to come to fruition.  There have been multiple factors which have plagued Turkey’s…

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Steam generator replacement project underway at Davis-Besse

Workers at the Davis-Besse nuclear power plant near Toledo, Ohio have begun a $600 million steam generator replacement project. Steam generator replacement projects are among the most expensive upgrades that a Pressurized Water…

Contribution of human error to the occurrence of events

IAEA safety report shifts focus from human error to organizational processes and cultural values

This week the IAEA released a new report titled Managing Human Performance to Improve Nuclear Facility Operation. The publication shows the need for additional emphasis on the role of human performance in sustaining…

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Worker found dead at Cooper nuclear power plant

Around 7:38 AM on Tuesday, operators in the control room of the Cooper nuclear power plant were informed that a contract radiological technician was found deceased on the refueling floor of the reactor…

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EPA solicits comments from the public on radiation protection standards

The United States Environmental Protection Agency is soliciting public comments while it updates its Environmental Radiation Protection Standards for Nuclear Power Operations; which was issued before Fukushima Daiichi, Chernobyl, and Three Mile Island,…

Westinghouse Small Modular Reactor

Westinghouse backs out of Small Modular Reactor market

Danny Roderick, President and CEO of Westinghouse announced that the nuclear firm is backing off of research and development of their Small Modular Reactor design.  The Westinghouse design is a scaled down version…

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NHK falls prey to Streisand Effect

It is well known that sometimes, we humans experience unintended consequences for conscious decisions we have made.  Some of these unintended consequences are so frequently encountered that they are named. The Streisand Effect…

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TEPCO confirms hole in Fukushima Daiichi Unit 2 suppression pool

On Thursday, officials from the Tokyo Electric Power Company admitted that the suppression pool of the Fukushima Daiichi Unit 2 reactor may have a 3-centimeter hole in it, allowing the highly radioactive water…

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Canada set to raise liability for nuclear operators from $75 million to $1 billion

Officials in Canada are preparing to introduce new legislation what would increase the liability for civilian damages for nuclear operators from $75 million to $1 billion. Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver will introduce…

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TEPCO begins work on underground ice wall at Fukushima Daiichi

Tokyo Electric workers are to begin work at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant to create underground frozen walls at the Unit 2 and Unit 3 turbine buildings on Wednesday.  The utility is…

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Japans regulators establish screening items for reprocessing plant

Members of the Nuclear Regulation Authority in Japan are encouraging officials of Japan Nuclear Fuel Limited to explain how they have readied the Rokkasho reprocessing facility for disasters and accidents. The Rokkasho Reprocessing…

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GE Hitachi to pay $2.7 million as part of settlement

General Electric Hitachi Nuclear Energy, a subsidiary of General Electric Company and partially owned by Hitachi, has settled a dispute which alleged that it employees made false statements and claims to the Department…

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Indiana Senator withdraws bill that would have aided new nuclear builds

In January, James Merritt, a Republican Senator from Indiana, drafted a new bill designed to promote construction of nuclear energy projects in Indiana, a state without any operating commercial nuclear facilities.  Merritt is…

Perry Nuclear Power Plant - Ohio

Tritium discovered in groundwater at Perry Nuclear Power Plant

Just after 1:00 pm on Monday, workers identified a leak on a feedwater venturi meter which was leaking into the drainage system. The leaking water was sampled to check for tritium.  That night,…

Fuksuhima Daiichi Reactor 3 Contaminated Water Leak - January 2014

Leak of contaminated water at Fukushima Daiichi Unit 3 may have international safety impact

On Saturday, workers at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan were operating a remote-controlled robot to remove debris on the first floor of the Unit 3 reactor building when they discovered…

Higashidori Nuclear Power Plant Aomori Prefecture

Tohoku Electric reiterates claim that faults under Higashidori nuclear power plant inactive

In February of 2013, a panel assembled by the Nuclear Regulation Authority in Japan found two faults which run under the Higashidori nuclear power plant site in Aomori Prefecture to be highly likely…

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Watts Bar supervisor fails fitness for duty test

A contract supervisor at the Watts Bar nuclear power plant in Tennessee failed a random fitness for duty test after confirming positive for alcohol.  The licensee suspended the employee’s access to the facility….

Zion Nuclear Power Plant

Licensed supervisor at Zion nuclear power plant fails for-cause fitness for duty test

A licensed supervisor, who works at the Zion nuclear power plant in Illinois, confirmed positive for alcohol after a for-cause fitness for duty test on January 15th. The licensee terminated the supervisor’s access…

Evaucations in Japan

Study confirms impossible to evacuate all residents before radiation exposure in wake of severe accident

A research project conducted by a research institute on environmental economics in Japan named Kankyo Keizai Kenkyujo has found that in the case of a severe accident at a nuclear power plant it…

Jamaican Customs Agency Major Richard Reese

Jamaica reveals information about contamination on used cars from Japan

In November 2012, a minibus imported from Japan by a used-car dealer in Jamaica was scanned and found to have radiation levels which required it to be moved to a quarantined area. In…

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