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The 636 MWe GE BWR unit first came online on December 1st, 1969, making it the oldest operating nuclear power plant in the United States.

NRC conducting special investigation at Oyster Creek Nuclear Plant in wake of Hurricane Sandy

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has initiated a Special Inspection at the Oyster Creek nuclear power plant in response to issues that arose when Hurricane Sandy impacted the facility on Oct. 29 and 30….

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FitzPatrick Nuclear Power Plant Remains Offline After Transformer Fires

This weekend, a transformer fire at the FitzPatrick Nuclear Power Plant shut down the Fukushima-style BWR reactor, and has sidelined the station until a new transformer is installed. The reactor shut down automatically…

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South Korea nuclear safety probe expanded to all of nation’s nuclear sites

South Korea recently shut down two of its nuclear reactors after having found that the safety certificates for replacement parts had been forged, but mentioned that the problem would be investigated at 5…

Southern California Edison installed replacement steam generators (RSG) at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS), located a mere 62 miles southeast of Los Angeles, both of which were fabricated by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) in Japan at a $670 million price tag.

NRC will meet with Southern California Edison to discuss San Onofre Steam Generator Issues

On November 16th, representatives of Southern California Edison (SCE) will meet with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to address the company’s response to the NRC Confirmatory Action Letter and restart plans.  Southern California…

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Crystal River Supervisor fails for cause fitness for duty test

Power Reactor Event Number: 48476 Facility: CRYSTAL RIVER Region: 2 State: FL Unit: [3] [ ] [ ] RX Type: [3] B&W-L-LP NRC Notified By: WILLIAM KISNER HQ OPS Officer: BILL HUFFMAN Notification Date: 11/02/2012 Notification…

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Japan’s Nuclear Regulation Authority adopts new nuclear disaster guidelines

This week, Japan’s Nuclear Regulation Authority adopted new guidelines which expand evacuation areas from 10 kilometers to 30 kilometers around nuclear plants which would be set in place in the event of a…

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Supervisor at Calvert Cliffs confirmed positive for alcohol during fitness for duty test

Power Reactor Event Number: 48446 Facility: CALVERT CLIFFS Region: 1 State: MD Unit: [1] [2] [ ] RX Type: [1] CE,[2] CE NRC Notified By: AMY CORDNER HQ OPS Officer: DONG HWA PARK Notification Date:…

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Browns Ferry supervisor fails for-cause fitness for duty test

Power Reactor Event Number: 48419 Facility: BROWNS FERRY Region: 2 State: AL Unit: [1] [2] [3] RX Type: [1] GE-4,[2] GE-4,[3] GE-4 NRC Notified By: ERIC STEELE HQ OPS Officer: MARK ABRAMOVITZ Notification Date:…

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In-Focus: Japan – Combustible Iwate debris to be disposed of in 4 Shizuoka Prefecture cities – Contamination found in beef and rice

Combustible Iwate debris to be disposed of in 4 Shizuoka Prefecture cities The four cities are Shizuoka, Hamamatsu, Susono and Shimada. Source: The Japan Times Beef from Miyagi Prefecture found with cesium contamination…

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Supervisor at Vermont Yankee fails for-cause fitness for duty test

Power Reactor Event Number: 48418 Facility: VERMONT YANKEE Region: 1 State: VT Unit: [1] [ ] [ ] RX Type: [1] GE-4 NRC Notified By: JOHN KRITZER HQ OPS Officer: BILL HUFFMAN Notification Date: 10/17/2012 Notification…

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Supervisor at Harris Nuclear Power Plant fails for-cause chemical fitness for duty test

Power Reactor Event Number: 48396 Facility: HARRIS Region: 2 State: NC Unit: [1] [ ] [ ] RX Type: [1] W-3-LP NRC Notified By: JOHN CAVES HQ OPS Officer: DONG HWA PARK Notification Date: 10/10/2012 Notification…

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Supervisor at Sequoyah Nuclear Plant confirmed positive for alcohol during random fitness for duty test

Sequoyah Nuclear Plant is located in east Tennessee 18 miles north of Chattanooga, on the banks of Chickamauga Reservoir. Sequoyah is TVA’s second nuclear power plant. Construction began in 1969, and Unit 1…

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AREVA drops out of race for Britain’s Horizon nuclear project after 3 months

Britain’s nuclear arsenal is crumbling, its capable workforce dwindling, and had planned for large growth and development to replace the ageing plants.  German owners E.ON and RWE decided to sell the Horizon project,…

Michael Buhrman, the infamous former licensed senior nuclear reactor operator turned fugitive is still at large and is believed to have fled the country to evade capture by authorities.  Buhrman was convicted last month of aggravated vehicular hijacking and vehicular hijacking and sentenced to 40 years in prison.

Former Dresden licensed senior reactor operator charged with hijacking now missing and on the run

It’s a story which would have been better as a classic episode in ‘The Twilight Zone’, a 32 year old Navy veteran with a high-paying job as a licensed senior reactor operator at…

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Contraband found concealed above ceiling tiles at Braidwood nuclear power plant

A contractor working above a locker room during renovations discovered contraband material hidden above the ceiling tiles.  No further details have been provided at this time. Power Reactor Event Number: 48351 Facility: BRAIDWOOD…

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US congressmen propose legislation to delay nuclear relicensing requests

U.S. Representatives John Tierney and Edward Markey, both Massachusetts Democrats, said their proposal – the Nuclear Reactor Safety First Act – would provide “greater certainty” over the safety of older nuclear plants, according…

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Illegal immigrant employed with subcontractor conducting construction work at Palo Verde Nuclear Station

An individual employed with a construction project sub-contractor arrived at the Security Owner Controlled Area (SOCA) of the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station, and was detained by security officers after presenting a fake drivers…

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$134 million in costs to restart Fort Calhoun to be spread out over 10 years

As the escalating costs of downtime and repairs at Fort Calhoun continue to pile up, the OPPD Board of Directors has approved a plan to spread out the cost over a period of…

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Supervisor at Saint Lucie fails fitness for duty test after positive alcohol test

FITNESS FOR DUTY – CONTRACT SUPERVISOR TESTED POSITIVE FOR ALCOHOL A non-licensed contract employee supervisor had a confirmed positive for alcohol during a random fitness-for-duty test. The employee’s access to the plant has…

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Edison to submit SONGS restart plan to NRC next month

Edison International told Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Allison Macfarlane that they would send the agency a letter by the end of the first week of October outlining the root causes of the problems…

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