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Malfunctioning Korean Nuclear Reactor Worrying Local Residents

The 680,000kW No. 1 reactor at Wolseong Nuclear Power Plant in Gyeongju, Gyeongsangbuk-do has been shut down due to a malfunctioning component. The reactor, the design life of which expires on November 30…

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Russia says will take 3-4 years to fix seriously damaged nuclear submarine

”Yekaterinburg” back in service in 2014 – Rogozin Military experts say that it will take some 3-4 years to repair “Yekaterinburg”. The submarine’s rubber coating and hydroacoustic system was seriously damaged in the…

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The DOE and the mystery of the lost $15 Mil at a Nuclear Waste Site

According to a draft report of a Department of Energy Inspector General audit, the  DOE might have overpaid contractor Bechtel National for some work related to black cell tanks or vessels, the draft said. No records…

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90% of Japans Nuclear Power Generation Shutdown

Shikoku Electric Power Co. was to shut the 566-megawatt No. 2 reactor at its Ikata plant in Ehime Prefecture on Friday night for regularly scheduled maintenance, Akira Hirai, a spokesman for the utility,…

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Entergy must change the way they do business

Palisades executives are taking the blame for two maintenance failures that forced them to shut down their Nuclear reactor near Covert last year.  They (somewhat) admitted they have let their safety culture degrade….

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After public scandal Kyushu Electric President forced to resign – VP to take over

  Kyushu Electric Power Co. is making final adjustments to its plan to promote Vice President Michiaki Uriu to president of the scandal-hit utility, according to company sources. Uriu, 62, will replace President…

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Bechtel an DOE to replan 2012 work after layoffs diminish worker levels

Layoff notices were distributed to 154 construction workers Tuesday at the Hanford vitrification plant.  In November, Bechtel announced that it had laid off close to 200 construction workers by midmonth.  The layoffs were…

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Uranium Mining Order Extends Protection For Grand Canyon for 2 Decades

There will be no new uranium mines on more than one million acres of federal land surrounding the Grand Canyon for the next 20 years, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced today….

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Waste incinerator problems lead to city radiation levels over 70,000 bq/kg in Japan

The incinerator at the Nambu Clean Center is advanced and sophisticated enough to reduce the volume of incinerated ash. But radioactive cesium that cannot be incinerated becomes condensed. Radiation levels in the city…

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Hundreds show up at NRC – First Energy – Davis-Besse Meeting

Hundreds gathered at a public meeting, Thursday night, to hear from FirstEnergy and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission about the decision to re-open the Davis Besse Nuclear Power Plant. Late last year, the plant was shut down after a 30-foot…

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Judge hands PG&E double-edged verdict over Diablo Canyon Nuclear Recovery Uprates

PG&E was denied permission to charge ratepayers $80 million for costs the utility giant estimates it will incur applying for permission to extend the life of the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant in…

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Nuclear power ceased to be a serious option for world’s energy needs in 2011

In 2011, nuclear power ceased to be a serious option for meeting the world’s energy needs, and solar photovoltaics (PV) finally became an option worth noting.  The Europeans, who were reconsidering nuclear power,…

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France faces several billion Euro bill to keep nuclear reactors safe

PARIS—  French President Nicolas Sarkozy has continued to champion nuclear power, even as neighboring countries like Germany, Switzerland and Belgium retreat, but even he must have enjoyed a particularly dreary breakfast this morning….

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Unauthorized person scales fence at McGuire Nuclear Power Plant on New Years

Power Reactor Event Number: 47565 Facility: MCGUIRE Region: 2 State: NC Unit: [1] [2] [ ] RX Type: [1] W-4-LP,[2] W-4-LP NRC Notified By: AL YODER HQ OPS Officer: PETE SNYDER Notification Date: 01/01/2012 Notification…

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Looking Forward – New Year Update

Happy Holidays and New Year to all of our readers.  We first off want to thank each of you for the support given and ideas shared, which is really the spirit of our…

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Army Corps of Engineers cleanup at Apollo Pennsylvania site shows little optimism

This was the first year of a potentially decade-long, $170 million cleanup of the 44-acre dump of radioactive and chemical waste generated by the former Nuclear Materials and Equipment Corp. (NUMEC) nuclear fuel…

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DOE to tackle insufficient safety culture at Hanford and other DOE sites

The Department of Energy will look at better managing its Hanford vitrification plant contract to balance the demands of cost and schedule with a strong safety culture, according to a plan released this…

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Japan upgrades Rokkasho Uranium Enrichment Facility efficiency 400 to 500 percent

Japan Nuclear Fuel Ltd. started on Wednesday the operation of new, more efficient centrifuges at its uranium enrichment plant in Rokkasho, Aomori Prefecture. After a warm-up operation, the centrifuges — each capable of…

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American Nuclear Energy budget to increase in 2012 – “Better than we had anticipated”

The Office of Nuclear Energy is getting more money than expected for the 2012 fiscal year.  “There were certain areas where we did better than we had anticipated,” said Department of Energy spokesman…

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Former NRC Member – Nuclear renaissance is imploding

A former nuclear regulator, an economic analyst and a congressional think-tank adviser say 2011 marked the fall of the so-called U.S. nuclear renaissance, despite regulators’ approval last week of a new reactor design….

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