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Obama Nuclear Power

Obama’s “Clean Energy” budget is propping up nuclear energy

You don’t have to be a math wizard to understand the Obama administration’s just announced $4.15 trillion budget proposal for the 2017 fiscal year, but it helps. It also helps if you like…

Susquehanna Nuclear

Who is monitoring the health of populations around nuclear power plants?

Author’s note: I wrote this blog post with knowledge of the ongoing tritium leaks plaguing a number of  nuclear power reactors in the U.S., but before the latest high levels of tritium released…

BNL AERIALS

Class action lawsuit against Brookhaven National Lab moving ahead

A class action lawsuit—begun 20 years ago—that charges Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) with contaminating neighborhoods adjacent to it will be moving ahead again in New York State Supreme Court this month. Court action is…

columbia-generating-station

Whistleblowers send warning at Columbia Generating Station

The Columbia Generating Station, the only commercial nuclear reactor in the state of Washington, has agreed to hire an independent investigator to look into whistleblower allegations that the plant has ignored operational and…

Chernobyl - Pripyat - 21

Pripyat: City for the Future, City of the Past

The following is the fourth installment of a new series of editorials which will communicate portions of my recent trip to the Chernobyl nuclear power plant (Read the first installment here, the second installment here,…

Animals of Fukushima Daiichi and Chernobyl - 8

The Animals at Fukushima Daiichi and Chernobyl

TEPCO released images this week of what appeared to be a fox that had entered the Fukushima Daiichi Unit 2 reactor. The animal pokes his head around and explores the contaminated structure. The…

Savannah River Site - Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility

More weapons-grade plutonium headed to Savannah River Site

Nearly an additional ton of weapons-grade plutonium will be shipped to the Savannah River Site (SRS) in South Carolina from Europe, the Pacific Rim (including from Japan), and North America.  The material would…

Genkai Nuclear Power Plant - Japan

Kyushu Electric set to decommission Genkai Unit 1 reactor

Officials from the Kyushu Electric Power Company in Japan announced that it will file decommissioning plans with the Nuclear Regulation Authority in Japan for the Genkai Unit 1 reactor in Saga Prefecture. The…

Chernobyl Trip 2015 - Editorial 3 - 31

Inside the Chernobyl Unit 4 control room

The following is the third installment of a new series of editorials which will communicate portions of my recent trip to the Chernobyl nuclear power plant (Read the first installment here, the second installment here, the…

MOX-Facility

Two SRS MOX facility contractors accused of defrauding government

Two contractors at the Savannah River Site (SRS) in South Carolina have been indicted this week on charges of defrauding the federal government. Prosecutors indicted Phillip Thompson and Aaron Vennefron on 15 counts…

Tateiwa - TEPCO - NRC - Fukushima Daiichi

NRC management of FOIA requests puzzling experts

Many people know of my interest in the release of information through the Freedom of Information Act by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. In October 2014, I participated in a meeting with Dave Lochbaum…

Monju Fast Breeder Reactor - JAEA

French and Japanese nuclear fuel cycle may be affected by failures at Monju

Residents of Fukui Prefecture in Japan have announced that they will file a lawsuit with the Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) to permanently shutdown the Monju fast breeder reactor. A breeder reactor generates more…

solar 6

Renewables threaten to shakeup energy industry

We’ve had solar power energizing our house in Sag Harbor on Long Island in New York for six years now—and it’s a bonanza! Once the photovoltaic panels are up on your roof, nothing…

Biblis Nuclear Power Plant - Germany

German utilities may drop lawsuits for decommissioning deal

Before 2011, nuclear power generated nearly 18% of the electricity in Germany.  After the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster in Japan, Germany elected to gradually shut down its nuclear reactors and stop generating electricity…

Fitzpatrick Nuclear Power Plant

Entergy will delay decommissioning of FitzPatrick nuclear power plant

  Last Monday Entergy announced that they would shutdown the FitzPatrick nuclear power plant sometime in early 2017, because it was not financially profitable anymore and was costing the company some $60 million…

Fitzpatrick Nuclear Power Plant - Entergy

Lack of profitability forces Entergy to close Fitzpatrick nuclear power plant

Entergy officials have confirmed that late 2016 or early 2017 the Fitzpatrick nuclear power plant will be shut down instead of refueled and brought back online. The plant was scheduled for refueling in…

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TEPCO investigates Fukushima Daiichi Unit 3 containment vessel

Workers at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan used remote-controlled cameras to observe the current conditions inside of the Unit 3 containment vessel. The cameras were also equipped with radiation detectors…

Sendai Nuclear Power Plant - Kyushu Electric

Japan to restart second reactor at Sendai nuclear power plant

Kyushu Electric reported this week that it will restart the Unit 2 reactor at the Sendai nuclear power plant in Japan on Thursday.  The Unit 2 reactor was taken offline in September 2011…

Chernobyl Trip 2015 - 2 - 48

Visiting the Chernobyl site and the Unit 2 control room

The following is the second installment of a new series of editorials which will communicate portions of my recent trip to the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. The first editorial focused on what it was like…

Chernobyl Trip 2015 - 016

Experiencing the Chernobyl nuclear power plant nearly 30 years after the disaster

The following is the first installment of a new series of editorials which will communicate portions of my recent trip to the Chernobyl nuclear power plant (Read the second installment here, the third installment…

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