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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…

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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).  As we…

An aerial view of Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s tsunami-crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant on March 11.

TEPCO to work with France to develop new robots for Fukushima Daiichi

Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), has signed an agreement to acquire robots that can withstand the critically high radiation levels in the Fukushima Daiichi reactor containment vessels with the Alternative Energies and Atomic…

SCE&G workers place the reactor vessel cavity, which will contain the reactor vessel, into the bottom of the containment vessel on June 29th, 2015.

South Carolina to conduct analysis of Base Load Review Act

Officials from the South Carolina Office of Regulatory Staff will conduct a review of the Base Load Review Act, the legal mechanism which allowed South Carolina Electric & Gas (SCE&G) to increase rate-payers…


Entergy warns Pilgrim nuclear power plant may close after downgraded safety status

Officials of the Pilgrim nuclear power plant have publicly announced that the financial costs stemming from mandated safety improvements and reforms required by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission may prove too costly to keep…

This combination photo shows smoke rising from Fukushima Daiichi 1 nuclear reactor after an explosion

A Fukushima Lesson Unlearned: NRC scraps public rulemaking on weak GE containments

The United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) typically begins its narrative on the “lessons learned” from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear catastrophe with Japan’s March 11, 2011accident. Not surprisingly, the agency has avoided addressing…

LaSalle nuclear power plant - Illinois

Weapons missing from LaSalle nuclear power plant armory

Two Sig Sauer 9 millimeter weapons were stolen from the armory at the LaSalle nuclear power plant located 65 miles southwest of the City of Chicago. Exelon, the licensee who operates the nuclear…

Fukushima Daiichi - 2014

TEPCO gets approval to release more Fukushima water into the Pacific

The Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) is overwhelmed by the massive amounts of contaminated water piling up at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant and 300 tons more is being generated every day. Groundwater…

LaSalle Nuclear Power Plant

Licensed LaSalle reactor operator fails fitness for duty test

During a random fitness for duty test last week, a reactor operator at the LaSalle nuclear power plant in Illinois tested positive for alcohol.  The licensee terminated the employees access to the facility….

Yukiya Amano - IAEA

Iran nuclear deal in jeopardy after IAEA fails to reassure US Senators

The Director of the IAEA, Yukiya Amano, left Capital Hill this week after failing to ease concerns presented by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee about the concessions in the nuclear deal with Iran….

Kashiwazaki Kariwa Nuclear Power In Japan

NRA puts TEPCO reactors on priority list for restart screening

The Nuclear Regulation Authority of Japan (NRA) announced on Thursday that two ABWR reactors at the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear power plant operated by the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) have been placed on a…

IAEA review mission members examine recovery work at TEPCO's No.4 reactor building at the tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant

Earthquake insurance premiums in Japan to increase for 2nd time in 18 years after Fukushima Daiichi

In July 2014, Japan introduced the first increase in earthquake premiums in 18 years.  Now, a group commissioned by the Japanese Ministry of Finance to study the issue has announced that insurance companies…

Both cranes will be attached to the fuel handling machine.

TEPCO to launch another attempt to remove debris from Fukushima Daiichi Unit 3 spent fuel pool

Tokyo Electric has announced a new plan to attempt to retrieve the fuel handling machine that fell into the Fukushima Daiichi Unit 3 spent fuel pool. TEPCO has been working to remove the…

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries San Onofre Southern California Edison

Edison seeking over $7.5 billion from Mitsubishi Heavy Industries

Southern California Edison is seeking nearly $7.6 billion USD from Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) for the faulty steam generators that led to the decommissioning of the San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant in California…

Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant

Pilgrim nuclear reactor operator violates fitness for duty policy

Around 12:30 on Monday a licensed reactor operator at the Pilgrim nuclear power plant near Boston violated the Fitness-for-Duty policy.  The operator was denied access to the plant and the resident NRC inspector…

atomic bomber

Nuclear powered aircraft plans should remain grounded

Consider getting on to an airplane with nuclear-powered engines. Consider the consequences if an atomic airplane crashes. The Boeing Company last week received approval from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for an…

The situation related to contaminated water at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant remains very complex.  Every day more and more contaminated water is generated and requires storage and processing.

Atomproekt to construct demonstration tritium removal plant at Fukushima Daiichi

The Russian company Atomproekt has announced that in 2016 it will construct a treatment plant at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant to demonstrate their ability to process contaminated water and remove tritium….

Temelin Nuclear Power Plant3

Czech Republic plans to build two new nuclear reactors

Czech officials have confirmed that while other nations are reducing dependence on or phasing out nuclear power, the Czech Republic plans to build 2 new nuclear reactors. There are currently six operating nuclear…

Vermont Yankee Nuclear

NRC and state officials facing off over Vermont Yankee decommissioning

During a June 25th meeting of the Nuclear Decommissioning Citizens Advisory Panel, a stream of comments were made by officials from the State of Vermont expressing frustration and impatience with the Nuclear Regulatory…

A image of the explosion of the Space-X rocket

Debate over future of nuclear power systems in space

NASA has released a study claiming there is a need for continued use of plutonium-energized power systems for future space flights. It also says the use of actual nuclear reactors in space “has…

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