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VC Summer construction supervisor willfully avoids fitness for duty test

An employee supervisor at the Summer nuclear power plant in South Carolina has been found of willfully acting to avoid a fitness for duty test. The employee was working on Wednesday when they…

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France mulls selling AREVA’s reactor operations to EDF

The French Government has recommended that AREVA should sell its nuclear reactors to Electricite de France, a power utility who operates nuclear reactors in France which is also majority-state owned.[i] The nuclear industry…

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Honeywell ordered to change policies after NRC investigation

After investigating a 2012 wrongful termination incident at the Honeywell Metropolis facility, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has ordered the company to change its policies for reporting employee and safety concerns. The NRC Office…

River Bend Nuclear Power Plant

Licensed operator confirms positive for alcohol at River Bend nuclear power plant

On Friday, March 13th, around 11:17 in the morning a licensed reactor operator at the River Bend nuclear power plant in Louisiana failed a random fitness-for-duty test and confirmed positive for alcohol. The…

Reactor Construction - Chicago Bridge and Iron

New nuclear construction projects in the US face many issues

It is one thing to talk about the need for nuclear power in the United States — it is another thing altogether to understand the strategies required to ensure that nuclear maintains its…

Spent Fuel Managment in Taiwan

Taiwan looks globally for help managing spent nuclear fuel

Taipower, the state-owned utility in Taiwan is soliciting official bids from overseas to reprocess the spent fuel accumulating at its nuclear power plants.  There are three operating nuclear power plants in Taiwan, and…

Surry Power Station

Licensed reactor operator tests positive for controlled substance

On Tuesday, a licensed reactor operator at the Surry nuclear power plant in Virginia confirmed positive in a follow up test for a controlled substance. The licensee has denied the individual’s unescorted access…

Fukushima Daiichi Robot

New snake-like robot to inspect Fukushima Daiichi Unit 1 reactor

Engineers from Hitachi-GE revealed the latest robot designed to help engineers understand the conditions inside of the crippled nuclear reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan where high radiation levels…

Saint Lucie Nuclear Power Plant

St Lucie supervisor fails fitness for duty test

Early Monday morning, a supervisor at the Saint Lucie nuclear power plant in Florida confirmed positive for alcohol after a random fitness for duty test.  The licensee revoked the employee’s access to the plant…

In December 2014, computers of workers at KHNP were attacked by hackers and the licensee still doesn’t know how much information was released.

South Korea may elect to decommission aging reactor

On Thursday, January 15th, commissioners of the Nuclear Safety and Security Commission (NSSC) in South Korea will meet to vote on whether or not to restart and extend the operational lifespan of the…

Beaver Valley Nuclear

2015 may prove more difficult for US nuclear industry than 2014

Before the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster in 2011 the nuclear energy industry in the United States was optimistic about the future.  Nearly four years later, the industry is sinking from its own economic…

SKOREA-NUCLEAR-ENERGY

South Korea still searching for answers after hack of computers at nuclear power plants

Authorities are investigating a recent string of hacking attempts which have targeted nuclear power plants in South Korea. On December 9th between 5:00 am and 3:00 pm, computers of workers at the Korea…

Brunswick Nuclear Power Plant

Supervisor at Brunswick nuclear power plant fails follow-up fitness for duty test

On Thursday, a supervisor at the Brunswick nuclear power plant in North Carolina was administered a follow-up fitness for duty test.  The test administered to the supervisor resulted in a confirmed positive result…

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Recent issues demonstrate risks of nuclear power in space

The recent crash of Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo and explosion on launch three days earlier of an Antares rocket further underline the dangers of inserting nuclear material in the always perilous space flight equation—as…

Prairie Island Nuclear

Licensed reactor operator at Prairie Island violates Fitness for Duty policy

On Wednesday, a licensed reactor operator at the Prairie Island nuclear power plant in Minnesota was found to be in violation of the Fitness for Duty policy. The licensee suspended the operator’s access…

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NRC Chairman Macfarlane resigns after one year into second appointment

Allison Macfarlane, the Chairman of the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission has announced that she will resign her post effective January 1st, 2015, and will take a position at George Washington University. Macfarlane…

Limerick Nuclear Power Plant

NRC grants Limerick reactors license renewal

The United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission has determined to renew the operating licenses for the Unit 1 and Unit 2 reactors at the Limerick Generating Station in Pennsylvania, for 20 additional years of…

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Control rod dropped during refueling outage at Cooper nuclear power plant

Over the weekend a contract worker at the Cooper nuclear power plant in Nebraska dropped a 14 foot control rod blade onto the nuclear reactor core during refueling operations. Workers were replacing the…

Catawba

Duke Energy supervisor in violation of Fitness for Duty Policy

A Duke Energy supervisor at the Catawba nuclear power plant in South Carolina was determined to be in violation of the Fitness for Duty Policy.  The licensee suspended the supervisor’s access to the…

Cattenom Nuclear Power Plant - France

France failing to keep up with nuclear reactor maintenance

According to the head of the French Nuclear Safety Authority, Electricite de France SA (EDF) – the largest generator of nuclear power in the world, is unable to keep up with maintenance needs…

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