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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…


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…


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…


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…

The USS Sturgis in Ft. Belvoir for operational testing.

First floating nuclear power station to be scrapped

The USS Sturgis, better known as the first ship converted to carry a nuclear reactor, is set to be towed from its current berth at Joint Base Langley-Eustis in the James River of…

Tsuruga nuclear power plant - Japan - Enformable

Regulatory panel in Japan affirms decision that will force decommissioning of Tsuruga reactor

On Thursday, a panel of experts organized by Japan’s Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) determined that it will not change its 2013 judgment that an active geologic fault exists under the Unit 2 reactor…

Fukushima Daiichi Unit 3 Spent Fuel Pool - Refueling Machine Control Console

Workers drop refueling crane console into Fukushima Daiichi Reactor 3 spent fuel pool

At the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, workers accidentally dropped a large piece of debris into the Unit 3 spent fuel pool on Friday, a little after noon. The workers were carrying out…

Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant

Will Diablo Canyon survive the next big earthquake?

As aftershocks of the 6.0 Napa earthquake that occurred Sunday in California continued, the Associated Press this week revealed a secret government report pointing to major earthquake vulnerabilities at the Diablo Canyon nuclear…

Mortons Iodized Salt

How table salt may help scientists understand public radiation exposures after a radiation release

Radiation safety workers in Fukushima, Japan have helped a doctoral student at Lund University in Sweden demonstrate that ordinary table salt can be used to measure radiation exposures. The radiation safety workers carried small…

AREVA - Fukushima Daiichi decontamination system

TEPCO to abandon AREVA system amid contaminated water crisis

Tokyo Electric has determined that it will cease use of AREVA’s decontamination system, which uses chemicals to remove radioactive materials from water, as it has not lived up to expectations since it was…

Japan to South Korea

Cesium found in Japanese steel exported to South Korea

South Korean authorities plan to return contaminated steel scrap imported from Japan after detecting Cesium 137 over allowable levels in steel scrap imported from Japan earlier this month. The scrap metals arrived in…

Fukushima Daiichi - Smoke coming out of Unit 3 Reactor Building - March 21st, 2011 - 1728 - Enformable

TEPCO says Fukushima Daiichi Unit 3 meltdown worse than estimated

For the last three and a half years, TEPCO engineers have been working to better characterize the state of the melted nuclear fuel in the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear reactors. Now those officials believe…

Rosetta space probe

Solar vs nuclear power in space

A demonstration that in space as on Earth solar power is an alternative to dangerous nuclear power is to come this week when a solar-powered spacecraft called Rosetta will rendezvous with a comet…

DC Cook Nuclear Power Plant - MI

D.C. Cook foreman fails fitness for duty test

A foreman working at the the D.C. Cook nuclear power plant in Michigan tested positive for alcohol during a random fitness for duty test.  The licensee terminated the employee’s access to the facility….

Workers monitor water discharge from groundwater bypass operations.

TEPCO says groundwater bypass operations not having effect at Fukushima Daiichi

TEPCO officials have admitted that groundwater bypass operations are failing to reduce tons of water from entering the crippled reactor buildings at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. According to TEPCO, at least…

Debris removal operations being carried out at the Unit 3 reactor at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant are being blamed for large releases of radiation into the environment.

Fukushima Daiichi Unit 3 debris removal operations released 280 billion becquerels per hour

TEPCO has announced that they estimate some 1.1 trillion becquerels of radiation was released during debris cleanup operations at the Fukushima Daiichi Unit 3 reactor.  According to TEPCO’s estimates the removal work generated…


Columbia generating station supervisor fails fitness for duty test

On Monday, a supervisor at the Columbia Generating Station in Washington confirmed positive for a controlled substance after a random fitness for duty test. The licensee terminated the employee’s access to the plant….

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