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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…


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).  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

Updated October 13th, 2015:  Entergy has announced that the Pilgrim nuclear power station will close down no later than June 2019. Officials of the Pilgrim nuclear power plant have publicly announced that the…

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…

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