"Nuclear Regulatory Commission" tag
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…

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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…

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…

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…

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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…

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….

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…

McGuire Nuclear Power Plant - Enformable

Reactor operator violates fitness for duty policy at McGuire

On Wednesday, a licensed reactor operator at the McGuire nuclear power station in North Carolina was found to be in violation of the site fitness-for-duty policy. The licensee revoked the operator’s access to…

Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant - 2011

Strong action necessary at Indian Point

In 1976, Robert Pollard, a rarity among U.S. government nuclear officials—honest and safety-committed—said of the Indian Point nuclear power station that it was “an accident waiting to happen.” Pollard had been project manager…

USNRC

Former NRC employee indicted after attempting to sell nuclear secrets and launch cyber attack

Charles Harvey Eccleston, a 62-year-old former employee of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and Department of Energy (DOE) currently living in the Philippines, was the subject of an undercover investigation by agents from…

Watts Bar Nuclear Power Plant

Watts Barr supervisor fails fitness for duty test

On Tuesday a supervisor at the Watts Bar nuclear power plant in Tennessee failed a random fitness for duty test after confirming positive for alcohol. The licensee terminated the employee’s access to the…

honeywell metropolis IL

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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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