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Terrorism and nuclear power

Pre-deployed weapons of mass destruction. That’s what nuclear power plants are. And that’s another very big reason—demonstrated again in recent days with the disclosure that two of the Brussels terrorists were planning attacks…

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Visiting the Cimarron Nuclear Fuel Fabrication Facility

The Cimarron site, located in the heart of tornado valley – just north of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, was used to fabricate enriched uranium and mixed oxide fuels for nuclear reactors from 1965–1975.  It…

Fukushima Daiichi

France, Japan and United States to work together on Fukushima decommissioning

The Japanese government has decided to work with the United States and France to develop new technologies to help operators decommission the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. The Science and Technology Ministry of…

St. Lucie nuclear power plant

Scuba diver sucked into St. Lucie nuclear power plant intake suing FP&L

On July 12th, 2015, Christopher Le Cun, a scuba diver and resident of South Florida, was boating, swimming and scuba diving with friends and family near the St. Lucie nuclear power plant. While…

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

Nuclear Meltdown: Releasing radiation and containing the truth

Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) admitted last week that they should have declared a meltdown within days of the March 11th earthquake and tsunami that crippled the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, instead…

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United States developing role of offshore wind in its energy future

An energy revolution is happening east of Long Island. In the waters of the Atlantic Ocean, Deepwater Wind is constructing the nation’s first offshore wind farm—five wind turbines off Block Island, Rhode Island….

Obama Nuclear Power

Obama’s “Clean Energy” budget is propping up nuclear energy

You don’t have to be a math wizard to understand the Obama administration’s just announced $4.15 trillion budget proposal for the 2017 fiscal year, but it helps. It also helps if you like…

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…

BNL AERIALS

Class action lawsuit against Brookhaven National Lab moving ahead

A class action lawsuit—begun 20 years ago—that charges Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) with contaminating neighborhoods adjacent to it will be moving ahead again in New York State Supreme Court this month. Court action is…

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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…

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More weapons-grade plutonium headed to Savannah River Site

Nearly an additional ton of weapons-grade plutonium will be shipped to the Savannah River Site (SRS) in South Carolina from Europe, the Pacific Rim (including from Japan), and North America.  The material would…

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Two SRS MOX facility contractors accused of defrauding government

Two contractors at the Savannah River Site (SRS) in South Carolina have been indicted this week on charges of defrauding the federal government. Prosecutors indicted Phillip Thompson and Aaron Vennefron on 15 counts…

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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…

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Renewables threaten to shakeup energy industry

We’ve had solar power energizing our house in Sag Harbor on Long Island in New York for six years now—and it’s a bonanza! Once the photovoltaic panels are up on your roof, nothing…

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…

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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…

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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, the third installment…

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…

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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…

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