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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…

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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…

V.C. Summer Nuclear

V.C. Summer supervisor fails follow up fitness for duty test

On Thursday, April 23rd, around 3:32 pm an employee supervisor confirmed positive after a follow-up fitness for duty test.  The licensee denied the employees access to the facility. Fitness for duty tests are…

SRS L Area Complex

Savannah River restarting reprocessing operations

After spending more than a year offline, the only chemical separation facility operating in the United States is restarting spent fuel dissolution work. At the L Area Complex in the Savannah River Site…

VC Summer nuclear power plant

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…

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…

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…

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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…

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…

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…

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