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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…

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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…

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…

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….

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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….

Surry Power Station

Surry supervisor fails fitness for duty test

On Thursday, July 17th, a supervisory employee at the Surry nuclear power plant in Virginia confirmed positive for alcohol during a follow-up fitness for duty test.  A follow-up fitness for duty test is…

USEPA

EPA Wants My Opinion? Well, Here It Is…

The Environmental Protection Agency – the overseers of the suspiciously on-again/off-again RadNet monitoring system in the wake of the 2011 mass meltdown/blow-outs at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi power station – has helpfully extended the public…

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Crystal River supervisor violates fitness for duty policy

On Thursday, July 10th, around 10:00 am an employee supervisor at the Crystal River nuclear power plant in Florida was found to be in violation of the Fitness for Duty policy.  The licensee…

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Y-12 extortion scheme admitted by ‘hillbilly millionaire’

On February 6th, Adam Benjamin Winters appeared in an episode of “The Millionaire Matchmaker”, where he called himself the ‘hillbilly millionaire’, claimed to be a CEO who lived in Beverly Hills, and boasted…

A sample of Trinitite analyzed with gamma spectroscopy equipment.

Authenticating Trinitite nearly 70 years later

It has been almost 70 years since the first nuclear device known as “Trinity” was tested in the desert near Alamogordo, New Mexico on July 16th, 1945. At 5:30 in the morning, the…

Monticello nuclear power plant

Xcel Energy management blamed for Monticello cost overruns

A group of nuclear and financial experts hired by utility regulators in Minnesota found that management at Xcel Energy did not completely understand or adequately plan for replacing major reactor components at the…

Watts Bar Nuclear Power Plant

Watts Bar supervisor tests positive for alcohol

A supervisor at the Watts Bar nuclear power plant in Tennessee tested positive for alcohol during a random fitness for duty test on Monday. The facility terminated the supervisor’s access to the plant….

Beaver Valley Nuclear

Licensed reactor operator violates fitness for duty policy

A licensed reactor operator at the Beaver Valley nuclear power plant in Pennsylvania was found to have violated the site’s fitness for duty policy. The determination was made on June 27th, 2014 around…

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Vogtle worker confirmed positive for a controlled substance

A employee at the Vogtle nuclear power plant in Georgia confirmed positive for a controlled substance during a random fitness for duty test on Tuesday.  The licensee terminated the employee’s access to the…

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