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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…


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…

Savannah River Site - Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility

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…


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…

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…

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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…


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

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….

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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Nuclear powered aircraft plans should remain grounded

Consider getting on to an airplane with nuclear-powered engines. Consider the consequences if an atomic airplane crashes. The Boeing Company last week received approval from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for an…

Vermont Yankee Nuclear

NRC and state officials facing off over Vermont Yankee decommissioning

During a June 25th meeting of the Nuclear Decommissioning Citizens Advisory Panel, a stream of comments were made by officials from the State of Vermont expressing frustration and impatience with the Nuclear Regulatory…

A image of the explosion of the Space-X rocket

Debate over future of nuclear power systems in space

NASA has released a study claiming there is a need for continued use of plutonium-energized power systems for future space flights. It also says the use of actual nuclear reactors in space “has…

The loaded cask is transported to the above-ground storage pad.

Holtec President says HI-STORM dry storage casks can last 300 years

Holtec International President Kris Singh told the Vermont Nuclear Decommissioning Citizens Advisory Panel on Friday that the HI-STORM (Holtec International Storage Module) spent nuclear fuel storage casks constructed by his company can withstand…

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