Tag Archives: nuclear power

New York Utility Works To Isolate On-Site Staffers

Politico reports: The nation’s largest state utility has initiated talks with New York’s private generators to enter into a pact to keep critical power plants staffed and fueled as the coronavirus pandemic worsens. The New York Power Authority began isolating critical control room and security staff on-site at its major power plants and transmission control stations last week, as did …

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PENNSYLVANIA: Three Mile Island Closes Today

Axios reports: Climate activists are rallying in the streets here and around the world today calling for urgent action curbing carbon emissions, while a controversial but carbon-free nuclear power plant 180 miles away quietly goes offline. The big picture: It’s an ironic moment in history. Nuclear power provides America — and the world — with one of the largest sources …

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US Suspects New Missile In Russian Radiation Leak

The New York Times reports: American intelligence officials are racing to understand a mysterious explosion that released radiation off the coast of northern Russia last week, apparently during the test of a new type of nuclear-propelled cruise missile hailed by President Vladimir V. Putin as the centerpiece of Moscow’s arms race with the United States. American officials have said nothing …

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Trump Admin Floats Less Oversight Of Nuclear Plants

The New York Times reports: A new report by staff members of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, which oversees the safety of the nation’s 59 aging nuclear power plants, recommends that the commissioners significantly weaken or reduce safety inspections of the plants. The report, published Tuesday, comes after a yearlong consultation and public meeting process, including views from the Nuclear Energy …

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No Bailout: Three Mile Island To Finally Shut Down

The Associated Press reports: Three Mile Island, site of the United States’ worst nuclear power accident, will begin a planned shutdown starting June 1 now that it is clear that it will not get a financial rescue from Pennsylvania, its owner said Wednesday. Exelon Corp.’s statement comes two years after the Chicago-based energy giant threatened to close the money-losing plant …

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US Approves Sales Of Nuclear Tech To Saudi Arabia

The Daily Beast reports: The U.S. Department of Energy has approved six authorizations for U.S. companies seeking to conduct nuclear related work in Saudi Arabia, according to two sources with knowledge of those approvals. Federal law stipulates that companies obtain clearance from the U.S. government for exporting nuclear technology to or engaging in the production or development of special nuclear …

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US Nuclear Power Developers Lobby To Build Worldwide

Bloomberg reports: Nuclear power developers are scheduled to meet with Donald Trump on Tuesday as they seek to build more atomic power plants worldwide, according to people familiar with the planned discussion. The White House meeting is set to include representatives from a range of nuclear developers, including NuScale Power LLC, TerraPower LLC, Westinghouse Electric Co. LLC and General Electric …

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Nation’s Oldest Nuclear Power Plant Shuts Down

Courthouse News reports: The oldest nuclear power plant in the country will shut down later today, months earlier than scheduled and a decade before its license runs out. Located by the Jersey Shore, about 50 miles east of Philadelphia in Lacey Township, Oyster Creek Nuclear Generating Station went online on Dec. 1, 1969, and was granted the country’s first nuclear …

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JAPAN: Nuclear Plant To Dump Waste Into Ocean

Newsweek reports: Toxic waste produced by one of the world’s worst nuclear disasters will be dumped into the sea, according to the head of the Japanese company tasked with cleaning up the radioactive mess, despite protests from local fishermen. Takashi Kawamura, chairman of Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), told foreign media that nearly 777,000 tons of water tainted with tritium, …

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Reality Show Star Slams Iran Deal

“Don’t say it’s unbelievable. Of course it’s believable. This is the world we live in today under American leadership that would surrender Israel’s security and our own. Don’t say it’s unbelievable. When Barack Obama warned voters he would “fundamentally transform America” and they voted for him anyway – twice – what was once the most powerful office in the world …

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Major Quake Strikes Near Fukushima

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Branding Fail

The Independent reports: As sending positive brand signals go, naming your mascot Fukuppy is probably a step in the wrong direction. Indeed, it would seem this refrigerator company have had their very own fukuppy with the unfortunate christening of this cartoon egg. Social media users seized on the winged ovum’s name to ridicule Fukushima Industries’ mascot, with initial reports linking …

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CONNECTICUT: Warm Seas Force Shutdown Of Nuclear Power Plant

Connecticut’s Millstone nuclear power plant has been shut down because the ocean water used to cool the machinery is now too warm to be effective. Millstone Power Station has occasionally shut for maintenance or other issues, but in its 37-year history it has never gone down due to excessively warm water, spokesman Ken Holt said on Monday. Water from Long …

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Photo Of The Day – Chernobyl Control

Photojournalist Gerd Ludwig has documented the present state of the world’s most infamous nuclear power plant and the town that once surrounded it. Lots more fascinating (and grim) photos at the link, courtesy of the Boston Globe’s always compelling Big Picture feature.

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11:55

The doomsday clock was moved up one minute this week. The most significant contributing factors to the decision were the narrowly averted nuclear disaster at the Fukushima plant in Japan which was caused by the earthquake and tsunami on March 11. There were also concerns about the danger from Iran which has begun to enrich uranium at a secret underground …

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Fukishima Fallout

Via Think Progress: “Japan’s science ministry says 8 per cent of the country’s surface area has been contaminated by radiation from the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant. It says more than 30,000 square kilometers of the country has been blanketed by radioactive cesium.”

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Ammonia Leak At CA Nuclear Plant

There’s been an apparently serious ammonia leak at the oceanfront nuclear power plant near San Diego. The warning has gone from a Level One to a Level Three alert in the last hour. The leak posed no danger to the public, and no radiation was released during the emergency, said Lauren Bartlett, a spokeswoman for Southern California Edison. Under federal …

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FRANCE: Explosion At Nuclear Plant

Details are just starting to come in: At least one person has been killed and three more wounded in an explosion which rocked on Monday a nuclear power plant in Marcoule, southern France. ­According to the rescuers, there is a risk of a radioactive leak after the blast. All of the plant’s reactors have been shut down following the incident. …

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Germany To Shut All Nuclear Plants

Germany has announced plans to close all its nuclear power plants by 2022. German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s coalition endorsed a blueprint to shut its nuclear-power plants by 2022, repealing the law she pushed to extend the life of the reactors to become the biggest nation to exit atomic power. The decision in the early morning hours today by coalition leaders …

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Ann Coulter: Radiation Is Good For You

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