Monthly Archives: October 2011

TVA announces layoff of 800 workers, citing slow progress on building new reactor

I missed this story last week. On Thursday, October 20, Bloomberg Businessweek reported: The Tennessee Valley Authority and a contractor announced Wednesday they are laying off about 600 temporary construction workers and an additional 200 support staff after unsatisfactory progress … Continue reading

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Monday Event Report: A leaking package, enough drugs to share and malfunctioning emergency sirens

From Monday’s NRC Event Reports: 1. Thursday afternoon, the Oconee nuclear power plant in South Carolina reported an accident involving shipment of nuclear materials. If that is a little vague, it’s because the Event Report was less than helpful. Headlined “DAMAGED PACKAGING … Continue reading

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Crane accident injures two Fukushima workers

The bad luck at Fukushima continues. Vertikal.net just reported: Two men were injured on Saturday at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan, while assembling a crawler crane. The men were installing the crane’s back mast using another crawler crane, … Continue reading

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Event Reports: Security officer shoots self in foot at Michigan nuke

From today’s NRC Event Reports: 1. On Thursday afternoon, a security officer at the Fermi nuclear power plant in Michigan shot himself in the foot. The officer was clearing his weapon following his shift when the gun discharged. The officer … Continue reading

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TEPCO seeks $12 billion bailout to stave off bankruptcy

The Bloomberg news website just reported: Tokyo Electric Power Co. will ask the government for 900 billion yen ($12 billion) to avoid bankruptcy, the Nikkei newspaper said, the first state support since the Fukushima nuclear disaster almost eight months ago. … Continue reading

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Bulgarian reactor restarted after replacing cracked control rod casings

Focus Information Agency reported today: Bulgaria’s Kozloduy nuclear power plant announced Thursday it had switched one of its reactors back on to the electricity grid, after a month of refuelling and repairs, AFP reported. The 1,000-megawatt reactor number six — … Continue reading

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China’s Environment Minister says nuclear power risks are increasing

Reuters just reported: China is facing increasing safety risks from its nuclear power plants as existing facilities age and a large number of new reactors go into operation, the country’s environmental minister said in comments published on Wednesday. “The safety … Continue reading

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