Monthly Archives: March 2012

NRC grants approval for two new reactors at South Carolina plant‏

On a 4-1 vote, with Chairman Gregory Jaczko dissenting, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission approved the combined operating licenses for two new nuclear reactors to be built at the V. C. Summer nuclear power plant in South Carolina. The approval was not … Continue reading

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NRC to vote this afternoon on license for two new reactors for South Carolina nuke

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is meeting this afternoon in Maryland and is expected to vote on licensing for two new reactors at the V. C. Summer nuclear power plant in South Carolina. The meeting begins at 1:25 Eastern Time. In … Continue reading

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And the winner of the No Duh Award: TEPCO scraps plans for new reactors at Fukushima

Reuters just reported this acknowledgement of the blindingly obvious: Tokyo Electric Power Co, or Tepco, said on Friday it had notified Japan’s trade ministry it was dropping plans for two more nuclear reactors at its Fukushima Daiichi plant, paralyzed last year … Continue reading

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Power falling at South Texas reactor

Power output began falling yesterday at the Unit 1 reactor at the South Texas Project (STP.) Yesterday, the NRC Reactor Status Report listed Unit 1 at 75 per cent of rated output. This morning’s report said the reactor was at … Continue reading

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New TEPCO report says damage to Fukushima Unit 2 may be worse than previously thought

The New York Times reported this afternoon: The damage to the core of at least one of the meltdown-stricken reactors at Fukushima could be worse than previously thought, raising new concerns over the plant’s stability and complicating the post-disaster cleanup, … Continue reading

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Event Report: Automatic shutdown at South Carolina nuke

The sole reactor at the Robinson nuclear plant in South Carolina shut itself down Wednesday afternoon following a turbine trip. The auxiliary feedwater pumps activated during the incident. The reactor had been at 55 per cent power prior to the … Continue reading

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Former Exelon CEO says new nukes don’t make economic sense

Jeff McMahon just blogged this on Forbes: Nuclear power is no longer an economically viable source of new energy in the United States, the freshly-retired CEO of Exelon, America’s largest producer of nuclear power, said in Chicago Thursday. And it … Continue reading

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