Monthly Archives: June 2012

Federal panel recommends expanding coverage for Washington state nuclear workers exposed to radiation

The Washington state newspaper Tri-City Herald reported yesterday: A compensation program for ill nuclear workers won key approval Tuesday to ease rules for $150,000 payments to additional Hanford workers or their survivors. A federal advisory board meeting in Santa Fe, … Continue reading

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Houston fire department issues, then lifts, Shelter in Place alert after radiation detected at Houston hotel

I don’t know quite what happened in Houston this afternoon, but it seems that “city radiation monitors” were set off at a Houston hotel, resulting in guests being instructed to remain in their rooms. It now looks as if the … Continue reading

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Fire closes nuclear power plant in Spain; One worker injured

News reports are kind of sparse on this incident, but the Wall Street Journal’s Market Watch reported this afternoon: An electrical fire forced a shutdown of Spain’s Almaraz I nuclear plant, the country’s nuclear safety authority said Friday. One worker … Continue reading

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Event Reports: Everything’s leaking, spilling or shutting down

Okay, the headline is an overstatement, but I’m inclined to hyperbole when I don’t have time to post every day. And no, the woman in the wetsuit looking at the Oyster Creek plant is not standing in anything leaked from … Continue reading

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Event Report: Ohio nuke leaking coolant

During a walkdown inspection yesterday evening, technicians at the Davis-Besse nuclear power plant in Ohio discovered what they said was a pinhole leak in a weld in the Reactor Coolant System. The plant’s sole reactor is currently shut down for … Continue reading

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Event Reports: Bomb threat in North Carolina, reactor shutdowns in Florida and New York

Some items from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s Event Reports pages for this week: 1. The Harris nuclear power plant in North Carolina reported a strange incident. Last Friday, a man and a woman in a Jeep Cherokee drove up to … Continue reading

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IAEA to investigate February incident at South Korean nuke

The International Atomic Energy Agency has announced that it will conduct at investigation into a February loss-of-power incident at South Korea’s Gori-1 nuclear power plant. As Prensa Latina reported today: Nearly five months later, experts from the International Atomic Energy … Continue reading

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Tennessee nuke waste processing company goes bankrupt. Are there implications for Texas?

Impact Services Inc., a Tennessee low level radioactive waste processor, filed Chapter 7 bankruptcy¬†last week. The Chattanooga Times Free Press reported yesterday: An Oak Ridge, Tenn., firm storing 1 million pounds of scrap radioactive material has filed bankruptcy, leaving Tennessee … Continue reading

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Event Report and update: Vogtle rebar doesn’t meet standards, may push back construction schedule and add to cost of new reactors

Sometimes there’s just not enough detail on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s Event Reports page. This morning, Shaw Nuclear Services and subcontractor Joseph Oat Corporation of Charlotte, North Carolina,¬†reported to the NRC what was described as “a noncompliance associated with the … Continue reading

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