Monthly Archives: November 2013

Event Reports: Another week, another open containment door

About a week ago, I told you about a spate of containment errors at nuclear power plants involving doors being opened simultaneously, creating a potential path for the release of radiation. Today, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission had an item on … Continue reading

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Breaking news: 5.6 earthquake near Iran nuclear plant

ABC just posted an AP report: An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.6 has struck a town in southern Iran near a nuclear power plant. The U.S. Geological Survey says the temblor struck Thursday afternoon some 14 kilometers (8.7 … Continue reading

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World Bank: “We don’t do nuclear energy.”

More evidence that the economics of nuclear power just do not make sense. The Australian Financial Review reported today: The World Bank and United Nations have appealed for billions of dollars to provide electricity for the poorest nations but say … Continue reading

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Flaw found in reactor vessel at North Carolina nuke

WTVD, the ABC affiliate in Raleigh, North Carolina, reported today: Inspectors at the Duke Energy Shearon Harris nuclear power plant have found a flaw in a reactor vessel for the second time this year. The vessel contains the plant’s nuclear … Continue reading

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Sometimes, a headline says it all: Nuclear plant workers in hot water after alleged plot to rob armored car goes awry

  That was the headline on an NBC News blog last Monday. NBC Staff Writer Gil Aegerter reported: The story reads like a movie script: A nuclear reactor operator recruits a co-worker for an armored car heist, gets caught hijacking … Continue reading

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NRC Event Reports: What’s the deal with all the open doors?

Last week, there were incidents involving loss of containment at the Oyster Creek and Limerick nuclear power plants due to doors being left open. Today, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s Event Reports page contains two more loss of containment incidents. The … Continue reading

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TEPCO begins removing fuel rods from spent fuel pool

A new and dangerous phase in the cleanup from the Fukushima disaster began today. As the BBC reported: Workers at Japan’s stricken Fukushima nuclear plant have begun removing fuel rods from a storage pond at the Unit 4 reactor building. … Continue reading

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