Monthly Archives: April 2014

Taiwan puts opening of new reactor on hold, schedules referendum

World Nuclear News reported today: The government of Taiwan has announced that unit 1 of the Lungmen nuclear power plant will be mothballed once pre-operational safety checks are completed. Construction of unit 2, meanwhile, will be suspended immediately. A referendum … Continue reading

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Event Report: Another way to lose secondary containment

As you are no doubt aware if you are a regular reader of this blog, there have been quite a number of Event Reports this year where a nuclear reactor lost secondary containment by opening two doors at the same … Continue reading

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Event Reports: The things you’ll find out when a reactor is shut down….

Three items from today’s Event Notification page on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s website: 1. Last Friday, as technicians were conducting a series of tests on the Unit 2 reactor at Texas’ Comanche Peak nuclear plant, “it was determined that (a … Continue reading

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Another mistake in Fukushima cleanup: Over a ton of radioactive water overflows container

The website carried a story from the Kyodo News Agency today: Around 1.1 tons of radioactive water overflowed Wednesday from a container during cleansing of a water treatment system at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power complex, plant operator … Continue reading

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Fukushima cleanup team pumps 200 tons of radioactive water into wrong building

The Japan Daily Press reported today: Approximately 200 tons of highly radioactive water were redirected to the wrong building at the disaster stricken Fukushima nuclear power plant on April 14 when pumps that were not supposed to be used were … Continue reading

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Babcock and Wilcox slashing funding for small modular reactors, citing lack of customers, investors

World Nuclear News reported today: Babcock & Wilcox (B&W)¬†will slash its spending on the mPower small modular reactor (SMR) project, having failed to find customers or investors. B&W’s mPower design was prioritised for deployment under a five-year cost-matching agreement with … Continue reading

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Event Reports: Reactor shutdowns in Illinois, Georgia and New Jersey

Three reactors had problems that led to shutdowns over the weekend, according to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s Event Notification Report page: 1. Saturday morning, Unit 2 at the Dresden nuclear¬†plant in Illinois automatically shut down on a sudden pressure relay … Continue reading

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