Monthly Archives: June 2014

A scary half-hour in California as sirens blare; Follow-up text message warns of “civil emergency”

The Sacramento CBS affiliate reported last Friday: Residents of California’s San Luis Obispo County received a series of unsettling erroneous emergency alerts as repairs were being made to a nuclear power plant’s siren system. Emergency services manager Ron Alsop says … Continue reading

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Dump Watch: Five potentially defective containers from WIPP site are being stored at West Texas waste dump

(Pictured: The ruptured container that remains at the WIPP site.) The Department of Energy thinks it now knows what caused the radiation leak earlier this year at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant. According to the Albuquerque Journal: The Department of … Continue reading

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Event Report: Drunk supervisor at North Carolina nuke

According to a report today on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s Event Notification Report, a supervisor at the McGuire nuclear power plant in North Carolina tested positive for alcohol in a random Fitness for Duty screening. The supervisor’s access to both … Continue reading

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Event Report: Contract employee working on Georgia nuclear plant expansion fails Fitness for Duty screening

According to a notice posted on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s Event Notification Report web page, a contract employee working on the two new reactors being built at the Vogtle nuclear plant in Georgia tested positive for a controlled substance in … Continue reading

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With the U.S. still trying to figure out what to do with our own nuclear waste, why would the Department of Energy be looking at a proposal to import foreign waste?

As I told you on Monday, the Department of Energy is considering a proposal to allow the Savannah River Site in South Carolina to accept, process and dispose of spent nuclear fuel from Germany. The fuel contains 900 kilograms of … Continue reading

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More details on fatal accident at Arkansas nuclear plant

As I told you yesterday, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has issued a reassessment of the safety significance of a March 31, 2013, accident at the Arkansas Nuclear One plant. The new assessment finds that the accident was of “substantial safety … Continue reading

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Dump Watch: Latest news on Waste Control Specialists’ West Texas nuclear waste dump

There’s a lot going on at our least favorite West Texas hole in the ground. The Dallas Morning News ran an editorial last week that raised multiple alarms about the Waste Control Specialists’ low-level radioactive waste facility. The opening paragraph … Continue reading

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