Monthly Archives: July 2014

Be Afraid. Be a Little Afraid: NRC finds security violation or violations at Pennsylvania nuke, but declines to say what they are

Lansdale, PA’s The Reporter carried a story earlier today about the results of an inspection at the Limerick nuclear power plant: The federal government has identified a security problem at Exelon’s Limerick Generating Station but because it’s a security matter, … Continue reading

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Event Reports: Another nuke has a heat sink problem, and a drunk foreman is terminated at Michigan nuke‏

I told you earlier this week about the problem the Turkey Point nuclear power plant is having in attempting to hold down the temperature of the canals that serve as the Ultimate Heat Sink (UHS) for the facility. These canals … Continue reading

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Aging reactors, rise in renewables to cut into nuclear’s share of energy production, according to new industry report

Reuters reported yesterday: Atomic power’s share of global electricity supply is at the lowest level since the 1980s following the shutdown of Japan’s reactors after the Fukushima disaster, and may fall further without major new plant construction. The forecast is … Continue reading

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New study: Nukes, fossil fuel plants will cause world-wide water shortage by 2040

The International Business Times reported today: Energy companies need to change the way they produce power otherwise drinking water will become a scarce commodity for the world’s population by 2040. As soon as 2020, between 30% to 40% of people … Continue reading

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Breaking news: 6.3 earthquake strikes Mexican state of Veracruz, home to Mexico’s nuclear power plant

The Yucatan Times reported today: A strong magnitude 6.3 earthquake shook much of eastern Mexico on Tuesday July 29th, 2014, a few minutes before 6 in the morning, but there were no reports of damage or injury. The U.S. Geological … Continue reading

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Japanese nuclear utility paid kickbacks to Japanese prime ministers for almost two decades, according to former KEPCO exec

The Asahi Shimbun reported yesterday: A former top official at Kansai Electric Power Co. has come forward to reveal a nearly 20-year history of doling out “top secret” huge donations to Japanese prime ministers, funded on the backs of ratepayers. … Continue reading

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Federal mine safety inspectors cite WIPP for 52 workplace violations

Reuters reported yesterday: The federal Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) in June inspected the surface facilities at the sprawling (Waste Isolation Pilot Plant) complex near Carlsbad and issued 52 citations, ranging from exposed electrical wiring to housekeeping matters, plant … Continue reading

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Update: Turkey Point reactors at reduced power in anticipation of more warm weather

As I told you yesterday, the Turkey Point nuclear power plant in Florida has exceeded the 100 degree maximum water temperature in the facility’s canals, which serve as the Ulitmate Heat Sink (UHS) for Turkey Point’s two reactors. The Nuclear … Continue reading

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Florida nuke flirts with shutdown over cooling water temperatures

This is an issue that has been developing for the last ten days or so: the water in the Ultimate Heat Sink (UHS,) the maze of canals that allow the Turkey Point nuclear power plant dispose of waste heat from the … Continue reading

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Event Report: Maryland nuke leaking coolant, forced to limit output

According to an Event Report filed yesterday with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, operators at the Calvert Cliffs nuclear power plant were forced to reduce output from the Unit 1 reactor due to the discovery Thursday night of a pressure boundary … Continue reading

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