Monthly Archives: August 2014

Hypocrisy alert: Exelon has nuclear and wind power plants, opposes extension of wind tax credits and asks for new nuclear subsidies

Background: Exelon operates a total of seventeen nuclear reactors in the United States. The company is also the nation’s 11th largest producer of wind energy. But it looks as if Exelon prefers its nuclear toys. Delaware’s News Journal reported Friday: … Continue reading

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Turkey Point granted another 100 million gallons of water per day

As I told you earlier this summer, Florida’s Turkey Point nuclear power plant has a water problem. Specifically, the water in the canals that serve as the station’s Ultimate Heat Sink (UHS) was hotter than the temperature allowed by the … Continue reading

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Accident at Fukushima: 880 pound piece of unmanned crane falls into spent fuel pool

The Independent Online reported this morning: A 400kg (880pounds) machine part fell into a nuclear fuel pool at Japan’s crippled Fukushima plant on Friday, the operator said. Friday’s incident occurred shortly after noon during a remotely controlled operation to remove … Continue reading

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Decommissioning San Onofre will cost $4.4 billion

Just something to think about before we build any more nuclear power plants…. The Seaside Courier reported today: The Community Engagement Panel, which was created to advise plant owners Southern California Edison, San Diego Gas & Electric and others, will … Continue reading

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What causes nuclear industry delays? Sometimes it’s in-fighting

Business Day Live reported today: US Corporation Westinghouse said it launched legal action to appeal against Eskom’s award of a major contract for the Koeberg nuclear power station to French rival Areva. (Eskom is the South African public utility and … Continue reading

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Event Reports: Emergency notification problems in Kansas and Illinois

A couple of items from today’s Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s (NRC) Event Notification Report page concern emergency notification systems. 1. The Wolf Creek nuclear power plant in Kansas suffered a major loss of communications capability yesterday when the plant’s internal phone … Continue reading

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WIPP operater drafts plan for recovery from accident

Nuclear Waste Partnership, the operator of the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, is working on a draft recovery plan following the February 14 radiation release and a previous fire. The Albuequerque Journal reported this morning: A recovery is underway at a … Continue reading

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