Author Archives: Robert Singleton

About Robert Singleton

By day, I work for a call center. In my spare time, I try to save my hometown (and planet) from a nearly constant onslaught of greedheads, lunatics and land developers. I live in a fictional town called Austin, Texas, where I go to way too many meetings.

WCS attempting to bring high-level radioactive waste to its West Texas dump

It’s official now. Waste Control Specialists wants to expand its low-level radioactive waste dump in Andrews County to include the much more dangerous spent fuel rods from nuclear power plants. Spent fuel rods are classified as high-level waste, and are specifically … Continue reading

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A new record: Two new British reactors to cost $37.75 billion

The headline in today’s The Spectator pretty much says it all: Is the Hinkley C nuclear power station the most expensive object ever built in Britain? Ross Clark writes: We might not have much of a coherent energy policy, but … Continue reading

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Electrical fire closes Belgian nuclear reactor

Reuters reported today: Electrabel temporarily closed a nuclear reactor on Sunday after an electrical fire, Belgium’s electricity transmission system operator said, leaving only three of the Belgian firm’s seven nuclear plants in action. Electrabel, part of France’s GDF Suez, had … Continue reading

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Georgia Public Service monitor says new units could be delayed beyond 2017 and 2018‏

What happens when you’ve got all your approvals for two new reactors, but the bottom’s fallen out of the nuclear industry after Fukushima, with continued low natural gas prices, general incompetence on the part of your contractors and the continued … Continue reading

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Fire at Korean nuclear plant goes undetected for over an hour

BusinessKorea reported yesterday: A fire occurred in the nuclear fuel storage facilities of the Kori Nuclear Power Plant located in Kijang County, Busan City, but none of the workers was aware of it for over an hour.   According to … Continue reading

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Ohio reactor shuts itself down after losing power to cooling water pumps

Yesterday morning, Ohio’s Perry nuclear power plant shut down automatically after a voltage problem rendered the reactor’s cooling water pumps inoperable. As the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported yesterday: An engineering team’s preliminary investigation released early this afternoon determined that a … Continue reading

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Event Reports: Loss of offsite power, seismic vulnerability, a dropped control element assembly and another and another Fitness for Duty violation

This week in nuclear power kicked on Hallloween: 1. Friday afternoon, the Diablo Canyon nuclear power facility in California experienced an unplanned activation of all six of the plant’s emergency diesel generators when a thunderstorm knocked out offsite power to the station. … Continue reading

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Duke, Dominion and Exelon ask NRC for permission to run seven reactors to the age of 80

(It should be noted that the collapse of the cooling tower at Vermont Yankee, pictured above, happened in 2007, when the plant was only 35 years old. Cause of the collapse: corroded steel bolts and rotten lumber.) I’m going to try … Continue reading

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Event Reports: Three TVA nuclear plants are downstream from leaking dam

Tennessee anglers may have to find another place to get their PCB- and chlordane-laced catfish if the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) can’t figure out where the dam on Lake Boone is leaking. In three identical reports posted yesterday on the Nuclear Regulatory … Continue reading

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How severe was the leak at nuclear fuel plant Sunday?‏

Sunday night, something happened on the fourth floor of the nuclear fuel enrichment facility in Metropolis, Illinois. The facility is slightly more than 10 miles from Paducah, Kentucky, across the Ohio River. World Nuclear News minimized the severity of the … Continue reading

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