Category Archives: Crystal River

Event Report: Another impaired supervisor at Florida nuke

A report in today’s Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s Event Notification page says that a non-licensed supervisor at the Crystal River nuclear power plant was found to be in violation of the facility’s Fitness for Duty policy. No indication of what substance … Continue reading

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Why it’s going to take sixty years to decommission the Crystal River nuclear plant

An article in the Tampa Bay Times looked at the cost and time line for decommissioning the single reactor at the Crystal River nuclear power plant: Duke Energy’s shuttered Crystal River nuclear plant will cost $1.18 billion in today’s dollars … Continue reading

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If you live near the Crystal River nuclear plant, can you go outside and see if it’s still there?

In the course of looking into why it’s going to take 60 years to decommission Florida’s Crystal River nuclear power plant, I ran across something unusual: Crystal River has disappeared from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s Power Reactor Status Report. Every … Continue reading

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Another one bites the dust: Duke Energy announces that troubled Florida nuke plant will close permanently; Florida lawmaker pushes for billion-dollar refund to customers

 The Tampa Bay Times reported this morning:  “Duke Energy announced early Tuesday it will permanently close the Crystal River nuclear plant that has been shut down since late 2009.”  The news was not entirely unexpected; Crystal River has not produced … Continue reading

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Wall Street Journal article says low gas prices may make nuclear power unprofitable‏

In an article appearing Tuesday in the Wall Street Journal, Rebecca Smith wrote:   “… today, U.S. utilities are encountering something they never expected: Some natural-gas-fired power plants are cheaper to run than nuclear units.”   While that is something that … Continue reading

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Event Report update: Florida Fitness for Duty report

Yesterday, I told you that a contract supervisor at the Crystal River nuclear power plant in Florida had failed a for-cause Fitness for Duty screening. I incorrectly assumed that this meant the employee had failed a blood test after showing … Continue reading

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Event Reports: Plant shutdowns in Michigan and New York and a Fitness for Duty Report from Florida

1. Sunday afternoon, operators at the Palisades nuclear plant in Michigan declared a primary coolant loop to be inoperable due to a steam leak. Since the leak could not be investigated with the reactor running, the plant entered a Technical … Continue reading

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