Category Archives: Duke Energy

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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Duke Energy admits that plant operators “didn’t take all possible precautions” to prevent leak that shut down South Carolina nuke

South Carolina’s Morning News Online reported today: Site operators didn’t take all possible precautions to prevent a radioactive water leak that led to shutdown of a South Carolina nuclear reactor, officials with Duke Energy said Thursday, also saying they’d learn … 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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Aging South Carolina reactor shut down after discovery of radioactive water leak

The Greenville News reported this morning: Duke Energy said Monday company officials shut down Unit 1 at the Oconee Nuclear Station after a small radioactive leak was detected, the second time in less than three weeks a problem has shut … Continue reading

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Duke Energy sidelines plan for two new reactors in Florida as potential cost hits $24 billion

Duke Energy will not build two new nuclear reactors at a site near Orlando under the terms of a settlement announced Thursday. The new site in Levy County is near the company’s troubled Crystal River nuclear facility, which is set … Continue reading

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And another victory: Duke suspends plans for two new reactors at South Carolina plant

Reuters reported May 2: Duke Energy, the largest U.S. electric utility, said it notified regulators on Thursday that it will drop plans to build two new nuclear reactors in North Carolina due to slow growth in power demand. This announcement … Continue reading

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