Category Archives: License extension

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 Report: Problem at Monticello plant shows why nuke licenses should not be extended

This morning, Minnesota’s Monticello nuclear power plant informed the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) that it had determined that a number of relays in the facility’s sole reactor had exceeded their analyzed shelf life and as a result had been declared … Continue reading

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How long can you safely operate a nuclear power plant? Apparently forever, according to the NRC

An article on today’s World Nuclear News gave a disturbing glimpse of the future of nuclear power in the United States: US nuclear utilities could start applying to the regulator from 2017 for operating licence extensions beyond 60 years. Staff … Continue reading

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NRC suspends new license approvals; decision also puts license renewals on hold

Bloomberg Business Week reported yesterday: The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission is putting a hold on requests for new reactor construction and license renewals —including Missouri’s only nuclear power plant — after a recent federal court ruling questioned the agency’s plans … Continue reading

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Dozens arrested in three states in Vermont Yankee protests

The Associated Press just reported: Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin says he supports the peaceful protesters who gathered at the headquarters of the Vermont Yankee plant to express their frustration that the aging reactor remains open. Thursday marked the first day … Continue reading

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Stop valve at Vermont nuke fails during testing

The Brattleboro Reformer reported this afternoon: Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant in Vernon is on its way back up to full power after it powered down for a control rod adjustment on Monday. A rod adjustment is performed every three … Continue reading

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Update: Coolant leak just latest problem at Canadian nuke; Radiation also leaked to the environment in two incidents

A mid-December leak of heavy water at Canada’s Point Lepreau nuclear power plant is worrying nuclear regulators. As CBC News reported today: The head of Canada’s Nuclear Safety Commission calls two recent incidents at the Point Lepreau nuclear generating station … Continue reading

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Vermont newspaper recaps year of concerns at Vermont Yankee

In an article about the ongoing fight over relicensing the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant, the Brattleboro Reformer published this rundown of the problems the station has faced in the last year: The cleanup of a leak of tritiated water … Continue reading

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Event Report: Fire barrier problem could have rendered Control Room inoperable at Maryland nuclear plant

During a fire safety inspection yesterday afternoon at the Calvert Cliff nuclear power plant in Maryland, operators discovered a fire safety barrier problem that could have rendered the Control Room inoperable. Inspectors found a breach in the fire barrier that, … Continue reading

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World’s oldest reactor to close next year, but the news is not all good

Reuters reported earlier today: Europe’s (and the world’s) oldest nuclear reactor at Britain’s Oldbury power station will close down 10 months earlier than expected in February next year after operator Magnox decided that running the 44-year-old reactor was no longer … Continue reading

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