Category Archives: Vogtle

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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Event Reports: Seven reactors shut down in just eight days

Sorry to have been silent for a while, but I got a new job that’s keeping me pretty busy. But this last two weeks have been busy at the nation’s nuclear power plants. These are just the reactor shutdowns: 1. … Continue reading

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Event Report: Valve defect discovered in new AP-1000 reactors; Defect could have an impact on reactors currently under construction in Georgia and South Carolina

Valcor Engineering Corporation of Springfield, New Jersey, provided an update to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) on a defect in a solenoid operated valve used in the Westinghouse AP-1000 nuclear reactor design approved by the NRC in 2005. The defect, … Continue reading

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Event Report: Contract employee working on Georgia nuclear plant expansion fails Fitness for Duty screening

According to a notice posted on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s Event Notification Report web page, a contract employee working on the two new reactors being built at the Vogtle nuclear plant in Georgia tested positive for a controlled substance in … Continue reading

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Georgia nuclear expansion is behind schedule and over budget, according to state Public Service Commission report

The Florida Times-Union’s Jacksonville.com website reported today: The companies building one of the first U.S. nuclear plants in a generation have missed project deadlines, and government monitors questioned in reports released Monday whether those delays could grow. Southern Co. subsidiary … Continue reading

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Event Reports: Reactor shutdowns in Illinois, Georgia and New Jersey

Three reactors had problems that led to shutdowns over the weekend, according to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s Event Notification Report page: 1. Saturday morning, Unit 2 at the Dresden nuclear plant in Illinois automatically shut down on a sudden pressure relay … Continue reading

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Event Reports: Operator error at a research reactor in Colorado, and commercial reactor shutdowns in Georgia, Pennsylvania and New Jersey

Some items from today’s Event Notification Report page on the NRC website: 1. Yesterday morning, a research reactor in Colorado licensed to the U. S. Geological Survey was being put through a surveillance test that involved increasing the reactor’s output. … Continue reading

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Puff piece on Vogtle expansion ingores possible quality assurance issues

This morning, the Nuclear Energy Institue, which is the de facto Pep Squad for the nuclear industry, carried an item on its NEI SmartBrief from the Atlanta Business Chronicle on the expansion of Georgia’s Vogtle nuclear power plant. The Chronicle reported: Georgia Power … Continue reading

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Event Reports: Reactor scrams in Pennsylvania, New York, Texas and New Jersey; excess radiation in Minnesota, a fire in New York, a toxic gas release in Ohio and a drunken supervisor in Florida

This post is kind of lengthy, as I haven’t been able to get around to looking at Event Reports for a couple of weeks. Here’s the news: 1. Early in the morning of Friday, November 9, operators at the Susquehanna … Continue reading

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Event Report: Another Fitness for Duty Report from the Vogtle construction site

Yesterday, a non-licensed employee supervisor at a construction site at the Vogtle nuclear plant in Georgia tested positive for alcohol in a Fitness for Duty test. This was a follow up test for an individual who had previously tested positive. The … Continue reading

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