Category Archives: Vogtle

Event Report and update: Vogtle rebar doesn’t meet standards, may push back construction schedule and add to cost of new reactors

Sometimes there’s just not enough detail on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s Event Reports page. This morning, Shaw Nuclear Services and subcontractor Joseph Oat Corporation of Charlotte, North Carolina, reported to the NRC what was described as “a noncompliance associated with the … Continue reading

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Event Reports: Arizona reactor has ‘control rod deviation,’ and an update on Vogtle reactor trip

From today’s NRC Event Reports: 1. Sunday afternoon, operators at the Palo Verde nuclear power plant were performing low power physics testing on Unit 3, preparing to bring the reactor back online following a refueling outage. When inserting a control rod assemby, … Continue reading

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Georgia reactor shut down with cooling system problem

The Augusta Chronicle reported this afternoon: Plant Vogtle’s Unit 1 nuclear reactor was unexpectedly shut down Saturday after a sensor indicated an issue with a water pump. The unit remained offline Sunday while an incident response team explored the cause, … Continue reading

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Event Reports: A reactor trip in New Jersey, bad welds and an earthquake in Virginia and continued Fitness for Duty problem at nuke construction site in Georgia

Four items from today’s NRC Event Reports: 1. On Friday afternoon, the Unit 2 reactor at the Salem nuclear power plant in New Jersey experienced an automatic reactor trip. During the incident, two reactor coolant pumps were unavailable, due to a pair … Continue reading

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NIRS responds to Vogtle decision: This is not a “Nuclear Renaissance”

The Nuclear Information and Resource Service (NIRS) just posted this on their website: DON’T BUY THE BUNK: SIX REASONS VOGTLE LICENSING DOES NOT MEAN THERE IS A “NUCLEAR RENAISSANCE” 1. The U.S. nuclear industry is experiencing the opposite of a … Continue reading

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More details on Vogtle approval: NRC Chairman votes against, citing need for post-Fukushima safety upgrades

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution just reported: The first newly approved nuclear reactors in 33 years will be built in Georgia. The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission signed off Thursday on Atlanta-based Southern Co.’s request to build two 1,100-megawatt reactors at its Plant … Continue reading

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Breaking news: NRC approves license for new units at Vogtle; First approval in three decades

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission just approved the combined construction and operating license for two new reactors, to be built at the Vogtle nuclear power plant in Georgia. The vote was 4-1. Last year, Southern Co., owner of Vogtle, received a … Continue reading

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NRC to vote on new Georgia reactors next week

Bloomberg reported yesterday: The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has scheduled a vote for Feb. 9 on Southern Co.’s application for the first construction permit to build nuclear reactors in more than 30 years. The NRC’s announcement, posted today on the … Continue reading

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Or then again, maybe not: State watchdog says Georgia nuke expansion might be delayed

The piece I just posted on the impending approval of the two new units at the Vogtle nuclear power plant in Georgia might have been ‘happy talk’ by Georgia Power’s parent company, Southern Co. They may have been attempting to … Continue reading

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NRC may be weeks away from approving Georgia nuclear plant expansion

The Augusta Chronicle just reported: A vice president with Georgia Power told board members of the Georgia Department of Economic Development Thursday morning that they are weeks away from knowing the date of federal permission to finish building the new … Continue reading

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