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Almost All U.S. Nuclear Plants Require Life Extension Past 60 Years to Operate Beyond 2050

When nuclear plants are built, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has the authority to issue initial operating licenses for a period of 40 years. Beyond that, the reactors need license renewals, and the NRC has granted 20-year license renewals to 74 of the 100 operating reactors in the United States. read more

Stephen Burns sworn in as NRC commissioner

Stephen Burns, whose nomination to serve as an NRC (Nuclear Regulatory Commission) commissioner was confirmed by the US Senate on September 16, 2014, was sworn in yesterday to become the 35th person to serve as an NRC commissioner. His 5-year term expires on June 30, 2019. Show More Summary

No intrigue at NRC regarding Stephen Burns

On September 16, 2014, Stephen Burns and Jeff Baran were confirmed as Commissioners at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission by the Senate. Thirty days later, on October 14, 2014, Jeff Baran was sworn in and began serving out the remainder...Show More Summary

Obama Triangulates, Okays some Nuclear Power

After a two-year suspension in issuing nuclear power plant licenses, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has quietly granted long-term licensing renewals for two Limerick Generating Station Units near Philadelphia. Unit 1 is renewed until 2044 and Unit 2 until 2049. Show More Summary

Diplomatic Differences Don’t Alter Shared Goals in International Nuclear Safety

Dale Klein The following is a post by Dale Klein, former Chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission and now Associate Vice Chancellor for Research at The University of Texas System.All nations with nuclear energy programs share...Show More Summary

Political Battles Hampering Function of Important Agency

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is supposed to be an independent regulator with the mission of regulating the use of radioactive materials to adequately protect public safety, promote the common defense and security, and protect the environment. Unfortunately, it has become a political battle ground. read more

Political battles hampering function of important agency

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is supposed to be an independent regulator with the mission of regulating the use of radioactive materials to adequately protect public safety, promote the common defense and security, and protect the environment. Show More Summary

Exelon Makes the Nuclear Case in Illinois

Kathleen Barrón, Exelon’s senior vice president of federal regulatory affairs and wholesale market policy, had some strong words at a policy summit held by the Illinois Commerce Commission. “If the units at risk of closing today -- representing...Show More Summary

Continuing conversation with NRC Chairman Macfarlane

On September 11, 2014, the American Nuclear Society hosted a roundtable discussion for nuclear bloggers with Allison Macfarlane, the Chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The meeting was broadcast as a webinar, but there were also seats available in the conference room from which Dr. Show More Summary

NRC Rebuts Daily Caller on Nuclear Plant Security

Just a few minutes ago, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission released a statement rebutting a story that appeared yesterday at the Daily Caller concerning security at the Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Plant:There have been several recent news stories contending that security is lax at the nation’s nuclear power plants. Show More Summary

Plastic Bags, Nuclear Waste and a Toxic Planet

Last week we saw California move a step closer to banning one-time use plastic bags and the Federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission legalize above ground storage of nuclear waste. What's the connection? Every once in a while I think it...Show More Summary

In California, Earthquake Damages Wineries but not Nuclear Plant

The Associated Press yesterday ran a sensationalized account of an internal Nuclear Regulatory Commission dispute over the seismic safety of the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant. It actually wasn't much of a dispute insomuch as oneShow More Summary

40 Problems with Christianity

This is a guest post written by Michael Runyan. Michael is a recently-retired risk analyst for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. A former Catholic, he currently works as a freelance writer focusing on critical assessments of the Christian religion.... Show More Summary

Ruling on Nuclear Waste Storage Could Create a "Catastrophic Risk"

Strict safety controls sought by environmental groups for the storage of radioactive waste at dozens of nuclear power plants may fall to the wayside under a rule that's expected be approved by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission next week. Show More Summary

The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission Was Hacked Three Times In Three Years

The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has been hacked three times over the course of the last three years according to a recently published NextGov report. The report explains that hackers from an unnamed foreign country duped NRC employees into installing malware and clicking on phishing links in an attempt to secure log-in details. More »      

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission was hacked 3 times in 3 years

A new report from NextGov reveals that the United States' Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) was hacked three times in a three-year span. The report shows that two of the hacks were committed by unnamed foreigners, while one hack was...Show More Summary

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Was Hacked 3 Times in 3 Years

4 months agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has been hacked three times over the course of the last three years according to a recently published NextGov report. Read more...

NRC Commissioner Candidates Stephen Burns and Jeffery Baran

The Obama Administration, under the direction of influential Senators, has provided the names of two people to fill vacancies on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. One of the vacancies exists already; Commissioner Apostolakis, a renowned...Show More Summary

Leadership at Fukushima Daini

Charles Casto The latest addition to our understanding of the lessons in leadership from the Fukushima experience of 2011 comes from Charles Casto. Mr. Casto spent almost a year as the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's senior liaison in Japan after the Fukushima accident. Show More Summary

The Fukushima Meltdown That Didn’t Happen

Charles Casto, recently retired from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, on how smart leadership saved the second Fukushima power plant.

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