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Fort Calhoun Nuclear Plant Freed of Enhanced NRC Oversight

Here’s a bit of good news, more than a bit for Nebraskans: In a letter Monday, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission informed the Omaha Public Power District that Fort Calhoun can return to routine oversight as of Wednesday, joining the 98 other U.S. Show More Summary

Government Corruption Has Become Rampant

Government corruption has become rampant: Senior SEC employees spent up to 8 hours a day surfing porn sites instead of cracking down on financial crimes Nuclear Regulatory Commission workers watch porn instead of cracking down on unsafe...Show More Summary

NRC issues SER for Westinghouse Small Break LOCA PIRT

I apologize for the acronym soup in the title. Here is what I really wanted to say, but couldn’t fit into the title field. On February 27, 2015, nearly three years after it was submitted, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) issued...Show More Summary

Breaking Energy U.S. Nuclear Investigation: Exports of Highly Enriched Uranium not 'Definitively Reconciled'

A Nuclear Regulatory Commission report entitled “Report to Congress on the Current Disposition of Highly Enriched Uranium Exports Used as Fuel or Targets in Nuclear Research or Test Reactors, January 9, 2014,” reveals some striking findings with regard to US exports of highly enriched uranium. read more

Diablo Canyon nuclear plant safe in earthquakes, PG&E says in report

California’s last remaining nuclear power plant can safely withstand earthquakes, tsunamis and flooding, according to documents submitted by the owner of the Diablo Canyon plant to the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

NRC RIC 2015 – Day one observations

On March 10, 2015, I attended my first ever Regulatory Information Conference (RIC), which is an annual event hosted by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. I had heard from various associates that everyone who is anyone in the nuclear industry should plan to go to the RIC whenever possible. Show More Summary

Nuclear Watchdog Fines Facility for Failure to Follow Fire Prevention Rules

US Nuclear Regulatory Commission stated the US government will fine the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) $70,000 for failing to properly watch out for fires near the Sequoyah Nuclear Plant.

NRC FY2016 budget hearing – Sen Alexander and Sen Feinstein

On March 4, 2015, the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development held a hearing about the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s FY2016 budget. The video archive is available for review. The only senators from the subcommittee...Show More Summary

Agencies should not allow creation of a hostile environment at public meetings

On February 19, 2015, the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) transported a substantial contingent of regulators to Brattleboro, VT to hold a public meeting about Entergy’s Post Shutdown Decommissioning Activities Report (PSDAR) for the permanently shutdown Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant. Show More Summary

US Nuclear Facility Miscalculated Workers’ Radiation Exposure - Commission

The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission stated that workers at the Palisades nuclear power plant in the US state of Michigan were not exposed to dangerous levels of radiation, but the plant’s operator failed to follow standard guidelines in measuring radiation exposure.

What FERC Does–and What It Can Do For Nuclear Energy

We haven’t written much about FERC, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, because, though it is important to energy markets and electricity transmission, it’s work, by and large, is not specific to any specific source. What it does impacts all energy generators – well, perhaps not equally, as we’ll see, but let’s say so for convenience. Show More Summary

Oyster Creek and NRC Inspection Findings

Jim Slider The following guest post is by Jim Slider, NEI's Senior Project Manager, Safety-Focused Regulation.The Nuclear Regulatory Commission recently announced disposition of several regulatory issues from Oyster Creek Generating Station’s fourth quarter inspection report. Show More Summary

DTE, ESBWR, NRC, COL – Your Monday Acronyms and How They Fit Together

On Wednesday, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission will hold a hearing on the combined construction and operating license (COL) for DTE Energy’s proposed Fermi 3 reactor. This is notable for at least two reasons. It is the first license...Show More Summary

FreakOutNation: Nuclear Plant Leaked Oil Into Lake Michigan For Three Months

An oil leak at the Donald C. Cook Nuclear Plant near Bridgman, MI, and continued for two months, estimate officials. The leak was reported to U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, as well as state and local authorities, on Dec. 20, according to the Detroit Free Press. Plant officials said: “…believe 2,000 gallons of oil leaked into the [...]

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

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