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Open Letter: Why Are You Censoring Science, NRC Chairman Burns?

By Mark Leyse Dear Chairman Burns: You and the Commissioners approved the publication of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s decision to deny proposed regulations on improving evaluations of spent fuel pool fires, provided that the Staff’s...Show More Summary

US Gulf Coast Flooding Not Affecting Nuclear Power Plants

Flooding in the Gulf Coast region is not affecting any nuclear power plants in the US states of Louisiana, Mississippi or Arkansas, the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) said in a statement on Wednesday.

Remember the Unitary Executive Theory? The GOP Platform Didn’t.

The Republican platform contains a fascinating sleeper provision. It proposes to “transform the EPA into an independent bipartisan commission, similar to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.” What makes this proposal so interesting is that it violates what used to be a core tenet of conservative belief: the unitary executive doctrine. Show More Summary

Clean Up Underway After Oil Spill Near New York Nuclear Plant

US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) senior public affairs officer Diane Screnci said that according to Entergy, which operates Fitzpatrick, nuclear facilty, the source of the oil sheen has been identified as main turbine lubricating oil.

Special weapons are allowed for San Onofre security guards

U.S. nuclear regulators have granted Southern California Edison permission to arm private security guards at the defunct San Onofre power plant with assault rifles and “ammunition feeding devices.” The Nuclear Regulatory Commission granted Edison and five other nuclear power plants the special...

No Safety Issues at Florida Site of Proposed Nuclear Reactors - Regulator

There are no safety concerns at a site in Levy County, Florida put forward to house two proposed nuclear reactors, the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) said in its final safety evaluation report.

TVA is First Mover for SMR Early Site Permit

The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) has submitted an application for an Early Site Permit (ESP) to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) for a small modular reactor (SMR) which could be built at the Clinch River site in Tennessee. It is the first application of its type to be submitted to the regulatory agency.

Variable Annual License Fees For Smaller Reactors - If They're Light Water

Yesterday, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission issued a final rule creating a variable fee structure for small, light water reactors. It creates a new term called a "bundled unit" and then bases the annual fee on the thermal power output of the bundled unit. It is a three part structure with [...]

Time for a New Mode of Operation: Opportunity to Rethink the Regulatory Framework Ahead of Shutdowns

The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission recently received over a 150 comments to its advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPR) issued in November intended to solicit input on the agency's development of a "draft regulatory basis" to support modifications to existing regulations affecting nuclear power plant shutdown and decommissioning activities.

Ex-Nuclear Agency Worker Sentenced for Cyber Attack Bid - US Justice Dep't

A former employee of the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) was sentenced to 18 months for attempting a spear-phishing attack against Department of Energy computers that contained information on nuclear weapons, the Department of Justice announced in statement.

Dangerous Flaw Threatens to Close Nation's Nuclear Fleet

After four years of increasingly tense internal discussion, seven Nuclear Regulatory Commission engineers have formally petitioned the governing Commissioners to either order the nation's nuclear power plant to immediately correct aShow More Summary

Decommissioning Nuclear Power Reactors Safely and Efficiently

Rod McCullum The following is a guest post from Rod McCullum, senior director of used fuel and decommissioning programs at NEI.In November 2015, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) issued an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR) to consider potential new regulations governing the decommissioning of nuclear power reactors. Show More Summary

Proposal: Fund the NRC by a Fee on Each Kw-Hr Generated by Nuclear Energy

The vast majority of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s budget comes from companies operating existing nuclear power plants. This results in a situation where established suppliers in a market can influence the ability of an independent regulatory agency to approve new entrants into their market. read more

NRC needs an independent budget process to match its independent mandate

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is an independent regulatory agency whose focus is the safe use of radiation and radioactive materials. I cannot tell you how many times I have heard from regulators, commissioners, and elected officials that the agency must make its safety decisions without regard to their cost implications. Show More Summary

A Proposal to Change Advanced Reactor Licensing

Former United States Commissioner for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission Jeffrey S. Merrifield called for a comprehensive new framework for Advanced Reactor licensing reform in an issue brief outlined at the National Press Club on February 23rd, 2016. read more

New York Power Plant Leaking Radioactive Water

A New York nuclear power plant is leaking and radioactive tritium has been found in groundwater testing facilities nearby, but the governor and Nuclear Regulatory Commission state that it is not a cause for concern.

How Corrupt Is the American Government?

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

Nuclear plants along Mississippi, Missouri rivers not seen hurt by heavy rain -NRC

(Reuters) - The nuclear plants along the Missouri and Mississippi rivers are not expected to be adversely affected by flooding and heavy rains, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission said on Tuesday.

Kenneth Carr, Navy admiral chaired Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Adm. Carr, 90, served on three nuclear-powered submarines, including the first one ever built.

First new US nuclear power plant in 20 years scheduled to open in Tennessee

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission just greenlit its first new nuclear power plant in 20 years by granting an operating license to the Watts Bar Unit 2 reactor, which is located in Spring City, Tennessee. Construction on the reactor has...Show More Summary

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