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04.02.2015

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has eased its oversight of the Omaha Public Power District’s Fort Calhoun nuclear plant after nearly four years of heightened inspections following the discovery of several problems at the plant beginning in early 2011...

04.02.2015

In the midst of criminal probes into potential back-channel communications between regulators and utility executives in the state, the California Public Utilities Commission Monday removed Commissioner Mike Florio from leading the commission’s...

04.01.2015

The Energy Department Tuesday issued a final request for bids from contractors interested in a potential five-year contract for managing a limited set of unusual spent fuel from commercial U.S. power reactors kept in federal storage facilities in Idaho and...

03.31.2015 | BY GEORGE LOBSENZ

In what appears to be a novel negotiating strategy by the Energy Department in “deadlocked” settlement talks with New Mexico over safety enforcement fines, communities around the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant say DOE has taken the position that it...

03.30.2015 | BY JEFF BEATTIE

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid’s announcement Friday that he will not run for re-election in 2016 cracks open the political door to reconsideration of the Yucca Mountain repository as a national disposal site for nuclear waste, and potentially for a...

03.27.2015 | BY JEFF BEATTIE

Raising questions about a deal brokered by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission said last week it is concerned that a plan for National Grid to address reliability concerns in western New York by buying power from NRG...

03.27.2015 | BY GEORGE LOBSENZ

In its first regulatory action on the issue in 33 years, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission Thursday proposed tightening its rules on disposal of low-level radioactive waste, citing the prospect of large new waste streams—such as depleted uranium...

03.27.2015

The Institute of Nuclear Power Operations announced Tuesday that its board has re-elected Thomas Farrell, the chairman, president, and chief executive officer of Dominion, as chairman of the nuclear industry’s best practices organization. INPO said its...

03.26.2015 | BY JEFF BEATTIE

A senior Senate Democrat sharply questioned Wednesday whether the Energy Department can make objective decisions regarding future funds and support for Centrus Energy Corp. with former Deputy Energy Secretary Daniel Poneman having been hired to take over as...

03.26.2015 | BY GEORGE LOBSENZ

A federal safety oversight agency says it has found pervasive failures by the Energy Department in overseeing and verifying the performance of a computer program known as Radcalc, which is widely used by DOE and private industry to assess transport risks...


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