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03.07.2014 | BY GEORGE LOBSENZ

The Energy Department announced Thursday it has found a new leak from an underground nuclear storage tank at its Hanford site already known to have other leaks, a disclosure likely to exacerbate concerns raised by newly released DOE documents showing six...

02.12.2014

In a sign of diverging value among various nuclear plants, Exelon Corp. got permission Monday from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to boost the output of two large nuclear units—only days after the company indicated it is closing some of its smaller...

02.11.2014 | BY GEORGE LOBSENZ

Citing a hole in its enforcement regime, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission today is proposing a rule to make clear that nuclear plant workers who deliberately remain ignorant of reactor safety requirements to avoid regulatory violations can still be subject...

02.07.2014 | BY JEFF BEATTIE

Saying he currently sees virtually “no customers” for small modular reactors, Westinghouse Electric Co., President and Chief Executive Officer Danny Roderick announced last week that the company plans to significantly pull back on development of...

02.06.2014 | BY GEORGE LOBSENZ

With the Obama administration facing new pressure to revive the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository, an expert board has questioned some aspects of the Energy Department’s research program on disposal options, saying the agency is pursuing an...

02.06.2014

The speaker of the Texas House of Representatives last week ordered a House panel to review the state’s laws and regulations on high-level radioactive waste disposal and to make “specific recommendations on the state and federal actions necessary...

02.06.2014

Canada’s nuclear regulator said Wednesday it has ordered Cameco Corp. to keep its Port Hope, Ontario, uranium conversion plant idle after the company reported an incident January 28 involving an unsafe valve configuration that was discovered while the...

02.05.2014 | BY JEFF BEATTIE

An already testy relationship between the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and its chief congressional overseer deteriorated further last week, as Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Chairman Barbara Boxer blasted some NRC commissioners for what she...

02.05.2014 | BY GEORGE LOBSENZ

The Energy Department’s plan to ship highly radioactive uranium-233 now stored at its Oak Ridge, Tenn., site to burial grounds at its Nevada National Security Site appears to have hit a snag in the form of a directive from Congress that DOE assess costs...

02.04.2014 | BY JEFF BEATTIE

Citing improved scientific understanding of radiation health impacts and changes in the U.S. nuclear power industry, the Environmental Protection Agency is considering the first update in nearly 40 years to federal radiation protection limits for nuclear...


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