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09.16.2014

Phillip Finck, chief scientist at the Energy Department’s Idaho National Laboratory, has been elected to the leadership of the International Nuclear Energy Academy and will be installed as chairman of the influential expert group in late September. The...

09.15.2014 | BY GEORGE LOBSENZ

The plutonium facility at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory has suffered repeated contamination incidents over the last two years, prompting concern among Energy Department officials about radiation control safety practices at the California nuclear...

09.12.2014 | BY JEFF BEATTIE

Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Allison Macfarlane said Thursday that the commission will complete an important safety analysis of the proposed Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository, but will be unable to make a final licensing decision on the...

09.11.2014 | BY JEFF BEATTIE

In a proposal that drew objections from the agency’s security and reactor oversight offices, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission this week released a staff plan for dropping the longstanding U.S. policy against allowing foreign firms to own majority...

09.11.2014 | BY GEORGE LOBSENZ

Touching on a hot-button debate in the electricity industry, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission this week rejected complaints by coal and nuclear plant operators that they have been unfairly excluded from the New England grid operator’s plan for...

09.10.2014 | BY JEFF BEATTIE

Despite Republican grumbling that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has played an out-sized role in pushing both nominations and other energy-related appointments, Nuclear Regulatory Commission nominees Jeffery Baran and Stephen Burns encountered no...

09.09.2014 | BY JEFF BEATTIE

Even though the state consumer advocate and several consumer groups backed the agreement, the California Public Utilities Commission Friday issued a preliminary decision ordering substantial revisions to a proposed settlement allocating costs related to...

09.09.2014 | BY GEORGE LOBSENZ

A federal safety oversight board formally called on the Energy Department last week to improve emergency management capabilities at its nuclear sites, saying problems seen in the site response to the recent truck fire and radioactive release incidents at...

09.08.2014

The Energy Department last week revealed that it is investigating a “security event” at its sensitive Y-12 enriched uranium processing and storage site in Tennessee that involves the “potential mishandling and unauthorized access to...

09.05.2014 | BY JEFF BEATTIE

Against the recommendation of agency staff, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has decided it will not launch a new rulemaking to evaluate changing its license renewal process for utilities seeking to extend nuclear plant operations from 60 to 80 years...


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