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Southern Co. names new SVP, chief environmental counsel


Moor will be responsible for providing legal advice and policy guidance on environmental matters affecting the operation of the Southern Co. system's fleet of generating plants.

Nuclear regulators find issues in Seabrook's Safety Evaluation Report


The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) staff has issued its Safety Evaluation Report (SER) with Open Items for the proposed renewal of the operating license for the single unit, 1,295 MWe Seabrook nuclear power plant in Seabrook, N.H.

Areva reaches milestone in licensing of nuclear reactor in U.S.


Areva on June 8 said it has completed the third phase of the U.S. EPR Design Certification Application review, a significant step toward the final design certification ruling by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC).

The big question at WindPower 2012: What about the PTC?


Despite the looming expiration of the Production Tax Credit (PTC) for wind energy, WindPower 2012 kicked off with a message of confidence in continued growth.

Pre-publication version of 316(b) cooling water intake structures proposal signed


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Acting Assistant Administrator for Water, Nancy K. Stoner, signed a proposed regulation to establish requirements for cooling water intake structures at existing power facilities on May 31, and EPA is submitting it for publication in the federal register.

Waste Control Specialists and Utilities Service Alliance


The disposal of low-level radioactive waste in the United States has entered a new era with the opening of the Texas Compact Disposal Facility in a remote area of western Andrews County, Texas.

Invenergy delays Virginia wind development


Invenergy, a Chicago-based wind energy company, has pushed the target date for a 37.5 to 45 MW wind farm to 2015.

Jaczko votes against Pilgrim plant license extension, suggests changes in relicensing process


Outgoing Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Chairman Gregory Jaczko in a letter dated May 21, 2012, voted against the relicensing of the single-unit, 688 MW Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Massachusetts, a vote that was trumped by three of the remaining four commissioners on the five-person panel.

Obama to nominate Macfarlane to replace Jaczko as NRC boss


President Obama announced his intent to nominate Allison Macfarlane to serve as chairwoman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

Nuclear power plant's operating license renewed


The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has renewed the operating license for the 1,250 MW Columbia Generating Station, located in Benton County, Wash., for an additional 20 years.

Vermont becomes first state to ban hydraulic fracturing


On May 16, Vermont became the first state to ban hydraulic fracturing when Gov. Peter Shumlin signed the hydraulic fracturing ban.

House subcommittee hears testimony on hydropower regulatory legislation


The Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee held a hearing on draft legislation that would improve the regulatory framework for hydropower development earlier this week.

Chile's Supreme Court halts start of 640 MW Cuervo hydropower project


Appeals by environmental groups have stymied construction of Chile's 640 MW Cuervo hydroelectric plant less than a week after work on the project appeared imminent.

Nuclear regulators: FP&L must revise COL applications


Florida Power & Light (FP&L) must make changes to its application for combined construction and operating licenses to build and operate two Westinghouse AP1000 1,100 MW nuclear reactors at its Turkey Point nuclear power plant before the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) can complete its review, according to a letter dated May 4 from the NRC.

NRC manager accused of intimidating inspectors, blocking safety concerns


A manager at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s Region IV office is accused of blocking safety concerns from staff at the Fort Calhoun nuclear power plant in Nebraska and intimidating inspectors who raised those concerns.

Duke, Progress file updated settlement agreement


Duke Energy and Progress Energy have entered into a supplemental merger settlement agreement with the North Carolina Utilities Commission (NCUC) Public Staff.

Court rules against strike at 11,200 MW Belo Monte hydropower plant


A Brazilian court has ruled that a work stoppage on the country's 11,200 MW Belo Monte hydroelectric project is illegal.

EPA regional administrator Armendariz resigns


The EPA senior administrator for the South Central Administration (Region 6) has resigned after receiving an onslaught of criticism from comments he made two years ago.

Energy and Commerce leaders ask NRC chairman to explain his votes against new nuclear


House Energy and Commerce Committee leaders said they are seeking answers from Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Gregory Jaczko regarding his recent votes opposing the construction and licensing of the nation's first nuclear reactors in three decades.

NRC denies organizations request to delay construction on nuclear power plant


Organizations trying to slow down construction of the new Plant Vogtle reactors in Georgia did not get the news they had hoped for from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) on April 16.