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Georgia Power to Permanently Close all 29 of Company's Ash Ponds


Georgia Power is preparing to permanently close all 29 of the company’s ash ponds in response to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Coal Combustion Residual Rule and the new Effluent Limitation Guidelines.

EPA Announces New, Tougher Smog Standards


Based on the review of more than 2,300 scientific studies, the EPA strengthened the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) to 70 parts per billion (ppb) from 75 ppb in an effort to reduce Americans’ exposure to ozone and improve public health.

Safety Report Finished for Potential Nuclear Power Plant in New Jersey


The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) staff completed the safety report for an early site permit (ESP) for a potential nuclear power plant in New Jersey.

NRC Completes Safety Review of Planned Nuclear Reactors


The staff at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) completed the final safety evaluation report for two proposed nuclear units at the South Texas Project.

Texas Commission Nears Approval for Latest Air Permit for Shawnee Gas Project


The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality said in a Sept. 16 notice, that was posted to its website Sept. 29, that it intends to approve an application by Shawnee Energy Center LLC for a Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) Air Quality Permit that would authorize construction of the roughly 900-MW Shawnee Energy Center near Abbott in Hill County, Texas.

Mule Train Used to Haul Equipment to Remote California Hydro Plant


There are no roads leading to SMUD’s 688-MW Upper American River Project hydroelectric system, so recent projects at Rubicon Dam and Buck Island Reservoir saw SMUD engineers and contractors join 20 pack mules and their four handlers on a more than 6-mile trek with three tons of construction equipment, tools and camping supplies.

Exelon-Pepco Asks DC Regulators to Reconsider Merger Vote


Exelon Corp. (NYSE: EXC) and Pepco Holdings (NYSE: POM) filed a petition asking District of Columbia regulators to reconsider their rejection of the proposed $6.8 billion merger.

Sequoyah Nuclear Reactors Can Operate Another 20 Years: NRC


The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) approved the license renewals for units 1 and 2 of the Sequoyah nuclear power plant.

China Plans to Launch National Cap-and-Trade Program


China is preparing to announce plans to launch a national system to limit greenhouse gases and force industries to purchase pollution credits, Obama administration officials said Thursday.

Coal-Fired Unit at Kentucky's Elmer Smith Power Plant Set to Retire in Coming Years


Owensboro Municipal Utilities will shut down Unit 1 of the Elmer Smith Power Plant sometime between 2019 and 2021.

Clean Tech a Top Priority as Chinese President Lands in US


Discussing how U.S. and Chinese experts and businesses can collaborate on nuclear energy, smarter electricity use and other clean technologies is a top agenda item as Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives in Seattle Tuesday, almost a year after he and President Barack Obama announced their nations would cooperate to fight climate change.

EPA Works Out Deal to Settle Lawsuit Over 2 PacifiCorp Coal Plants in Utah


The proposed consent decree establishes proposed and final deadlines for EPA to take action to meet its obligations with respect to Utah.

Korea, UAE Organizations Team on Nuclear Reactor Safety


The Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute (KAERI) and the UAE’s Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR) signed a memorandum of understanding to cooperate in the field of nuclear safety with a focus on light water nuclear reactors.

Court Clears Duke Energy Plan to Clean More Coal-Ash Pits


Duke Energy has asked to add three power plants to the list of four plants where they will begin scooping the ash, which is leaking arsenic, lead and other pollutants into waterways.

New Mexico Governor Unveils New State Energy Plan


The plan calls for an all-of-the-above approach, not unlike the prescription being pushed at the federal level. It highlights the need for more infrastructure such as rail and transmission lines, storage options that could spur growth among solar and wind production and job training.

5 Nuclear Units Offline as Fall Refueling Season Gets Underway


According to Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) data, five of the 99 units in the domestic nuclear power fleet were offline early Sept. 14 as some reactors begin their autumn refueling and maintenance outages.

NRC Issues White Finding for Entergy Nuclear Power Plant in Louisiana


River Bend was operating at 85 percent capacity on Christmas 2014 when the plant automatically shut down.

Kansas Gets 1st Combined-Cycle Power Plant with Conversion of Coal-Fired Plant


Empire District Electric Co.’s Riverton Power Plant is in the process of being converted from coal to natural gas – the company's response to new emission standards for mercury, sulfur dioxide and particulate matter.

Iran Nuclear Deal Survives: Democrats Block Disapproval Vote


U.S. Senate Democrats voted to uphold the hard-fought nuclear accord with Iran on Thursday, overcoming ferocious Republican opposition and delivering President Barack Obama a legacy-making victory on his top foreign policy priority.

Exelon Defers Retirements of 2 Illinois Nuclear Power Plants


Exelon Corp. said it plans to run the Quad Cities nuclear power plant through May 2018 and the Byron nuclear plant through May 2019.