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GEH supplies 500th nuclear control rod blade

04/20/2015

GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH) delivered its 500th Ultra Control Rod Blade to the Pilgrim nuclear power plant in Massachusetts as part of a multi-blade order.

Report: Nuke dump radiation leak could have been prevented

04/17/2015

A radiation leak that forced the indefinite closure of the federal government's only underground nuclear waste repository could have been prevented, a team of investigators said Thursday.

Areva’s nuclear reactor vessel flaws may be “costly”

04/17/2015

The French nuclear regulator says anomalies found in Areva’s nuclear reactor technology are “very serious” and may be costly to fix.

Second robot completes survey of Fukushima reactor containment vessel

04/17/2015

A second shape-shifting robot completed a survey from inside of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear Unit 1 in Japan.

Herbert: Uranium shouldn't be in Utah before federal review

04/17/2015

Gov. Gary Herbert said Thursday that he wants federal regulators to review how hazardous a type nuclear waste is before it's buried in Utah's western desert.

Ga. utility shutters power units to meet state regulations

04/17/2015

Georgia Power is shuttering coal and oil powered units throughout the state as part of a plan that was approved by the Georgia Public Service Commission.

NEI: FPL’s nuclear plants generate $1.4bn for state’s economy

04/16/2015

A Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) report said Florida Power & Light’s (FPL) nuclear power plants bring in more than $1.4 billion annually to the state’s economy.

Pump failure shuts down nuclear power unit

04/16/2015

Unit 1 at the Beaver Valley nuclear power station in Pennsylvania manually tripped from 85 percent power due to a condensate pump trip.

Conco to upgrade tubing at 1,400MW coal-fired power plant in Australia

04/16/2015

Conco Systems Pty. Ltd. in Heatherbrae, New South Wales, Australia, has received a contract to provide comprehensive retubing services for four units at the Stanwell Power Station, a 1,460-MW coal-fired power plant in Queensland, Australia.

Climate change plan faces high-profile legal test

04/16/2015

The centerpiece of the Obama administration's effort to tackle climate change is facing a high-profile legal test as a federal appeals court considers a plan that has triggered furious opposition from Republicans, industry figures and coal-reliant states.

Environmental groups sue TVA over Gallatin plant pollution

04/16/2015

Two Tennessee environmental groups claim toxic pollution from a coal-burning power plant is seeping into the Cumberland River and state regulators are not doing enough to stop it.

Piping Prefab: Boosting Efficiency with Grooved Systems

04/15/2015

According to the Government Accountability Office, just over 42 GW or about 13 percent of coal-fired capacity has been retired since 2012 or is planned for retirement by 2025. The coming years will bring a boom in gas-fired plant construction as power producers rush to replace the retiring units. Indeed, there are currently more projects in the planning and design stage than we've seen in the last 15 years. With so much capacity to replace in a small window, strategies that reduce construction time will be vital, and the availability of skilled labor will be critical.

How Do You Grow Safety Culture?

04/15/2015

Commercial nuclear power plants have bragging rights over their consistently high safety performance and relentless focus on building and sustaining safety culture. Why other industrial complexes fail to follow in their footsteps is unsurprising: It is difficult to stay focused on something as fuzzy as culture and heavy industry has more important things to do like run their operations.

Nuclear power plant water leak contained

04/15/2015

A heavy water leak at a nuclear power plant in Canada was contained and recovered Tuesday.

White paper looks at state compliance with Clean Power Plan

04/15/2015

Cost-effectiveness, electric system reliability and achievement of the environmental goal “with integrity,” are key factors that state must consider in light of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Clean Power Plan, according to a recent white paper distributed by the Bipartisan Policy Center.

Coal-fired power plant to close April 15

04/15/2015

Georgia Power said its coal-fired Plant Branch will close for good before an April 16th deadline.

Siemens to supply wind turbines to Ontario project

04/15/2015

Siemens received an order to supply, install and commission 40 of its wind turbines for a power project near Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Japanese court rejects bid to restart of two nuclear reactors

04/15/2015

A court issued an injunction Tuesday ordering two nuclear reactors in western Japan to stay offline, rejecting regulators' safety approval of the reactors' planned restart later this year, a decision that could further delay the government's restart plans.

FirstEnergy to close 3 northeast Ohio coal-burning plants

04/14/2015

FirstEnergy will close three coal-burning power plants on Wednesday as part of a company plan to comply with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regulations on emissions of mercury and other air pollutants.

Nuclear engineering company to build first U.S. pebble bed reactor

04/14/2015

Maryland-based X-energy said it will be the first manufacturer of pebble fuel in the U.S. for use in its nuclear reactor.