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Shareholders sue Duke Energy over coal ash cleanup


Duke Energy’s (NYSE: DUK) coal ash spill on Feb. 2 has raised questions with the company’s shareholders.

Nuclear Regional Response Center opens in Phoenix


The first of two regional response centers for nuclear safety equipment opened in Phoenix.

Arcadis to perform engineering services for Brazilian nuclear reactor


Arcadis announced that its Brazilian subsidiary, Arcadis Logos, signed a contract to perform engineering consulting services for the Angra 3 nuclear power project in Brazil.

Beaver Valley nuclear Unit 2 trips offline during restart


The 902-MW Beaver Valley Unit 2 in Pennsylvania tripped offline during reactor startup.

Virginia Beach resumes pumping water after Duke Energy’s coal ash spill


Virginia Beach and Norfolk will resume pumping water from Lake Gaston after tests found that the Dan River coal ash spill did not affect the area’s water supply.

Fortum ends nuclear automation agreement, signs another with Rolls-Royce


Fortum signed an agreement with Rolls-Royce to modernize the automation at its Loviisa nuclear power plant in Finland.

Areva will supply nuclear safety system monitoring technology


Areva will be the exclusive supplier of a technology that monitors and regulates accumulated air and gas in certain nuclear plant safety systems.

UPDATE: EPA finalizes 316(b) standards


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized the 316(b) standards under the Clean Water Act on Monday to protect aquatic life drawn each year into cooling water systems at large power plants.

TEPCO stops radioactive water treatment system again


Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) said it halted a radioactive water treatment system at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant May 20.

Colorado Springs to spend $3m monthly on replacement power after fire


Colorado Springs Utilities (CSU) said May 15 that it could spend an estimated $3m per month on replacement power costs following the recent fire at the Martin Drake coal-fired power plant.

Kudankulam Nuclear Unit commissioning extended


The deadline for the 1,000-MW Unit 1 at the Kudankulam nuclear power plant has been extended to July 22, set by the Nuclear Power Corporation of India.

Indictment: Chinese hackers targeted nuclear power industry


The United States has brought first-of-its kind cyber-espionage charges against five Chinese military officials accused of hacking into U.S. companies to gain trade secrets.

Units at Minnesota Power's Thomson hydro plant to return online


Minnesota Power's 72-MW Thomson hydropower plant could resume producing power early this summer, the company announced during an annual meeting of shareholders.

Source of radioactive water leak in Fukushima Daiichi nuclear unit found


Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) said it has found the location of a radioactive water leak at Unit 3 of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

Tecnatom to work on control room of Argentina small nuclear reactor


Tecnatom will carry out human factors engineering (HFE) revisions on the control room design of the CAREM 25 reactor in Argentina.

Indianapolis Power & Light to retrofit coal-fired plant to combined-cycle, natural gas facility


Indianapolis Power & Light (IPL), a subsidiary of AES Corp. (NYSE: AES), has received approval from the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC) to invest $636 million into a new 650-MW combined-cycle gas turbine (CCGT) power station near Martinsville, Indiana and to convert two units at the Harding Street Generation Station totaling 200-MW from coal-fired to natural gas.

Wildfires prompt evacuation of San Onofre Nuclear plant


Southern California Edison (SCE) said it is taking precautions against wildfires that are threatening the shut down San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS).

Six workers injured at India’s Kudankulam nuclear power plant


Six workers were reportedly injured when hot water spilled on them at the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project in India.

Emerson upgrades gas turbine controls


Piqua Power System, located in Ohio, has successfully upgraded its OEM turbine controls.

ANO Unit 2 to remain offline for refueling following tornado


Entergy (NYSE: ETR) said it would keep the 989-MW Arkansas Nuclear One Unit 2 offline for a planned refueling outage, according to Reuters.