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Areva installs two spent nuclear fuel pool level systems in Spain


Areva installed two spent fuel pool level instrumentation (SFPLI) systems at a nuclear power plant in Spain.

Pitt granted $987,000 to study nuclear reactor safety, operational efficiency


The U.S. Department of Energy’s Nuclear Energy University Programs (NEUP) awarded a $987,000 grant to the University of Pittsburgh to develop sensor networks that improve safety and operational efficiency in nuclear reactors and fuel cycle systems.

Japan’s trade minister says he will continue with nuclear restarts


Japan’s newly appointed Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry says he will continue with restarting nuclear reactors in the country that are deemed safe.

Two UK nuclear power plants shut down to stop boilers from cracking, EDF says


Power output at Heysham 1 and Hartlepool nuclear power plants, in the U.K., were temporarily taken offline to reduce boiler temperatures and prevent cracks, EDF announced on Friday.

New water treatment system at Fukushima projected to increase capacity, cut radioactive waste by 90 percent


A new high-performance water treatment system has begun testing at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, and is expected to boost water treatment capacity by 500 tons a day while reducing its radioactive waste output by 90 percent, according to a release from Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO).

NRC returns Browns Ferry nuclear units to normal oversight


The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) returned all three units at the Browns Ferry nuclear power plant in Alabama to normal levels of inspection and oversight for the first time in four years.

Flood issues at Arkansas Nuclear One given “yellow” rating by NRC


The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) rated as yellow, or of substantial safety significance, two flood protection violations at a nuclear power plant owned by Entergy (NYSE: ETR).

Japan reactor near active volcanos called unsafe


A prominent volcanologist disputed Japanese regulators' conclusion that two nuclear reactors were safe from a volcanic eruption in the next few decades, saying Friday that such a prediction was impossible.

Plant Farley Unit 2 taken offline for planned refueling, maintenance outage


Plant operators at Southern Co. (NYSE: SO)'s Joseph M. Farley Nuclear Plant safely took Unit 2 offline on Oct. 14 after a lightning strike on an electrical transmission line, near the plant, caused loss of a support system.

Japanese governor says too soon for nuke restarts


A Japanese governor says the country should not restart any nuclear plants until the cause of the Fukushima meltdown is fully understood and nearby communities have emergency plans that can effectively respond to another major accident.

Nuclear power plant workers repairing, testing generator after fire


Employees at a Kansas nuclear power plant are working to repair a backup diesel generator after a fire caused some damages.

Bechtel reorganizes company into new nuclear, global business units


Bechtel has combined its civil and most of its power business units to create a global business unit (GBU).

Workers put out generator fire at Wolf Creek nuclear power plant


A fire was quickly extinguished at the 1,200-MW Wolf Creek nuclear power plant in Kansas on Monday.

Emerging Issues with Software Growth & Cyber Attacks in the Nuclear Industry


A nuclear power plant was forced into an emergency shutdown for 48 hours after a software update was installed on a single computer.

Nuclear Power is Booming in Asia


The story of nuclear power in Asia overall is one of consistency and growth for the first decades of the 21st Century.

Smoke Alarms and Insurance Policies


What do fire extinguishers, smoke alarms, and insurance policies have in common?

Cook nuclear plant receives spent fuel pool monitor


MOHR Test and Measurement LLC installed its EFP-IL Spent Fuel Pool Instrumentation (SFPI) System at the Donald C. Cook Nuclear Plant in Michigan.

Frazer-Nash to design supports for nuclear reactor gas ducts at UK power plant


Frazer-Nash was picked by Magnox to perform concept and detailed design of new structural steel supports for the reactor gas ducts at the Bradwell nuclear power station in the UK.

GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy to deliver spent fuel pool monitors in Japan


GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy will deliver spent fuel pool level monitors (SFPLM) to several utilities in Japan.

Duke Energy to invest $10M to clean up waterways, Dan River area


Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK) has created a $10 million Water Resources Fund to cleanup waterways across five states. The fund also includes $1.5 million for projects in the Dan River Basin Region.