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


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


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

Environmental groups sue TVA over Gallatin plant pollution


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.

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


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

Areva reports flaw in nuclear reactor vessel


Areva reported it has found a flaw in the reactor vessel of its European Pressurized Reactor (EPR) that is under construction in at least two delayed nuclear power projects.

NRC increases oversight of Millstone nuclear power plant


The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) said it would increase its oversight of the two-unit Millstone nuclear power plant in Connecticut.

NuScale completes upper module mockup of small nuclear reactor


NuScale Power LLC said it completed fabrication and assembly of a full-scale, upper module mockup of its NuScale Power Module (NPM).

Farley nuclear power plant goes offline for scheduled outage


Workers at the Farley nuclear power plant in Alabama took Unit 1 offline for a scheduled refueling and maintenance outage.

GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy dedicates reactor training area


GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH) dedicated its new boiling water reactor under-vessel training area in North Carolina.

Emerson awarded $76mn ultrasupercritical coal-fired automation project


Emerson Process Management, a subsidiary of Emerson (NYSE: EMR), was awarded a $76 million contract to automate a 910-MW generating unit at an ultrasupercritical coal-fired power plant in Poland.

Technology to look inside Fukushima reactors faces challenge


The cutting-edge technology was billed as a way to decipher where exactly the morass of nuclear fuel might sit at the bottom of reactors in the Japanese power plant that went into multiple meltdowns four years ago.

Report: WIPP radiation leak caused by “incompatible” contents


The U.S. Department of Energy said one drum was the source of a radiation leak inside the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in New Mexico.

Video: 9HA.01 Gas Turbine Testing Nears Completion


In Monte Atwell’s world, opportunities are created when things break down. Over the last four months, Atwell and a team of engineers in Greenville, South Carolina, have been testing one of GE’s latest innovations – the 9HA.01 air-cooled gas turbine. The 866,000-pound machine promises to provide power producers the flexibility, efficiency and speed they need to accommodate the increasing use of intermittent wind and solar power.

Entergy completes outage & overhaul at Indian Point 3 nuclear unit


Entergy (NYSE: ETR) completed a $50 million overhaul and refueling outage at the Indian Point 3 nuclear power plant in New York.

Duke Energy to appeal $25M fine by N.C. environmental regulators


Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK) will appeal a $25.1 million penalty, imposed by North Carolina environmental regulators, over groundwater violations at the retired L.V. Sutton Steam Electric Plant.

Japan audit: Millions of dollars wasted in Fukushima cleanup


Japanese government auditors say the operator of the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant has wasted more than a third of the 190 billion yen ($1.6 billion) in taxpayer money allocated for cleaning up the plant after it was destroyed by a March 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

Regulators meeting about SC, Georgia nuclear projects


Federal regulators are meeting to talk about inspection and testing at separate nuclear construction projects in South Carolina and Georgia.

TEPCO: Fukushima nuclear Unit 1 did melt down in 2011 accident


The Tokyo Electric Power Corp. says Unit 1 at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant did, in fact, meltdown during the 2011 accident.

Sendai nuclear Unit 1 another step closer to restart


Unit 1 at the Sendai nuclear power plant in Japan gained approval for plant upgrades made to meet standards set after the 2011 accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.

Martin Drake coal-fired power plant resumes operations after fire