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Companies team on nuclear power plant prediction software development


Lloyd’s Register Consulting and the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority (SSM) partnered to enhance prediction software to support the decision-making process for emergency response.

UK’s Heysham 1 nuclear reactor returns to service


The UK’s Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) granted permission for the Heysham 1 Reactor 1 to return to service almost five months after it was taken offline.

Areva to perform nuclear power plant outage and maintenance services


Areva will perform outage, maintenance and engineering activities at the Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station in Ohio.

Concrete dome completed at UAE nuclear plant project


The Emirates Nuclear Energy Corp. (ENEC) completed construction on the concrete dome for a nuclear reactor being built.

Oak Ridge Lab teams with Canadian nuclear developer on integral molten salt reactor design


Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in Tennessee is collaborating with Canada-based Terrestrial Energy to bring the company’s Integral Molten Salt Reactor to the engineering stage.

EPA releases coal ash rule


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy announced the agency will now consider coal ash on the same level as household waste as opposed to hazardous waste. Household garbage and coal ash are both listed in the solid waste category, a stretch from the hazardous waste classification.

Recovery project for Kingston ash spill nears completion


Clean up efforts, from the 2008 Kingston Fossil Plant coal ash spill, is near completion.

Ameren Missouri's Callaway Energy Center returns to service


Ameren Missouri's 1,190-MW Callaway Energy Center has returned to service after a planned fueling and maintenance outage. 

Farley Unit 2 resumes operation


Unit 2 of the Joseph M. Farley Nuclear Plant near Dothan, Alabama, has resumed operations following a scheduled refueling and maintenance outage.

Report finds problem with Hanford nuclear vapors


The U.S. Department of Energy does not have an adequate system to detect whether harmful vapors are sickening workers at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, the nation's most polluted nuclear site, according to a new report issued Thursday.

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.

NRC increases oversight at Millstone nuclear Unit 3


The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) increased its level of oversight at the Millstone Unit 3 nuclear plant in Connecticut after the commission finalized a “white,” or low to moderate safety significance, inspection at the plant.

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).

Plant Vogtle nuclear Unit 2 back in operations after scheduled outage


Southern Nuclear, a unit of Southern Co. (NYSE: SO), brought Unit 2 at Plant Vogtle back online after a scheduled refueling and maintenance outage.

Lockheed Martin claims it is developing compact fusion nuclear reactor


The Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] Skunk Works team says it is developing a compact fusion reactor (CFR) that can be deployed in ten years.

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.

Alstom, DCNS team on floating offshore wind turbine project


Alstom Renewable Power and DCNS teamed up to develop and commercialize an integrated system for a semi-submersible 6-MW floating wind turbine that could eventually open for export.

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.

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.

Leveraging Predictive Analytics Technology for Reliability Improvements


In an industry that faces substantial speculation and criticism, near perfect performance is vital. Nuclear power generation facilities invest significant amounts of time and resources to ensure that efficiency and reliability goals are achieved.