Posts Tagged ‘ nuclear energy ’

3 recent inspections worry Millstone safety committee

Sep 19th, 2014 | By

Lori Armstrong, director of nuclear safety and licensing at the plant, said 180 Millstone staff have participated in training to improve “rigorousness of troubleshooting.”

U.S. Nuclear Power in Decline

Sep 19th, 2013 | By

Nuclear power generation in the United States is falling. Vermont’s lone nuclear power plant (pictured above) will close in 2014, and the country’s oldest reactor, Oyster Creek in New Jersey, will retire by 2019.

Conn. nuke plant to seek higher hot water limit

Feb 19th, 2013 | By

Connecticut’s nuclear plant is preparing to ask federal regulators for permission to use water that’s even warmer than the temperature that forced it to shut a unit last August. Regulators were cool to at least two other suggestions by Millstone Power Station in Waterford to operate with rising water temperatures, according to emails among Nuclear

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Court rules against 60 years of storage of radioactive waste

Jun 10th, 2012 | By

Connecticut has two operating nuclear plants, Millstone 2 and Millstone 3 in Waterford and two decommissioned nuclear plants, Millstone 1 in Waterford and Connecticut Yankee in Haddam. The spent fuel from those plants remains on site awaiting a permanent federal storage facility. For more on this story, visit: Court rules against 60 years of storage

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Connecticut newspaper agrees with ‘Energy Advisory Board’ that nuclear power is safe

Dec 12th, 2011 | By

In its most recent report to the Connecticut Energy Advisory Board, a group chartered by the Connecticut legislature to advise state government and industry “in the application of science and engineering to the economic and social welfare,” suggests that state officials look seriously at expanding nuclear power plants in Connecticut. The Norwich Bulletin agrees.

The advisory board requested the academy examine advances in nuclear power technology last year as part of its overall review of the state’s energy policies.

Nuclear Disaster in the US: How Bechtel Is Botching the World’s Costliest Environmental Cleanup

Nov 1st, 2011 | By

Razor wire surrounds Hanford’s makeshift borders while tattered signs warn of potential contamination and fines for those daring enough to trespass. This vast stretch of eastern Washington, covering more than 580 square miles of high desert plains, is rural Washington at its most serene. But it’s inaccessible for good reason: It is, by all accounts,

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Federal regulators say water leak forces Connecticut’s Millstone nuclear reactor to shut down

Sep 6th, 2011 | By

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission says Connecticut’s Millstone nuclear power plant has shut one of its two reactors to stop a water leak. Neil Sheehan, a spokesman for the federal agency, said Tuesday the reactor in southeast Connecticut was shut Saturday because the leak exceeded the plant’s specifications. He said the reactor remains down. Read more

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Panel urges speedy removal of CT nuclear waste

Aug 10th, 2011 | By

Connecticut’s electric utilities and the state’s largest power generator cheered a federal panel’s report urging the U.S. Department of Energy to do what the state advocated for years — remove nuclear waste from Connecticut, rapidly. The federal Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future issued its draft report on July 29, addressing the problem of

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Many reasons to close Indian Point

Jul 26th, 2011 | By

This is in response to the Connecticut Post article on the Indian Point nuclear power plant, and the radioactive strontium that has invaded cows, goats, humans and our Fairfield County children. If strontium 90 exists only as a byproduct of nuclear fission, then how can these irresponsible nuclear plant owners deny its presence in our

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NRC recommends safety measures for nuke plants | The Day

Jul 14th, 2011 | By

A federal task force Wednesday recommended sweeping regulatory changes to better protect the public and the nation’s 104 nuclear reactors, including two at the Millstone Power Station in Waterford, in light of the Fukushima Dai-ichi disaster in Japan, Patricia Daddona of The Day in New London reports.

Full Meltdown: Fukushima Called the ‘Biggest Industrial Catastrophe in the History of Mankind’: U.N. Nuclear Chief Seeks Broader Powers

Jun 22nd, 2011 | By

“Fukushima is the biggest industrial catastrophe in the history of mankind,” Arnold Gundersen, a former nuclear industry senior vice president, told Al Jazeera. Gundersen, a licensed reactor operator with 39 years of nuclear power engineering experience, managing and coordinating projects at 70 nuclear power plants around the US, says the Fukushima nuclear plant likely has

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Japan: Seeking higher ground, abandoning nuclear plans, ramping up plans for renewables | The Guardian

May 19th, 2011 | By

Prime Minister Naoto Kan has ordered the temporary closure of Hamaoka – the nuclear plant that sits on an active faultline – while a new tsunami wall is built, and he has abandoned plans to build 14 reactors over the next 20 years, opting instead for a 20% increase in renewables.

Burton v. Dominion Nuclear Connecticut Inc. decision online — Argued Dec. 6, 2010

Apr 20th, 2011 | By

The plaintiff, Nancy Burton, appeals from the judgment of the trial court dismissing her complaint and denying her application for a temporary restraining order on the ground that the court lacked subject matter jurisdiction.

Schneiderman files petition forcing Indian Point to comply with federal regulations

Mar 28th, 2011 | By

Amid new fire safety concerns, Indian Point seeks to dodge federal regulations developed to keep nuclear power plants secure in fire emergencies, according to the NY A.G.’s office.

Today’s petition is latest action in Schneiderman’s vigilance of Indian Point, follows lawsuit on nuclear waste storage and appeal to study seismic risk.

Millstone Unit 2 reactor at half power for repair

Dec 14th, 2010 | By

Waterford – The Unit 2 reactor at Millstone Power Station was at half-power over part of the weekend and on Monday, so a leak in tubes on a feedwater heater can be repaired. via The Day – Millstone Unit 2 reactor at half power for repair | News from southeastern Connecticut.

Nuclear-fuel report challenges key assumptions

Sep 20th, 2010 | By

The study suggests an enriched uranium-initiated breeder reactor in which additional natural or depleted uranium is added to the reactor core at the same rate nuclear materials are consumed. No excess nuclear materials are produced.

Germany decides to extend nuclear power

Sep 7th, 2010 | By

Germany’s coalition government has decided to extend the life of the country’s nuclear power plants by an average of 12 years despite current opposition to Atomkraft and having decided almsot a decade ago to phase out its nuclear plants by 2021.

DEP approves Millstone water permit

Aug 30th, 2010 | By

The state Department of Environmental Protection has renewed the water discharge permit for the Millstone nuclear power complex in Waterford but is requiring the plant operator to take steps to protect aquatic life and to weigh alternatives to the site’s current water-cooling system.