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Saturday, May 26, 2012

IAEA Says Has Found Highly Enriched Uranium In Iran

IAEA Says Has Found Highly Enriched Uranium In Iran

Yesterday, when looking at recent naval developments in the Arabian Sea, we suggested that things involving Iran had gotten quiet. Too quiet. It appears that it may indeed have been the lull before the storm. Just out from Bloomberg and Reuters:
  • IAEA SAYS URANIUM PARTICLES ENRICHED UP TO 27% AT FORDOW SITE, HIGHER THAN REPORTED LEVEL
  • IRAN DOUBLED 20% URANIUM OUTPUT IN QUARTER, IAEA SAYS
  • IAEA INSPECTORS SAY NO GUARANTEE ALL NUCLEAR MATERIAL PEACEFUL
  • IRAN TELLS INSPECTORS THAT 27% URANIUM A TECHNICAL GLITCH
  • IRAN HAS INSTALLED 368 NEW ENRICHMENT CENTRIFUGES AT FORDOW UNDERGROUND SITE - REUTERS

Update on China’s nuclear energy program

Update on China’s nuclear energy program

The cabinet has yet to approve a key safety plan
The expansion of China’s civilian nuclear energy plan rests on the approval of a plan by the Ministry of Environmental Protection that would increase the safety of the nation’s nuclear plants.
New nuclear projects and some that have started work, but are not far along, remain suspended until the Cabinet gives a green light.
According to Zhang Guobao, former head of the National Energy Administration, it is unclear when the plan will be taken up for review though a late June date looks promising.
Read the complete details at CoolHandNuke online now

Obama pushes for wind power tax credit

Obama pushes for wind power tax credit

Washington (UPI) May 25, 2012
U.S. President Barack Obama urged Congress to extend the tax benefits key to the nation's wind power sector. Speaking Thursday in Newton, Iowa, from a manufacturing facility for TPI Composites, a global provider of wind turbine blades, Obama said: "If Congress doesn't act, companies like this one will take a hit. Jobs will be lost. That's not a guess. That's a fact."

Duncan Hawthorne: Fukushima Explanation by Lee Gliddon

Duncan Hawthorne: Fukushima Explanation

Japan eyeing 15% nuclear in energy mix: minister

Japan eyeing 15% nuclear in energy mix: minister

Tokyo (AFP) May 25, 2012
Japan may look to generating 15 percent of its electricity needs from nuclear power, a minister said Friday, as the country seeks to rebalance its energy supply after the Fukushima disaster. A government panel studying future energy policy has presented several options, from one that sees a nuclear free future by 2030 to one that seeks to increase dependence on the technology to 35 percent b

Japan says Fukushima spent-fuel risk contained


Japan says Fukushima spent-fuel risk contained
The Republic
Members of the media and Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) employees look at the TEPCO's tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Fukushima prefecture May 26, 2012. REUTERS/Tomohiro Ohsumi/Pool The magnitude 9 quake last March that ...
 Weakened Fukushima nuclear pool is not unstable, Japan insists
msnbc.com
4 reactor on Saturday. By msnbc.com staff and news services FUKUSHIMA, Japan -- Amid concerns of a new disaster should a quake destroy the pool cooling off radioactive nuclear fuel rods at Fukushima's Reactor No. 4, Japan on Saturday arranged a tour ...
 

Alexander on President's Nomination of Allison Macfarlane to Chair Nuclear ...

Alexander on President's Nomination of Allison Macfarlane to Chair Nuclear ...

PoliticalNews.me (press release) -
WASHINGTON – US Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), ranking member of the Senate Appropriations subcommittee that oversees the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), released the following statement on the president's intention to nominate Allison ...

Are US Nuclear Plants Ready for a Fukushima-Like Meltdown? PBS NewsHour


Are US Nuclear Plants Ready for a Fukushima-Like Meltdown?
PBS NewsHour
When Chairman Gregory Jaczko resigned from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission this week, reports suggested it was linked to battles within the commission over safety requirements. In the wake of the Fukushima nuclear disaster, Miles O'Brien reports on ...

China Energy News Update 5/26

Indian PM visiting Myanmar amid energy quest
Fox News
The visit underscores India's quest for energy supplies to fuel its economic boom and concerns about China's strong influence in Myanmar, where the elected — but military-backed — government is opening up its economy for investment and trade.
China complains to WTO about Massachusetts solar aid
Worcester Telegram
China's allegation that renewable-energy subsidies in five US states, including Massachusetts, violate free-trade rules is ratcheting up a potentially costly trade war between the world's two largest economies. China filed a complaint Friday at the ...
Oil slips to near $90 as growth prospects dim
CBS News
"Data for the world's most important commodity consumer, China, point to signs of slowdown," Citigroup said in a report. "Easing geopolitical concerns have also weakened bullish sentiment." In other energy trading, heating oil was down 0.3 cent at ...
China Invest $27 Billion to Cut Emissions
Energy Digital
After setting record high carbon emissions last year, China—the world's largest emitter of carbon dioxide to begin with—has announced plans to invest $27 billion this year to promote energy conservation, emission reductions and renewable energy.
China's solar energy industry protest against US anti-dumping ruling
REVE
Four of China's largest solar manufacturers - Suntech Power, Yingli Green Energy, Trina Solar and Canadian Solar - together with 17 other small and medium-sized solar companies, attended the conference. Leading US solar manufacturers and the country's ...
Oil holds near 2012 low
The Hour
AP Energy Writer The Hour Publishing Company | 0 comments AP NEW YORK -- The price of oil held near the lowest levels of the year on a quiet Friday ahead of the holiday weekend. Benchmark US crude on Friday added 20 cents to finish the week at $90.86 ...
2011 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Rise to Record Levels
SustainableBusiness.com
The world's greenhouse gas emissions rose to record levels in 2011 because China's jumped 9.3%, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA). In 2011, Emissions declined in the US and Europe but not enough to counter China's rise.
LDK Solar: US antidumping ruling to cause reshuffle in China's solar industry
People's Daily Online
China's Ministry of Commerce said Thursday that the United States provided its renewable energy companies with unfair government grants that are prohibited under World Trade Organization (WTO) rules. China lodged a trade complaint to the WTO on Friday ...

Japan minister visits Fukushima amid safety worry


Japan minister visits nuke plant amid safety worry
Fox News
Nuclear regulators ordered a new investigation and seismic tests of the building and its pool. The building was damaged by an explosion and fire soon after the Fukushima plant was hit by a massive magnitude-9.0 earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011.
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Japan minister visits tsunami-stricken nuke plant amid concern over safety of ...
Washington Post
TOKYO — Japan's environment and nuclear minister visited the tsunami-crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant Saturday to inspect a spent fuel pool at the center of safety concerns. The visit by Goshi Hosono comes amid renewed concerns about ...
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Japan minister visits nuke plant amid pool concern
CBS News
TOKYO — Japan's environment and nuclear minister has visited the crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant to inspect a reactor building and its spent fuel pool at the center of safety concerns. The pool sitting at the top of the No.
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Full Body Burden:
Growing Up in the Nuclear Shadow of Rocky Flats


fullbodyburden.com



It is written by Kristen Iverson on her childhood near Rocky Flats.  She also quotes a new Max Planck study claiming that meltdowns and radiation releases are more likely than previously estimated:

http://www.mpg.de/5809418/reactor_accidents

Nuclear Power After Fukushima

Nuclear Power After Fukushima

SMR E quity R esearch

E quity R esearch
Momentum in small modular nuclear reactors; Is Cameco acquiring? ... The NexStart Small Modular Reactor (“SMR”) Alliance founded by. Westinghouse and ...
www.versantpartners.com/pdfFiles/20120524Uranium.pdf

No. 2 reactor source of most contamination

Tepco has released a new report on radioactive release sources for March 11 thru March 16, 2011. They blame the huge surge of March 15 on unit #2's containment damage. There is absolutely no credit given to the March 15 hydrogen explosion with unit #4. In fact, they seem to be intentionally deflecting interest away from unit #4 detonation's obvious contribution.
 

Spent Nuclear Fuel Drives Growing Fear Over Plant in Japan

Spent Nuclear Fuel Drives Growing Fear Over Plant in Japan


http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/27/world/asia/concerns-grow-about-spent-fuel-rods-at-damaged-nuclear-plant-in-japan.html

Sadoway's MIT Liquid Metal Battery Startup


Sadoway's MIT Liquid Metal Battery Startup ... - Tech Investor News
It's almost a cliche that the missing piece of a renewable energy future is low-cost energy storage. "Until we find a technology that is low-cost, highly scalable, ...
www.techinvestornews.com/.../sadoways-mit-liquid-metal-batt...
Solving the energy storage problem, Liquid Metal Battery Corp - Digg
Liquid Metal Battery Corporation, which says it found the solution to storing energy from renewable sources, is getting a new charge in funding. Led by cleantech ...
digg.com/.../solving_the_energy_storage_problem_liquid_met...

IAEA: Communicating Nuclear Energy to the Public

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Communicating Nuclear Energy to the Public. 1. By. Karen Daifuku. Communications Director. International Conference on Topical Issues in Nuclear Safety ...
www.iaea.org/worldatom/Meetings/2001/KDaifuku-Opening.pdf
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Jan 24, 2012 ... by Sub – Committee and EGAT's working group on Public Communication. •. TV/ Radio ad campaigns (including use of recognized Thai ...
www.iaea.org/.../9.PublicCommunicationProgramme-Before-and-After- Fukushima-PKarasuddhi.pdf
Good communication with the public is a prerequisite of successful emergency management. Such communication is not possible without the help of the media.
www.iaea.org/ns/tutorials/regcontrol/emerg/emerg77.htm
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and Public Communication. Joint IAEA/KUSTAR School of. Nuclear Energy Management. Khalifa University, UAE, 8 – 19 January 2012. 20/11/2010. ICTP/ ...
www.iaea.org/.../01_Molloy_Building_Public_Support_Stakeholder_ Involvement.pdf
4. Inspection and enforcement by the regulatory body · 5. Documentation · 6. Developing safety · 7. Emergency arrangements · 8. Communication with the public ...
www.iaea.org/ns/tutorials/regcontrol/commun/comobj.htm
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Nguyen Viet Phuong, Public Communication Programme for the 1st NP Project, Vienna, January 2012. II. Overview of Public Communication Programme. III.
www.iaea.org/.../8.PublicCommunicationProgramme-for-the-First-NPP- NVPhuong.pdf
The nuclear power infrastructure must learn how to efficiently communicate to the public and develop better options for public risk communication that relate to ...
www.iaea.org/Publications/Magazines/Bulletin/.../khripunov.html
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Programme P. PUBLIC INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION. Rationale: The Agency has a unique responsibility to disseminate objective information in the ...
www.iaea.org/About/Policy/GC/GC47/Documents/Budget/prog5-p.pdf
Risk communication began in the late 1970s with efforts by the nuclear and chemical industries in the United States to counteract widespread public concern ...
www.iaea.org/Publications/Magazines/.../Risk_Communication.html

atomic power review An interesting week, to say the least.

atomic power review



Posted: 25 May 2012 05:18 PM PDT
This has indeed been an interesting week for those who follow the news in nuclear energy. Here is a brief recap from my perspective.

NRC CHAIRMAN Gregory Jaczko announced this week that he would be resigning his post -- but only after a replacement was found. This announcement led to widespread glee in Republican-oriented quarters, widespread congratulation for "a job well done" in Democrat quarters, and in many minds an air of suspicion. The suspicion was that there might be something in the upcoming Inspector General's report that would force Jaczko to resign; indeed, there are further (unanswered) letters from the House Oversight Committee (in front of which the whole Commission testified not too long ago) about apparent untruths in Chairman Jaczko's testimony. Jaczko himself denies any such connection, instead indicating that it's time to move on, although that time will only come when a replacement is approved.

After only a very short time was allowed for speculation, the White House announced that its nominee would be one Dr. Allison MacFarlane. I don't think we need to speculate too much on what MacFarlane brings to the table; Rod Adams interviewed her for the Atomic Podcast radio show (I've been on this show twice, folks!) and has kindly provided me with a link. Click here to hear Rod Adams' interview of Dr. MacFarlane from a few years back.

We'll have to wait and see what happens in the confirmation process - but with Commissioner Svinicki up for reappointment, there's bound to be some tradeoff. (I happen to agree with one of the posters at Rod's podcast page - the White House should have picked Dr. Gail Marcus. But what do I know?) Click here for the earlier APR post on Jaczko's resignation; includes some interesting press releases.

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Friday, May 25, 2012



FRONTLINE
Japan Nuclear Meltdown Released 2.5-Times More Radiation Than Reported
Democracy Now
The company, TEPCO, said the nuclear accident released far more Iodine-131 than previously estimated. The radioactive substance can cause thyroid cancer. Based on TEPCO's current figures, the Fukushima disaster represented about 17 percent of the 
  Fukushima Radiation Estimate Doubles, But Cancer Risk Lower Than Expected
FRONTLINE
Watch Inside Japan's Nuclear Meltdown, FRONTLINE's investigation into the crisis inside the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear complex. The amount of radiation released in the Fukushima nuclear disaster was more than two-and-a-half times greater than officials 
 

Good News: Fukushima Radiation Should Not Cause a Rise in Cancer Cases
Discover Magazine (blog)
Two new reports on radiation doses received by workers and civilians near the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear meltdown last year indicate that there will be very little, if any, increase in their cancer risk. [UNSCEAR] scoured anonymized medical data for ...
 

Fukushima Daiichi requires a Manhattan Project approach to avoid another ...

Fukushima Daiichi requires a Manhattan Project approach to avoid another ...
BetaNews
Even small earthquakes can damage nuclear plants: a 6.8 quake on Japan's west coast in 2007 cost TEPCO $5.62 billion. But last year's 9.0 earthquake and tsunami made things far worse, further destabilizing the local geology.

CEO says EDF will prioritize nuclear investments in France

CEO says EDF will prioritize nuclear investments in France
Electricite de France will prioritize investments in France to maintain the operations of the country's reactors, CEO Henri Proglio said. French nuclear investments will increase from $2.1 billion in 2010 to as much as $4.5 billion in 2015, EDF said. The company's role is one of "big public service," Proglio added. Bloomberg

Japan government criticized for unclear stance on reactor restarts

Japan government criticized for unclear stance on reactor restarts
Fukui Gov. Issei Nishikawa would make a decision about whether to clear the restart of Kansai Electric Power's Ohi nuclear plant even without approval from officials in Japan's Kansai region. "We're not necessarily waiting for approval from the Kansai region. This issue can be resolved if the central government clearly shows its stance" on the reactor restarts, Nishikawa said. For weeks, Japan's central government has been seeking to gain the public's support for the restarts to avert summer power supply interruptions. The Mainichi (Japan)/Kyodo News

TEPCO raises estimate of radiation from Fukushima Daiichi incident

TEPCO raises estimate of radiation from Fukushima Daiichi incident
Radioactive emissions from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear incident in Japan were higher than earlier government estimates, according to Tokyo Electric Power. The company said the incident released 900,000 terabecquerels into the air, compared with the government's latest calculation of 480,000 terabecquerels. A spokesman for Japan's Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency said that it didn't challenge the estimate, but that its calculations are continuously updated as additional data surfaces. The Wall Street Journal

Utility Says It Underestimated Radiation Released in Japan

New York Times -
TOKYO (Reuters) — The amount of radioactive materials released in the first days of the Fukushima nuclear disaster was almost two and a half times the initial estimate by Japanese safety regulators, the operator of the crippled plant said in a report ...

Japan radiation report finds mostly 'low' doses; risks unclear

Los Angeles Times -
More than a year after a devastating tsunami inundated the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, a report from the World Health Organization says people in most parts of Japan got "low" added radiation, but estimates much higher doses in some areas ...

Radiation was higher than first estimated

Oman Daily Observer -
TOKYO — The radiation released in the first days of the Fukushima nuclear disaster was almost 2½ times the amount first estimated by Japanese safety regulators, the operator of the crippled plant said in a report released yesterday.

WHO report estimates radiation after N-crisis

The Daily Yomiuri -
The World Health Organization has released a preliminary report showing estimates of radiation doses received after the outbreak of the crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant within and outside Japan. This is the first estimate of its kind ...

ANS Update: Friday Nuclear Matinee: “Nuclear Energy: Cleaner, Safer and Made in America”

Friday Nuclear Matinee: “Nuclear Energy: Cleaner, Safer and Made in America”

By pbowersox on May 25, 2012 01:00 am

The 2012 Nuclear Energy Assembly wrapped up this Wednesday evening in Charlotte, NC.  The Nuclear Energy Assembly is the nuclear energy industry’s annual conference, attracting leaders worldwide from all segments of the industry. The Nuclear Energy Assembly is organized by the Nuclear … Continue reading
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President Obama names Allison Macfarlane as NRC Commissioner to replace Jaczko

By lscheele on May 24, 2012 04:16 pm

President Barack Obama today announced his intent to nominate Allison Macfarlane to be U.S. Nuclear Regulatory (NRC) commissioner and to designate her as NRC chair upon her appointment. Macfarlane is an associate professor of Environmental Science and Policy at George … Continue reading
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NRC Blog: NRC Office of INvestigations Issues Its Anniual Report

U.S. NRC Blog

NRC Office of Investigations Issues Its Annual Report

by Moderator
The Office of Investigations, an independent investigative office within the NRC, has recently put out its latest annual report. The report includes information on significant investigations in FY 2011, including:
FitzPatrick Nuclear Power Plant – A former radiation protection technician was found to have prepared, signed and submitted records to the NRC that falsely documented NRC-required tests that were not conducted.
St. Lucie Nuclear Power Plant – Two radiation protection technicians were found to have falsified health physics surveys and one of the two was found to have bypassed the radiation reader station at the entrance to the radiation-controlled area of the plant.
Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant – A former operator was found to have violated radiation protection procedures and technical safety requirements by not adhering to radiation protection procedures when moving a contaminated object within the plant.
Arkansas Nuclear One Nuclear Power Plant – A security officer was found to have falsified NRC-required security logs and did not perform required security checks.
The Office of Investigations develops policy, procedures, and quality control standards for investigations of licensees, applicants, their contractors or vendors. It conducts investigations of all allegations of wrongdoing by other than NRC employees and contractors, and makes referrals of substantiated criminal cases to the Department of Justice.
The investigations are conducted by special agents who are specially trained, with extensive background and experience in federal criminal investigations. They are assisted by a highly experienced cadre of professional support staff.
Brian Sentz
Office of Investigations

Dream deterred

By Kennette Benedict | 9 May 2012 

Source URL (retrieved on 05/25/2012 - 12:19): http://thebulletin.org/node/9150

NEI Video: Westhinghouse President & COO Addresses NEA 2012


Rick Perez, the President and COO of Westinghouse Electric, addresses the 2012 Nuclear Energy Assembly (NEA 2012). The topic of his speech was building nuclear power plants in a new era. For more information on NEA 2012, please visit http://www.nei.org/newsandevents/conferencesandmeetings/nea/nuclear-energy-assembly-2012-news-coverage. More

Update on Macfarlane appointment


The NRC chief is out. Let's get a new one on the job quickly
Washington Post
WHEN GREGORY B. JACZKO began his tenure as the chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) in 2009, the agency was largely invisible to the public, for all the right reasons. Its professional staff was widely recognized as world-class, ...


Yucca Mountain critic picked to head nuclear panel
Los Angeles Times
President Obama selects Allison Macfarlane as chairwoman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission in a nod to the importance of the waste storage site in the swing state of Nevada. By Lisa Mascaro, Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Stirring the lingering ...




Obama taps Yucca Mtn critic to lead nuclear agency
BusinessWeek
Allison Macfarlane, who served on a presidential commission that studied new strategies to manage nuclear waste, would replace Gregory Jaczko as head of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Jaczko announced his resignation Monday after a tumultuous ...
President Obama names Allison Macfarlane as NRC Commissioner to
By lscheele
MacFarlane would serve the remainder of current NRC Chair Gregory Jaczko's term, which is set to expire at the end of June 2013. This past Monday, May 21, Jaczko announced that he would resign his position as soon as his successor is ...
ANS Nuclear Cafe
No Mourning for Outgoing Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chief ...
By Bill Sweet
But will Jaczko's resignation actually be good for the nuclear industry?
IEEE Spectrum Recent Content
Macfarlane is not qualified to be Chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory
By Rod Adams
During Greg Jaczko's three year tenure as the Chairman of the U. S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, he taught people who pay attention just how much power the Energy Reorganization Act of 1974 gave the Chairman. When first enacted ...
Atomic Insights
George Mason U. Professor Tapped to Head Nuclear Regulatory ...
By Nick DeSantis
President Obama has chosen a George Mason University professor to lead the five-member Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the Associated Press reports. If confirmed by the Senate, Allison M. Macfarlane, an associate professor of ...
The Ticker

"We urge the Senate to confirm both Commissioner Svinicki and professor Macfarlane expeditiously," said Marvin Fertel, NEI's president and CEO.

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  • Macfarlane's nomination for NRC chief earns support of Sen. Sanders: Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., welcomed President Barack Obama's nomination of Allison Macfarlane to head the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Macfarlane, who is regarded as a radioactive-waste-disposal expert, seems to be suited for the job, Sanders said. New England Cable News (Boston)/The Associated Press
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  • Approve Macfarlane and let the NRC focus on its work
    With Gregory Jaczko's resignation from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, it's time to get a new chairman approved quickly, writes The Washington Post editorial board. Getting nominee Allison Macfarlane installed will allow the NRC to focus on its work, including updating and streamlining an approval system for second-generation reactors. "Lawmakers must thoroughly -- but promptly -- consider her, as well as Kristine L. Svinicki, a Republican commissioner Mr. Obama recently renominated," the editorial board writes. The Washington Post  
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  • A closer look at Jazcko's replacement
 

Entergy's Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station Gets New 20-Year License


Entergy's Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station Gets New 20-Year License
MarketWatch (press release)
PLYMOUTH, Mass., May 25, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- The Nuclear Regulatory Commission today announced its decision to renew the operating license for Entergy's Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Plymouth, Mass. The approval means the NRC has ...


NRC renews Entergy Mass. Pilgrim reactor license
Reuters
By Scott DiSavino May 25 (Reuters) - The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) said on Friday it approved a new 20-year operating license for Entergy Corp's 685-megawatt (MW) Pilgrim nuclear power reactor in Massachusetts.


NRC approves 20-year license renewal for Entergy Nuclear's Pilgrim
Platts
The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission has approved its staff's recommendation to issue a 20-year license renewal to Entergy Nuclear's Pilgrim plant, and the staff is expected to issue the license before Pilgrim's existing one expires June 8, ...


NRC commissioner votes to deny Pilgrim license
Boston.com
The chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has voted to deny the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station the right to operate another 20 years, but his vote is likely in the minority. Opponents of Pilgrim's license renewal said Thursday that chairman ...

Japan Nuclear Energy: Japan Unlikely to Exit Nuclear Power


Japan Nuclear Energy: Japan Unlikely To Exit Nuclear Power
Huffington Post
By Linda Sieg TOKYO, May 25 (Reuters) - Japan is leaning toward a policy of halving nuclear power's share of electricity supply from pre-Fukushima levels to about 15 percent by 2030, but will likely stop short of pledging the long-term exit strategy ...

But,

Three-quarters of Japanese firms oppose nuclear power
Reuters
By Tetsushi Kajimoto and Izumi Nakagawa | TOKYO (Reuters) - Nearly three-quarters of Japanese companies support abandoning nuclear power after last year's Fukushima disaster, although a majority set the condition that alternative energy resources must


Japan eyes smaller nuclear role but no exit strategy
Reuters
* Lack of 2050 target would be victory for nuclear power industry * Fifteen percent atomic energy by 2030 seen likely compromise * Summer showdown seen critical for long-term policy By Linda Sieg TOKYO, May 25 (Reuters) - Japan is leaning toward a ...
 

License renewal for Columbia

Licence renewal for Columbia

World Nuclear News -
The operating licence for Energy Northwest's Columbia Generating Station in Washington state has been extended for a further 20 years by the US nuclear regulator. Energy Northwest - owner and operator of the single-unit Columbia plant - began pursuing ...

Columbia Generating Station license renewal celebrated, hated

Bellingham Herald -
By Annette Cary, Tri-City Herald Bonneville Power Administration Administrator and Chief Executive Officer, Stephen J. Wright, left, and Mark Reddemann, Chief Executive Officer of Energy Northwest, listen Thursday to Washington Gov.

Columbia Generation Station protests

Mid Columbia Tri City Herald -
Anti-nuclear activists from Portland protested outside the security gates of the Columbia Generating Station on Thursday, May 24, 2012, as Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire visited. The operating license for the nuclear power plant near Richland, Wash., ...
 

Governor Gregoire congratulates Energy Northwest employees on 20 more years

KNDO/KNDU - ‎1
NEAR RICHLAND, Wash. -- The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has approved Columbia Generating Station's license for an additional 20 years - extending operation of the plant through 2043. Commission officials and Energy Northwest CEO Mark Reddemann ...

Gov. Chris Gregoire Visits Southcentral Washington's Nuke Plant To Celebrate ...

Northwest Public Radio -
Washington Governor Chris Gregoire speaks at the ceremony to mark the relicensing of the Columbia Generating Station. By Anna King Washington Governor Chris Gregoire is celebrating the new license that allows the Columbia Generating Station to run for ...

Northwest's Only Commercial Nuclear Plant Celebrates Relicensing

Northwest Public Radio -
By Anna King Hundreds of Energy Northwest employees stepped outside for a celebration of the Columbia Generating Station nuclear power plant's re-licensing. Washington Governor Chris Gregoire speaks at the ceremony to mark the re-licensing of the ...

Gregoire congratulates Energy Northwest on license renewal

KVEW -
By Josh Peterson. Published Thursday, May 24th, 2012 Governor Christine Gregoire visits Richland today to congratulate Energy Northwest on 20 more years of producing nuclear energy. This week's license renewal from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission ...