NRC accepts open phase petition, declines immediate action request
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|Billion Dollar Decisions: The Benefits Of Risk-Based Capital Plans|
By Mike Elenbaas and Arlin Mire | Black & Veatch, Thursday, March 31, 2016 10:00 AM
Aging infrastructure is one of the top concerns among electric utility leaders across the United States. Utility leaders need to address this issue proactively before failures create serious reliability issues, accelerate costs and strain the labor force beyond its capacity. Addressing this myriad of aging assets requires manpower and extensive capital investment – investment that… Keep reading →http://breakingenergy.com/2016/03/31/billion-dollar-decisions-the-benefits-of-risk-based-capital-plans/?utm_campaign=Breaking+Energy+Daily+Digest&utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=27947038&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-_XsUmbohc-juQWDlLAWWRZlnd6VtgdSxfTQvN4UP5tR5sVTeInqltfMqzH4TTFPMZkCTpwgtoqb4IKaJBF4VcV0Nwq7w&_hsmi=27947038
Remembering the First Female ANS Fellow – Margaret ButlerBy ansnuclearcafe on Mar 31, 2016 07:28 am
By Linda Zec As we come to a completion of Women’s History Month, we at the American Nuclear Society would like to celebrate one of our own Women in History Continue Reading →
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VIDEO: Georgia Power shows progress at Vogtle Units 3 and 4By Will Davis on Mar 25, 2016 01:09 pm
Two videos are featured this week. The first is a short, brand new (released this morning) video from Georgia Power showing some of the progress at Vogtle Units 3 and Continue Reading →
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A Fukushima on the Hudson?
The Growing Dangers of Indian Point
By Ellen Cantarow and Alison Rose Levy
It was a beautiful spring day and, in the control room of the nuclear reactor, the workers decided to deactivate the security system for a systems test. As they started to do so, however, the floor of the reactor began to tremble. Suddenly, its 1,200-ton cover blasted flames into the air. Tons of radioactive radium and graphite shot 1,000 meters into the sky and began drifting to the ground for miles around the nuclear plant. The first firemen to the rescue brought tons of water that would prove useless when it came to dousing the fires. The workers wore no protective clothing and eight of them would die that night -- dozens more in the months to follow.
It was April 26, 1986, and this was just the start of the meltdown at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine, the worst nuclear accident of its kind in history. Chernobyl is ranked as a “level 7 event,” the maximum danger classification on the International Nuclear and Radiological Event Scale. It would spew out more radioactivity than 100 Hiroshima bombs. Of the 350,000 workers involved in cleanup operations, according to the World Health Organization, 240,000 would be exposed to the highest levels of radiation in a 30-mile zone around the plant. It is uncertain exactly how many cancer deaths have resulted since. The International Atomic Energy Agency’s estimate of the expected death toll from Chernobyl was 4,000. A 2006 Greenpeace report challenged that figure, suggesting that 16,000 people had already died due to the accident and predicting another 140,000 deaths in Ukraine and Belarus still to come. A significant increase in thyroid cancers in children, a very rare disease for them, has been charted in the region -- nearly 7,000 cases by 2005 in Belarus, Russia, and Ukraine.
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On April 11th, in Atlanta, the Department of Energy will host the second of eight public meetings around the country on its consent-based siting initiative for facilities needed to manage our nation’s nuclear waste. We hope to hear from the public, communities, states, Tribal governments, and others on what matters to you as the Department moves forward in developing a consent-based process for siting facilities needed to store, transport, and dispose of spent nuclear fuel and high-level radioactive waste.
The meeting will be held at the Georgia Tech Hotel & Conference Center, from 12 noon until 6:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The program will include a presentation from senior DOE officials and a panel session with several experts providing diverse perspectives on the main issues that need to be resolved in the design of a consent-based process. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions to the Department and panelists as well as make public comments at the end of the meeting.
The Department of Energy is interested in hearing your views on:
In addition, DOE has published an Invitation for Public Comment in the Federal Register seeking input on these same questions. The input provided through this notice and the eight public meetings will inform the design of consent-based siting process, which will in turn serve as a framework for engaging with potential host communities in the future. Ultimately, DOE aims to work collaboratively with the public and interested communities to begin identifying potential partners in managing the nation’s spent nuclear fuel and high-level radioactive waste. You can read the Department’s news release here.
Registration is encouraged in order to assist our logistics planning. To register, please visit the Atlanta Registration Page. Those unable to attend can view the meeting online through a live webcast that can be accessed through the registration page or the direct link Atlanta Webcast. The Q&A session and public comment period will prioritize questions and comments from in-person attendees. DOE plans to hold a national webinar in the coming months to accommodate those unable to attend the public meetings in person, and we will post information on our website when it becomes available. Following the meeting, all materials including a transcript and video will be posted on our website energy.gov/consentbasedsiting.
We look forward to your participation and hope to see you in Atlanta!
Acting Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Energy, U.S. Department of Energy