Saturday, November 19, 2016
Fail-Safe Nuclear Power
Cheaper and cleaner nuclear plants could finally become reality—but not in the United States, where the technology was invented more than 50 years ago.
Posted by Michele Kearney at 9:58 AM
Friday, November 18, 2016
Transforming nuclear economics – why and how?
Posted by Michele Kearney at 3:00 PM
Nuclear Energy Institute
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 18, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 18, 2016
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FitzPatrick Sale Critical to Success of New York Clean Energy Standard
Posted by Michele Kearney at 2:56 PM
WRVO Public Media - 10 hours ago
The New York Public Service Commission (PSC) voted unanimously Thursday to approve the sale of the FitzPatrick Nuclear Power Plant, an essential component to its completion. Entergy, the plant's owner, had been planning to shut it down because of ...
Albany Business Review - 2 hours ago
Nine Mile Point Nuclear Station in Scriba, New York, is adjacent to the FitzPatrick plant. Via Bloomberg. Plans to sell the James A. FitzPatrick nuclear plant in Oswego County, New York, for $110 million have been approved by the New York Public ...
Albany Times Union - 16 hours ago
The state's Public Service Commission on Thursday approved the sale of an Oswego County nuclear power plant that they say will help meet the state's clean energy needs, but which critics say creates a corporate subsidy. Sale of the FitzPatrick plant ...
CNYcentral.com - 16 hours ago
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York utility regulators have approved the sale of the FitzPatrick Nuclear Plant as part of the state's broader plan to invest in nuclear power while expanding its use of renewable energy. The Public Service Commission voted in ...
Lockport Union-Sun & Journal - 15 hours ago
PURCHASE: Entergy Corp. wants to sell FitzPatrick Nuclear Power Plant in Oswego County to Exelon Corp. for $110 million. The Associated Press; 11 hrs ago. New York regulators endorse sale of nuclear plant. Stephen D. Cannerelli. THE ASSOCIATED ...
WSYR - 16 hours ago
The State Public Service Commission Thursday morning unanimously approved the sale of the Fitzpatrick Nuclear Power Plant in Scriba. The terms include the transfer of Fitzpatrick's operating license to Exelon Corporation for $110 million. Before the ...
Utility Dive - Nov 17, 2016
The New York Department of Public Service has approved the sale of the FitzPatrick nuclear plant, from Entergy Corp. to Exelon, part of an arrangement aimed at keeping the state's nuclear fleet online. Entergy had planned to shutter the struggling ...
WAMC - 22 hours ago
New York utility regulators have approved the sale of an upstate nuclear power plant, part of the state's strategy of investing in nuclear energy while weaning itself off of fossil fuels. Listen. Listening... /. 0:57. The Public Service Commission on ...
Environment & Energy Publishing - Nov 17, 2016
The closed-down Vermont Yankee nuclear plant is transferring nuclear fuel to concrete-encased dry casks, shown in the foreground. The plant's dismantling, decontamination and site restoration is expected to take until 2030. The radioactive fuel could ...
Investing.com - 21 hours ago
Entergy's (NYSE:ETR) FitzPatrick nuclear power plant in New York is approved for sale to Exelon (NYSE:EXC) by the New York Public Service Commission. ETR will transfer the 838 MW plant's operating license to EXC for $110M upon closing, subject to ...
Posted by Michele Kearney at 2:53 PM
Posted by Michele Kearney at 2:45 PM
If you have ever wondered about the safety of packaging and transporting radioactive materials, now is the perfect opportunity to learn about it. The NRC is kicking off the process of updating our requirements in 10 CFR Part 71.
We do this periodically to reflect new information. Changes to international packaging and transportation standards published by the International Atomic Energy Agency, which serve as a standard for the U.S. and other nations, can also trigger revisions. Stringent safety requirements, as well as coordination among federal agencies, international regulators, and tribal, state and local officials, help to ensure radioactive materials shipments are made safely.
The U.S. Department of Transportation has primary responsibility for regulatory materials transport, while the NRC regulates packages for larger quantities. This structure provides many layers of safety.
When it is time to review our requirements, the NRC coordinates with DOT to ensure the two agencies have consistent regulatory standards. The process may take several years. We are also working to align our regulations with the IAEA’s.
To encourage public input, we are publishing an “issues paper” that outlines areas we have identified for possible revision. We’ll take comments on it for 60 days. We plan to use that input to develop a draft regulatory basis—a document that identifies a regulatory issue, and considers and recommends a solution. Once finalized, the draft regulatory basis will be made available for public comment. After taking comments on the draft, we can publish a final regulatory basis.
At that point, if our Commission agrees that revision to our requirements are needed, we would move into developing a proposed rule, then a final rule. Each step in the process takes about a year. Details on how to submit comments can be found in a Federal Register notice that will be published on November 21. This information and additional details about the rulemaking will be available on the federal rulemaking website.
We’re also planning a public meeting on Dec. 5-6 at NRC headquarters in Rockville, Md., to discuss the paper and answer questions. Details on participating, including by teleconference and webinar, can be found in our meeting notice.
While the regulations are being updated, the fact remains that radioactive materials are transported safely all the time. Millions of these shipments are made each year and arrive at their destination without incident. Occasionally, a carrier might be involved in a traffic accident. But in decades of experience, there has never been an accident that resulted in injury from exposure to the radioactive contents.
All shipments of radioactive material must also be made in compliance with DOT regulations. Smaller shipments pose extremely low risk. The larger the amount of radioactive materials, the more stringent DOT’s requirements are. DOT limits how much radioactivity can be transported in each package. That way, no transport accident involving these shipments would pose a significant health threat.
But what about larger amounts of radioactive materials? What about spent nuclear fuel?
In addition to meeting DOT requirements, larger shipments of radioactive cargo such as spent nuclear fuel and fissile material must meet NRC regulations for packaging and transport in Part 71. These regulations include very detailed requirements for shipping under normal conditions, as well as stringent tests to show the packages can withstand hypothetical severe accidents. These are the regulations we are updating now. If you would like to learn more about the transportation of spent fuel and radioactive materials, see our website.
Posted by Michele Kearney at 10:34 AM
Breakthrough offers greater understanding of safe radioactive waste disposal
Posted by Michele Kearney at 10:10 AM
Posted by Michele Kearney at 10:09 AM
Nuclear power generation tipped to double by 2040
Posted by Michele Kearney at 10:04 AM
A Path to Updating the Regulatory Process for Advanced Nuclear Reactors
Posted by Michele Kearney at 10:03 AM
Thursday, November 17, 2016
MeyGen tidal power site reaches milestone with production of first energy
Posted by Michele Kearney at 8:47 PM
- Businesses Continue to Lead on Climate
- Trump’s War On Climate Change
- John Kerry Gives Impassioned Speech at COP22
- John Kerry Tells Marrakech Climate Talks Coal Investment Is “Suicide” As U.S. Delegation Ducks Fossil Fuel Influence Questions
- Europe’s Renewable Transport Targets Need Biofuels, They Can’t Be Met with EVs Alone
- Seeking to Inform India’s Climate Policy Choices
- Amount of Natural Gas in Storage Reaches New Record
- These Policy Solutions Can Help Unleash The Full Potential of Renewable Energy
Posted by Michele Kearney at 4:44 PM
Green Elites, Trumped
The planet will benefit if the climate movement is purged of its rottenness.
Posted by Michele Kearney at 3:23 PM
Trump Administration May Be A Nightmare For Nuclear PowerThe instant analysis following Donald Trump’s surprising defeat of Hillary Clinton in the Nov. 8 presidential election was that renewable energy would take a hit and fossil fuels would prosper. I think that is a vast over-simplification, but that is a topic for a later post. The question of the day is what will happen to the nation’s nuclear sector.
Posted by Michele Kearney at 3:04 PM
A compilation of quality nuclear policy news published on the Web, around the world.
Iran Nuclear Deal
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Nuclear Trump: 3 Dangers and 3 Opportunities
Garamendi: No Halt for Nuclear Modernization Programs in Sight
DARPA Completes 2nd Field Test of Experimental Nuclear Detection Network
State-Level Nuclear Policy Elicits Strong Opinions at Regulators’ Meeting
OLEM: NNSA capability that strengthens the global nuclear safeguards mission
IAEA installs high-tech replacement seals at NNSA site to enhance nuclear material monitoring
John Bolton: Odds of U.S. pre-emptive strike against North Korea are 'zero'
Seoul, Washington gear up for bilateral panel on nuke deterrence against N. Korea
Russia: Return of the nuclear threat
DG Amano Statement to November Meeting of the IAEA Board of Governors
IAEA Director General Outlines 2017 Technical Cooperation Programme at Board of Governors Meeting
Bulgarian ex-energy minister charged over nuclear project
Before the next mushroom cloud
Posted by Michele Kearney at 3:03 PM