Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Renewable Energy Update – October 2018

Anniversary Of Nuclear Disaster At Three Mile Island Marked Near The Site

President Trump signed the Nuclear Energy Innovation Capabilities Act, which passed earlier last month with bipartisan support

Future Uncertain For Nuclear Energy In California

Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant owner Pacific Gas & Electric has issued a couple of seismic studies in the past year – one last September and then another last month. The latest conclusion from the utility: “New Analyses Show Diablo Canyon Safe From Extreme Natural Events.” But Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer is skeptical of PG&E… Keep reading →

Former Rheinsberg Nuclear Power Plant Is Dismantled

Introduction Breaking Energy obtained detailed correspondence between members of congress and the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request that raises important questions about the US nuclear industry, international relations, public health and non-proliferation. The series entitled “Breaking Energy US Nuclear Investigation” will highlight critical questions and findings revealed from… Keep reading →

Anniversary Of Nuclear Disaster At Three Mile Island Marked Near The Site

TOKYO, Japan – U.S. Deputy Secretary of Energy Daniel Poneman and Japan’s Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs Shinsuke Sugiyama co-chaired the third meeting of the U.S.-Japan Bilateral Commission on Civil Nuclear Cooperation in Tokyo, Japan, last week. The meeting included participants from a wide range of U.S. government agencies, including the Departments of Energy, State,… Keep reading →

Germany Seeks Permanent Nuclear Waste Storage Site

NRC has resumed safety review of the proposed Yucca Mountain waste repository in response to a U.S. appeals court order. On November 18, 2013, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) announced an Order directing its staff to complete the safety evaluation report (SER) on the Department of Energy’s (DOE) license application for the proposed Yucca Mountain… Keep reading →

Landshut Nuclear Power Plant

More nukes are shutting down than getting built. Cheap and plentiful natural gas accomplished what thousands of anti-nuclear protesters could not: shut down the Yankee Nuclear Power Station in Vernon, VT. In late August 2013, the operator of the plant, Entergy Corp., the second biggest operator of nuclear reactors in the US after Exelon, announced that the decision… Keep reading →

Melburnians Attempt Superhero Costume World Record

Private-sector energy information provider Genscape is offering complimentary access to energy reports to fill the void left by the shutdown of agencies such as the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the Energy Information Administration. EIA and NRC employees are joining the ranks of those furloughed during the government shutdown, meaning that many regular data reports will… Keep reading →

Industrial Electronics Maker Hitachi Takes Over The UK's Horizon Nuclear Project

US Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz has alluded to the promise of small modular reactors (SMRs) multiple times over the past few months, noting that they may offer benefits in terms of financing, costs and security, but warning that realistic expectations suggest these reactors are unlikely to come onstream for almost a decade. “We remain very… Keep reading →

Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant

The 40+ year-old Vermont Yankee Nuclear plant will shut down by Q4 2014 due to high cost structure and low natural gas and wholesale energy prices. On August 27, 2013, Entergy Corporation announced plans to close and decommission the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Station in Vernon, Vermont in Q4 2014, after the current fuel cycle.  Once the plant… Keep reading →

Six months ago two Louisiana sheriffs were shot to death and two more injured in the parking lot of a Valero oil refinery. Six years ago Saudi police halted a pair of armed terrorist attacks on the world’s largest refinery, in one case opening fire on a car that exploded near the facility’s gates.

Guns are more than a theoretical issue for the energy business, which controls much of the world’s most vital – and most vulnerable infrastructure. As the US contends with a public debate given new urgency by a series of high-profile shootings, the issue of security and gun control in and around key energy infrastructure is once again front of mind for many of the bodies charged with monitoring energy security and devising responses to potential threats. Keep reading →

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