The decommissioning of the Oyster Creek Generating Station would include casks that cut the processing time of moving used fuel from pools in half, says a Holtec International spokesperson during a meeting with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Exelon Generation's sale of the plant to Holtec is expected to be completed on Sept. 17.
As part of NextEra Energy's application for a 20-year license extension at its Seabrook nuclear plant, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission conducted an inspection of how it monitors alkali silica reactions. "No findings or violations of NRC requirements were identified," reports the NRC.
It was a mistake and "a loss" to let Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif handle the 2015 nuclear deal negotiations, says Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. "With the issue of the nuclear negotiations, I made a mistake in permitting our foreign minister to speak with them," he says.
A Nuclear Regulatory Commission inspection for Entergy's Pilgrim nuclear plant found that employees had worked more hours than allowed 11 times from December to April, and an additional eight times were self-discovered by plant staffers. It was a "green" finding of minor concern, and the plant was shut down during much of the inspection period.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission wants the Navy to oversee a potential private contract for breaking down the nuclear-powered USS Enterprise, while the Navy believes the NRC would be the best overseer. "[R]egulatory responsibility for the safe processing and disposal of Navy ships falls to Naval Reactors under its Department of Energy authority," says the NRC in a Government Accountability Office report.
The dredging of mud at EDF's Hinkley Point C nuclear plant into Bristol Channel has been delayed until early September following an online petition. No specific date was given after NNB GenCo, the license holder, informed Natural Resources Wales of the delays.
National research labs won't face budget cuts next year, Energy Secretary Rick Perry said during a visit to the National Renewable Energy Lab in Golden, Colo. "I deal with the reality, which I think is a pretty nice budget to fund the National Renewable Energy Lab and other energy labs around the country from a management standpoint at the Department of Energy," Perry said.
Just over 40% of FirstEnergy employees at the Perry nuclear plant in Ohio will receive a bonus if they stay on until all four reactors are shut down. Bonus-eligible employees are not represented by a union, but it wasn't a "specific decision" to exclude union employees, says FirstEnergy executive Paul Harden.
The recently increased expected cost to finish Plant Vogtle in Georgia could allow Oglethorpe Power Corp. and Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia to opt out of the project. On the idea of Plant Vogtle being too big to fail, state Public Service Commissioner Tricia Pridemore notes, "I believe that the question is, has the project moved so close to completion that it doesn't make sense not to finish it?"