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  • Academics Fix Another Problem

    06/01/2015 7:58:39 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 9 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | May 30, 2015 | Malcolm A. Kline
    How many academics does it take to fix America’s criminal justice system? Twenty. That’s how many participated in a National Research Council (NRC) study of U. S. prisons and their effect on inner cities. They study was conducted under the auspices of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS). “After decades of stability, U.S. federal and state prison populations escalated steadily between 1973 and 2009, growing from about 200,000 people to 1.5 million,” they found. “The increase was driven by changes in policy that imprisoned people for a wider range of offenses and imposed longer sentences.” “Has this greater reliance on...
  • Nuclear Regulatory Commission: Yucca Mountain Safe to Store Nuclear Waste

    01/30/2015 1:37:41 PM PST · by jazusamo · 16 replies
    CNSNews ^ | January 30, 2015 | Barbara Hollingsworth
    Yucca Mountain, located about 90 miles north of Las Vegas, Nev. (Nuclear Regulatory Commission) ( – The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has released the final two volumes of a five-volume safety report that concludes that Nevada’s Yucca Mountain meets all of its technical and safety requirements for the disposal of highly radioactive nuclear waste. “With reasonable assurance, subject to proposed conditions, DOE’s [Department of Energy] application meets the NRC’s regulatory requirements” for the disposal of “high-level nuclear waste,” the regulatory agency announced Thursday. However, “completion of the safety evaluation report does not represent an agency decision on whether to...
  • Almost all U.S. nuclear plants require life extension past 60 years to operate beyond 2050

    12/08/2014 5:36:54 AM PST · by thackney · 2 replies
    Energy Information Administration ^ | DECEMBER 8, 2014 | Energy Information Administration
    When nuclear power plants are built, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has the authority to issue initial operating licenses for a period of 40 years. Beyond that, the reactors need license renewals, and the NRC has granted 20-year license renewals to 74 of the 100 operating reactors in the United States. These reactors may now operate for a total period of 60 years. They represent a cumulative capacity of a little more than 69,000 megawatts (MW). The NRC is currently reviewing license renewal applications for an additional 17 reactors, and expects to receive seven more applications in the next few...
  • Nuclear Nightmare: As Terror Fears Spike, Power Plant Near Nation’s Capital Sits...

    09/09/2014 3:41:30 AM PDT · by markomalley · 31 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 9/8/2014 | Alex Pappas
    About 50 miles outside Washington D.C. is a nuclear power plant that sits on the western shore of the Chesapeake Bay. It’s the sort of place the government has warned is vulnerable to a terrorist attack.But an investigation conducted by The Daily Caller found that anybody can enter the property of the Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant, drive through the front gates, park not far from a nuclear reactor and have no contact of any kind with security.A reporter and videographer drove from the nation’s capital last Friday to Calvert Cliffs and twice accessed the power plant site. No one...
  • Radiation alerts hit U.S. cities

    12/13/2013 11:28:14 AM PST · by Errant · 99 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 12/13/2013 | Bob Unruh
    A private organization that monitors radiation data from network points across the United States issued email alerts today for two Western U.S. cities, Reno, Nev., and St. George, Utah. The alerts came from the the Nuclear Emergency Tracking Center, which explains its mission is to provide radiation monitoring information from hundreds of sites in Japan and the U.S., including those run by the Environmental Protection Agency. The warning pinpointed an area “of concern” in St. George, Utah, where background radiation levels more than doubled today from the typical reading. In Reno, “the current background radiation level has increased suddenly...
  • NRC Issues Orders to Dresden Nuclear Plant and Former Plant Employees

    10/30/2013 1:28:30 AM PDT · by ransomnote · 10 replies
    NRC.GOV ^ | October 29, 2013
    The Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff has issued a confirmatory order to Exelon Generation Company, LLC for one incident involving violations of the Behavioral Observation Program at the Dresden Nuclear Power Station. In addition, the NRC issued orders prohibiting two former Dresden employees involved in the situation from participating in nuclear work regulated by the NRC. Dresden is located in Morris, Ill., 25 miles southwest of Joliet. The NRC investigated the incident in which senior reactor operator Michael J. Buhrman, planned to rob an armored car and recruited the assistance of another senior reactor operator, Landon E. Brittain. The plan was...
  • Problems With Authority - Lawless regulators and the White House earn a judicial rebuke.

    08/15/2013 4:33:09 PM PDT · by neverdem · 5 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | August 14, 2013 | Masthead Editorial
    President Obama asserted the unilateral power to "tweak" inconvenient laws in last Friday's news conference, underscoring his Administration's increasingly cavalier notions about law enforcement. So it's good that the judiciary—a coequal branch of government, in case the Administration forgot—is starting to check the White House. In a major rebuke on Tuesday, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals issued an unusual writ of mandamus, which is a direct judicial order compelling the government to fulfill a legal obligation. This "extraordinary remedy" is nominally about nuclear waste, writes Judge Brett Kavanaugh for the 2-1 majority, yet the case "raises significant questions about...
  • Appeals Court: Obama Violating Law on Nuke Site

    08/14/2013 1:32:42 AM PDT · by newzjunkey · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | WASHINGTON August 13, 2013 | MATTHEW DALY
    n a rebuke to the Obama administration, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has been violating federal law by delaying a decision on a proposed nuclear waste dump in Nevada. By a 2-1 vote, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ordered the commission to complete the licensing process and approve or reject the Energy Department's application for a never-completed waste storage site at Nevada's Yucca Mountain. In a sharply worded opinion, the court said the nuclear agency was "simply flouting the law" when it allowed the Obama administration to continue plans...
  • U.S. Regulator Halts Nuclear-Plant Licensing

    08/08/2012 5:42:59 PM PDT · by EBH · 29 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 8/7/12 | REBECCA SMITH AND RYAN TRACY
    Court Rules That NRC Can No Longer Accept Assurances a Permanent Waste Repository Is Coming The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission said it would stop issuing licenses for nuclear plants until it addresses problems with its nuclear-waste policy that were raised by a recent federal appeals court decision
  • Nuclear Regulatory Commission approves new 20-year license for Pilgrim

    05/25/2012 2:04:44 PM PDT · by matt04 · 3 replies
    The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has voted to renew the license of the Pilgrim nuclear power plant in Plymouth for another 20 years. The agency announced Friday that it has authorized staff to renew the license before it expires on June 8. The NRC voted 3-1 for relicensing, with outgoing chairman Gregory Jaczko the only no vote. Gov. Deval Patrick called the NRC’s decision "extremely troubling." He and other officials sought to delay relicensing until pending safety and environmental concerns were resolved. The NRC says the plant is safe, and the 6 ½ year review of Pilgrim’s application was the lengthiest...
  • Jaczko moves on from NRC

    05/21/2012 4:25:53 PM PDT · by sefarkas · 9 replies
    World Nuclear News ^ | 05/21/2012 | World Nuclear News
    Gregory Jaczko has resigned his chairmanship of the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC).
  • EDITORIAL: Democrats’ He-man Woman-Haters Club

    05/01/2012 5:19:09 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 11 replies
    Washington Times ^ | May 1, 2012 | Editorial
    Harry Reid and Barack Obama team up to pick on a girlThe Obama administration announced two weeks ago that it would renominate Republican Commissioner Kristine L. Svinicki to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), but it has yet to act. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, refuses to say whether he will bring up her nomination for a vote. Apparently, Ms. Svinicki’s membership is getting blackballed. By law, the minority party in the Senate picks two commissioners of the five-member NRC, while the White House chooses the other three, including the chairman. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican, submitted...
  • Gundersen on KPBS Discusses Developing San Onofre Situation [Video]

    04/29/2012 3:10:31 PM PDT · by Razzz42 · 26 replies
    KPBS ^ | April 27, 2012 | Peggy Pico interviews Arnie Gundersen
    About this video A leak discovered earlier this year in a steam generator pipe at the San Onofre nuclear plant has lead to two unanimous City Council decisions to send letters of concern to the NRC. Fairewind's Arnie Gundersen presented at both council meetings. In this video Gundersen talks with KPBS's Peggy Pico about the steam generator leak, the city council decisions and the licensing status of San Onofre.
  • Russia, U.S. to Hold Anti-terror Drills in May

    04/26/2012 8:42:03 AM PDT · by JohnKinAK · 25 replies ^ | 4/20/2012 | Xinhua
    Airborne troops from Russia and the Untied States would hold joint anti-terror drills in the U.S. state of Colorado between May 24 and 31, spokesman of the Russian Defense Ministry Col. Alexander Kucherenko said on Thursday. According to the spokesman, it will be the first time that the Russian airborne forces have held exercises with the U.S. airborne forces on the U.S. territory. "According to the exercise scenario, soldiers of the two countries will hold a tactical airborne operation, including the reconnaissance of imaginary terrorists' camp and a raid," Kucherenko said. "After the operation, a helicopter will evacuate the soldiers,"...
  • Report: Russian Troops to ‘Seize’ CIA Facility in Elaborate War Game… on U.S. Soil

    04/26/2012 7:37:15 AM PDT · by Whenifhow · 43 replies ^ | April 26, 2012 | Liz Klimas
    According to reports, the U.S. and Russian military will be engaging in an anti-terrorism exercise that will involve Russian paratroopers using U.S. weapons to “take and hold” the main facilities of the CIA and Denver International Airport in Colorado and the National Security Agency in Utah. (Related: Learn about the hypothetical ‘war games’ the U.S. and China have been playing) The European Union Times has more on the report announcing this exercise from the Russian Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation: Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Colonel Alexander Kucherenko publically announced this 24-21 May “anti-terror drill” this Friday past noting that this...
  • New nuclear reactors set to be OK'd for Georgia

    02/08/2012 6:35:56 PM PST · by matt04 · 29 replies
    The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission is expected to approve licenses to build two new nuclear reactors Thursday, the first approvals in over 30 years. The reactors are being built in Georgia by a consortium of utilities led by Southern Co. They will be sited at the Vogtle nuclear power plant complex, about 170 miles east of Atlanta. The plant already houses two older reactors. Spokespeople for Southern Co. and the NRC were quiet on the matter Wednesday ahead of the vote set for Thursday at 12 PM ET. If approved, NRC staff would likely issue a construction and operating license...
  • Halt nuclear panel meltdown

    01/05/2012 9:02:47 PM PST · by Rabin · 2 replies
    postandcourier ^ | Tuesday, January 3, 2012 | Staff
    Arrogant, abusive, volatile and arbitrary in his use of authority... The chairman of the NRC has been excoriated by scientists who have seen years of research, discarded as Jaczko... terminated the national nuclear waste repository in Yucca Mountain, Nevada. He has been castigated by congressmen who support a rational system for nuclear waste disposal -- as mandated by Congress and four previous administrations. The NRC inspector general concluded that Mr. Jaczko has manipulated policy by withholding information from his fellow commissioners.
  • NRC says new South Texas nukes don't pass ownership test

    12/16/2011 10:12:30 PM PST · by Rabin · 4 replies
    reuters ^ | Wed Dec 14 | Scott DiSavino
    The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) said it would suspend review of the non-foreign ownership requirements of the proposed new reactors at South Texas because Japanese multinational Toshiba effectively controls the project. ("Suspend review" = drop dead in place.)
  • Top nuke regulators tell White House of ‘grave concerns’ with NRC chairman (Jaczko = 'damage')

    12/10/2011 4:59:12 AM PST · by Libloather · 11 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/09/11 | Andrew Restuccia and Ben Geman
    Top nuke regulators tell White House of ‘grave concerns’ with NRC chairmanBy Andrew Restuccia and Ben Geman - 12/09/11 07:58 PM ET Members of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission have told the White House that NRC Chairman Gregory Jaczko is causing “serious damage” to the agency that could harm the body’s ability to protect health and safety. An Oct. 13 letter from Jaczko’s four NRC colleagues to White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley is a powerful, unified rebuke of the agency’s leader by his fellow commissioners, who cite “grave concerns” about his conduct and allege it’s increasingly “erratic.” “We believe...
  • Dominion's North Anna Power Station Restores Offsite Power

    08/23/2011 10:51:10 PM PDT · by matt04 · 3 replies · 5+ views
    Dominion Virginia Power's North Anna Power Station has restored off-site power, eliminating the need to rely on its back-up generators. The station remains in an Alert, the second lowest of the four emergency classifications of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. ... As designed, four diesel generators supplied power to the station while the off-site power was unavailable. One of the four generators was taken off-line to repair a generator coolant leak, but a fifth generator at the station was activated to replace it until the offsite power was restored. Repairs are complete to the diesel generator. The company also inspected...
  • Westinghouse reactor design passes safety test

    08/10/2011 7:47:57 AM PDT · by RS_Rider · 5 replies
    PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW ^ | Wednesday, August 10, 2011 | Thomas Olson
    Westinghouse Electric Co. said on Tuesday that regulators have affirmed the safety of its AP1000 nuclear reactor design, the last step toward receiving final approval, which the company expects by year-end. The Cranberry-based company said the Nuclear Regulatory Commission will release its final safety evaluation report later this week, which indicates the shield building around the reactor vessel could withstand the impact of an aircraft crash. The structural-strength issue was raised about two years ago, leading Westinghouse to modify the design. The NRC granted initial certification for the design in 2006. "We're in the home stretch to receive final approval...
  • NRC chief in hot seat for scrapping work on dump, delaying vote on Yucca Mountain nuclear dump

    06/12/2011 5:21:43 PM PDT · by Brilliant · 12 replies
    Associated Press Via Yahoo! ^ | June 12, 2011 | Dina Cappiello and Matthew Daly
    In the two years that Gregory Jaczko has led the nation's independent nuclear agency, his actions to delay, hide and kill work on a disputed dump for high-level radioactive waste have been called "bizarre," `'unorthodox" and "illegal..." An inspector general's report released last week exposed the internal strife under Jaczko. The internal watchdog said he intimidated staff members who disagreed with him and withheld information from members of the commission... The tactics disclosed in the investigative report are just the latest in a saga unfolding since President Barack Obama put the former aide to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, the...
  • NRC chief faces fallout from scrapping Yucca Mountain ("advancing a political agenda")

    06/12/2011 1:37:51 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 49 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | June 12, 2011 | DINA CAPPIELLO and MATTHEW DALY
    WASHINGTON — In the two years that Gregory Jaczko has led the nation's independent nuclear agency, his actions to delay, hide and kill work on a disputed dump for high-level radioactive waste have been called "bizarre," `'unorthodox" and "illegal." These harsh critiques haven't come just from politicians who have strong views in favor of the Yucca Mountain waste site in Nevada. They've come from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's own scientists and a former agency chairman. An inspector general's report released last week exposed the internal strife under Jaczko. The internal watchdog said he intimidated staff members who disagreed with him...
  • Vatican invoked on climate change

    05/24/2011 7:29:36 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 42 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 23, 2011 | Ben Geman
    Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) is using the weight of a Vatican report about the urgency of tackling global warming to urge Energy and Commerce Committee Republicans to hold another hearing on climate science. Waxman, the panel’s top Democrat, sent a letter Monday to the committee's GOP chairman asking for a hearing with authors of a Vatican report issued in May and a separate National Research Council (NRC) report from this month that also called for action to cut emissions. The letter could put committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) in a politically sensitive spot if he does not agree that the...
  • Feds raise questions about Westinghouse's AP1000 reactor

    05/21/2011 5:28:24 PM PDT · by RS_Rider · 12 replies
    PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW ^ | Saturday, May 21, 2011 | Joe Napsha
    The Nuclear Regulatory Commission said on Friday that it found additional technical issues with Westinghouse Electric Corp.'s new AP1000 nuclear power reactor design, prompting critics to call for a suspension of the agency's license review process. The commission raised questions regarding the shield building situated over the reactor in the AP1000 design, as well as the peak accident pressures expected within the containment unit. The agency said it would consider what impact the technical issues will have on scheduled AP1000-related application reviews after its staff examines Westinghouse's response. As far back as October 2009, the commission had raised concerns about...
  • Why is nobody talking about safe nuclear power?

    05/17/2011 1:33:00 PM PDT · by ckilmer · 28 replies
    online opinion ^ | - posted Wednesday, 4 May 2011 | By Julian Cribb
    Why is nobody talking about safe nuclear power? By Julian Cribb - posted Wednesday, 4 May 2011 Sign Up for free e-mail updates! In the wake of the Fukushima nuclear disaster, the most extraordinary thing is the lack of public discussion and the disturbing policy silence – here and worldwide – over safe nuclear energy. Yes, it does exist. There is a type of nuclear reactor which cannot melt down or blow up, and does not produce intractable waste, or supply the nuclear weapons cycle. It's called a thorium reactor or sometimes, a molten salt reactor – and it is...
  • Waxman breaks own rule by outing whistleblower at NRC hearing

    05/09/2011 8:26:29 PM PDT · by Nachum · 7 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 5/9/11 | John Rossomando
    California Democratic Rep. Henry Waxman was among the loudest proponents of whistleblower protections during the Bush years ̶ particularly when the subject was the Iraq war ̶ but GOP staffers say his attitude seems to have changed with the shift to a Democratic administration. Waxman spoke out loudly for protecting whistleblowers from “incompetent management” (Snip) Waxman chose to ignore a large stamp stating “NOT FOR PUBLIC DISCLOSURE” on a series of emails between Dan Grazer, the data manager for the NRC’s Yucca Mountain licensing program, and Judge Roy Hawkins, the chief administrative judge of the Atomic Safety and Licensing Board,
  • U.S. Experts Blame Fukushima 1 Explosions and Radiation on Failed Venting System

    03/25/2011 3:25:00 PM PDT · by SteveH · 2 replies
    The New York Times / ClimateWire ^ | March 25, 2011 | PETER BEHR AND JOHN J. FIALKA
    The hydrogen explosions that shattered the tops of two reactor buildings at the Fukushima 1 nuclear complex followed the venting of hydrogen and steam by plant operators desperate to prevent a far greater disaster: a high-pressure explosion of the primary reactor containment shell and radioactivity release, a former senior U.S. nuclear official concludes. [...] Bill Borchardt, NRC executive director for operations, was asked at an NRC meeting Monday whether the Fukushima Mark I units had hardened venting systems. "That we're not clear on. I'm not sure. I can't really answer that question." [...]
  • Breaking : Obama seeks safety review of US nuclear plants

    03/17/2011 1:23:41 PM PDT · by Scythian · 171 replies
    WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama is calling for a comprehensive safety review at the 104 nuclear reactors in the U.S. in the wake of the Japanese disaster. The president is asking the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to examine nuclear plants to ensure they can withstand earthquakes and other disasters. Obama said lessons can be learned from the unfolding nuclear disaster caused by last week's earthquake and tsunami in Japan. In televised remarks Thursday, The president said U.S. officials do not expect harmful levels of radiation to reach the West Coast of the continental U.S., Hawaii or Alaska. He repeated the statement...
  • Foreign governments tell citizens to evacuate Japanese capital - why has Obama not done the same?

    03/16/2011 6:41:28 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 23 replies ^ | March 16, 2011 | David Derbyshire and Daily Mail Reporter
    Governments across the world are today urging their nationals to leave Tokyo as soon as possible amid fresh safety fears. The U.K. Foreign Office is recommending that all Britons leave the area for their own safety, Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade recommended citizens who don't need to be in Japan leave and France told its citizens with no reason to stay in Tokyo to get out. But the White House has not yet told Americans to get out of Tokyo, although it is 'working around the clock (to) determine the whereabouts and well-being' of U.S. citizens there. The...
  • NRC: No water in spent fuel pool of Japan plant

    03/16/2011 1:12:42 PM PDT · by AnAmericanAbroad · 115 replies · 1+ views
    AP via Yahoo! Finance ^ | 03/16/2011 | AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The chief of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission said Wednesday that all the water is gone from one of the spent fuel pools at Japan's most troubled nuclear plant, but Japanese officials denied it. If NRC Chairman Gregory Jaczko is correct, this would mean there's nothing to stop the fuel rods from getting hotter and ultimately melting down. Read more at source.
  • Japan situation looks 'more serious' than Three Mile Island: DOE's Chu (Duh?)

    03/16/2011 12:27:11 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 36 replies ^ | 03-16-2011 | Herman Wang
    US Energy Secretary Steven Chu told Congress Wednesday that Japan's ongoing nuclear crisis appears "more serious" than the 1979 Three Mile Island partial reactor meltdown. Chu's comments came in response to a question comparing the incidents from Representative Ed Whitfield, a Kentucky Republican, as Chu was testifying before the House of Representatives' Energy and Power Subcommittee. "I think the events unfolding in Japan actually appear to me to be more serious than Three Mile Island," Chu said. "To what extent, we don't really know right now. They're unfolding on an hour-by-hour basis and there are conflicting reports." "That's one of...
  • Obama's Energy Policy Faces Pressure

    03/16/2011 2:45:56 AM PDT · by Scanian · 8 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | MARCH 16, 2011. | JONATHAN WEISMAN And STEPHEN POWER
    WASHINGTON—Japan's nuclear disaster is putting new pressure on President Barack Obama's energy strategy, which has relied on calls to expand nuclear power to win support for a broader effort to promote alternatives to coal and oil. On Tuesday, the White House resisted calls from Democratic congressional leaders for a special review of U.S. nuclear-plant safety in the wake of the Japanese nuclear crisis—a move similar to one ordered by German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) and House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D., Md.) on Tuesday called for reviews of U.S. nuclear-plant safety. Rep....
  • Japan radiation unlikely to reach US: officials (the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC))

    03/13/2011 1:51:43 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 41 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 3/13/11 | AFP
    WASHINGTON (AFP) – Radiation from nuclear plants damaged in Japan's earthquake is unlikely to reach US territory in harmful amounts, US nuclear officials said Sunday. "Given the thousands of miles between the two countries, Hawaii, Alaska, the US Territories and the US west coast are not expected to experience any harmful levels of radioactivity," the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) said in a statement. "All the available information indicates weather conditions have taken the small releases from the Fukushima reactors out to sea away from the population," the statement read. The office also said it sent two boiling-water reactor experts...
  • Jaczko Sees Licensing of New Reactors in 12-18 Months [Video][Georgia, S. Carolina, Texas]

    12/08/2010 8:09:40 AM PST · by fight_truth_decay · 2 replies ^ | Dec. 07, 2010. | Bloomberg
    Gregory Jaczko, chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, discusses the outlook for construction of new nuclear-power reactors in the U.S. and the disposal of nuclear waste. Jaczko, speaking with Margaret Brennan on Bloomberg Television’s “InBusiness,” said the NRC will start making decisions on applications to build new U.S. reactors in 12 to 18 months.
  • Obama appeals to a higher power--The O Force keeps nuclear energy on a blue-ribbon choke chain

    07/20/2010 7:01:47 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 7 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 20, 2010 | Editorial
    President Obama is looking for help in collaring American nuclear power. On Friday, the Department of Energy asked the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to reconsider its refusal to kill the Yucca Mountain nuclear-waste storage project. In doing so, Mr. Obama continues his relentless quest to throttle this politically incorrect form of clean energy while pretending to sustain it. In June, a three-judge NRC panel said the Obama administration cannot halt the licensing of the facility without approval from Congress. Now the administration hopes the full five-member commission will overturn the earlier ruling and end the project once and for all....
  • Rezko associate got $600,000 loan from onetime National Republican Committeeman

    06/15/2010 5:55:37 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 20 replies · 874+ views
    Sun Times ^ | 6-15-10 | Natash Korecki, Chris Fusco, Sarah Ostman
    A close associate of convicted businessman Tony Rezko testified in Rod Blagojevich’s trial this afternoon that a onetime National Republican Committeeman loaned him $600,000 — no questions asked. As it turned out though, there was a hitch. Businessman Joseph Aramanda, testifying under a letter of immunity, said Springfield lobbyist and onetime National Republican Committeeman Bob Kjellander was “very receptive,” to loaning him the money so Aramanda could build up his pizza franchises. Prosecutors appear to be trying to link money that was in Aramanda’s account to earlier testimony, which indicated that more than half a million dollars was routed through...
  • Please help defend the U.S. Armed Forces in Hawaii against the NRC and the anti-military crowd !

    05/09/2010 3:13:37 PM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 3 replies · 605+ views
    left wing anti-military website in Hawaii ^ | May 9 , 2010 | LeoWindhorse
    The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has joined Kanaka Maoli, and other community representatives in criticizing the Army’s radiation monitoring plan for Depleted Uranium (DU) contamination at the Pohakuloa Training Area (PTA) in the center of Hawai’i Island. In an article written by Alan D. McNarie for the Big Island Weekly –”NCR to ARMY: DU Monitoring Plan Won’t Work” the NRC said: “We have concluded that the Plan will provide inconclusive results for the U.S. Army as to the potential impact of the dispersal of depleted uranium (DU) while the Pohakuloa Training Area is being utilized for aerial bombardment or...
  • Activists petition NRC saying Westinghouse's new reactor is flawed

    04/22/2010 2:31:37 PM PDT · by RS_Rider · 8 replies · 361+ views
    PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW ^ | Thursday, April 22, 2010 | Thomas Olson
    Anti-nuclear power activists petitioned the Nuclear Regulatory Commission yesterday to investigate their claims of design flaws in new Westinghouse Electric Co.'s reactors that could lead to radiation emissions. Both the company and the regulator rejected claims the yet-to-be-built reactor would likely corrode and said regular inspections would catch any deterioration early on. The AP1000 Oversight Group — named for the "Advanced Passive" Westinghouse AP1000 design — said the commission should suspend license approval of the nuclear reactor until the design "defects" are corrected. The group alleges the space between the outer shield building and the structure that contains the reactor...
  • Westinghouse must prove reactor can withstand catastrophes

    03/30/2010 9:32:33 AM PDT · by RS_Rider · 29 replies · 625+ views
    PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW ^ | Tuesday, March 30, 2010 | Joe Napsha
    <p>Westinghouse Electric Co. must prove that the building it designed to shield its nuclear reactors can withstand natural disasters such as strong earthquakes, hurricanes and tornadoes before the reactors are approved for a Georgia power plant, a federal agency said yesterday.</p>
  • NRC Commissioner Takes a Stand on Obama’s Yucca Decision

    03/12/2010 11:19:27 AM PST · by Pontiac · 14 replies · 425+ views
    Heritage Foundation/The Foundry ^ | 3/11/10 | Nick Loris
    Dale Klein, Commissioner and former chair of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) challenged the premise on which President Obama based his move to withdraw the application to permit the geologic repository at Yucca Mountain. At a conference in Bethesda, Maryland yesterday Commissioner Klein emphasized that it was politics, not science, which led to this decision. Klein said, Those who would distort the science of Yucca Mountain for political purposes should be reminded that it was a year ago today that the president issued his memorandum on scientific integrity, in which he stated that ‘The public must be able to trust...
  • Sudden disappearance of Deep River scientist mystifies colleagues

    02/21/2010 3:24:50 PM PST · by hennie pennie · 331 replies · 5,189+ views
    The Canadian Press ^ | February 21, 2010 | Canada East Interactive Staff
    TORONTO - There are still no leads in the case of an eastern Ontario scientist who disappeared without a trace last month, leaving his colleagues mystified. Lachlan Cranswick hasn't been seen since Jan. 18, when he left work at the National Research Council's Canadian Neutron Beam Centre in Chalk River, northwest of Ottawa. His nearby Deep River house was reportedly left unlocked and his car was in the garage. His wallet, keys and passport have all been accounted for......
  • SCIENTIST VANISHES WITHOUT TRACE [Chalk River Nuclear Facility, Canada]

    02/21/2010 3:14:44 PM PST · by Cindy · 58 replies · 2,396+ views
    NOTE: Photo included. SNIPPET: "On Jan. 18, Lachlan Cranswick left the Chalk River nuclear facility, where he worked, and took a bus to Deep River, the small town on the Ottawa River where he lived. The 41-year-old physicist, whose job entailed running experiments for the National Research Council, had just finished some work for a researcher overseas and left his findings on his desk, to be mailed later. Sometime that night or the next morning, he took his garbage bins outside for pickup. Then, he vanished without a trace. When he didn't show up for work for several days and...
  • Nuclear plants on hold

    02/17/2010 3:04:47 PM PST · by RS_Rider · 28 replies · 704+ views
    PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW ^ | Wednesday, February 17, 2010 | Rick Stouffer
    A project to build the nation's first new nuclear plant in 30 years is eligible for $8.3 billion in federal loan guarantees -- even though the Westinghouse Electric Co. reactors to be used in the plant don't have final Nuclear Regulatory Commission approval. President Obama announced Tuesday that the loan guarantees will be offered to four electric utilities that would own the expanded Plant Vogtle near Waynesboro, Ga. Two new reactors are to be built there at a cost of about $14 billion. The main sticking point now is the commission's criticisms of Cranberry-based Westinghouse's design for buildings to house...
  • Cuban nationals land at Florida nuclear plant: NRC

    11/27/2009 6:08:36 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 15 replies · 941+ views
    Cuban nationals land at Florida nuclear plant: NRC Fri Nov 27, 2009 8:38am EST NEW YORK (Reuters) - A group of Cuban nationals who fled their country by boat landed in the cooling canal of a nuclear power plant along Florida's coast on Thanksgiving Day, according to a U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission event report issued Friday. The plant's operations were not disrupted by the incident, according to the report. The Turkey Point nuclear power plant control room received a call from an individual stating that he was a member of a group of 33 Cuban nationals that had landed in...
  • NRC, Westinghouse to meet on nuclear-reactor design

    11/13/2009 2:59:19 PM PST · by RS_Rider · 18 replies · 949+ views
    Tribune-Review ^ | 11/13/2009 | staff and wire reports
    Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff will meet with Westinghouse Electric Co. next week to discuss the safety of its proposed AP1000 nuclear-reactor design. Toshiba Corp.'s Westinghouse unit will address the commission's concern about the structural integrity of the silo-shaped shield building that would contain the reactor and trap radioactivity in an accident, NRC Chairman Gregory Jaczko said. Containment buildings at existing reactors were poured at the site as a solid piece of steel-reinforced concrete, Jaczko said. Westinghouse wants to piece the building together from sections, he said. "When you're dealing with the kinds of accident scenarios that we look at, or...
  • Oldest US nuclear plant gets a new 20-year license (Oyster Creek)

    04/08/2009 6:54:05 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 400+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 4/8/09 | Wayne Parry - ap
    LACEY TOWNSHIP, N.J. – The nation's oldest nuclear power plant has been granted a new license allowing it to operate for another 20 years. The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission dismissed objections from anti-nuclear and environmental groups and issued the license Wednesday to the Oyster Creek Nuclear Generating Station in Lacey Township, N.J., about 50 miles east of Philadelphia and 75 miles south of New York City. ... Oyster Creek's boiling-water reactor is considered obsolete by today's standards.
  • Obama's Budget Ends Nuclear Storage at Yucca (Tax Coal/No Drill/No Nuke/Destroy America Energy Plan)

    03/01/2009 8:30:01 AM PST · by Robert A. Cook, PE · 57 replies · 1,435+ views
    Engineering Tips - From Phil. Enquirer ^ | 02-28-2009 | Robert A Cook
    President Obama won't allow radioactive waste to be buried at Yucca Mountain in Nevada, rejecting the long-controversial project after 20 years of planning at a cost of at least $9 billion. Obama and Energy Secretary Steven Chu "have been emphatic that nuclear waste storage at Yucca Mountain is not an option, period," said department spokeswoman Stephanie Mueller. The budget plan Obama released yesterday "clearly reflects that commitment," she said. "The new administration is starting the process of finding a better solution for management of our nuclear waste," she said in an e-mail. The decision leaves unresolved a long-term plan for...
  • PPL warned about ‘chilling effect’ (nuke plant safety concerns)

    01/29/2009 8:22:39 AM PST · by Born Conservative · 8 replies · 501+ views
    Times Leader (Wilkes-Barre PA) ^ | 1/29/09 | Rory Sweeney
    The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission sent a letter on Wednesday to PPL Corp. warning of a “chilling effect” on reporting safety concerns at the Susquehanna Steam Electric Station. Surveys, interviews and allegations from PPL employees at the nuclear plant in Salem Township have shown an increasingly negative perception in recent years in the company’s attitude toward employees raising safety concerns, according to the letter. It also noted that, in 2008, NRC regulators observed “that not all first-line supervisors and mid-level managers were fully supportive of efforts to improve the work environment.” PPL has revised its plans several times to improve...
  • EPA should test demasculinizing pollutants collectively, NRC says

    12/23/2008 11:30:21 AM PST · by neverdem · 6 replies · 558+ views
    Science News ^ | December 18th, 2008 | Janet Raloff
    Cumulative effects of phthalates and related compounds will be larger than effects measured one chemical at a time, reports a National Research Council panel On December 18, a National Research Council panel told the Environmental Protection Agency that sufficient data exist to begin assessing the potential health risks posed by phthalates, among the most ubiquitous pollutants on the planet. At the same time, the NRC panel strongly recommended that the agency adopt a “paradigm shift” in the way it assesses the chemicals’ toxicity to humans. Instead of evaluating each phthalate compound individually, EPA should begin assessing risks from likely combos...