Workers at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant have released groundwater into the Pacific Ocean for the first time as part of a plan to help reduce the amount of contaminated water which is accumulating on site.
560 tons was diverted into the Pacific Ocean from an outlet south of the port at the plant.
The General Insurance Corporation has not provided insurance to any nuclear reactor in the country under the Civil Liability Nuclear Damage Act, an RTI response from the public sector insurer has said.
The insurance company also said that no meeting has taken place to discuss insurance proposal for KKNPP’s units 3 and 4. "No such meeting was held to discuss insurance proposal for reactor 3 and 4 at the KKNPP. (There has been) no official communication between Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL) and GIC pertaining to the issue has taken place," the RTI said.
WIPP said in a statement Monday that the Environmental Protection Agency will evaluate the air quality and the number and location of environmental monitoring stations “to identify any needed improvements and ensure adequate monitoring.”
EON notified the Bundesnetzagentur regulator and grid operator TenneT TSO GmbH of its plan to close the 1,275-megawatt Grafenrheinfeld plant at the end of May 2015 “because of its lack of profitability,” the Dusseldorf-based utility said in a statement.
“The continued operation of nuclear power stations in Germany only makes economic sense if they can operate for a sufficient length of time without the burden of the nuclear-fuel tax,” EON said in the statement. The early shutting of Grafenrheinfeld is “unavoidable.”
According to Politco’s sources, NRC Commissioner William Magwood is planning to leave the agency as early as August, some 10 months before his term expires on June 30th, 2015.
BRIDGETON, MO (KTVI)— Who’s responsible for recent telephone surveys regarding the West Lake Landfill? The Environmental Protection Agency’s Region 7 office sets the record straight.
In a statement, the agency’s Region 7 director says that office is not behind the calls. Instead the office attributes the calls to a group with ties to Republic Services owner of West Lake Landfill.
An Environmental Protection Agency review board was pressured by officials at the agency to soften its challenges to an EPA plan for dealing with a highly contaminated radioactive waste site in this St. Louis suburb, a former board member and other people familiar with the matter said.
Though the review board is traditionally a relatively independent internal entity, EPA officials tried to “soften some recommendations” and “remove” some information that raised questions about the proposal to leave the waste in place, said John Frisco, who had been on the board since its inception.
People familiar with the matter said they believed that at least part of the motivation for the pressure came from wanting to defend the previously announced plan to leave the waste in place. Removing it, they said, was seen as likely to be more complex and expensive and carry other risks.
"It kind of flies in the face of an independent review," said Mr. Frisco.
Low levels of radioactivity have been discovered in the cooling waters of the test reactor of the HMS Vanguard at Dounreay, according to Defense Secretary Philip Hammond.
Radioactivity from the core was found to have leaked into the coolant water, which is contained in the sealed reactor circuit.
OKUMA, Fukushima — TEPCO staffers are using a special crane to remove fuel rods one by one that lie about 12 meters below the water surface in the Unit 4 spent fuel pool before placing them in special transport vessels. The slogan “Don’t fall! Don’t drop! Don’t get trapped!” is posted on a steel pillar.
After visiting the facilities for about five hours, the Mainichi reporter used his dosimeter to measure his radiation exposure. The cumulative dose was 51 microsieverts.
Dell announced today that it has been selected by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to build and install an on-premises, federal government compliant private cloud. Dell designed the cloud solution specifically for the NRC to help it achieve its business needs of reducing IT costs, simplifying operations, providing new technology and capability to the NRC user community and satisfying the Office of Management and Budget direction for each agency to establish a cloud instance.
More than 70 operators at five nuclear power plants in Illinois have filed a class-action lawsuit against Exelon Corp., alleging the company is shortchanging them on pay in violation of state and federal wage laws.
The lawsuit requests that the court designate all of the operators of the five plants as a class, force Exelon to stop withholding pay for the overtime worked, and award damages including interest to compensate for unpaid past wages.
Two state Senate committees have passed a bill calling for the Hawaii Department of Health to launch a pilot project to monitor radiation levels for five years because concerns about fallout from the March 11, 2011, nuclear disaster in Fukushima, Japan.
CARLSBAD — The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant is reporting that late Friday night, air monitors detected airborne radiation in the underground. Officials are on site to assess the situation and determine the next reasonable steps according to a news release. There were no employees underground at the time the contamination was detected, however, those on the surface have been sheltered in place.