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.
An earthquake with an epicenter northeast of Augusta shook metro Atlanta homes Friday night.The quake measured a magnitude of 4.
On Thursday, Marvin Fertel, the president and chief executive officer of the Nuclear Energy Institute – who represents the nuclear power industry, warned analysts that more nuclear power plants may be shut down.
The long-term viability of nuclear power is darkened by the advent of distributed power generation, and the natural gas market have taken profits from nuclear power plants, but according to Fertel the main economic problem currently facing nuclear power facilities is because the market does not value the base load energy provided by nuclear power facilities.
Another problem is that the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster has completely changed the public’s perception of safety and the nuclear industry.
Nuclear regulator unaware of record strontium readings until this month
Shinji Kinjo, head of a Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) taskforce on contaminated water issues at Fukushima, said he had not heard about the record high strontium reading until this month. “We did not hear about this figure when they detected it last September,” he said. “We have been repeatedly pushing Tepco to release strontium data since November. It should not take them this long to release this information.”
Electricite de France SA can’t make ends meet unless it can raise the price of wholesale nuclear power it sells to rivals, its chief executive officer said.
The physical and economic vulnerabilities of the grid have been known for some time. Industry and government officials have focused in recent years on the possibility of a cyberattack disrupting or crippling America’s power system.
"The United States is poor in infrastructure replacement,"said Jack Strauss, an economist at the University of Denver’s Daniels College of Business.
A 2013 annual report by the American Society of Civil Engineers that gives the nation’s infrastructure a D+ grade.
Economy, Trade and Industry Minister Toshimitsu Motegi said while the government does not expect any “new” reactors to be built for the time being, the three already approved reactors, including Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s unit 1 at the Higashidori plant in Aomori Prefecture, are not considered “new.”
As the third anniversary approaches of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear meltdown, the atomic energy industry remains in flux.
This has been bad news for uranium miners. Prices of the heavy metal, from which over 13% of the world’s electricity is generated, have been scraping along near eight-year lows. Uranium is priced around 50% below pre-Fukushima levels and 75% off the 2007 all-time high.
“Our projected revenues were significantly lower than the projected costs,” says Mohl, in reference to Vermont Yankee that will officially close this year. “We could no longer make significant investments.”