Critics urge delay on high-stakes votes until Magwood leaves
Calls are mounting for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to hold off on critical waste and licensing decisions until Bill Magwood -- an outgoing commissioner who has rejected a conflict of interest -- leaves the panel.
Thirty-four groups, including the Sierra Club and Beyond Nuclear, today called on the NRC to postpone a Tuesday meeting at which regulators could lift a stay on final licensing decisions and vote on a proposal for the long-term storage of spent nuclear fuel at commercial sites.
DOE awards $67M for advanced infrastructure, university research
The Energy Department today announced $67 million for advanced nuclear energy research including a cheaper method to extract uranium from seawater using wind power.
The 83 projects will help support President Obama's Climate Action Plan, boost U.S. energy security, and help train the next generation of nuclear scientists and engineers, according to DOE.
Latest delays at S.C. reactor project raise investor hackles
Everyone knew the delay announcement was coming.
South Carolina's nuclear project has been using the same vendors and was facing the same issues as Georgia's expansion project. Georgia Power reported more than a year ago that the twin reactors at Plant Vogtle would be starting up roughly 19 months later than originally thought, so SCANA Corp.'s announcement Monday of a major delay at its V.C. Summer nuclear site wasn't a major surprise.
Warnings on reactor clusters cap off big week for nuclear
The latest analysis on the causes and lessons from the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant disaster says the U.S. industry and reactor operators should pay close attention to how an unplanned event could impact more than one reactor on-site.
This is particularly important as 70 percent of U.S. nuclear sites have twin reactors, and one site in the Southeast soon will have as many as four. Federal environmental regulations on carbon also have put nuclear back in the spotlight as a source of emission-free baseload power, which means more reactors could get built in the next couple of decades.
Southern Co. weighs year-end announcement of new nuclear project
Southern Co. may be months away from announcing a new nuclear project, the utility's chief executive said today.
"I would love to announce by the end of this year the development of a new nuclear option," CEO Tom Fanning told reporters after a speech at the American Energy Innovation Council conference in Washington, D.C.