Senate confirms 2 Democratic nominees with hint of bipartisanship
The Senate today confirmed President Obama's nominees to serve on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission in a fast-paced vote that drew the support -- and deep skepticism -- of some top Republicans.
Sixty members of the upper chamber, including five Republicans, voted to confirm former NRC general counsel Stephen Burns, a Democrat, to serve a full five-year term at the agency. Republican backers were Sens. James Inhofe of Oklahoma, Dean Heller of Nevada, Deb Fischer of Nebraska, Susan Collins of Maine and Lamar Alexander of Tennessee.
NRC approves first new reactor design in 3 years following DOJ probe
Federal regulators today approved the first new nuclear reactor design in three years -- slated for use in Virginia and Michigan -- following a yearslong review in which the developer was fined for allegedly concealing safety information.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission found GE-Hitachi Nuclear Energy's Economic Simplified Boiling-Water Reactor (ESBWR) meets the agency's safety standards.
U.S. reactors can handle climate change under current rules -- NRC chief
Existing rules and regulations are flexible enough to protect the country's 100 nuclear plants against the effects of climate change, the country's top nuclear regulator said last week.
NRC Chairwoman Allison Macfarlane told reporters she sees no need for a wholesale review of operating parameters for nuclear plants as water temperatures increase and more severe storms surface, arguing that such regional trends are considered in the licensing process.
Chairwoman backs agency decision on Calif. seismic debate
The head of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission today backed the agency's rejection of internal calls to shutter California's sole nuclear plant over seismic concerns.
NRC Chairwoman Allison Macfarlane told reporters at a round table sponsored by IHS Energy Daily that the commission believes Pacific Gas and Electric Co.'s two-unit Diablo Canyon nuclear plant in San Luis Obispo County on the Pacific Coast is safe, and that the agency would shutter the reactors if agency officials thought otherwise.
Calif. plant at ground zero in quake controversy is 'safe' -- NRC chief
The head of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission insists California's sole nuclear plant is operating safely despite a top expert's report calling for the facility's closure over seismic concerns.
NRC Chairwoman Allison Macfarlane said during an interview last week that she has a "line" into Pacific Gas and Electric Co.'s two-unit Diablo Canyon nuclear plant in San Luis Obispo County on the Pacific Coast near several earthquake faults and is confident the facility is safe. The plant is located within 50 miles of 500,000 people.