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.
Georgia Power spent $198M on Vogtle in first half of 2014
ATLANTA -- Georgia Power spent roughly $198 million on its nuclear expansion project during the first half of 2014, according to documents filed with state utility regulators.
The state's largest utility also continues to work with contractors to hash out a detailed construction schedule beyond 2015, Vogtle project executives said yesterday. Georgia Power stands by the expected reactor startup dates as the end of 2017 and 2018.
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.