June 7, 2013 |
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Thursday ordered the owners of nearly a third of all U.S. nuclear reactors to add venting systems to their containment buildings to prevent the pressure-induced explosions that plagued the Fukushima reactors in Japan in 2011. The order pertains to 31 boiling-water reactors, including Exelon Corp.'s Limerick Generating Station, Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station and Oyster Creek Nuclear Generating Station in New Jersey; PPL Corp.'s Susquehanna Steam Generating Station, and PSEG Nuclear's Hope Creek Generating Station.
May 1, 2013 |
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission said Tuesday it will devote additional oversight to Exelon Generation Co.'s Three Mile Island 1 reactor after finding inadequate flood protection of safety equipment at the Middletown facility. The NRC said its inspectors last year discovered unprotected electrical conduits through which water could infiltrate the plant's safety equipment in the event of a severe flood. The deficiency was identified during one of the agency's post-Fukushima reviews of U.S. reactors.
December 21, 2007
When it opened in 1969, the Oyster Creek Generation Station in South Jersey was the first nuclear power plant in the nation. On Tuesday, federal safety officials gave the Exelon-owned facility the green light to continue operating until 2029, pending final approval by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Opponents who sought to block the license renewal for the plant, including nearby residents, have every right to voice concern about a facility of Oyster Creek's age. But now that the Atomic Safety and Licensing Board has found it up to standard, even those who wish it were otherwise must admit that the facility is needed to keep people's lights on while lessening our dependence on fossil fuels that create greenhouse gas emissions.
July 25, 1986
In a recent submission to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Philadelphia Electric Co. attorneys called for a reduction or removal of emergency planning standards from the nuclear licensing process. The basic premise of the article by Robert Rader from the law firm of Conner & Weidenmeyer suggests that plans for evacuation and other health and safety issues have no place before the NRC. He believes such issues represent a waste of time and money on the part of the utility company and the NRC. He states, "So much conjecture about latent cancer deaths, premised on an extremely improbable accident, is irrelevant to licensing and only whets the anti-nuclear penchant for scaremongering.
April 10, 2006
Nuclear power plants must be able to repel a small group of terrorists, possibly working with an insider, but security rules don't require them to be ready for a rocket-propelled grenade or a large truck bomb. If attacked by air or a large force, they'll call in government backup, but they don't prepare through drills. Will more Americans have to die before that changes? The nuclear industry claims it has made great strides in security since 9/11, but a House hearing and audit last week found otherwise.
October 6, 1988 |
Officials of two steel parts companies pleaded guilty yesterday in federal court to participating in a scheme to illegally sell a lower grade of steel to power companies for use in nuclear reactors. Ealan J. Wingate, 38, of New York City, and Vernon E. Anderson, 59, of Short Hills, N.J., each pleaded guilty to one count of mail fraud and one count of conspiracy before U.S. District Judge Joseph S. Lord 3d. In addition, Pressure Piping Components Inc., created in 1984 by the merger of Midwood Industries Inc. and the Tube-Line Corp.
May 15, 1994 |
The Salem I nuclear power plant, shut down since early April, was given the go-ahead last night by federal regulators to begin restarting the reactor, a plant spokesman said. Bill Stewart, spokesman for Public Service Electric & Gas Co. (PSE&G), the plant's operator, said the company was alerted mid-evening that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission had given its "concurrence" to the restart and that NRC inspectors would observe start-up operations. "This means we will be moving from cold shutdown to mode four, which is to say, making preparations, warming up the systems in the plant.
November 11, 1988 |
Two businessmen must spend three months in community centers for fraudulently selling $105,000 worth of inferior steel parts to suppliers for nuclear plants, a federal judge decided yesterday. "This is not ordinary steel. This is steel for a product in which defects carry with them the potential of great tragedy, great and far-reaching tragedy," Senior U.S. District Judge Joseph S. Lord III told the defendants. "This product was intended for use in nuclear plants. We have seen the tragic results of nuclear accidents, even when everything was considered perfect," the judge added.
September 8, 1994 |
Public Service Electric & Gas Co., criticized by federal regulators for unaggressively correcting problems at its nuclear reactors, announced yesterday that it had "reassigned" its chief nuclear officer and brought in an outsider to manage its reactors. The New Jersey utility said that Steven E. Miltenberger was given "other corporate responsibilities" and replaced by Leon R. Eliason, president of power supply at Northern States Power Co. in Minneapolis. Eliason will become PSE&G's chief nuclear officer and president of a new, separate nuclear business unit on Oct. 1. In announcing the shake-up, PSE&G chief executive E. James Ferland said that despite the utility's investment of "considerable capital and human resources" at the Salem Generating Station, "the pace of progress has been unsatisfactory.
October 19, 1994 |
The university labs weren't tested regularly for radiation. Some faculty members failed to check for leaks or take routine inventories of radioactive materials. And storage areas for the nuclear stuff weren't correctly marked. For such alleged violations, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission yesterday proposed to fine Drexel University $6,250. The latest problems, together with earlier violations found in 1991, "demonstrate that a significant breakdown in the control of licensed activities existed at your facility," said NRC Regional Administrator Thomas T. Martin in a letter to Drexel officials.