California officials voted Thursday to approve the closing of the state’s last nuclear power plant. All five members of the California Public Utilities Commission voted to approve Pacific Gas & Electric Co.’s request to close the Diablo Canyon Power Plant in San Luis Obispo County by 2025, The (San Luis Obispo) Tribune reported. “It moves California away from the era of nuclear power and toward the era of zero-carbon renewable energy,” said Commissioner Liane M. Randolph. “I will be voting in favor.”

The Hill 11th Jan 2018 read more »

A judge refused to reduce the $8.1 million verdict against a Department of Energy Hanford nuclear reservation contractor and one of its employees, the former Kennewick mayor, in a 56-page ruling on Wednesday. Mission Support Alliance and manager Steve Young also had asked for a new trial, but were denied. Neither the $2.1 million award for lost past and future wages, nor the $6 million award for emotional harm “shocks my conscience,” Judge Doug Federspiel said in the ruling. He is a Yakima County Superior Court judge who was tapped to hear the civil case in Benton County Superior Court.

Tri City Herald 10th Jan 2018 read more »

A newly installed melter at the Defense Waste Processing Facility at the US Department of Energy’s Savannah River site has poured its first canisters of vitrified radioactive waste.

World Nuclear News 11th Jan 2018 read more »


Published: 12 January 2018