As record-breaking rainfall and unprecedented flooding continue to batter the greater Houston area and along the Gulf coast on Tuesday, energy watchdogs groups are warning of “a credible threat of a severe accident” at two nuclear reactors still operating at full capacity in nearby Bay City, Texas. Three groups—Beyond Nuclear, South Texas Association for Responsible Energy, and the SEED Coalition—are calling for the immediate shutdown of the South Texas Project (STP) which sits behind an embankment they say could be overwhelmed by the raging flood waters and torrential rains caused by Hurricane Harvey.
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Bechtel will assume responsibility for a broad range of activities at Plant Vogtle Units 3 & 4, including day-to-day construction through completion of the project under the management of Southern Nuclear, the Southern Company subsidiary that operates the existing two units at Plant Vogtle.
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A US nuclear engineer has been sentenced to two years in prison and subject to a $20,000 fine for enlisting American experts to help produce atomic materials. Szuhsiung Ho, aka Allen Ho, 66, a naturalized US citizen born in Taiwan, was sentenced to 24 months in prison and one year of supervised release for what is described as nuclear espionage. The defendant pled guilty in January 2017 to conspiracy to unlawfully engage or participate in the production or development of special nuclear material outside the US.
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Szuhsiung ‘Allen’ Ho, 67, stole American technology reports and sold them to China, who allegedly paid millions for the information; He pleaded guilty to helping China build reactors with U.S. technology and was sentenced to two years in prison with a $20,000 fine; Ho insisted that he was not trying to help China actually produce nuclear weapons.
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America’s electrical grid is a product of the 1930s. Therefore, just as Americans will need new highway infrastructure for the autonomous cars of the future, they will also need a new electrical infrastructure for 21st century energy sources such as wind and solar. Since Texas pretty much has its own grid, Hurricane Harvey had little impact on electrical transmission outside the state. However, if a similar storm had impacted the Eastern or Western grids, the “cascade” effect could have blacked out much of the country.
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