Georgia regulators voted unanimously to allow construction at Vogtle to continue. But they also increased the financial exposure of Georgia Power, the largest investor in the plant, by reducing costs that the company would be allowed to charge to its customers by US$1.7 billion. Nuclear advocates called the vote a win for the economy and the environment. In reality, however, it says more about the challenges facing the nuclear industry in the 21st century. I have worked for years on proposals to mitigate climate change, first in the U.S. Senate and now at Duke University. If nuclear power is to be part of a U.S. climate change strategy over the next century, policymakers must address its increasingly precarious economics.
The Conversation 21st Feb 2018 read more »
Company building Georgia nuclear reactors faces fines for faked plant inspections. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Wednesday proposed a $145,000 fine for the company building the only nuclear reactors under construction in the U.S. The nuclear regulatory agency says Southern Nuclear Co. staff signed off on inspections of equipment and conditions at Plant Vogtle in Georgia that never happened. Southern committed the violations from August to October 2016.
Washington Examiner 21st Feb 2018 read more »
The Department of Energy is studying ways to extend the productive life of nuclear reactors as per the request of several nuclear utilities, a source wishing to remain anonymous told Bloomberg. Three utilities, including Dominion Energy, Exelon Corp., and NextEra Energy had earlier divulged plans to ask the DoE to extend the licenses of eight reactors, and requests for another 20 reactors are expected. The reactors were built in the 1970s and their operators want their licenses extended until 2050 and beyond.
Oil Price 21st Feb 2018 read more »
Hanford’s “Atrocious Breech of Safety” – Dangerous Incompetence Fuels Growing Radiation Contamination – Tom Carpenter of Hanford Challenge.
Nuclear Hotseat 21st Feb 2018 read more »