The nuclear waste treatment plant DOE and its contractor are building at DOE’s Hanford site in Washington has faced persistent challenges, and the cost of the project has more than tripled to nearly $17 billion. We found that DOE’s quality assurance efforts did not always ensure detection of problems such as engineering errors and construction deficiencies, and some problems are recurring. We recommended that DOE direct the contractor to determine the full extent of plant problems, stop work when problems recur, and establish a more independent quality assurance effort.
US Government Accountability Office 24th April 2018 read more »
U.S. investigators have said that problems first identified six years ago at a Washington state plant where deadly nuclear waste would be treated continue to plague the multi-billion dollar facility. The Tri-City Herald reports that the Government Accountability Office said in a report released Tuesday that the site’s contractor, Bechtel National, has not fully completed planned actions. And the corrections that have been made have not prevented continuing quality assurance problems. The report also criticized the Department of Energy for its oversight of the project.
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FirstEnergy Solutions, a unit of FirstEnergy Corp. said Wednesday it has informed the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission of its decision to permanently deactivate its three nuclear power plants over the next three years. The company said the decision, which will deactivate two plants in Ohio and one in Pennsylvania, is based on “severe economic challenges.” “We are actively seeking policy solutions at the state and federal level as an alternative to retiring these plants, which we believe still have a crucial role to play in the reliability and resilience of our regional grid,”
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