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2011-07-07 10:36:00

AUSTIN, Texas, July 7, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Texans for a Sound Energy Policy (TSEP) received rulings that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's (NRC) Atomic Safety and Licensing Board (ASLB) has granted full party status to and declared that TSEP has met the threshold for the formal admissibility of eight of their contentions regarding Exelon's application for an Early Site Permit (ESP) for a proposed nuclear power plant site south of Victoria, Texas. 14 of TSEP's original 23 contentions...

2011-06-28 12:00:00

PITTSBURGH, June 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Westinghouse today welcomed the announcement from the UK nuclear safety regulator that the "Regulatory Issue" connected with the design of the company's AP1000® nuclear plant had been lifted. This move clears a significant obstacle on the pathway towards Design Acceptance Confirmation by the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR), that is currently assessing the AP1000 reactor as part of the UK Generic Design Assessment (GDA) process....

2011-06-22 08:30:00

PITTSBURGH, June 22, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Westinghouse Electric Company has developed and implemented a passive thermal shutdown seal that protects a nuclear plant's reactor core by preventing loss of reactor coolant system water inventory should an event occur that causes a loss of all reactor coolant pump (RCP) seal cooling. The SHIELD® passive thermal shutdown seal is a fail-safe protection that requires no operator action, power or control logic. It is activated by...

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2011-06-07 11:25:00

A report from the Japanese government to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) details that officials were unprepared for a nuclear accident on the scale of the one at the Fukushima plant, BBC News reports.  The report highlights that poor oversight may also have contributed to the crisis. Authorities have pledged to make the country's nuclear regulator (NISA) independent of the industry ministry, which also promotes nuclear power. This report comes after NISA doubled its initial...

2011-05-26 12:00:00

PITTSBURGH, May 26, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Officials of Westinghouse Electric Company today said they are disappointed that recent U.S. NRC statements regarding the discovery of new issues relating to the approval of design amendments for the AP1000® nuclear power plant are being misinterpreted and sensationalized. The company also said the NRC statements, including a news release issued May 20, do not reflect Westinghouse's transparent and cooperative approach to the...

2011-05-25 15:00:00

PITTSBURGH, May 25, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Westinghouse Electric Company (www.westinghousenuclear.com) has developed an emergency fuel pool cooling system (EFPCS) to keep spent nuclear fuel cool in emergency situations, including the loss of all plant power. The system consists of a permanently installed "primary" cooling loop located inside the reactor building or spent fuel pool (SFP) building, and a mobile "secondary" cooling loop. The secondary cooling loop is stored off-site and then...

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2011-04-24 07:57:12

After a week of meetings organized by the Ukrainian government in the capital Kiev, those in attendance decided that the Chernobyl cleanup will remain expensive and a hassle for many more years. The government organized the four-day event to mark the 25th anniversary of the world's worst nuclear accident. An international donors' conference raised $802 million worth of pledges to build a shelter to cover the exploded reactor building for the next century.  However, the pledges fell short...

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2011-04-12 13:35:00

Japanese authorities have raised the nuclear crisis rating to the highest level of seven. The new decision reflects the amount of radiation leaked at the damaged Fukushima Daiichi power plant. The last time level seven was applied was during the 1986 Chernobyl disaster, where 10 times as much radiation was emitted. Japanese Prime Minster Naoto Kan said radiation leaks at the plant were starting to decline. Kan said in a news conference that The Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) will...

2011-04-04 07:00:00

MCLEAN, Va., April 4, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Lightbridge Corporation (NASDAQ: LTBR), the leading innovator of next generation nuclear fuel designs and provider of nuclear energy consulting services to commercial and governmental organizations, today provided further details regarding the safety benefits of its proprietary metal fuel technology. A major purpose of designing nuclear power plant safety systems is to ensure that no radioactive material inside the fuel rods is released into the...

2011-03-30 10:39:00

WASHINGTON, March 30, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. nuclear energy industry will learn important lessons from the Fukushima Daiichi accident and "identify additional steps we can and will take to further improve safety at our nuclear plants," one of the industry's leaders told a U.S. Senate committee today. "U.S. nuclear power plants are safe. Still, we cannot be complacent about the accident at Fukushima," said William Levis, president and chief operating officer at PSEG Power...


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