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2010-09-21 13:47:00

WASHINGTON, Sept. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- The Nuclear Regulatory Commission ("NRC") has ordered the Shaw Group, a Fortune 500 corporation with over 28,000 employees, to institute sweeping improvements in how it responds to workers' safety complaints throughout its U.S. nuclear operations. The NRC's order follows a U.S. Department of Labor ("DOL") ruling that a Shaw Group company broke federal law when it fired James Speegle, a painter foreman at the Tennessee Valley Authority's Browns Ferry...

2010-09-15 19:04:01

Scientists are reporting discovery of the biological secrets that enable plants growing near the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant to adapt and flourish in highly radioactive soil "” legacy of the 1986 nuclear disaster in the Ukraine. Their study, which helps solve a long-standing mystery, appears in ACS' Environmental Science & Technology, a semi-monthly journal. Martin Hajduch and colleagues note that plants have an unexpected ability to adapt to an environment contaminated with...

2010-08-11 00:00:00

BERWICK, Pa., Aug. 11 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Workers successfully stopped a leak of Freon vapor in the Unit 1 reactor building at PPL's Susquehanna nuclear power plant in Luzerne County, Pa., ending the alert that had been in effect since Tuesday (8/10) morning. The Freon was safely removed from a chiller in the Unit 1 reactor building and placed in storage tanks on site. Freon is used as a refrigerant in the air-conditioning system for the reactor building and provides cooling for...

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2010-08-08 17:25:00

Experts said Friday that fires sweeping across Russia are threatening to re-release nuclear contamination from the Chernobyl disaster into the air, but not in levels dangerous to human health. According to Philippe Renaud, head of the environmental radiation laboratory at France's IRSN nuclear safety institute, radioactive cesium 137 from the 1986 explosion of Chernobyl nuclear power plant is locked up in the trees and dead leaves in the forest in certain areas of Russia, Ukraine and...

2010-07-29 11:23:00

ARLINGTON, Va., July 29 /PRNewswire/ -- OnPoint Consulting Inc. (OnPoint), a leading provider of comprehensive IT and Information Assurance solutions to the U.S. Government, announced it has been awarded a 5-year, $52 million order under the Alliant Small Business contract vehicle for operation of the Department of Energy (DOE) National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Information Assurance Response Center (IARC). Located in Las Vegas, NV, NNSA's Information Assurance Response Center...

2010-07-09 16:24:00

WASHINGTON, July 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As the Eastern United States suffered through record-breaking triple-digit temperatures threatening brownouts and blackouts, the nation's nuclear power plants posted an average operating capacity of 97 percent July 4-7. Eighty-five reactors across the country ran at 100 percent operating capacity during the entire week. One hundred two of the nation's 104 nuclear power plants were operational this week, with two plants offline for refueling and...

2010-07-01 10:00:00

Taxpayer-Backed Nuclear Loan Guarantees Make July 4th "Energy Non-Independence Day"; 2 of 3 Leading Loan Guarantees Candidates Have Major Foreign Ownership, Large Reactor Component Construction Jobs Are Overseas. WASHINGTON, July 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The notion that taxpayer-backed loan guarantees for more nuclear power means energy independence in the United States is a hoax that could cost unwary U.S. taxpayers tens of billions of dollars while richly benefiting profitable...

2010-06-23 10:00:00

Repeating the Fatal BP Misstep: Assuming No Recent Calamity Means That Safety Rules Can be Scaled Back; Gulf Crisis Makes Clear the Folly of Letting Industry Write the Regulatory Playbook for Energy Sources with Huge Public Health, Environmental Risks. WASHINGTON, June 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Is Congress on the verge of repeating the deregulatory debacle that led to the BP oil spill fiasco in the Gulf of Mexico? Even as tens of thousands of gallons of oil continue to erupt each day...

2010-05-13 12:30:00

"Loan Guarantee Fever" in Congress Finds No Counterpart in Across-the-Board Cold Shoulder From State Solons; From Kentucky to Arizona, Industry Lobbyists Fail to Overturn Bans, Pass Costs on to Consumers or Get Nuclear Classified as "Renewable Energy" WASHINGTON, May 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- It was front-page news across America this February when the Vermont Senate voted to shut down the troubled Vermont Yankee reactor in 2012. But what most Americans don't know is that the nuclear...

2010-05-10 07:00:00

ST. LOUIS, May 10 /PRNewswire/ -- The electric utility industry has made tremendous improvement in its safety performance in recent years to the point that a "safety culture" has emerged as one of its most prominent characteristics. Safety, along with a discussion on climate data and carbon policy, was the main focus of industry professionals at EUCG's spring workshop in St. Louis last month. EUCG, a global association of energy and electric utility professionals, meets semiannually to...


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