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2010-12-30 12:28:42

Members of the engineering faculty at Oregon State University have invented a new type of radiation detection and measurement device that will be particularly useful for cleanup of sites with radioactive contamination, making the process faster, more accurate and less expensive. A patent has been granted on this new type of radiation spectrometer, and the first production of devices will begin soon. The advance has also led to creation of a Corvallis-based spinoff company, Avicenna...

2010-12-28 09:02:00

AUSTIN, Texas, Dec. 28, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Today Texans for a Sound Energy Policy (TSEP) released the results of an engineering analysis that identifies serious safety risks with investor-owned utility Exelon's proposed site for a nuclear power plant south of Victoria, Texas. The engineering analysis, conducted by Colorado-based engineering firm, Halepaska & Associates, Inc., cites the presence of active geologic faults and an unprecedented number of both active and abandoned oil...

2010-10-08 10:00:00

MADISON, Pa., Oct. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Westinghouse Electric Company announced today it has begun the demolition and removal of the retired test reactor outer structure at its Waltz Mill facility here. This project is part of the site's continued remediation plans, which include decontamination or removal of structures and areas used as part of test reactor operations conducted from 1959 to 1962. The test reactor vessel was previously removed in 2000; the remaining structure, a large,...

2010-10-04 08:55:00

CLEVELAND, Oct. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- EHS Today, a magazine dedicated to the management of risk in the workplace and environment, is proud to announce that 12 companies have been named to the 2010 list of America's Safest Companies. These companies provide a safe working environment for tens of thousands of employees, protect the environment and act as advocates for worker health and safety. America's Safest Companies, founded in 2002, is a corporate award honoring the safest companies in the...

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...


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