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Energy Chairman: No New Nuke Plants Needed

 ENERGY POLICY: No need to build new U.S. coal or nuclear plants -- FERC chairman 

April 22, 2009

 

Noelle Straub and Peter Behr, E&E reporters

No new nuclear or coal plants may ever be needed in the United States , the chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission said today.

"We may not need any, ever," Jon Wellinghoff told reporters at a U.S. Energy Association forum.

The FERC chairman's comments go beyond those of other Obama administration officials, who have strongly endorsed greater efficiency and renewables deployment but also say nuclear and fossil energies will continue playing a major role.

TMI Alert Contends Application for Plant

 On December 22, 2008 the Nuclear Regulatory Commission accepted 

 PPL Bell Bend LLC, (1) Combined License Application (“COL” or "COLA") for an 

Evolutionary Power Reactor (“EPR”) at the Bell Bend  Nuclear Power Plant 

Reactor isn't aging gracefully

Asbury Park Press

May 2, 2009

At the Indian Point Nuclear Plant, a Pipe Leak Raises Concerns

  

May 2, 2009

By MATTHEW L. WALD

WASHINGTON — The discovery of water flowing across the floor of a building at the Indian Point 2 nuclear plant in Buchanan, N.Y., traced to a leak in a buried pipe, is stirring concern about the plant’s underground pipes and those of other aging reactors across the country.

A one-and-a-half-inch hole caused by corrosion allowed about 100,000 gallons of water to escape from the main system that keeps the reactor cool immediately after any shutdown, according to nuclear experts. The leak was discovered on Feb. 16, according to the plant’s owner, Entergy Nuclear Northeast, a subsidiary of the Entergy Corporation.

Utah takes nuclear waste from states with own dump

By BROCK VERGAKIS, Associated Press Writer

Tue May 5, 5:06 pm ET

SALT LAKE CITY – Despite having their own radioactive waste dump, three states have shipped millions of cubic feet of waste across the country this decade to a private Utah facility that is the only one available to 36 other states, according to an Associated Press analysis of U.S. Department of Energy records.

The shipments are stoking concerns that waste from Connecticut, New Jersey and South Carolina is taking up needed space in Utah, unnecessarily creating potential shipping hazards and undermining the government's intent for states to dispose of their own waste on a regional basis.

Will the Container Hold? Aging Plant Relicensed, Public Left Out of Discussion

 

April 24, 2009

Hole Found in Containment Liner at Nuclear Plant, Board in Cement Blamed

Below are news reports on a hole found in the steel liner of a reactor containment wall; six days after the story was reported, the hole was attributed to a board embedded in the concrete containment wall. 

 

Beaver County Times

By Bill Vidonic, Times Staff

Friday, April 24, 2009 

SHIPPINGPORT — An inspection Thursday revealed corrosion in the steel lining of the nuclear reactor containment building of Beaver Valley Nuclear Power Station’s Unit 1, according to FirstEnergy Corp.
No radiation was released from the building, and there was “no impact to the public health or safety of any employees,” FirstEnergy spokesman Todd Schneider said Friday evening.
The Unit 1 reactor had been shut down since Monday for scheduled refueling and maintenance. As part of that work, Schneider said, the containment building that surrounds the reactor underwent a standard inspection.
The containment building has concrete walls that are 4 feet thick, Schneider said, and there’s a 3/8-inch-thick steel lining on top of that concrete in the building’s interior.
The steel is coated with what Schneider described as “nuclear-grade paint.” An inspection showed a blister in some of that coating. The blister wasn’t cracked, Schneider said.
Once the coating was cleaned, Schneider added, workers found that the steel underneath it had corroded through to the concrete wall. The affected area of the steel is in the shape of a rectangle, Schneider said, about one inch long by about 3/8-inch high. That’s just under the size of a standard paper clip.

Community Nursing Survey Focuses on Middletown, Emergency Response Plan

AND THE SURVEY SAYS…

Thank you to the 100 residents of Middletown who participated in a disaster preparedness survey we conducted in February at the local Karn’s and Giant grocery stores. A group of Penn State University Harrisburg nursing students enrolled in the RN-to-BSN program and whose studies focus on community nursing, chose to examine disaster preparedness in Middletown.

PPL Asks NRC to Keep From Public Its Decommissioning Fund Report

 PPL, in April 2009, requested an exemption from regualations, asking the NRC's permission to withhold from the public reports related to the costs of decommissioning the plant and the "financial assurances" required by federal law; assurances that the company has the funds to decommission the plant. 

In this letter, a PPL officer asks the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to keep the reports "just between the two of them." 

To read the document, open pdf: 

 

Investigation: Revelations about Three Mile Island disaster raise doubts over nuclear plant safety

A special Facing South investigation by Sue Sturgis

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