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  1. Licensing board rejects challenge to proposed nuclear power reactors in Florida

    An Atomic Safety and Licensing Board (ASLB) has rejected a challenge by two environmental groups to an application to license two new nuclear power reactors in Levy County, Fla. The ASLB is a three-member board of administrative judges independent of the NRC staff that conducts adjudicatory hearings on major agency licensing actions. The groups, the Nuclear Information and Resource Service and the Ecology Party of Florida, claimed the NRC’s April 27, 2012, Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) failed to adequately identify and assess the proposed Levy Nuclear Plant’s direct, indirect and cumulative environmental impacts on wetlands and groundwater resources. The applicant, Progress Energy of Florida, and the NRC staff argued the FEIS satisfied all of the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act. The ASLB held an evidentiary hearing in Bronson, Fla., on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1, 2012, to decide these issues. The hearing involved more than 300 exhibits and 24 witnesses. The Board’s more than 140-page decision, that the FEIS complies with legal and regulatory requirements, made findings that include: ·     The statement fairly and reasonably describes the Levy area’s geology and hydrology; ·     Evidence from the hearing did not support the groups’ claim that the site is underlain by active sinkholes, groundwater conduits, or significant “preferential pathways” for groundwater flow; ·     The Levy Nuclear Plant application’s groundwater modeling was reasonable and professional; ·     The FEIS reasonably relies on the concrete and highly prescriptive monitoring and mitigation requirements imposed on the proposed Levy Nuclear Plant by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the state of Florida and the Southwest Florida Water Management District via permits such as the state-issued water use permit; and ·     It is reasonable to rely on the Corps and state agencies, such as the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, to assure that Progress Energy of Florida will actually implement, and successfully perform, the prescribed monitoring and mitigation measures. The ASLB’s decision can be appealed to the five-member Commission in charge of the agency. Unless appealed, the ASLB decision becomes the NRC’s final determination on the environmental issues raised by the environmental groups. Documents related to the Levy County application are available on the NRC website. Documents regarding this ASLB proceeding are available on the NRC’s Electronic Hearing Docket by clicking on the folder entitled “Levy_County_52-029&52-030-COL” on the left side of the page.

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    Tue, 26 Mar 2013

  2. S. Korea OK’s restart of three nuclear power reactors

    South Korea’s Nuclear Safety & Security Commission approved the restart of three nuclear power reactors in the country on Jan. 2, according to Reuters.

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    Thu, 2 Jan 2014

  3. Nuclear power reactors planned by Saudis

    Saudi Arabia plans to build 16 nuclear power reactors by 2030, Reuters quoted local news reports as saying.

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    Wed, 1 Jun 2011

  4. World Nuclear Power Reactors & Uranium Requirements

    World Nuclear Power Reactors & Uranium Requirements

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    Wed, 1 Sep 2010

  1. Nuclear Energy News: AP Interview: Jordan eager to reach nuke deal with US

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    Tue, 5 Jul 2016

  2. Additional flaws found in Belgian nuclear power reactors

    Belgium’s Federal Agency for Nuclear Control (FANC) said additional inspections revealed there was more extensive flaking within reactor pressure vessels (RPVs) at two nuclear power plants than previously expected.

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    Tue, 17 Feb 2015

  3. Japan's greenhouse gas emissions rising

    The ministry attributed the rise to increased operation of fossil-fired thermal power plants after almost all of the country's nuclear power reactors were shut down

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    Mon, 15 Apr 2013

  4. Xcel nuclear reactors undergo emergency shutdowns in Minnesota

    Xcel Energy's Monticello and Prairie Island  nuclear power reactors in Minnesota were forced to shut down on Tuesday for emergency repairs.

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    Wed, 15 Aug 2012

  5. NRC releases review of nuclear power plants

    The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) on June 6 issued inspection results for the 104 operating U.S. nuclear power reactors , regarding their guidelines for continuing to protect the public even if accidents were to damage their reactor cores.

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    Mon, 6 Jun 2011

  6. NRC releases review of nuclear power plants

    The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) on June 6 issued inspection results for the 104 operating U.S. nuclear power reactors , regarding their guidelines for continuing to protect the public even if accidents were to damage their reactor cores.

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    Mon, 6 Jun 2011

  7. Ontario's new nuclear build receives bids

    Infrastructure Ontario received three final bid proposals for two new nuclear power reactors at Ontario Power Generation's (OPG) existing Darlington site.

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    Tue, 3 Mar 2009

  8. NRC renews operating license of Davis-Besse nuclear power plant in Ohio

    The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has renewed the operating license of the Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station in Oak Harbor, Ohio, for an additional 20 years.

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    Tue, 8 Dec 2015

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