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UK Offshore Wind Rates Drop Below Nuclear

A drop in the cost of energy generated by offshore wind farms in the U.K. is leading some in the country to rethink the future of other power technologies, including new nuclear facilities.


State, Feds Respond to Nuclear Site Incident

Secretary of Energy Rick Perry has announced that the Department of Energy will launch an investigation into what went wrong at the Hanford Nuclear Site, where a tunnel housing contaminated ...


Tunnel Collapse Spurs Nuclear Site Alert

A tunnel used to store contaminated materials at the Department of Energy’s Hanford Nuclear Site in Washington state suffered a 20-foot-by-20-foot collapse, officials reported Tuesday. The i...


MIT Team at Work on Nuclear Cladding Coating

A new research project at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has the goal of identifying the ideal coating for fuel cladding in nuclear reactors.


Long-Delayed UK Nuclear Project May Face Strike

Just weeks after the first concrete was poured on the site of the planned Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant, in Somerset, England, a labor disagreement is threatening to stop work on the 1...


Lab Aims to Test Nuclear-Plant Concrete

Researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory are working on a better way to sense whether concrete at nuclear power facilities is experiencing a chemical reaction that can degrade it, puttin...


Japan Nuclear Corrosion Spurs Inspections

Inspections of pipes at nuclear sites in Japan have been conducted for decades without removing insulation, and now more thorough check-ups are reportedly revealing considerable corrosion.


Scientists Say Radiation Improves Their Coating

A team of researchers spanning two continents is at work on a nanoceramic coating that not only stands up to the effects of radiation but actually becomes stronger as well.


Contractors Settle Hanford Suit for $125M

Two contractors have agreed to pay $125 million to settle a whistleblower suit over their work at the Hanford nuclear site in Washington state, including claims that one used taxpayer money ...


Feds Say 7 Duped $350M from Government

A federal grand jury in Columbia, SC, has charged seven people with cheating the government out of hundreds of millions of dollars in a construction fraud scheme.


Coatings Guide for Nuke Sites

Coatings and corrosion expert Jon Cavallo provides the latest insights in corrosion protection for the nuclear power industry in Corrosion Control Guide for Exterior Surfaces of Nuclear Powe...


Cracks at Nuclear Site Spur Violation

A New Hampshire nuclear power plant was cited by regulators last week for failing to respond properly to problems with cracking concrete.


Industrial Spray-On Insulation Debuts

A new spray-on insulation for high-temperature industrial applications offers personal protection from extreme heat while preventing corrosion under insulation, according to its manufacturer...


Westinghouse Picks Engineer for Nuclear Jobs

Irving, TX-based engineering construction company Fluor Corporation won two subcontracts giving it workforce


SSPC Event Spotlights Power Industry

From chemistry and application to inspection and specification, coatings professionals will find a variety of topics to choose from among the power and power generation programs offered at S...


Cracks Worry Nuclear Plant’s Opponents

Environmental groups have said an Ohio nuclear power plant’s license should not be renewed because cracks in the plant’s concrete reactor shield pose an ongoing danger.


Nuclear Giant Takes on Construction

Leading supplier of nuclear plant products and technologies to utilities throughout the world, Westinghouse Electric Company LLC is expanding its global offerings through the acquisition of ...


Seabrook Faces Second Concrete Issue

A recent inspection at the Seabrook Station nuclear power plant uncovered more concrete degradation, but the federal regulators who oversee nuclear power plants have said the findings are no...


First Offshore Wind Farm in U.S. Begins

With the first “steel in the water,” an offshore wind farm is pioneering what its owners and environmental proponents hope will be a trendsetting moment in the United States.


Nuclear Accident Laid to Kitty Litter

A major nuclear release in 2014 at the federal government's waste disposal site in New Mexico has been traced to the wrong kind of cat litter.


Robot Dives into Nuclear Inspection

For the first time, an underwater robot has inspected the storage tank floor of a nuclear reactor to meet Nuclear Energy Institute requirements—no draining or diving required.


Massive Stage Awaits Nuclear Giant

Four years in the making, a colossal concrete floor capable of supporting 400,000 tons is now ready to support the world's largest nuclear fusion machine.


Grants Aid Metal, Coating Advances

Two federal grants aim to use one technology to develop advanced ways for joining dissimilar metals and antimicrobial coatings for contact surfaces.


Contractor Must Rehire Whistleblower

The contractor that is removing 177 underground storage tanks from the U.S.'s largest nuclear site has been ordered to reinstate an employee who had voiced safety and environmental concerns.


NRC Faults Nuke Plant in Death

Nuclear regulators have found two lapses “of substantial safety significance” in a 2013 plant accident that killed one young worker and injured eight others in Arkansas.


U.S. Pursues Coating to Hold Plutonium

The U.S. Department of Energy is developing a radiation-shielding thin-film polymer that would help contain radioactive waste during a multiyear nuclear-plant decontamination project.


MIT Proposes Floating Nuclear Plants

Offshore nuclear plants, anchored in deep water, could be the answer to preventing catastrophic tsunami and earthquake damage like that inflicted on the Japan's Fukushima Daiichi complex in ...


More Tank Dangers Seen at Hanford

In a scenario he likens to the movie Groundhog Day, a U.S. Senator is reporting new disclosures of radioactive leak risks due to flawed tanks at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.


WA Hits Feds over Leaking Nuke Tank

The federal government is doing an “unacceptable” job of removing waste that has been leaking from a Hanford Site nuclear tank for at least 16 months, Washington State officials say.


After Sandy: Building for the Next Hit

One year after Hurricane Sandy crippled the East Coast, federal agencies have spent billions to rebuild damaged infrastructure but say there is more work to do—especially when it comes to pr...


Nuke Owner Rebuked for Workers’ Crimes

A bizarre plan by two senior nuclear reactor operators to rob an armored car—and then actually commit a carjacking—has led to federal sanctions against the U.S.’s top nuclear operator for la...


EPA Fines DOE over Nuke Site Asbestos

The Department of Energy is facing a $115,000 fine for its contractor's alleged mishandling of asbestos debris at the nation's most contaminated nuclear site.


Nuclear Plant Finds Blister, Corrosion

A Pennsylvania nuclear plant is again reporting a coating defect and corrosion in one of its units, near the site of decayed wood left in the structure.


4 Firms Cited in Death at Nuke Plant

Facility owners, managers and contractors alike are being held responsible for a crane collapse that killed one worker and injured eight others at Arkansas's Nuclear One Power Plant in March...


More Cracks Found at Nuke Plant

The owner of an Ohio nuclear plant with a cracked concrete shield building says that it has found new cracks in the structure and that some of the old cracks have lengthened.


Standards Urged for Nuclear Concrete

Outdated standards, coatings issues, and no concrete repair code for nuclear power plants top a list of red flags cited by experts in a new report on the needs of the aging nuclear industry.


Roofing Suit to Cost RPM $65M+

Carboline parent RPM International Inc. will pay more than $65 million to settle allegations that its Tremco business price-gouged and sold defective roofing materials to dozens of governmen...


NRC OKs Cracking Measures at Seabrook

A new inspection report on concrete degradation at the Seabrook Nuclear Power Plant shows that appropriate measures have adequately addressed the cracks' root causes and potential impact, fe...


Power Plant Tank Coating Up for Bid

Bids are invited to clean and recoat two fuel tanks once used for experimental nuclear power, the Nebraska Public Power District has announced.


Inspection Lapses at Hanford Leaked

An inability to inspect without written warning, an understaffed team, and missing reports are among the safety problems that federal officials have found with the Hanford nuclear site, a le...


Foreign Control of Plants on Agenda

A June 19 public meeting is being held by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to seek comment on foreign ownership of nuclear power plants.


Firm Told to Rehire Nuke Whistleblower

A senior engineer who was fired after raising safety concerns during construction at a Kansas nuclear power plant must be reinstated and compensated more than $260,000, federal regulators ha...


Corrosion Cracking Shuts Nuke Reactor

Stress corrosion cracking in a North Carolina nuclear reactor has forced operator Duke Energy to take the plant offline, officials said.


Chilled Safety Culture Draws NRC Fines

A “chilled work environment” prevented nuclear facility employees from raising safety concerns—a serious safety shortcoming that has prompted fines against Chicago Bridge & Iron for its rece...


Study: Nuke Site Issues Pose Blast Risk

Leaking radioactive waste tanks, design flaws, and poor safety practices at a nuclear tank farm in Washington could lead to an explosion and other threats to public health and safety, a nucl...


ASTM Updates Nuclear Coating Standards

Nuclear coatings performance monitoring, inspection training, and specialist qualifications are the focus of three newly revised standards by ASTM International.


Nuke Firm to Pay $18.5M in 10-Year Scam

A decade of “systemic” time-card fraud charged to a $2.6 billion nuclear tank cleaning contract will cost global engineering firm CH2M Hill Companies Ltd. $18.5 million in penalties and rest...


Containment Issues Stall Plant Restart

Offline for almost two years, a Nebraska nuclear plant was told this week that it must address additional issues before being allowed to restart, according to federal regulators.


Roof, Walls Collapse at Chernobyl Plant

Heavy snow accumulation has caused the collapse of a large section of roof at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine, but country officials insist that the site of the world's worst nu...


 
 
   

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