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Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station shut down for mechanical issue

China faces nuclear energy choice: reprocess or not?

PLYMOUTH, Mass. (AP) — Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station was shut down for the second time in roughly three weeks following a mechanical issue at the Plymouth plant. A U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission spokesman says the facility experienced an “unplanned shutdown” around 8:35 a.m. Tuesday after water levels unexpectedly spiked in the reactor pressure vessel. Water is pumped into the reactor ...

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China city suspends search for nuclear fuel facility

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BEIJING (AP) — A city in eastern China city on Wednesday suspended preliminary work on site selection for a nuclear fuel reprocessing facility following days of protests by area residents that underscored a growing willingness by the public to oppose projects seen as threatening lives and property. A one sentence notice posted Wednesday on the website of the Lianyungang city ...

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End of California nuclear era: Last plant to close by 2025

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California’s last nuclear power plant will close by 2025 under an accord announced Tuesday, ending three decades of safety debates that helped fuel the national anti-nuclear power movement. The state’s largest utility, Pacific Gas & Electric Co., and environmental groups reached an agreement to replace production at Diablo Canyon nuclear plant with solar power and other energy sources that do ...

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Value of nuclear power up for debate in New Mexico rate case

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Discrepancies over the value of electricity purchased from a nuclear-fired power plant in Arizona has interrupted proceedings related to a request by New Mexico’s largest electric utility to raise rates for more than a half-million customers. A New Mexico hearing officer has extended the schedule in the Public Service Co. of New Mexico case so more ...

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Nuclear power plant near Richland unexpectedly shut down

China faces nuclear energy choice: reprocess or not?

RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — A power company shut down a nuclear plant in south-central Washington state after operators received an indication that a system used to cool equipment wasn’t working. Energy Northwest spokesman John Dobken said early Tuesday that there was no release of radiation from Columbia Generating Station near Richland, and no danger to the public. He tells The ...

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Court orders Japan reactor to shut down, keeps 2nd offline

Takahama Nuclear power station in Takahama, Japan. (Image: IAEA Imagebank via Flickr)

TOKYO (AP) — A court issued an unprecedented order Wednesday for a nuclear reactor near Kyoto to stop operating and ordered a second one to stay offline. The Otsu District Court, which issued the injunction, said the emergency response plans and equipment designs at the two reactors have not been sufficiently upgraded after the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster. The order ...

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Germany demands closure of French nuclear plant near border

Fessenheim Nuclear Power Plant, Haut-Rhin, Alsace, France. (Image: Florival fr via Wikipedia - CC3.0)

BERLIN (AP) — Germany says it wants France to shut down its oldest nuclear plant as soon as possible amid reports Friday that an incident at the facility two years ago was more serious than previously known. German daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung and public broadcaster WDR reported a series of problems when engineers tried to tackle a minor water leak that ...

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Idaho eyed as potential site for small nuclear reactors

Interior showing the reactor hall in a nuclear power plant. (Image: Vattenfall via Flickr)

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The U.S. Department of Energy announced Thursday an agreement with an energy cooperative that could lead to the building of small commercial nuclear reactors at an eastern Idaho federal nuclear site. The agency granted a site-use permit to Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems (UAMPS) to access the 890-square-mile area containing the Idaho National Laboratory to find ...

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DOE report finds ‘negative trend’ in WIPP operations

A Department of Energy oversight team found an overall “negative trend” in the operation of a southeast New Mexico nuclear waste repository following two serious accidents, but plant managers say progress has been made since the review concluded. In a memo distributed to employees and obtained by the Journal , DOE’s Office of Enterprise Assessments analyzed operations at the Waste ...

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6 Things you need to know about the Pilgrim Power Plant closure

Low natural gas prices and high costs of operations finally caught up with Massachusetts’s sole nuclear power plant. Entergy Corp., which owns the plant, announced a 2019 expiration date for the Pilgrim Power Plant in Plymouth, but the closure could come as early as 2017. Entergy President of Wholesale Commodities Bill Mohl cited a combination of poor market conditions, reduced ...

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