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New NRC Study Shows Benefits of Transferring Spent Fuel to Dry Casks

By at June 26, 2013 | 12:03 pm | 0 Comment

New NRC Study Shows Benefits of Transferring Spent Fuel to Dry Casks

by David Wright The study released Monday by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) on the potential consequences of an earthquake on spent fuel pools reinforces our concerns about spent fuel pool safety and fails to address some key issues. The NRC considered only one scenario—an earthquake—at one nuclear power plant—the Peach Bottom plant in Pennsylvania—and neglected to […]

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Not-so-Happy Anniversary: 20 Years of NRC Inaction

By at November 28, 2012 | 7:00 am | 0 Comment

Not-so-Happy Anniversary: 20 Years of NRC Inaction

Twenty years ago today, Don Prevatte and I submitted a report under 10 CFR Part 21 to the NRC regarding a substantial safety hazard at nearly three dozen nuclear power plants. Twenty years later, that substantial safety hazard still afflicts nearly three dozen nuclear power plants (slightly less now, because the Unit 1 reactor at […]

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Peach Bottom Nuclear: Reevaluating the Danger

By at February 22, 2012 | 7:00 am | 0 Comment

Peach Bottom Nuclear: Reevaluating the Danger

Imagine, if you will, the unimaginable – a freak earthquake hits south central Pennsylvania and knocks out all electricity to the Peach Bottom nuclear station in York County. Even the backup generators are lost. Control room operators, unable to shut the plants reactors down, are powerless to prevent a meltdown. The scenario is nearly identical […]

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Markey Blasts New Report: Effort to Turn NRC Into Reality TV Show Instead of Focusing on America’s Nuclear Safety

By at December 17, 2011 | 11:41 am | 0 Comment

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), top Democrat on the House Natural Resources Committee and a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, responded to today’s report on leadership at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) from the House Oversight and Government Committee. “This report validates what I have known for some […]

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Low-level rad waste: Nuclear’s other disposal challenge

By at September 28, 2011 | 10:25 am | 98 Comments

Low-level rad waste: Nuclear’s other disposal challenge

When the Limerick nuclear power station near Philadelphia ran out of space to store some of its radioactive waste earlier this year, owner Exelon Nuclear asked the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission for permission to send it down the Pennsylvania Turnpike to its sister plant, Peach Bottom, in York County. The NRC said, “yes.” This was […]

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NRC Japan Task force proposes regulatory change

By at July 26, 2011 | 5:34 pm | 11 Comments

NRC Japan Task force proposes regulatory change

The on-going nuclear disaster in Japan should trigger change in the way commercial nuclear power plants in the U.S. are regulated. At least, that’s one of the recommendations in a comprehensive review of the first 90 days of the March 11 disaster at the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s Japan Task […]

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Rock The Capital Minute

By at May 18, 2011 | 8:30 am | 1,281 Comments

Rock The Capital Minute

In this edition of Rock The Capital Minute; Scott Paterno recalls meeting his off the gridiron hero for the first time. The NRC says two nuclear facilities in Pennsylvania can withstand catastrophic events such as an earthquake, and more rumblings in the Pennsylvania Senate about taxing gas drillers.

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Safety and Nuclear go well together, but not in the U.S.

By at May 16, 2011 | 12:37 pm | 3 Comments

Safety and Nuclear go well together, but not in the U.S.

In black and white, without a word or thought to misconstrue, Nuclear Engineer David Lochbaum told a congressional panel that nuclear power plants in the U.S. are not safe.

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Inadequate Nuclear Reactor Safety in the U.S.

By at May 12, 2011 | 2:57 pm | 1,056 Comments

Inadequate Nuclear Reactor Safety in the U.S.

What is the fallout in the United States from Fukushima? Congressman Edward Markey (D-Mass), a senior member on the House Energy and Commerce Committee wanted to know

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A Request to Suspend Nuclear Reactor Licenses in the U.S.

By at April 14, 2011 | 4:23 pm | 0 Comment

A Request to Suspend Nuclear Reactor Licenses in the U.S.

A group made up of enough people to fill a small city asked the Nuclear Regulatory Commission today to complete an exhaustive review of the Fukushima disaster and suspend activities and licenses at nearly 2-dozen proposed nuclear reactor projects until a report is complete.

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