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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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Global Warming Straining U.S. Electrical Grid

By at August 24, 2012 | 9:41 am | 0 Comment

Global Warming Straining U.S. Electrical Grid

Last week, I reported the shutdown of a nuclear power plant in Connecticut. The water it drew from Long Island Sound had become too warm to be used to cool the plant. There are five nuclear power plants in Pennsylvania, three of them on the Susquehanna River: Three Mile Island (Excelon Nuclear), on the Susquehanna […]

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What’s wrong with this picture?

By at June 5, 2011 | 10:32 pm | 0 Comment

What’s wrong with this picture?

Entergy’s CEO’s total annual compensation, 2010, was $27.32 million. Example: Pilgrim is the same design as the failed Fukushima reactors – all are GE, Mark I, BWRs.  Almost forty years ago, the NRC identified a serious design flaw in these reactors – in certain accident scenarios the containment would fail in the event of pressure […]

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Rock The Capital Minute

By at May 19, 2011 | 8:30 am | 2 Comments

Rock The Capital Minute

In this edition of Rock the Capital Minute; RTC’s John Messeder follows the tortured trail it takes to assemble a green car. In Japan, Prime Minister Naoto Kan says nuclear regulators need more independence, and starting today, gas drillers in Pennsylvania can no longer dump contaminated water at municipal treatment facilities.

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Rock The Capital Minute

By at May 17, 2011 | 8:36 am | 1 Comments

Rock The Capital Minute

In this edition of Rock The Capital Minute; Scott Paterno returns with a fresh installment of Notes & Asides. Paterno’s smile is a bit wider without the Donald. Republicans and Democrats in lock-step unison in Pennsylvania, and TEPCO sticks to its plan to bring the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant under control.

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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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Rock The Capital Minute

By at May 16, 2011 | 10:43 am | 848 Comments

Rock The Capital Minute

In this edition of Rock The Capital Minute; one of the world’s leading authorities on nuclear power says plants in the U.S. are not safe to operate. RTC’s Eric Epstein will testify before the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Review Commission, and Epstein returns with his almost world famous top ten list. This week he settles on helping royalty select a best vacation spot in the U.S.

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Paying for the Pain

By at May 13, 2011 | 11:17 am | 4 Comments

Paying for the Pain

It appears that it will take much longer for TEPCO to bring the plant under control by early next year, with the discovery of a heavily damaged reactor, which is beyond the scope of what the company imagined.

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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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What Will we Learn from Fukushima

By at May 11, 2011 | 2:08 pm | 65 Comments

What Will we Learn from Fukushima

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is set to receive its first monthly briefing on Japan’s nuclear disaster on Thursday. A task force created to examine what went wrong at the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Plant will start the conversation of what the U.S. can do to prevent such a catastrophe.

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