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FirstEnergy Outs its Own Investigation by SEC

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating FirstEnergy, the Ohio electric utility tied to a bribery scheme that allegedly helped state Rep. Larry Householder become the state’s Speaker of the House in exchange for a bailout of two nuclear plants.   Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) investigations are typically done behind closed doors, but the […]

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Levin proposes DOE waste storage bill

Rep. Mike Levin, (D-Calif.) this week filed a five-year, $500m bill through Congress to form a spent nuclear fuel research and development program at the Department of Energy. The California congressman has long petitioned to increase oversight of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, which is in his jurisdiction and in the process of being […]

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Holtec to submit Palisades application by early 2021

Holtec plans to submit its license transfer application to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to acquire the Palisades Power Plant by the end of this year or early 2021, Andrea Sterdis, Holtec’s Vice President of Regulatory & Environmental Affairs, said Tuesday. The company announced plans to acquire the Covert, Michigan-based plant from Entergy Corp. for decommissioning […]

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NRC Looking at Shipping Commercial Spent Fuel Without Transfer to DOE

By John Stang A scenario is being investigated of private corporations moving their spent nuclear fuel — possibly independent of U.S. Department of Energy ownership — to proposed consolidated interim storage sites in New Mexico and Texas.  That scenario — being studied by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) — was discussed this week at the […]

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TMI-2 License Transfer Expected Soon, NRC Official Says

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission plans to complete the Three Mile Island Unit 2 license transfer by fall of this year, according to Bruce Watson, Chief of the NRC Reactor Decommissioning Branch. If approved, GPU Nuclear, the FirstEnergy subsidiary that currently owns the reactor, will be allowed to transfer its license to a TMI-2 Solutions, […]

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International Isotopes Warned for Shipping Isotopes to Iraq without License

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) issued a slap on the wrist to International Isotopes for exporting radioactive isotopes with medical and industrial applications to Iraq without a proper license in 2019, according to documents.  The company exported a combined total of 264.60 MBq of Cesium-137, Barium-133, Cobalt-57, Cobalt-60, Europium-152, and Sodium-22 without a proper license […]

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New Mexico Stings Holtec in Public Comments About Proposed Interim Storage Site

The New Mexico Environment Department has “grave concerns” about the “inadequacy of the technical analysis” in Holtec’s plan to build its HI-STORE Combined Interim Storage Facility in the southeastern part of the state, according to a letter the state agency sent to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The state department called Holtec’s proposed site geographically unsuitable […]

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Ohio AG Sues to Block Alleged Nuke Bailout Engineered by “Unholy Alliance” of FirstEnergy, Lawmakers

Ohio’s attorney general sued FirstEnergy and its affiliates this week, opening yet another probe of the company’s alleged connections with state Rep. Larry Householder (R), the former Ohio House Speaker facing federal racketeering charges related to a 2019 nuclear-power bailout. The state suit seeks to block Energy Harbor, a former FirstEnergy subsidiary once called FirstEnergy […]

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NAC International Considering Options in Regulatory Breach Case

NAC International is considering its options for responding to a recent finding from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission that it had seemingly breached federal regulations in a design update for a used-nuclear fuel storage cask, an executive said last week. “NAC does not at this point, having just received the details set forth in the inspection […]

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COVID-19 Response to Constrain Security Training at Nuke Plants Til 2021, NRC Official Says

By John Stang Full security training for the nation’s commercial reactors probably won’t resume “until sometime next year,” Shana Helton, acting deputy director for the Office of Nuclear Security and Incident Response for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, said this week. Helton spoke Tuesday at a staff briefing for NRC commissioners about the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. […]

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