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Nation’s Oldest Operating Commercial Reactor Closes

Exelon at noon Monday officially retired its Oyster Creek Nuclear Generating Station in New Jersey ahead of what is anticipated to be an accelerated decommissioning. The 650-megawatt boiling water reactor in Lacey Township became operational in December 1969, on the same day as the Nine Mile Point Nuclear Generating Station near Oswego, N.Y. Since Oyster […]

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Army Corps of Engineers Completes STURGIS Decommissioning

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced Friday it had completed decommissioning of the radioactively contaminated STURGIS barge, which should be towed next week for shipbreaking. The parts of the retired nuclear reactor and all other radioactive waste on the vessel have been removed at the Port of Galveston, Texas, and shipped to Waste Control […]

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NRC Conducts Inspection at SONGS After Spent Fuel-Transfer Mishap

By John Stang The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission this week conducted its on-site inspection of an August mishap in loading used reactor fuel into a storage pad at the retired San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) in California. The agency declined to discuss details of the special inspection beyond those laid out in an Aug. […]

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Wrap Up: NRC Ruling on Vermont Yankee Sale Imminent

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission said Thursday it remains on track to rule by the end of this month whether to approve the license transfer for the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant. An agency spokesman did not give a more specific schedule for the decision, which the NRC has said only would occur in the […]

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Holtec, Exelon See Savings in Oyster Creek Sale

By John Stang A new approach to decommissioning the nearly retired Oyster Creek Nuclear Generating Station in New Jersey could save $200 million, according to owner Exelon and prospective buyer Holtec International. The plant’s single boiling-water reactor is scheduled to shut down on Monday. The two companies’ license transfer application was filed with the Nuclear […]

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Nebraska Utility Could Expedite Fort Calhoun Decommissioning

The Omaha Public Power District (OPPD) is considering cutting decades off the time it planned to complete decommissioning of the shuttered Fort Calhoun Station nuclear power plant. Expediting the process could save more than $200 million and nearly 40 years of work, according to an analysis presented to the OPPD Board of Directors this week. […]

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NRC Terminates Rancho Seco Plant License

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has officially terminated the license for the long-closed Rancho Seco Nuclear Generating Plant in California, according to a notice posted Tuesday to the Federal Register. That opens the property in Herald, Calif., for unrestricted use. The Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) began providing power from the pressurized water reactor in […]

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NRC Begins Inspection at SONGS After Spent Fuel-Transfer Mishap

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission began its on-site inspection Monday of an August mishap in loading used reactor fuel into a storage pad at the retired San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) in California. The agency declined to discuss details of the special inspection beyond those laid out in an Aug. 24 press release on […]

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NRC Pledges to ‘Evaluate’ Lawmakers’ Concerns on Decommissioning Rulemaking

Issues raised by a group of senators about the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s ongoing rulemaking for reactors shifting to decommissioning have and will be considered as the proceeding advances, according to NRC Chairman Kristine Svinicki. “The specific issues in your letter – regulation by exemption, public participation and awareness, spent fuel storage, and financial and physical […]

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115 Reactors Being Decommissioned Worldwide as of July, Industry Report Says

Seventy percent of all retired reactors around the world were undergoing decommissioning as of July, according to the latest World Nuclear Industry Status Report. That figure covers 115 of 173 permanently shuttered reactor units, the report issued Tuesday says. Nineteen reactors have been fully decommissioned, which the report defines as defueled, deconstructed, and dismantled. Thirteen […]

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