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NRC Anticipates No Major Environmental Impacts from Terminating Zion Plant License

By John Stang The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has determined there would be no significant environmental impact in approving the license termination plan for the Zion Nuclear Power Station in Illinois. Agency staff on June 25 issued an environmental assessment and finding of no significant impact (FONSI) for the 2014 request from ZionSolutions, a subsidiary […]

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NRC, Power Plant Owner to Discuss Shrinking Decommissioning Trusts

Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff and the Indiana Michigan Power Co. have scheduled a July 17 teleconference to discuss a steep, unexpected reduction in the decommissioning trust funds for the Donald C. Cook Nuclear Plant’s two power reactors. In March 2017, Indiana Michigan Power reported the trust funds as of Dec. 31, 2016, stood at $459.5 […]

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Wrap Up: House Panel Passes Bill Promoting Decommissioning Advisory Boards

The House of Representatives’ Energy and Commerce Committee on Thursday approved legislation that would require the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to produce a report on “best practices” for establishing local advisory boards near nuclear power plants undergoing decommissioning. The language was included in an amendment from Reps. Fred Upton (R-Mich.) and Peter Welch (D-Vt.). The panel […]

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NRC, Power Plant Owner to Discuss Shrinking Decommissioning Trusts

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the Indiana Michigan Power Co. have scheduled a July 17 teleconference to discuss an unexpected $150 million reduction in the decommissioning trust funds for the Donald C. Cook Nuclear Plant’s two power reactors. In March 2017, Indiana Michigan Power reported the trust funds as of Dec. 31, 2016, stood […]

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Nearly 800K Gallons of Groundwater Shipped From Vermont Yankee

Entergy said recently it has shipped 782,000 gallons of contaminated groundwater from its shuttered Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant to a disposal facility in Tennessee. Another shipment was scheduled for today, the power company said in a June 28 update to Vermont’s Nuclear Decommissioning Citizens Advisory Panel. Groundwater has been seeping into the turbine room […]

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NRC Not Planning “Autopsy” of Oyster Creek Reactor

By John Stang The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission aims to collect information to determine whether any aspects of decommissioning the soon-to-retire Oyster Creek nuclear power plant should be studied to obtain long-term knowledge about other reactor operations. Owner Exelon plans in September to close the single-reactor facility in Lacey Township, N.J., a month ahead of […]

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U.K. Nuclear Agency to Take Over Magnox Cleanup in 2019

The United Kingdom’s Nuclear Decommissioning Authority said Monday it will next year formally take over management of the now privately operated contractor for cleanup of the nation’s Magnox reactor sites. The government announced in March 2017 that it would cancel the Cavendish Fluor Partnership’s contract to manage Magnox Ltd. as of Aug. 31, 2019, nine […]

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Draft SONGS Decommissioning Environmental Report Issued

By John Stang The decommissioning of the two remaining reactors at the shuttered San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) in California has the potential to uncover a previously unidentified radioactive groundwater plume, send excessive fumes of hazardous nitric oxides into the air, and damage marine life and habitat, according to a state environmental assessment. These […]

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Wrap Up: NRC Sets Final Fee Levels for FY18

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Monday issued its final figures for fee collections that will provide the bulk of its funding for the current 2018 federal budget year. The nuclear industry regulator is budgeted at $922 million for the fiscal year that ends on Sept. 30, up by $4.9 million from the prior fiscal […]

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NRC Could Rule First on Vermont Yankee Sale

The parties to the planned sale of the retired Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant hope to secure state regulatory approval just a month after the federal government signs off on the deal, according to a filing this week. Staff at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission is expected to decide sometime in the third quarter of […]

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