Nuclear Power & Radiation

NRC Staff Reject Concerns About Nuke Waste Vulnerability to Terrorism

"WASHINGTON -- Nuclear Regulatory Commission staffers are rejecting the concerns of lawmakers, state officials and watchdog groups who say nuclear waste tightly packed in spent-fuel pools at U.S. power plants is vulnerable to terrorist attacks."

Source: National Journal, 11/21/2013

Court Orders DOE To Stop Collecting Fee for Nuclear Waste Disposal

"WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that the Energy Department must stop collecting fees of about $750 million a year that are paid by consumers and intended to fund a program for the disposal of nuclear waste. The reason, the court said, is that there is no such program."

Source: NY Times, 11/20/2013

"Tepco Prepares to Remove Fuel Assemblies at Fukushima"

"TOKYO -- Operators of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear-power plant this month will begin a potentially hazardous operation to remove fuel rods from one of the reactor units, a critical step in what is expected to be a decadeslong cleanup of the site of one of the worst nuclear-energy accidents in history."

Source: Wall St. Journal, 11/08/2013

"Tepco Prepares to Remove Fuel Assemblies at Fukushima"

"TOKYO -- Operators of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear-power plant this month will begin a potentially hazardous operation to remove fuel rods from one of the reactor units, a critical step in what is expected to be a decadeslong cleanup of the site of one of the worst nuclear-energy accidents in history."

Source: Wall St. Journal, 11/08/2013

"Nuclear Giant Taps Wind Tax Credit That It's Trying To Kill"

"The country's largest nuclear plant operator, Exelon Corp., has publicly fought to torpedo the wind industry's coveted production tax credits, calling them financial threats to its reactors in the Midwest. But the Chicago-based utility is also cashing in on those credits, known as PTCs."

"Exelon's third-quarter earnings results released last week show the company benefiting from the tax incentives that provide wind developers with $23 for every megawatt-hour of electricity they produce. Details about which of Exelon's 44 wind projects generate the PTCs are private."

Source: Greenwire, 11/07/2013

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