Westinghouse's Bluff Road nuclear fuel factory in South Carolina is seeking a 40-year operating license extension, possibly pushing cleanup of a 2011 uranium leak until 2058. "Because the contaminated material is located beneath the ... building, the soil will not be remediated until decommissioning," reports the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
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Florida electric utility JEA wants out of the expansion project at Plant Vogtle. Florida state Sen. Debbie Mayfield has penned a letter to the legislature's accountability office asking for research into JEA's spending and operating decisions.
The US and South Korea held a second High Level Bilateral Commission meeting in Washington D.C. this week, showing a commitment to atomic energy and nuclear exports. A third meeting will be next year in South Korea.
New Mexican lawmakers believe they will have a say in whether Holtec International's proposed nuclear storage site will be built in the state. The state can cut off the site from water, utility and transport access, even if it's approved by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, state Sen. Jeff Steinborn says.
Radiation exposure and exploitation of workers are major concerns for the cleanup of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, and Japan needs to do more to protect workers, says the United Nations. "Workers hired to decontaminate Fukushima reportedly include migrant workers, asylum seekers and people who are homeless," say UN experts.
The American Nuclear Society is celebrating the 100th birthday of a long-time former member, the late Vice Admiral Eugene P. "Dennis" Wilkinson, with a 20% off sale on our nuclear navy books as well as a 5% discount on all other books, standards, maps, and proceedings. These savings are in addition to the 10% ANS member discount. Learn more.