NRC approves shorter decommissioning at Florida NPP | Southern warns of possible disruptions at Ga. Vogtle units | Coronavirus plan at Limerick NPP questioned
April 3, 2020
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The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has approved plans by Duke Energy Florida to accelerate the decommissioning of its Crystal River nuclear power plant, but the Florida Public Service Commission must still sign off on the plan. The timeline proposes complete decommissioning by 2027.
Full Story: Tampa Bay Times (St. Petersburg, Fla.) (tiered subscription model) (4/2) 
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Citing health precautions and supply chain and labor problems due to the coronavirus pandemic, Southern says work at its Plant Vogtle Units 3 and 4 in Georgia may be delayed or disrupted. Energy demand may decline and add to factors that could hinder financing as well as facility construction and operation, Southern says.
Full Story: Seeking Alpha (free registration) (4/1) 
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Pennsylvania state Sen. Katie Muth is calling on Exelon's Limerick nuclear power plant to improve its response to the coronavirus outbreak to protect workers and the community during the plant's refueling. The plant's workforce has two confirmed cases of coronavirus and has continued with the refueling operation despite county officials determining its pandemic response site plan was not adequate.
Full Story: The Times Herald (Norristown, Pa.) (4/2) 
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Exelon Generation's Quad-Cities nuclear power plant near Cordova, Ill., has performed a deep cleaning in certain areas of the plant after a worker tested positive for coronavirus. The plant has increased the number of workers on-site to complete a required refueling operation.
Full Story: Quad-City Times (Davenport, Iowa) (4/2) 
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Waste Management/D&D
New Mexico's congressional delegates and a number of citizen groups are calling on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to postpone hearings on a proposed temporary nuclear waste storage site until the coronavirus pandemic ends. They are also asking for the draft environmental impact statement comment period to be extended to at least six months.
Full Story: The Santa Fe New Mexican (tiered subscription model) (4/2) 
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The International Atomic Energy Agency has released a review of a Japanese advisory subcommittee's proposals for dealing with stored waste water at the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. The IAEA says both the option of a vapor release process and a plan to discharge the water into the ocean are "technically feasible," David Dalton writes.
Full Story: NucNet (Belgium) (4/2) 
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Russian nuclear power operator Rosenergoatom has received a five-year license extension for its Beloyarsk nuclear power plant unit 3, which went into service in 1980. Beloyarsk's units 1 and 2 are retired.
Full Story: NS Energy (4/2) 
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The coronavirus outbreak has caused a shortage of protective gear needed to protect the 4,000 workers doing decommissioning work at the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan. "We are involved in decommissioning work that can't ever stop and so we are taking every precaution we can," said Joji Hara of Tokyo Electric Power, the plant's utility operator.
Full Story: The Asahi Shimbun (Japan)/The Associated Press (4/2) 
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