Operating U.S. commercial power reactors

There are currently 93 units of commercial nuclear power reactors operating at 55 sites in the United States. Nuclear power regulation and operations in the country are subdivided into four regions by the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission: 20 units in Region 1 (CT, MD, NJ, NY, NH, PA); 33 units in Region 2 (AL, FL,…

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Reactors are closing

There are presently 93 commercial nuclear power reactors licensed to operate in the United States. While U.S. nuclear power stations were originally licensed to operate for a 40-year period, the bulk of the US nuclear power fleet is now relicensed by the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to operate for an “initial” 20-year license extension…

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New reactor licensing of U.S. commercial power reactors

A brief controversial history of new reactor licensing Beginning in 2006, driven by directives from the United States Congress, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and the U.S. nuclear power industry embarked upon an application and licensing process for a “Nuclear Renaissance” of new commercial atomic power plant projects. The industry lobby and government regulatory revival…

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Decommissioning U.S. power stations

Decommissioning is the process of decontaminating and dismantling permanently closed commercial nuclear power stations. Decommissioning involves the burial of the radioactive waste including contaminated materials (concrete, metals, components, soil, water, etc.) and the long-term management of those burial sites to contain the spread of radioactive contamination to back to the surface and into water resources.…

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Relicensing U.S. commercial nuclear power stations

The “bridge to the future” for the U.S. commercial nuclear power industry is now less apparent by new reactor construction than it is through the federal government’s ramping up of a license renewal program for existing reactors overseen by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). The original operating license for U.S. nuclear power stations was…

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The Washington Post gets it wrong (again) on nuclear power

The Washington Post ran a January 1, 2022 pro-nuclear editorial full of the usual clichéd misconceptions about both France and Germany. This followed an article replete with similar errors of fact. Both times, we wrote in, but the Post has declined to publish our responses. Here is the letter to the editor sent in response to…

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NRC rejects Oklo application to build and operate a micro-reactor

Oklo Corporation does a better job of painting a picture of its Aurora micro-reactor mirage than convincing the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff to jointly “pave the road as they travel” for an unproven technology. In this case, “A picture is worth a thousand words” literally does not apply to producing a cogent technical safety…

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U.S. Installed Solar Capacity to Surpass Nuclear Power in Three Years

According to a review of the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) report “Energy Infrastructure Update for August 2021” performed by the Sun Day Campaign, the federal agency is forecasting that the nation’s installed utility-scale solar power generating capacity will surpass nuclear power generating capacity within three years. Sun Day further reveals the report’s finding…

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Vladimir Slivyak of Ecodefense in Russia wins Right Livelihood Award!

Vladimir Slivyak [pictured] is one of Russia’s most committed and knowledgeable environmentalists, who has been spearheading important grassroots campaigns against environmentally damaging practices for decades. He has stopped projects related to the exploitation of fossil fuels, the use of nuclear power and coal, and the shipment of radioactive waste from abroad. As co-chairman and co-founder…

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Groups intervene on Oconee relicensing

Beyond Nuclear and Sierra Club have intervened in the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s (NRC) review of Duke Energy’s application requesting a second twenty-year license extension (60- to 80-years) for the three-unit Oconee nuclear generating station near Seneca, South Carolina. The groups have requested a public hearing before an Atomic Safety Licensing Board based largely on an…

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