Burns named to chair NRC

President Barack Obama on Friday named Nuclear Regulatory Commission member Stephen G. Burns to become chairman effective Jan. 1, succeeding outgoing Chairman Allison Macfarlane.

Burns is a former NRC general counsel who was confirmed to the five-member commission in September, for a term that expires in 2019.

Nevada agrees to take nuclear waste from Tennessee

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada and the federal government have struck a deal allowing the burial of radioactive material from Tennessee at a former nuclear weapons proving ground north of Las Vegas.

Gov. Brian Sandoval and Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz announced Tuesday that more than a year of talks yielded the agreement.

Nuclear industry hamstrung by concerns, economics

The New York Times

Entergy Corporation says it’s shutting down the Vermont Yankee nuclear generating station because it’s not profitable to operate the plant anymore, and The New York Times reports concerns about the safety of the industry are also proving a burden despite nuclear’s carbon free footprint.

TEPCO gets fuel rods out of Fukushima’s No. 4 reactor

The New York Times

Tokyo Electric Power Co., the operator of the ruined Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant, says it has managed to remove fuel rods from the vulnerable No. 4 reactor building, and they are being placed in an undamaged storage pool, The New York Times reports.

SKorea holds N-plant drills against cyber threats

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea's monopoly nuclear power company said it began drills Monday against possible cyberattacks after online threats of attack against its plants.

State-owned Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power Co. said the two-day drills are meant to prepare workers in the event of hacking attacks aimed at disabling the plants' controlling systems.

As Air Force fixes nuke flaws, future debated

WASHINGTON (AP) — Faced with one of its biggest challenges in years — repairing a troubled nuclear missile corps — the Air Force has taken an important first step by admitting, after years of denial, that its problems run deep and wide.

Less certain is whether it will find all the right fixes, apply them fully and convince a doubting force of launch officers, security guards and other nuclear workers that their small and narrow career field is not a dead end.

US not fully prepared for nuclear terrorist attack

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government isn't fully prepared to handle a nuclear terrorist attack or large-scale natural catastrophe, lacking effective coordination, and in some cases is years away from ensuring adequate emergency shelter and medical treatment, congressional investigators have found.

The report by the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office, obtained by The Associated Press before its release, found that the Federal Emergency Management Agency didn't always keep track of disaster efforts by agencies, hampering the nation's preparedness even after Superstorm Sandy in 2012. That storm hit a large swath of the eastern U.S., including New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania, which received federal disaster money.

Land, water rights needed for Nevada nuclear dump

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The federal Energy Department will need to acquire water and land rights before it gets approval to entomb the nation's most radioactive waste beneath a mountain in the Nevada desert, according to a report released Thursday by an the agency being asked to license the project.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission report said most administrative and program elements of the Yucca Mountain repository reviewed by NRC staff members meet commission requirements.

Radiation leak at WIPP nuclear dump was small: Report

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — A final report by independent researchers shows the radiation leak from the federal government's underground nuclear waste repository in southern New Mexico was small and localized.

The report released Thursday by the Carlsbad Environmental Monitoring and Research Center also says no negative health effects are expected among workers or the public.

NRC releases Yucca Mountain Safety Evaluation Report, Volume 4

Washington, December 18, 2014, 3:00 pm

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission publishes Volume 4 of its Yucca Mountain Safety Evaluation Report, focusing on the Energy Department's research, administrative programs. 


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