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Nuke regulators, new chief hope to move beyond controversial predecessorupdated: Mon Jul 09 2012 16:39:00

Allison Macfarlane was sworn in as commissioner of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Monday, replacing controversial NRC commissioner Gregory Jaczko, who abruptly resigned in May.

NRC cites Virginia nuclear plant after 2011 earthquakeupdated: Mon May 14 2012 15:53:00

A Virginia nuclear power plant will get closer scrutiny from regulators after one of its backup generators failed to work during the earthquake that rattled the state and surrounding region in August.

NRC chairman denies he mistreats womenupdated: Fri Apr 20 2012 19:40:00

Hoping to fight off a firestorm that erupted this week on Capitol Hill over the renomination of the only woman appointed to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, NRC Chairman Gregory Jaczko on Friday denied allegations he targeted women and created a hostile work environment.

Troubled Michigan nuclear plant shut down for maintenanceupdated: Mon Apr 09 2012 19:54:00

A troubled Michigan nuclear power plant cited for safety violations has been taken off line for maintenance and refueling, the plant's owner said Monday.

U.S. nuclear reactors are safeupdated: Wed Mar 14 2012 13:05:00

The massive earthquake and tsunami in Japan one year ago understandably raised questions about the safety of America's nuclear energy facilities. Americans should know that all U.S. nuclear energy plant safety systems have been verified by the companies operating them as well as deemed safe by the independent Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

Nuclear Regulatory Commission says accident models could be amiss updated: Fri Feb 17 2012 20:23:00

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has asked 11 nuclear power plants for information about the computer models they use to test different accident scenarios, saying those models may underestimate how much nuclear fuel will heat up during cooling system failures.

NRC: Michigan nuclear plant cited for safety violationsupdated: Tue Feb 14 2012 20:32:00

A nuclear power plant in Covert, Michigan, has been cited for three safety violations, according to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, joining two other U.S. nuclear plants in getting extra scrutiny from inspectors.

CNNMoney: New nuclear reactors set to be OK'd for Georgiaupdated: Thu Feb 09 2012 11:20:00

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission is set to approve licenses to build two new nuclear reactors Thursday, the first approvals in over 30 years.

No threat from gas leak at California nuclear plant, feds sayupdated: Wed Feb 01 2012 18:45:00

A small amount of radioactive gas escaped from a steam generator at Southern California's San Onofre nuclear power plant during a water leak, but there was no threat to public health, federal regulators said Wednesday.

NRC: Nuclear technicians surfed web on the job updated: Mon Jan 09 2012 18:10:00

Nine technicians responsible for monitoring operations at a Louisiana nuclear power plant spent on-duty time surfing the Internet -- visiting websites that included news, sports, fishing and retirement information -- jeopardizing the safety of the plant, federal regulators say.

Rift at nuclear agency put under spotlight updated: Wed Dec 14 2011 21:48:00

It was, in the words of one congressman, a "Caine Mutiny," Washington-style.

NRC commissioners cite 'grave concerns' over chairmanupdated: Fri Dec 09 2011 23:16:00

An apparently long-running dispute between the chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and its four other commissioners erupted Friday into public view when letters expressing "grave concerns" about his leadership were posted on a congressional website.

NRC inspectors head to nuclear power plants in path of Ireneupdated: Sat Aug 27 2011 18:20:00

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has dispatched additional inspectors to nuclear power plants along the East Coast to ensure the safety of those facilities in advance of Hurricane Irene, the agency said Friday.

CNNMoney: Power restored to nuclear plant after quakeupdated: Wed Aug 24 2011 10:50:00

Two nuclear reactors at the North Anna power plant outside Richmond, Va. regained offsite power Wednesday after losing it as the result of the earthquake Tuesday, the plant's owner Dominion Virginia Power told CNN.

Virginia nuclear plant shut down by quakeupdated: Tue Aug 23 2011 21:01:00

Tuesday's Virginia earthquake triggered the shutdown of a nearby nuclear power plant and spurred declarations of "unusual events" at plants as far away as Michigan, U.S. authorities reported.

Power plant 'shut down as designed'updated: Tue Aug 23 2011 21:01:00

Dominion Chief Nuclear Officer David Heacock describes how the earthquake affected his plant.

CNNMoney: Quake shuts nuclear power plant in Virginiaupdated: Tue Aug 23 2011 16:59:00

Two nuclear reactors at the North Anna power plant outside Richmond, Va. have shut down as a result of the earthquake Tuesday, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission said.

Nuclear regulator: New backup power rule a 'no-brainer'updated: Tue Jul 19 2011 18:18:00

Making U.S. nuclear power plants have a plan for running on emergency power for three days after a disaster is a "no-brainer" after the accident at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi plant, the top U.S. regulator said Tuesday.

NRC chairman proposes timetable for nuclear industry reformsupdated: Mon Jul 18 2011 15:43:00

The chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission said Monday the NRC should move quickly on post-Fukushima reforms, saying the commission should draw up proposed changes within 90 days, and the industry should implement them within five years.

NC State says reactor leak poses no public threatupdated: Thu Jul 07 2011 14:38:00

North Carolina State University says a small water leak in the liner of its nuclear research reactor doesn't pose a risk to public health, a university statement said Thursday.

Mock attackers 'strike' 24 nuclear plants, 'breach' twoupdated: Wed Jun 29 2011 20:33:00

Mock commandos who staged attacks on 24 nuclear power plants in pre-announced drills last year were able to "damage" or "destroy" critical targets at two of the plants, according to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

NRC chairman to visit Nebraska nuclear plant surrounded by waterupdated: Mon Jun 27 2011 11:19:00

The chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission is expected Monday to visit a Nebraska power plant surrounded by Missouri River floodwater.

Flooding threatens power plantsupdated: Mon Jun 27 2011 11:19:00

CNN's Don Lemon talks to Patrick Oppmann about two nuclear power plants in danger of being flooded.

Nuclear commission: U.S. reactors are safe, but ...updated: Thu Jun 16 2011 18:28:00

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission told Congress on Thursday that the likelihood of a Fukushimi Daiichi-type event in the United States is "very, very small." However, it said an ongoing study of the Japanese disaster will probably lead to changes to increase safety at the nation's 104 commercial power plants.

Congress hears report on nuclear agency chairmanupdated: Tue Jun 14 2011 21:19:00

In the days after the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster in Japan, Gregory Jaczko appeared frequently on television as the calm, steady hand of the U.S. nuclear power industry.

Nebraska nuclear plant was under alertupdated: Thu Jun 09 2011 06:19:00

A nuclear power plant 19 miles north of Omaha, Nebraska, declared an alert due to electrical problems, officials said.

NRC chairman says investigation cleared him in Yucca Mountain caseupdated: Wed Jun 08 2011 21:35:00

The chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission said Wednesday that independent investigators have cleared him of any wrongdoing in the decision to kill plans to store nuclear waste at the Yucca Mountain repository in Nevada.

Some fear U.S. nuclear agency is playing 'regulatory roulette'updated: Wed Jun 01 2011 12:39:00

In the shadow of the nation's oldest operating nuclear power plant, Alfonse Esposito fishes along Oyster Creek in central New Jersey, where he's caught and eaten bluefish and kingfish for 37 years.

Nuclear task force: No immediate changes needed in U.S.updated: Thu May 12 2011 16:46:00

A federal task force set up following the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster in Japan says no immediate changes are needed to improve the safety of nuclear reactors in the United States. But it said it expects to recommend changes when it completes its study in 60 days.

U.S. regulators cite Alabama nuclear plantupdated: Tue May 10 2011 15:54:00

U.S. safety officials have cited Alabama's Browns Ferry nuclear power plant for a failed valve that could have hindered efforts to cool one of the reactors during an emergency, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission announced Tuesday.

NRC begins special inspection of U.S. nuclear plantupdated: Tue Apr 26 2011 20:02:00

A special team of federal inspectors are looking into an incident at an Ohio nuclear power plant in which higher-than-normal radiation levels were detected in a work area, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission said Tuesday.

Shutdown of Georgia nuclear reactor traced to failed breakerupdated: Fri Apr 22 2011 13:13:00

A failed breaker caused this week's automatic shutdown of a nuclear reactor at Vogtle Electric Generating Plant in Georgia, the plant's owner said Friday.

3 nuclear plant workers exposed to radiation; feds investigatingupdated: Tue Apr 12 2011 16:07:00

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission will investigate an incident at a Nebraska nuclear plant in which three workers were accidentally exposed to radiation, it said in a statement Monday.

Nuclear accident evacuation plans: Is the U.S. ready?updated: Fri Apr 01 2011 08:36:00

If a serious nuclear accident were to happen in the United States, would we be able to evacuate to safety? That question now appears more than academic and all too realistic as the Japanese try to limit the release of deadly radiation from the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.

CNNMoney: Nuclear waste: America's 'biggest security threat'updated: Fri Apr 01 2011 07:19:00

In the United States, 63,000 tons of nuclear waste, the sum total of all the waste generated by decades of nuclear power, sits right where it was created -- at the power plants themselves.

Fukushima shines light on U.S. problem: 63,000 tons of spent fuelupdated: Thu Mar 31 2011 01:27:00

The Fukushima Daiichi disaster is focusing attention on a problem that has bedeviled Washington policymakers since the dawn of the nuclear age -- what to do with used nuclear fuel.

New York nuclear plant to receive 'top priority' in safety reviewupdated: Tue Mar 22 2011 19:20:00

A nuclear power plant less than 25 miles from New York is among 27 reactors the Nuclear Regulatory Commission is reviewing after a commission report uncovered higher safety risk than previously thought, officials said.

NRC tells U.S. nuclear plants to take 'appropriate' actionupdated: Fri Mar 18 2011 21:21:00

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Friday asked operators of the nation's 104 nuclear power plants to review details of the Fukushima Daiichi disaster and to take actions "as appropriate" to avoid similar problems at their reactors.

New York attorney general urges seismic study of nuclear plantupdated: Fri Mar 18 2011 20:27:00

In the wake of the current nuclear crisis in Japan, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said Friday that the federal government must conduct a seismic study of the Indian Point nuclear power plant before it renews its operating license.

How vulnerable are U.S. nuclear plants?updated: Wed Mar 16 2011 11:23:00

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the people of Japan as they cope with the fallout of a catastrophic earthquake, a horrific tsunami and the worst nuclear crisis since Chernobyl.

Fears mounting over U.S. nuclear plantsupdated: Wed Mar 16 2011 06:15:00

Just two months ago, California residents living near a controversial nuclear power plant grilled nuclear regulators over the reactor's safety at a public hearing.

CNNMoney: Half of U.S. nuclear reactors over 30 years oldupdated: Tue Mar 15 2011 15:37:00

Half of the nation's 104 nuclear reactors are over 30 years old, according to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Most of the remaining reactors are at least 20 years old.

Al Qaeda suspect at nuke plants leads to promise of improved securityupdated: Wed Oct 06 2010 15:11:00

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission says it plans to improve security procedures in the wake of an investigation into an al Qaeda suspect's employment at several U.S. nuclear power plants.

U.S. nuclear plants are secureupdated: Tue Mar 30 2010 14:14:00

The nuclear power plants that reliably supply 20 percent of the nation's electricity needs are the most secure and best-protected industrial facilities in the country.

Nuclear plants need real securityupdated: Mon Mar 15 2010 14:58:00

Several weeks ago, President Obama announced that $8 billion in government-loan guarantees would be made available to Southern Co. to begin construction of two nuclear reactors in Georgia.

CNNMoney: The threat of nuclear meltdownupdated: Thu Nov 12 2009 09:10:00

At a nuclear power plant in Texas, two men dressed in combat gear are perched atop a steel-framed watchtower armed with assault rifles, firing on both moving and stationary targets some 300 yards away.

CNNMoney: Private college presidents: 23 earn $1 millionupdated: Mon Nov 02 2009 13:35:00

The presidents of the nation's top private universities got 6.5% more in pay last year, with 23 taking home more than $1 million, according to a study published Monday.

New technology for terrorists?updated: Fri Jun 05 2009 12:09:00

Critics say online imagery of nuclear plants is too explicit and could aid terrorists. CNN's Jeanne Meserve reports.

Aerial images online endanger national security, critics sayupdated: Fri Jun 05 2009 12:09:00

One is a assemblyman in California; the other a piano tuner in Pennsylvania.

New nuke plants will likely be protected from jetliner attacksupdated: Wed Feb 18 2009 16:11:00

Nuclear power plants will likely add fortifications to future atomic power stations despite the cost involved, Energy Secretary Steven Chu said Wednesday.

New nuclear plants to protect against jet strikesupdated: Wed Feb 18 2009 10:47:00

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission voted Tuesday to require any future nuclear power plants to be designed to withstand strikes from commercial jetliners, addressing a possible terrorist scenario that has haunted some people since the September 11, 2001, attacks.

Fortune: The high cost of going nuclearupdated: Thu Sep 18 2008 21:49:00

If the companies that supply nuclear power plants are ready for a revival, the utilities that will operate the plants are champing at the bit.

Time.com: Worker Covered up Damage at OH Nuke Plantupdated: Tue Aug 26 2008 16:00:00

Jurors on Tuesday convicted a former nuclear plant engineer of hiding information from government regulators about the worst corrosion ever found at a U.S. reactor

Expert: L.A.'s 5.4 quake 'small sample' of one to comeupdated: Wed Jul 30 2008 12:21:00

A magnitude-5.4 earthquake shook the Los Angeles metropolitan area Tuesday, leaving residents rattled but causing no serious damage or injuries.

Report raises terrorism concerns for nuclear research reactorsupdated: Wed Feb 13 2008 12:04:00

The federal agency charged with safeguarding nuclear reactors has underestimated the potential for terrorists to attack small research reactors on college campuses as well as the potential impact of such attacks, congressional investigators said in a report released Tuesday.

Time.com: Drought Endangering Nuclear Powerupdated: Thu Jan 24 2008 11:00:00

Nuclear reactors across the Southeast could be forced to throttle back or temporarily shut down later this year because drought is drying up the rivers and lakes that supply them

Nuclear plant employee stopped with explosive deviceupdated: Fri Nov 02 2007 17:15:00

A contract employee at the largest nuclear plant in the nation was stopped at a plant entrance Friday with a "relatively small" explosive device in his truck, officials said.

Expert: Nuclear plant safeupdated: Fri Nov 02 2007 17:15:00

An expert says the Arizona nuclear power plant is well protected and a small pipe bomb would likely do little damage.

Sources: Staged cyber attack reveals vulnerability in power grid updated: Thu Sep 27 2007 03:08:00

Researchers who launched an experimental cyber attack caused a generator to self-destruct, alarming the federal government and electrical industry about what might happen if such an attack were carried out on a larger scale, CNN has learned.

Fortune: Inside NRG's new nuke thinkingupdated: Tue Sep 25 2007 03:04:00

Is the United States finally about to embark on a long anticipated nuclear power renaissance? It seemed so yesterday, when Princeton-based NRG Energy filed a license application to build two new nuclear reactors at its existing facility in Bay City, Texas.

CNNMoney: NRG to seek license for nuclear reactorupdated: Mon Sep 24 2007 05:24:00

Power producer NRG Energy Inc. is expected on Tuesday to submit the first application for a new nuclear reactor in the United States in nearly 30 years.

Agency: Nuclear plants secure enough if attacked by airupdated: Mon Jan 29 2007 16:12:00

Nuclear power plants will not be required to put up defenses against terrorist attacks from the air, according to a rule enacted Monday by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

Nuke agency takes Web site offlineupdated: Mon Oct 25 2004 21:03:00

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission removed its massive public reading room from the Internet Monday after nuclear safety activists and media organizations found several documents on it containing sensitive information they said could help terrorists.

Fortune: DOWN-TO-EARTH GUYupdated: Mon Nov 06 1989 00:01:00

Now that William Anders has been picked as the next CEO of General Dynamics, the rank-and-file at the St. Louis defense contractor might be wondering what he was like as an astronaut. Was this form...

Fortune: Toxic gas leakupdated: Mon Feb 03 1986 00:01:00

A cloud of highly toxic and mildly radioactive gas escaped from a Kerr-McGee uranium processing plant in Gore, Oklahoma, killing one worker and hospitalizing 34 people. The poisonous hydrogen fluor...

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