Nuclear Regulatory Commission News

Regulators Say South Carolina Nuclear Fuel Plant Put Workers at ‘Substantial’ Risk

Federal regulators say they’ve found there was a “substantial potential” for an accident that could have injured workers at the Westinghouse nuclear fuel plant near Columbia. Media outlets report the preliminary results of an investigation into a uranium built up …

Aging U.S. Nuclear Plants Pushing Limits of Life Expectancy

The U.S. is set to become the first nation to decide whether it’s safe to operate nuclear power plants for 80 years, twice as long as initially allowed. The majority of the nation’s 99 reactors have already received 20-year extensions …

Workers Inhaled Uranium at Wyoming Mine, NRC Says

Six workers at a Wyoming uranium mine inhaled the radioactive element while cleaning up a spill inside a processing building just days before the mine delivered its first shipment last year, according to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The workers’ urine …

Congressional Study Finds Inconsistency in Nuclear Safety Enforcement

The number of safety violations at U.S. nuclear power plants varies dramatically from region to region, pointing to inconsistent enforcement in an industry now operating mostly beyond its original 40-year licenses, according to a congressional study awaiting release. Nuclear Regulatory …

Feds Vow More Oversight at South Carolina Nuclear Plant

Federal officials announced they are going to be doing more oversight at a South Carolina nuclear power plant that has tallied a number of incidents in recent years. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is going to keep a closer eye on …

San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant in Southern California to Close

The troubled San Onofre nuclear power plant on California’s coast is closing, after a 16-month battle over whether the twin reactors could be safely restarted with millions of people living nearby, officials announced Friday. Southern California Edison, which operates the …

Operator At California Nuke Plant Disputes Safety Claim

The utility that runs the troubled San Onofre nuclear power plant on the California coast sharply denied Thursday that it was aware of equipment problems linked to a 2012 tube break that released a trace of radiation. On Wednesday, Sen. …

U.S. Slaps Japanese Company on California Nuclear Power Plant Work

A Japanese company that manufactured the troubled steam generators at a key nuclear power plant in southern California might be looking for fixes with the wrong test equipment, U.S. federal regulators have disclosed. A Nuclear Regulatory Commission report found that …

Nuclear Plant Problems Continue at Socal Facility

After months of investigation, federal regulators have determined that design flaws appear to be the cause of excessive wear in tubing that carries radioactive water through California’s troubled San Onofre nuclear power plant, a top federal regulator said. The twin-reactor …

Activists’ Study Doubts Safety at California Nuke Plant

A report commissioned by an environmental group warned Tuesday that running California’s San Onofre nuclear plant at reduced power would not resolve problems with badly worn tubing that have kept its twin reactors offline for more than three months – …