Latest U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission News

No safety issues so far in Vermont nuclear plant demolition

Sep. 20, 2019 3:41 PM EDT

VERNON, Vt. (AP) — No safety problems have been revealed so far in the ongoing decommissioning of the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission said in a new report. The commission's quarterly report, released Wednesday, details federal inspection results for May, June, July and...

Agency could keep Three Mile Island nuclear debris in Idaho

Sep. 16, 2019 6:53 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The partially melted reactor core from the worst nuclear accident in U.S. history could remain in Idaho for another 20 years if regulators finalize a license extension sought by the U.S. Energy Department, officials said Monday. The core from Three Mile Island in Pennsylvania partially...

Regulators hold meeting on nuclear plant decommissioning

Sep. 10, 2019 5:01 AM EDT

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. (AP) — The federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission will be holding a public meeting in Brattleboro to discuss practices for community and citizen advisory boards related to nuclear plant decommissioning activities. Sen. Bernie Sanders, a Democratic candidate for president, says Tuesday...

Wyoming officials considering spent nuclear fuel storage

Sep. 4, 2019 12:57 PM EDT

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming lawmakers are considering allowing the storage of spent nuclear fuel in the state as a way to boost revenue. The Spent Fuel Rods Subcommittee meets for the first time in Casper on Thursday to discuss the idea. The panel will hear from U.S. Department of Energy and Nuclear...

Regulators hold hearing on disputed uranium mine

Aug. 28, 2019 12:23 PM EDT

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A three-day hearing before federal regulators that began Wednesday aims to resolve a long-running dispute over the potential impact of a proposed uranium mine in South Dakota on sites of Native American cultural, historical and religious significance. Powertech, a subsidiary of...

License for Pilgrim plant transferred for decommissioning

Aug. 23, 2019 2:02 PM EDT

PLYMOUTH, Mass. (AP) — The license for the now-shuttered Pilgrim nuclear power plant in Plymouth has been transferred to a private company for decommissioning. The action Thursday by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission paves the way for the completion of the sale of the plant from Entergy Corporation to...

Warren urges NRC to delay transfer of Pilgrim license

Aug. 15, 2019 3:55 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren is calling on federal regulators to hold off on transferring the license of the now-shuttered Pilgrim nuclear power plant to a private company for decommissioning. The Massachusetts Democrat said in a statement Thursday that "important questions" need to be answered...

NRC staff approves sale of Pilgrim nuclear power plant

Aug. 13, 2019 6:37 PM EDT

PLYMOUTH, Mass. (AP) — Staffers at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission have approved the sale of the now-shuttered Pilgrim nuclear power plant to Holtec International for decommissioning. The Boston Globe reported Tuesday that NRC staff concluded Holtec is "financially and technically qualified to own the...

Troubled SC nuclear firm kept radioactive trash in leaky bin

Jul. 26, 2019 8:02 AM EDT

HOPKINS, S.C. (AP) — Federal authorities say a nuclear plant in South Carolina kept radioactive trash in a leaky 40-foot shipping container, raising concerns that uranium has once again seeped into the surrounding soil. The State reports the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission and state environmental...