Latest U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission News

Has tech made moving nukes safe enough? Depends whom you ask

Oct. 14, 2019 4:37 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — The plutonium core for the first atomic weapon detonated in 1945 was taken from Los Alamos National Laboratory to a test site in the New Mexico desert in the backseat of a U.S. Army sedan. Officials put other bomb parts inside a metal container, packed it into a wooden crate and secured...

Has tech made it safer to move nukes? Depends whom you ask

Oct. 14, 2019 9:36 AM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A fight is raging in courts and Congress over where radioactive materials should be stored and how to safely get the dangerous remnants of decades of bomb-making and power generation to a permanent resting place. Nationwide, spent fuel rods lie in temporary cooling ponds at commercial...

Vermont now able to regulate certain radioactive materials

Oct. 1, 2019 12:30 AM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission says the state of Vermont now has the responsibility for regulating certain radioactive materials in the state. On Monday NRC Chairman Kristine Svinicki and Vermont Gov. Philip Scott, a Republican, signed the agreement that gave Vermont the...

Panel hears testimony about nuclear plant cracks, study

Sep. 25, 2019 9:43 AM EDT

SEABROOK, N.H. (AP) — Neighbors of the Seabrook Nuclear Power Plant have told a federal panel that they want more transparent, independent monitoring of cracks that have formed in the plant's concrete foundation. New Hampshire Public Radio reports they spoke Monday before a panel of administrative judges...

New Mexico coalition optimistic on nuke waste storage plan

Sep. 22, 2019 11:48 AM EDT

HOBBS, N.M. (AP) — The head of a southeastern New Mexico coalition supporting plans to build a facility to temporary store spent nuclear fuel says supporters have around 18 months to go. Eddy-Lea Energy Alliance Chairman John Heaton last week encouraged fellow board members to keep pushing for the proposed...

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...