Category: Nuclear Power

Worst Week Since Fukushima: 4 Major Setbacks in 3 Days are Latest Stumbles for U.S. Nuclear Power Industry

Statement by 
Daniel Hirsch 

Rather than the nuclear revival hoped for by the industry, the gearshift has been thrown hard in reverse.  Instead of a proliferation of new plants, existing reactors are getting shut down long before their licenses expire.  And this is due largely to short-sighted safety shortcuts by the industry and its compliant regulators.  They have been their own worst enemies.

The poster child for this revival-in-reverse is San Onofre, located between Los Angeles and San Diego, with 8.5 million people living within 50 miles.  Last week, Southern California Edison announced it could permanently close both units if …

White House Supports Rollback of Cleanup Standards for Nuclear Incidents

In a stunning reversal, it appears that the Obama Administration is poised to rollback cleanup standards for nuclear incidents:

The White House has endorsed a plan to relax long-held standards for cleaning up radioactive material released by a nuclear power plant disaster or act of terrorism, a group of federal officials say in a new draft report.

NTI reports.…

San Onofre’s Troubles Deepen

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the repair costs for San Onofre are exploding.  Meantime, after years of employee complaints, KPBS reports that federal regulators are now looking into claims that San Onofre’s cyber-security training is outdated, at best.  The San Diego Union Tribune also reports that 70% power at San Onofre seems to be the “new norm.”…

SAN ONOFRE: CBG Study Shows Safety of Restarting Either Unit 2 or 3 is Questionable

In a report released today, CBG conducted an exhaustive analysis of data from nuclear plants nationwide.  After analyzing the data, it became stunningly clear that San Onofre’s Unit 2 reactor has about 400 times as many damaged steam generator tubes as the median number at comparable plants over the same operational period, and Unit 3 has more than 450 times as many.  Each San Onofre reactor has greater than a thousand times as many indications of wear on the tubes than the typical reactor in its first cycle of operation.  And each San Onofre unit has had to …