NRC http://wamc.org en Nuclear Expert Talks About NRC Furlough Implications http://wamc.org/post/nuclear-expert-talks-about-nrc-furlough-implications <p>Amid the ongoing partial federal government shutdown, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission is now down to bare bones after some 90 percent of the agency&rsquo;s staff has been furloughed. WAMC&rsquo;s Allison Dunne spoke with a scientist whose expertise lies in nuclear power and safety, nuclear proliferation, and nuclear terrorism. He talks about his concerns and the furlough&rsquo;s potential impacts.</p> Fri, 11 Oct 2013 01:26:04 +0000 Allison Dunne 75372 at http://wamc.org Nuclear Expert Talks About NRC Furlough Implications Government Shutdown Has NRC Set To Furlough Most Of Its Staff http://wamc.org/post/government-shutdown-has-nrc-set-furlough-most-its-staff <p>If the partial federal government shutdown continues beyond Thursday, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission will be operating with a skeleton staff. As a result, the NRC review process for the relicensing of one of the reactors at the Indian Point nuclear power plant could be delayed.</p><p>Some 90 percent of the NRC staff was to have been furloughed beginning Monday, but some leftover money is keeping the agency funded until Thursday. That&rsquo;s according to NRC spokesman Neil Sheehan.</p> Mon, 07 Oct 2013 22:54:18 +0000 Allison Dunne 75110 at http://wamc.org Government Shutdown Has NRC Set To Furlough Most Of Its Staff Entergy Begins Formal Notification of Nuclear Shutdown as Local Community Prepares for Economic Chan http://wamc.org/post/entergy-begins-formal-notification-nuclear-shutdown-local-community-prepares-economic-chan <p></p><p></p><p>Entergy, the owner of the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant, has taken the first of two formal steps to notify the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission that the plant is shutting down. Tue, 24 Sep 2013 20:30:00 +0000 Pat Bradley 74275 at http://wamc.org Entergy Begins Formal Notification of Nuclear Shutdown as Local Community Prepares for Economic Chan Entergy Reassesses Earthquake Risk For Indian Point Three http://wamc.org/post/entergy-reassesses-earthquake-risk-indian-point-three <p>The parent of the Indian Point nuclear power plant has submitted a report to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, saying that the earthquake risk for one of its reactors is not nearly as great as initially estimated.</p><p>Nuclear Regulatory Commission Spokesman Neil Sheehan says the NRC had already been looking into seismic risk, but that the topic took on greater urgency following the Fukushima nuclear accident in Japan.</p> Wed, 17 Jul 2013 17:36:39 +0000 Allison Dunne 69425 at http://wamc.org Entergy Reassesses Earthquake Risk For Indian Point Three NRC Issues Updated Environmental Report For Indian Point http://wamc.org/post/nrc-issues-updated-environmental-report-indian-point <p></p><p>The Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff has updated an environmental study of New York’s Indian Point nuclear power plant as part of the plant’s license renewal application. Environmentalists are taking issue with the study.</p><p>The NRC update to the Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement released in December 2010 incorporates new information about the possible impacts of Buchanan-based Indian Point on the aquatic environment. Here’s NRC spokesman Neil Sheehan.</p> Thu, 27 Jun 2013 23:14:53 +0000 Allison Dunne 68042 at http://wamc.org NRC Issues Updated Environmental Report For Indian Point NRC Releases Spent Fuel Pool Study http://wamc.org/post/nrc-releases-spent-fuel-pool-study <p></p><p>The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is seeking public comment on a study that looks at the potential impact of earthquakes on the pools where spent fuel is stored. The study says the pools likely are safe. An independent nuclear power expert says the study is flawed.</p> Thu, 27 Jun 2013 02:53:03 +0000 Allison Dunne 67955 at http://wamc.org NRC Releases Spent Fuel Pool Study NRC Grades Indian Point; Plant Opponents Grade The NRC http://wamc.org/post/nrc-grades-indian-point-plant-opponents-grade-nrc <p>The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is holding a public meeting and open house this evening to discuss the Commission’s recent safety assessment of the Indian Point nuclear power plant in Westchester County. Earlier today, Indian Point opponents issued their own report card, grading the NRC.</p><p>A number of leaders of environmental and citizens’ groups stood near the Hudson River in Peekskill Tuesday, with the Indian Point power plant reactors in the background. Former Democratic New York State Assemblyman Richard Brodsky was among them.</p> Tue, 14 May 2013 22:52:56 +0000 Allison Dunne 64684 at http://wamc.org NRC Grades Indian Point; Plant Opponents Grade The NRC Indian Point 2 License Renewal Questionable http://wamc.org/post/indian-point-2-license-renewal-questionable-0 <p>TARRYTOWN – Nuclear Regulatory Commission regional officials say the Indian Point nuclear power plant, in Buchanan, operated safely during 2012.</p><p>That does not mean Indian Point 2 is on the fast track for renewal of its operating license, which expires in September.</p><p>Regional administrator of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission William Dean told reporters in Tarrytown Monday that the actual renewal is a long way off, but that won’t keep the plant from operating.</p> Tue, 14 May 2013 12:35:08 +0000 Hank Gross 64613 at http://wamc.org Indian Point 2 License Renewal Questionable Groups Join VT and NY In Asking NRC to Do More Intensive Review of Nuclear Waste Storage http://wamc.org/post/groups-join-vt-and-ny-asking-nrc-do-more-intensive-review-nuclear-waste-storage <p></p> Fri, 04 Jan 2013 17:40:00 +0000 Pat Bradley 55076 at http://wamc.org Groups Join VT and NY In Asking NRC to Do More Intensive Review of Nuclear Waste Storage Relicensing: Waiting Game at Indian Point http://wamc.org/post/relicensing-waiting-game-indian-point <p>The final decision on Indian Point&#39;s 20-year license renewal application with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has hit another snag... Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports</p><p></p><p>The NRC will hold off before approving new licenses for Indian Point (and other nuclear plants) &nbsp;until the problem of dealing with safety and environmental threats posed by on-site storage of highly radioactive spent fuel is addressed...</p><p>Spent fuel has been building up on-site at the 40-year-old Buchanan reactors in the absence of any permanent repository.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 10 Aug 2012 15:39:21 +0000 Dave Lucas 45229 at http://wamc.org Relicensing: Waiting Game at Indian Point