Union of Concerned Scientists Annual Review: Near Misses at U.S. Nuclear Power Plants in 2015

Highlights
Ten nuclear safety near misses—problems that may increase the chance of a reactor core meltdown by a factor of 10 or more— were reported at U.S. nuclear power reactors in 2015. The good news: this total is about half the 19 near misses reported in 2010 and 2011, with the numbers in the intervening years steadily declining—a positive safety trend.… Continue reading...

Markey Queries NRC on Overcrowded Nuclear Spent Fuel Pools at Reactor Sites

Fire in densely-packed spent-fuel storage pools such as at Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station could result in displacement of more than ten million people and hundreds of billions of dollars in damages

Boston (June 30, 2016) – Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), a member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, which has jurisdiction over the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), today sent a letter calling on the Commission to reexamine the risks of overcrowded spent fuel storage pools at the nation’s commercial nuclear reactor sites citing recent reports that indicate risks such as fire could cause damage equivalent to that of an accident at an operating nuclear reactor.… Continue reading...

Ongoing NRC Denial of Citizens’ Petitions

June 16, 2016: NRC’s Rejection Letter, RE: 2.206 Citizens’ Petition for Public Safety (PDF)

June 11, 2015: 2.206 Petition – Emergency Planning (PDF)

 

Above, the latest NRC ongoing denial of 2.206 citizens’ petitions for public safety. Pilgrim Watch, Cape Downwinders, and the Duxbury Nuclear Advisory Committee filed this petition last year after Pilgrim scrammed during winter storm Juno due to the known faulty switchyard and then experienced multiple back up failures.… Continue reading...

Report: Pilgrim cooling system flaw went unaddressed

By Christine Legere, Cape Cod Times

PLYMOUTH — The Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station is operating safely, according to a report based on a special weeklong federal inspection conducted in January, the first of three planned this year. Inspectors, however, did bring up a flaw in an emergency cooling system that had been known but not addressed for nearly a year.… Continue reading...

Watchdog groups question latest Pilgrim inspection

Immediate shutdown only solution to safety shortcomings, activists say.

by Christine Legere, Cape Cod Times

PLYMOUTH — As a federal team begins the first round of special inspections at the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station this week to see whether a long list of shortcomings is being addressed by operators, area watchdogs expressed little faith in the process, saying the only solution to the aging plant’s woes is to immediately and permanently shut it down.… Continue reading...

Entergy : Opinion Turco: ‘We want a future, not a Fukushima’ NRC inaction on Pilgrim has failed region

Recent concerns raised alarm regarding safety at the Pilgrim nuclear reactor and the lack of serious federal oversight. The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission reported five security safety violations, promulgated a new ruling to allow an increase of safety infractions before additional oversight and initiated a rule-making proposal on decommissioning, which would allow the funds to be used for spent fuel storage, end off-site emergency planning and reduce security and insurance costs.… Continue reading...