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Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Nuclear Agency Urged To Review Spent Fuel Pools

AP | MATTHEW DALY | Posted 12.05.2011 | Green

WASHINGTON — The Nuclear Regulatory Commission should take immediate steps to improve the safety of pools containing radioactive waste stored at...

Nuclear Power Plant Trial: VP Says Firm Agreed To State Oversight

AP | DAVE GRAM | Posted 11.13.2011 | Green

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — A vice president of the company that owns the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant said Tuesday he wrote a letter almost three ...

NRC: Quake Shake Exceeded Va. Nuclear Plant's Design

AP | By MATTHEW DALY | Posted 11.08.2011 | Green

ROCKVILLE, Md. -- A 5.8-magnitude earthquake in the eastern U.S. caused the ground to shake much more than a Virginia nuclear plant was designed to wi...

Two Important Takeaways From the DC Quake

Danielle Brian | Posted 11.06.2011 | Politics
Danielle Brian

Hopefully, in the end, the earthquake knocked some heads together in Washington and got people thinking a little harder.

All Shook Up on the East Coast

Bill Chameides | Posted 10.25.2011 | Green
Bill Chameides

We just had an East Coast quake of 5.8 and these plants are designed to withstand quakes of a mere few tenths magnitude larger. Is that a safe margin?

GOP Senators Go After Controversial Regulator

AP | MATTHEW DALY | Posted 10.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Four Republican senators are asking the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's inspector general to investigate the agency's chairman for ...

NRC: No Major Damage At Nuclear Plants From Earthquake

AP | Posted 10.24.2011 | Green

KING OF PRUSSIA, Pa. (AP) -- The federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission says no major damage has been found at the 12 nuclear power plant sites that go...

Two Nuclear Reactors Taken Off Line After Virginia Earthquake

AP | Posted 10.24.2011 | Green

RICHMOND, Va. — Federal officials say two nuclear reactors at the North Anna Power Station in Louisa County, Va., were automatically taken off l...

Tom Zeller Jr.

Critics Question Competency Of Inspector General's Office At Nuclear Regulatory Commission | Tom Zeller Jr. | Posted 03.14.2014 | Green

George Mulley, a retired investigator with the Office of the Inspector General at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, leans across a footstool in his s...

Waking Up to a Nuclear Nightmare

Erich Pica | Posted 09.24.2011 | Green
Erich Pica

The idea that nuclear energy could be a safe solution to the world's energy needs was never more than an empty dream. Clearly, nuclear is just another nightmare problem.

'Green News Report' - July 21, 2011

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 09.20.2011 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

TWITTER: @GreenNewsReport. The 'GNR' is also now available on your cell phone via Stitcher Radio's mobile app!. IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Deadly h...

NRC Renews New Jersey Nuclear Plant's License For 20 Years

AP | By WAYNE PARRY | Posted 09.19.2011 | Green

-- Nuclear power will continue to play a major role in New Jersey's energy future for decades to come. Federal regulators on Wednesday renewed the o...

Dueling Punch Lists for Improving Nuclear Safety: NRC Task Force Recommendations Don't Go Far Enough

Elliott Negin | Posted 09.17.2011 | Green
Elliott Negin

A task force report released last Tuesday is the first of the NRC's two-step response to the Japanese nuclear accident. So far its recommendations don't go far enough to protect the public.

Government Panel: U.S. Nuclear Plants Need Better Protections From Catastrophes

AP | By DINA CAPPIELLO | Posted 09.11.2011 | Green

WASHINGTON -- Calling the Japan nuclear disaster "unacceptable," an expert task force convened by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has concluded that...

Nuclear Regulatory Commission Keeps Reports From Public Eye: 'You Can't Get Them From Us'

AP | By DAVE GRAM | Posted 09.09.2011 | Green

MONTPELIER, Vt. -- When a nuclear watchdog group asked the Nuclear Regulatory Commission for a study on leaks of radioactive water at the Vermont Yank...

Saved -- in Spite of Ourselves

Carl Pope | Posted 08.29.2011 | Green
Carl Pope

Although the Missouri River floods threatening Nebraska's Ft. Calhoun and Cooper nuclear power plants will put tremendous stress on both the systems and their operators, the immediate risk of a meltdown like Fukushima is small.

Lead Scientist Blasts NRC Chairman Over Nuke Dump

AP | DINA CAPPIELLO | Posted 08.23.2011 | Green

WASHINGTON — A government scientist in charge of reviewing the safety of the Yucca Mountain radioactive waste dump in Nevada is accusing his bos...

U.S. Regulators Opening Up on Flawed Nuclear Power Plant Policing

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 08.21.2011 | Green
The Center for Public Integrity

Critics have for years railed about regulators' coziness with industry, relative inattention to safety concerns and minimizing of seemingly unlikely events -- the same factors that have brought the Japanese nuclear industry to its knees.

Tom Zeller Jr.

House Republicans Grill Nuclear Watchdog Over Yucca Mountain Probe | Tom Zeller Jr. | Posted 08.15.2011 | Green

Members of a Congressional subcommittee grilled the inspector general of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Tuesday over a report in which he and...

Did NRC Chief Mislead Fellow Commissioners?

AP | MATTHEW DALY | Posted 08.14.2011 | Green

WASHINGTON — The chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission was unprofessional and "wrong" as he repeatedly misled fellow commissioners about...

NRC Head Withheld Information Related To Radioactive Dump: Report

Posted 08.10.2011 | Green

(AP) WASHINGTON — While he apparently broke no laws, the head of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission withheld and manipulated information to make the ...

Ensuring Nuclear Safety

Gregory Jaczko | Posted 07.26.2011 | Green
Gregory Jaczko

Ensuring nuclear safety is always challenging. We cannot guarantee the prevention of every possible accident and we seem to only make news when there are issues. But that is precisely our job -- to find problems and ensure they are resolved.

Why They Don't -- and Can't -- Get It Right

Carl Pope | Posted 07.17.2011 | Green
Carl Pope

Before long, nuclear will no longer be a low-cost option for even Asia's most rapidly growing electricity markets. The U.S. is obviously not going to build many new nuclear plants but time is running out to jump on the clean-energy bandwagon.

Tom Zeller Jr.

Nuclear Regulator: U.S. Plants Poorly Equipped For Natural Disasters | Tom Zeller Jr. | Posted 07.13.2011 | Green

Critics of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission received fresh ammunition on Thursday when the agency revealed that many of the nation's aging nuclear po...

ProPublica Editor's Note on Nuclear Plant Fire Risks

ProPublica | Posted 07.11.2011 | Green

By Stephen Engelberg, ProPublica Today's publication of our story on the threat posed by fire to nuclear power plants offers readers a rare opportuni...