Unit 2 of DTE Energy's Fermi nuclear power plant in Michigan experienced a transformer malfunction and automatically shut down on Saturday. DTE Energy is looking into the source of the issue and said there is no public safety risk.
The Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico was partially evacuated Monday because a storage drum was distended. The evacuation order was lifted later that day after it was determined the drum did not contain radiological material and there was no risk.
Baby boomers are vulnerable to replacement by lower-paid millennials who have different skill sets, but they can help themselves by showing a willingness to learn and share knowledge, says Julie Kantor, CEO of Twomentor. "If people are talking about what a great mentor, leader or adviser you are, it will increase your recognition in the company," she says.
The CABRI research reactor in France has finished a test to simulate an accident due to a sudden burst of energy in a pressurized water reactor. It was the first test using the reactor's pressurized water loop.
The Akademik Lomonosov, Russia's floating nuclear power plant, will begin relocating from St. Petersburg to Murmansk this week by traveling through the Baltic and North seas. It's expected to reach Murmansk by May 20.
Energy Secretary Rick Perry and Indian Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said they are committed to the nuclear energy partnership between the two nations and support Westinghouse to build six reactors in India as agreed in 2016. "They are lean and mean and ready to get to the work," Perry said of Westinghouse.
Researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory have created an alloy for the cladding of fuel rods in nuclear power plants that is safer than zirconium because it produces less hydrogen. The alloy is made from iron, chromium and aluminum and is being tested at Southern Nuclear's Hatch nuclear power plant in Georgia.
Exelon said its Three Mile Island nuclear power plant in Pennsylvania is nearing the point when plans to shut down the plant cannot be changed. The company isn't making any more capital investments in the plant and chose not to order a new fuel load, said Kathleen Barron, Exelon's senior vice president for federal regulatory affairs and wholesale market policy.
Public Service Enterprise Group's Hope Creek nuclear power plant in New Jersey ran continuously for a plant-record 517 days before shutting down for scheduled maintenance and refueling. The plant had been online without interruptions since its last refueling outage, a first for Hope Creek.
The production tax credit in the federal budget and zero-emissions credits at the state level may help keep existing plants open and see Georgia Power's Plant Vogtle expansion through to completion, but they aren't enough to help the US meet emissions and security goals, experts say. "We need a national policy effort, with the political resilience to endure our election cycles, that reauthorizes fuel reprocessing, and that incentivizes the development and deployment of" new technologies, said David Gattie, associate professor at the University of Georgia.