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Petition seeks closure of Diablo Canyon nuclear plant 27.8.2014 SFGate: Business & Technology
The environmental group that helped shut down the San Onofre nuclear plant last year is now using the same tactic in a bid to close California's last nuclear power plant, PG&E's Diablo Canyon. The plant, near San Luis Obispo, risks catastrophic failure during an earthquake and should be shuttered pending a public review of its safety, according to a petition that Friends of the Earth filed with federal regulators Tuesday. Friends of Earth now wants PG&E to seek a license amendment to continue running Diablo. The inspector, Michael Peck, recommended shutting down Diablo until the commission determined whether the plant's equipment could survive higher seismic stress levels. "Continued reactor operation outside the bounds of the NRC approved safety analyses challenges the presumption of nuclear safety," Peck wrote. "A year ago, a qualified NRC inspector informed the NRC that the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant should be shut down until it is clear that the plant can withstand the kind of earthquake ...
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Aug. 27 Readers' letters 27.8.2014 San Jose Mercury News: Letters
Letters from Mercury News readers.
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Xcel defends handling of Monticello nuclear plant upgrade 27.8.2014 Star Tribune: Business
At issue is who pays:  investors or customers?
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Environmentalists file petition claiming California nuke plant should close until found safe 27.8.2014 Star Tribune: Politics
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Fukushima suicide victim's family wins damages 26.8.2014 Guardian: Environment
Family of Hamako Watanabe, who fled nuclear disaster and later doused herself in petrol, successfully sue plant operator Tepco Continue reading...
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AP Exclusive: Expert calls for nuke plant closure 25.8.2014 Seattle Times: Top stories
A senior federal nuclear expert is urging regulators to shut down California's last operating nuclear plant until they can determine whether the facility's twin reactors can withstand powerful shaking from any one of several nearby earthquake faults.
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AP Exclusive: Expert calls for nuke plant closure 25.8.2014 Seattle Times: Business & Technology
A senior federal nuclear expert is urging regulators to shut down California's last operating nuclear plant until they can determine whether the facility's twin reactors can withstand powerful shaking from any one of several nearby earthquake faults.
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Senior nuclear expert urges regulators to shut down California's last plant 25.8.2014 The Guardian -- World Latest

In confidential report, lead inspector said NRC must determine whether Diablo Canyons twin reactors are seismically safe

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AP Exclusive: US nuclear expert calls for California nuclear plant shutdown until proven safe 25.8.2014 Star Tribune: Politics
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AP Exclusive: Expert calls for nuke plant closure 25.8.2014 AP National
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A senior federal nuclear expert is urging regulators to shut down California's last operating nuclear plant until they can determine whether the facility's twin reactors can withstand powerful shaking from any one of several nearby earthquake faults....
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Cause of New Mexico nuclear waste accident remains a mystery 24.8.2014 LA Times: Environment
A 55-gallon drum of nuclear waste, buried in a salt shaft 2,150 feet under the New Mexico desert, violently erupted late on Feb. 14 and spewed mounds of radioactive white foam.
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Complicated case of a leaky radioactive dump in New Mexico 24.8.2014 LA Times: Opinion
The eruption in February of a 55-gallon drum of nuclear waste buried deep in a salt shaft at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad, N.M., has left the facility closed for months and raised questions about the Department of Energy's ability to keep tabs on the content of nuclear waste...
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Group urges rehiring of Los Alamos lab worker who says he was fired for anti-nuke views 23.8.2014 Star Tribune: Politics
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Ruling on Nuclear Waste Storage Could Create a "Catastrophic Risk" 22.8.2014 Mother Jones
Strict safety controls sought by environmental groups for the storage of radioactive waste at dozens of nuclear power plants may fall to the wayside under a rule that's expected be approved by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission next week. According to a congressional source who does not wish to be identified, the NRC is rushing to vote on the rule before the September retirement of Commissioner William Magwood, an ally of the nuclear power industry. The rule would establish that the environmental risks of storing spent fuel in pools of water at reactor sites for extended periods are negligible and for the most part don't need to be studied as part of the licensing requirements for nuclear power plants. But critics of the rule say that the NRC is blatantly ignoring its own research, which shows that the practice could lead to serious disasters: "You will have all the waste sitting, basically, in a giant swimming pool," the source says, "and the potential of the swimming pool draining or being breached by ...
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A 'stellar fossil' holds hints of one of the universe's first stars 22.8.2014 LA Times: Opinion
Astronomers say they’ve discovered the signature of one of the first stars in the universe, whose remains were embedded into the body of another very old star.
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Westinghouse to build Utah nuclear plant 22.8.2014 Salt Lake Tribune
A firm seeking to bring nuclear power to Utah has reached an agreement with Westinghouse Electric Co. to design and build a 1,500-megawatt plant in Emery County. Blue Castle Holdings on Wednesday announced it has signed a memorandum of understanding that commits the company to Westinghouse’s AP1000, a pressurized water reactor the company is constructing at four other sites around the world, including two U.S. plant expansions. This model is known for its “passive” safety systems, designed to sh...
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Nuclear Shutdowns Leave Belgium Looking for Power 21.8.2014 Wall St. Journal: World
The closure of three major nuclear power plants has left Belgian authorities racing to map out emergency plans in case of an energy crunch this winter.
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Pakistan protest leader backs out of talks 21.8.2014 Seattle Times: Nation & World
Pakistani opposition leader Imran Khan suspended talks with the government Thursday after it appointed a new police chief in the capital ahead of a possible crackdown on thousands of anti-government protesters who have besieged parliament.
US Labor Department orders contractor to reinstate, pay back wages for Hanford whistleblower 21.8.2014 Star Tribune: Nation
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Feds order reinstatement of nuclear whistleblower 21.8.2014 AP Washington
SEATTLE (AP) -- The U.S. Department of Labor has ordered a Hanford Nuclear Reservation contractor to reinstate a worker who the department says was fired for voicing concerns about nuclear and environmental safety, officials announced Wednesday....
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