Nuclear capacity factors in May Nuclear News

May 21, 2012, 6:00AMANS Nuclear Cafe

The May issue of Nuclear News magazine is available in hard copy and electronically for American Nuclear Society members (must enter ANS user name and password in Member Center).  The issue contains the following feature articles:

  • U.S. capacity factors: The oldest reactors keep pace, by E. Michael Blake
  • From its birthplace: A symposium on the future of nuclear power, by Larry Foulke
  • INPO/WANO performance indicators: U.S. fleet posted strong performance in 2011

Other news in the issue: The Nuclear Regulatory Commission issues combined construction and operating licenses for two new reactors at Summer site; the Tennessee Valley Authority announces late 2015 startup for Watts Bar-2 and an additional cost of $1.5 million to $2 million; the NRC issues confirmatory action letter on San Onofre restart plans; the Atomic Safety and Licensing Board allows a challenge to Limerick's license renewal; the NRC's staff and the Advisory Committee on Reactor Safeguards favor a 15-percent power uprates for Turkey Point-3 and -4; Gallup poll shows U.S. public's support for nuclear power is near pre-Fukushima levels; the NRC cites PSEG Nuclear for security infraction at Hope Creek/Salem; South Korea hosts second Nuclear Security Summit; the NRC to establish new security regulations for the use and transport of radioactive materials; the National Nuclear Security Administration sends last shipment of high-enriched uranium to France; major milestone reached in waste treatment project at the Idaho Site; and underground waste tanks at the  Savannah River Site are being readied for closure.

Also, the low-level waste repository in Texas clears a regulatory hurdle; the Hanford Site's Plutonium Fabrication Pilot Plant/308 Building is demolished; the Blue Ribbon Commission on America's Nuclear Future urges the NRC to begin work on generic regulations for nuclear waste management; Cameco acquires Areva's share of the Millennium project, receives license renewals for three facilities; Energy Resources of Australia explores potential for underground mining at Ranger 3 Deeps; Peninsula Energy commits to Lance projects in Wyoming;  E.ON and RWE drop plans to build nuclear plants in the United Kingdom; Babcock-led consortium takes over Dounreay site in Scotland; GE Hitachi and Britain's National Nuclear Laboratory sign agreement to dispose of plutonium in the UK; Berkeley boilers shipped from England to France for recycling; With no investors, Bulgaria drops Belene nuclear plant project; and fuel loading begins at Canada's refurbished Point Lepreau plant.

And there is much more.

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