Jamie Munks Memphis Commercial Appeal Published 5:12 PM EST Nov 8, 2018 The Tennessee Valley Authority's dedication of its Allen Combined Cycle Natural Gas Plant marks its commitment to Memphis at a time when Memphis power alternatives are being scrutinized, officials said Thursday. "In 1958, Memphis building the Allen plant was a sign of a commitment to TVA," said Bill Johnson, the authority's CEO. "And in 2018, TVA building this plant and naming it after Major Allen is a sign of our commitment to Memphis." The Tennessee Valley Authority touted the new plant on Thursday, and the completion of a years-long transition from the Allen Fossil Plant that burned more than 7,000 tons of coal daily and shut down for good earlier this year. Costs increase: TVA absorbing higher costs to cool new Memphis power plant Memphis has historically been the agency's largest customer, and Memphis Light, Gas and Water officials expect their ongoing summary examining alternatives … [Read more...] about Tennessee Valley Authority chief touts ‘efficient’ new Allen natural gas plant
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Keith Matheny Detroit Free Press Published 9:00 AM EDT Oct 19, 2018 More than 60,000 tons of highly radioactive spent nuclear fuel is stored on the shores of four of the five Great Lakes — in some cases, mere yards from the waterline — in still-growing stockpiles. “It’s actually the most dangerous waste produced by any industry in the history of the Earth,” said Gordon Edwards, president of the nonprofit Canadian Coalition for Nuclear Responsibility. The spent nuclear fuel is partly from 15 current or former U.S. nuclear power plants, including four in Michigan, that have generated it over the past 50 years or more. But most of the volume stored along the Great Lakes, more than 50,000 tons, comes from Canadian nuclear facilities, where nuclear power is far more prevalent. It remains on the shorelines because there's still nowhere else to put it. The U.S. government broke a promise to provide the nuclear power … [Read more...] about Radioactive nuclear waste sits on Great Lakes’ shores
In Zion, Illinois, 257 acres of prime lakefront property about 40 miles northwest of Chicago should be at the center of a redevelopment plan to revive a struggling community caught in the aftermath of a closed nuclear plant, says its mayor, Al Hill. But after decades of federal inaction on a comprehensive strategy to move the nation’s high-level radioactive waste from some 121 sites across the country, Zion and its local officials are coming to the same stark realization as many other communities with shuttered or aging plants: The federal government’s foot-dragging on nuclear waste policy may seem as long as the radioactive materials’ 10,000-year half-life. Some 64 so-called dry cask storage units containing 2.2 million pounds of deadly spent nuclear fuel rods are stored on the site of what was the Zion Nuclear Power Station, the remnants from generating nuclear power since 1974. And they’ve left Zion in a kind of purgatory, unable to move on from its nuclear … [Read more...] about Failures of Congress Keep Nuclear Waste Scattered Across the US
The hour is drawing near for Charleston-area residents who want to vent to the powers-that-be about the failed V.C. Summer nuclear project.Or about their South Carolina Electric & Gas power bills.Or about whether Dominion Energy should get the go-ahead to buy SCE&G.The S.C. Public Service Commission, which regulates utilities in the state, is coming to the Lowcountry this week for the last of three public hearings.The agency held previous meetings in Columbia and Aiken. The final roadshow is set for Monday at Charleston County Government’s Lonnie Hamilton Public Services Building at 4045 Bridgeview Drive in North Charleston. It starts at 6 p.m.To keep things moving along, the floor will open for 3 minutes per speaker. All comments will be folded into several ongoing cases surrounding SCE&G, which was financially responsible for more than half of the failed expansion of the V.C. Summer Nuclear Station before abandoning the site in mid-2017. The disastrous project has … [Read more...] about Charleston-area public hearing focuses on SCE&G, failed nuclear project, etc.
Based on forecasts, we anticipate the plant site will experience sustained hurricane force winds and, per our procedures, operators are systematically shutting down both units.Nuclear plants have procedures that require they shut a safe amount of time before hurricane force winds of at least 74 miles per hour are expected to reach the site.Hurricane Florence made landfall Friday morning, darkening the sky - and numerous homes - in the Carolinas.Duke Energy Corp started to shut the Brunswick nuclear power plant in North Carolina ahead of Hurricane Florence, which is expected to strike the coast near the plant on Friday.A 2004 report from the National Regulatory Commission states that the Brunswick plant is able to survive a storm surge of 22 feet above sea level, the News-Observer reported. But Duke Energy Corp and the NRC have gone back and forth about whether the facility meets the new requirements, as the plant was originally created to protect itself against only 3.6 feet of storm … [Read more...] about Six Nuclear Power Plants Are In Hurricane Florence’s Path