The Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia board met Thursday but did not vote on whether to go ahead with the Plant Vogtle expansion in Georgia. A vote is due before Monday, but the board likely won't meet until "very early next week," says MEAG board member and Marietta, Ga., Mayor Steve Tumlin.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is aiming to have North Korea denuclearized before January 2021. Following the recent meeting of North and South Korean leaders, Pompeo said that "the United States is prepared to engage immediately in negotiations to transform US-DPRK relations," using an abbreviation for North Korea.
Transportable micro-nuclear reactors such as one being developed by Los Alamos National Laboratory and Westinghouse Electric Co. can be used to power remote military bases, improving troop safety, writes Los Alamos' Andy Erickson. The microreactor can be powered up in 72 hours and shut down and removed within a week, he writes.
Personnel access to the Brunswick nuclear plant in North Carolina has been fully restored following flooding in the area from Hurricane Florence, Duke Energy reported to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Wednesday. Brunswick was the only American nuclear plant to shut down due to Florence.
Entergy's Grand Gulf Nuclear Station in Mississippi went offline on Friday, without a publicly available schedule for when it would return to service, as workers looked into feedwater system issues. This comes amid higher-than-normal temperatures in the region that are straining the electrical grid, with the Midcontinent Independent System Operator recently issuing alerts requesting that utility customers limit electricity usage.
Duke Energy told the Nuclear Regulatory Commission that the situation at the Brunswick nuclear plant in North Carolina is no longer an emergency. Workers who rode out the storm are leaving by boat and being relieved by other employees, with no floodwaters having reached the plant's two reactors, said Duke spokeswoman Rita Sipe.
Those speaking in the media often have little to no experience in nuclear energy and therefore are spreading misinformation, writes James Conca. "Maybe the problem for nuclear is that there are very few of us -- nuclear is one of the smallest communities in science," he writes.
Indian Point nuclear plant's Unit 3 in New York has been taken offline due to a non-nuclear-related steam leak. This is separate from the recently repaired safety injection system leak that shut down the reactor earlier this month.
US Bankruptcy Judge Alan Koschik has ruled against FirstEnergy over its plan to pay $100 million in bonuses to retain certain workers throughout the closure of several nuclear plants. "We are disappointed with the court's ruling and are evaluating our next steps," a FirstEnergy spokesperson said.