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Why the Daily Caller is Wrong About Nuclear Power Plant Security
Earlier today, Alex Pappas of The Daily Caller published a story concerning security at Exelon's Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant. The story included video of Pappas driving his car past a deactivated checkpoint and into the plant's parking lot.We shot a note to Kory Raftery at Calvert Cliffs to get his take on the story:The fences and checkpoints you see at Calvert Cliffs are only a small part of our defense in depth security strategy. In fact, much of our defense lies in the things you can’t see.Due to its location and the network of barrier systems in place, perimeter fencing and manned vehicle checkpoints are not required to keep our plant, our workers and our community safe. Manned entrance facilities are not required at many U.S. nuclear facilities and Calvert recently redeployed officers to strengthen its overall security presence.Simply put, Pappas and his vehicle passed through a gate that was outside the protected area (see below diagram). So while his vehicle was

Carbon free nuclear power safer bet as regulators and O&M technology get stricter, innovative and more focused
Précis:  The maintenance of nuclear plants in the US and the UK has to be constantly reviewed to ensure safety and efficiency, leaving regulators and licensees in a constant battle to ensure that techniques and methods are effective and up to date. In the United States, for example, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), employs a regulatory framework that consists of three key strategic areas, reactor safety, radiation safety, and safeguards. Within these three areas there are seven ‘cornerstones’ that are adhered to in order to reflect safety and maintenance measures, they include initiating events, mitigating systems, barrier integrity, emergency preparedness, public radiation safety, occupational radiation safety, and physical protection. Image:  Primary Event:  5th Annual Nuclear Cons

Russia decommissions research reactor
The Research Institute of Atomic Reactors (NIIAR) in Dimitrovgrad has completed decommissioning of the research reactor RBT-10/1.Russian regulator Rostechnadzor last month removed the reactor from the list of supervised nuclear facilities, NIIAR said on 1 September.RBT-10/1, which started operations in 1983, was developed for experiments to study properties of materials under irradiation as well as to produce radionuclide sources or materials with required properties, NIIAR said.RBT-10/1 was idled in 1994 and declared shut down in 2005. Decommissioning work included removal of used nuclear fuel as well as disassembly of the reactor core, conversion facilities and experimental devices for use in another research reactor at the site, the RBT-10/2.The use of equipment from the decommissioned RBT-10/1 reactor enabled an increase in the power capacity of the RBT-10/2 reactor from 7 MWe to 10 MWe, NIIAR said.This in turn enabled a 30% increase in the production of medical isotopes, such as i

Pressure tests at Rostov 4
The pressure tests demonstrated the required strength of the base metal and welds of the product, OMZ said on 8 September. The next step will be to check the assembly of the reactor pressure vessel and its internals, one of the final stages in manufacturing the vessel before shipment to the customer, OMZ said. Izhorskiye Zavody is nearing completion of the support and thrust rings and accumulator tanks for the unit, OMZ said.Four 1000 MWe VVER pressurized water reactors have been planned at the Rostov site (formerly known as Volgodonsk) since the early 1980s. Construction of units 1 and 2 began promptly, but progress faltered. Units 1 and 2 eventually entered commercial operation in March 2001 and October 2010, respectively.In June 2009, NN-AEP, a subsidiary of AtomEnergoProm, won the tender as principal contractor for the construction of units 3 and 4, now slightly larger at 1100 MWe. Construction of unit 3 began again in late 2009, with its reactor building dome installed in October

About an Office and Its Meaning
FOX Architects, which designed NEI’s offices here in Washington DC, has won the Pinnacle Award from the International Interior Design Association. It’s in the category for interior fit-outs of between 20,000 and 100,000 square feet. Of course, this has everything to do with the quality of work done by the architect and its contractors, not the nature of nuclear energy Or does it? When NEI came to the end of its 20 year lease on I Street, it found itself in a revived and newly vibrant city. F Street is closer to Capitol Hill than I Street, but for many years F Street was an eyesore, almost a generic representative of a decaying downtown. In the last 10 years, as DC finally shook off the impact of suburbanization, the virtues of city living became manifest to an affluent, and younger, cohort. Consequently, DC went on a building binge, with both office buildings and residential complexes rapidly changing the skyline. But it remains a distinctively short skyline due to building hei

Nuclear Finance: how can it be a more attractive investment proposition?
Précis:  It is without doubt that new nuclear plants will be built in all parts of the world to secure reliable, cost effective and carbon free energy, but this has so far not enthused the financial markets, so the question is what can the nuclear industry do to become a viable proposition for investment? The major obstacles in enticing investors to nuclear power projects are mainly the start-up costs of a nuclear plant, and the delays that often have occurred when plants are being constructed. However, the Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) in the United States, has highlighted future trends that could improve the nuclear financial climate. Image:  Primary Event:  6th Annual Nuclear Construction Summit Premium`:  No

Leslie Barbour Retires Leaving NEI and the Industry Poised for Growth
The following is a guest post by Leslie Barbour, Director of Legislative Programs for NEI. After 21 years working at the Nuclear Energy Institute as an industry lobbyist, I retire today with a great sense of accomplishment for what the industry has achieved during this time. When I was hired in 1993, the industry was negotiating a success path for used fuel disposal that would enable companies to ship fuel to Yucca Mountain, Nevada. President Clinton had just appointed Hazel O’Leary as the first woman and first African American Secretary of Energy. We soon realized that nuclear energy was not a favored energy option of the Administration when she demoted the Office of Nuclear Energy’s leadership from Assistant Secretary to Director. The Administration then began cutting nuclear energy R&D funding from $147 million in 1994 to $2 million in 1998. The only program left was support for universities. The industry suffered the loss of the gas reactor and sodium cooled reactor

First steam generator for Leningrad II
Installation of the first of the four steam generators at the Leningrad II nuclear power plant in western Russia will be completed within the next few days. Installation of the remaining three steam generators - manufactured by Atomenergomash subsidiary ZIO-Podolsk - is scheduled to be completed by the end of September, AEP said.Leningrad Phase II is a new nuclear power plant adjacent to the existing Leningrad nuclear plant site. Two AES-2006 design nuclear units are being built there, which should begin operation in 2016 and 2018 respectively. Two further AES-2006 units are planned for the site. Each AES-2006 unit will employ four steam generators.Steam generators are used in pressurized water reactors to transfer heat from the reactor's primary coolant circuit to a secondary circuit - turning water into steam that goes on to drive turbines and generate electricity. World Nuclear News

Protecting Clean Energy at North Anna Power Station
The following post was sent to us by Dominion’s Richard Hanson for NEI’s Powered by Our People promotion. Powered by Our People is part of the Future of Energy campaign that NEI launched earlier this year. This promotion aims to communicate innovation in our nation’s nuclear facilities in the voices of the people working at them.Richard HansonRichard is the manager of protection services at North Anna Power Station in Louisa County in Central Virginia. He’s worked in the nuclear industry for 11 years.For more on this promotion, take a look at the featured content on our website and follow the #futureofenergy tag across our digital channels.Tell us about yourself, and how long you’ve been in the nuclear energy industry.I am the manager of protection services at North Anna Power Station. We’re owned by Dominion Virginia Power and I’ve been in the nuclear industry for approximately 11 years.Why do you enjoy what you do?I enjoy what I do because I get a sense of accomplishmen

Radical re-think: why nuclear has to get itself back on the career radar
Précis:  The UK’s Nuclear Industry Association (NIA) has launched a regeneration campaign, following depressing survey results that found over a third of science, technology, engineering, and maths undergraduates, did not see a career in the nuclear industry. Worryingly, the NIA predicts that 140,000 workers could be required to deliver the UK’s nuclear new build programme up to 2030, with further opportunities in decommissioning over the next 15 years. Out of the 1376 of those who were questioned, a surprising 43% did not believe that they were studying the right subjects to progress in the nuclear industry. More disturbingly, 14% of respondents had never even heard of opportunities that might exist for them in the nuclear business. Image: 

Research efforts support reactor lifetime extension
Précis:  As nuclear power plants in Europe approach the end of their designed lifetimes, new ageing-related problems are emerging. But thanks to research efforts by entities such as the JRC and STUK, challenges are being identified and solutions investigated early on. An increasing number of operators are striving to extend the lifetime of their nuclear power plants (NPPs) in an attempt to profit from cheap generating costs, having already retrieved the substantial capital costs of building them. Image:  Primary Event:  2nd Annunal Nuclear Long Term Operations & Ageing Management Europe Premium`:  No Image Caption:  Institute for Energy and Transport (IET), one of the

Tianwan 3 vessel passes pressure tests
The VVER-1000 reactor vessel for the third unit of the Tianwan nuclear power plant in China's Jiangsu province has successfully completed hydraulic tests at the manufacturing plant in Russia.Made by OMZ subsidiary Izhorskiye Zavody, the pressure vessel was placed on a test stand and subjected to internal pressure of 24.5 MPa to prove the durability of the metal as well as its welded joints.The tests were supervised by a commission which included representatives from OKB Gidropress, VO Safety, Atomproekt, Izhorskiye Zavody, as well as from the customer, Jiangsu Nuclear Power Corporation (JNPC). JNPC is a joint venture between China National Nuclear Corporation (50%), China Power Investment Corporation (30%) and Jiangsu Guoxin Group (20%).Having successfully completed the pressure test, the next step for OMZ is the trial assembly of the reactor internals and the vessel head. The company said that this is "one of the final stages in the manufacturing process of the reactor vessel prior to

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