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No meeting halfway on nuke licensing rules - Local - San Luis Obispo - 0 views

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    After protests, NRC agrees to reschedule hearing slated for point equidistant - and far - from Diablo Canyon and San Onofre plants

    Bowing to local pressure, the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission has agreed to reschedule a hearing to take public comment on generic rules governing the renewal of nuclear power plant licenses.

    The meeting had been set for Tuesday evening in Westlake Village, a Los Angeles County town near Thousand Oaks.

    However, local elected officials and activists argued that San Luis Obispo County residents were unlikely to attend a meeting held about 160 miles away.

    The agency has agreed to postpone the hearing to an undetermined later date and location, said Roger Hannah, NRC spokesman.
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The News Herald: Breaking news coverage for Southgate, MI - 0 views

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    A federal licensing panel heard arguments last week on contentions filed by several environmental groups against DTE Energy's proposed Fermi 3 nuclear plant.

    Both sides presented their arguments to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's Atomic Safety Licensing Board.

    The $10 billion Fermi 3 project would be built at the same site as DTE's Fermi 2 facility and the decommissioned Fermi 1 plant in Frenchtown Township
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Monroe Evening News: Opponents, proponents square off in Fermi 3 hearing - 0 views

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    A federal licensing panel heard claims and counter-claims Tuesday that a new Fermi 3 nuclear power plant proposed near Newport would be either a dangerous polluter or an environmentally friendly energy supplier.
    A three-member Atomic Safety Licensing Board convened at Monroe City Hall to weigh arguments against the plant from a broad coalition of environmental and citizen groups. Most of their charges that the plant would pose health and environmental risks were pooh-poohed by DTE Energy and Nuclear Regulatory Commission lawyers during the course of the five-hour hearing.
    The federal panel of three administrative law judges -Ronald M. Spritzer, Michael F. Kennedy, and Randall J. Charbeneau - will decide, possibly by the end of June, whether the claims against the plant have merit. If so, the groups will be granted the right to intervene in the formal licensing process.
    DTE has applied for an NRC license to build and run Fermi 3, a 1,560-megawatt reactor expected to cost about $10 billion that could be ready to operate by 2017.
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Mountain Home News: Story: Hundreds attend nuke hearing - 0 views

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    The Mountain Home Junior High School auditorium was filled to capacity last Wednesday evening when the Elmore County Board of Commissioners conducted a public hearing on a rezone application submitted by Alternate Energy Holdings, Inc., the company proposing to build a 1,600 megawatt nuclear energy plant near Hammett.

    The Board of Commissioners took oral testimony from both opponents and supporters of the rezone request during the hearing, which lasted just over four hours.
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toledoblade.com -- Proposal for Fermi 3 draws 150 to meeting - 0 views

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    About 150 braved high winds and icy roads yesterday to give the Nuclear Regulatory Commission their thoughts about a nuclear plant that DTE Energy hasn't yet decided whether to build.

    The $10 billion Fermi 3 construction project would be one of the largest in Michigan's history. For now, it is the only new nuclear plant considered for the Great Lakes region out of 26 under study nationally.

    DTE, which would put the reactor on its Fermi complex northeast of Monroe, applied Sept. 18 for the license to become eligible for $300 million to $400 million in tax credits offered by the Bush Administration's Energy Policy Act of 2005, which is providing $6 billion of incentives to build reactors. Utilities had to file by Dec. 31.
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NRC panel hears drywell concerns | APP.com | Asbury Park Press - 0 views

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    A panel of Nuclear Regulator Commission judges listened to oral arguments concerning the stability of a key component of the Oyster Creek nuclear power plant's cooling system during a special meeting Thursday at the Ocean County Administration building.

    The session concerned the Lacey-based nuclear plant's drywell liner and a contention made by the Coalition to Stop the Licensing of Oyster Creek.
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Gaffney reactor foes raise issues | GreenvilleOnline.com | The Greenville News - 0 views

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    The impact on the water supply and global warming are among the issues an environmental group has raised over plans for a new nuclear power plant near Gaffney.
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    The Atomic Safety and Licensing Board, an independent judicial arm of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, held the initial pre-hearing conference Wednesday at the Cherokee County courthouse concerning Duke Energy plans to build two nuclear reactors near Gaffney.
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NRC: NRC Licensing Board to Webcast Sept. 3 Session on Lee Reactor Application as Part... - 0 views

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    The Atomic Safety and Licensing Board (ASLB), an independent judicial arm of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, will provide a live video stream of its Sept. 3 initial prehearing conference in Gaffney, S.C., concerning Duke Energy's Combined License application for the Lee site near Gaffney. The live video stream is part of an ASLB pilot program examining how information technology can be used to enhance the public's ability to observe the board's activities.

    The video stream will be available at this Web site: http://www.visualwebcaster.com/event.asp?id=51006. The video, scheduled to start shortly before 9:30 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time, will be available in Windows Media and QuickTime formats. During the conference, the ASLB will hear arguments regarding the admissibility of contentions submitted by the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League.
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Monroe Evening News: Nuclear plant plan generates questions - 0 views

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    Environmental, safety and economic themes dominated questions that citizens posed about DTE Energy's plans for a new nuclear power plant near Newport during a public meeting with federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission officials in Monroe Wednesday night.

    More than 200 area residents, including some from Ohio and Canada, showed up at Monroe County Community College to voice concerns, lend support or just get information about the utility's intent to build a 1,560-megawatt Fermi 3 reactor near its existing Fermi 2 plant.
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NRC sets meeting on new nuke | Wilkes-Barre News | The Times Leader - 0 views

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    Agency will explain how it will review PPL's expected application for a third reactor.

    The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission will hold a public meeting on Aug. 19 on PPL Corp.'s expected application for a new reactor in Salem Township.

    The purpose is to discuss how the NRC will review the application, which will include safety and environmental reviews and a mandatory hearing, NRC spokesman Neil Sheehan said in an e-mail. Because it's been decades since the NRC reviewed new-reactor applications, Sheehan said it's a good idea to explain to the public how the process works.
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Oyster Creek foes appeal to force NRC review of metal fatigue | APP.com | Asbury Park P... - 0 views

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    Opponents of the relicensing of the Oyster Creek nuclear power plant in Lacey have filed an appeal of a ruling that rejected their efforts to have the issue of metal fatigue of the plant's recirculation's nozzles reconsidered by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

    Earlier this year a coalition of groups asked the Atomic Safety Licensing Board to reopen the relicensing record to reanalyze whether five recirculation outlet nozzles on the reactor vessel will sustain too much stress over an additional 20 years. The 38-year-old plant's operating license is due to expire next April.
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Hearing set on nuclear report | greenbaypressgazette.com | Green Bay Press-Gazette - 0 views

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    The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has scheduled its annual public hearing to discuss safety performance at Point Beach Nuclear Plant for 6 p.m. Wednesday at Two Creeks Town Hall, 5128 E. Tapawingo Road.


    In its safety report, the NRC said Point Beach was operated in a manner that met all safety objectives, though it pointed out that an issue with an auxiliary feedwater pump turbine is still under review.
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Mothers For Peace: Mothers for Peace and NRC Staff Face Off At NRC Hearing - 0 views

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    San Luis Obispo Mothers for Peace (MFP) today accused the Nuclear Regulatory Commission Staff (NRC Staff) of failing to address the catastrophic land contamination that could result from a terrorist attack on dry cask storage units designed to hold radioactive spent fuel at the Diablo Canyon nuclear plant in California.
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Feds to review Oyster Creek briefs filed by coalition | APP.com | Asbury Park Press - 0 views

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    Briefs have been filed on a 3-D analysis planned for a corroded radiation barrier at the Oyster Creek nuclear power plant in Lacey, and the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission will now mull them over.

    Responding to an order by the NRC's four commissioners, a coalition of six groups challenging a proposed 20-year license renewal for Oyster Creek, plant operator AmerGen Energy Co. and NRC staff filed their briefs on Wednesday.
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Public input on nuke sought | Wilkes-Barre News | The Times Leader - 0 views

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    BERWICK - The public will be able to comment at a May 28 meeting in Berwick on the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission's finding that renewing the Susquehanna nuclear plant's license for 20 years will not have an environmental impact, the NRC has announced.

    PPL Corp., the majority owner of the Susquehanna Steam Electric Station in Salem Township, has filed a license extension for both reactors, which, if approved, would allow reactors Unit 1 and Unit 2 to remain open until 2042 and 2044, respectively.
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