Crucial NRC Safety Backing for New Vogtle Reactors Clears Way for COL Hearing

1,100-MW AP1000 reactor, Westinghouse’s third-generation reactor design

Two new AP1000 reactors proposed for the expansion of Plant Vogtle near Waynesboro, Ga., on Tuesday received a Final Safety Evaluation Report (FSER) from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). In a major milestone for the project—the first two reactors that will be built in the U.S. in 25 years—the federal regulatory agency concluded there are […]

U.S. Nuclear Waste Policy Plagued with Uncertainties

U.S. Nuclear Waste Policy Plagued with Uncertainties

GAO: U.S. Nuclear Waste Policy Plagued with Uncertainties A report released by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) and presented at a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing on the Energy Department’s role in managing civilian radioactive waste—concludes that uncertainties exist about the direction of the nation’s policy for nuclear waste disposal. In its 19-page report, […]

GE Hitachi Nuclear Energys ESBWR Receives NRC Final Design Approval

GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH) announced its next-generation reactor model, the Economic Simplified Boiling Water Reactor (ESBWR), has received a positive final safety evaluation report (FSER) and final design approval (FDA) from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). The FDA constitutes a finding by the NRC staff that the ESBWR design is safe and all […]

Westinghouse Launches Small Modular Reactor Design

Following President Obama’s $97 million budget request last week to support research into small modular reactors (SMRs), Westinghouse introduced a 200-MW class integral pressurized water reactor modeled on the company’s third-generation AP1000 reactor. The company also said it was preparing to collaborate with the U.S. Department of Energy’s SMR demonstration program. The Toshiba Corp. group […]