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.
The Defense Department has awarded Huntington Ingalls a $104.2 million contract modification for engineering and related nuclear submarine work. The work will be done in Newport News, Va., and is expected to be finished in the next 12 months.
Florida utility JEA wants the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to hear its case against the Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia over the Plant Vogtle nuclear project. Though it is uncertain whether FERC would hear the case, JEA Board Chairman Alan Howard thinks it's unlikely MEAG would be able to prove to FERC that the 2008 purchase-power agreement between the two is fair.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has completed its inspection at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station in California related to an August canister incident. The findings likely won't be released before November.
The Brunswick nuclear plant in North Carolina remains shut down and safe, Duke Energy said Monday, though the company still declared a low-level emergency at the site. Road access to the plant remains limited and only about a third of employees were onsite, but Brunswick itself hasn't flooded.
The Calvert Cliffs nuclear plant in Maryland has taken precautions, such as emergency preparedness drills, as Hurricane Florence abates and downgrades to a tropical depression. The storm isn't expected to affect Calvert Cliffs or other plants in the Northeast, says Nuclear Regulatory Commission Public Affairs Officer Neil Sheehan, but heavy rains and wind are forecast.
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