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FERC Approves Merger of Exelon and Pepco Holdings Inc.

CHICAGO & WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) yesterday approved the proposed merger of Exelon Corporation (EXC) and Pepco Holdings Inc. (POM). The companies announced their proposed merger on April 30.

The combination of the companies will bring together Exelon’s three electric and gas utilities – BGE, ComEd and PECO – and Pepco Holdings’ (PHI’s) three electric and gas utilities – Atlantic City Electric, Delmarva Power and Pepco – to create the leading mid-Atlantic electric and gas utility.

“We are pleased that FERC has approved our merger with PHI,” said Chris Crane, Exelon president and CEO. “FERC’s approval is another step forward toward completing this transaction.”

“This approval is further momentum toward uniting our two companies,” said Joseph M. Rigby, PHI chairman, president and CEO. “Together, we will bring substantial benefits to our customers and the communities we serve.”

China climate push needs 1,000 nuclear plant effort to work

BEIJING — China, which does nothing in small doses, will need about 1,000 nuclear reactors, 500,000 wind turbines or 50,000 solar farms as it takes up the fight against climate change.

Chinese President Xi Jinping agreement last week with President Barack Obama requires a radical environmental and economic makeover. Xi's commitment to cap carbon emissions by 2030 and turn to renewable sources for 20 percent of the country's energy comes with a price tag of $2 trillion.

The pledge would require China to produce either 67 times more nuclear energy than the country is forecast to have at the end of 2014, 30 times more solar or nine times more wind power. That almost equals the non-fossil fuel energy of the entire U.S. generating capacity today. China's program holds the potential of producing vast riches for nuclear, solar and wind companies that get in on the action.

"China is in the midst of a period of transition, and that calls for a revolution in energy production and consumption, which will to a large extent depend on new energy," Liang Zhipeng, deputy director of the new energy and renewable energy department under the National Energy Administration, said at a conference in Wuxi outside of Shanghai this month. "Our environment is facing pressure and we must develop clean energy.

South Korea announces it will build four more nuclear reactors by 2022

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea said on Friday it will start to construct two new nuclear power plants in 2017 at the earliest and another two by 2022, making a total of 11 new nuclear plants planned by 2024.

The new plants come as public trust in nuclear power in South Korea, the world's fifth-largest user of the energy source, has been undermined by a 2012 safety scandal over the supply of reactor parts with fake security certificates, along with the 2011 Fukushima crisis in neighbouring Japan.

In January, Seoul formally adopted a lower target for nuclear power as a proportion of its energy mix, but still plans to add 11 more nuclear reactors by 2024 to the 23 that currently supply a third of the country's power. Last week the nuclear watchdog approved a new reactor.

Discovery sheds light on nuclear reactor fuel behavior during a severe event

A new discovery about the atomic structure of uranium dioxide will help scientists select the best computational model to simulate severe nuclear reactor accidents.

Using the Advanced Photon Source (APS), a Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science User Facility, researchers from DOE’s Argonne National Laboratory and Brookhaven National Laboratory, along with Materials Development, Inc.Stony Brook University, and Carnegie Institution of Washington, found that the atomic structure of uranium dioxide (UO2) changes significantly when it melts.

Reactor shut down at nuclear power station after system fault

Torness: The reactors are coming back online after having to be shut down.

A reactor at Torness nuclear power station has been shut down due to a fault.

Operator EDF Energy said there was no health or environmental impact as a result of the automatic shutdown at the facility in East Lothian.

A spokeswoman said: "Reactor 2 was automatically shut down at around 1.15am due to a fault within the protection equipment on one of our reactor plant electrical systems.

"This equipment is designed to 'fail safe'; in other words a fault with protection will result in the reactor shutting down safely."

Reactor 1 at the plant was temporarily shut down in July due to an issue with the electrical system.

WWF Scotland director Lang Banks said: "With yet another unplanned shutdown this year at a Scottish facility, nuclear power has once again shown itself to be a totally unreliable source of energy.

"Thankfully Scotland has plenty of cleaner, safer energy alternatives it can call on to be able to deal with unplanned shutdowns at atomic facilities like this.

"Last month, wind turbines in Scotland alone generated enough electricity to supply three millions homes in the UK - equivalent to 126% of the electricity needs of every house north of the border."

STV
21 November 2014 16:41 GMT 

BRUNSWICK STEAM ELECTRIC PLANT – NRC EXAMINATION REPORT - November 19, 2014

During the period of October 6 – 14, 2014, the NRC administered operating tests to candidates at the Brunswick Steam Electric Plant. The written examination was administered in-house on October 21, 2014. All applicants passed both the operating test and written examination.

The initial examination submittal was within the range of acceptability expected for a proposed examination. Four Reactor Operators (RO) and seven Senior Reactor Operators (SRO) applicants passed both the operating test and written examination. All applicants were issued licenses commensurate with the level of examination administered.

Congradulations!

Licensee Personnel (Redacted)

M. Similey, Superintendent of Operator Training

B. Bolin, Exam Writer

L. Sosler, Exam Writer

J. Barry, Simulator Supervisor

J. Angel, Operator Training Supervisor

J. Kalamaja, Operations Manager

A. Padleckas, Shift Operations Manager

Nuclear Security Regulation in the United States: An Overview of U.S. NRC Functions and Activities

By: Commander Jure Kutlesa, MBA, United States Navy, Retired

A paper prepared for the NATO Advanced Research Workshop on Preparedness for Nuclear & Radiological Threats - 18-20 November 2014

Atomic Energy: From War to Peace

July 1945 inaugurated a new era in warfare. The first test of a nuclear weapon (code named “Trinity”) was conducted in New Mexico. The development of nuclear weapons was a strictly guarded military secret for the United Sates. After World War II, the knowledge of the destructive potential of nuclear energy was all too apparent.

Soon after, a debate began in the United States between the military and civilian authorities over the control of this technology. Numerous hearings were held in Congress which resulted in Senator Brien McMahon (D-Connecticut) introducing a bill on December 20, 1945 that placed the control of the nation’s atomic energy program in civilian hands. President Truman signed the McMahon Act, known officially as the Atomic Energy Act of 1946, on August 1, 1946. With this law a new civilian agency, the United States Atomic Energy Commission (AEC), was created.1

The Atomic Energy Act of 1946 stated that “the significance of the atomic bomb for military purposes is evident. The effect of the use of atomic energy for civilian purposes upon the social, economic, and political structures of today cannot now be determined.”2

Kewaunee Nuclear Plant Violation

by Bob Meyer

MCGUIRE: FITNESS FOR DUTY REPORT INVOLVING A SUPERVISORY LICENSED EMPLOYEE

A supervisory licensed employee had a confirmed positive test for illegal drugs during a random fitness-for-duty test. The employee's access to the plant has been terminated. 

Nationwide, this is the seventh Licensed individual not meeting FFD requirements this year.

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