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NRC OKs Nuke Plant License Transfers

After FirstEnergy, and its affiliates, completes its bankruptcy proceedings, transfer of operating licenses for the Beaver Valley Units 1 and 2, Davis-Besse and Perry nuclear power plants and associated spent fuel storage installation facilities will m …

FL Nuke’s License Renewed, Will Operate 80 Years

Florida Power & Light’s application for an additional 20 years of operation for Turkey Point Nuclear Generating Units 3 and 4, gained approval from federal regulators. This is the first time the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) issued renewed licens …

EPA Rolls Back Chemical Safety Regulations

The Trump administration late last month reversed a series of chemical safety regulations created in response to a 2013 explosion in West, Texas that killed 15, injured more than 200 and flattened much of the farming community south of Dallas. Under th …

NRC Acts on Fired Contractors that Raised Safety Concerns

A former Southern Nuclear Company executive and the company are facing federal actions relating to incidents against terminated contract employees who had previously raised safety concerns at the Vogtle Units 3 and 4 construction site, near Waynesboro, …

TVA Fined for Inaccurate Info at Nuke Plant

Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) is facing a $145,000 civil penalty for submitting incomplete and inaccurate information to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) that was material in a licensing decision at the Watts Bar nuclear plant. TVA admitted t …

Pipeline Safety Bill Launched in House

Legislation designed to improve pipeline safety and reduce emissions ended up introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives Friday. In an effort to prevent pipeline leaks, hold pipeline operators accountable for reckless actions, and reinstate a 2016 …

DHS: Decentralized Digital Credential Plan

Springfield, VA-based SICPA Product Security, LLC earned $181,392 to develop a solution for credential issuers to manage and verify digital credentials that are the secure digital equivalent to secure physical credentials without reengineering their cu …

DHS: Blockchain for Credential Lifecycle Management

Blacksburg, VA-based Digital Bazaar picked up a $199,984 grant for blockchain credential lifecycle management. The grant was released via the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) for blockchain and distribute …

DHS: Blockchain for Credential Fraud

New York-based Learning Machine Technologies, Inc., won a $159,040 grant to develop blockchain security technology to prevent credential fraud. Government agencies issue, validate, and verify credentials for a variety of purposes and that is why the De …

Blockchain to Secure Raw Goods

Austin, TX-based Transmute Industries, Inc. gained a $198,642 grant to develop a proof-of-concept application for Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to support increased transparency, automation and security in processing the importation of raw materi …

Blockchain Tracks Cross-Border Oil Imports

Toronto-based Mavennet Systems, Inc. earned a $182,700 grant to adapt its oil and gas industry blockchain security technology for Custom Border Protection (CBP) to track cross-border oil imports. “Accurately tracking the evidence of oil flow through pi …

Mines Getting Safer

None of the U.S.’ more than 13,000 mining operations met the criteria for a Pattern of Violations (PoV) for the fifth consecutive year, said officials at the U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA). The screening period …

Comments Sought on SC Fuel Facility License Renewal

There was a finding of no significant impact concerning the proposed renewal of the operating license for the Westinghouse Columbia Fuel Fabrication Facility, but after new issues arose, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is seeking public comment …

MA Nuke can Alter Emergency Planning

A request ended up granted to alter the emergency preparedness plan for the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Plymouth, MA, to reflect the plant’s decommissioning status. Entergy Nuclear Operations requested the change with the Nuclear Regulatory Commis …

CSET Version 9.2 Released

Version 9.2 of Cyber Security Evaluation Tool (CSET) just released by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). CSET is a desktop software tool that guides asset owners and operators through a consistent process for evaluating contro …

Preparing for a Chemical Attack

The United States needs to have security measures in place to prevent or minimize the possibility of a chemical attack. The question remains, though, are the proper security personnel ready? In addition, does the U.S. have effective medical responses t …

NRC Wants Environmental Impact Comments for VA Nuke

Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) staff would like to hear the public’s views on the agency’s Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) regarding Dominion Energy Virginia’s application for an additional 20 years of operation for Surry Power Station …

FL Nuke gets EIS OK for Renewal

“Environmental impacts of renewing the Turkey Point (nuclear) licenses are so limited that preserving the renewal option for energy-planning decisionmakers would not be unreasonable,” said officials at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). Those con …

Worker Fired for Raising Safety Issues at Nuke Site

After an employee raised safety concerns at the Southern Nuclear Company Vogtle Units 3 and 4 construction site and was terminated by his manager, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) issued a Confirmatory Order to the manager. The NRC concluded the …

APT Joint Advisory Issued

An advanced persistent threat (APT) group called Turla that targets the energy sector among others is the focus of a joint advisory released by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the United Kingdom National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC). The advisor …

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