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Hell, Fire and Brimstone: California's Godzilla-Sized Nuke Problem

Hell, Fire and Brimstone: California's Godzilla-Sized Nuke Problem
Right in the middle of California's checkerboard of unprecedented wildfires, halfway between the huge population centers of Los Angeles and San Diego, is the recently decommissioned San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station with its spent fuel stockpile of 1,677 rods still sitting in cooling ponds. Water is the only thing preventing the rods from melting down and releasing unimaginable amounts of deadly radiation into the environment; and water is the first thing to go in a boiling environment.
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Regulatory Meltdown: Nuke Agency Changes Rules on Safety Assurances and Whistleblower Protections

Regulatory Meltdown: Nuke Agency Changes Rules on Safety Assurances and Whistleblower Protections
It has always been required of those seeking a license to build and operate a nuclear power plant to have in place a "quality assurance program" from the very start, when core-borings and critical assessments are made in order to evaluate the suitability of a planned siting. The NRC no longer requires this until after the application process. Not only does this undermine long-term safety surrounding the potential site, but also that of potential whistle-blowers.
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Entergy Falsified Documents at NY Nuclear Power Plant

Entergy Falsified Documents at NY Nuclear Power Plant
An Entergy employee falsified safety documents pertaining to the Indian Point nuclear power plant in New York City. The employee faces jail time, but the company has yet to punished.
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Alert Issued at Oyster Creek Nuclear Power Facility in NJ

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission issued a flood-related alert for the Oyster Creek Plant in Lacey Township. From their press release:
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission is continuing to monitor impacts from Hurricane Sandy on nuclear power plants in the Northeastern United States, including an Alert declared at the Oyster Creek nuclear power plant in New Jersey. The plant, currently in a regularly scheduled outage, declared the Alert at approximately 8:45 p.m. EDT due to water exceeding certain high water level criteria in the plant's water intake structure.
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