Bloomberg BNA — Nuclear power plants that have recently ceased operations are storing more spent nuclear fuel in on-site fuel pools than the facilities were originally intended to hold—with the consent of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission—senators said at a May 14 hearing.
U.S. energy industries that receive government support including ethanol, wind and nuclear will probably suffer in the near future from the nation’s worsening fiscal position, the head of a nuclear-energy industry group said.
Hurricane Sandy’s wrath shows that U.S. regulators should swiftly implement nuclear-safety rules developed after Japan’s Fukushima disaster, a top lawmaker said, as industry officials said the lack of major problems during the storm showed that they were ready.
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission approved Southern Co.’s application for the first licenses to build reactors in more than 30 years, with the chairman’s dissenting vote sparking new controversy over whether safety upgrades are needed after Japan’s 2011 disaster.
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Gregory Jaczko said he is resigning, as lawmakers, colleagues and an independent watchdog criticize what they said is a bullying style and mistreatment of female employees.
President Barack Obama, embroiled in energy disputes over the Keystone pipeline and the failure of Solyndra LLC, now must contend with a rebellion against the chairman he chose to lead the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.