POWERnews [March 30, 2017]

How Westinghouse, Symbol of U.S. Nuclear Power, Collapsed

Crippled by financial setbacks stemming from the half-built AP1000 reactor projects in Georgia and South Carolina, Westinghouse Electric Co., a company with a storied legacy symbolic of American nuclear power,…

Trump Signs Energy Independence Executive Order

Surrounded by coal miners, industry leaders, the secretaries of Energy and the Interior, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrator, and the vice president, President Donald Trump on March 28 signed…

Climate Science Hearing Devolves into “Food Fight”

In a somewhat combative hearing of the U.S. House of Representatives Science, Space, and Technology Committee on March 29, scientists with varied views on the subject of climate change debated…

Platform Collapse Kills Nine at Chinese Power Plant

Nine workers were killed and two others were injured when a platform collapsed at a power plant under construction in Guangdong Province, China. The accident happened at about 8 a.m.…

Japanese High Court Lifts Injunction, Allowing Takahama Nuclear Reactors to Restart

A Japanese high court has lifted an injunction barring operation of the Takahama nuclear power plant in Fukui Prefecture, marking a victory for Kansai Electric Power Co. The Osaka High…

Hyman Rickover on Nuclear Designs

While doing some research for a book I’m working on, I came across a June 5, 1953 memo by Hyman Rickover, head of the naval reactors branch of the Atomic…