POWERnews [May 5, 2016]

Areva Admits to “Irregularities” in Hundreds of Nuclear Plant Components, Possible Falsified Documents

France’s nuclear sector was rocked to its core on May 4 when the country’s Nuclear Safety Authority (ASN) announced that state-owned nuclear manufacturer Areva had confessed to “irregularities in the…

Dynegy to Shut Down 30% of Southern Illinois’s Power Generation Capacity

Dynegy Inc. announced on May 3 that it plans to shut down multiple Illinois coal-fueled units due mainly to the failure of the plants to recover basic operating costs in…

GAO Chides DHS for Not Doing Enough to Prepare for EMP, Solar Storm Threats to Grid

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) internally recognizes that a power grid failure resulting from an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) or a solar storm can pose great risk to the security…

Nuclear Reactor Baffle Bolt Problems Are Widespread Concern

Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG) anticipates extending Salem Nuclear Generating Station’s Unit 1 refueling outage, which began on April 14, so it can inspect, repair, and replace damaged baffle bolts…

ERCOT: Uncertainty Increased in 10-Year Outlook

Uncertainty concerning a number of environmental rules is clouding planning measures, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) said on May 3. Citing its latest Capacity, Demand, and Reserves (CDR)…

NRC Approves Measurement-Related Uprate at Duke Energy’s Catawba Reactor

Duke Energy's request to increase the generating capacity of Unit 1 at its Catawba Nuclear Station by 1.7% by more precisely measuring feedwater flow has been approved by federal regulators.…

NRC License Application Submitted for Spent Nuclear Fuel Interim Storage Facility

Development of a consolidated interim storage facility (CISF) took a significant step forward this week with a license application submitted to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) on April 28 by Waste Control Specialists LLC (WCS), with support from AREVA, for a CISF in Andrews County, Texas.