POWERnews [Sept. 18, 2014]

EPA: Malfunctions Will No Longer Shield Plants from Emissions Penalties

Affirmative defense provisions can no longer insulate generators from monetary penalties for Clean Air Act violations that result from facility startup, shutdown, and equipment malfunction, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)…

Four CPUC, PG&E Executives Fired Over Improper Emails

Three top vice presidents with Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) and the chief of staff of California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) President Michael Peevey were all fired Sept. 15 over…

Seven Coal-Fired Units to Be Retired as Result of Settlement

Consumers Energy—Michigan’s largest utility—reached an agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Justice that will result in more than $2 billion being spent on…

NRC Certifies GE Hitachi ESBWR Design

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) on Sept. 16 issued design certification for GE Hitachi’s Economic Simplified Boiling Water Reactor (ESBWR), the company announced. The ESBWR is a Gen-III+ advanced…

Congressional Watchdog Foresees Greater Coal Retirements, Fewer Retrofits Through 2025

Power companies will retire more coal-fired generating capacity and retrofit much fewer units with environmental controls than estimated just two years ago, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) reveals in a…

Two Units at Coal Power Plant Back Online Following Spring Fire

With Units 6 and 7 back in operation, Colorado Springs Utilities (CSU) has restored 80% of the generation capacity at its Martin Drake Power Plant located in downtown Colorado Springs.…

EPA Extends Clean Power Plan Public Comment Period

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has extended the public comment period for its proposed rule to limit carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants by 45 days. Janet McCabe, acting…

Dump ‘Nukespeak’ to Reach Broader Audiences

Washington, D.C. – A recent editorial in the industry news service World Nuclear News struck an intellectual and emotional chord for me. The editorial argues that the nuclear industry must…