nuclear power http://michiganradio.org en Anti-nuclear groups oppose bills to define when deadly force could be used to protect nuclear plants http://michiganradio.org/post/anti-nuclear-groups-oppose-bills-define-when-deadly-force-could-be-used-protect-nuclear-plants <p>Anti-nuclear power groups are fighting a bill that’s working its way through the Michigan House. The <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/new-bills-outline-when-deadly-force-could-be-used-protect-michigan-nuclear-plants">bill outlines when security officers at nuclear power plants can use deadly force </a>to stop intruders.</p><p>Kevin Kamps is a radioactive waste specialist with the nuclear watchdog group Beyond Nuclear.</p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 22:55:23 +0000 Lindsey Smith 16716 at http://michiganradio.org Anti-nuclear groups oppose bills to define when deadly force could be used to protect nuclear plants New bills outline when deadly force could be used to protect Michigan nuclear plants http://michiganradio.org/post/new-bills-outline-when-deadly-force-could-be-used-protect-michigan-nuclear-plants <p>Federal law regulates nuclear power plants in almost every way. But state law dictates the use of force to keep people off the property.</p><p>State Rep. Al Pscholka <a href="http://www.legislature.mi.gov/documents/2013-2014/billintroduced/House/pdf/2014-HIB-5282.pdf">introduced the bill</a>. He says it was not inspired by any actual security breaches.</p> Sun, 16 Feb 2014 21:00:00 +0000 Lindsey Smith 16389 at http://michiganradio.org New bills outline when deadly force could be used to protect Michigan nuclear plants Gap in concrete wall found at nuclear plant near Toledo http://michiganradio.org/post/gap-concrete-wall-found-nuclear-plant-near-toledo <p>OAK HARBOR, Ohio (AP) - Operators of a northern Ohio nuclear plant that sits along Lake Erie say workers there found a gap within the concrete of a protective wall.<br /><br />Officials at the<a href="https://www.firstenergycorp.com/content/fecorp/about/generation_system/FENOC/davis-besse.html"> Davis-Besse nuclear plant near Toledo </a>describe the gap as an air pocket and say they don't believe it affected the structural integrity of the shield wall.<br /><br />The gap was discovered Thursday while the plant was shut down to replace two steam generators.<br /> Sat, 15 Feb 2014 20:02:00 +0000 The Associated Press 16465 at http://michiganradio.org Gap in concrete wall found at nuclear plant near Toledo Palisades nuclear plant taken offline to refuel http://michiganradio.org/post/palisades-nuclear-plant-taken-offline-refuel <p>COVERT TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - Operators of southwestern Michigan's Palisades Nuclear Power Plant say it's now offline for refueling and maintenance.<br /><br />New Orleans-based Entergy Corp. says operators took the plant out of service at 11 a.m. EST Sunday. It's located on the shore of lake Michigan in Van Buren County's Covert Township, about 55 miles southwest of Grand Rapids.<br /><br />Plant spokeswoman Lindsay Rose says workers will replace 64 fuel assemblies in the reactor as well doing maintenance, tests and inspections.<br /> Sun, 19 Jan 2014 23:34:58 +0000 The Associated Press 16087 at http://michiganradio.org Palisades nuclear plant taken offline to refuel Senators unhappy about Canada's nuclear waste plan http://michiganradio.org/post/senators-unhappy-about-canadas-nuclear-waste-plan <p style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13.333333969116211px; line-height: normal;">DETROIT (AP) — U.S. Sens. Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin of Michigan are asking Secretary of State John Kerry to intervene in a Canadian plan to store nuclear waste underground near Lake Huron.</p><p style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13.333333969116211px; line-height: normal;">Ontario Power Generation proposes a radioactive waste disposal facility at the Bruce nuclear power site in the city of Kincardine. If approved, it would house more than 200,000 cubic feet of waste about a mile from the lake.</p><p style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13.333333969116211px; line-height: normal;">In a letter&nbsp;<span class="aBn" data-term="goog_1408414041" style="border-bottom-width: 1px; border-bottom-style: dashed; border-bottom-color: rgb(204, 204, 204); position: relative; top: -2px; z-index: 0;" tabindex="0"><span class="aQJ" style="position: relative; top: 2px; z-index: -1;">Monday</span></span>&nbsp;to Kerry, the Democratic senators say they're concerned how storing so much radioactive material that close to the lake would affect the environment and industries such as fishing and tourism.</p><p style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13.333333969116211px; line-height: normal;">They ask Kerry to urge the Canadian government to reconsider its plans.</p><p style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13.333333969116211px; line-height: normal;">The company says the underground rock formations would keep the waste safe for thousands of years.</p><p> Mon, 21 Oct 2013 18:20:42 +0000 The Associated Press 14929 at http://michiganradio.org Senators unhappy about Canada's nuclear waste plan U of M researchers to study how well materials hold up in nuclear reactors over time http://michiganradio.org/post/u-m-researchers-study-how-well-materials-hold-nuclear-reactors-over-time <p><a href="http://www.engin.umich.edu/college/">Engineering researchers </a>at the University of Michigan are trying to figure out how radiation damages the different materials used to make nuclear power plants.</p><p>There are roughly 100&nbsp;<a href="http://www.nrc.gov/reactors/power.html">&nbsp;nuclear power plants </a>in the U.S., and most of them are getting old. Researchers want to figure out how long the reactors can hold up in such harsh environments over time.</p> Fri, 27 Sep 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Lindsey Smith 14610 at http://michiganradio.org U of M researchers to study how well materials hold up in nuclear reactors over time Proposed nuclear dump site a mile from Lake Huron draws concern http://michiganradio.org/post/proposed-nuclear-dump-site-mile-lake-huron-draws-concern <p>Local environmental activists are concerned over a proposal that would create a nuclear waste dump less than a mile from the shores of Lake Huron. Community members met at a town hall meeting this week at Wayne State University to discuss the proposal.</p><p> Tue, 20 Aug 2013 18:49:04 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 14073 at http://michiganradio.org Proposed nuclear dump site a mile from Lake Huron draws concern