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Nuclear Power

Jul 25, 2022

Could a Md. coal plant house a small nuclear reactor?

A Maryland energy company and Frostburg State University will explore the feasibility of converting a coal plant to house a small nuclear reactor to generate electricity.

May 10, 2013

Malfunction shuts down Calvert Cliffs plant reactor

LUSBY — Constellation Energy Nuclear Group says one of two nuclear reactors at the Calvert Cliffs power plant shut down automatically after a malfunction. Calvert Cliffs spokesman Kory Raftery says valves that feed turbines in Unit 2 unexpectedly shut down Wednesday evening and the reactor was taken offline. He says workers at the southern Maryland […]

Mar 11, 2013

NRC rejects 3rd Calvert Cliffs reactor

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Monday upheld the earlier denial of a license to a French company for a third nuclear reactor at the Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant.

Oct 30, 2012

Nuclear plants shut down units as storm hits coast

WASHINGTON — Parts of two nuclear power plants were shut down late Monday and early Tuesday, while another plant — the nation’s oldest — was put on alert after waters from Superstorm Sandy rose 6 feet above sea level. One of the units at Indian Point, a plant about 45 miles north of New York […]

Oct 29, 2012

Extra inspectors to nuclear plants as storm nears

WASHINGTON — Additional inspectors are being sent to nuclear power plants in five states as Hurricane Sandy approaches the East Coast. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission says its headquarters and Northeast regional office are both closed, except for emergency personnel. The agency says safeguards at all nuclear plants can withstand hurricane-force winds and flooding. Still, plants […]

Aug 31, 2012

NRC denies license for third reactor in Maryland

ANNAPOLIS — The Nuclear Regulatory Commission can’t issue a license to a French company to build a new nuclear power plant in Maryland as long as the company is completely foreign owned, a panel of judges ruled Thursday. The 29-page ruling on the application to build a third reactor at Calvert Cliffs was made by […]

Aug 14, 2012

1 of 2 Calvert Cliffs nuclear reactors shut down

LUSBY — Constellation Energy Nuclear Group says it has shut down one of two reactors at its Calvert Cliffs plant in southern Maryland after a malfunction caused a drop in power generation. A spokesman said Monday that a control rod unexpectedly dropped into the reactor core. Control rods are used to regulate the pace of […]

Oct 21, 2011

Dominion says nuclear plants ready to restart

ROCKVILLE — A Dominion Virginia Power official told the Nuclear Regulatory Commission Friday that two nuclear reactors shut since an Aug. 23 Virginia earthquake did not suffer functional damage and are ready to restart. David Heacock, President and Chief Nuclear Officer of Dominion Nuclear, said at a briefing Friday that the company found no damage […]

Aug 29, 2011

Constellation works to restore Calvert Cliffs nuclear unit

LUSBY — Constellation Energy Nuclear Group says inspections are underway to determine when it can restart a nuclear reactor at its Calvert Cliffs plant that shut down during Hurricane Irene. One of the two reactors at the plant shutdown automatically when a piece of aluminum siding was blown into a transformer. CENG said Monday that […]

Jul 27, 2011

Constellation names new GM at Calvert Cliffs

Constellation Energy Nuclear Group LLC, a subsidiary of Baltimore-based Constellation Energy Group, said it has named Chris Constanzo, an experienced nuclear power executive, as the plant general manager of the Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant in Calvert County. Costanzo joins CENG from Florida Power & Light Group where he served as site vice president at […]

Jul 1, 2011

Army floats plans for former nuclear site in Silver Spring

SILVER SPRING — The Army is seeking public comment on the proposed decommissioning of a former nuclear reactor site in Silver Spring. A spokesman at Fort Detrick in Frederick said Friday that the comment period runs through July 29. The site is called the Diamond Ordnance Radiation Facility at the Forest Glen Annex. Fort Detrick […]

Jun 23, 2011

Senators demand congressional probe on nuke safety

Three U.S. senators, alarmed by findings of an Associated Press investigation about aging-related problems at the nation’s nuclear power plants, are asking for a congressional investigation of safety standards and federal oversight at the facilities. The three said the ongoing AP series raises questions about whether the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has worked with the […]

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