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8/15/2018

Franklin Haney's Nuclear Development LLC is looking to takeover the Bellefonte nuclear plant in Alabama from the Tennessee Valley Authority before the Nov. 14 deadline. Haney is also seeking the go-ahead from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to transfer the construction permit.

8/15/2018

Despite recent worries about a cyberattack on the electric grid, the risks of a full takedown of the grid is nil, says FiveThirtyEight's Maggie Koerth-Baker. "Bringing down the grid is a lot harder than just flicking a switch, but the danger is real -- and it may never go away," she writes.

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8/15/2018

South Carolina Electric & Gas says the South Carolina Office of Regulatory Staff's sanctions request against it is "baseless" and invalid. "There is nothing inappropriate, let along [sic] sanctionable, about logging documents as privileged in accordance with the explicit directive in the (PSC) order," SCE&G's attorneys say.

8/15/2018

The Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization remains skeptical over whether North Korea is actively denuclearizing. "We are doing remote monitoring, constantly, but it's not enough," says Lassina Zerbo, the organization's executive secretary.

8/15/2018

The Hanford site in Washington has treated 2.2 billion gallons of groundwater, meeting the goal almost two months earlier than planned. The site will continue to treat 2.2 billion gallons of groundwater annually.

8/15/2018

The Paks nuclear plant in Hungary saw reduced output from Block 3 yesterday due to electrical issues. It's expected to return to capacity late next week.

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8/15/2018

Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power Corp.'s president, Chung Jae-hoon, is visiting the Czech Republic today to push forward the company's bid to build the country's new nuclear plants. "The Czech Republic is the market that KHNP considers to be a bridgehead for the advancement to Eastern Europe," says Chung.

8/14/2018

The Project Orion space program that ran from 1958 to 1965 looked into using nuclear bombs to propel rockets. Small tests were successful, but the program was ultimately shut down by the 1963 nuclear testing ban.

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8/14/2018

The Tennessee Valley Authority employs 38 cybersecurity experts, plus 20 to 30 contract workers, to monitor online activities for potential cyber attacks. "Cyber threats now represent a greater threat to the United States than physical threats," says Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen.

8/14/2018

The uranium leak at Westinghouse's South Carolina fuel factory has led the company to create a customer advisory board. The leak did not impact the water supply, says Westinghouse.