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Several nuclear reactors in Slovakia are out of operation

Some nuclear blocks temporarily out of operation https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20916677/some-nuclear-blocks-temporarily-out-of-operation.html, 17  Sept 18

Several repairs and checks are expected to be carried out Slovenské Elektrárne (SE), the country’s main energy generator, has temporarily shut down the operation of several blocks of its nuclear power plants.

The second block of the Mochovce nuclear power plant was put out of operation on September 15. It is the last general temporary shutdown planned for this year, and will last until the end of October, the TASR newswire reported.

Moreover, SE temporarily shut down the fourth block of the Jaslovské Bohunice nuclear power plant due to plans to repair one of the steam generators. The work is expected to be finished by the end of this week, TASR wrote. SE’s spokesperson Miroslav Šarišský confirmed for the Sme daily that the work in Jaslovské Bohunice does not endanger anybody’s health.

What work is planned?

In the case of Mochovce, a substantial amount of work is planned during the interruption of operation, including checks, exchanges and repairs of various components at selected devices of the nuclear block. A similar shutdown takes place every eight years.

The plan is also to remove the nuclear fuel from the reactor and the checking of the reactor’s pressure vessel and other components. Similarly to previous years, SE will replace part of the used nuclear fuels with a new one, TASR reported.

The work in both Mochovce and Jaslovské Bohunice is carried out by hundreds of employees and more than 700 people from supplying organisations.

After the planned maintenance and the replacement of nuclear fuel, the testing of the containment and primary circuit will be carried out, TASR wrote

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September 18, 2018 Posted by | EUROPE | Leave a comment

U.S.Cogress seeks funds to compensate communities affected by nuclear power plant shutdowns

Congress looking for money for cities hit by nuclear plant closures — including Diablo Canyon,The Tribune  BY KAYTLYN LESLIE, kleslie@thetribunenews.com, September 17, 2018 

September 18, 2018 Posted by | decommission reactor, USA | Leave a comment

Former floating nuclear power station is dismantled

Army Corps of Engineers Dismantles Former Floating Nuclear Plant in Galveston https://www.houstonpublicmedia.org/articles/news/2018/09/18/304524/corps-of-engineers-dismantles-former-floating-nuclear-plant-in-galveston/More than 1.5 million pounds of radioactive waste have been safely removed from the USS Sturgis’ nuclear reactor  SEPTEMBER 18, 2018, HE U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS HAS ANNOUNCED THAT A FORMER FLOATING NUCLEAR PLANT IN GALVESTON HAS BEEN DISMANTLED.

More than 1.5 million pounds of radioactive waste have been safely removed from the USS Sturgis’ nuclear reactor. Additionally, more than 600,000 pounds of lead from the vessel have been recycled.

The removal process has taken three years and the Corps said decommissioning the Army’s first and only floating nuclear reactor prototype is now complete.

The World War II vessel was converted into a barge-mounted nuclear reactor in the 1960s.

The Galveston Daily News reported the ship will be towed to Brownsville later this month, where it will be scrapped.

September 18, 2018 Posted by | decommission reactor | Leave a comment