Westinghouse This Week

Southern's Vogtle decision is 3 months away  complicated by Westinghouse lockout
Southern Company chief executive Tom Fanning told shareholders Wednesday it will take more time than expected to decide whether to continue the nuclear expansion at Plant Vogtle near Augusta, Georgia. Company officials had said they hoped to have a decision by the shareholder meeting, or at least in June, about whether to stick with the project, complete only part of it for now or drop the new nuclear endeavor. Fanning told the annual meeting in Pine Mountain, Georgia he now hopes to have that evaluation completed in August or “late summer.”

The final post-Fukushima stage

Brunswick Nuclear safety cited, begins vent hardening
North Carolina's oldest nuclear power plant is back at full power after a late winter, early spring that included beginning the final stage of the seven-year post-Fukushima modification effort. Along the way, a note from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission stating the Brunswick Nuclear Plant operated safely during 2016 and met commissionrequirements, ending theyearwith no inspection findings or performance indicators outside the normal band.  Last week, N

Decision Delayed

Bankruptcy's shadow over reactors,  Looking at an earlier shadow's Carolina impact
Utilities in Georgia andSouth Carolina have given themselves more time to decide whether Westinghouse Electric's bankruptcy well add four reactors to the long list of abandoned U.S. nuclear projects.  The late March bankruptcy filing came 38 years after the 1979 Three Mile Island accident in Pennsylvania. At that time, U.S. utilities hadNuclear Regulatory Commissionlicenses to build some 97 reactors. Mostwere already underconstruction