nuclear energy http://kplu.org en Why are kids in Federal Way playing with a nuclear reactor? http://kplu.org/post/why-are-kids-federal-way-playing-nuclear-reactor <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In a quiet Federal Way garage, a group of students is getting the chance to do something they’d never get away with at school – build and run a thermonuclear reactor.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The project aims to </span>reimagine<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> what science class might look like, and nudge dozens of kids into careers in science and technology.</span></p><p> Tue, 12 Feb 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 7770 at http://kplu.org Why are kids in Federal Way playing with a nuclear reactor? Wash. nuclear plant a step closer to new license http://kplu.org/post/wash-nuclear-plant-step-closer-new-license <p>RICHLAND, Wash. &mdash; The only commercial nuclear power plant in the Northwest is one step closer to a new, 20-year license.</p><div><p>The Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Wednesday issued its final supplemental environmental impact statement for renewing the operating license for Columbia Generating Station.</p><p> Wed, 11 Apr 2012 17:31:45 +0000 The Associated Press 4719 at http://kplu.org NW nuclear plant back on grid just as its future is debated http://kplu.org/post/nw-nuclear-plant-back-grid-just-its-future-debated <p>RICHLAND, Wash. &ndash; The Northwest&rsquo;s only commercial nuclear power plant is back on line. A six-month outage ended Tuesday, the same day that critics and supporters of the plant debated its future in Richland, Wash.</p><p> Wed, 28 Sep 2011 15:00:00 +0000 Anna King 2754 at http://kplu.org NW nuclear plant back on grid just as its future is debated NRC begins inspection at Washington nuclear plant http://kplu.org/post/nrc-begins-inspection-washington-nuclear-plant <p>RICHLAND, Wash. &mdash; The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has begun a special inspection at the Northwest&#39;s only commercial nuclear power plant.</p><div><p>The inspection centers on three events in which plant operators inadvertently drained reactor coolant from the plant&#39;s reactor vessel during a recent refueling outage. The outage began April 2.</p><p>The inspection also will look at two other incidents that occurred while the reactor was shut down.</p> Mon, 26 Sep 2011 18:33:03 +0000 The Associated Press 2725 at http://kplu.org NRC seeks comments on nuclear plant relicensing http://kplu.org/post/nrc-seeks-comments-nuclear-plant-relicensing <p>RICHLAND, Wash. &mdash; The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is seeking public comments on a plan to relicense the Pacific Northwest&#39;s only commercial nuclear power plant for another 20 years.</p><p> Wed, 24 Aug 2011 18:26:11 +0000 The Associated Press 2409 at http://kplu.org Hanford watchdog sues for more plutonium fuel documents http://kplu.org/post/hanford-watchdog-sues-more-plutonium-fuel-documents <p>The nuclear reactor crisis in Japan is prompting more scrutiny of the nuclear power plant near Richland in southeast Washington. Thursday a Seattle-based Hanford watchdog sued <a href="http://www.energy-northwest.com/">Energy Northwest</a>. The group is demanding the power supplier turn over more documents on the possibility of the plant using plutonium for reactor fuel.</p><p> Fri, 18 Mar 2011 21:27:57 +0000 Anna King & KPLU News Staff 1027 at http://kplu.org Hanford watchdog sues for more plutonium fuel documents