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Nuclear Reactors, Materials, and Waste Sector

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    January 7, Canadian Press – (International) Nuclear body to boost tracking of devices. Canada’s nuclear regulator is changing the way it tracks lost, stolen, and missing nuclear devices following an inquiry about inconsistent reporting from the International Atomic Energy Agency. Newly disclosed internal emails show the Vienna- based agency contacted officials in Ottawa after a Canadian Press investigation raised serious questions in July about how closely the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission monitors devices that could be used in a crude “dirty bomb.” Commission records revealed that dozens of radioactive tools had gone missing in the last five years. Reports of losses or thefts are supposed to be reported to the commission’s nuclear security division, which sends case information to the international agency’s illicit trafficking database. Established in 1995, the database is intended to be an authoritative global source of information on the unauthorized acquisition, use, and disposal of radioactive material, including accidental losses. Source: http://www.thestar.com/article/291561

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    January 7, Florida Power & Light Company – (Florida) St. Lucie Nuclear power plant Unit 2 completes refueling outage. Florida Power & Light Company’s St. Lucie nuclear power plant Unit 2 returned online January 4 following a scheduled refueling and maintenance outage. Unit 2 was taken offline September 30 for its 17th refueling since it began commercial operation in 1983. During refueling outages, scheduled about every 18 months, FPL also performs preventive and scheduled maintenance work that cannot be done when the plant is operating. In addition to routine maintenance and replacement of one-third of the unit’s 217 uranium fuel assemblies, workers replaced the unit’s two massive steam generators, the reactor vessel head, one of four reactor coolant pump motors, and modified the containment sump system. Source: http://biz.yahoo.com/bw/080107/20080107005957.html?.v=1

6. January 4, Platts – (National) NRC issues draft guide on plant security personnel training. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has issued a draft regulatory guide on training and qualification of security personnel at nuclear power plants. Released January 4, the draft guide, DG-5015, details a method that NRC staff “considers acceptable.” In its introduction, the staff said the guide “describes how licensees should select, train, equip, test, qualify, and requalify armed and unarmed security personnel, watch persons, and other members of the security organization to ensure that these individuals possess and maintain the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to carry out their assigned duties and responsibilities effectively.” DG-5015 “is being issued in draft form to involve the public in the early stages of the development of a regulatory position in this area,” and “has not received final staff review or approval,” the staff said. Source: http://www.platts.com/Nuclear/News/7771548.xml?sub=Nuclear&p=Nuclear/News&?u ndefined&undefined

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