Nuclear Regulatory Commission http://news.stlpublicradio.org en NRC freezes nuclear power licenses until waste issues are addressed http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/nrc-freezes-nuclear-power-licenses-until-waste-issues-are-addressed <p>The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has put a freeze on issuing licenses for new plants and 20-year renewals for existing ones&nbsp;following a ruling by a federal Appeals Court.</p><p>The US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit ruled in June that the practice of allowing nuclear plants to store spent fuel rods on site doesn&rsquo;t meet federal environmental standards.&nbsp; The decision in essence bars the awarding of any new licenses until the industry begins addressing the problem of storing nuclear waste.</p> Wed, 08 Aug 2012 00:36:32 +0000 Marshall Griffin 4276 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org NRC freezes nuclear power licenses until waste issues are addressed NRC looks at lubrication concern at Callaway nuclear plant http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/nrc-looks-lubrication-concern-callaway-nuclear-plant <p>A <a href="http://www.nrc.gov/">Nuclear Regulatory Commission</a> inspection team is at <a href="http://www.ameren.com/sites/aue/Callaway/Pages/Home.aspx">Ameren Corp.&#39;s Callaway nuclear plant</a> near Fulton after concerns were raised about lubrication of an auxiliary feedwater pump.</p><p>An Ameren spokesman says the inspection is unrelated to heightened concerns at nuclear plants following the damage to the plant in Japan.</p><p>The NRC says an oil sample taken Feb. 8 showed the auxiliary pump might have been inadequately lubricated.</p> Mon, 21 Mar 2011 19:24:37 +0000 The Associated Press 770 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org NRC looks at lubrication concern at Callaway nuclear plant