WOWT-TV: OPPD Nuclear Power Plant Slapped With Violation
‘The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, in a news release Thursday, said it has issued a violation of substantial safety significance because of inadequacies in the flood protection plan for the Ft. Calhoun Nuclear Power station. NRC officials identified the violation during an inspection earlier this year. Inspectors reported OPPD's flood protection strategy may not have been fully effective in a worst-case flooding scenario. The strategy called for workers to install floodgates in front of doors to the plant’s auxiliary building and intake structure and then pile sandbags on them. The NRC says in its release that OPPD did have a stockpile of empty sandbags, but did not have enough sand to fill all of them. In addition, their strategy for buttressing floodgates may not have been effective.’

Engineering News: Concerns about a nuclear-powered South Africa
‘While Energy Minister Dipuo Peters has said that a fleet of six nuclear power stations is on the cards for South Africa, local umbrella group Coalition Against Nuclear Energy (Cane) believes that there are many unanswered questions pertaining to the use of nuclear energy as an answer to South Africa’s electricity crisis. Cane comprises community organisations, residents associations, nongovernmental organisations, academics, professionals, unionists, environmentalists and ordinary citizens, most of whom are concerned about the ‘unnecessary and heavily subsidised costs, nuclear safety and the unresolved problem of long-term spent fuel storage’. Cane’s Christine Garbett says: ‘A mix of renewable energy and pumped storage is equal to nuclear in supplying the country's baseload energy, but has the advantage of about seven times more sustainable jobs and all the advantages of a low-carbon economy.’

Bloomberg: DOE: Safety culture at Hanford needs improvement
‘Most workers believe the safety culture at the U.S. Department of Energy's most expensive and most complex nuclear waste treatment plant is strong, but some worry they will face retaliation for raising concerns, according to a report this week. The Energy Department surveyed workers at the Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant, which is under construction on the Hanford nuclear reservation near Richland, Wash., to learn if they feel comfortable pointing out safety concerns to superiors. Most of those surveyed believed the safety culture was strong and improving, the report said. But some workers at private contractor Bechtel National Inc. and its subcontractors felt differently. "Some individuals within WTP believe that there is a chilled environment that discourages reporting of safety concerns," the report said, adding some workers are worried they will be retaliated against if they raise safety issues. Bechtel National officials did not immediately answer a call for comment. The company had previously said it had already decided to strengthen its nuclear safety culture before the review.’