Regulatory & Legal

  • Environmental groups led by anti-nuclear activists HEAL Utah are challenging a judicial ruling that upheld Utah's decision to allow Green River water to be used in a proposed nuclear power plant.
  • Citizens groups from both sides of the Cape Cod Canal have sent a petition to federal officials saying security at the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station should be tightened or the plant should be shut down.
  • The Nuclear Regulatory Commission published the following rule in the Federal Register: Continued Storage of Spent Nuclear Fuel.
  • The Nuclear Regulatory Commission will meet with Omaha Public Power District (OPPD) officials on Sep. 25 to discuss the status of performance improvement activities at the Fort Calhoun nuclear power plant.
  • A revolution is quietly under way in Albany to turn electric utilities on their head. In an effort to stem rising and unpredictable utility bills and lower the cost of power for businesses, state regulators are telling utilities that the old way of doing business isn't going to work anymore.
  • A Washington, D.C.-based consumer advocacy group is criticizing federal energy regulators for failing to act against a private equity firm that owns power plants in New England for allegedly manipulating a power auction conducted earlier this year by ISO-New England. The group, Public Citizen, says the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's 2-2 vote failed to address allegations that …
  • ComEd customers are set to receive a total of $46.2 million in refunds for rate increases dating back to 2008, under a settlement with the State Attorney General's office announced Thursday.
  • The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed sweeping regulations that would require states to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from the electricity sector by an average of 30 percent nationally.
  • The Public Utilities Commission landed in a fresh controversy following the disclosure Wednesday that Carol Brown, ousted top aide to the PUC's most powerful official, is actually on leave and did not depart the agency as widely thought.
  • A possible flaw in Vermont's renewable energy rules -- one not found in New York's system -- that allows renewable energy production to be "double counted" by utilities has sparked a challenge to the Federal Trade Commission.
  • The Advanced Energy Management Alliance (AEMA) today reacted with disappointment in the U.S. Circuit Court decision (U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, No. 11-1486) to rehear en banc the decision issued in May to vacate the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's Order 745.
  • The state legislature is discussing a draft of proposed legislation that would alter the way public utilities are regulated within the state of New Mexico.
  • The legal fallout from Bonneville Power Administration's hiring scandal continues, even as federal power marketing agency says it has completed a remediation process designed to redress violations of federal hiring policies that became public last summer.
  • Spent nuclear fuel and high-level radioactive waste storage and processing at Savannah River Site is the topic of a meeting next month by a federal agency that reviews U.S. Department of Energy programs.
  • People, states and groups interested in telling the federal government what they think about proposed rules to limit greenhouse gases from existing power plants will get another 45 days to have their voices heard.
  • The Nuclear Energy Institute's president and chief executive officer, Marvin Fertel, made the following remarks in reaction to the U.S. Senate vote today to confirm Stephen Burns and Jeff Baran as commissioners at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
  • The PPL Susquehanna Steam in Salem Township is off the list of the six most-watched nuclear power plants.
  • Congressman Bradley Byrne (AL-1) recently organized a letter asking the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to extend the comment period on a proposed rule to tighten restrictions on carbon emissions from existing power plants.
  • A man was fired from his job at TVA's Bull Run Fossil Plant after only three weeks because he has a workers' compensation claim pending due to "exposure" experienced while working at the federal agency's ash spill cleanup site in Kingston, a legal action avers.
  • A team of special inspectors from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission today began investigating recurring problems with a backup cooling water pump for Unit 3 at the Millstone Power Station.