Chernobyl 30th Anniversary a Cause for Celebration

(Kiev, Ukraine — April 26, 2016) – The world paused today and celebrated the 30th anniversary of the worst commercial nuclear disaster in history. The Chernobyl nuclear power plant, located here in Kiev, exploded on April 26, 1986, irradiating much of Ukraine, Belarus, Russia and Europe. As Ukraine was part of the secretive Soviet Union…

In Vermont, Avian Approval of Atomic Power

(Vernon, VT — August 19, 2015) – Residents throughout Vermont and the Northeast were thrilled when Entergy, the owner of the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Station, announced plans to shutter the facility and begin its long-term decommissioning process. But not everyone is basking in the afterglow of the decision. Vermont Yankee, which began operation in…

Rats! Cafeteria Closes as Feds are Forced to Forage for Food

(Rockville, MD — June 24, 2015) – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is attempting to make its employees set a national example by eating healthier. Or not at all. FDA employees experienced a rude start to their day today when they discovered their cafeteria was no longer open for business. The Three White Flint…

NRC’s Burning Question Answered: Burns Gets the Chair

(Rockville, MD — January 1, 2015) – Rational average, ordinary, everyday Americans would agree that certainty and stability is needed in the nuclear power arena. They would agree that having a level of calm efficiency is essential at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), the agency responsible for regulating the nation’s civilian nuclear program. They would…

Federal Employees’ Viewpoint for 2014 Continues Downward Trend

(Washington, DC) – The results from the 2014 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey (FEVS) are in. And they’re not good. The FEVS is commissioned by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM). Sent out whenever OPM feels like it, the FEVS accepts input from current Federal employees and ranks their concerns and opinions about their jobs, their…

Three Mile Island Celebrates Homecoming 35 Years in the Making

(Middletown, PA) – Question: What do you do with the land surrounding the site of the worst nuclear accident to ever occur in the United States? Answer: Wait 35 years, hire a developer, and build a new, family-oriented neighborhood! That’s exactly what is happening in Middletown, PA, the town hosting the Three Mile Island (TMI)…

Knowledge Management Produces Familial Feelings at Federal Agency

(Rockville, MD) – As employees retire, resign, or are fired, one Federal agency is taking concrete steps to preserve its institutional memory. And its initiative is taking on a familial feel. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is highly involved in Knowledge Management, an effort to capture, preserve, and transfer technical knowledge from outgoing employees to…