Wolf Creek Power Plant http://kmuw.org en Wolf Creek To Meet With Federal Regulators To Make Reporting Safety Concerns Easier http://kmuw.org/post/wolf-creek-meet-federal-regulators-make-reporting-safety-concerns-easier <p>Wolf Creek nuclear plant officials will meet with federal regulators next week to discuss progress in making sure the plant's workers aren't afraid to report safety concerns.</p><p>This August, The Nuclear Regulatory Commission determined a "chilled work environment" exists within the quality assurance group at plant, near Burlington.</p><p>The meeting is scheduled for January 22nd in Arlington, Texas.</p> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 15:58:41 +0000 Associated Press 28984 at http://kmuw.org Air Conditioning Failures Plague Wolf Creek Power Plant http://kmuw.org/post/air-conditioning-failures-plague-wolf-creek-power-plant <p>The Wolf Creek Nuclear Generating Station, the only nuclear power plant in Kansas, remains shut down due to problems with an air conditioning compressor. The unit is needed to cool safety-related equipment.<br><br>Operators shut down the reactor late Wednesday afternoon when they noticed abnormal vibration in the compressor while doing maintenance work.<br> Fri, 13 Sep 2013 12:49:25 +0000 Bryan Thompson 23388 at http://kmuw.org Wolf Creek Back To Normal, But New Problems Surface http://kmuw.org/post/wolf-creek-back-normal-new-problems-surface <p>The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has taken the only nuclear power plant in Kansas off of its special "watch list" for plants with problems needing closer scrutiny.</p><p>The NRC has listed Wolf Creek in the “degraded performance” category for more than a year. That’s the next-to-the-lowest of four ratings. Those problems have been resolved, and the plant has been upgraded to normal status.</p> Tue, 10 Sep 2013 12:33:56 +0000 Bryan Thompson 23193 at http://kmuw.org Firm To Appeal Wolf Creek Whisteblower Case http://kmuw.org/post/firm-appeal-wolf-creek-whisteblower-case <p>An engineering firm wants to appeal a decision by federal regulators.<br><br>The Occupational Safety and Health Administration--or OSHA--found in favor of a whistleblower at Wolf Creek Plant in Burlington, Kan.<br><br>OSHA found the engineer was fired for reporting unsafe working conditions at the nuclear plant.<br><br>Georgia-based Enercon Services owns the Wolf Creek plant. OSHA says Enercon violated whistleblower protections when it retaliated against an employee for raising concerns during construction work.<br> Tue, 21 May 2013 11:44:34 +0000 Associated Press 17558 at http://kmuw.org Wolf Creek Deemed Safe, But Still Under Scrutiny http://kmuw.org/post/wolf-creek-deemed-safe-still-under-scrutiny <p>The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) says the Wolf Creek nuclear plant operated safely last year.</p><p>But the only nuclear power plant in Kansas remains under heightened scrutiny because of a series of problems.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Wolf Creek was shut down for more than two months in 2012 after a transformer failed.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The NRC says that was because the plant didn’t properly supervise contractors working on the equipment. </span></p> Fri, 19 Apr 2013 11:27:58 +0000 Bryan Thompson 15905 at http://kmuw.org Drought Dwindles Water Levels At Nuclear Power Plant http://kmuw.org/post/drought-dwindles-water-levels-nuclear-power-plant <p><span style="color: rgb(85, 85, 85); font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 15px; ">The continuing drought is causing concern about operating the Wolf Creek Nuclear Power Plant.</span></p><p style="padding: 0px; margin-bottom: 16px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', Arial, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(85, 85, 85); line-height: 15px; ">Officials say the dwindling water levels of a reservoir used to cool the plant near Burlington do not pose any safety risk.</p> Tue, 28 Aug 2012 16:04:29 +0000 Associated Press 4757 at http://kmuw.org