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Archive for September, 2012

Bridge inspections will snag Oak Island drivers

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

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Broken water line prompts Market Street lane closure

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

A broken water main on Market Street near Wendover Lane has closed a lane heading to Wilmington.

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GE-Hitachi gets NRC permit for laser uranium enrichment plant in Castle Hayne

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Nuclear Regulatory Commission today issued a license to GE-Hitachi Global Laser Enrichment LLC (GLE) to build and operate a uranium enrichment plant using laser technology in Castle Hayne.

The license authorizes GLE to enrich uranium up to eight percent by weight in the fissile isotope U-235, using a laser-based technology. It will be used in fuel for commercial nuclear power reactors. GLE plans to build the plant at the site of GE-Hitachi’s existing Global Nuclear Fuel-America’s fuel fabrication plant.

“Receiving our NRC license is a tremendous accomplishment and strong testament to everyone involved in this project,” GLE President and CEO Chris Monetta said in a statement. “The technology we’ve developed could be one of the keys to the nation’s long-term energy security. At a minimum, it could provide a steady supply of uranium enriched right here in the US to the country’s nuclear reactors. These reactors provide approximately 20 percent of the nation’s electricity today and will continue to be an important part of the energy mix for decades to come.”

The approval comes more than three years after GLE submitted its license application and after safety and environmental reviews by the NRC.

There’s no word when construction will begin. The company says “the next step in the process is for the company to make a commercialization decision. This decision will be based on several factors.” It did not elaborate on those factors.

The NRC staff will conduct inspections during the construction and operation of the GLE facility. The agency plans to hold a public meeting in Wilmington before construction begins to explain its oversight plans to the public.

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NHC parks director suspended earlier this month, before termination

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

Jim McDaniel, Director of New Hanover County's Parks, Gardens and Senior Resource Center, has been terminated.

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Surveillance video shows would-be thief breaking into store through roof

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — New Hanover County Sheriff’s deputies are investigating a reported break-in overnight at a convenience store on Carolina Beach Road.

According to New Hanover County Dispatch, an alarm system alerted authorities at Monkey Junction Pit Stop around 2 a.m.

The store provided WWAY surveillance video that shows what appears to be a white man falling through the ceiling. When the security alarm sounded, the suspect kicked out a window and left empty-handed.

Sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Jerry Brewer says deputies approached a man who fit the description of the suspect. The man tried to fight with them when they tried to talk with him. Investigators, though, say once they saw the store surveillance video, they realized he was not the man who broke in. He was cited for resist/obstruct/delay and released.

Anyone with information about the man who broke into the store should call the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office at (910) 798-4200.

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