Stories by Walter C. Jones

Monday, June 20, 2016

Nearly 1,000 Georgia librarians prepare to renew state licenses

The six-member State Board for the Certification of Librarians is gearing up to review the two-year renewal of the state’s 978 licensed librarians.
By Walter C. Jones

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Married couple part of workforce for new Vogtle reactors

Cade and Jennifer Harrel­son love their jobs and each other as one of the handful of married couples working for Southern Nuclear at Plant Vogtle Units 3 and 4.
By Walter C. Jones

Georgia Power wants approval to raise reserves

ATLANTA - Sweltering summer days have traditionally been when electricity generators have had to work the hardest to keep up with demand, but Georgia Power says changes in weather now require it ...
By Walter C. Jones

Friday, June 17, 2016

Advocate for SRS feels free to give out criticism as well

The Savannah River Site Community Reuse Organiza­tion is one of 15 agencies created to help communities cope with massive layoffs at energy sites in the 1990s when the U.S. stopped making ...
By Walter C. Jones

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Senator to be honored by gay rights group

ATLANTA - State Sen. Harold Jones will be honored Saturday in Atlanta by a gay rights group for his efforts to block the so-called religious liberty bill in the Georgia Legislature.
By Walter C. Jones

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Study shows mercury levels no higher than other SC waters

The level of mercury found in largemouth bass near the Savannah River Site is less than that in other South Carolina rivers of the same region, according to a new study by the Savannah River ...
By Walter C. Jones

Some nuclear plants shut down as Vogtle expands

ATLANTA - While Georgia Pow­er is building the nation's first commercial nuclear reactors in three decades outside Augusta, other utilities are shutting down their nuclear plants, creating ...
By Walter C. Jones

Monday, June 13, 2016

Plant Vogtle construction reaches milestones

Executives at Georgia Power Co. are celebrating the achievement of some milestones in the construction of two nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle: the final vertical level and the delivery of the ...
By Walter C. Jones

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Curiosity brings woman to nuclear field, Vogtle

As a girl in Puerto Rico, where power is generated mostly with diesel, Debi Pagan-Diaz didn't know about nuclear power. What she did know was she had insatiable curiosity.
By Walter C. Jones

Friday, June 10, 2016

Objections raised to German waste at Savannah River Site

The Palmetto State is suing the DOE for missing a deadline in federal law to process nuclear material generated by SRS itself, and the state opposes storing additional material at the site.
By Walter C. Jones

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Reuse of SRS surplus wins notice

A program to reuse or dispose of surplus equipment at the Savannah River Site has won its first national recognition from the U.S. Department of Energy for its environmental benefits as well as ...
By Walter C. Jones

Vogtle was rejected for additional reactor

ATLANTA - Plant Vogtle, where two reactors operate and two more are under construction, was rejected as the site for an additional reactor to minimize concentration concerns, Georgia Power ...
By Walter C. Jones

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Faster pace expected in Vogtle work

ATLANTA - The construction of two nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle is 31.7 percent complete, Georgia Power executives testified Tues­day, but they said the remaining work will go faster and ...
By Walter C. Jones

SRS waste processing site completed

Construction on the Salt Waste Processing Facility has ended, but it won't open for two years.
By Walter C. Jones

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Delegates scold Deal, legislators

Georgia Republicans in their state convention Saturday passed eight resolutions, including one expressing displeasure over the failure to enact laws for religious-liberty and guns on college campuses.
By Walter C. Jones

Office space an issue in luring defense jobs

The development of the Augusta area as a hub of cybersecurity is expected to bring defense contractors and their jobs, but supplying the offices they'll need remains a question for developers and ...
By Walter C. Jones

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Nuclear worker gets in 'on the ground floor'

Thomson native Adam Wilcher left one nuclear plant to work at another, but only partly because it's closer to home.
By Walter C. Jones

Friday, June 3, 2016

Outreach, unity focus first day of Georgia GOP convention

Only about a tenth of the 3,500 delegates and alternates were present for the first day's speeches in Au­gusta, though many arrived in time for the fundraising dinner where former Texas ...
By Walter C. Jones

Deal won't attend GOP state convention

Thousands of party activists from across Georgia will spend the weekend in Augusta for the Republican state convention, but Gov. Nathan Deal won't be among them.
By Walter C. Jones

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Plans for more nuclear power hit obstacle

One of the strongest supporters for nuclear power on the Public Service Commission announced Thursday intentions to delay studies for a new reactor for three years.
By Walter C. Jones
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