7:32 am
Mon May 13, 2013

UK Considers GE's PRISM Nuclear Reactor Design

Nuclear energy is nothing if not controversial.  Environmentalists call out the potential for accidents and the question of what to do with the toxic waste.  But proponents of nuclear energy say a new generation of reactors – integral fast reactors – or IFRs – could solve these problems. 

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5:22 am
Tue February 26, 2013

Problem solving and learning take the stage in a local celebration of National Engineers Week

Teachers sing and dance to an engineering problem-solving song

According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, there will be eight million jobs in science, technology, engineering and math in this country by 2018.

The Rachel Freeman School of Engineering focuses on STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) education that would build an aptitude for these jobs. The school’s partnership with GE-Hitachi helped participants celebrate National Engineers Week with activities and presentations.  

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9:25 am
Mon October 1, 2012

Real estate market may have bottomed out; part of discussion at UNCW's Economic Outlook Conference

Why is the unemployment rate in North Carolina so stubborn? 

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6:00 am
Thu September 20, 2012

World's first laser-based uranium enrichment likely to be a "go" in Castle Hayne

GE-Hitachi’s subsidiary Global Laser Enrichment is poised to receive a license to build and operate the world’s first laser-based uranium enrichment plant. 

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7:53 am
Wed September 12, 2012

Debate over whether local uranium enrichment plant could lead to nuclear proliferation intensifies

Typical uranium enrichment facility
Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Global Laser Enrichment, a subsidiary of GE-Hitachi, will wait a few more weeks for a decision on a 40-year license to build and operate the first laser-based uranium enrichment plant in the world. 

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6:06 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

GE-Hitachi in Castle Hayne certified as National Wildlife Habitat

Canadian Geese at the entrance to GE-Hitachi Nuclear in Castle Hayne
Christopher White, GE-Hitachi

Alligators, red-cockaded woodpeckers, and coyotes don’t have much in common – except that they all happen to share living quarters on GE-Hitachi’s Castle Hayne campus.  As WHQR’s Rachel Lewis Hilburn reports, the site, just outside of Wilmington, was recently certified as a National Wildlife Habitat.

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9:54 am
Wed July 18, 2012

U.S. Dept. of Energy to invest $13 million in nuclear energy

The United States Department of Energy is injecting nearly 13 million dollars into nuclear energy technology. 

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10:02 am
Mon July 9, 2012

Nuclear watchdog group requests ASLB open final GE-Hitachi review to public

The Forrestal Building, United States Department of Energy headquarters

GE-Hitachi’s subsidiary, Global Laser Enrichment, is facing the last regulatory hurdle before a 40-year license is granted to enrich uranium in Castle Hayne – just outside of Wilmington.   Judges with the Atomic Safety Licensing Board have closed the final hearing to the public in its entirety.  But as WHQR’s Rachel Lewis Hilburn reports, one nuclear watchdog group is urging officials to reconsider that closed-door decision.

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6:33 am
Fri July 6, 2012

GE-Hitachi uranium enrichment final license review to be private meeting

General Electric

One of the final regulatory hurdles before GE-Hitachi receives a 40-year license to enrich uranium in Castle Hayne will happen behind closed doors. 

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7:18 am
Fri June 15, 2012

EPA points to Castle Hayne as Environmental Justice area


As GE-Hitachi considers whether to build a laser-based uranium enrichment plant on its campus in Castle Hayne, members of the surrounding community are generally in the dark when it comes to what – exactly -- the industrial giant might be creating in their backyards.

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