Courtesy of NRC Pilgrim 1 unit in Plymouth, Mass., is a likely candidate for seismic upgrade and vent-hardening measures. As the U.S. nuclear industry has begun to understand what happened at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant following the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, it is ramping up to harden plants here to ensure that they would withstand a one-two punch similar to what struck the Japanese nuclear plants.In October, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission issued a prioritized list of recommendations for analysis and improvements at U.S. plants. The first tier of those recommendations are to be implemented "without delay."In July, an
The market is generally healthy and steadily growing, and margins are up for large specialty contractors. Further, advances in design tools and owner demand for collaboration are giving subcontractors a seat at the table early on in projects.