The Department of Energy has given Excelsior College a $245,000 grant to purchase a simulator that re-creates conditions at a generic pressurized water reactor. The grant was one of 18 given to institutes of higher education.
The Senate voted 87-9 to appropriate $15 million for recycling spent naval fuel for use at advanced nuclear reactors. The amendment is part of an energy-and-water bill.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission will hold a July 17 public hearing on the planned shutdown of Exelon's Oyster Creek Nuclear Generating Station in Lacey Township, N.J. The shutdown is scheduled for October.
The Nuclear Energy Institute has honored South Texas Project employees for a safety improvement that was approved by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and saved about $43 million.
Bechtel is close to finishing the first part of an effluent management plant at the Hanford site in Washington state. The plant will treat low-activity waste for use in vitrified glass.
Exelon's Byron Nuclear Generating Station in Illinois had a $36.5 million property tax bill last year, or more than any US site outside of New York state, where 20 locations had higher property taxes. The school district collected nearly half of that money, although Exelon is in litigation with the district.
The cancellation of the V.C. Summer nuclear energy project could lead to a tax bill of up to $421 million for South Carolina Electric & Gas and Santee Cooper, according to a state audit. The companies can appeal the audit's findings.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has been petitioned to re-examine the viability of trust funds set up to pay for the decommissioning of FirstEnergy's nuclear plants. The NRC in April said the funding complied with regulations.
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