Plans to retire six nuclear reactors in Ohio, Pennsylvania and New Jersey in the next few years won't likely change as a result of a capacity auction on the PJM grid, analysts said. The auction results are due out today and are forecast to be better than last year.
Delaware agencies participated in a drill Tuesday to simulate an emergency at Public Service Enterprise Group's Hope Creek and Salem nuclear power plants in New Jersey, within 10 miles of Delaware. Past simulations have included a terrorist attack and radioactive exposure beyond 10 miles outside the plants.
Pennsylvania lawmakers need to take action to keep all of the state's nuclear power plants open, a cause supported by both big business and blue-collar workers, write Tony Iannelli, co-chairman of Nuclear Powers Pennsylvania, and Bill McGee, business manager of Local 23 of the International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers. The nuclear power plants provide a wide range of jobs and help move the state toward clean energy goals, they write.
The Idaho National Laboratory is opening up the Experimental Breeder Reactor-I for free guided or self-guided tours beginning Friday. The reactor, finished in 1951 and decommissioned in 1964, was the first to generate a usable amount of electricity.
Startup company Deep Isolation is proposing burying used nuclear fuel a mile deep in horizontal tunnels in shale, like those drilled for hydraulic fracturing. The drilling technique has become quick and inexpensive, no humans would be required to go underground, and the process could be used almost anywhere.
CH2M Hill Plateau Remediation received $9.9 million, or 89% of the possible $11 million incentive pay in 2017, for cleanup work at the Hanford Site in Washington state.
The Philippines Energy Ministry has asked President Rodrigo Duterte to move forward with developing a nuclear power program for the country, which may include reviving the Bataan nuclear power plant. The plant was finished in 1984 but was never put into operation.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo laid out US demands on Iran in a speech Monday, pushing for negotiations of a new treaty after the US recently withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal. If Iran fails to comply, Pompeo promised "the strongest sanctions in history."
Southern Co. announced it is selling most of its Florida assets to NextEra Energy and may sell more assets to decrease debt and finish a nuclear power project. Its expansion of a nuclear power plant would be the first new reactors built in decades, but costs have increased to more than $25 billion.
International journalists have been invited to attend the ceremonial closing of North Korea's Punggye-ri nuclear test site. North Korea has said it will collapse tunnels using explosions, remove structures and close research facilities at the site.