The US Army Corps of Engineers has begun cleaning up an Ohio site that has been used for beryllium production and nuclear industry work. Soil at the site has been contaminated with beryllium and radioactive materials.
Rep. Darin LaHood, R-Ill., has proposed a 30% tax credit for capital expenditures and refueling costs at existing US nuclear power plants, which will then phase down to 10% in 2024. The growing energy demand requires supporting nuclear generation, he said.
The Salt Waste Processing Facility at the Savannah River Site in South Carolina is set to be ready for operations by the Jan. 31, 2021, deadline, the Energy Department and its contractor said. The facility will process radioactive materials stored at the site.
The US Supreme Court will take on a case regarding a state's power to ban uranium mining. Virginia has a moratorium on uranium mining, but plaintiffs who own a uranium deposit in the state say that a federal law trumps the state's ban.
Bulgarian President Rumen Radev said that the country is open to Russian involvement in the development of the Belene nuclear power plant. When Bulgaria canceled the project in 2012, it was ordered to pay $730 million to Rosatom but got to keep the reactor parts Rosatom had provided.
The Akademik Lomonosov, Russia's first floating nuclear power plant, arrived in Murmansk for fuel loading after being towed from St. Petersburg. After loading, it will be towed to the remote town of Pevek, where it will begin operations next year.
Entergy's Pilgrim nuclear plant in Massachusetts can't close earlier than its planned June 2019 retirement as critics have suggested because the grid is underfueled and Entergy has a contractual obligation, writes Matthew Cordaro, former president and CEO of the Midwest Independent System Operator. Generators had to use coal and oil to supply the grid this winter, and there are no better short-term options to replace nuclear power if Pilgrim closes early, he writes.
Whistler waves, which are often formed by lightning, have been found in the plasma of a nuclear fusion tokamak during a reaction. The properties of whistler waves could keep runaway electrons from causing damage to the tokamak and disrupting the process.