The UK government said it is willing to provide Japan's Hitachi with $18 billion to support the construction of nuclear reactors in Wales if Hitachi decides to move forward with the project, Kyodo News said. Project costs have risen to more than $27 billion.
The Czech government has pushed back by six months the deadline to decide whether to build new nuclear reactors. The government now has until the end of the year, giving it more time to look at how projects could affect public budgets and find out where the European Commission stands on state aid for nuclear projects.
Sanctions imposed on Tuesday against Iran by the US Treasury aim to keep European countries from maintaining the Iran nuclear deal, Iran said. "With such destructive measures, the American government is trying to influence the will and decision of the remaining signatories of the [nuclear agreement]," said Bahram Qasemi, spokesman for the Iranian Foreign Ministry.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission will hold an open house for the public to learn about the results of safety inspections at Tennessee Valley Authority's Browns Ferry nuclear plant in Alabama. The NRC found the plant operated safely in 2017.
Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., is looking to expedite the removal of high-level radioactive materials from sites around the country, particularly the Hanford Site in Washington state, and send it to the proposed Yucca Mountain repository in Nevada. Walden said it is the government's duty to store radioactive waste safely.
A test at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory's Radiochemical Processing Laboratory successfully encased radioactive materials in glass, mimicking the way the Hanford Site's vitrification plant in Washington state will treat material left from the production of plutonium. "This is the first time low-activity Hanford tank waste has been vitrified in a continuous process, very similar to the treatment process that will be used at Hanford, rather than as a single batch," said Albert Kruger, a glass scientist at Hanford.
The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet has decided to enclose radioactive material from natural gas drilling in the landfill where it was illegally dumped. While the landfill wasn't designed to hold radioactive material, the regulator says removing it would pose a health risk.
The NuScale Power small modular reactor being built and tested near the Idaho National Laboratory could bring 360 long-term jobs to the plant and more than 12,000 jobs across the US supply chain, according to Nuscale Power Chief Strategy Officer Christopher Colbert. "We have this treasure, and we're primed for this project, and we're really excited about it," Idaho Department of Commerce Director Bobbi-Jo Meuleman said.