Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said that nuclear energy should be embraced for the immediate future. "You cannot dramatically reduce carbon or keep those numbers down without using nuclear," he said.
The 2020 presidential election is anticipated to highlight the necessity of nuclear energy and its role in helping reduce carbon emissions. A New York Times survey found that seven of the 18 Democratic presidential candidates support new nuclear development.
Savannah River Nuclear Solutions will likely get another contract extension soon, as its current contract expires in July, says Savannah River Site Deputy Manager Thomas Johnson Jr. There are no active solicitations for another contractor, he says.
The movement of the Calvert Cliffs nuclear plant's emergency operations from Barstow, Md., to Coatesville, Pa., outside of Philadelphia, has been unanimously approved by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. What will now happen to the Calvert Cliffs facility is unknown.
An official plan for transferring nuclear waste from the San Onofre plant to an off-site location could be in the works starting next month. Plant owner Southern California Edison plans to hire a consultant in May to create the plan.
Embracing small modular reactors and other technologies to lower the cost of nuclear energy is imperative to keeping it viable, said David Kropaczek, director of the Consortium for Advanced Simulation of Light Water Reactors, an Energy Department Innovation Hub. Nuclear could gain greater traction if utilities were encouraged to invest in technology such as microreactors, he said.
The three New Jersey nuclear plants owned by Public Service Enterprise Group are profitable, reports Levitan and Associates, a consultancy hired by the state of New Jersey. The report also found that the closing of the plants would increase carbon emissions.
The Southwest Experimental Fast Oxide Reactor's 15-year clean-up process is complete, said officials, but the project still must be certified by state and federal officials. The reactor site, owned by the University of Arkansas, had about 40 low-level radioactive waste containers removed.
The Pantex Plant in Texas is preparing for shipments from South Carolina's Savannah River Site as part of the plan to remove one metric ton of plutonium from the state by the end of the year. The shipments will include the use of a new container and "new material form," said a National Nuclear Security Administration report.
There has been a rise of tourism at the Chernobyl nuclear plant in Ukraine since the government opened the site in 2011. Tours of the plant structures and the surrounding city of Pripyat were on offer for 72,000 visitors last year and 50,000 the year prior.
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