The 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals has rejected an appeal brought by US service members seeking damages from Tokyo Electric Power Company and General Electric. The plaintiffs were claiming radiation exposure from the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi disaster while assisting with humanitarian relief efforts.
The Department of Energy has awarded small businesses in Pennsylvania 11 grants worth $2.2 million to support research into nuclear energy, turbines and thermal energy storage as part of $53 million in grants being awarded nationally. "The technologies that they are developing are going to help us understand fusion energy much better," said Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette.
The 770-ton nuclear reactor vessel from the decommissioning project at California's San Onofre nuclear power plant is headed by rail to the Apex Industrial Park in Nevada, where it will continue its journey by road to Clive, Utah, for disposal. The road trip to Utah was the only option since tunnels and rock outcroppings along the rail route are too tight for the vessel to pass.
Power Conversion Technologies has provided equipment for research on naval nuclear propulsion to a Fortune 500 company, according to Ozop Surgical. Ozop is acquiring PCTI, which specializes in naval technology and has several bids in the works.
Scientists at Russia's AI Leipunsky Institute of Physics and Power Engineering want to access the Beloyarsk nuclear power plant's fast-neutron reactors to obtain plutonium-238 for spacecraft propulsion and remote energy generating installations. The plan is to assess the technical feasibility of large-scale production of Pu-238 from Beloyarsk's BN-600 and BN-800 reactors.
French utility Electricite de France's application to build the Sizewell C nuclear plant in the east of England, in partnership with China's state-owned nuclear company CGN, has been submitted to the Planning Inspectorate for the 18-month review process. If approved, the project will be a design replica of the Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant in Somerset, with a target completion date of 2025.
French nuclear services firm Framatome is providing engineering support services for EDF Energy's eight UK nuclear power stations, which together feature 14 advanced gas reactors and one pressurized water reactor. The in-house services will include design, analysis and modifications related to regulations and licensing at the Sizewell B, Hinkley Point B, Dungeness B, Hartlepool, Heysham 1 and 2, Hunterston and Torness nuclear power plants.
The Nuclear Alternative Project has released a Department of Energy-funded study on the feasibility of nuclear power in Puerto Rico. The study suggests the use of small advanced nuclear reactors for more stable distributed generation, rather than a centralized power grid like the one damaged by Hurricane Maria in 2017.
Workers at Georgia Power's Vogtle nuclear power project's Unit 3 have installed the final CB-20 module safety water tank on top of the AP1000 reactor's containment vessel building. The tank holds 792,000 gallons of water that would be used to help passively cool the reactor in the event of an emergency without the need for pumps or electricity.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission will hold an online meeting on June 3 to discuss the Seabrook nuclear power plant's 2019 safety performance. NRC resident inspectors responsible for plant inspection and oversight will participate in the meeting.
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