The Nuclear Regulatory Commission's assessment of potential hazards to New York's Indian Point nuclear power plant posed by a natural gas pipeline remains unchanged, despite a revised timeline that shows Entergy could take up to eight minutes to shut off the pipeline in an emergency. "[W]e did an independent review and did not identify any concerns relative to our overall conclusion, that the pipeline was not an undue hazard to the Indian Point plant," said NRC official Ray Lorson.
Exelon Generation says the hottest Illinois summer on record did not prevent its six nuclear power plants from running 24 hours a day for months at near-full power. Company executive Shane Marik says the plants "are among the most reliable power plants in the country, and we know how important it is for them to be available during extremely hot weather conditions."
The Lacey Township, N.J., planning board's unanimous rejection of a proposal to decommission the Oyster Creek nuclear power plant is being disputed in court by the firm planning to do the work. The lawsuit filed in the US District Court in Trenton argues that the township board's actions "are preempted by federal law."
The US House of Representatives this week will take up HR 447, known as the House Clean Energy Package, including 150 proposed amendments. The bill could ultimately include $1.2 billion to be spent on nuclear reactor demonstration projects, hybrid energy systems and advanced fuel cycle and waste recycling research.
The National Nuclear Safety Administration will allow permanent storage of 7.1 metric tons of high-level plutonium nuclear waste that has been down-blended to transuranic waste standards at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in New Mexico. In a Federal Register notice, the NNSA said the move "builds on the existing capabilities, infrastructure, and skilled workforce trained in safe operation of nuclear facilities."
The Court of Justice of the European Union has rejected an appeal from Austria challenging the European Commission's 2014 approval of British government subsidies for the $28.8 billion Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant in southwest England. The CJEU said the European Commission did not violate EU competition rules when it approved the deal.
The Regulatory Cooperation Forum has released its 2020-2024 Regulatory Cooperation Forum Strategic Plan to provide support for countries developing a regulatory framework to launch or expand a nuclear power program. The plan will be discussed during a virtual event on Friday as part of the 64th International Atomic Energy Agency General Conference.
Alisher Sultanov, Uzbekistan's energy minister, told the International Atomic Energy Agency's annual general conference that the country will soon adopt a management strategy for spent nuclear fuel, radioactive waste and nuclear facility decommissioning. Uzbekistan plans to have its first nuclear power plant in operation by 2030.
Rep. Mike Levin, D-Calif., has introduced the Spent Nuclear Fuel Solutions Research and Development Act, which directs the Department of Energy to create "an advanced fuel cycle research, development, demonstration, and commercial application program." The program would cost $507 million over five years, which would come from the department's budget, Levin said in a statement.
Paul Dabbar, the Energy Department's undersecretary for science, will visit the Savannah River National Laboratory in South Carolina on Thursday to attend a ribbon-cutting for the Salt Waste Processing Facility. Dabbar will also visit the University of South Carolina Aiken, which is joining with SRNL to establish an Advanced Manufacturing Collaborative facility equipped with fabrication and chemistry labs.
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