The Energy Department says it will limit Chinese imports of civil nuclear technology from the US over fears of improper use. "The United States cannot ignore the national security implications of China's efforts to obtain nuclear technology outside of established processes of US-China civil nuclear cooperation," says Energy Secretary Rick Perry.
A federal appellate court on Tuesday decided not to rehear a case against Illinois' nuclear subsidies. The 7th US Circuit Court of Appeals' refusal suggests other states can pursue similar subsidies.
The city of Jacksonville, Fla., saw its credit rating downgraded on Thursday by Moody's, citing the city's ties to JEA and the Plant Vogtle expansion project. Moody's specifically takes issue with the city's participation as a plaintiff in JEA's lawsuit against the Municipal Energy Authority of Georgia.
Former SCANA CEO William Timmerman wasn't required to submit progress reports or provide updates on his consulting work while under a $1.8 million contract related to the failed V.C. Summer project. The company says it didn't ask Timmerman for any work-related documents during the five-year contract.
A plastic liner weakened by worker foot traffic led to uranium eating through the concrete floor and seeping into the ground at the Westinghouse Electric Co. nuclear fuel plant in South Carolina, reports the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Westinghouse failed to maintain safety rules, violating atomic standards, the report notes.
Nuclear energy will have to play a key role if climate change goals laid out in the recent International Panel on Climate Change report are to be achieved, write Joshua Goldstein and Staffan Qvist. "Based on our analysis of many countries' experiences, what might take a century to do with renewables alone could be done in 20 years with nuclear power," they write.
The Joseph M. Farley nuclear plant in Alabama stayed in service during Hurricane Michael, though it reduced output in anticipation of a potential shutdown.
Nuclear Development, owner of the Bellefonte Nuclear Generating Station in Alabama, says Memphis Light, Gas and Water would save $400 million per year by dropping the Tennessee Valley Authority in favor of its service. The company hopes to have the Bellefonte plant completed by 2024.
The plan to remove the last of the used nuclear fuel from the Oyster Creek nuclear plant has been given a positive review by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Plant owner Exelon had submitted changes to its used fuel management program in preparation for the plant's December 2019 shutdown.
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