Today is the last day Pennsylvania's Three Mile Island will produce energy, and details on headcount reduction are forthcoming from Exelon Generation. The plant was licensed to operate through April 2034, but the company said competition from natural gas made it unprofitable.
Duke Energy will ask the Nuclear Regulatory Commission for permission to extend operation of six nuclear power plants in North Carolina and South Carolina through the 2050s. The license-renewal process will begin in 2021 with the Oconee nuclear plant, according to the utility.
A Nuclear Regulatory Commission inspection and review of the closed Vermont Yankee nuclear plant found no safety issues. The report covered May through August at the facility, now owned by NorthStar for decommissioning.
Democrats should listen to scientists on the subject of nuclear energy, because not using nuclear means greater use of fossil fuels, says presidential candidate Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J. "The data speaks for itself," he said.
Carlsbad, Calif., officials are asking the state for help in dealing with nuclear waste handling and storage at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station. A city council resolution calls for dry cask storage, while most nuclear waste at the site is in cooling pools awaiting transfer.
The City Plan Commission in New Haven, Conn., has approved a plan to transport uranium-contaminated soil from a former nuclear manufacturing plant to a rail yard before it is shipped on to Utah.
Moltex Energy has raised $7.5 million through crowdfunding to create stable salt reactors that use a form of molten salt to generate fuel in a nuclear reactor. "Moltex's new fission technology has a variable output and can replace gas in the national grid, making zero carbon electricity generation a reality," the British company said.
A free, guided tour of the Science and Applied Nuclear Technology Center of Batan in Indonesia is part of a nuclear tourism experience that will open to the public on Oct. 30. Tourism officials hope visitors will see that nuclear energy is not dangerous.
Saudi Arabia and South Korea have agreed to work together to commercialize medium-small nuclear reactors. The agreement includes opening a research center by the end of the year.
Nuclear scientists are exploring ways to create a tokamak that will continuously generate fusion energy. One such project is from Commonwealth Fusion Systems, which is working with MIT on superconducting magnets and expects to see results in a couple of years.
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