A bill being considered by Democratic Florida state Rep. Bruce Antone would remove the legal right of Disney World's private government to build a nuclear plant on its Orlando property. The state law that created Disney's government is likely exceeding its authority anyway because the location of nuclear plants is a federal matter, says former Nuclear Regulatory Commission Public Affairs Director Eliot Brenner.
The Energy Department in a Thursday briefing didn't say anything not already known about plutonium shipments to Nevada, says Rep. Dina Titus, D-Nev. The briefing came weeks after state officials and lawmakers learned that the disputed plutonium shipments had already been transferred.
Brian Vance, the current head of the Hanford nuclear reservation's Office of River Protection, will become the first sole manager of the Hanford site in two decades. In addition to his current role, Vance will take over as acting field manager of the Richland Operations Office due to current manager Doug Shoop's retirement.
Two coal-powered plants owned by the Tennessee Valley Authority will close, including the Paradise 3 plant in Kentucky that President Donald Trump has touted. The TVA intends to continue shifting away from coal and toward nuclear and renewables, said CEO Bill Johnson.
The National Nuclear Security Administration is intensely focused on plutonium pit production at the Savannah River Site, given all the inputs needed for its success, such as environmental requirements and infrastructure, said Deputy Administrator for Defense Programs Charles Verdon. "We have a vision, we have a strategy, we're moving out on this as we speak," Verdon said.
Two Republican Illinois lawmakers, state Sen. Sue Rezin and state Rep. David Welter, have requested a meeting with Exelon's chief executive to discuss the company's planned in-state nuclear plant closures. "We have both been strong advocates for nuclear power and recognize that it's both clean and reliable, two very important attributes in our advancing world," the lawmakers wrote in a letter to Exelon CEO Chris Crane.
An independent panel should be formed to oversee the Diablo Canyon decommissioning process, one that's separate from plant owner Pacific Gas and Electric, says retired Nuclear Regulatory Commission judge Alex Karlin.
Holtec's application for an interim nuclear waste repository in New Mexico would be illegal based on the Nuclear Waste Policy Act, says Caroline Reiser, a lawyer representing Beyond Nuclear. The application cannot be considered because there is no federal government final repository in place, Reiser says.
EDF could become fully state-owned as the French government weighs buying out minority shareholders. The move would likely involve separating the company's nuclear operations from its other units.
The recently proposed Green New Deal doesn't consider grid reliability, says acting Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler. "For human health and the environment here at the agency, I have to be very concerned about that, because it's the electricity system that supplies our drinking water system and it runs it," Wheeler says.
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