Pierre Piroue, a Henry DeWolf Smyth Professor of Physics, Emeritus, at Princeton University, has died at age 88. His research included work at Brookhaven National Laboratory, Berkeley Radiation Laboratory, Fermi National Laboratory and the European Organization for Nuclear Research.
The Tennessee Valley Authority and Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory have signed a memorandum of understanding to collaborate on improving the economic feasibility of licensing, building, operating and maintaining advanced nuclear reactors, such as a small modular reactor. TVA has not made a decision as to whether it will build an SMR.
After Undersecretary of Energy -- and nominee for deputy secretary -- Mark Menezes apparently contradicted President Donald Trump's stance on funding the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository in Nevada, the White House released a statement from Menezes that noted "the administration will not be pursuing Yucca Mountain as a solution for nuclear waste, and there are no funds in the budget to do so." Menezes' statement also said he was "fully supportive of the president's decision and applaud him for taking action when so many others have failed to do so."
Oklo will be given access to recovered fuel from nuclear waste at the Department of Energy's Idaho National Laboratory in order to develop its small advanced fission 1.5-megawatt Aurora reactor, which is designed to use metallic fuel. INL will downblend uranium recovered from used fuel to produce "high-assay, low-enriched uranium" for the project, David Wagman writes.
French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announced that the Fessenheim nuclear power plant, the country's oldest, will shut down its reactor No. 1 this weekend, followed by the full plant's closure on June 30. Located near the German border, Fessenheim is the first to be closed under a 30-year plan to cap the amount of electricity the country gets from nuclear power.
French utility ENGIE has extended its nuclear technologies research and development partnership with France's Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission through Dec. 31, 2022, so ENGIE can continue to develop its nuclear industry technical expertise and workforce skills. The collaboration will focus on reactor safety, materials development, decommissioning and waste management.
French utility Electricite de France has had to delay by a month its annual maintenance of the Cruas 3 nuclear nuclear power plant because of ongoing nationwide strikes protesting planned pension reforms. The strikes have hit France's public services, transport and energy, including unions at EDF.
Officials in India met with the largest US industry and government nuclear delegation to visit the country in five years to discuss collaboration on nuclear research and development, including advanced nuclear technology. The meeting included US reactor builders and representatives of the uranium enrichment supply chain and was in advance of President Donald Trump's planned visit to India on Feb. 24 and 25.
The Department of Energy's Office of Environmental Management has issued a draft request for proposals to replace Fluor Idaho when its contract for the Idaho Cleanup Project at the Idaho National Laboratory site expires May 31, 2021. The new contract, worth up to $6.4 billion over 10 years, will include work at the Fort St. Vrain facility in Colorado.
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