Nuclear Energy
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8/21/2019

The Indian Point nuclear plant in New York will play host to one of 11 meetings held by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to discuss best practices for advisory boards. The Indian Point meeting will be held on Oct. 2.

8/21/2019

A US federal claims judge has dismissed South Carolina's lawsuit against the federal government for $200 million in fees related to plutonium storage at the Savannah River Site. The judge claimed the case could not proceed because Congress had not set aside money to pay the fines.

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Savannah River Site, Congress
8/21/2019

A plutonium test taken at Colorado's Rocky Flats plant revealed much lower levels than an initial test, said the state Department of Public Health and Environment. The department is looking into the discrepancy.

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The Associated Press
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Department of Public Health
8/21/2019

NASA head Jim Bridenstine said that nuclear thermal propulsion could be used to speed up space travel, as well as reduce astronauts' exposure to radiation. "That gives us an opportunity to really protect life, when we talk about the radiation dose when we travel between Earth and Mars," he said.

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Space
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NASA, Jim Bridenstine
8/21/2019

Elon Musk tweeted "Nuke Mars!" last week, reiterating his belief that detonating nuclear weapons on Mars to help warm up the planet. Musk first put forth the idea in 2016.

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Fox News
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Elon Musk
8/21/2019

Lighting caused a power outage at the Tennessee Valley Authority's Browns Ferry cooling towers, which forced the plant to reduce output. Units 1 and 2 were operating at 50%, while unit 3 operated at 90% as of yesterday morning.

8/21/2019

The restart of the Darlington nuclear plant in Ontario, Canada, won't restart until the second quarter of 2020, said Ontario Power Generation CEO Ken Hartwick. The plant was originally set to restart during the first quarter of 2020.

8/21/2019

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., said that more money should be spent on addressing nuclear waste storage. "We need to be willing to put the resources into it, to work with local government and the people whose lives will be touched by this," she said.

8/21/2019

EDF's Framatome is looking to purchase Rolls-Royce's civil nuclear unit in France. Roll-Royce's French nuclear business makes equipment to monitor radiation.

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Framatome, Rolls-Royce, EDF
8/21/2019

The British Office for Nuclear Regulation said that EDF can restart the Scotland's Hunterston B Reactor 4. The reactor was taken offline due to cracks in the graphite core.

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Reuters
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EDF, ONR