A bill in the New Mexico Senate is designed to give the state's Radioactive Waste Consultation Task Force authority to oversee any privately owned nuclear waste facilities, including temporary spent nuclear fuel storage sites, in the same way it oversees federal nuclear projects run by the Department of Energy. The proposed law would also require the task force to submit annual reports to the legislature.
The Department of Energy's Idaho National Laboratory has selected Christine King as director of the lab's Gateway for Accelerated Innovation in Nuclear program. King, who has 26 years of nuclear energy industry experience, will lead the effort to establish commercial partnerships for advanced nuclear power research and development.
Southern California Edison has notified residents that the utility plans to begin "deconstruction" work at the San Onofre nuclear power plant Units 2 and 3 on Feb. 22, though the cooling towers will remain for some time. Edison plans to use a rail spur rather than trucks to remove the debris and work is expected to continue through 2028.
The Department of Energy has selected Waste Control Specialists' West Texas nuclear waste facility to temporarily store the agency's stockpile of elemental mercury until a way to treat and dispose of it can be determined. The 2008 Mercury Export Ban Act prohibits export of the material, which also comes from gold mines.
Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings' latest decommissioning plan for the damaged Fukushima Daiichi No. 2 nuclear plant puts the timetable at 44 years for completing the task in four stages. TEPCO says the first stage will take 10 years, the second stage will require 12 years, and the last two stages will take 11 each.
The South Korean government's plan to phase out nuclear energy is forcing a number of the country's nuclear power plant component manufacturers and suppliers to discontinue maintenance of their expensive three-year Korea Electric Power Industry Code certification.
China has 48 domestic nuclear power reactors in operation and 10 under construction, plus two reactors currently under construction overseas. The country has set a goal to build 30 reactors overseas by 2030 and aims to compete with Russia, which boasted 39 reactors planned or under construction overseas as of 2018.
Ohioans Against Corporate Bailouts is ending its efforts to force a referendum intended to block the state's $1 billion financial rescue of two nuclear power plants, and has asked a federal court to dismiss its appeal for more time to gather signatures. A spokesman for the group cited a lack of funds to continue the court battle.
The latest Nuclear Regulatory Commission data indicates that there was a combined $64.7 billion held in the decommissioning trust funds covering the 119 operational and retired US nuclear power reactors as of the end of 2018.
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