Nuclear Energy
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10/15/2018

NorthStar Group Services' purchase of the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant for decommissioning has been approved by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. As part of the agreement, the NRC will require NorthStar and plant owner Entergy to put up an extra $30 million to cover a potential funding gap.

10/15/2018

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster and other state officials are set to meet with President Donald Trump this week to argue in favor of finishing the Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility at the Savannah River Site. "Who in the world gets a program halfway built and says, 'Ah, let's start over and do something else'?" said Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.

10/15/2018

The USS Harry S. Truman will be the first Navy nuclear aircraft carrier to use a 3D-printed part. The prototype piping assembly will be installed in 2019 and tested for a year.

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New Atlas
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Harry S. Truman
10/15/2018

The hearing for President Donald Trump's Federal Energy Regulatory Commission nominee, Bernard McNamee, has been postponed until Nov. 15. McNamee's nomination, along with that of Rita Baranwal to be the Energy Department's assistant energy secretary for nuclear energy, will now be considered during Congress' lame-duck session.

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S&P Global Platts
10/15/2018

Saltstone Disposal Unit 6, a nuclear waste disposal unit built by Savannah River Remediation, has received its first delivery from the Savannah River Site. The decontaminated salt solution was processed at the Saltstone Production Facility.

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Savannah River Site, SRR
10/15/2018

An investigation team assigned to the Hanbit Nuclear Power Plant in South Korea says it found 18 air gaps between the containment liner plate and concrete wall at the plant's Unit 2. Hanbit says it will shut down and inspect five of its six reactors.

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Hanbit Unit
10/15/2018

General Electric and Hitachi are reportedly working together to develop small modular reactors. Pending approval, these SMRs could be brought to market sometime in the 2030s, sources said.

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The Mainichi (Japan)
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Hitachi, General Electric, GE
10/12/2018

The Energy Department says it will limit Chinese imports of civil nuclear technology from the US over fears of improper use. "The United States cannot ignore the national security implications of China's efforts to obtain nuclear technology outside of established processes of US-China civil nuclear cooperation," says Energy Secretary Rick Perry.

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Reuters, CNN
10/12/2018

A federal appellate court on Tuesday decided not to rehear a case against Illinois' nuclear subsidies. The 7th US Circuit Court of Appeals' refusal suggests other states can pursue similar subsidies.

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Power Magazine online
10/12/2018

The city of Jacksonville, Fla., saw its credit rating downgraded on Thursday by Moody's, citing the city's ties to JEA and the Plant Vogtle expansion project. Moody's specifically takes issue with the city's participation as a plaintiff in JEA's lawsuit against the Municipal Energy Authority of Georgia.

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Florida Politics
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JEA, Moody