Producing fuel for both civilian and military purposes at an Energy Department facility slated to reopen in Piketon, Ohio, could jeopardize nonproliferation efforts, say several nuclear watchdog advocates. The project proposal has not yet been finished.
A plutonium pit production project at the location of the Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility at the Savannah River Site would be ambitious in terms of costs and goals, said William "Ike" White, chief of staff at the National Nuclear Security Administration. "These are major nuclear facility recapitalization efforts," said White.
Dominion Energy says South Carolina Electric & Gas customers will see a per-month reduction of less than $1.00 in their bills and receive a planned one-time credit of an undisclosed amount. Democratic state Rep. Wendell Gilliard put forth a resolution last month that would force Dominion to provide previously promised $1,000 refund checks to customers.
Ontario Power Generation CEO Jeff Lyash will leave the company in March for a senior role at Exelon, sources say. The Canadian electricity generator's chief financial officer, Ken Hartwick, will take over for Lyash.
The Braidwood nuclear plant may prematurely shut down alongside fellow Illinois plants Byron and Dresden due to market forces, operator Exelon says. Braidwood's current operating license doesn't expire for almost three decades.
Tokyo Electric Power finished an eight-hour endeavor to assess melted fuel with a robot at the Fukushima Daiichi plant's Unit 2. The robotic tongs were able to pick up gravel-like fuel at five of six locations, while one location had clay-like fuel that wasn't able to be lifted.
Utah state Sen. Curtis Bramble, sponsor of a bill that would support cities looking to participate in the Carbon Free Power Project, says that advanced nuclear power would help economic growth and the environment. "If we want to have baseload, nuclear may be the solution to move beyond fossil fuels," said Bramble, a Republican.
A group of nuclear executives met with President Donald Trump on Tuesday to discuss the prospect of selling more nuclear plants overseas. US companies want to compete with countries such as Russia and China and increase job growth opportunities, said Exelon CEO Chris Crane.
Nuclear energy is very important for reducing carbon emissions, said Craig Piercy, Washington representative for the American Nuclear Society. Utah is an ideal place -- politically and geologically -- for a nuclear waste repository, Piercy added.
After the shutdown of the Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility, the Savannah River Site is looking ahead toward a plutonium pit project, says Citizens for Nuclear Technology Awareness's Jim Marra. "Those pits -- at least as we know today -- will be needed for years and years and generations to come," Marra said.