South Carolina's Public Service Commission held a hearing this week where it heard comments from the public relating to SCANA and Dominion Energy's merger and the issue of how to cover the cost of the failed V.C. Summer project.
NASA visited BWX Technologies in Lynchburg, Va., to assess progress on the joint Nuclear Thermal Propulsion program that will develop technology for the agency's trips to Mars. BWXT employees used powder to demonstrate fuel filling, which will ultimately be done with uranium once the company refines its processes.
South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson says the decision by a federal appeals court to remove an injunction related to the Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility is "inconsistent with governing law." Gov. Henry McMaster says the state will continue to support the building of the MOX facility.
New research from MIT suggests that superconducting magnets can used to prevent overheating in fusion reactors. "This is opening up new paths in thinking about divertors and heat management in a fusion device," says MIT Plasma Science and Fusion Center Director Dennis Whyte.
A ruling on whether the life spans of EDF's nuclear reactors will be extended will be made before 2021, says Bernard Doroszczuk, who's been nominated to head French nuclear regulator ASN. "Based on the information at my disposal, the generic ruling should be issued at the end of 2020," he says.
Fennovoima's plan to build a reactor in Finland will be delayed, says Chairman Esa Harmala. The Finnish-Russian consortium had planned to complete the reactor by 2024, but that goal is now "extremely ambitious, if not unrealistic," Harmala says.
Georgia Power, the leader of the $25 billion Plant Vogtle nuclear plant expansion in Georgia, says a 375,000-pound reactor coolant pump, the first of four, has been placed in the containment vessel of Unit 3. The unit, which is expected to be finished in November 2021, now features steel and concrete building panels to protect the vessel.
The Joseph M. Farley nuclear plant in Alabama has reduced power ahead of Hurricane Michael, operator Southern Nuclear said.
The 4th US Circuit Court of Appeals has removed an injunction forcing the Energy Department to halt plans to discontinue work on the Savannah River Site's Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility in South Carolina. A separate lawsuit filed by the state's attorney general that would require the federal government to proceed with the project is still undecided.
After touring Sandia National Laboratories in New Mexico, Energy Secretary Rick Perry said he wants his agency to limit bureaucracy as it regulates the private nuclear sector. Regarding weapons research, Perry said, "The United States is going to have a robust, modern weapons program, and we'll send a clear message: Don't mess with the United States."