Nuclear Energy
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12/17/2018

A group of lawmakers led by Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., and Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., is pushing to secure funding for the proposed nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain in Nevada. Upton is seeking $150 million for Yucca as part of year-end spending legislation -- $30 million more than President Donald Trump requested.

12/17/2018

As lawmakers seek to secure funding for Yucca Mountain, the proposed nuclear waste repository in Nevada, some states want strict regulations for nuclear waste transport. A group of Western states has made recommendations on changes to nuclear waste transport, including shipping the oldest, least dangerous fuel first.

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Las Vegas Sun
12/17/2018

The Transient Reactor Test Facility at the Energy Department's Idaho National Laboratory is key to designing new nuclear plants and safer fuels, says plant manager J.R. Biggs. "If we're going to have nuclear power in this country 20 or 30 years from now, it's going to be because of this reactor," he says.

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The Associated Press
12/17/2018

China has placed the world's first third-generation Evolutionary Power Reactor into commercial operation. The reactor was connected to the Chinese grid in June and had finished 168 trial hours as of Thursday.

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Reuters
12/14/2018

South Carolina's Public Service Commission will rule on the merger of SCANA and Dominion Energy today, laying out the costs to South Carolina Electric & Gas' 720,000 customers over the failed V.C. Summer project.

12/14/2018

NASA's missions to outer space require a large amount of a particular plutonium isotope: Pu-238. The US, however, hasn't produced new Pu-238 in decades, threatening future exploration into deep space.

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Forbes
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NASA
12/14/2018

Contractor MOX Services wrote to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission in November requesting that the regulator void its construction license. "There are no ongoing activities associated with NRC regulated design and construction," said President David Del Vecchio.

12/14/2018

Decommissioning the Diablo Canyon nuclear plant will cost $4.8 billion, says Pacific Gas & Electric, but the utility's decommissioning fund only has $3.2 billion. Rate increases may fund the $1.6 billion difference.

12/14/2018

Santee Cooper's legal fees related to V.C. Summer lawsuits and investigations totaled $9 million this year. This is $7 million above the budgeted amount, but a portion might be covered by insurance.

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12/14/2018

The US should either build its own fusion power plant or remain active in the ITER project, says a National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine report. "What's the point of having a fusion program if you don't have a goal to develop the first fusion power plant?" asks Steven Cowley, director of the Energy Department's Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory.