California State Assemblyman Jordan Cunningham, R-District 35, plans to introduce a bill that could keep the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant operating past the Pacific Gas and Electric Company's proposed 2025 shut-down date. The bill classifies nuclear power as renewable energy under the state's Renewable Portfolio Standard and includes a provision forcing the state to reject any PG&E bankruptcy or settlement plan that fails to keep the plant open.
A US District Judge has put a 14-day block on an Ohio state law that requires paid petition circulators to submit a form disclosing their identities. Some paid petition circulators trying to overturn financial support for the state's nuclear power plants say the ID requirements have exposed them to harassment as they try to gather signatures ahead of an Oct. 21 deadline.
Citrus County, Fla., Administrator Randy Oliver told officials at a Nuclear Regulatory Commission meeting that the region needs federal help following the 2009 closure of Duke Energy's Crystal River Nuclear Plant. Oliver said the county lost jobs and saw its tax base shrink by 31% when the plant closed.
Moltex Energy CEO Rory O'Sullivan says that $2.5 million in funding from the US Department of Energy and support from energy firms in New Brunswick, Canada, is helping his company make progress on research and new designs for its first molten salt reactor, slated for completion by 2030. "The time frame will be ten years for the plant to be built -- three years for the early design, three years detailed construction drawings and licensing and planning, and then roughly two-three years to build," he said.
The Olkiluoto-3 nuclear power plant currently being built in southwest Finland is on schedule for fuel loading in January 2020, according to owner-operator Teollisuuden Voima Oyj. The 241 fuel assemblies have already been delivered to the site and workers have practiced moving the fuel into the pressure vessel, says TVO.
The 10-year, $6 billion support services contract for the Hanford Site in Washington state is expected to be awarded soon by the Energy Department's Office of Environmental Management.
The retirement of Illinois' Braidwood, Byron, Dresden and LaSalle nuclear power plants and their replacement with fossil fuel generation could cause up to 2,700 premature deaths over the next decade, according to a study by the Clean Air Task Force and the Respiratory Health Association. "If you shut off the nuclear power plants that aren't causing any air pollution deaths now, all of the power they make has to come from other sources, a lot of which are dirty," says the Respiratory Health Association's Brian Urbaszewski.
DTE Energy has hired Peter Dietrich as its new chief nuclear officer at its Fermi 2 nuclear power plant in southern Michigan. Dietrich previously served as chief nuclear officer for the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corp., Nawah Energy and Southern Edison.
State officials in North Dakota have temporarily suspended reviews of applications to allow two landfills in Williams County to receive technologically enhanced naturally occurring radioactive materials.