The Nevada Commission on Nuclear Projects says it won't submit a report detailing state efforts to prevent nuclear waste from being transported to Nevada and buried until it receives clarity regarding potential funding for Yucca Mountain, the proposed nuclear waste repository. The report will be submitted in January at the earliest.
A lawsuit by the federal government against Washington state related to workers' compensation claims for Hanford nuclear site employees is "a depraved action," says Gov. Jay Inslee. He adds that employees at Hanford have "worked darned hard to protect our society."
The Hanford site's potential nuclear waste reclassification doesn't protect residents of Oregon and Washington state from future leaks, writes Sarita Hemmady. The government should replace tanks with more durable ones until a permanent solution is found, she writes.
The price of uranium is set to rise in 2019, thanks to previous years' production cuts and increasing demand going forward, says BMO Capital. "The net result is that uranium has entered a period of structural undersupply and we forecast the beginnings of inventory drawdown, which should continue to provide upward bias to the uranium price as we exit the year," BMO analysts say.
GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy and Bechtel National have been chosen to conceptualize the Energy Department's Versatile Test Reactor. The companies will work on the advanced reactor's design and safety estimates.
The Government Accountability Office reports that Labor Department compensation claim requirements were too vague for employees who worked on nuclear weapons and were exposed to toxic substances to understand what they needed to submit. Many reopened claims have reportedly been accepted, and more than $15 billion has already been paid out to over 120,000 individuals.
After several major credit rating agencies downgraded JEA's credit rating due to its ties to the Plant Vogtle expansion project, the company is no longer obligated to keep as much cash in its reserves and plans to use the newly available cash to pay down debt. The JEA board approved the plan on Tuesday.
The designation of the Millstone nuclear plant as at-risk is a key step in allowing it to participate in Connecticut's zero-emission energy auctions, writes The Day editorial board. "A sudden shutdown of Millstone would pose a big problem, given that it supplies about 50 percent of Connecticut's electric power and about 95 percent of the state's zero-carbon energy," the board writes.
Plans to include funding for Yucca Mountain, the proposed nuclear waste repository in Nevada, in the year-end federal spending bill shouldn't be considered, says Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval. Yucca Mountain supporters hope to secure funding to restart the licensing process.