The Palisades nuclear plant will get a new leader on Aug. 5, as Charlie Arnone retires as the site's vice president. Current plant general manager, Darrell Corbin, will take over as head of the plant.
The ITER will share nuclear fusion safety information with the International Atomic Energy Agency as the two further a partnership launched in 2008. The two will also partner on fusion-related educational initiatives.
An Energy Technologies Institute report said that the UK can make the buildout of its nuclear infrastructure more affordable by using reactors of the same design and locating them on the same site when possible. New nuclear technology, such as advanced low-cost tech, can help boost the industry and lower emissions in the future, the report said.
China should focus on building nuclear reactors overseas to help boost its export and at-home manufacturing capabilities, said China People's Political Consultative Conference member Wang Shoujun. China has the potential to build 30 overseas reactors in the next decade as part of its "Belt and Road" involvement, he said.
Jill Hruby, the ex-leader of Sandia National Laboratories, said President Donald Trump's nuclear policy ambitions are a positive for national labs. "With Trump giving the green light to new nuclear weapons capabilities, that means the labs will remain very well funded," Hruby said.
The Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board would be able to request key safety information and have full access to Energy Department facilities during investigations under a proposed amendment to the 2020 National Defense Authorization. The amendment was submitted by Sens. Tom Udall, D-N.M., and Martin Heinrich, D-N.M.
The Georgia Public Service Commission's decision to continue building Plant Vogtle in 2017 is being challenged in the Georgia Court of Appeals. The case was dismissed by the Fulton County Superior Court in Dec. 2018.
A proposed amendment to the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act would require the Energy Department to provide a public report on the status of the Runit Dome in the Marshall Islands. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, put forth the amendment, seeking information on the condition of the dome and environmental impacts.
The Cooper nuclear plant in Nebraska was not hacked by Russia, said Nebraska Public Power District, responding to allegations that its systems had been infiltrated. No computer system was broken into or compromised at the plant, nor was the reactor control system, said NPPD.
The National Centre for Nuclear Robotics is working on creating robots that can operate autonomously, while also making them more resilient, which includes radiation-detecting circuits.