The Tennessee Valley Authority is continuing its $475 million upgrade of its Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant in Alabama. The plant's Unit 1 will be upgraded to the Extended Power Uprate level and will have an additional capacity of 465 megawatts, which can power 280,000 homes.
The early shutdown of the Three Mile Island nuclear plant in Pennsylvania will hurt the industry's technology know-how and hamper recruiting, writes Erin Mundahl. "An early closure at TMI would also have significant impacts on America's nuclear knowledge at a time when the industry is poised between a rapid decline and a renaissance," she writes.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has requested additional information from Holtec International concerning its proposed interim nuclear waste storage facility in New Mexico. Holtec was expecting the questions and is responding, says company spokesperson Gerges Scott.
Candidates for offices in Idaho weighed in on the federal government's plan to transport transuranic nuclear waste from the Hanford nuclear site in Washington state to the Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Project in eastern Idaho. Multiple candidates oppose the transport plan but support building a commercial nuclear reactor at Idaho National Laboratory.
The manager of the National Nuclear Security Administration's Savannah River Field Office, Nicole Nelson-Jean, plans to update NNSA Administrator Lisa Gordon-Hagerty today about a study related to the Savannah River Site. The field office will also provide a recommendation in December concerning the future of the SRS, says Nelson-Jean.
NorthStar Group Services' purchase of the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant for decommissioning has been approved by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. As part of the agreement, the NRC will require NorthStar and plant owner Entergy to put up an extra $30 million to cover a potential funding gap.
South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster and other state officials are set to meet with President Donald Trump this week to argue in favor of finishing the Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility at the Savannah River Site. "Who in the world gets a program halfway built and says, 'Ah, let's start over and do something else'?" said Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.
The USS Harry S. Truman will be the first Navy nuclear aircraft carrier to use a 3D-printed part. The prototype piping assembly will be installed in 2019 and tested for a year.
The hearing for President Donald Trump's Federal Energy Regulatory Commission nominee, Bernard McNamee, has been postponed until Nov. 15. McNamee's nomination, along with that of Rita Baranwal to be the Energy Department's assistant energy secretary for nuclear energy, will now be considered during Congress' lame-duck session.
Saltstone Disposal Unit 6, a nuclear waste disposal unit built by Savannah River Remediation, has received its first delivery from the Savannah River Site. The decontaminated salt solution was processed at the Saltstone Production Facility.