Lisa Gordon-Hagerty, head of the the Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration, told the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board that it's important to allow national labs and other sites to "retain that unique signature and brand that is their own." Gordon-Hagerty said she would allow lab directors to pursue specific support from a congressman or a senator, "but we have an incredibly important mission [and it] will serve us better if we do it [with] an integrated approach."
US-based Ultra Safe Nuclear Corporation has signed an agreement with South Korea's Hyundai Engineering and the Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute to collaborate on development of a Micro Modular Reactor. USNC is developing the MMR, which uses a sealed transportable core and fuel contained in prismatic graphite blocks, at the Chalk River Laboratory in Canada.
The Department of Energy's annual environmental report for the former Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant in Ohio says more than 10,000 environmental samples taken in the area "show results significantly below regulatory safety limits and no radioactivity detected above naturally occurring levels," according to spokeswoman Jessica Szymanski. The Scioto Valley Local School District is seeking funding to replace a nearby middle school due to radioactive contamination that was disclosed last year.
French markets regulator Autorite des Marches Financiers has fined utility Electricite de France $6 million for failing to provide information about changes to the financing of EDF's Hinkley Point C nuclear project. EDF did not disclose that changes had been made in its deal with the UK government over power price guarantees.
China's Jiangsu Nuclear Power Corporation reported that Unit 5 of its Tianwan nuclear power plant "has officially entered a continuous and controllable nuclear operation state." A second Chinese-developed 1,000-megawatt CNP-1000 pressurized water reactor is being built at the site, which has four Russian VVER-1000 nuclear units in operation.
The first unit of the UAE's Barakah nuclear power plant has successfully loaded fuel for startup operations and has begun increasing its output. Korea Electric Power Corporation, which is building a total of four units at the Barakah NPP, says it will begin producing electricity after further tests.
Sen. Patty Murray and Rep. Adam Smith, both Democrats from Washington, have introduced legislation that would provide benefits to Hanford Nuclear Reservation cleanup workers sickened due to faulty respirators. "This legislation takes the right steps to ... ensure Hanford workers and those at other nuclear clean-up sites can obtain the full benefits they're entitled to when they've contracted illnesses as a result of workplace exposure," Murray said.
Electricite de France says its schedule to finish the Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant in the UK has been disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic and a second wave of infections could cause it to miss the 2025 completion deadline. EDF says it will miss three construction milestones this year due to workplace restrictions and supply chain delays.
US nuclear power suppliers could see up to $1.9 trillion of the estimated $8.6 trillion the world is expected to spend on clean nuclear energy through 2050, according to a report from consulting firm UxC. The report notes that this estimate is "not unreasonable considering the International Energy Agency projects the total cost of a future global clean energy system at $67.7 trillion."
Florida utility JEA has settled its dispute with the Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia after a judge ruled its 2008 contract with MEAG to buy electricity from the Plant Vogtle nuclear power plant was valid. JEA had sued to get out of the power purchase agreement due to Plant Vogtle's cost overruns.