Illinois has the country's largest portion of used nuclear fuel stored temporarily at its six operational sites and Exelon's closed Zion nuclear plant. Rep. John Shimkus, R-Ill., a vocal supporter of reviving the Yucca Mountain repository project in Nevada, said Yucca Mountain could solve the used nuclear fuel storage issue for Illinois and the US and help the nuclear power industry.
Americans can rest easy regarding cybersecurity at their nuclear power plants, as each facility uses hardware-based data diode technologies to ensure that while data can be sent out from critical systems, no information flows back to them, writes James Conca. The nuclear energy industry has made cybersecurity a priority for decades, and robust defenses are the result of that, he writes.
Exelon's Three Mile Island nuclear plant and the jobs that depend on it are important to Pennsylvania, and the state Legislature should make sure the facility stays open, writes Republican state Rep. Thomas Mehaffie. "Losing Three Mile Island doesn't mean the lights will go out here in the state, but it does mean giving up hundreds of good, skilled jobs and a portion of the state's largest, most reliable source of clean power," he writes.
Emirates Nuclear Energy said it has completed cold hydrostatic testing at Barakah Unit 2 in Abu Dhabi, UAE. "For Unit 2, the completion of CHT means that the second unit is closer to achieving its goal of enhancing energy security for the UAE, as well as its environmental sustainability by supplying the UAE with electricity produced with near-zero CO2 emissions," said ENEC CEO Mohamed Al Hammadi.
The nuclear power plant in Belarus will be fully operational in the summer of 2020, according to Rosatom Director General Alexey Likhachev. The plant will have a capacity of 2,400 megawatts and will mainly export electricity to European countries.
Three 1,000-megawatt nuclear reactors in China are nearing commissioning after passing significant pre-operational tests and inspections. The reactors are Unit 1 at Sanmen nuclear power station, Unit 2 at Haiyang nuclear power plant and Unit 5 at Yangjiang nuclear power station.
Polish officials met with state-owned China General Nuclear Power to discuss cooperating on the construction of Poland's first nuclear power station. Poland has plans to build two nuclear power stations, with the first unit forecast to be completed by the end of 2030.
Building traits that are positive opposites to your strengths can help you become a well-rounded leader and avoid going to extremes, writes Tony Schwartz. For instance, a strength such as confidence can turn into arrogance if overused, whereas practicing humility can be an effective counterpart.
Export controls established by the Energy Department during the Cold War are putting US nuclear suppliers at a disadvantage to foreign suppliers and hurting American influence on safety and nonproliferation, Nuclear Energy Institute Vice President of Supplier and International Programs Dan Lipman said in testimony to the Energy Department. NEI released recommendations for updating 10 CFR Part 810.
Out of 48 North American companies and institutions with advanced nuclear reactors in development, five have made significant progress, according to a report from Third Way. These projects include Terrestrial Energy's integral molten salt reactor, Advanced Reactor Concepts' sodium-cooled fast reactor and NuScale Power's small modular reactor.
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