Critics want nuclear energy excluded from a clean energy bill in Washington state, but nuclear power is the safest form of energy available, Jim Conca writes. Keeping nuclear energy in the clean energy mix and developing new nuclear designs will help the state achieve a low-carbon future.
Rep. William Keating, D-Mass., has introduced the Nuclear Plant Decommissioning Act, which would require operators of nuclear power plants to discuss shutdown and decommissioning plans with state and local communities.
Rosatom and the Republic of Congo signed an agreement to cooperate on developing nuclear infrastructure and programs in Congo. They will also consider constructing a research reactor and nuclear science center.
L3 MAPPS will replace the digital control computer system of Unit 2 of the Bruce A nuclear power plant in Canada, with the first computer unit scheduled to be installed in late 2019 and two backups in 2020. The system is responsible for monitoring and controlling major plant functions.
Though the US and Japan automatically renewed their nuclear agreement in January, Japan's large stockpile of plutonium causes some officials to worry that the US may want to change the deal. Restarting reactors has been slow since the 2011 incident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, and the stockpile, which has enough plutonium for 6,000 nuclear warheads, isn't being reduced.
If professional development programs are not in the budget, less formal internal and lateral opportunities can be a valuable way to help employees grow, writes Jennifer V. Miller. Taking charge of meetings will polish their communication and leadership skills, and spending time in other departments gives them a deeper understanding of the company, she writes.
Pacific Gas & Electric will begin taking steps to form a site-specific decommissioning plan for its Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant in California now that is has accepted the California Public Utilities Commission's ruling approving Diablo Canyon's retirement. PG&E plans to cancel the relicensing application filed with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission's fiscal year 2019 budget is proposed to be $971 million, almost $60 million higher than the year before. Nearly $50 million of the budget would go to work related to the Yucca Mountain used nuclear fuel repository in Nevada, while President Donald Trump's budget would give the Energy Department $120 million for the repository and an interim storage program.
Ohio state Sen. John Eklund spoke at a legislative breakfast on the importance of keeping Ohio's nuclear power plants open and using zero energy credits to help support the plants. "This goes to very heart of what we don't have in Ohio, and that is a consistent, thoughtful, 50 years down the road energy policy," Eklund said.
France's Electricite de France is studying options for building a central storage pool at one of its nuclear power plants for used nuclear fuel from all 58 EDF reactors. The utility plans to send a site proposal to regulator ASN by 2019.