Romania and France have agreed to work together on the upgrade of the Cernavoda nuclear power plant's Unit 1 and construction of Units 3 and 4. Nuclearelectrica signed a partnership agreement with French nuclear power firm Orano to work on the same project with US and Canadian companies.
Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio, have filed a lawsuit targeting FirstEnergy, the Ohio Treasurer and the chairman of the state's Public Utilities Commission, aiming to stop electricity fee increases that are part of the nuclear power plant subsidy law House Bill 6. "We will aggressively work to seek an injunction from the courts to stop the unconstitutional corrupt statute from taking effect in January 2021," Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley said in a written statement.
The National Nuclear Security Administration is praising the completed first phase of the equipment upgrade installation at Los Alamos National Laboratory's CMRR Plutonium Facility, noting that it was 10 months ahead of schedule and under budget by several million dollars. NNSA's Bob Raines said the project will be presented as a model for future work at other Energy Department national laboratories.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has appointed Christopher Newport to replace Paul Cataldo as senior resident inspector at the Seabrook Nuclear Power Plant in New Hampshire. Newport was the senior resident inspector at the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant in California and has been with the NRC since 2008.
India and the US have signed five cooperation agreements that cover security and energy, including nuclear technology. The pacts include extending the countries' cooperation on the Global Center for Nuclear Energy Partnership.
The US has agreed to cooperate with Bulgaria's plan to expand its civil nuclear program with the latest technologies. "We are going to construct [Kozloduy Unit 7] using a technology that is completely different -- the reactor will be American," said Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov.
Mexico's Energy Secretary Rocio Nahle told national lawmakers that the state-owned electric utility Comision Federal de Electricidada is "analyzing" whether to build a nuclear power plant in Baja California state. Mexico estimates that each of the plant's 1,400-megawatt reactors will cost $7 billion and last for 60 years.
Magnox Limited has awarded a further four-year contract to Altrad for decommissioning support services at facilities owned by the UK Nuclear Decommissioning Authority: the Chapelcross, Dungeness, Hinkley, Hunterston, Trawsfynnydd and Wylfa nuclear power plants. The services include asbestos removal, corrosion protection, and cladding work.
The Ohio House of Representatives has delayed an effort to repeal the House Bill 6 nuclear power subsidy law, which would affect nuclear power plants owned by FirstEnergy and Energy Harbor. Gov. Mike DeWine is pushing to repeal the law after the Nov. 3 election.
Missouri University of Science and Technology has established a Nuclear Engineering and Radiation Science Department to house and showcase its nuclear engineering program and resources, including a pool-type reactor. The program had been part of the Mining and Nuclear Engineering Department.
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