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3/21/2019

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster would have unilateral power to sell state-owned utility Santee Cooper if a new bill becomes law. Currently, only the South Carolina Legislature can approve a sale, but "this nonpolitical process is the right way to get it done," said bill sponsor and state Senate President Harvey Peeler, a Republican.

3/21/2019

Multiple sources say the federal government is in the process of finalizing $3.7 billion in loan guarantees for Plant Vogtle, which would bring the total guarantee amount to $12 billion. The announcement reportedly could be made during Energy Secretary Rick Perry's visit to the plant Friday.

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3/21/2019

US District Judge William Martinez of Colorado has removed a 2011 injunction that prevented the Energy Department from leasing public land for uranium mining around the state's Paradox Valley. Federal environmental laws were met, Martinez said, bringing an end to a decade-long lawsuit.

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3/21/2019

The Savannah River Site's Saltstone Disposal Unit 7 is expected to be done by spring 2022 and will permanently house 32 million gallons of treated waste. Meanwhile, the Salt Waste Processing Facility at SRS is anticipated to be ready by late 2019.

3/21/2019

Ur-Energy has received approval from the Bureau of Land Management to double the surface area of its Lost Creek uranium mine in Wyoming. A new Ur-Energy uranium mine, to be operated in the Shirley Basin, is also being considered by the BLM.

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3/21/2019

Legislation that alters restrictions on the storage of Class B and C nuclear waste in Utah has become law after Gov. Gary Herbert neither signed nor vetoed the bill. Herbert said he let the bill become law because it will offer protections for EnergySolutions' disposal site in Clive, Utah.

3/21/2019

High temperature superconducting magnets could be the key to optimizing compact tokamak fusion reactors, says Jon Menard of the Energy Department's Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory. Tokamaks, which can be cost-effective, can do more because of the HTS magnets, Menard said.

3/20/2019

President Donald Trump's proposed fiscal 2020 budget includes $220 million to shut down the Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility at the Savannah River Site -- the same amount requested for fiscal 2019. The new budget also includes a $79 million request for the dilute-and-dispose alternative to MOX, a $20 million increase from last year.

3/20/2019

The Omaha Public Power District said that nuclear waste at the former Fort Calhoun nuclear plant in Nebraska is safe from Missouri River flooding. Artificial barriers and sandbags are protecting the remaining parts of the plant, OPPD said.

3/20/2019

The dismantling and decommissioning of the Sturgis, a military cargo ship that was later converted into a nuclear plant, was wrapped up in Texas last week. Over 600,000 pounds of lead were recycled during the project.