Republican lawmakers a House Science, Space and Technology Committee hearing on Wednesday stressed the use of nuclear power to combat climate change. "Nuclear may be the only way that we can get off of the dependence on fossil fuels because obviously renewables don't seem to cut the mustard," said Rep. Brian Babin, R-Texas.
Canadian Nuclear Laboratories has signed a four-year contract with Atkins Energy Germany to help with the decommissioning of RWE Nuclear's prototype boiling water reactor at the 268-megawatt Lingen, Germany, nuclear power plant, which has been shut down since the late 1970s. CNL will provide engineering and operational staff, as well as manufacturing and deployment services for some of the equipment used for reactor segmentation.
Safety reviews and mandatory nuclear power plant modifications put in place after the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster have slowed nuclear power development around the world. However, digitalization of new plant designs is helping improve risk assessment by combining data with international best practices.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission told the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee that the agency expects submission in a few weeks of the first application for a next-generation advanced nuclear reactor under the Nuclear Energy Innovation and Modernization Act.
New York state has voiced opposition to Entergy's request for federal approval to cut the Indian Point nuclear power plant's staff. Entergy plans to retire the plant's two remaining operational reactors over the next 16 months.
The Nuclear Decommissioning Citizens Advisory Panel for the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant is calling on NorthStar Holding Co. to cover the costs of the panel, rather than having the state's Department of Public Service use ratepayer money. NorthStar, which bought the plant for decommissioning, says the company is willing to discuss the issue but is not willing to write a blank check.
After a former Titan II nuclear missile silo in Arizona sold for $420,000 after just two weeks on the market, two more Cold War-era Arizona silo properties have been listed at $495,000 each. The realtor is giving those interested until Jan. 20 make an offer.
The Department of Energy's Office of Inspector General is calling for more clarity and standardization in the employee radiation dose recordkeeping at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation site in Washington state.
A survey of 11 Japanese power companies operating 57 nuclear reactors at 19 plants found the government's post-Fukushima mandated safety measures, which will lead to either facility upgrades or decommissioning, will cost $123 billion.
Brussels-based nuclear industry group Foratom is calling for the European Commission to include nuclear in its funding proposal for supporting the transition to a low-carbon economy under its "just transition mechanism." "Limiting the low-carbon sectors which will be eligible for such funds will make achieving our low-carbon targets without leaving anyone behind a lot more difficult -- if not impossible," said Foratom director-general Yves Desbazeille.
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