Nuclear energy's perception is changing with the Clean Energy Ministerial listing nuclear as a clean energy source for the first time, writes Katie Tubb of the Thomas A. Roe Institute for Economic Policy Studies. Nuclear is efficient for its physical footprint and doesn't depend on the weather, Tubb writes.
Nuclear power plant owners should provide financial resources to citizen panels overseeing the decommissioning of power plants, Vermont officials said at a Nuclear Regulatory Commission public hearing. The panels need local residents to serve, as well as resources that shouldn't come from "ratepayers or taxpayers of Vermont," said June Tierney, commissioner of the state Department of Public Service and former chair of the Vermont Nuclear Decommissioning Citizens Advisory Panel.
US Energy Secretary Rick Perry said Argentina's Rafael Grossi "sounds like a perfect candidate" to lead the International Atomic Energy Agency but did not formally endorse him. Grossi, Cornel Feruta, Lassina Zerbo and Marta Ziakova were nominated for the job after the death of Yukiya Amano.
The Energy Department wants to store nuclear waste from Three Mile Island at an Idaho site for another 20 years. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is expected to approve the extension to 2039.
The impact of Brexit on Rolls-Royce's plans for a small modular reactor is not known, with the company expecting $22.4 million next month from the UK government. A consortium of businesses and research groups are matching the government funds to develop the technology, which would deliver about 440 megawatts of electricity per unit.
A center that would test fusion reactor components is expected to open next year at the UK's Advanced Manufacturing Park in Catcliffe, according to the UK Atomic Energy Authority.
A possible second unit at Slovenia's Krsko nuclear power plant has drawn investor interest from multiple countries, said Prime Minister Marjan Sarec. A decision on building the second reactor could take up to 10 years, he said.
Florida Power & Light could be fined $232,000 by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission after a former executive improperly canceled an assignment for an employee who raised concerns through the St. Lucie plant's corrective action program. Contractor Framatome was issued a notice of violation by the NRC.
Getting the Bellefonte nuclear plant in Alabama operational could bring thousands of jobs to the state during construction or afterward, says Alabama state Sen. Steve Livingston. "It would be cyclical as maybe one reactor would come on, then they would bring the construction to other one up to speed slowly, but surely -- then operating 1,200-1,500 operators for both reactors," he says.
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