Florida Public Service Commission staff are recommending that Duke Energy be allowed to move ahead with plans to expedite the decommissioning of its shuttered Crystal River nuclear plant, which would be completed 50 years sooner than expected. The staff also recommended rejecting additional cost protections if commissioners approve the project when they vote next week.
Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette cut the dedication ribbon at the Hanford Site's new Analytical Laboratory in Washington state. The lab will be used to check samples at the site's $17 billion vitrification plant and determine which glass formulation should be used for each batch of nuclear waste to be processed.
The Santa Susana Field Laboratory in Ventura County, California, has been nominated by NASA to be designated an official landmark in the National Register of Historic Places. The radiation-contaminated site is undergoing cleanup and NASA Santa Susana Field Lab project director Peter Zorba says the historic designation "would not alter NASA's cleanup responsibilities at the site."
Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems expects $1.4 billion in Department of Energy funding to be finalized in September for development of a construction permit-operating license for a 720-megawatt small modular reactor plant at the Idaho National Laboratory. UAMPS members have not decided whether to purchase electricity generated by the NuScale SMR project, which is proposed to be operational by June 2029.
US-based X-energy is seeking a Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission pre-licensing vendor design review for its Xe-100 small modular reactor design, which uses tri-structural isotropic fuel. The pre-licensing VDR is meant to determine if the design meets Canadian nuclear regulatory requirements.
The town of Suttsu in the Hokkaido prefecture is Japan's first municipality to announce it will consider allowing a government study to determine whether it is a suitable site for deep-underground high-level radioactive nuclear waste disposal. However, Hokkaido has an ordinance opposing the acceptance of nuclear waste.
Berkeley Energia has been granted a land-use permit by authorities in Castilla y Leon, Spain, for development of its Salamanca uranium project and mine west of Madrid. The plan, which requires further approval, includes a centralized uranium concentrate processing plant to be located at the site.
Fortum has begun an environmental impact assessment for the potential operation extension of the Finnish Loviisa nuclear power plant, compared with decommissioning the plant and building a low- and intermediate-level waste disposal facility. The plant's reactor operating licenses expire at the end of 2027 and 2030.
Pennsylvania's Department of Environmental Protection has withdrawn its objection to FirstEnergy's planned transfer of Three Mile Island's Unit 2 reactor license to Utah-based EnergySolutions' newly formed TMI-2 Solutions. In exchange, the state agency will have more oversight of the decommissioning's environmental issues and project finances.
Nicole Nelson-Jean is resigning from her position as a manager at the Savannah River Site in South Carolina to become the associate principal deputy assistant secretary for field operations for the Department of Energy's Environmental Management office. Nelson-Jean will start the Washington, D.C., position in September.
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