Energy Secretary nominee Dan Brouillette told a Senate confirmation hearing that he would follow through on outgoing Secretary Rick Perry's promise to remove weapons-grade plutonium secretly shipped to Nevada. Brouillette also said he would not pursue development of the Yucca Mountain waste storage project until Congress makes a funding decision.
The University of Missouri is demolishing its 127-year old Pickard Hall at a cost of $12 million after attempts to remove radioactive contamination throughout the building were unsuccessful. The building was used in the early 20th century by chemists working with radioactive materials.
Weapons and information technology the US military uses in the field is increasingly reliant on electricity and resilient energy sources. "It is not an exaggeration to say that the deployment of mobile, micro nuclear power plants would revolutionize military logistics for the 21st century," writes Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Dan Christman, a board member of the American Security Project.
Energy Secretary nominee Dan Brouillette told a Senate confirmation hearing he would push for development of "small micro-reactors" of one to five megawatts that could be used to power remote areas, such as rural Alaska.
A number of experts told a Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearing that the US nuclear industry needs an intervention from federal policymakers in order to survive and develop advanced reactors. "The United States, in my view, is at serious risk of losing its nuclear energy program," said Peter Lyons, a former Nuclear Regulatory Commission member and Obama administration assistant secretary for the Department of Energy's Office of Nuclear Energy.
The planned glassification plants at the Department of Energy's Hanford Nuclear Reservation have experienced design problems that have pushed back the encasement of low-level radioactive waste in glass cylinders to 2023. The start of glassification of the high-level nuclear waste has been delayed to 2036.
The UK's government-run National Nuclear Laboratory has given engineering firm Spencer Group a four-year contract to develop and test new technologies in various UK nuclear facilities. The projects include the design and building of experimental processing plants, pressure vessels and specialized machinery.
Germany's parliament plans to continue its longstanding deal signed in 1975 to help Brazil develop the "peaceful use of atomic energy" by extending its cooperation agreement for another five years. Brazil is looking to move forward with its stalled Angra 3 nuclear power plant, with a targeted completion date of 2026.
The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee is set to hold a confirmation hearing today for Dan Brouillette, President Donald Trump's choice to replace Rick Perry as head of the Energy Department. Perry plans to leave office on Dec. 1.
The Department of Energy's Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory and Princeton University researchers have developed a three-foot-tall robot capable of identifying nuclear radiation sources using detectors that measure the level of neutron energy being emitted. The team hopes to develop fully autonomous inspector bots that can navigate independently and communicate with other bots during inspections.
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