Hewlett Packard Enterprise is purchasing supercomputer manufacturer Cray for roughly $1.3 billion. Cray has been contracted by the Oak Ridge and Argonne national laboratories to build supercomputers.
The Tennessee Valley Authority's Clinch River site, where the utility wants to build small modular nuclear reactors, is still under permitting review, Nuclear Regulatory Commission officials said. The early site permit application was submitted in May 2016 but was revised in January of this year, the NRC said.
The Tennessee Valley Authority's request for dismissal of a lawsuit regarding the sale of the Bellefonte nuclear plant has been rejected by a federal judge. Franklin Haney's Nuclear Development has a sufficient claim for breach of contract to continue the case, US District Judge Liles Burke said.
The Energy Department has confirmed that 13.23 tons of plutonium are being stored at the Savannah River Site, but it is unknown how much of that amount is weapons-grade.
Ohio lawmakers have delayed voting on a nuclear subsidy bill, but the process will still move forward, said state House Speaker Larry Householder, a Republican. A vote could happen this week if Republicans and Democrats can find common ground on the legislation, he said.
Several international entities, including ones from Canada and Jordan, have inquired about ordering the small modular reactors that will be built near Idaho National Laboratory, said NuScale Chief Strategy Officer Chris Colbert. Construction of the SMRs near INL is expected to begin in the mid-2020s.
The town of Okuma, Japan, home of the Fukushima nuclear plant, has planted rice crops across some 17,000 square feet as evacuation orders were removed in April. Public residential housing for displaced community members is set to open in June.
Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, said that an amendment adding funding for Yucca Mountain, the proposed nuclear waste repository in Nevada, to the Energy-Water spending bill for fiscal 2020 is likely to be added when the full House Appropriations Committee marks up the bill next week.
The push to pass nuclear subsidies at the state level should be closely watched, as it's one of the top energy-related issues in states right now, write several E&E News staff members. In Ohio, "green groups have found an ally in the fossil fuel industry" in their fight against H.B. 6, which would institute a ratepayer-funded clean air fund that would benefit nuclear plants, they write.
The New Mexico Public Regulation Commission shouldn't have limited a rate increase by the Public Service Company of New Mexico, known as PNM, in 2016, the state Supreme Court ruled. The PRC will reconsider the case, but it earlier said that PNM's repurchase of part of the Palo Verde nuclear plant should restrict its ability to raise rates.
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