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Barton Blames Appropriators for Freeze on Yucca Mountain Bill

Appropriators in the House of Representatives are to blame for the failure to schedule a floor vote on legislation aimed at pushing forward development of the long-delayed Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository in Nevada, Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas) said Tuesday. Rep. John Shimkus’ (R-Ill.) Nuclear Waste Policy Amendments Act of 2017 passed out of the […]


Montana Revising Proposed TENORM Waste Rules

The state of Montana is revising a set of proposed rules issued last year for management of technologically enhanced naturally occurring radioactive material (TENORM) waste. The state Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) said in a Jan. 24 memo it believes “revisions of the rules are warranted to address public concern and stakeholder input” received since […]


Wrap Up: Utah House Backs Fee Break for EnergySolutions

The Utah House of Representatives this week passed legislation that would reduce radioactive waste disposal fees paid by EnergySolutions by more than $1.7 million annually. The bill from Rep. John Knotwell (R) would cut the flat fee paid by radioactive waste disposal facilities in the state by the amount they paid in taxes in the […]


Vermont Lawmakers Resurrect Nuclear Plant Decommissioning Bill

Two lawmakers from Vermont are again pressing legislation intended to provide states with more say in the planning for decommissioning of nuclear power plants. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I) and Rep. Peter Welch (D) filed the Nuclear Plant Decommissioning Act of 2018 in their respective chambers on Wednesday. They previously introduced largely identical legislation in the […]


‘Substantial Progress’ Reported in Vermont Yankee Sale Talks

Parties to the state regulatory review for the planned sale of the retired Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant on Friday reported “substantial progress” in resolving two key points of dispute in the deal. That could open the door for the Vermont Public Utility Commission to reschedule hearings postponed from last month and continue its decision-making process. […]


AECOM Revenue Nears $5B in 1Q

Department of Energy contractor AECOM on Tuesday reported $4.9 billion in revenue for the first quarter of its fiscal year, ended Dec. 31, 2017. That was 12.7 percent higher than the $4.35 billion recorded in the quarter ended Dec. 31, 2016. The Los Angeles-based global infrastructure company reported quarterly net income and diluted earnings per […]


Jacobs’ Earnings Fall on CH2M Buyout, but CEO Bullish

Jacobs Engineering Group reported $2 million in net earnings for its latest financial quarter, a steep year-over-year dive from $61 million linked to its recent acquisition of CH2M. Earnings for Jacobs’ fiscal 2018 first quarter ended Dec. 31, 2017, took a hit from the $3.27 billion CH2M acquisition and a one-time tax charge, the company […]


NRC Anticipates Millions in Savings in Nuclear Decommissioning Rulemaking

When completed, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission rulemaking on decommissioning nuclear reactors could save millions of dollars over six decades, according to a new analysis of the costs and benefits of the process. As it approaches the end of the process started in 2015, agency staff plans to submit a draft of new proposed rules […]


Lights Stay on at DOE, NRC Under Latest Stopgap Budget

The Department of Energy and Nuclear Regulatory Commission will remain frozen at fiscal 2017 spending levels through at least late March, under the stopgap spending bill passed by Congress and signed by President Donald Trump on Friday morning after an overnight government shutdown — the second of fiscal 2018. The bill is the fifth continuing resolution of […]


DOE Failing on Radioactive Waste Disposal, Groups Say

The Trump administration Department of Energy has failed to follow through on its commitment to take decisive action on permanent disposal of the nation’s ever-growing stockpile of nuclear waste, the head of a nuclear industry group said in a Jan. 23 letter to Energy Secretary Rick Perry. U.S. Nuclear Infrastructure Council Executive Director David Blee […]


September 4-6, 2018

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