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NRC Board Anticipates March Ruling on Spent Fuel Storage Licensing Interventions

A three-member Atomic Licensing and Safety Board at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission expects in March to decide which organizations can intervene in the agency review of the license application for a spent nuclear fuel storage facility in New Mexico. The board has scheduled oral arguments on the intervention and hearing petitions for Wednesday and […]

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Army Corps Gears Up for Next Reactor Decommissioning

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will meet with industry representatives on Feb. 8 near Washington, D.C., to discuss its next nuclear decommissioning project: the SM-1 reactor on the grounds of Fort Belvoir. The SM-1 operated from 1957 to 1973 at the Army base in Fairfax County, Va. It was the first nuclear power plant […]

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Industry, Advocacy Groups Differ on DOE High-Level Waste Reinterpretation

The Energy Facility Contractors Group (EFCOG) has thrown its weight behind the Department of Energy’s case for reinterpreting the definition of high-level radioactive waste based primarily on its risk characteristics and not its source of origin. The organization, representing about 100 DOE contractors, filed its formal comments endorsing the reinterpretation shortly after the department proposed […]

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Wrap Up: Shimkus Retains Leadership Role on House Energy and Commerce Committee

U.S. Rep. John Shimkus (R-Ill.) will remain in a leadership role on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, where last year he began a concerted push for a policy bill to advance the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository toward realization. With the Democrats taking control of the House in the November midterm elections, though, Shimkus […]

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Baranwal Renominated to Lead DOE Nuclear Energy Office

The White House on Wednesday renominated Rita Baranwal to lead the Department of Energy’s nuclear power and waste activities. Baranwal was among more than 150 people nominated for federal jobs late Wednesday, many of whom were previously nominated but did not get Senate votes before the last Congress ended on Jan. 3. When one session […]

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Nuclear Waste Disposal Firm Demonstrates Drill Hole System

By John Stang A California nuclear waste disposal startup on Wednesday successfully inserted a narrow canister through 2,000 feet of vertical shaft to deposit it in a horizontal tunnel — and then later retrieved the same small container. Deep Isolation, a 2-year-old firm from Berkeley, demonstrated its prototype canister at an undisclosed commercial oil and […]

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Bury Nuclear Waste, But Not at Yucca Mountain, Former NRC Chair Says

WASHINGTON — The United States still needs to find an isolated location to bury its nuclear waste, just not below Yucca Mountain in Nevada, former Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Gregory Jaczko said Thursday. “The concept has always been bury it and forget. That’s the idea, that you could find a place where you could isolate […]

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PG&E Says Bankruptcy Won’t Impact Diablo Canyon

By John Stang California utility Pacific Gas & Electric said this week it does not expect its impending bankruptcy filing to impact the future closure and decommissioning of the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant. The company announced its intent to file for federal bankruptcy protection on Jan. 29, as it tries to figure out how to […]

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Massachusetts AG Aims to Intervene in Pilgrim License Transfer

By John Stang The Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office plans to formally raise concerns about decommissioning of the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station as the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission decides whether to allow owner Entergy to transfer its license to Holtec International. “The Attorney General intends … to intervene in the pending license transfer proceeding to articulate … […]

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Alexander Wants to Fund Yucca Mountain This Year

Congress should fund the Yucca Mountain repository in Nevada this year as part of a broader nuclear waste management approach, Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), now officially the Department of Energy’s head Senate appropriator in the 116th Congress, said Wednesday. “This year, we should resolve the more than 30 year stalemate over how to dispose of […]

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