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House Appropriations Subcommittee Passes 2019 Energy Bill; Full Committee Markup Wednesday

The House Appropriations energy and water development subcommittee on Monday approved a $44.7-billion energy funding bill for fiscal 2019, including extra money for the planned Yucca Mountain radioactive waste disposal repository in Nevada. A full committee markup is scheduled for 10 a.m. Wednesday. The bill report, which provides a more detailed look at proposed funding for […]

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Wrap Up: Decommissioning Rules Package Submitted to Nuclear Regulatory Commission

The members of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Monday received a proposed package of rules for commercial nuclear power reactors making the transition from operations to decommissioning. “The proposed rule package was signed out by the Office of Executive Director and sent to the Office of the Secretary yesterday, so … the Commission has it,” […]

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Entergy, NorthStar Delay Financial Answers to NRC on Vermont Yankee

By John Stang Entergy and NorthStar Group Services are delaying providing extra financial information to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission on the planned sale of the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant by just over two weeks. The NRC has questions about whether Entergy and NorthStar have their finances in order to complete decommissioning of the […]

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Perma-Fix Bullish on New Vitrification Technology

By John Stang Perma-Fix Environmental Services executives said Wednesday they see the potential for at least $5 million in annual revenue from a specialized radioactive waste vitrification system now being tested. In a conference call to discuss Perma-Fix’s latest quarterly earnings, President and CEO Mark Duff said there is enough contaminated sodium wastes at nuclear […]

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BWXT Moves Aggressively Into Medical Isotope Market

By John Stang BWX Technologies this week contended it by 2019 will begin operations to produce sufficient amounts of a critical medical isotope to fill all of North America’s needs. “We’d have enough capacity for all the North American supply right off the bat” for molybdenum-99 (Mo-99), BWXT President and CEO Rex Geveden said in […]

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AECOM Highlights Nuclear Decommissioning as Growing Revenue Opportunity

The growing market for decommissioning of commercial nuclear reactors could help offset revenue losses in other business lines at engineering and infrastructure giant AECOM, such as construction of gas-fired power plants, the company’s top executive said Tuesday. Like rival Fluor, AECOM is moving out of the market to build fixed-price natural gas power plants. When […]

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Major Yucca Policy Bill Clears House on Broad Bipartisan Vote; Heller Vows Swift Death in Senate

In a vote more than a decade in the making, the House of Representatives on Thursday overwhelmingly passed a bill that would smooth the way for the Department of Energy to build a permanent nuclear-waste repository at Yucca Mountain in Nye County, Nev. The Nuclear Waste Policy Amendments Act of 2018 (H.R. 3053), shepherded through […]

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Yucca Bill Finally Heading to House Floor

After nearly a year, the full House of Representatives is expected next week to debate and vote on legislation intended to strengthen the federal government’s ability to build a radioactive waste repository at Yucca Mountain, Nev. Rep. John Shimkus’ (R-Ill.) Nuclear Waste Policy Amendments (H.R. 3053) cleared the House Energy and Commerce Committee last June […]

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FirstEnergy Says Closing its Reactors Will Hurt Region’s Power Picture

By John Stang FirstEnergy Solutions contended Monday that the shutdown of four nuclear power reactors in Ohio and Pennsylvania will hurt the long-term energy picture for the area covered by transmission clearinghouse PJM Interconnection. The utility was responding to PJM’s report that day that “resource retirements” would not undermine the reliability of its power grid. […]

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Southern Calif. Edison Earnings Take a Hit, but Not From SONGS

Costs related to the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) were seemingly a nonfactor in the first-quarter 2018 balance sheet for its majority owner. In a Tuesday conference call on Edison International’s latest earnings, the retired nuclear power plant barely came up as analysts and executives at the California-based utility discussed wildfire recovery costs and […]

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