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Yucca Grudge Match on Hill Will Wait as Congress Delays Final Talks on 2019 Budget

Congress this week delayed final negotiations on a 2019 spending bill that includes the Department of Energy and Nuclear Regulatory Commission budgets for disposal of spent nuclear-reactor fuel, with the House again seeking to fund the proposed Yucca Mountain repository in Nevada and the Senate again opposing it. The House and Senate were supposed to […]

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NRC Anticipates No Major Environmental Impacts from Terminating Zion Plant License

By John Stang The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has determined there would be no significant environmental impact in approving the license termination plan for the Zion Nuclear Power Station in Illinois. Agency staff on June 25 issued an environmental assessment and finding of no significant impact (FONSI) for the 2014 request from ZionSolutions, a subsidiary […]

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NRC, Power Plant Owner to Discuss Shrinking Decommissioning Trusts

Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff and the Indiana Michigan Power Co. have scheduled a July 17 teleconference to discuss a steep, unexpected reduction in the decommissioning trust funds for the Donald C. Cook Nuclear Plant’s two power reactors. In March 2017, Indiana Michigan Power reported the trust funds as of Dec. 31, 2016, stood at $459.5 […]

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Wrap Up: House Panel Passes Bill Promoting Decommissioning Advisory Boards

The House of Representatives’ Energy and Commerce Committee on Thursday approved legislation that would require the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to produce a report on “best practices” for establishing local advisory boards near nuclear power plants undergoing decommissioning. The language was included in an amendment from Reps. Fred Upton (R-Mich.) and Peter Welch (D-Vt.). The panel […]

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Pruitt Exit Won’t Change West Lake Cleanup Plan, EPA Says

The resignation of controversy-plagued Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt will not change the federal approach for cleanup of the radioactively contaminated West Lake Landfill in Missouri, according to the agency. On July 5, Pruitt submitted his resignation to President Donald Trump following a 17-month term in office in which he was battered by a […]

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U.K. Seeks Host for Nuclear Waste Repository

By John Stang The United Kingdom needs a community willing to host its permanent deep geologic repository for nuclear waste. So far, no one has volunteered. That’s the dilemma the House of Commons’ Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee faced Tuesday when it sought feedback from experts on a proposed national policy statement to build […]

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Shimkus to Lead House Delegation to Yucca Mountain

By John Stang Rep. John Shimkus (R-Ill.) is leading a dozen U.S. House members on a tour of the Yucca Mountain site in Nevada on Saturday in hopes of bolstering his case to revive stalled plans for a nuclear waste repository there. Nevada leaders quickly criticized the trip as flawed because no local interests will […]

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First NRC Comment Deadline Approaching for Planned New Mexico Spent Fuel Site

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has set a hard deadline of July 30 for public comment on the scope of its environmental review of Holtec International’s license application for an interim spent fuel storage facility in southeastern New Mexico. The agency extended the comment period by 60 days, but denied a request from a host of […]

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NRC Not Planning “Autopsy” of Oyster Creek Reactor

By John Stang The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission aims to collect information to determine whether any aspects of decommissioning the soon-to-retire Oyster Creek nuclear power plant should be studied to obtain long-term knowledge about other reactor operations. Owner Exelon plans in September to close the single-reactor facility in Lacey Township, N.J., a month ahead of […]

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U.K. Nuclear Agency to Take Over Magnox Cleanup in 2019

The United Kingdom’s Nuclear Decommissioning Authority said Monday it will next year formally take over management of the now privately operated contractor for cleanup of the nation’s retired Magnox reactors. The government announced in March 2017 that it would cancel Cavendish Fluor Partnership’s contract to manage Magnox Ltd. as of Aug. 31, 2019, nine years […]

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