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U.K. Nuclear Decommissioning Authority Adds to Portfolio

The government of the United Kingdom said Friday it would in 2021 assume ownership of the privately held entities managing disposal of the nation’s low-level radioactive waste and cleanup at a retired reactor site in Scotland. Dounreay Site Restoration Ltd. will become a wholly owned subsidiary of the U.K. Nuclear Decommissioning Authority in March 2021, […]

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Wrap Up: Massachusetts’ Court Petition on Pilgrim Plant Sale Withdrawn

The commonwealth of Massachusetts’ court challenge to the transfer of the federal license for the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station is being dismissed with prejudice, which would prevent it from being refiled. The parties to the petition for review filed the dismissal agreement on June 30 in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of […]

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Pandemic Could Slow Schedule for Spent-Fuel Storage Licensing, NRC Says

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is acknowledging that the COVID-19 pandemic could further extend its timeline to rule on two applications for facilities in Texas and New Mexico for storage of spent nuclear fuel. The agency’s reviews are now expected to wrap by next summer, but that is subject to change. They are already off their […]

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Appropriations Bill Meets NRC Budget Request, Boosts FUSRAP

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission would receive its full budget request for the upcoming 2021 federal fiscal year via the House Appropriations energy and water development bill issued this week. That covers $849.9 million for the core operations at the federal regulator, plus just under $13.5 million for the NRC Inspector General’s Office. That would be […]

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NRC Issues Report on Decommissioning Community Advisory Boards

Community advisory boards for nuclear power plants in decommissioning would benefit from being formed early in the process and with a clear framework for their function, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission said in a report made public Thursday. The benefits of giving the plant operators a place on the panels, though, was debated as the agency […]

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Benefits, Dangers of New Mexico Spent-Fuel Site Debated in Second NRC Session

By John Stang Local leaders on Thursday touted the anticipated economic benefits of a planned spent nuclear fuel storage site in southeastern New Mexico, while others characterized the project as an example of economic racism. About 40 people spoke during a second webinar to discuss the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s draft environmental impact statement (EIS) on […]

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House Panel Backs $27.5 Million for DOE Interim Waste Storage Work

The House Appropriations Committee appears ready to support the Department of Energy’s request for $27.5 million in its next budget to help stand up a program for temporary centralized storage of spent fuel from U.S. nuclear power plants. The $49.6 billion energy and water development appropriations legislation unveiled Monday would provide that amount to cover […]

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Low-Level Rad Waste to be Shipped by Road After Railcar Fire

A batch of low-level radioactive waste (LLRW) will complete its journey to disposal by truck after a fire near Chicago earlier this month on a railcar being used to transport it to Texas. “The transloaded waste is being re-profiled to be shipped by truck,” a spokesperson for Veolia subsidiary Alaron Nuclear Services, which generated the […]

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Wrap Up: NorthStar Wants to Ship 2M Gallons of Vermont Yankee Wastewater to Idaho

NorthStar Group Services has requested approval from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission for disposal in Idaho of 2 million gallons of wastewater from decommissioning at the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant. The agency on June 23 informed a subsidiary of the New York City-based environmental solutions provider, NorthStar Nuclear Decommissioning Co., that it had accepted the […]

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Companies Big and Small Eye FUSRAP Contract

Representatives of more than 40 companies attended the June 24 industry pre-proposal conference for the upcoming contract for cleanup of the Luckey Site in Ohio under the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Formerly Utilized Sites Remedial Action Program (FUSRAP). The Army Corps on June 26 posted the attendance list, along with the first tranche of […]

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