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2022 Budget Through the House, No Adds for Rad Waste Storage 

The full House on Thursday approved a Department of Energy budget that provides guns and gates for Yucca Mountain plus some money to begin siting a federally operated interim storage facility for nuclear waste — the same proposals with which the bill emerged from committee. The House’s seven-bill appropriations package, which passed on a 219-208 […]

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NRC to Officially Nix Reprocessing Regs Probe

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is officially doing away with a proposed rulemaking that would govern spent fuel reprocessing, according to an agency notice published this week. Declining industry interest in spent fuel reprocessing, higher priorities in spent fuel management and “budgetary constraints” were the main drivers in discontinuing the staff rulemaking activity that began in […]

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Enviros’ Suit Against Interim Storage Still on Hold While NRC Tackles Licensing

A federal suit against a proposed interim storage facility for spent nuclear fuel remains in limbo while the Nuclear Regulatory Commission works through licensing proceedings, according to a court filing from the agency this week. Holtec International’s application for a federal license to build an interim storage facility in Lea County, N.M. is “still under […]

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Interim Storage Inches Closer to Reality Amid Challenges From States, Congress

Nearly 40 years have passed since the Nuclear Waste Policy Act went into effect, mandating that the U.S. government designate a location to permanently dispose of the nation’s spent nuclear fuel from power plants.  It never happened, as nuke-watchers well know, but this week, an interim waste storage site conceived by the privately owned Interim […]

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ISP Interim Storage Site Passes NRC Review; Final Licensing Decision by September

In a major milestone for the otherwise moribund U.S. spent-fuel-storage scene, one of two proposed commercial interim storage sites got the environmental green light from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission this week. If licensed, the site in west Texas would be allowed to store up to 5,000 metric tons of spent nuclear fuel and highly-radioactive Greater-than-Class-C […]

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NRC to Conduct Special Inspection at Davis-Besse Plant Amid FirstEnergy Fracas

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is putting together a team to review a financially-troubled Ohio nuclear power plant’s response to several equipment failures and a recent reactor trip, the agency said this week. Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station has experienced four emergency diesel generator failures over the last two years, NRC said in the statement dated Tuesday. […]

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FirstEnergy Agrees to Pay $230M Fine in Ohio Bribery Scandal

FirstEnergy Corp. has agreed to pay a $230 million fine for its role in a major bribery scandal involving two Ohio reactors and the now-ousted former Ohio House speaker. The Akron-based corporation’s CEO Steven Strah and the acting U.S. attorney general for the Southern District of Ohio Vipal Patel signed a legal agreement Tuesday and […]

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CORRECTION

The story “Decommissioning Company Fires Back at Watchdog’s Challenge to TMI Sale” (RadWaste Monitor, July 16, 2021) should have said that Three Mile Island’s Unit 2 reactor shut down in 1979. The article also should have said that an SRBC spokesperson provided comment to the Monitor on Thursday, July 8.

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In the House, a New Caucus Forms for Spent Fuel Solutions

A bipartisan coalition of lawmakers announced this week a new caucus aiming to “drive progress” on spent nuclear fuel transportation and storage, according to a press release. The Spent Nuclear Fuel Solutions Caucus, led by Reps. Mike Levin (D-Calif.) and Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) “seeks to address the challenges associated with stranded commercial spent fuel across […]

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Applications Open for ONE Waste Management Chief

The Department of Energy’s Office of Nuclear Energy has officially started the job hunt for someone to run its spent fuel and waste disposal program, according to federal want ad posted this week. Anyone interested in becoming the Office of Nuclear Energy’s (ONE) deputy assistant secretary for its spent fuel and waste disposition program can […]

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