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Senate Leadership Dismisses House Dems’ COVID-19 Relief Bill

Senate leaders continued this week to work on liability protections for businesses that reopen during the COVID-19 pandemic, after the House’s Democratic majority pushed through a $3-trillion COVID-19 economic relief bill the White House has threatened to veto. The Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act, H.R. 6800, passed the House in a 208-199 […]

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Low-Level Waste Compacts Consider Aid for Texas Facility

Representatives of the nation’s regional low-level radioactive waste compacts have begun discussions on possible means for assistance to sustain operations at a financially troubled disposal facility in Texas. The talks on the state-owned, privately run Texas Low-Level Radioactive Waste Disposal Compact facility are being coordinated through the Low-Level Radioactive Waste Forum. Officials from all 10 […]

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Report Spreads Blame for Cesium-137 Spill at University Facility

The Department of Energy, the manager of its Los Alamos National Laboratory, and an on-site contractor all shoulder some blame for a May 2019 incident that contaminated a University of Washington building in Seattle with cesium-137, according to a recent report. The “preventable” event during a radiological source recovery operation resulted from “weak and partially […]

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Decommissioning Only Option for Fort Belvoir Reactor, Army Corps Says

There is no reasonable alternative to the full decommissioning and disassembly of the retired SM-1 nuclear power reactor at Fort Belvoir, Va., according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). The Army Corps on Monday announced the release of the final environmental assessment, finding of no significant impact, and finding of no practicable alternative […]

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International Isotopes Receives $495K COVID-19 Paycheck Relief Loan

International Isotopes in April secured a $495,500 bank loan via federal COVID-19 relief legislation to help pay its employees, according to a quarterly filing Wednesday with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Paycheck Protection Program in the CARES Act, signed into law in March, is intended via forgivable loans to assist small businesses in meeting […]

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Wrap Up: FirstEnergy Corp. Announces Leadership Changes

FirstEnergy Corp. on Tuesday announced a long list of changes in its executive suite, starting with President and CEO Chuck Jones peeling off one of his titles. The Board of Directors for the Akron, Ohio-based power company on Tuesday approved executive Steven Strah’s appointment as president, with Jones remaining in the top spot at CEO […]

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All Used Fuel Transferred to Dry Storage at Fort Calhoun Station

By John Stang The Omaha Public Power District (OPPD) in Nebraska on May 13 completed moving all spent fuel at the retired Fort Calhoun Station nuclear power plant into dry storage. Workers began moving the first of 30 canisters on Oct. 14, 2019. Overall, the 30 canisters hold 944 bundles of used fuel, according to […]

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Senate Confirms Nominees to Nuclear Regulatory Commission

The Senate on Thursday confirmed two nominations that will return the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to its full five-person membership. Serving Commissioner David Wright and Senate Appropriations Committee staffer Christopher Hanson were both confirmed en bloc, via voice vote from the Senate floor. There was no word at deadline Friday regarding the schedule for Wright and Hanson […]

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NRC Tells Pence Nuclear Plants Remain Safe During Pandemic

By John Stang No U.S. facilities licensed by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission have to date experienced safety hazards arising from the COVID-19 pandemic, the agency said Monday in a report to Vice President Mike Pence. NRC Chairman Kristine Svinicki submitted a two-page summary of measures taken by the regulator during the public health emergency to […]

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Trump Administration Done With Yucca Mountain: Energy Dept. Deputy Nominee

The nominee for the No. 2 position at the Department of Energy on Wednesday affirmed the Trump administration’s intention to move ahead with a program for interim storage of nuclear waste rather than continuing to press for disposal under Yucca Mountain in Nevada. “Let me be very clear about this. The president has been very […]

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