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Wrap Up: Nevada Leaders Want More Study of Earthquake Dangers for Yucca Mountain

Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak (D) joined with the state’s full congressional delegation on Wednesday to demand the Department of Energy further study the potential earthquake risk to the location of the planned nuclear waste disposal facility under Yucca Mountain. The letter to Energy Secretary Rick Perry followed two earthquakes on July 4 and 5 in […]

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Westinghouse Rad-Material Drum Pops Lid, Smolders

A barrel of radioactively contaminated material at a Westinghouse Electric facility in Columbia, S.C., briefly ignited early on July 12 after becoming pressurized and popping off its lid, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission reported. The drum had just been placed into storage after being loaded with mop heads, filters, and rags designated as “wet recoverable […]

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Near-Surface Disposal OK for Most GTCC Waste, Regulator Says

Staff at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has determined that the vast majority of Greater-Than-Class C (GTCC) low-level radioactive waste could be disposed of via a near-surface facility. This is another step, if a small one, toward the federal government potentially sending thousands of cubic meters of the waste to a disposal facility in West […]

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Southern Calif. Edison Resumes Used Fuel Transfer at SONGS

Southern California Edison on Monday resumed transferring used reactor fuel at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) into dry storage. The 30th of 77 storage canisters was this week placed in the expanded independent spent fuel storage installation (ISFSI) at the retired San Diego County nuclear power plant. The project in total is expected to […]

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NRC Schedules Meeting on Three Mile Island Unit 1 Decommissioning

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission plans a July 23 public meeting in Harrisburg, Pa., to discuss the shutdown plan for the Three Mile Island Unit 1 nuclear power reactor. The meeting is intended to specifically address the post-shutdown decommissioning activities report (PSDAR) for the Dauphin County facility, with an opportunity for public feedback. It follows […]

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Ohio Senate Backs Nuclear Bailout for FirstEnergy Solutions

By John Stang FirstEnergy Solutions (FES) on Wednesday came closer to securing passage of a sought-after bailout bill for two struggling nuclear power plants in Ohio. But potential full approval of the state legislation is not expected until Aug. 1, which would be two weeks after the company’s Wednesday deadline. The Ohio legislature adjourned for […]

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NorthStar Completes Construction of Isotope Processing Plant

NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes said this week it has finished building a facility for processing the medical isotope molybdenum-99 (Mo-99). The 20,000-square-foot plant in the company’s home city of Beloit, Wis., will eventually be used to dissolve irradiated molybdenum-99 targets to fill NorthStar’s Mo-99 source vessels. It is expected to more than double NorthStar’s current output […]

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New DOE Nuclear Energy Chief Suggests Rethinking Spent Fuel Reprocessing

WASHINGTON, D.C. – New Assistant Energy Secretary for Nuclear Energy Rita Baranwal said Tuesday she hopes to consider whether reviving long-dormant U.S. recycling of spent nuclear fuel could provide a feasible alternative to the federal government’s current plan to bury it underground forever. “I don’t think we have a waste issue. We have a treasure […]

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NRC Staff Recommends Scaling Back Reactor Inspections

Sonal Patel POWER Magazine In a bid to enhance the reactor oversight process (ROP), staff at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has recommended the commission change qualitative descriptions for some color labels that signify risk, scale back on the time and scope of some annual inspections at the nation’s nuclear power fleet, as well as […]

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House NDAA Blocks DOE From Reclassifying High-Level Waste in Wash. State

The House of Representatives on Thursday approved an amendment to the fiscal 2020 National Defense Authorization Act that would prevent the Department of Energy from applying any “reclassification” of high-level radioactive waste to material held in Washington state. The measure from Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.) was approved by voice vote as part of a package […]

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