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Trump Administration Plans to Shift FUSRAP From Army to Energy Dept.

The Trump administration is proposing to shift management of cleanup of more than 20 radioactively contaminated former nuclear sites from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers back to the Department of Energy. The Formerly Utilized Sites Remedial Action Program (FUSRAP) would be placed into the portfolio of DOE’s Office of Legacy Management, accounting for nearly all […]

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Nevada Agencies Set Out Budgets for Anti-Yucca Program

The Nevada Agency for Nuclear Projects would get a small raise in the next two budget years to sustain the fight against federal plans to build a nuclear waste repository in the state The agency is funded at slightly over $1.8 million in the state’s current budget year, from July 1, 2018, to June 30, […]

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Wrap Up: STURGIS Project Nearly Complete

The decommissioning and dismantlement of the STURGIS barge, free of radioactive contamination and a former nuclear power reactor, was effectively completed last week, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. International Shipbreaking Ltd. has been sectioning the vessel at its Brownsville, Texas, facility since January. As work has proceeded, more of the STURGIS has […]

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Companies Oppose Interventions in Pilgrim Plant License Transfer Application

The owner and prospective buyer of the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Massachusetts said this week that the state and a local advocacy group should not be allowed to intervene in the Nuclear Regulatory Commission license transfer review needed for the sale to proceed. In separate filings Monday with the NRC, power company Entergy and […]

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International Isotopes Increases Revenue, Slashes Losses in 2018

International Isotopes said Tuesday said a 40 percent increase in revenue last year helped drive down its annual net loss by nearly $3 million, to $844,576. The Idaho Falls, Idaho, nuclear medicine producer said it boosted revenue in 2018 for three of its four business segments: cobalt products, nuclear medicine standards, and radiological services. In […]

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Utah Low-Level Waste Disposal Bill Becomes Law

By John Stang Utah Gov. Gary Herbert (R) said Monday he allowed a bill to become law without his signature that would ease the path for acceptance and storage of depleted uranium in the state. The law becomes effective March 28. “I have had reservations about how this legislation came forward. Nonetheless, I recognize the […]

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PG&E Hopes to Accelerate Spent Fuel Transfer at Diablo Canyon

By John Stang Pacific Gas & Electric plans to issue a request for proposals around September for accelerated transfer and storage of spent nuclear fuel at the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant near San Luis Obispo, Calif. Representatives from the utility briefed its Diablo Canyon Decommissioning Engagement Panel on this plan during a March 13 […]

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California Commission OKs SONGS Decommissioning Environmental Report

By John Stang With little discussion, the California State Lands Commission on Thursday unanimously approved the final environmental impact report on decommissioning the two standing reactors at the closed San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS). The three-member panel also signed off on a lease application authorizing decommissioning of offshore components of the plant. The commission’s […]

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SNC-Lavalin Legal Woes in Canada Not a Sure Red Light to U.S. Business

By John Stang and Wayne Barber While it faces a potential 10-year ban on contracts with the Canadian government, SNC-Lavalin’s legal woes north of the border do not appear to automatically translate to similar troubles in the United States. The Montreal-based engineering and construction multinational is the parent company to Department of Energy contractor Atkins […]

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NRC Plans Revision of Generic Decommissioning Environmental Impact Statement

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission intends to update its generic environmental impact statement (GEIS) for decommissioning of nuclear power reactors, which was last revised 17 years ago. The document, as the name indicates, assesses possible environmental impacts from decommissioning of NRC-licensed nuclear power facilities. The agency determined the 2002 version of the GEIS needed to […]

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The Pursuit and Advancement of Carbon Capture and Storage

As the world grapples with climate change concerns, carbon capture and storage could be the holy grail for continued fossil fuel use. Projects have come online that prove its feasibility, but costs can be

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DOE Chief: Nuclear Power, Clean Coal Technology Key to Reducing Emissions

U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry on February 28 said nuclear power and the use of clean coal technology are the way to combat climate change and reduce emissions from the energy sector. Perry, speaking at a joint press conference in Washington, D.C., with Fatih Birol, director of the International Energy Agency (IEA), said, “We believe […]

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Japanese Conglomerates Rejigger Power Sector Strategies

Hitachi and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI), two giant Japanese companies with substantial stakes in the world’s power sector, are separately rethinking future business directions as sizable disruptions shake up prospects for traditional market growth. In recent months, Hitachi refined its business model to prepare it for explosive demand in  digitalization solutions, focusing heavily on grid […]

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Game-Changing Coal Power Technologies

To be a relevant player in the future power mix, coal power efficiency and costs must improve, and technologies in the realm of research and development promise to do just that. Although most experts agree

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California Mandates 100% Renewable Energy

California Gov. Jerry Brown on September 10 signed into law a measure requiring the state to produce all its electricity from renewable sources by 2045. It’s a goal that also has been set by Hawaii and is being discussed by other states. Environmental groups and renewable energy advocates immediately praised Brown’s action. Utilities operating in […]

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Dry Fork: A Model of Modern U.S. Coal Power

Dry Fork Station began commercial operation as a swath of older, less-efficient U.S. coal plants contemplated retirement amid a flood of environmental rules. Designed with foresight, this quintessential modern

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EPRI: Electrification to Reshape Power Landscape

Even in the absence of climate policy, customer adoption of electric end-use technologies over the next 30 years is expected to spur steady growth in energy consumption, a new report assessing U.S. electrification from the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) suggests. The April 3–released report, “U.S. National Electrification Assessment,” is based on findings by EPRI’s […]

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Are Energy Companies Practicing Good Product Stewardship?

The Product Stewardship Institute—a consumer advocacy group—defines product stewardship as “the act of minimizing the health, safety, environmental, and social impacts of a product and its packaging

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Trump Budget Backs Nuclear, Coal; Cuts Funding for Renewables

The Trump administration’s fiscal year 2019 budget request released February 12 asks for more money to support fossil fuel-based power systems, but seeks funding below current levels for other energy initiatives, including renewable energy and energy efficiency. The energy funding is part of a $4.4 trillion budget that features large increases in military spending, along […]

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Nuclear Power, Carbon Capture Winners in New Budget Deal

The budget bill passed by Congress and signed by President Trump in the early hours of February 9 extends a host of tax credits for energy technologies, including provisions to help the Vogtle nuclear expansion in Georgia as well as U.S. carbon-capture projects. The legislation also provides support for renewable energy, including for small wind […]

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