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Wrap Up: Holtec Bumps Minimum Hourly Wage at Manufacturing Plants to $15

Holtec International announced this week it would increase the minimum wage for employees at its U.S. manufacturing facilities to $15 per hour. “This pay raise is a small measure of my appreciation for the hard-working individuals at all Holtec campuses,” President and CEO Kris Singh said Tuesday during a nuclear industry event. The energy technology […]

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NRC Spends Another $14K from Nuclear Waste Fund on Legal Costs

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission in October spent $14,325 from its remaining Nuclear Waste Fund balance on federal court costs, according to its latest monthly update to Congress. That represented the large majority of the $15,727 spent from the fund during the month and left the agency with an unspent, unobligated balance of $415,019 as […]

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U.K. Nuclear Decommissioning Authority to Spend £3.1B in Next Budget Year

The United Kingdom’s Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) said this week it expects to spend £3.1 billion ($3.9 billion) in its upcoming 2019-2020 budget year. Just over £2.9 billion ($3.7 billion) of that will be spent on its nuclear cleanup, reprocessing, and waste management operations around the nation. The remaining money be directed toward non-site-specific activities, […]

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DOE Extends Comment Deadline for High-Level Waste Interpretation

The Energy Department is giving interested parties more time to weigh in on the proposed new interpretation of high-level radioactive waste (HLW). The public comment deadline has been pushed back from Dec. 10 to Jan. 9, according to a DOE notice Tuesday in the Federal Register. Comments can be emailed to HLWnotice@em.doe.gov. After the department […]

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Leadership Changes Loom on Congressional Committees With Nuke Waste Oversight

Vocal proponents for establishing a permanent strategy for disposal of the nation’s nuclear waste, possibly at the always controversial Yucca Mountain site in Nevada, are preparing to ascend to leadership posts in Congress that have central roles in advancing the issue. When Democrats take control of the House of Representatives next month, Rep. Frank Pallone […]

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Port Hope Project to Begin Third Contaminated Soil Removal

The Port Hope Project in Ontario, Canada, is scheduled Monday to begin retrieval of radioactively contaminated soil from a third and final location in the municipality. The project, involving 2,000 cubic meters of historic low-level radioactive waste near a sewage treatment plant, is scheduled to be completed by the end of the month. Contractor Amec […]

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Congress Delays Possible Showdown Over Yucca Mountain Funding

In approving a very-short-term federal appropriations bill this week, Congress postponed a possible tussle over funding for the nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain in Nevada. Several federal agencies are still waiting on a full budget for fiscal 2019, operating on a continuing resolution since Oct. 1. That bill expires today. Rather than try to […]

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State Panel Green-Lights Vermont Yankee Sale

By John Stang The Vermont Public Utility Commission (VPUC) on Thursday approved the sale of the retired Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant from owner Entergy to a New York company for decommissioning. The three-person panel authorized an amendment to the 2002 certificate of public good regarding the ownership and operation of the single-reactor facility. This […]

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SONGS Aims for Mid-January Restart on Used Fuel Transfer

By John Stang Southern California Edison (SCE) hopes to restart moving used nuclear fuel to dry storage at its San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station between Jan. 15 and Jan. 20, 2019. The utility announced that target Thursday at a San Onofre Community Engagement Panel meeting focused on an Aug. 3 mishap in placing a canister […]

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Pilgrim Fuel Could All Be in Dry Storage by 2023

Holtec Decommissioning International (HDI) expects to move all of the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station’s used fuel assemblies from wet storage to dry storage by 2023, according to documents submitted earlier this month to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The data point is included in a set of documents provided as part of the Nov. 16 […]

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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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What’s Next for the Clean Power Plan?

“The Trump administration is listening to the people of Wyoming,” remarked Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. His comment referenced a

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Six Forces Disrupting the Power Sector

Multiple disparate trends could forcefully reshape power systems around the world. As electricity markets transform, technologies advance, industries converge, consumption patterns change, environmental

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Southern Co. Tackles Two Hurdles to Move Past Scrapped Kemper IGCC Project

 The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) last week reportedly closed an investigation concerning costs and delays at Mississippi Power’s now-abandoned Kemper integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC) project without recommending an enforcement action. Mississippi Power on December 1 also reached an amended settlement agreement with key stakeholders on the remaining costs associated with the $7.5 billion […]

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THE BIG PICTURE: Global CCS

In a November report, The Global CCS Institute said carbon capture and storage (CCS) is the only technology able to decarbonize the industrial sector. To reach the Paris Agreement’s target to keep global atmospheric temperature increases to below 2 degrees Celsius, 2,500 CCS facilities will need to be operational by 2040, with 14% of cumulative […]

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