The first concrete for the Fuqing Unit 6 turbine building was poured on Aug. 24, according to the China National Nuclear Corp. Fuqing Units 5 and 6 will both use the Hualong One reactor design and are expected to be completed in 2019 and 2020, respectively.
People who oppose nuclear energy have no evidence, so they instill panic in the public, writes William Gloege. "Nuclear witch hunters have nearly zero evidence of the dangers they see in their visions. So they stoke people's fear by inventing stories of what they claim 'might' happen," he writes.
X-energy and Southern Nuclear have decided to work together on the development of X-energy's Xe-100 and Southern Nuclear's molten chloride fast reactor designs, respectively. The collaboration between the two firms "will best leverage our combined research and commercial operation experience," said Southern Nuclear Chairman, President and CEO Stephen Kuczynski.
Southern California Edison's recent settlement on the closing expenses of its San Onofre nuclear plant in California has been mischaracterized by the Los Angeles Times, as the deal does not require customers to help pay for faulty steam generators from Mitsubishi, writes Southern California Edison President Ron Nichols. The utility is "aggressively pursuing claims against Mitsubishi" with the intention of sharing any funds recovered with its customers, he writes.
Acceptance tests for experimental fuel assembly components have been completed for Russia's BREST and BN fast neutron reactors. TVEL subsidiary Mashinostroitelny Zavod completed the tests, with assembly to be performed by fellow TVEL subsidiary Siberian Chemical Combine.
Workers have finished the turbine hall dismantling project at Ignalina Unit 1 in Lithuania. The Ignalina plant's two reactors were closed as part of Lithuania's joining the EU, with decommissioning expected to be finished by 2038.
Some environmentalists have recently split with the Sierra Club over the role that nuclear energy should play in California. Eric Meyer, an environmentalist who organized a march at the Sierra Club's main office in June, told the group that it was wrong about nuclear power, as closing the state's nuclear plants would make it harder to move away from fossil fuel use.
The Energy Department recently awarded a research grant to Virginia Tech associate professor of mechanical engineering Lei Zuo for the development of a nuclear radiation energy harvesting device. The $1 million grant will also help Zuo develop wireless communication that monitors the contents of metal containers such as those that house used nuclear fuel or pressure reactors.
A February 2014 explosion at New Mexico's Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, which stores nuclear weapons waste, could end up costing over $2 billion, according to a study conducted by the Los Angeles Times. The direct cost of the incident is estimated at $640 million, while it will cost an extra $1.4 billion to keep the facility open for an additional seven years as a result of the incident.
Shikoku Electric Power's Ikata Unit 3 recently reached full operating capacity, with expectations that the reactor will resume commercial operation on Sept. 7. The nuclear reactor is the fifth to restart in Japan following the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi incident.
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