GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy will take the lead on a project examining improvements in the BWRX-300 small modular reactor. The project is being funded and organized by the Department of Energy.
Underbidding is helping state-owned companies in Russia and China to win nuclear-reactor contracts in other countries, writes Madison Freeman of the Council on Foreign Relations. "Despite the barriers it faces, the U.S. nuclear industry is still regarded as the leader in nuclear power technology, and can compete if given a fair playing field," she writes.
The US will be flexible when it comes to countries reducing Iran oil purchases as part of sanctions on the country, says US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. Meanwhile, the Israeli government has revealed that it stole documents that purportedly offer insight into Iran's nuclear program ahead of a 2003 decision to curtail development.
Saudi Arabia is playing host to the International Atomic Energy Agency for a 10-day review, after which IAEA will issue recommendations. Saudi Arabia is considering the construction of two nuclear plants.
Small disks containing plutonium and cesium were stolen in 2017 from a hotel parking lot in San Antonio and remain unaccounted for, an investigation reveals. "There is little or no danger from these sources being in the public domain," said Sarah Neumann of Idaho National Laboratory.
Members of Congress led by Rep. John Shimkus, R-Ill., were given a tour of the proposed nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain in Nevada over the weekend. "We need to get to a permanent solution that respects the voices in Nevada, but also understands this is a national issue," said Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., chairman of the Committee on Energy and Commerce.
The Department of Defense awarded a $1.2 billion contract to Fluor Marine Propulsion to perform work for the Naval Nuclear Laboratory. Options could take the contract's value to $13 billion.