Areva recently signed contracts to supply advanced fuel to four nuclear facilities beginning in 2020. Under the contracts, worth $560 million, the company will supply its Atrium 11 boiling water reactor fuel design and Gaia and HTP pressurized water reactor fuel designs as specified.
An Entergy senior radiation protection technician at Vermont Yankee neglected to test night-shift workers for radiation exposure from January to September 2016 and falsified safety records, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission said in a violation order. The NRC considers the testing offense to be low-level, but the deliberate falsification makes the violation more serious.
South Korea announced it will temporarily stop construction on two nuclear reactors, Shin Kori Units 5 and 6, to hear public opinion on the projects. President Moon Jae-in this month said the country would stop building new reactors and would not extend operation of old reactors because of the public's safety concerns about nuclear energy.
As part of a program to expand the UAE's nuclear energy industry, nuclear engineering students can train at Russian universities. The head of human resources at Rosatom said education is important when a country is developing its own nuclear industry and there will be "close cooperation" between Russia and the UAE, although they are still waiting for a response from universities before beginning the program.
In a letter to grid operator ISO New England, a Dominion Energy executive said the company is undertaking a strategic review of its ability to keep operating the Millstone nuclear plant in Connecticut and asked for confirmation that Dominion could choose to exit the market for economic reasons. ISO New England responded that Dominion may retire Millstone in 2022, transfer responsibility to a third party or pay a penalty to exit early.
The US needs to get used nuclear fuel management on track to ensure nuclear power's place in the energy mix of the future, write Reps. Gene Green, D-Texas, and Bill Flores, R-Texas. They serve on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which is developing legislation to make sure funding that has already been collected is available for used nuclear fuel disposal, that ratepayer funds will no longer be used for other programs and that the federal government can open an interim storage facility until the Yucca Mountain repository has opened.
SCANA announced Monday it will extend by six weeks an agreement with Toshiba subsidiary Westinghouse Electric to continue construction on the V.C. Summer nuclear plant expansion in South Carolina while it determines the project's future. The assessment agreement was set to expire this week but will now end on Aug. 10.
The Senate confirmed Republican Kristine Svinicki, chairwoman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission since January, to a new five-year term on the panel. Svinicki has served on the NRC since 2008 and is expected to continue in her role as chairwoman.
India should work toward boosting its nuclear energy industry to make up 30% or 40% of the country's electricity capacity by 2050, up from 3% now, former Atomic Energy Commission head M.R. Srinivasan said. To make the economics work, major components will have to be manufactured in India, he said.
The first pouring of structural concrete can begin on reactors at India's Kudankulam Units 3 and 4, the country's Atomic Energy Regulatory Board said. Rosatom subsidiary ASE Group will pour the concrete in late June or early July, marking the official start of construction on the units.
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