Dominion Resources plans to request a second license extension for its Surry nuclear plant in Virginia, which would make it the first plant to increase its planned life span to 80 years. The outcome of the request could serve as a precedent for dozens of US nuclear plants that are approaching the end of their operating licenses, analysts say.
Roughly 25 gallons of water leaked from the cooling system of PSEG Nuclear's Salem 2 reactor in New Jersey on Monday after a valve momentarily opened, according to plant officials. Classified as an "unusual event," the incident posed no threat to the public or the environment.
The UK could be "the right place to deploy new nuclear technology" such as small modular reactors, according to NuScale Executive Vice President of Program Development Tom Mundy. "It's got a government committed to reducing carbon and seeing nuclear as one of the solutions, and it has got a substantial and pre-eminent legacy of nuclear operations -- a trained and capable workforce and a nuclear supply chain," he said.
Entergy's decision to close its FitzPatrick nuclear plant in Central New York has placed a spotlight on the financial issues nuclear energy faces in deregulated markets, according to analysts. "To have a technology that can be dispatchable any time of day that's carbon-free is a premium type of electricity, and the nuclear power industry is not being compensated adequately for that," said Chris Gadomski, lead nuclear analyst for Bloomberg New Energy Finance.
A nuclear pact between the US and South Korea takes effect at 6 p.m. today, replacing a previous accord that had been in place for decades. The revised agreement includes the establishment of a committee to talk about uranium enrichment for nuclear energy.
Australia will begin supplying uranium to the United Arab Emirates and India following the signing of agreements with the two nations, according to Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop. The pacts establish specific conditions for the peaceful use of uranium from Australia, Bishop said.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo will ask state regulators to enforce a goal of sourcing half of the state's electricity from renewables by 2030 in an effort to reduce carbon emissions, sources say. Under the plan, electricity from nuclear plants would be encouraged through the 2030 target. Sources say the declaration is an effort to keep New York nuclear power plants operating for another 15 years.
Russia said Monday that it will take low-enriched uranium in return for natural uranium ore. The move provides Iran with an outlet for low-enriched uranium that it must part with to comply with a July pact the nation made with the US and other world powers.
A pair of amendments involving the potential level of reactor vessel embrittlement at Entergy's Palisades Nuclear Plant in Michigan have been issued by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. "So far, all of the information and the samples that have been pulled from the reactor demonstrate that the embrittlement levels of the reactor vessel at Palisades will not be unsafe through 2031, which is when Palisades' license expires," said NRC Senior Public Affairs Officer Viktoria Mitlyng.
Any effort to combat climate change and reduce air pollution must include nuclear energy, writes Energy Fuels President and CEO Stephen Antony. Nuclear energy supplies 63% of the nation's low-carbon electricity, he notes. "If we are serious about cutting air pollution, meeting our 2020 carbon targets, and also becoming energy independent, nuclear energy and domestic uranium production cannot be ignored," Antony writes.
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