South Carolina Circuit Judge Clifton Newman has frozen the $600 million settlement awarded to the state over the federal government's handling plutonium waste stored at the Savannah River Site, to sort out whether the money should go to the surrounding counties or to the state. A court hearing will be set within a month to allow all sides to present their arguments.
Westinghouse Electric Company is "believed" to interested in the proposed Wylfa Newydd nuclear reactor project in Wales after Japan's Hitachi -- which originally beat Westinghouse in a bidding war for the project -- announced it was pulling out, according to Welsh economy minister Ken Skates. Westinghouse's AP1000 reactor design has already passed a review by UK regulators.
Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost wants Energy Harbor and FirstEnergy to disclose why their nuclear power plants need the $1.3 billion ratepayer subsidy passed under the state's House Bill 6. In a letter to state House and Senate committee members, Yost said for the companies to do so would "without question, aid in producing a fair, well-informed energy bill from your committees."
Westinghouse Electric Company has signed a contract with Ukraine's National Nuclear Energy Generating Company, aka Energoatom, to supply nuclear fuel for the Rivne nuclear power plant's two VVER-440 reactors. A letter of intent was also signed that could lead to local production of some fuel assembly components for the Westinghouse fuel.
Gryphon Technologies has been awarded a $14 million contract by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to help develop a nuclear thermal propulsion system for demonstration in orbit. DARPA officials say the NTP technology is needed by the military for "maintaining space domain awareness in cislunar space -- the volume of space between the Earth and the moon."
Japan's Sendai High Court has ruled that Tokyo Electric Power and government regulators were negligent in failing to prevent the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant disaster and must pay more than 3,600 residents $9.5 million in damages. The court said the government and TEPCO knew of the tsunami threat to the site, but failed to carry out a risk assessment.
L3Harris Technologies is supplying an engineering and operator training computer simulator platform for the Integral Molten Salt Reactor that Terrestrial Energy is developing at its facility in Ontario. Terrestrial Energy will be able to "simulate and visualize all major IMSR reactor and power plant functions" for the molten salt reactor design it hopes to commission later this decade.
The United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority has selected engineering firm Jacobs to support nuclear fusion research and development work at the Culham Science Center's Remote Applications in Challenging Environments facility in Oxfordshire, England.
Construction of the compact Sparc fusion nuclear reactor being developed by MIT and the school's spinoff firm Commonwealth Fusion Systems is expected to start early next year and take three or four years to complete, researchers say. The tennis court-sized reactor project design uses newer high-temperature superconductor electromagnet technology and produces up to 10 times the energy it consumes, according to papers published in the Journal of Plasma Physics.
The Facility for Rare Isotope Beams at Michigan State University has been officially designated as a user facility by the Energy Department's Office of Science, setting the stage for its completion in 2022. The facility is expected to draw researchers from all over the world, and MSU President Samuel Stanley says the designation allows the university to "recruit talent" and gives students "the opportunity to participate in groundbreaking research."
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