Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board Chairman Bruce Hamilton said his agency will follow the repurposing of the Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility. That includes checking on any construction, as the DNFSB will likely oversee the facility once pit production starts, he said.
Sandia National Laboratories will hire 1,900 people this year, of whom 1,100 are for new positions, said Scott Aeilts, SNL's mission services associate labs director. The new positions are due to the fact that "nuclear weapons programs are at an all-time high," he said, adding that SNL will have over 500 summer interns.
The South Carolina Legislature will allow the state to hire consultants to hold a competitive bidding process for Santee Cooper. The utility will be required to submit a proposal for an alternative to a management change or sale.
The Pilgrim nuclear plant has partially restarted after a shutdown on Friday due to a pump issue. The plant will permanently close on May 31.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission says the San Onofre nuclear plant can resume transferring nuclear waste into dry storage. An online public meeting will be held June 3 to discuss the NRC's rationale.
Foreign workers won't be used for cleanup work at the Fukushima nuclear plant, said Tokyo Electric Power. The company said differences in language and labor practices could lead to accidents and safety issues.
Russia has started removing nuclear waste from the Lepse, a former nuclear fuel service ship. The fuel removal process is expected to be done next year.
The Hanford nuclear site's two Energy Department offices could get a $400 million increase above the Trump administration's budget proposal in a House Appropriations Committee funding plan. The Richland Operations Office and Office of River Protection would receive $2.4 billion, above the $2 billion proposed by the administration.
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine and Energy Secretary Rick Perry are pushing for accelerated testing at Zahn's Corner Middle School, which closed due to the detection of uranium in the building and neptunium-237 nearby. The school is in close proximity to the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant.
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