The Nuclear Energy Innovation and Modernization Act, which, in part, mandates that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission update its licensing rules for new reactors and uranium-related regulations, was signed by President Donald Trump this week.
US District Judge Miranda Du has allowed South Carolina to be a defendant in Nevada's plutonium-related lawsuit against the Energy Department. "In sum, the court concludes that South Carolina has satisfied the requirements for permissive intervention ... and therefore grants South Carolina's motion," Du wrote.
President Donald Trump has resubmitted six nominees to the Senate for confirmation after their nominations lapsed in the previous Congress. Four of the nominees are for Energy Department positions: Rita Baranwal for nuclear energy assistant secretary, William Cooper for general counsel, Christopher Fall for Office of Science director and Lane Genatowski for Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy director.
Implementing carbon pricing in the US would help nuclear energy compete with other power sources, writes Haley Zaremba. "If fossil fuel producers in the United States were made to pay a price for their hefty carbon emissions, as has been implemented by many countries around the world since the 1990s (as far-flung and diverse as Denmark, South Korea, and Zimbabwe), nuclear would be able to hold onto its meager market share or even expand it," she writes.
Nuclear industry officials suggest it could be time to consider alternatives to Yucca Mountain, the proposed nuclear waste repository in Nevada. This comes as funding for the site likely won't be approved by the new Congress this year, nor will Nevada loosen its opposition, leaders say.
A hearing about Holtec International's proposed interim nuclear waste repository in New Mexico has been scheduled by the Atomic Safety and Licensing Board. The session will begin on Wednesday and potentially continue on Thursday.
Funding sources for nuclear plants in the UK will be assessed, says energy secretary Greg Clark. One option might be a regulated asset-based model, he says.
Russia and Serbia have reached a civil nuclear energy cooperation agreement, which includes exploring the build-out and renovation of nuclear reactors.
Santee Cooper has done little to address its V.C. Summer-related debt and will need to significantly raise rates to begin paying it down, writes Palmetto Promise Institute senior fellow Oran Smith. Even if the utility gets new management, that will do little to address its $15 billion debt load, which customers are on the hook for, he writes.
A magnitude 4.6 earthquake struck off the coast of eastern Maryland on Wednesday, but nuclear plants in the area were not affected. All local nuclear plants continue to operate safely, said Nuclear Regulatory Commission spokesperson Diane Screnci.
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