Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey and Gov. Charlie Baker on Wednesday expressed concerns with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission over the sale of the Pilgrim nuclear plant to Holtec International. The officials say the current sale proposal potentially leaves a shortfall in decommissioning funding.
Pennsylvania state Rep. Thomas Mehaffie III and state Sen. Ryan Aument, both Republicans, plan to put forth bills that would add nuclear to the Alternative Energy Portfolio Standards Act. Such a move could help prevent the shutdown of the Three Mile Island nuclear plant in September.
Only using the Los Alamos National Laboratory to produce an annual target of 80 plutonium pits is risky and ill-advised, said Kelly Cummins, program executive officer for strategic materials at the National Nuclear Security Administration. Thirty pits a year should be produced at LANL, with the remaining 50 produced at the Savannah River Site, Cummins said.
The January pause in nuclear waste shipments to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant allowed facility workers to fix floors and walls and conduct maintenance on various under- and above-ground structures. "The planning and teamwork demonstrated by all the organizations involved in the outage was amazing," said Gene Balsmeier, chief operating officer of contractor Nuclear Waste Partnership.
A Korean Nuclear Society survey has found that 70% of South Korea residents favor nuclear energy, which the country is currently phasing out.
A joint venture between the Japan Atomic Energy Agency and Penultimate Power UK will build a small modular nuclear reactor in northeast England. The plant could be constructed within the next four years, said Penultimate Power Technical Director Ian Fells.
Some reporting overstated concerns of an imminent shutdown of three of Exelon's Illinois nuclear plants following a recent Securities and Exchange Commission filing, according to Exelon executive David Fein. "There are no current plans to shut down the stations, but they are feeling economic stress," Fein said.
Proposals to build a new supercomputer at the Los Alamos National Laboratory are being accepted. The supercomputer, to be called Crossroads, will replace the lab's current nuclear weapons simulation supercomputer, Trinity.
Nevada's Public Utilities Commission is not legally required to receive advanced notification of plutonium shipments coming to the state, says Director of Regulatory Operations Anne-Marie Cuneo. Shipment announcements are received by the PUC via annual reports from the federal government, Cuneo said.
The Oyster Creek nuclear plant, which has been shut down since September, is one of two power plants being considered by Orsted as a way to connect offshore wind turbines to the electricity grid. Holtec International is still waiting for license transfer approval to purchase and decommission the Oyster Creek plant.