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US uranium producers call for level playing field

Uranium and Fuel

17 January 2018

White_Mesa_(NRC)_48The USA's two main uranium producers yesterday filed a petition with the US Department of Commerce seeking an investigation into the effects of uranium imports on US national security. Energy Fuels Inc and Ur-Energy are calling for a limit to imports that would reserve 25% of the US nuclear market for domestic uranium production.

California commission approves Diablo Canyon closure


12 January 2018

Diablo_Canyon-(NRC-PGE)-48The Californian Public Utilities Commission yesterday approved Pacific Gas & Electric's request to retire the state's only operating nuclear capacity - the two-unit Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant - by 2025.

New melter pours first vitrified waste

Waste and Recycling

11 January 2018

SRS_vitrified_waste_canister_(SRS)-48A newly installed melter at the Defense Waste Processing Facility at the US Department of Energy's Savannah River site has poured its first canisters of vitrified radioactive waste.

PSEG plants to use Rolls-Royce Big Data services


17 January 2018

PSEG_nuclear_complex_(@PSEGNews)-48Rolls-Royce is to provide PSEG with innovative digital analytics systems to drive greater plant efficiency at the Salem and Hope Creek nuclear power plants. The signature of a four-year contract to deploy Rolls-Royce's T-104 service follows a successful six-month trial.

Toshiba settles VC Summer guarantee obligation


12 January 2018

Toshiba has completed the early payment of $1.86 billion, reflecting the remaining outstanding amount of its parent company guarantee obligation to the owners of the VC Summer AP1000 project in the USA. It settled its parent company guarantee obligation to the owners of the Vogtle project last month.

NRC agrees NuScale SMR needs no back-up power

Regulation and Safety

10 January 2018

NuScale SMR 48The US nuclear regulator is satisfied that NuScale Power's small modular reactor (SMR) design can operate safely without the need for safety-related electrical systems. The reactor uses passive safety features, such as relying on convection, not pumps, to circulate water in the primary circuit.