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GAO calls on Congress to break used fuel disposal impasse

Congress needs to take action to break the impasse over a permanent solution for commercial used nuclear fuel, according to a report from the US Government Accountability Office. The report identifies four matters for congressional consideration - including amending legislation to authorise a new consent-based siting process and restructuring the Nuclear Waste Fund - and recommends that the Department of Energy finalise its consent-based siting process.


Perspectives

Viewpoint: Demonstration AND test reactors: both are necessary for innovation

Viewpoint: Demonstration AND test reactors: both are necessary for innovation

Both demonstration and test reactors are necessary to support the development and commercial deployment of the new reactor technologies that will expand access to reliable, clean energy, writes Kathryn Huff, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Energy at the US Department of Energy. This article was first published by the Office of Nuclear Energy on 30 July.

03 September 2021


Nuclear needed for hydrogen production, study says

Nuclear needed for hydrogen production, study says

To facilitate rapid decarbonisation and cut dependency on fossil fuels, both nuclear energy and renewables are needed for power and hydrogen production, a new independent study has concluded. The study, by Aurora Energy Research, investigates the benefits of deploying both nuclear and renewables for hydrogen production, to support the energy transition and meet UK climate targets.

Energy & Environment 27 September 2021


NuScale signs agreement with new Polish partners to replace coal

NuScale signs agreement with new Polish partners to replace coal

NuScale has signed a second agreement to consider its small reactors as a general replacement for coal units in Poland. The US small reactor vendor will support two energy firms, Poland-based Unimot and USA-based Getka, in their joint work to explore the possibility.

Corporate 24 September 2021


CNSC confirms orders on CANDU restarts

CNSC confirms orders on CANDU restarts

The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission has confirmed or amended orders issued to Bruce Power and Ontario Power Generation related to pressure tube fitness for service following a public hearing held on 10 September. The regulator confirmed the orders issued for certain units at the Bruce, Darlington and Pickering CANDU plants, but removed Pickering units 1 and 4 from the list. It said it will consider restart requests for the reactors concerned on a case-by-case basis.

Regulation & Safety 24 September 2021


Perspectives

Viewpoint: Demonstration AND test reactors: both are necessary for innovation

Viewpoint: Demonstration AND test reactors: both are necessary for innovation

Both demonstration and test reactors are necessary to support the development and commercial deployment of the new reactor technologies that will expand access to reliable, clean energy, writes Kathryn Huff, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Energy at the US Department of Energy. This article was first published by the Office of Nuclear Energy on 30 July.

03 September 2021


Tokamak Energy develops new magnet protection technology

Tokamak Energy develops new magnet protection technology

Tokamak Energy of the UK announced it has demonstrated a transformative magnet protection technology that improves the commercial viability of fusion power plants, delivering higher performance than alternative magnet systems. It said results from the latest tests validate a revolutionary approach to scaling up high-temperature superconducting magnets, which are highly resilient to plasma disruptions.

New Nuclear 24 September 2021


Group of Vienna aims to tackle global challenges

Group of Vienna aims to tackle global challenges

Global nuclear industry leaders have agreed to work together with the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency as the Group of Vienna to apply nuclear energy to addressing climate change and advancing sustainable development.

Nuclear Policies 23 September 2021


Polish companies sign MoUs on SMR deployment and supply chain

Polish companies sign MoUs on SMR deployment and supply chain

Two separate agreements have been announced between Polish companies and North American small modular reactor vendors and suppliers. A memorandum of understanding between Cameco, GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy, GEH SMR Technologies Canada Ltd and Synthos Green Energy will see those companies evaluate a potential Canadian supply chain for a fleet of BWRX-300 reactors in Poland. Separately, NuScale Power, KGHM Polska Miedź SA and Piela Business Engineering are to explore the deployment of NuScale's SMR technology to repower or repurpose existing coal-fired power plants.

Corporate 23 September 2021


Normandy restates its support for EPRs at Penly

Normandy restates its support for EPRs at Penly

Local elected officials from the region around the Penly nuclear power plant in Normandy, northern France, have reiterated their support for the construction of two EPR2 reactors at the site. In a manifesto expressing their support, they say such a project - representing an investment of about EUR15 billion (USD17 billion) - would have a significant positive socio-economic impact on the region.

New Nuclear 23 September 2021


Companies sign agreement to increase Ukrainian power output

Companies sign agreement to increase Ukrainian power output

Westinghouse Electric Company and Ukrainian company NT-Engineering LLC have signed a Memorandum of Cooperation to implement maintenance optimisation and system repair projects for VVER reactors. They said the work will increase the safety levels and performance of Ukrainian VVERs, improving annual power output and reducing operational costs.

Corporate 23 September 2021


More funding needed to complete Central Asian remediation

More funding needed to complete Central Asian remediation

A renewed call has been made for additional donor funding in order to tackle the most urgent problems caused by radioactive and toxic waste at legacy uranium sites in Central Asia, with the International Atomic Energy Agency estimating an additional EUR40 million (USD47 million) is required. The call came as all parties directly involved in the project signed a revised Strategic Master Plan.

Uranium & Fuel 22 September 2021


Uranium mining goes digital in Russia

Uranium mining goes digital in Russia

'Digital' mining has started at the Khokhlovskoye uranium deposit in Russia, Rosatom subsidiaries announced. Operators have full information on the process and its environmental effects, as well as simulation of their options.

Uranium & Fuel 22 September 2021