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Westinghouse doped fuel pellets move towards commercialisation

Westinghouse doped fuel pellets move towards commercialisation

The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission has accepted for review a topical report on Westinghouse Advanced Doped Pellet Technology Fuel, which the company has said is a major achievement for the advanced fuel portfolio it is developing as part of its EnCore fuel programme.

Uranium & Fuel 22 January 2021


Biden Administration prioritises climate on first day

Biden Administration prioritises climate on first day

Following his inauguration yesterday, US President Joseph Biden has formally signed an executive order to re-enter the Paris Climate Change Agreement and directed US departments and federal agencies to "immediately commence work to confront the climate crisis". The USA's re-entry will come into force in 30 days.

Energy & Environment 21 January 2021


US government approves GLE restructure

US government approves GLE restructure

A proposed restructuring of GE-Hitachi Global Laser Enrichment LLC has received the final key approval from the US government. The restructure will see Australian research and development company Silex Systems and Canadian company Cameco Corporation increase their holdings in the company to 51% and 49%, respectively.

Corporate 19 January 2021


US environmental cleanup mission shares 2020 scorecard

US environmental cleanup mission shares 2020 scorecard

The US Department of Energy Office of Environmental Management has released a "scorecard" reflecting its accomplishment of the "vast majority" of its 2020 priorities amid the federal government response to the COVID-19 pandemic. EM said it is now positioned for a decade of "transformational progress" in its mission to clean up the environmental legacy from decades of US nuclear weapons development and government-sponsored nuclear energy research.

Waste & Recycling 14 January 2021


US grant made for Romanian SMR siting assessment

US grant made for Romanian SMR siting assessment

Romanian national nuclear company Societatea Nationala Nuclearelectrica has been awarded a non-refundable grant of USD1.28 million by the US Trade and Development Agency for use in the identification of potential sites in Romania to host small modular reactors. The USTDA is an independent federal government agency focused on connecting US companies with export opportunities in emerging markets.

New Nuclear 14 January 2021


US order promotes SMRs for space exploration and defence

US order promotes SMRs for space exploration and defence

The US Administration has issued an Executive Order on Promoting Small Modular Reactors for National Defense and Space Exploration, which it says will further revitalise the US nuclear energy sector and reinvigorate its space exploration programme. This includes directives to demonstrate the use of microreactors on military bases and also to ensure a viable US-origin supply of high-assay low-enriched uranium.

Nuclear Policies 13 January 2021


NuScale and UAMPS agreements progress plans for SMR plant

NuScale and UAMPS agreements progress plans for SMR plant

Agreements announced yesterday between NuScale Power and Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems to facilitate the development of a project to deploy small modular reactors at the Idaho National Laboratory could lead to the placement of a first order for NuScale Power Modules in 2022.

New Nuclear 12 January 2021


DOE unveils strategy for US nuclear science and technology

DOE unveils strategy for US nuclear science and technology

The Office of Nuclear Energy, part of the US Department of Energy, has outlined its plan to support the existing US nuclear generation fleet, demonstrate the latest innovations in nuclear energy technologies and explore new market opportunities. The Strategic Vision is a blueprint for NE to achieve its mission of advancing nuclear energy science and technology to meet US energy, environmental and economic needs.

Nuclear Policies 12 January 2021


FDA approves novel non-uranium Mo-99 production process

FDA approves novel non-uranium Mo-99 production process

The US Food and Drug Administration has approved NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes, LLC's process to produce molybdenum-99 from concentrated Mo-98 and related software upgrades for its RadioGenix System technetium-99m generator. This will significantly increase US production and capacity for non-uranium based Mo-99, the company says.

Regulation & Safety 07 January 2021


Pre-demolition work starts at Lawrence Livermore reactor

Pre-demolition work starts at Lawrence Livermore reactor

Workers have begun activities to prepare for the demolition of a nuclear reactor at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, in California, the Office of Environmental Management at the US Department of Energy announced on 22 December. A team from EM, the National Nuclear Security Administration, and the US Army Corp Engineers performed core drilling, surveying, sampling, and a study of potential demolition impacts last month.

Waste & Recycling 05 January 2021