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Friday, June 12, 2020

US NRC proposed ruling on SMRs supported by DOE - Nuclear Engineering International

US NRC proposed ruling on SMRs supported by DOE - Nuclear Engineering International: The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) on 5 June published in the Federal Register a proposed ruling on Emergency Preparedness for Small Modular Reactors (SMRs) and Other New Technologies (ONTs). The document has a comment period that...

Trump administration seeks to use global aid for nuclear projects | TheHill

Trump administration seeks to use global aid for nuclear projects | TheHill: The Trump administration is taking the first steps toward allowing international development funds to be spent on nuclear projects, working to lift a longtime prohibition on how the anti-poverty funds can be spent.

Trump Orders Coast Guard To Look Into Building Nuclear-Powered Icebreakers Like Russia - The Drive

Trump Orders Coast Guard To Look Into Building Nuclear-Powered Icebreakers Like Russia - The Drive: The memo also calls for examining possible defensive armament options to protect these ships against near-peer threats.

The Navy’s New Battlefield Needs Small Nuclear-Powered Warships

The Navy’s New Battlefield Needs Small Nuclear-Powered Warships: The U.S. Navy’s Cold War love affair with nuclear-powered surface warships came to an ignominious end in mid-1999. But times and technologies are changing to make nuclear power an increasingly viable option for integration into the U.S. surface combatant and escort fleet.

Federal Govt unveils Rs1.324 trillion development budget - Business - Dunya News

Federal Govt unveils Rs1.324 trillion development budget - Business - Dunya News: Federal Govt unveils Rs1.324 trillion development budget

EPRI demonstrates autonomous drone - Nuclear Engineering International

EPRI demonstrates autonomous drone - Nuclear Engineering International

Fed CIOs Ponder What Post-Pandemic IT Workspaces May Look Like – MeriTalk

Fed CIOs Ponder What Post-Pandemic IT Workspaces May Look Like – MeriTalk: Nearly three months since Federal agencies were directed to maximize telework, Federal CIOs at a June 11 ATARC virtual conference talked about what the telework experience may mean for the IT workforce of the future – and how agencies may balance newfound efficiencies with the need for human interaction in the workplace.

Kray signs MOU on future collaboration with NAYGN, NEI, and WIN -- ANS / Newswire

Kray signs MOU on future collaboration with NAYGN, NEI, and WIN -- ANS / Newswire

MP's talks over nuclear reactors for Copeland | News and Star

MP's talks over nuclear reactors for Copeland | News and Star: Major companies have been in talks with Copeland’s MP over plans to build new nuclear reactors in West Cumbria.

UPDATE 1-France sees no winter power blackouts despite nuclear outages - Reuters

UPDATE 1-France sees no winter power blackouts despite nuclear outages - Reuters: (Adds further detail)

TEPCO finds no obstacles to removing fuel rods from Fukushima reactor - The Mainichi

TEPCO finds no obstacles to removing fuel rods from Fukushima reactor - The Mainichi: FUKUSHIMA, Japan (Kyodo) -- Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc. on Wednesday found no obstacles in its planned removal of radioactive fuel rods

GE-Hitachi awarded Olkiluoto outage services contract - Nuclear Engineering International

GE-Hitachi awarded Olkiluoto outage services contract - Nuclear Engineering International: GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH) announced it has been awrded a contract to provide outage services for Teollisuuden Voima Oyj's Olkiluoto nuclear power plant in Finland.  GEH said it will provide control rod drive mechanism...

More radioactive waste discovered on DP Road | LAMonitor.com

More radioactive waste discovered on DP Road | LAMonitor.com: Department of Energy officials recently notified the New Mexico Environment Department that more radioactive waste was found on DP Road on May 18, in addition to radioactive waste that was discovered in February in the same general area. 
The new waste was discovered 80 feet south of a parcel of land located approximately halfway down DP Road on the right side, heading eastbound. The land the new waste was discovered on was transferred from the Department of Energy to Los Alamos County in 2018. 
Samples collected by Triad National Security identified the waste as containing Uranium 234 and Uranium 238. Officials aren’t sure of the level of radioactivity as the material is still being tested by Los Alamos National Laboratory.  
The discovery of the waste was part of an initial National Nuclear Security Administration investigation started in February, when a county subcontractor discovered radioactive waste while digging a ditch for a sewage pipe Feb. 14. The pipe was for two housing projects currently being built on DP Road. The properties, one a senior housing development and the other for low income housing are being built by the same developer, Bethel Development Corporation.

Work resumes at Entergy’s Grand Gulf Nuclear Station following more than $200M investment - Daily Energy Insider

Work resumes at Entergy’s Grand Gulf Nuclear Station following more than $200M investment - Daily Energy Insider: The Grand Gulf Nuclear Station in Mississippi has returned to operation this month following its extensive, 22nd refueling and maintenance outage, over which more than $200 million were invested into the turbine control system, equipment ... Read More »

Going high-tech: Construction underway on medical isotope facility housing 140-ton accelerator | News | kokomotribune.com

Going high-tech: Construction underway on medical isotope facility housing 140-ton accelerator | News | kokomotribune.com: BUNKER HILL – Construction is well on its way on a state-of-the-art isotope production and scientific research facility near Grissom Air Reserve Base that will eventually serve as the campus

More evidence for a ‘fifth force’ found in radioactive decay measurements – Physics World

More evidence for a ‘fifth force’ found in radioactive decay measurements – Physics World: Anomalies in decays of beryllium-8 and helium-4 point to new physics

US weighs end to foreign nuclear power finance ban, potentially boosting advanced reactors

 

US weighs end to foreign nuclear power finance ban, potentially boosting advanced reactors

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Disbanded EPA science panel blasts lack of action on particulate matter in order to inform future litigation

 

Disbanded EPA science panel blasts lack of action on particulate matter in order to inform future litigation


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Framatome completes Doel I&C upgrade project : Corporate - World Nuclear News

Framatome completes Doel I&C upgrade project : Corporate - World Nuclear News: Framatome's digital instrumentation and control (I&C) systems at the Doel nuclear power plant in Belgium have passed the final site acceptance test. The milestone marks the completion of the project to modernise the control and emergency systems at units 1 and 2 of the plant.

Leningrad II-2 completes hot testing : New Nuclear - World Nuclear News

Leningrad II-2 completes hot testing : New Nuclear - World Nuclear News: Russia's Rosatom has completed hot tests at Leningrad II unit 2. Hot testing started in February and included 150 tests on major systems to check their performance under normal operational conditions, without any nuclear fuel assemblies in the reactor. The equipment was also tested under emergency conditions.

Regulation of radioactive sources maintained, IAEA finds : Covid-19 - World Nuclear News

Regulation of radioactive sources maintained, IAEA finds : Covid-19 - World Nuclear News: A recent International Atomic Energy Agency survey of regulatory bodies in over 90 countries found that national regulators are using innovative methods to ensure the safety of radiation sources is not compromised during the COVID-19 pandemic. Such sources are used mainly in medicine, industry and research.

Will a Trillion Trees Stop Global Warming? | Energy Central

Will a Trillion Trees Stop Global Warming? | Energy Central

Electric power: costs x tariffs in Brazil | The Energy Collective Daily

Electric power: costs x tariffs in Brazil | The Energy Collective Daily

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A layered approach to safety | MIT News

A layered approach to safety | MIT News: After studying accident-tolerant fuel concepts, MIT Assistant Professor Koroush Shirvan has seized on an innovative nuclear fuel concept that addresses key safety issues while offering potential improvements in reactor performance.

Global Class 1E Nuclear Power Plant Instrumentation Cables Market Report 2020 – Covering Impact of COVID-19, Financial Information, Developments, SWOT Analysis by Global Top Companies | Nexans, General Cable, RSCC Wire Cable, Habia Cable, Kabelwerk Eupen – Surfacing Magazine

Global Class 1E Nuclear Power Plant Instrumentation Cables Market Report 2020 – Covering Impact of COVID-19, Financial Information, Developments, SWOT Analysis by Global Top Companies | Nexans, General Cable, RSCC Wire Cable, Habia Cable, Kabelwerk Eupen – Surfacing Magazine: Global Class 1E Nuclear Power Plant Instrumentation Cables Market research report offers the importa

Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant symbolises UAE's sustainable development - News | Khaleej Times

Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant symbolises UAE's sustainable development - News | Khaleej Times: The project to provide clean electricity for the UAE is advancing steadily and safely, in spite of the current Covid-19 pandemic.

UAE: Mohamed Bin Zayed visits Barakah Nuclear Power Plant | Government – Gulf News

UAE: Mohamed Bin Zayed visits Barakah Nuclear Power Plant | Government – Gulf News: He inspected the progress of work on the plant and expressed his pride in the project

South African activists warn energy minister over nuclear plan | Financial Post

South African activists warn energy minister over nuclear plan | Financial Post: JOHANNESBURG — South African activists who blocked a massive nuclear power project under former president Jacob Zuma have written to the energy minister to warn him about procuring new nuclear capacity without proper consultation.

Nuclear power system delivered for Mars rover launch : New Nuclear - World Nuclear News

Nuclear power system delivered for Mars rover launch : New Nuclear - World Nuclear News: The US Department of Energy has delivered the nuclear power system for the Perseverance rover for NASA's Mars 2020 mission which is due to launch next month. The Multi-Mission Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generator was fuelled, built and tested by DOE's national laboratories.

Viewpoint: How oil & gas majors could turn the tide against global warming : Perspectives - World Nuclear News

Viewpoint: How oil & gas majors could turn the tide against global warming : Perspectives - World Nuclear News: In the early stages of the nuclear power industry, some oil & gas majors entered the uranium industry, but their interest in nuclear power projects is rare, with Total's bid for the Barakah project in 2009 one of the few recent examples. Are these instances historical footnotes, or might there be a role for OGMs in the nuclear power industry today, even considering the current pandemic and overall market conditions, write Amjad Ghori, Melissa Hersh, Edward Kee, Paul Murphy and Xavier Rollat.

US weighs end to foreign nuclear power finance ban, potentially boosting advanced reactors | Utility Dive

US weighs end to foreign nuclear power finance ban, potentially boosting advanced reactors | Utility Dive: Utility industry news and analysis for energy professionals.

US Agency Proposes Financing of Nuclear Power Exports


US Agency Proposes Financing of Nuclear Power Exports


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Coronavirus: Eviction worries mount as moratoriums lifted

Coronavirus: Eviction worries mount as moratoriums lifted: Evictions are expected to spike as more states lift moratoriums put in place to offer renters relief during COVID-19.

Thursday, June 11, 2020

He didn’t want any COVID-19 patient to be without a Bible

He didn’t want any COVID-19 patient to be without a Bible: COVID-19 has changed all of our lives. We or a loved one may have been sick, or we may know someone who’s died, not to mention the social and financial consequences of social distancing. Loss…

Harvard doctor expects COVID-19 deaths will rise to 200,000 in September | Boston.com

Harvard doctor expects COVID-19 deaths will rise to 200,000 in September | Boston.com

PG&E OK to use diesel to keep power going, prevent fires


PG&E OK to use diesel to keep power going, prevent fires


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No Magic in Nuclear Buildup

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Summary:  China once had the smallest nuclear arsenal of the five nuclear powers. But to ensure the effectiveness of its deterrence in a complex security environment, it has made steady efforts to modernize its arsenal.

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The First Nuclear Textbook? | ANS Nuclear Cafe

The First Nuclear Textbook? | ANS Nuclear Cafe

Why Are Corporations Entering Into Virtual Renewable Energy Purchase Contracts? | The Energy Collective Daily


Why Are Corporations Entering Into Virtual Renewable Energy Purchase Contracts? | The Energy Collective Daily

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Brazil prepares to resume Angra 3 project : New Nuclear - World Nuclear News

Brazil prepares to resume Angra 3 project : New Nuclear - World Nuclear News: Brazil's Investment Partnership Programme council has approved a plan to complete unit 3 of the Angra nuclear power plant. Created by the government to expand and strengthen the relationship between the state and the private sector, the PPI's main objective is to generate jobs and growth for the country through new investments in infrastructure projects and privatisation.

Tepco completes survey of Fukushima Daiichi 2 fuel pool : Waste & Recycling - World Nuclear News

Tepco completes survey of Fukushima Daiichi 2 fuel pool : Waste & Recycling - World Nuclear News: There are no obstacles to the removal of assemblies from the used fuel storage pool of unit 2 at the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, Tokyo Electric Power Company said today after completing an initial survey of the pool. Removal of the assemblies is scheduled to begin fiscal year 2024.

US development bank proposes end to nuclear finance ban : Nuclear Policies - World Nuclear News

US development bank proposes end to nuclear finance ban : Nuclear Policies - World Nuclear News: The US International Development Finance Corporation has proposed policy changes that would remove a prohibition on it providing support for nuclear power projects. This would enable the DFC to offer financing for projects to deploy technologies such as small modular reactors in developing countries.

IAEA: Reactors are maintaining safe operation during pandemic : Covid-19 - World Nuclear News

IAEA: Reactors are maintaining safe operation during pandemic : Covid-19 - World Nuclear News: There has been no enforced shutdown of a nuclear power reactor due to the effects of COVID-19 on the workforce or supply chains, according to reports from operators and regulators received through the International Atomic Energy Agency's COVID-19 Operational Experience Network and International Reporting System for Operating Experience.

Why cracking nuclear fusion will depend on artificial intelligence | New Scientist

Why cracking nuclear fusion will depend on artificial intelligence | New Scientist: The promise of clean, green nuclear fusion has been touted for decades, but the rise of AI means the challenges could finally be overcome

Victim testimonies to take place before PG&E sentencing

Victim testimonies to take place before PG&E sentencing: Because of coronavirus restrictions, there will be no public seating in the courtroom.

PG&E brings in 11 new board members as part of bankruptcy overhaul - MarketWatch

PG&E brings in 11 new board members as part of bankruptcy overhaul - MarketWatch: Pacific Gas and Electric on Wednesday announced the latest overhaul of its board of directors in another step toward the nation’s largest utility ending its...

PG&E Launches Hunt for $20 Billion for Bankruptcy Exit - WSJ

PG&E Launches Hunt for $20 Billion for Bankruptcy Exit - WSJ: PG&E Corp. is asking a bankruptcy judge for an order allowing it to go to market to sell $20 billion worth of new debt and equity as it awaits approval of its plan to exit chapter 11.

PG&E purchase option for downtown Oakland office tower: nearly $900 million for new HQ – Marin Independent Journal

PG&E purchase option for downtown Oakland office tower: nearly $900 million for new HQ – Marin Independent Journal: San Francisco-based PG&E has struck a deal with an affiliate of veteran developer TMG Partners to lease the office tower at 300 Lakeside Drive in downtown Oakland, a transaction that also confe…

PG&E Defends Wildfire Preparedness in California Review | 2020-06-10 | Natural Gas Intelligence

PG&E Defends Wildfire Preparedness in California Review | 2020-06-10 | Natural Gas Intelligence

PG&E Appoints a New Board as It Eyes Its Bankruptcy Exit - The New York Times

PG&E Appoints a New Board as It Eyes Its Bankruptcy Exit - The New York Times: The governor of California required the troubled utility to replace its directors as a condition for taking part in a new wildfire liability fund.

PG&E names 11 new board members as part of bankruptcy overhaul - SFChronicle.com

PG&E names 11 new board members as part of bankruptcy overhaul - SFChronicle.com: Six of the new directors are from California, with a strong presence from Bay Area tech companies. PG&E agreed to “substantial modifications” to its board in a bankruptcy deal with Gov. Gavin Newsom this year.

Hydrogen May Be a Lifeline for Nuclear—But It Won’t Be Easy

Hydrogen May Be a Lifeline for Nuclear—But It Won’t Be Easy: Four U.S. nuclear generators—Energy Harbor, Xcel Energy, Exelon, and Arizona Public Service (APS)—are making headway on projects to demonstrate hydrogen

Belarus Nears Completion Of Major Nuclear Project | OilPrice.com

Belarus Nears Completion Of Major Nuclear Project | OilPrice.com: Belarus is nearing a significant landmark in easing its dependence on Russian energy with its new Astarvets Nuclear Power Plant

US agency plans to lift nuclear power plant financing ban: spokeswoman | S&P Global Platts

US agency plans to lift nuclear power plant financing ban: spokeswoman | S&P Global Platts: International Development Finance Corp., a US federal agency, will end its ban on financing nuclear power plant projects, a spokeswoman said June 10, a move that follows the Trump administration s sup

Brazil government council approves plan to complete Angra 3 nuclear power plant - Agricultural Commodities - Reuters

Brazil government council approves plan to complete Angra 3 nuclear power plant - Agricultural Commodities - Reuters: Brazil's Investment Partnership Program (PPI) council on Wednesday approved a plan to complete the Angra 3 nuclear power plant with a minority partner joining Eletronuclear, the Eletrobras subsidiary that manages the country’s two nuclear reactors.

Will More Uranium Really Solve America's Nuclear Crisis? | OilPrice.com

Will More Uranium Really Solve America's Nuclear Crisis? | OilPrice.com: The Department of Energy has come up with a new plan to revitalize America’s nuclear energy industry, but there’s one glaring problem it may have overlooked

Maryland officials unwisely denigrate nuclear power - The Washington Post

Maryland officials unwisely denigrate nuclear power - The Washington Post

U.S. development agency proposes financing of nuclear power exports - Agricultural Commodities - Reuters

U.S. development agency proposes financing of nuclear power exports - Agricultural Commodities - Reuters: A U.S. development agency proposed lifting restrictions on the financing of advanced nuclear energy projects for export, a move the Trump administration hopes will help the industry compete with state-owned companies in China and Russia.

Nuclear Power Plant Market to Eyewitness Massive Growth by 2025: Leading Key Players Exelon Nuclear (Chicago, IL; Boiling Water Reactor Nuclear Power Plant), Rosenergoatom (Russia; Heavy Water Reactor Nuclear Power Plant) – Personal Reports

Nuclear Power Plant Market to Eyewitness Massive Growth by 2025: Leading Key Players Exelon Nuclear (Chicago, IL; Boiling Water Reactor Nuclear Power Plant), Rosenergoatom (Russia; Heavy Water Reactor Nuclear Power Plant) – Personal Reports

Nuclear Power Plant Operations: Challenges Faced During COVID-19 Pandemic | IAEA

Nuclear Power Plant Operations: Challenges Faced During COVID-19 Pandemic | IAEA: The nuclear industry has been taking special measures to cope with the global pandemic, and no country has reported the enforced shutdown of a nuclear power reactor due to the effects of COVID-19 on the workforce or supply chains.

Bruce power nuclear plant, union giving combined $400,000 to COVID-19 research | London Free Press

Bruce power nuclear plant, union giving combined $400,000 to COVID-19 research | London Free Press: Bruce Power plant and the union that represents its workers are each donating $200,000 to a network of Toronto hospitals to help fund COVID-19 testing and treatment, challenging others in the energy industry to do the same.

IAEA Member States Pledge €22m In Pandemic Support :: The Independent Global Nuclear News Agency

IAEA Member States Pledge €22m In Pandemic Support :: The Independent Global Nuclear News Agency: An initiative by the International Atomic Energy Agency to help some 120 countries contain the coronavirus pandemic has received extrabudgetary backing from member states, with voluntary pledges so far totalling around €22m.



The agency’s director-general, Rafael Mariano Grossi, said on 11 May the funds will enable the IAEA to help hundreds of laboratories around the world in the use of a nuclear-derived testing technique called real time reverse transcription–polymerase chain reaction (real time RT-PCR). The method is currently the fastest and most accurate to detect the virus causing Covid-19.

PANDEMIC: 'New normal': Inside the struggle to keep reactors running -- Friday, May 8, 2020 -- www.eenews.net

PANDEMIC: 'New normal': Inside the struggle to keep reactors running -- Friday, May 8, 2020 -- www.eenews.net: Nuclear plants across the country are under pressure to halt refueling and other operations to protect workers during the pandemic.

Global nuclear energy operations responding to COVID-19

Global nuclear energy operations responding to COVID-19: Building on an already strong safety culture, nuclear energy operations worldwide have responded to the COVID-19 pandemic and calls for social distancing.

Coronavirus: Is Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant still open? | San Luis Obispo Tribune

Coronavirus: Is Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant still open? | San Luis Obispo Tribune: The nuclear power plant is one of the largest employers in SLO County.

Work resumes at Entergy’s Grand Gulf Nuclear Station following more than $200M investment - Daily Energy Insider

Work resumes at Entergy’s Grand Gulf Nuclear Station following more than $200M investment - Daily Energy Insider: The Grand Gulf Nuclear Station in Mississippi has returned to operation this month following its extensive, 22nd refueling and maintenance outage, over which more than $200 million were invested into the turbine control system, equipment ... Read More »

U.S. energy secretary: Power grid ready for storms, threats - Orlando Sentinel

U.S. energy secretary: Power grid ready for storms, threats - Orlando Sentinel: In a guest column, Dan Brouillette outlines recent actions taken by the Trump administration to protect our power grid against outside cyber threats as well as weather disruptions.

Activists say Holtec filing violates nuclear waste law | Local News | santafenewmexican.com

Activists say Holtec filing violates nuclear waste law | Local News | santafenewmexican.com: A watchdog group has filed a federal lawsuit that contends the company's application to create an underground storage site for commercial nuclear waste could leave taxpayers holding the bag.

Federal appeal filed against nuclear waste site proposed near Carlsbad

Federal appeal filed against nuclear waste site proposed near Carlsbad: A planned nuclear waste site would store up to 173,000 metric tons of nuclear waste at the surface in a remote area near the Eddy-Lea county line.

Hanson appointed to Nuclear Regulatory Commission


Hanson appointed to Nuclear Regulatory Commission



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Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Europe’s nuclear industry addresses an open letter to EU leaders - Nuclear Engineering International

Europe’s nuclear industry addresses an open letter to EU leaders - Nuclear Engineering International: In an open letter on 3 June addressed to “EU Decision-makers” and signed by 25 companies and 14 associations, including European nuclear trade body Foratom, Europe’s nuclear industry said it “is ready and...

Georgia nuclear project: monitor says more Vogtle delays, costs

Georgia nuclear project: monitor says more Vogtle delays, costs: Georgia Power's troubled nuclear Plant Vogtle project 'highly unlikely' to meet current schedule and costs will rise another $1 billion, monitor says.

Trump Orders Coast Guard To Look Into Building Nuclear-Powered Icebreakers Like Russia - The Drive

Trump Orders Coast Guard To Look Into Building Nuclear-Powered Icebreakers Like Russia - The Drive: The memo also calls for examining possible defensive armament options to protect these ships against near-peer threats.

Trump's grid security order sows confusion in power sector — but don't expect a quick fix | Utility Dive

Trump's grid security order sows confusion in power sector — but don't expect a quick fix | Utility Dive: Utility industry news and analysis for energy professionals.

Reforming Federal Policy to Support… | The Breakthrough Institute

Reforming Federal Policy to Support… | The Breakthrough Institute: Filling the gaps left by mature solar and wind tech will require reforms to federal energy tech policy, including but not limited to deployment.

U.N. experts urge Japan not to rush discharge of radioactive water

U.N. experts urge Japan not to rush discharge of radioactive water: Four United Nations human rights experts urge the Japanese government against rushing to discharge radioactive water from the Fukushima nuclear plant into the sea until consultations are made with affected communities and neighboring countries.

U.N. experts urge Japan not to rush discharge of radioactive water

U.N. experts urge Japan not to rush discharge of radioactive water: Four United Nations human rights experts urge the Japanese government against rushing to discharge radioactive water from the Fukushima nuclear plant into the sea until consultations are made with affected communities and neighboring countries.

US NRC proposed ruling on SMRs supported by DOE - Nuclear Engineering International

US NRC proposed ruling on SMRs supported by DOE - Nuclear Engineering International: The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) on 5 June published in the Federal Register a proposed ruling on Emergency Preparedness for Small Modular Reactors (SMRs) and Other New Technologies (ONTs). The document has a comment period that...

Officials Investigating Another Unplanned Shutdown 'Scram' At Seabrook Nuclear Plant | New Hampshire Public Radio

Officials Investigating Another Unplanned Shutdown 'Scram' At Seabrook Nuclear Plant | New Hampshire Public Radio: Seabrook Nuclear Power Plant remains offline after experiencing its second unexpected shutdown in about a week on Saturday night. The incidents stem from

Monitor sees Vogtle nuke missing in-service dates, exceeding cost projections | S&P Global Platts

Monitor sees Vogtle nuke missing in-service dates, exceeding cost projections | S&P Global Platts: A monitor tasked with independently evaluating Southern Co.'s already delayed Alvin W. Vogtle Nuclear Plant nuclear expansion project has found that the utility is "highly unlikely" to meet the most r

Senate advances deputy energy secretary nominee | TheHill

Senate advances deputy energy secretary nominee | TheHill: A Senate committee on Tuesday advanced the nomination of President Trump’s pick for the second-in-command role at the Energy Department.

Visualizing North Dakota Oil & Gas Production (Through April 2020) | The Energy Collective Daily

Visualizing North Dakota Oil & Gas Production (Through April 2020) | The Energy Collective Daily

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Dramatic moment silo collapses at nuclear power plant Hinkley Point C | Daily Mail Online

Dramatic moment silo collapses at nuclear power plant Hinkley Point C | Daily Mail Online: French energy supplier EDF, which will launch an investigation into the incident, has denied that there was an explosion at the nuclear plant near Bridgwater, Somerset.

Another Court Challenge for Nuclear Waste Storage Site

Another Court Challenge for Nuclear Waste Storage Site: Another legal challenge has been filed against the ongoing effort to build a storage site for U.S. nuclear waste in the New Mexico desert. Beyond Nuclear,

Nuclear crucial to deep decarbonisation in post-virus recovery : Energy & Environment - World Nuclear News

Nuclear crucial to deep decarbonisation in post-virus recovery : Energy & Environment - World Nuclear News: The UK's nuclear industry has demonstrated its flexibility and inherent safety culture during the COVID-19 crisis, and ought to be given a key role in the country's low-carbon economic recovery, World Nuclear Association said in interviews with the BBC this week.

Seabrook nuclear plant experiences second unplanned shutdown       | Local News | newburyportnews.com

Seabrook nuclear plant experiences second unplanned shutdown       | Local News | newburyportnews.com: SEABROOK – The Seabrook Station nuclear power plant had to be manually shut down for the second time in just over a week by plant operators Saturday night after another

The Astravets Nuclear Power Plant in Belarus Is Nearing Completion - Jamestown

The Astravets Nuclear Power Plant in Belarus Is Nearing Completion - Jamestown: On May 25, the Astravets Nuclear Power Plant (NPP), in Belarus, finished receiving nuclear fuel for the initial load of its first reactor (Belta, May 25). These nuclear rods, delivered in batches since May 6, are now ready to be loaded into the reactor, after careful inspection. If all continues to proceed according to plan, the first reactor will be …

Trump administration moves to reverse Obama-era ban on financing nuclear energy overseas

Trump administration moves to reverse Obama-era ban on financing nuclear energy overseas: The Trump administration is rescinding an Obama-era ban on the federal government providing financing for civilian nuclear energy projects abroad, the Washington Examiner has exclusively learned.

The Navy’s New Battlefield Needs Small Nuclear-Powered Warships

The Navy’s New Battlefield Needs Small Nuclear-Powered Warships: The U.S. Navy’s Cold War love affair with nuclear-powered surface warships came to an ignominious end in mid-1999. But times and technologies are changing to make nuclear power an increasingly viable option for integration into the U.S. surface combatant and escort fleet.

PG&E Chases Hot Debt Markets Ahead of Bankruptcy Plan Approval | ABI

PG&E Chases Hot Debt Markets Ahead of Bankruptcy Plan Approval | ABI

$892M Purchase Option In Hand, PG&E Will Leave San Francisco After 115 Years

$892M Purchase Option In Hand, PG&E Will Leave San Francisco After 115 Years: The embattled utility company's relocation is to a landmark Oakland property currently being purchased by a big-name Bay Area developer.

PG&E takes 'unprecedented' steps to mitigate impact of 2020 wildfires

PG&E takes 'unprecedented' steps to mitigate impact of 2020 wildfires: After a series of Public Safety Power Shutoff events that left many without power in 2019, PG&E decided to take a different approach to wildfire mitigation.

Nirab describes ways to include nuclear in UK’s net-zero policy : Nuclear Policies - World Nuclear News

Nirab describes ways to include nuclear in UK’s net-zero policy : Nuclear Policies - World Nuclear News: New cost-competitive nuclear power must make a significant contribution to meeting increased demand for low-carbon electricity, the Nuclear Innovation Research and Advisory Board says in a new report for the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. It would be prudent to plan for nuclear energy to provide at least half of the firm low-carbon electricity not provided by renewables, it says.

Joint venture created for Chalk River MMR project​ : New Nuclear - World Nuclear News

Joint venture created for Chalk River MMR project​ : New Nuclear - World Nuclear News: A joint venture has been formed between Ultra Safe Nuclear Corporation and Ontario Power Generation to build, own and operate the proposed Micro Modular Reactor project at the Chalk River Laboratories site. The joint venture - the Global First Power Limited Partnership - is owned equally by OPG and USNC-Power, the Canadian subsidiary of USNC.

Rosatom to convert fast reactor to MOX fuel in 2022 : Uranium & Fuel - World Nuclear News

Rosatom to convert fast reactor to MOX fuel in 2022 : Uranium & Fuel - World Nuclear News: Unit 4 of the Beloyarsk nuclear power plant in Russia will be completely switched to uranium-plutonium MOX fuel in 2022, marking an important step towards closing the nuclear fuel cycle, Russia’s Rosatom has announced.

Foratom calls for harmonisation of EU supply chain : Nuclear Policies - World Nuclear News

Foratom calls for harmonisation of EU supply chain : Nuclear Policies - World Nuclear News: The European Commission should acknowledge the importance of harmonising the European nuclear supply chain and support EU Member States in reviewing their regulatory framework to enable the use of modern high-quality components manufactured for other industries, according to Foratom. The European nuclear trade body said a strong and harmonised European nuclear supply chain can also help the EU revive its economy following the COVID-19 pandemic.

Nuclear power now ‘off track’ in IEA's Sustainable Development Scenario


Nuclear power now ‘off track’ in IEA's Sustainable Development Scenario

10 June 2020
The world is not on track to meet the energy-related components of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), according to a new report from the International Energy Agency (IEA). The IEA's Sustainable Development Scenario (SDS) outlines a major transformation of the global energy system, showing how the world can change course to deliver on the three main energy-related SDGs simultaneously.


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EM Update June 9, 2020

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EM Update | Vol. 12, Issue 12 | June 9, 2020
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EM Senior Advisor William "Ike" White

“When I first came to EM almost exactly a year ago, I had heard about the cleanup challenges, but it’s safe to say that I didn’t expect it would be done in the middle of a pandemic environment,” White said. He thanked EFCOG and the contracting community for the role they have played in ensuring the workforce at EM sites adapts safely to the pandemic environment while continuing to make progress.
For instance, EM reached a path forward with the State of California to resume long-stalled cleanup at the Energy Technology Engineering Center site with demolition of 10 of the remaining DOE-owned buildings there. EM has also prepared a draft waste incidental to reprocessing evaluation for vitrified low activity waste at Hanford, and completed a real estate transfer agreement to help move forward with new disposal capability.
On acquisitions, White noted EM has awarded the new Hanford Tank Closure Contract. The program also continues to move forward with competing a new standalone management and operations contract for the Savannah River National Laboratory.
White also noted EM has issued the final request for proposals for a new Idaho Cleanup Project contract, while a draft request for proposals for the Savannah River Integrated Mission Completion Contract is also before potential job bidders.
“In terms of contracting, this was always going to be a busy year,” White said.
Most major EM sites have moved into early-phase restart activities, with remaining sites expected to follow suit soon, White said. As decisions are made about how, when, and where to ramp back up site operations, the top priority of senior DOE and EM leadership is the health and safety of all employees at EM sites.
With EM ramping back up, White noted the sense of collaboration and teamwork across DOE, the sites, and industry partners are as good as he’s ever seen, and he’s “never been prouder to be a part of the EM enterprise.”


EM Marks Accomplishments Across Complex During Essential Mission-Critical Period

EM made steady progress in its cleanup mission after most field sites moved into an essential mission-critical operating posture beginning in mid-March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Field sites across the DOE complex marked noteworthy accomplishments during this period of reduced operations, positioning the cleanup program for further success as the sites now work to restart activities and continue tackling an ambitious set of priorities, many of which remain on track to be completed this year.
"I attribute our success during the period of essential mission-critical activities to our dedicated federal and contractor employees who remain committed to our cleanup mission," EM Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Todd Shrader said. "I'm impressed by their accomplishments as they safely responded to the pandemic, and their achievements will only continue as we move to resume full operations across the complex."

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A small team of workers with EM Richland Operations Office contractor CH2M HILL Plateau Remediation Company recently applied fixative to the soil at the Plutonium Finishing Plant demolition site to ensure contamination is contained within the posted radiological boundaries. Crews must periodically reapply the product to maintain its effectiveness.

Hanford Site
At the Hanford Site, small teams of essential personnel continued mission-critical activities, including:
  • Spraying fixative over the Plutonium Finishing Plant demolition site to ensure that contaminated soil was not exposed.
  • Cleaning and removing algae and sediment from drinking water treatment basins.
  • Removing and controlled burning of tumbleweeds to reduce potential fuel sources on the site in the event of a weather-related or accidental wildfire.
Those mission-critical operations were required to ensure protection of the Hanford workforce, the public, and the environment.

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Idaho National Laboratory Site crews position a shipping cask over the spent nuclear fuel storage vault at the Radioactive Scrap and Waste Facility before lowering the fuel into place.

Idaho National Laboratory Site
EM and cleanup contractor Fluor Idaho made progress on several mission-critical projects at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) Site involving the transfer of spent nuclear fuel, leak testing of a spent fuel storage facility, and waste shipments.
Crews completed the first of several spent nuclear fuel transfers from wet storage at the Idaho Nuclear Technology and Engineering Center (INTEC) to dry storage at the Radioactive Scrap and Waste Facility at the Materials and Fuels Complex.
Workers also moved spent nuclear fuel from the Advanced Test Reactor canal to dry storage at INTEC’s Chemical Processing Plant-603 facility. These transfers allowed the restart of the reactor for its next experiments.
Crews also assisted EM INL Site contractor SpectraTech in conducting a five-year leak test of the Independent Spent Fuel Storage Installation, which is a Nuclear Regulatory Commission requirement. Leak checks were performed at all 29 storage vaults that contain fuel and debris from the 1979 Three Mile Island accident. The seals to each vault remain effective and no leaks were detected.
Shipping crews also completed 17 shipments of contact-handled transuranic waste to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant and four shipments of low-level radioactive waste offsite in compliance with the 1995 Idaho Settlement Agreement.

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Frank Martinet, a maintenance superintendent in the Newport News Nuclear BWXT-Los Alamos contact-handled transuranic waste program, takes a break from the Operational Excellence Initiative with his sons, Ethan, 11, at left, and Blake, 4, who he calls his assistants.

Los Alamos
Newport News Nuclear BWXT-Los Alamos, EM’s cleanup contractor at Los Alamos National Laboratory, established the Operational Excellence Initiative (OEI) to create a training program for employees unable to telework during the period of essential mission-critical activities.
OEI allowed about 180 employees — including radiological control technicians, craftsmen, waste operators, and nuclear facility operators — with the contact handled transuranic waste program at Technical Area 54’s Area G to pursue training and qualifications, helping them maintain the knowledge and skills necessary to support mission objectives.
Participants have completed more than 160 online training courses, required reading assignments, and live teleconference briefings delivered by subject-matter experts.

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Crews place soil in the Moab Uranium Mill Tailings Remedial Action Project’s Crescent Junction disposal cell.

Moab
In response to COVID-19, project management implemented an array of safety and precautionary procedures to protect staff while steady operations continued at the Moab Uranium Mill Tailings Remedial Action Project toward the goal of removing a cumulative 11 million tons of contaminated soil and debris this year. Many workers at the Moab and Crescent Junction sites, such as heavy equipment operators and truck drivers, have traditionally worked independently, which made social distancing easier. Meetings and trainings are now structured differently, occurring over the phone, virtually, or with six feet of distance between employees. Wearing face coverings is encouraged while onsite, and stringent cleaning methods have been imposed.
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Navarro Environmental Scientist Lyle Davis conducts an inspection following rain that occurred in April 2020. Federal and contractor staff with the EM Nevada Program worked together to safely conduct regulatory-required activities during the program's mission-critical period.

Nevada Program
During its mission-critical period, the EM Nevada Program earned regulatory approval to transition the Rainier Mesa groundwater management area to long-term monitoring, an achievement completed three years early, saving approximately $5 million in federal funding.
The Nevada Program also advanced the transfer of long-term stewardship responsibilities for certain sites on the Nevada Test and Training Range to the DOE Office of Legacy Management, a process involving the transmission of more than 7,200 records.
The Nevada Program hosted several web-based events during the period, including the 2020 Nevada National Security Site (NNSS) Waste Generator WebShop, the NNSS Low Level Waste Stakeholders Forum, and a meeting of the Nevada Site Specific Advisory Board.
Navarro Research and Engineering, the environmental program services contractor for the Nevada Program, also delivered more than 175 meals to eight local emergency response agencies and two area charities.

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Part of Oak Ridge’s Liquid Low-Level Waste System pump replacement project involved removing the barometric protection tower pictured here.

Oak Ridge
At the Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management (OREM), employees used virtual meetings, online sharing of photographs and drawings, remote site visits, and other methods to help complete work.
An engineering team with OREM cleanup contractor UCOR used remote tools to prepare to replace 30-year-old pumps critical to the Liquid Low-Level Waste System at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).
The new pumps add capability to transfer both legacy and newly generated waste, and they will also restore backup pumping capabilities since one of the two existing pumps has failed.
The pumps transport material a mile through underground pipes to 50,000-gallon storage tanks. Replacing these pumps is difficult and requires extensive planning because they are housed in below-grade shielded concrete vaults.
While working remotely, engineers prepared mechanical and electrical engineering instructions so a portion of a 25-year-old complex sludge mixing system could be safely disconnected and removed from the top of a three-foot-thick concrete vault. They also designed a new electrical distribution system.

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Shortly before reduced operations began, demolition crews with Fluor-BWXT Portsmouth removed approximately 520 feet of high-pressure fire water lines from the perimeter of the X-326 Process Building at the Portsmouth Site. The removal makes way for a new water detention system to support building demolition.

Portsmouth/Paducah Project Office
Portsmouth Site
The Portsmouth Decontamination and Decommissioning (D&D) Project in southern Ohio finished a key step toward demolition of the first of three massive uranium enrichment process buildings at the site.
The X-326 High Assay Gaseous Diffusion Process Building was declared criticality incredible, which supports downgrade of the facility to a below Hazardous Category 3 nuclear facility, according to Tyfani Lanier, director of nuclear safety and engineering at Fluor-BWXT Portsmouth (FBP), the site's deactivation and decommissioning contractor.
Achieving the declaration involved the generation, review, and publication of more than 2,500 pages of detailed safety evaluations and data packages for the characterization of more than 400,000 pieces of process gas equipment.
“Downgrade approval was necessary to allow FBP to begin demolition of the X-326 process building and disposal of the associated debris in the On-Site Waste Disposal Facility,” Portsmouth/Paducah Project Office (PPPO) Federal Project Director Jud Lilly said. “Demolition of the X-326 building, with its 29-acre footprint, will make the first significant skyline change at the Portsmouth D&D project.”

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Portsmouth/Paducah Project Office’s Tracey Duncan works remotely on the Paducah Site Management Plan.

Paducah Site
At the Paducah Site, PPPO worked with state and federal regulators on processing 13 mission-critical environmental documents, including the fiscal 2020 Site Management Plan (SMP), which was approved on May 21.
An annual deliverable that outlines Paducah’s environmental cleanup strategic approach, the SMP sets forth enforceable regulatory milestones for the current year plus two additional years. It also outlines upcoming work for the C-400 city block remediation. The C-400 Complex is the primary source of groundwater contamination at the Paducah Site and one of PPPO’s highest priorities.
PPPO Environmental Protection Specialist Dave Dollins said his office was able to meet all of its deadlines while working remotely.
“This was the first time I have had to telework for an extended period of time and I was very pleased how our information technology infrastructure was able to support collaborative work,” Dollins said.

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A subcontractor for Mid-America Conversion Services works in an excavation for a water-main repair at EM’s Portsmouth Depleted Uranium Hexafluoride Conversion facility. Despite challenges associated with limited operations, the Portsmouth/Paducah Project Office safely completed the critical work in five days.

DUF6 Conversion Project
PPPO’s Depleted Uranium Hexafluoride (DUF6) Conversion Project advanced its engineering design activities that will allow large plant modifications to move forward on a compressed schedule once construction can resume.
At its Portsmouth facility, the project completed its plan for depleted uranium storage cylinders that require special handling. Operations and maintenance contractor Mid-America Conversion Services (MCS) developed work packages, engineering evaluations, and the design of special tooling to allow for more efficient sampling and processing.

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Operator Charlie Stokes uses a specialized cart to move material through a glovebox in a training mock-up at the Savannah River Site.

Savannah River Site
Savannah River Site (SRS) personnel accomplished significant work while in an essential mission-critical operating posture, including critical maintenance and surveillance activities necessary to ensure facilities continued to meet safety requirements and maintenance schedules.
While employees performed many activities via telework, key personnel continued to report to the site as needed, adhering to enhanced safety and social distancing protocols. Their accomplishments include:
  • Finishing dissolving Material Test Reactor and High Flux Isotope Reactor spent nuclear fuel (SNF) in H Canyon for the fiscal year, helping make room for L Basin to receive more SNF shipments from foreign and domestic research reactors. Dissolving fuel bundles in nitric acid in H Canyon is the first step in dispositioning the material. 
  • Continuing SNF receipts from foreign and domestic customers in L Area on schedule. SRS safely stores SNF in L Basin until it is ready for processing in H Canyon.
  • Double-stacking more than 60 canisters in the Defense Waste Processing Facility’s (DWPF) Glass Waste Storage Building 1. Modifying the existing storage positions in Glass Waste Storage Building 1 to store two canisters (each 10 feet tall and 2 feet in diameter) instead of one expands on-site interim storage from 4,602 storage positions to 6,864, postponing the cost of building another glass waste storage building to until at least 2029.
  • Preparing approximately 86,000 gallons of salt waste for processing through the Tank Closure Cesium Removal demonstration project.
  • Improving plutonium processing for more timely removal of plutonium from the state of South Carolina. Crews installed new material entry and removal devices for the glovebox used for processing; acquired new tools that allow for tight bag closure, minimizing waste generation; designed carts to move containers through the glovebox; and relocated equipment inside the glovebox to improve workflow.
  • Constructing a storage, characterization, and shipping facility in K Area for expedited plutonium shipments to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant. The new facility increases storage capacity of down-blended material and eliminates the need to transfer the material to the site’s Solid Waste Management Facility prior to shipment from SRS, supporting reduced handling and process efficiency.

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Double stacking canisters of glassified high-level waste at the Savannah River Site — placing one canister on top of another in a single silo — extends the storage capacity for interim canister storage space until at least 2029. This work was among the site's achievements during its reduced operations.

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A conceptual drawing of Savannah River National Laboratory’s principal electrostatic precipitator air purification element.

Savannah River National Laboratory
Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL) joined efforts by the DOE complex this spring to develop virus prevention, treatment, and modeling solutions to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.
SRNL has developed a prototype for an electrostatic precipitator (ESP) that can be coupled with breathing hoods and masks to remove viral and microbial contaminants from air with extremely high efficiency. This innovation is intended to reduce infection risk for healthcare professionals who work in high-risk spaces.
The ESP prototype is currently in testing, and efforts are being made to produce a more compact, scalable system. Testing is also under way to ensure the ESP system is consistent in deactivating the coronavirus after multiple uses, a critical quality step before it is released for potential manufacturing.
SRNL scientists and engineers are also assessing chemical and electromagnetic radiation solutions for N95 mask disinfection and decontamination. Further work and testing are required, and if successful, offer promising solutions to reduce the likelihood of exposure and contagion for medical care providers.

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A miner at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) installs a roof bolt 2,150 feet below the surface in the WIPP underground. WIPP is the nation's only repository for the permanent disposal of defense-generated transuranic waste.

Waste Isolation Pilot Plant
As the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) operated in a reduced operating posture, the site continued to receive five shipments of transuranic waste per week from EM’s Idaho and Los Alamos sites, and workers completed one construction project while they ramped up another.
WIPP’s 3.3-mile bypass road opened in early May, carrying non-WIPP traffic away from the site, including a large construction zone where excavation has begun on the site’s fifth shaft, known as the utility shaft.
The shaft will reach 2,275 feet underground and provide increased air as part of the upcoming Safety Significant Confinement Ventilation System (SSCVS). Crews recently poured concrete equipment pads and started excavating the first 62 feet of the shaft.
WIPP crews installed 1,189 bolts — a monthly record — in the roof and walls of the mine to help control movement of salt in the permanent waste repository.

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Workers Resume Demolition on Oak Ridge’s Centrifuge Complex

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Oak Ridge's Centrifuge Complex contains the largest collection of structures remaining at the East Tennessee Technology Park. Crews have taken down two facilities in the complex, and now they are working to take down the final two — K-1210, at left, and K-1220.

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. – Demolition has resumed on the Centrifuge Complex at Oak Ridge's East Tennessee Technology Park (ETTP) after an almost two-month pause in field work due to protective measures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Spanning 235,000 square feet and reaching 180 feet in height, the complex is the largest and tallest collection of structures remaining at ETTP. It was built in stages to develop, test, and demonstrate the capability of centrifuge technology for uranium enrichment. The last of these facilities ceased operation in the mid-1980s.
This project is part of a larger effort by the Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management (OREM) and its cleanup contractor UCOR to complete all demolitions and major site cleanup at ETTP by the end of this year — a goal known as Vision 2020. It will mark the first time in the world an entire uranium enrichment complex is removed.
“As one of the last major demolition projects at the site, nothing is more symbolic of how close we are to achieving our goal at ETTP than the removal of this complex,” OREM Manager Jay Mullis said. “I’m extremely proud of the countless hours of work and planning by our federal and contractor staff to enable workers to safely resume their work at this facility.”

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K-1220 stands 180 feet tall. It is too tall to be safely torn down with conventional heavy equipment, so it will be pulled down using giant winches.

UCOR is returning employees to the site in phases, with the demolition crews being among the first to resume cleanup based on the social distancing inherent in this type of work.
Crews are taking down the final two sections of the Centrifuge Complex. Those include the K-1210 Complex, which served as a pilot plant for testing feed, withdrawal, and depleted uranium hexafluoride transfer systems, and the K-1220 Complex, which was used primarily to test production centrifuges.
At 180 feet in height, K-1220 is too tall to be safely torn down with conventional heavy equipment. Instead, workers will pull down the facility using giant mechanical devices known as winches.

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Before Oak Ridge entered limited operations, workers were trained to operate giant winches to pull down K-1220.

The complex was comprised of four sections. Before work was paused due to COVID-19, workers brought down the K-1004-J laboratory section, an original Manhattan Project facility built for research and development. They also finished tearing down the second section, the K-1200 facility, known as the Advanced Machine Development Laboratory and Component Preparation Laboratory.
OREM and UCOR are working together to transform ETTP into a multi-use industrial park, national park, and conservation area for the community. That vision has already started to become a reality. OREM has transferred almost 1,300 acres at ETTP for economic development, with another 600 acres slated for transfer in the years ahead. OREM has also set aside more than 100 acres for historic preservation and placed more than 3,000 acres in conservation for community recreational use.
-Contributor: Wayne McKinney


New Application Significantly Reduces Prep Time for Waste Processing at SRS

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A new electronic application will significantly reduce the time needed to qualify waste batches to be fed to the Salt Waste Processing Facility when the facility, pictured here, comes online.

AIKEN, S.C.EM has developed a new electronic application capable of reducing by up to 75 percent the time needed to qualify large quantities of radioactive liquid salt waste for decontamination processes.
The application is designed to ensure salt batches meet specific criteria for transfer to the Savannah River Site’s (SRS) Salt Waste Processing Facility (SWPF) when it comes online.
Savannah River Remediation (SRR), EM’s liquid waste contractor at SRS, has been qualifying salt waste batches for future processing. However, that work has been a four-to-six-month process for each batch, which includes creation of a report requiring numerous time-consuming calculations. The new application will be able to reduce the total batch qualification time to approximately one-and-a-half months.
Salt waste processing will significantly increase when SWPF starts up. SRR had been processing about 1 million gallons of salt waste per year with pilot technologies for SWPF. That number is expected to climb to between 6 and 9 million gallons per year when SWPF becomes operational.
Reducing the time needed for qualifying salt waste batches is critical to feeding waste to SWPF. The newly developed application performs those calculations electronically to determine if the waste being analyzed for qualification meets SWPF’s waste acceptance criteria. The application is named eWAC, referencing the acronym for waste acceptance criteria.
SRR Flowsheet and Integration Manager Ryan McNew said the application is another innovation to support SWPF.
“SRR staff will enter the waste batch’s sampling results into eWAC, which will evaluate those results and determine the acceptability of the material to feed to SWPF based on established criteria,” McNew said. “The software will produce a salt batch acceptance report for each set of data entered.”
That report will go to site officials for review and approval before the waste can be transferred.
DOE-Savannah River Assistant Manager for Waste Disposition Jim Folk said that qualification time will be critical to the overall decontamination process.
“When the SWPF begins radioactive operations, it is expected to process much greater quantities of salt waste, which means more batches will be prepared,” Folk said. “Shortening the total qualification time for each batch will help provide a more constant flow through the highly integrated processing system.”
The eWAC application has been tested for readiness and is fully operational. It is expected to be used to qualify the next salt batch that must be evaluated for feed to SWPF by March 2021.
-Contributor: Jim Beasley


Moab Site Partners With National Park to Recover Plants

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Transplanting vegetation from Canyonlands National Park to the Moab Site allowed EM to avoid costs on purchasing new plants. Pictured are Moab Uranium Mill Tailings Remedial Action Project employees Jose Fernandez, left, and Jason Atwater. This photo was taken in early March prior to the implementation of social distancing guidelines.

MOAB, Utah – An EM partnership with Canyonlands National Park has blossomed.
This spring, the Moab Uranium Mill Tailings Remedial Action (UMTRA) Project teamed with the National Park Service (NPS) to relocate native plants from the park to the Moab Site.
Canyonlands needed to make way for an upcoming construction project and didn’t want the plants to go to waste. The Moab UMTRA Project happens to cultivate native plants, such as perennial grasses, to revegetate areas of the site that aren’t covered by the uranium mill tailings pile.
A crew dug up about 100 mature grasses and shrubs from the park and planted them where there is a high potential for survival. The salvaged, drought-tolerant plants won’t require much water and they help create a more natural state. 

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Grasses from Canyonlands National Park are shown planted at the Moab Site.

“Restoring native vegetation in a disturbed desert ecosystem is a long and difficult task,” Moab UMTRA Project Environmental Technician Luke Mattson said. “By partnering with local ecological restoration professionals in the community, we are working together to share knowledge and resources to create a sustainable and resilient landscape.”
A resilient landscape includes making the Moab Site fauna-friendly.
“Bunchgrasses such as Indian ricegrass that we salvaged have large, nutritious seeds that are a critical food source for many wildlife species,” said Liz Ballenger, ecologist and vegetation program manager with the NPS.
-Contributors: Luke Mattson, Honora Thompson


EM Updates Cleanup ‘By the Numbers’

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The Oak Ridge Site's "By the Numbers" features facts and figures about cleanup and more, available here

EM has updated its popular “By the Numbers” feature, which illustrates cleanup progress at EM sites through quick and clear infographics.
Facts and figures on each major EM site, plus the Savannah River National Laboratory, can be found here. Each site page also features a key look forward to an anticipated achievement over the next decade, as described in more detail in “EM Vision 2020-2030: A Time of Transition and Transformation,” a report released earlier this year.
Some tidbits from the new “By the Numbers:”
  • 18 underground waste tanks have been emptied at the Hanford Site using multiple retrieval technologies, with more than 3 million gallons of waste retrieved.
  • More than 263,000 barrels of transuranic waste were super-compacted at the Idaho Site, eliminating the need for thousands of additional shipments to a permanent, offsite repository.
  • More than one-half of legacy cleanup has been completed at the Los Alamos National Laboratory Site.
  • At the Moab Uranium Mill Tailings Remedial Action Project, 42 extraction and freshwater injection wells protect surface water quality and recover ammonia, uranium, and other contaminations before they can be discharged into the Colorado River.
  • By 2028, the EM Nevada Program will transition the final Nevada National Security Site groundwater characterization area, Pahute Mesa, into long-term monitoring.
  • 500,000 cancer treatment doses will be generated annually from isotopes extracted from the uranium-233 inventory at the Oak Ridge Site.
  • 4.4 billion gallons of groundwater have been treated to remove contaminants using pump-and-treat technology at the Paducah Site, significantly reducing off-site groundwater contamination.
  • Ten buildings that comprise the former Radioactive Materials Handling Facility complex at the Energy Technology Engineering Center Site are scheduled for demolition following an agreement with the state of California.
  • More than 26 million pounds of excess materials diverted from landfills are a result of recycling at the Portsmouth Site. The materials w