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Saturday, January 23, 2021

ANS Nuclear Policy Wire January 23, 2021

ANS Nuclear Policy Wire January 23, 2021 Biden Names Hanson NRC Chairman President Biden named Christopher Hanson NRC Chairman this morning. Hanson replaces Kristine Svinicki, who departed the agency on Jan. 20, 2021, after serving as Chairman since 2017. The NRC press release can be found HERE.

Nuclear power: The safer and cheaper alternative to fossil fuels

Nuclear power: The safer and cheaper alternative to fossil fuels: Professor Anthony J. Evans from ESCP Business School discusses why nuclear energy is a potentially safer and cheaper alternative to fossil fuel

Sustainable Progress In Nuclear Energy

Sustainable Progress In Nuclear Energy: The recent grid synchronisation of the third unit at Kakrapar Atomic Power Project (KAPP), near Surat in Gujarat, is notable indeed. The 700 MW unit is now our largest-capacity nuclear reactor, and the first of...

NY Attorney General Files Lawsuit Over Nuclear Power Plant Shutdown Plan – NBC New York

NY Attorney General Files Lawsuit Over Nuclear Power Plant Shutdown Plan – NBC New York: New York Attorney General Letitia James filed a lawsuit against the Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Friday for denying the state a public hearing over the...

RPT-COLUMN-Can Biden transform the U.S. energy system? John Kemp | Reuters

RPT-COLUMN-Can Biden transform the U.S. energy system? John Kemp | Reuters: U.S. presidential transitions have all the elements of a great news story: people, drama, timeliness, conflict and consequences. But energy systems are mostly shaped by slower moving, impersonal, structural forces.

Wall Street Green Summit | Energy Central

Wall Street Green Summit | Energy Central: Aimed at building the sustainable finance system for responsible investing and the changing role of business in sustainability.

Climate Policy in the Biden Era: It’s Morning in America | Energy Central

Climate Policy in the Biden Era: It’s Morning in America | Energy Central: The road ahead is littered with obstacles and barriers. Will Biden bracket Trump as the best environmental president in history? I think he will. But he’ll need help and not just from members of Congress.

Nuclear weapons are finally outlawed, next step is disarmament | Nuclear Weapons News | Al Jazeera

Nuclear weapons are finally outlawed, next step is disarmament | Nuclear Weapons News | Al Jazeera

The responsibility to disarm and the nuclear ban treaty - Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

The responsibility to disarm and the nuclear ban treaty - Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists: Non-nuclear-weapons countries have chosen to make one last stand to complete the Non-Proliferation Treaty's Article 6 agenda on nuclear disarmament by means of the supplementary and reinforcing Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

Why the United States should support the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons - Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

Why the United States should support the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons - Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists: America prides itself on being a nation of trailblazers; let us be the first nuclear-armed nation to blaze the new trail set out in the nuclear ban treaty toward the top of the nuclear-free mountain.

Nuclear Modernization Questions Loom After New START Extension - Defense One

Nuclear Modernization Questions Loom After New START Extension - Defense One: The treaty’s extension highlights its limits as well as its strengths.

Friday, January 22, 2021

TRANSITION: Biden announces senior DOE staff | Energy Central

TRANSITION: Biden announces senior DOE staff | Energy Central: Congratulations to the new DOE leadership team. There is a lot of work ahead; I'm looking forward to doing my part on industry standards to support the goals and visions of the new DOE leadership.

Fukushima Update January 22, 2021

Fukushima Update January 22, 2021 – The law for financial assistance to communities hosting nukes is up for renewal… Tokyo High Court absolves the government of F. Daiichi nuke accident liability… Oi unit #4 restarts despite the Osaka District Court saying that it is vulnerable to earthquakes. https://www.hiroshimasyndrome.com/fukushima-accident-updates.html

COVID-19 Pandemic Causes Major Decrease in Heart Disease Tests, IAEA Survey Shows | IAEA

COVID-19 Pandemic Causes Major Decrease in Heart Disease Tests, IAEA Survey Shows | IAEA

Nuclear Science and Technology for Climate Change Adaptation | IAEA

Nuclear Science and Technology for Climate Change Adaptation | IAEA

HMC-3, WASO awarded design licence certificates - Pakistan Observer

HMC-3, WASO awarded design licence certificates - Pakistan Observer: Staff Reporter Islamabad Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC) pursuing its vision of self-reliance and indigenization in nuclear technology for peaceful purposes, achieved yet another milestone to receive design license certificates of its two organizations; Heavy Mechanical Complex-3 (HMC-3) and ‘Works and Services Organization’ (WASO). The design license certificates were awarded to HMC-3 and WASO in […]

Nuclear Decommissioning Services Market 2020: Global

Nuclear Decommissioning Services Market 2020: Global: Press release - databridgemarketresearch - Nuclear Decommissioning Services Market 2020: Global Analysis, Growth Outlook, Trends and Forecast 2027| Top Competitors- AECOM.; Orano USA.; Babcock International Group PLC - published on openPR.com

US – NRC updates and clarifies rules for exports of nuclear material

US – NRC updates and clarifies rules for exports of nuclear material: The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) published in the Federal Register a final rule amending its export and import regulations to maintain the regulatory status quo for nuclear exports to the United Kingdom, upon the entry into force of a new civil nuclear cooperation agreement between the United States and the UK

NuScale SMR chosen for U.K. wind-nuclear hybrid -- ANS / Newswire

NuScale SMR chosen for U.K. wind-nuclear hybrid -- ANS / Newswire

DOE lists five stories to watch in 2021 -- ANS / Newswire

DOE lists five stories to watch in 2021 -- ANS / Newswire

U.K., Japan to research remote D&D, fusion systems -- ANS / Newswire

U.K., Japan to research remote D&D, fusion systems -- ANS / Newswire

Former NRC chairs issue vaccine timeline recommendation to CDC -- ANS / Newswire

Former NRC chairs issue vaccine timeline recommendation to CDC -- ANS / Newswire

Purdue team uses Argonne’s APS for 3D view of irradiated fuel -- ANS / Newswire

Purdue team uses Argonne’s APS for 3D view of irradiated fuel -- ANS / Newswire

Trump leaves space nuclear policy executive order for Biden team -- ANS / Newswire

Trump leaves space nuclear policy executive order for Biden team -- ANS / Newswire

Glick chosen to head FERC -- ANS / Newswire

Glick chosen to head FERC -- ANS / Newswire

Notes on fusion -- ANS / Newswire

Notes on fusion -- ANS / Newswire

French Nuclear Plant Halted After Fish Clog Water Filters - BNN Bloomberg

French Nuclear Plant Halted After Fish Clog Water Filters - BNN Bloomberg: Electricite de France SA had to disconnect all four reactors at its Paluel nuclear plant on France’s north coast Wednesday after a “significant and unforeseeable” number of fish got stuck in the filter drums of the pumping station.

UK must commit to new nuclear power or risk energy shortfall, report says : CityAM

UK must commit to new nuclear power or risk energy shortfall, report says : CityAM: The government must commit to developing more nuclear capacity if the UK is to cope with the expected doubling of electricity demand by 2050.

High court denies gov't responsibility for Fukushima nuclear crisis

High court denies gov't responsibility for Fukushima nuclear crisis: A Japanese high court orders the operator of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant to pay damages to evacuated residents, but it overturned a lower court ruling that had also acknowledged the central government's responsibility over the 2011 nuclear crisis.

Full radioactive operations to begin at Salt Waste Processing Facility at SRS | News | postandcourier.com

Full radioactive operations to begin at Salt Waste Processing Facility at SRS | News | postandcourier.com: Full radioactive operations at the Salt Waste Processing Facility at the Savannah River Site are set to begin, as testing at the one-of-a-kind plant recently wrapped without incident, according to

US – NRC updates and clarifies rules for exports of nuclear material

US – NRC updates and clarifies rules for exports of nuclear material: The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) published in the Federal Register a final rule amending its export and import regulations to maintain the regulatory status quo for nuclear exports to the United Kingdom, upon the entry into force of a new civil nuclear cooperation agreement between the United States and the UK

ECA Update January 22, 2021 DOE Reorganizaton Announced

Image Jan 22, 2021 FEATURED DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY DOE Reorganization Announced ECA Staff | 1/13/2021 The first reorganization in the Biden Administration of DOE is now announced. The new org chart is below. A couple of notes: EM now reports to the Secretary’s office (instead of the Undersecretary for Science). The new Undersecretary for Science and Energy oversees NE and other energy programs. This brings all of the energy programs under one Undersecretary. Also, the new Secretary-designate has her confirmation hearing on Wednesday (January 27). The earliest she would start is in the beginning of February. No nominees have been named publicly for NNSA, EM, NE or the Undersecretaries. ECA will keep you posted on the progress. For more information on ECA transition priorities, please see our transition paper here. (Click the image below to enlarge the chart) Image Below is the message from the new DOE Chief of Staff on the changes: "I have heard from so many of you in these past few days. Thank you for your warm welcome. I am looking forward to working with all of you, listening to your ideas and experiences, learning from your insights, and accomplishing the mission of The Department of Energy (DOE). President Biden has charged his appointees at DOE to forge new partnerships with the career civil service so that we may all bring relief to the American people amid the current crises and ensure our Nation builds back better. The President has recorded a brief video message to share his values and his commitment to you in his own words. I also want to share with you an update on the new DOE organizational structure and those who have been appointed by the President to lead several DOE organizations. We have taken an immediate step to update the Department’s organizational structure so that the applied energy programs report to the same Under Secretary as the Office of Science. This Under Secretary portfolio has been renamed to the Office of the Under Secretary for Science and Energy. Once we have a confirmed Secretary of Energy, DOE’s organizational structure will be further reviewed and potentially modified. The new DOE organizational chart is attached. Office of the Secretary and Direct Reports – As announced on Wednesday, Dave Huizenga is the acting Secretary of Energy. Christopher Davis is the Special Assistant to the Secretary and Caroline Grey is the new White House Liaison. The new Director of the Office of Public Affairs is David Mayorga. There are many offices that report directly to the Office of the Secretary, which now include the Office of Environmental Management (EM) and the Office of Legacy Management (LM). Below is the list of individuals who were appointed to principal deputy positions or were designated by the President to serve in acting roles reporting directly to the Office of the Secretary: Chief Financial Officer (CF): Chris Johns Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs (CI): Ali Nouri, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Environmental Management (EM): Ike White International Affairs (IA): Andrew Light, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Office of the Under Secretary – This new Under Secretary portfolio has two offices, Environment, Health, Safety, and Security (AU) and Project Management Oversight and Assessments (PM), who continue to be led by its career Directors. Office of the Under Secretary for Science and Energy – This new Under Secretary portfolio now has responsibility for overall stewardship of the basic science and energy programs, their budgets, the laboratories associated with these programs, and crosscutting energy research. Under this arrangement, DOE will be better able to coordinate its RD&D programs in response to the climate crisis. The new Director of the Office of Technology Transitions (OTT) is Vanessa Chan. She is also the Department’s new Chief Commercialization Officer. Below is the list of individuals who were appointed to principal deputy positions or were designated by the President to serve in acting roles reporting directly to the Under Secretary for Science and Energy: Cybersecurity, Energy Security and Emergency Response (CESER): Pat Hoffman Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE): Kelly Speakes-Backman, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Fossil Energy (FE): Jennifer Wilcox, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Nuclear Energy (NE): Dennis Miotla Office of the Under Secretary for Nuclear Security – We are pleased to announce Dr. Charles Verdon has agreed to remain the Deputy Administrator for Defense Programs (NA-10) and has been designated by the President to act as the Under Secretary for Nuclear Security and the Administrator for the National Nuclear Security Administration. Catherine Mendelsohn is the acting Deputy Administrator for Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation." Upcoming ECA Events Jan. 25, 2021 ECA Advancing Alliances: Building Nuclear Workforce Development Initiatives in Communities; Virtual Feb. 24, 2021 Webinar: Defense High Level Waste: Path Forward in the New Administration; Virtual Sept. 8-10, 2021 National Cleanup Workshop; Alexandria, VA Follow the latest DOE budget updates with ECA's budget tracker Image Monitor DOE spending bills, detailed site budgets, and more. Find everything you need to know about the DOE budget here! IN OTHER NEWS EXECUTIVE BRANCH New Energy Department roles look to animate Biden's campaign themes (Axios, 1/22) NEW START TREATY Russia welcomes US proposal to extend nuclear treaty (Associated Press, 1/22) UPCOMING EVENTS Jan. 25, 2021 ECA Advancing Alliances: Building Nuclear Workforce Development Initiatives in Communities; Virtual Feb. 24, 2021 Webinar: Defense High Level Waste: Path Forward in the New Administration; Virtual Sept. 8-10, 2021 National Cleanup Workshop; Alexandria, VA ECA PUBLICATIONS Read about DOE's High Level Waste Interpretation Have questions about DOE’s recent high-level waste (HLW) interpretation? Download ECA’s Key Points and FAQs on the issue to better understand what ECA believes are the potential benefits of implementation. ECA's Key Points on DOE HLW Interpretation ECA's FAQs on DOE HLW Interpretation Interested in learning more? Read the ECA report “Making Informed Decisions on DOE's Proposed High Level Waste Definition” at www.energyca.org/publications ECA BULLETIN Stay Current on Activities in the DOE World Read the latest edition of the ECA Bulletin, a regular newsletter providing a detailed brief of ECA activities, legislative news, and major events from across the DOE complex. Have suggestions for future editions? Email bulletin@energyca.org. View current and previous editions of the ECA Bulletin at www.energyca.org/bulletin DOE SITE PROFILES Learn More about Cleanup Sites with ECA's DOE Site Profiles ECA's new site profiles detail DOE's 13 active Environmental Management cleanup sites and national laboratories, highlighting their history, missions, and priorities. The profiles are a key source for media, stakeholders, and the public to learn more about DOE site activities, contractors, advisory boards, and their surrounding local governments. Access your community's profile by visiting: www.energyca.org/site-profiles DOE Site Proflies Energy Communities Alliance 1625 Eye St., NW Suite 800 Washington DC 20006 USA © 2019 Energy Communities Alliance, Inc. All rights reserved.

Israel and Saudi Arabia set to push Biden away from the Iran nuclear deal – Responsible Statecraft

Israel and Saudi Arabia set to push Biden away from the Iran nuclear deal – Responsible Statecraft: Responsible Statecraft Israel and Saudi Arabia set to push Biden away from the Iran nuclear deal Analysis –

Palantir Partners with PG&E to Improve California's Electrical Grid | The Motley Fool

Palantir Partners with PG&E to Improve California's Electrical Grid | The Motley Fool: The data analytics company just racked up another big customer in a new market.

Thursday, January 21, 2021

Biden says death toll from pandemic likely will top 500,000 next month, says it will take months ‘for us to turn things around’ - The Washington Post

Biden says death toll from pandemic likely will top 500,000 next month, says it will take months ‘for us to turn things around’ - The Washington Post: President Biden, who laid out his plan to deal with the coronavirus pandemic, offered a sober assessment about the crisis.

Putting out Trump's Asia dumpster fires starts at home - Nikkei Asia

Putting out Trump's Asia dumpster fires starts at home - Nikkei Asia: William Pesek is an award-winning Tokyo-based journalist and author of "Japanization: What the World Can Learn from Japan's Lost Decades."Asia to Joe

United States Nuclear Power Plant Equipment Market Technology Advancement and Future Scope 2021 to 2025 | FinancialContent Business Page

United States Nuclear Power Plant Equipment Market Technology Advancement and Future Scope 2021 to 2025 | FinancialContent Business Page: FinancialContent fully hosted finance channel

2020 Year End Review: CFIUS Regulations & Export Controls Impacting CFIUS Scrutiny - Lexology

2020 Year End Review: CFIUS Regulations & Export Controls Impacting CFIUS Scrutiny - Lexology: In 2020, the U.S. Department of the Treasury (“Treasury”) issued several final regulations to implement the Foreign Investment Risk Review…

EIG Article : Which Energy Tech Will Biden Advance?

EIG Article : Which Energy Tech Will Biden Advance?

All Things Energy Forum | The Energy Collective Daily

All Things Energy Forum | The Energy Collective Daily Link to The Energy Collective Network All Things Energy Forum 2nd Energy Innovation Forum 2021 4th Houston Gas & LNG Forum 2021 2nd Texas Oil & Gas Forum 2021 International Conference on Fossil and Renewable Energy (F&R Energy) Biden gets to work signing orders undoing key Trump policies | ITV News Energy: ... well, well!! SPE Virtual Workshop: Decarbonising the Economy - The Future of Carbon Storage, 9-11 Feb 2021 Online 6th Washington Oil & Gas Forum 2021 3rd Houston Oil & Gas Forum 2021 Understanding Transition & Transformation in Oil & Gas Industry 2021 Energy Predictions: U.S. Clean Energy Standard, Tripling Energy Storage, State Shift From Gas, Electricity Transition, Billions In Climate Investment Biden's Executive Order to agencies to review all of the Trump era climate regulations Felder: NEPOOL’s Pathways to the Future Grid Process Project Report All Things Energy Forum Posted: 21 Jan 2021 03:39 PM PST Click headline for full article 2nd Energy Innovation Forum 2021 Posted: 21 Jan 2021 03:39 PM PST The Energy Innovation Forum 2020 is an annual market intelligence Forum that brings together powerful U.S. Congressmen, Senators, government leaders, C-level energy executives, investors and experts from different technical disciplines and professional communities.Join energy and government leaders at an off-the-record discussion on state-of-the-art technologies, initiatives and policies in.. Click headline for full article 4th Houston Gas & LNG Forum 2021 Posted: 21 Jan 2021 03:39 PM PST With the unprecedented COVID-19 health emergency, the world economy is navigating in uncharted waters. The natural gas and LNG industry is facing the worst crisis in its history. However, the American energy leaders have a record of resilience. The U.S. government has stepped in by undertaking strategic initiatives. The cooperation between the U.S. Government, Congress, and the.. Click headline for full article 2nd Texas Oil & Gas Forum 2021 Posted: 21 Jan 2021 03:39 PM PST With the unpredictable and fluid situation around COVID-19, the world is navigating through an uncertain period. The oil and gas industry is facing the worst crisis in its history. Oil prices plunged into negative territory in an unprecedented collapse. Thousands of layoffs and bankruptcies have created the perfect storm. However, the American wildcatters and energy leaders have a record.. Click headline for full article International Conference on Fossil and Renewable Energy (F&R Energy) Posted: 21 Jan 2021 03:38 PM PST Click headline for full article Biden gets to work signing orders undoing key Trump policies | ITV News Posted: 21 Jan 2021 09:06 AM PST Change Click headline for full article Energy: ... well, well!! Posted: 21 Jan 2021 08:25 AM PST Energy: ... well, well!!There is a consensus that proactivity, curiosity, teamwork, strategy creation and plan for its operationalization are part of a winning posture.These characteristics are part of the speeches of everyone in the hierarchy of companies and institutions, which are a step above the floor of operations up to the highest executives.But in real life, here in Brazil, the world.. Click headline for full article SPE Virtual Workshop: Decarbonising the Economy - The Future of Carbon Storage, 9-11 Feb 2021 Online Posted: 21 Jan 2021 10:37 AM PST Carbon Dioxide (CO2) and its impact on global warming is one of the hottest topics on the planet. This has led to great interest in Carbon Capture, Utilisation and Storage (CCUS). The oil and gas industry has originally developed many CCUS technologies, and today attracts the attention of many companies, policy makers and NGOs.This workshop will address the entire value chain of CCUS, from.. Click headline for full article 6th Washington Oil & Gas Forum 2021 Posted: 21 Jan 2021 10:39 AM PST Join us on June 16 and 17, 2021 at the 6th Washington Oil & Gas Forum 2021 in Washington, DC for an in-depth and off the record dialogue between the U.S. government and the energy industry.True to our mission we will bring the highest intelligence to empower business and government leaders to thrive.The Washington Oil & Gas Forum has been established as the prime and most.. Click headline for full article 3rd Houston Oil & Gas Forum 2021 Posted: 21 Jan 2021 10:39 AM PST The IN-PERSON 3rd Houston Oil & Gas Forum 2021 is organized by U.S. Energy Stream, on February 17 & 18, 2021 at the Petroleum Club of Houston, Texas. The Forum is an annual market intelligence platform that brings together powerful U.S. Congressmen, Senators, government leaders, C-level energy executives, investors and experts.During the COVID-19 pandemic, the American oil.. Click headline for full article Understanding Transition & Transformation in Oil & Gas Industry Posted: 20 Jan 2021 08:57 PM PST My, 3-minute video on challenges faced by Oil & Gas industry and steps need to be taken Click headline for full article 2021 Energy Predictions: U.S. Clean Energy Standard, Tripling Energy Storage, State Shift From Gas, Electricity Transition, Billions In Climate Investment Posted: 21 Jan 2021 09:00 AM PST 2020 was among the most unexpected years in American history but despite a global pandemic, a renewed civil rights movement, and the most tumultuous election in memory one trend held steady: clean energy’s unstoppable rise.From coal’s complete collapse, to plummeting clean tech prices and booming renewable energy installations, not to mention every Democratic presidential.. Click headline for full article Biden's Executive Order to agencies to review all of the Trump era climate regulations Posted: 20 Jan 2021 05:58 PM PST As a favor to the community I'm posting President Biden's order to agencies to undertake a review of Trump era environmental regulations.Yesterday was also an important day for Mother Nature and the nation. The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit unanimously tossed the Trump administration's replacement for Obama's Clean Power Plan (CPP) back to EPA. The.. Click headline for full article Felder: NEPOOL’s Pathways to the Future Grid Process Project Report Posted: 20 Jan 2021 02:56 PM PST Dr. Felder demonstrates a clear understanding of the objectives, and challenges, associated with a future pathway forward for NEPOOL to address State energy goals while simultaneously ensuring a reliable electric system for the region. He identifies four criteria representing critical success factors that must be addressed by a proposal in order to be considered viable:the achievement of.. Click headline for full article You are subscribed to email updates from The Energy Collective Network .

2nd Energy Innovation Forum 2021 | Energy Central

2nd Energy Innovation Forum 2021 | Energy Central: Join energy and government leaders at an off-the-record discussion on state-of-the-art technologies, initiatives and policies in U.S. energy innovation to increase American economic competitiveness, and diversify our energy sources.

All Things Energy Forum | Energy Central

All Things Energy Forum | Energy Central: This high -level event will deal with all six mega phenomena in a novel manner, combining different approaches and contemplating interrelated impacts.

Polish group calls on Germany to reverse nuclear phaseout : Nuclear Policies - World Nuclear News

Polish group calls on Germany to reverse nuclear phaseout : Nuclear Policies - World Nuclear News: Polish climate and environmental activists are asking Germany to reconsider its 2011 decision to phase out nuclear power. On 18 December, activists from the FOTA4Climate initiative submitted to the German embassy in Warsaw an open letter signed by Polish scientists, intellectuals, activists and citizens.

Japanese industry leaders call for nuclear restarts : Nuclear Policies - World Nuclear News

Japanese industry leaders call for nuclear restarts : Nuclear Policies - World Nuclear News: Japan will need nuclear power if it is to realise the government's carbon neutrality goal and should therefore restart idled nuclear reactors as soon as possible, as well as work to extend their operating lifetimes and build new nuclear capacity, the heads of the Japanese Atomic Industry Forum and the Japan Iron and Steel Federation have said in separate New Year messages.

Armenia plans to extend operations at Metsamor unit : Nuclear Policies - World Nuclear News

Armenia plans to extend operations at Metsamor unit : Nuclear Policies - World Nuclear News: Armenia plans to extend the service life of its nuclear power unit in Metsamor beyond 2026 and has not abandoned plans to build a new unit, ARKA news agency reported on 14 January, following Cabinet approval of the government's new energy strategy to 2040.

Russian academic consortium set up to develop new nuclear technologies - Nuclear Engineering International

Russian academic consortium set up to develop new nuclear technologies - Nuclear Engineering International: Nine Russian scientific institutes, centres and universities have united into a consortium for the development of new generation nuclear energy technologies, including closed nuclear fuel cycle technologies, fast neutron reactors (FBR), new...

EDF, contractors complete $30M O&M work at Heysham nuclear plant in UK | Power Engineering

EDF, contractors complete $30M O&M work at Heysham nuclear plant in UK | Power Engineering: The historic Heysham nuclear power station in England has returned one of its reactors to service after completing a planned maintenance shutdown. Heysham 1’s staff and contractors embarked on an extensive, 25 million Euro ($30M U.S.) maintenance project once the reactor was shut down in September. The nuclear power plant, owned and operated by EDF […]

India Debuts Largest Domestic Reactor With More Planned - Bloomberg

India Debuts Largest Domestic Reactor With More Planned - Bloomberg: India’s success in connecting its largest domestically-built nuclear reactor to the grid is a boost for plans to deploy the technology to help the world’s third-biggest polluter limit emissions, according to the official overseeing the plans.

The Potential of Hydrogen for Decarbonization: Evaluating Zero-Carbon “Green” Hydrogen Against Renewable and Nuclear Power

The Potential of Hydrogen for Decarbonization: Evaluating Zero-Carbon “Green” Hydrogen Against Renewable and Nuclear Power: RFF’s Jay Bartlett and Alan Krupnick assess when and how green hydrogen—which is produced from water electrolysis using renewable or nuclear power—could be a valuable use of zero-carbon electricity.

Speech: The developing world's right to have nuclear energy : Perspectives - World Nuclear News

Speech: The developing world's right to have nuclear energy : Perspectives - World Nuclear News: Access to affordable, technology-neutral financing is essential if energy-poor countries are to enjoy the benefits of nuclear power in the way the Western world already does, World Nuclear Association Director General Sama Bilbao y Leรณn told the Atlantic Council Global Energy Forum today. The following is her statement to the panel titled Delivering energy access in the developing world.

India Debuts Largest Domestic Reactor With More Planned - Bloomberg

India Debuts Largest Domestic Reactor With More Planned - Bloomberg: India’s success in connecting its largest domestically-built nuclear reactor to the grid is a boost for plans to deploy the technology to help the world’s third-biggest polluter limit emissions, according to the official overseeing the plans.

Forget nuclear power; think nuclear energy - Nuclear Engineering International

Forget nuclear power; think nuclear energy - Nuclear Engineering International

Russia Ships RPV Internals For Rooppur-1 :: The Independent Global Nuclear News Agency

Russia Ships RPV Internals For Rooppur-1 :: The Independent Global Nuclear News Agency: AEM Technologies, part of Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom's engineering division Atomenergomash, has manufactured and shipped the reactor pressure vessel internals for Unit 1 of the Rooppur nuclear power station under construction in Bangladesh.

Reactor internals are the major structures within the RPV. The primary function of the internals is to support the core, the control rod assemblies, the core support structure, and the reactor pressure vessel surveillance capsules.

UAE's ENEC expects all four nuclear reactors to be operational in 4 years: CEO | S&P Global Platts

UAE's ENEC expects all four nuclear reactors to be operational in 4 years: CEO | S&P Global Platts: The UAE s Emirates Nuclear Energy Corp., which in 2020 started one of the four nuclear units, expects all reactors to be operational in four years as OPEC s third largest producer seeks to diversify i

UK and Japan partner on new nuclear decommissioning tech | E&T Magazine

UK and Japan partner on new nuclear decommissioning tech | E&T Magazine: The UK and Japan are working together to develop new technologies for the nuclear industry, including long-reach robotic arms to assist with the decommissioning of retired nuclear power plants.

Our advice to President-elect Biden: Break the dangerous pattern of nuclear competition with Russia - Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

Our advice to President-elect Biden: Break the dangerous pattern of nuclear competition with Russia - Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists: The most arduous and important task facing the new president will involve breaking the dangerous pattern of repeated escalation of nuclear tension between the United States and Russia.

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Top nuclear power stories of 2020 - Nuclear Engineering International

Top nuclear power stories of 2020 - Nuclear Engineering International

IEA to release roadmap for clean energy transition : Energy & Environment - World Nuclear News

IEA to release roadmap for clean energy transition : Energy & Environment - World Nuclear News: The International Energy Agency will later this year publish the world's first comprehensive roadmap for the energy sector to reach net-zero emissions by 2050. It is among a number of projects for 2021 announced by the IEA yesterday to support efforts to reach global energy and climate goals.

UAE's ENEC expects all four nuclear reactors to be operational in 4 years: CEO | S&P Global Platts

UAE's ENEC expects all four nuclear reactors to be operational in 4 years: CEO | S&P Global Platts: The UAE s Emirates Nuclear Energy Corp., which in 2020 started one of the four nuclear units, expects all reactors to be operational in four years as OPEC s third largest producer seeks to diversify i

NRC to discuss 100-year licenses for nuclear plants | Local News | newburyportnews.com

NRC to discuss 100-year licenses for nuclear plants | Local News | newburyportnews.com: SEABROOK — A daylong Nuclear Regulatory Commission meeting Thursday will revolve around discussion of any technical issues that could arise if nuclear power plants were licensed to operate for 100

TRANSITION: Biden picks DOE chief of staff -- Wednesday, January 20, 2021 -- www.eenews.net

TRANSITION: Biden picks DOE chief of staff -- Wednesday, January 20, 2021 -- www.eenews.net: Tarak Shah, an Obama-era chief of staff for the Department of Energy's undersecretary for science and energy, will be named Energy Secretary-designate Jennifer Granholm's chief of staff in the Biden administration, according to sources.

Daily on Energy: Court gives Biden blank slate to regulate power plant carbon emissions

Daily on Energy: Court gives Biden blank slate to regulate power plant carbon emissions: Subscribe today to the Washington Examiner magazine and get Washington Briefing: politics and policy stories that will keep you up to date with what's going on in Washington. SUBSCRIBE NOW: Just $1.00 an issue!

Electric car batteries with five-minute charging times produced | Energy Central

Electric car batteries with five-minute charging times produced | Energy Central: Faster EV charging.

WW Nuclear Progress/Decline in 2020 | Energy Central

WW Nuclear Progress/Decline in 2020 | Energy Central: We now have full year data for changes in nuclear capacity WW from IAEA's PRIS database. The news is not good.

Big themes and risks for energy in 2021 | Energy Central

Big themes and risks for energy in 2021 | Energy Central: In this insightful article, Simon Flowers Chairman, Chief Analyst and author of The Edge at WoodMackenzie looks at 5 themes to watch:1-From economic ๐›๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ญ ๐ญ๐จ ๐›๐จ๐จ๐ฆ2-Action on ๐—–๐—น๐—ถ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ด๐—ฒ steps up3-Balancing the oil market and ๐—œ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ป4-Rebuilding the sector’s ๐Ÿ๐ข๐ง๐š๐ง๐œ๐ข๐š๐ฅ ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ซ๐ž๐ง๐ ๐ญ๐ก5-Oil and gas ๐—ถ๐—ป๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜๐˜€ at fifteen year low

Webinar Registration - Zoom

Webinar Registration - Zoom: You're invited to participate in a free members-only event presented by the ANS Fusion Energy Division. Learn about the long-range plan DOE Fusion Energy Sciences has created to accelerate the development of fusion energy and advance plasma science. This plan is based on substantial input from the research community, which conveyed a wealth of creative ideas and its passion to accelerate fusion energy development and advance plasma science over an intensive two-year process. The FESAC Long Range Planning Report provides a decade-long vision for the field of fusion energy and plasma science, presenting a path to a promising future of new scientific discoveries, industrial applications, and ultimately the delivery of fusion energy. The presenter will be Troy Carter, a Professor of Physics at the University of California, Los Angeles. Prof. Carter is the Director of the Basic Plasma Science Facility (BaPSF), a collaborative research facility for plasma science supported by DOE and NSF. He is also the Director of the Plasma Science at Technology Institute (PSTI) at UCLA. The event will be moderated by Lauren Garrison, Weinberg Fellow, Nuclear Structural Materials Group, Oak Ridge

UK's 10-point plan 'lays path' to 78% cut in emissions by 2035: minister | S&P Global Platts

UK's 10-point plan 'lays path' to 78% cut in emissions by 2035: minister | S&P Global Platts: PM's plan to bridge gap to sixth carbon budget Hydrogen, industry, heat strategies due in Q1 Attracting private capital the key, not public funds The UK's 10 point climate change plan has the policies

India Debuts Largest Domestic Nuclear Reactor With More Planned - BNN Bloomberg

India Debuts Largest Domestic Nuclear Reactor With More Planned - BNN Bloomberg: India’s success in connecting its largest domestically-built nuclear reactor to the grid is a boost for plans to deploy the technology to help the world’s third-biggest polluter limit emissions, according to the official overseeing the plans.

NNSA to hold virtual public meetings regarding Surplus Plutonium Disposition Program -- ANS / Newswire

NNSA to hold virtual public meetings regarding Surplus Plutonium Disposition Program -- ANS / Newswire

Virtual job fair scheduled for positions at SRS, elsewhere

Virtual job fair scheduled for positions at SRS, elsewhere: The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration seeks about 2,000 new employees.

DOE lists five stories to watch in 2021 -- ANS / Newswire

DOE lists five stories to watch in 2021 -- ANS / Newswire

GAO: Congressional Action Needed on West Valley Nuclear Waste Cleanup – Homeland Security Today

GAO: Congressional Action Needed on West Valley Nuclear Waste Cleanup – Homeland Security Today

ECA Update January 20, 2021

Image ECA UPDATE Jan 20, 2021 FEATURED ENERGY COMMUNITIES ALLIANCE Building Nuclear Workforce Development Initiatives in Communities SAVE THE DATE! ECA is hosting a webinar on Monday, January 25th from 12:00 PM to 3:15 PM EST. This webinar is the third in a series focused on outlining workforce development challenges across the DOE complex, what the current needs are, how best to prepare a workforce for the future, and how to apply lessons learned from successful workforce initiatives around the sites. This discussion will focus on how to work with DOE on existing and new workforce development goals, identifying the needs of small businesses engaged in environmental management missions, and feature a case study of how communities and contractors are successfully addressing workforce development in Oak Ridge, TN. Registration is free. Meeting Details Here >> Register Here! Upcoming ECA Events Jan. 25, 2021 ECA Advancing Alliances: Building Nuclear Workforce Development Initiatives in Communities; Virtual Feb. 24, 2021 Webinar: Defense High Level Waste: Path Forward in the New Administration; Virtual Sept. 8-10, 2021 National Cleanup Workshop; Alexandria, VA Follow the latest DOE budget updates with ECA's budget tracker Image Monitor DOE spending bills, detailed site budgets, and more. Find everything you need to know about the DOE budget here! NATIONAL NUCLEAR SECURITY ADMINISTRATION NNSA to hold two virtual public scoping meetings regarding an Environmental Impact Statement for the Surplus Plutonium Disposition Program National Nuclear Security Administration | 1/19/2021 The Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) will hold two virtual public scoping meetings on a new Environmental Impact Statement for the Surplus Plutonium Disposition Program. The meetings will be held on Monday, Jan. 25 from 5 to 9 p.m. Eastern Time and Tuesday, Jan. 26 from 7 to 11 p.m. Eastern Time. Participants can join by computer, telephone, or other device. The Surplus Plutonium Disposition Program (SPDP) EIS will analyze alternatives for the disposition of 34 metric tons of surplus plutonium using the capabilities at multiple sites across the Nation. NNSA’s preferred alternative, the dilute and dispose approach, is also known as “plutonium downblending,” and includes converting pit and non-pit plutonium to oxide, blending the oxidized plutonium with an adulterant, and emplacing the resulting transuranic waste underground in the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP). The approach would require new, modified, or existing capabilities at the Savannah River Site in South Carolina, Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico, the Pantex Plant in Texas, and WIPP in New Mexico. The Notice of Intent contains a full description of the proposal and other options for providing public comment until Feb. 1 (e-mail, phone, regular mail). Following completion of the public scoping comment period, NNSA will prepare a Draft EIS and allow further public comment on that document before preparing a Final EIS and Record of Decision. Continue reading >> IN OTHER NEWS TRANSITION Biden picks DOE chief of staff (E&E News, 1/20) CLEANUP EM Accomplished Bulk of 2020 Cleanup Priorities (DOE-EM, 1/12) UPCOMING EVENTS Jan. 25, 2021 ECA Advancing Alliances: Building Nuclear Workforce Development Initiatives in Communities; Virtual Feb. 24, 2021 Webinar: Defense High Level Waste: Path Forward in the New Administration; Virtual Sept. 8-10, 2021 National Cleanup Workshop; Alexandria, VA ECA PUBLICATIONS Read about DOE's High Level Waste Interpretation Have questions about DOE’s recent high-level waste (HLW) interpretation? Download ECA’s Key Points and FAQs on the issue to better understand what ECA believes are the potential benefits of implementation. ECA's Key Points on DOE HLW Interpretation ECA's FAQs on DOE HLW Interpretation Interested in learning more? Read the ECA report “Making Informed Decisions on DOE's Proposed High Level Waste Definition” at www.energyca.org/publications ECA BULLETIN Stay Current on Activities in the DOE World Read the latest edition of the ECA Bulletin, a regular newsletter providing a detailed brief of ECA activities, legislative news, and major events from across the DOE complex. Have suggestions for future editions? Email bulletin@energyca.org. View current and previous editions of the ECA Bulletin at www.energyca.org/bulletin DOE SITE PROFILES Learn More about Cleanup Sites with ECA's DOE Site Profiles ECA's new site profiles detail DOE's 13 active Environmental Management cleanup sites and national laboratories, highlighting their history, missions, and priorities. The profiles are a key source for media, stakeholders, and the public to learn more about DOE site activities, contractors, advisory boards, and their surrounding local governments. Access your community's profile by visiting: www.energyca.org/site-profiles DOE Site Proflies Energy Communities Alliance 1625 Eye St., NW Suite 800 Washington DC 20006 USA © 2019 Energy Communities Alliance, Inc. All rights reserved. You are receiving this email because you are part of the Energy Communities Alliance, Inc. contact database.

Japan, UK team up for nuclear robotics and automation research : Nuclear Policies - World Nuclear News

Japan, UK team up for nuclear robotics and automation research : Nuclear Policies - World Nuclear News: The UK and Japan have signed a research and technology deployment collaboration agreement to help automate nuclear decommissioning and aspects of fusion energy production. The collaboration is expected to lead to new robotics and automation techniques used in Japan and the UK.

Japan, UK team up for nuclear robotics and automation research : Nuclear Policies - World Nuclear News

Japan, UK team up for nuclear robotics and automation research : Nuclear Policies - World Nuclear News: The UK and Japan have signed a research and technology deployment collaboration agreement to help automate nuclear decommissioning and aspects of fusion energy production. The collaboration is expected to lead to new robotics and automation techniques used in Japan and the UK.

Darlington unit 3 ready for disassembly : Corporate - World Nuclear News

Darlington unit 3 ready for disassembly : Corporate - World Nuclear News: Darlington unit 3 is ready to begin the next stage of its refurbishment - disassembly - after successful separation of the reactor and its systems from the three remaining operating units at the station. Installation of the final 5-tonne section of steel bulkhead needed for the isolation was completed 10 days ahead of schedule.

Speech: The developing world's right to have nuclear energy : Perspectives - World Nuclear News

Speech: The developing world's right to have nuclear energy : Perspectives - World Nuclear News: Access to affordable, technology-neutral financing is essential if energy-poor countries are to enjoy the benefits of nuclear power in the way the Western world already does, World Nuclear Association Director General Sama Bilbao y Leรณn told the Atlantic Council Global Energy Forum today. The following is her statement to the panel titled Delivering energy access in the developing world.

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

America on a new fast track to fusion energy – Asia Times

America on a new fast track to fusion energy – Asia Times: The giant appropriations bill signed by US President Donald Trump on December 27 contains a little-noticed section that sets the goal of creating a full-fledged fusion industry, a new industrial se…

Trump Wants Military to Use Small Modular Reactors

Trump Wants Military to Use Small Modular Reactors: The Trump administration has ordered the Pentagon to study the development of tiny nuclear reactors that could keep remote bases and spacecraft running.

5 Nuclear Energy Storylines to Watch in 2021 | Department of Energy

5 Nuclear Energy Storylines to Watch in 2021 | Department of Energy: 5 Nuclear Energy Storylines to Watch in 2021

Brexit Creates Major Problem For UK Energy Companies | OilPrice.com

Brexit Creates Major Problem For UK Energy Companies | OilPrice.com: UK electricity demand is in long term decline, but too much dependence on mainland Europe could be a risk for UK utilities

Bipartisan American Nuclear Infrastructure Act Looks to Revitalize U.S. Nuclear Energy Industry - Niskanen Center

Bipartisan American Nuclear Infrastructure Act Looks to Revitalize U.S. Nuclear Energy Industry - Niskanen Center: The provisions in AINA that maintain the existing nuclear fleet—while looking to achieve breakthroughs in advanced nuclear reactors—help ensure that nuclear power remains a valuable tool that we can leverage to meet short and long-term decarbonization goals.

NuScale Small Modular Nuclear Reactor Moves Another Step Forward

NuScale Small Modular Nuclear Reactor Moves Another Step Forward: The small modular nuclear reactor designed by NuScale has received an order to prepare for a combined construction and operating license application to build their SMR as part of the Carbon Free Power Project of Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems (UAMPS).

ECA Update January 19, 2021

Image View this email in your browser ECA UPDATE Jan 19, 2021 FEATURED BUDGET & APPROPRIATIONS Site-by-site breakdown of funding and policies in the FY 2021 appropriations and defense bill ECA Staff | 1/19/2021 The Fiscal Year 2021 appropriations and National Defense Authorization Act are now finalized, after Congress passed several funding stopgaps in December. Early this year, Congress overrode a veto of the NDAA to enact the bill. Overall funding increases The FY 2021 energy appropriations provide an overall increase in funding for the Department of Energy. DOE will receive $39.6 billion, which is $1 billion above the FY 2020 level. Within DOE: National Nuclear Security Administration: $19.7 billion, a $3 billion increase Office of Environmental Management: $7.59 billion, a $131 million increase Office of Nuclear Energy: $1.5 billion, a $14.2 million increase Office of Science: $7.026 billion, a $26 million increase Office of Legacy Management: $163 million, a $1 million increase Advanced Research Projects Agency—Energy: $427 million, a $2 million increase Image Policies in the NDAA Plutonium pit production In the FY 2021 NDAA, Congress included a provision that would continue to study the costs of NNSA’s plan for expanded plutonium pit production. Sec. 3114 would require an independent cost estimate for pit production at both the Savannah River Site and at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Cleanup The NDAA also contains several provisions related to defense environmental cleanup. Under the new law, the Secretary of Energy will be required to make an annual statement of environmental liabilities for each cleanup facility (Sec. 3121). Future-years defense environmental cleanup plans now must identify missed milestones for each site (Sec. 3122). Similar to the NDAA last year, there will be another one-year prohibition on DOE’s reclassification of high-level waste in the state of Washington (Sec. 3124). Additionally, the DOE will be required to conduct a study on approaches to treating low-activity waste at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation within two years (Sec. 3125). Budget request authority for DOE and NNSA Last year when the House and Senate were developing their versions of the NDAA, ECA wrote about a provision in the Senate bill that would have allowed the Nuclear Weapons Council (NWC) to require the DOE Secretary to increase the NNSA budget, which would likely decrease the EM budget since they are both the large defense budget line items. However, the final NDAA contained a provision (Sec. 1632) that still provides the DOE Secretary with final authority over requested funding, but if the NWC believes the nuclear weapons budget is inadequate, the Secretary must provide NWC’s recommendations as an attachment to the budget request. NNSA workforce and contractors NNSA will be required to provide an annual report on “workforce diversity, equality, and inclusion in the NNSA’s contractor workforce” (Sec. 3146). In the NDAA conference report, conferees noted, “…the modernization of all legs of the nuclear triad will be the largest undertaking asked of the NNSA since the end of the Cold War. The NNSA has demonstrated strong progress towards the hiring and retention of the next generation of nuclear security workers across the enterprise. The conferees believe that continued progress in rebuilding and maintaining a diverse and highly qualified workforce is essential to the national security of the United States.” Additionally, the NDAA establishes a new requirement for “covered National Nuclear Security Administration contractor and subcontractor networks are successfully penetrated by unauthorized entities” (Sec. 3131). As Congress, DOE, and NNSA continue to search for ways to improve the nuclear workforce, the NDAA includes some Department of Defense workforce programs that could ultimately serve as useful models for DOE/NNSA. For example, the new law establishes a scholarship pilot program for students at minority institutions; pay increases for national security fellowships; and partnerships between DOD and contractors to promote interest in STEM careers. Not included in the final defense bill Just as important as what was included in the NDAA are the provisions that were not included in the conference report. Among the notable provisions excluded from the final bill include: A prohibition on use of funds for nuclear weapons test explosions; Authorization of appropriations for W93 nuclear warhead program; Establishing an advanced manufacturing development program Upcoming ECA Events Jan. 25, 2021 ECA Advancing Alliances: Building Nuclear Workforce Development Initiatives in Communities; Virtual Feb. 24, 2021 Webinar: Defense High Level Waste: Path Forward in the New Administration; Virtual Sept. 8-10, 2021 National Cleanup Workshop; Alexandria, VA Follow the latest DOE budget updates with ECA's budget tracker Image Monitor DOE spending bills, detailed site budgets, and more. Find everything you need to know about the DOE budget here! LEGISLATIVE McConnell, Schumer close in on power-sharing agreement in evenly divided Senate CNN | 1/19/2021 The top two Senate leaders are nearing a power-sharing agreement to hash out how the evenly divided chamber will operate, with Democrats in charge of setting the schedule but both parties likely to hold an equal number of seats on Senate committees, according to sources familiar with the talks. The negotiations between Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer and Republican Leader Mitch McConnell have been built largely around how the Senate operated the last time the body was split 50-50: When George W. Bush initially became president in 2001. Final details are still being sorted out between the two leaders, sources said, and the two are expected to meet on Tuesday to discuss these issues. Continue reading >> UPCOMING EVENTS Jan. 25, 2021 ECA Advancing Alliances: Building Nuclear Workforce Development Initiatives in Communities; Virtual Feb. 24, 2021 Webinar: Defense High Level Waste: Path Forward in the New Administration; Virtual Sept. 8-10, 2021 National Cleanup Workshop; Alexandria, VA ECA PUBLICATIONS Read about DOE's High Level Waste Interpretation Have questions about DOE’s recent high-level waste (HLW) interpretation? Download ECA’s Key Points and FAQs on the issue to better understand what ECA believes are the potential benefits of implementation. ECA's Key Points on DOE HLW Interpretation ECA's FAQs on DOE HLW Interpretation Interested in learning more? Read the ECA report “Making Informed Decisions on DOE's Proposed High Level Waste Definition” at www.energyca.org/publications ECA BULLETIN Stay Current on Activities in the DOE World Read the latest edition of the ECA Bulletin, a regular newsletter providing a detailed brief of ECA activities, legislative news, and major events from across the DOE complex. Have suggestions for future editions? Email bulletin@energyca.org. View current and previous editions of the ECA Bulletin at www.energyca.org/bulletin DOE SITE PROFILES Learn More about Cleanup Sites with ECA's DOE Site Profiles ECA's new site profiles detail DOE's 13 active Environmental Management cleanup sites and national laboratories, highlighting their history, missions, and priorities. The profiles are a key source for media, stakeholders, and the public to learn more about DOE site activities, contractors, advisory boards, and their surrounding local governments. Access your community's profile by visiting: www.energyca.org/site-profiles DOE Site Proflies Energy Communities Alliance 1625 Eye St., NW Suite 800 Washington DC 20006 USA

E3 dispute Tehran's justification for uranium enrichment : Regulation & Safety - World Nuclear News

E3 dispute Tehran's justification for uranium enrichment : Regulation & Safety - World Nuclear News: Iran has no credible civilian use for uranium metal and must reverse its latest move towards increased enrichment, the foreign ministers of France, Germany and the UK - the E3 countries - said on 16 January. In response, the Atomic Energy Organisation of Iran said it wanted the International Atomic Energy Agency to "avoid mentioning unnecessary details".

US government approves GLE restructure : Corporate - World Nuclear News

US government approves GLE restructure : Corporate - World Nuclear News: 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.

Three Mile Island sale clears another hurdle on eve of Biden administration - pennlive.com

Three Mile Island sale clears another hurdle on eve of Biden administration - pennlive.com: The Nuclear Regulatory Commission approved the license transfer last month. On Friday, it denied a request that sought a public hearing on the matter.

US Awards $1.2 Million Grant For SMR Development :: The Independent Global Nuclear News Agency

US Awards $1.2 Million Grant For SMR Development :: The Independent Global Nuclear News Agency: The US Trade and Development Agency has awarded a $1.2m grant to Romania’s national nuclear energy company Societatea National Nuclearelectrica, to support the development of small modular reactor solutions in Romania.

USTDA said its technical assistance will support Romania’s efforts to include SMR technology in its national energy strategy. The assistance will identify a short list of SMR-suitable sites, assess SMR technology options and develop site-specific licensing roadmaps. Nuclearelectrica has chosen Illinois-based Sargent & Lundy to carry out the assistance.

Nuclearelectrica chief executive officer Cosmin Ghita said that in addition to the current development of two new units at the Cernavodฤƒ nuclear power station, the company is also interested in assessing the development of SMRs as a long-term solution for development of the Romanian nuclear industry.

Monday, January 18, 2021

Biden point man Kurt Campbell returns to an Asia that has pivoted - Nikkei Asia

Biden point man Kurt Campbell returns to an Asia that has pivoted - Nikkei Asia: TOKYO -- In his book codifying the Barack Obama administration's "Pivot to Asia" strategy, Kurt Campbell bemoaned the National Security Council's over

Israel OKs hundreds of settlement homes in last-minute push

Israel OKs hundreds of settlement homes in last-minute push: JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli authorities on Sunday advanced plans to build nearly 800 homes in West Bank settlements, in a last-minute surge of approvals before the friendly Trump administration...

India and the US: Ideological Convergence No More? – The Diplomat

India and the US: Ideological Convergence No More? – The Diplomat: A new declassified document suggests that Washington sees New Delhi primarily as a security partner.

Looking Through An Adversary's Eyes: A KGB Agent's Prophecy | ZeroHedge

Looking Through An Adversary's Eyes: A KGB Agent's Prophecy | ZeroHedge: ZeroHedge - On a long enough timeline, the survival rate for everyone drops to zero

Middle East futures: Decade(s) of defiance and dissent

Middle East futures: Decade(s) of defiance and dissent: By James M. Dorsey An earlier version of this article appeared in Orient . If the 2010s were a decade of defiance and dissent, the 2020s...

Fearing Possible 'Insider Attack,' Feds Vetting 25,000 National Guard Troops Ahead of Biden Inauguration | Common Dreams News

Fearing Possible 'Insider Attack,' Feds Vetting 25,000 National Guard Troops Ahead of Biden Inauguration | Common Dreams News: "The very people assigned to protect the city over the next several days could present a threat to the incoming president."

Jargon Hurts the Poor - Asia Sentinel

Jargon Hurts the Poor - Asia Sentinel: Bafflegab can keep vital information away from the people who need it the most.

How Israel is harming the war on antisemitism - Opinion - Haaretz.com

How Israel is harming the war on antisemitism - Opinion - Haaretz.com: Behind the scenes, a stormy argument is taking place in the Jewish world between two camps that were aptly defined by the late Prof. Yehuda Elkana – the one that, ever si

Chinese and Russian vaccines in high demand as world scrambles for doses | Financial Times - Vaccines.pdf

Chinese and Russian vaccines in high demand as world scrambles for doses | Financial Times - Vaccines.pdf

Chinaรข•ลฝs economy expands at faster rate than before coronavirus | Financial Times - Expanding.pdf

Chinaรข•ลฝs economy expands at faster rate than before coronavirus | Financial Times - Expanding.pdf

Sunday, January 17, 2021

NuScale / UAMAPS Set Course for NRC COLA by 2023 | Neutron Bytes

NuScale / UAMAPS Set Course for NRC COLA by 2023 | Neutron Bytes: NuScale/UAMPS To Submit COLA to NRC for Idaho Site in Three Years NuScale in UK Partners with Wind Farm Developer for a Hybrid Power Plant at Wylfa Romania / US Awards $1.2 Million Grant For SMR De…