Nuclear can help California transition to 100% zero-carbon electricity, but the state's ban on building new nuclear plants has to be lifted, write Ted Nordhaus and Jameson McBride of the Breakthrough Institute. "New technological solutions are also on the horizon that may make nuclear waste disposal much cheaper, easier and faster to address," they write.
The Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia board on Monday voted unanimously to continue with the Plant Vogtle expansion project in Georgia. Meanwhile, plant co-owner Oglethorpe Power voted to conditionally continue the project if cost caps are put in place.
One of the two reactors at Duke Energy's Brunswick nuclear plant in North Carolina came back online over the weekend. It was operating at almost 70% capacity on Monday, while the other reactor, which restarted on Thursday, was operating at 90%, said Duke spokeswoman Karen Williams.
Shikoku Electric Power's Ikata No. 3 reactor in Japan will restart after an injunction was removed by the Hiroshima High Court. This comes as the country makes a push to reduce carbon emissions.
The Energy Department says it would force repayment of the $5.6 billion provided via government loans if the Plant Vogtle expansion in Georgia is canceled. Georgia lawmakers are looking to put cost caps in place.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission will meet Tuesday to discuss ownership transfer of Entergy's Pilgrim nuclear plant in Massachusetts after its shutdown. Entergy hopes to speed up the decommissioning process by giving its license to Holtec International next year.
As of October, the build-out of the Hanford nuclear site's vitrification plant will be led by Valerie McCain, currently the project manager at the Oak Ridge, Tenn., uranium processing facility under construction. Outgoing project head Brian Reilly will oversee Bechtel's construction at Plant Vogtle Units 3 and 4 in Georgia.
South Carolina Electric & Gas' request to halt the temporary 15% rate cut passed by state lawmakers in June was rejected by the 4th US Circuit Court of Appeals. The request to hasten the case was also refused.
The Hanford nuclear site will gain $15 million for next fiscal year after President Donald Trump signed new spending legislation Friday. The site's budget will be $2.4 billion for the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1.
The Savannah River Site and its Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility will be discussed at next month's South Carolina Nuclear Advisory Council meeting. An update on the state's MOX-related litigation is expected.
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