Nuclear Energy
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5/18/2018

The federal government and NextEra Energy are arguing their cases in a federal appeals court over whether used nuclear fuel storage fees qualify for tax deductions. The government argues that NextEra is treating the storage of used fuel as a decommissioning cost rather than an operating cost.

5/18/2018

Guanyu Su, a nuclear science and engineering Ph.D. student at MIT, is studying heat transfer in nuclear reactors, which may lead to reactors someday being able to run hotter and generate more electricity. "To increase efficiency and maintain safety, we need new ideas and techniques," he said.

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5/18/2018

The US told North Korea that if it ships some nuclear warheads and other nuclear materials overseas in the next six months, the US may remove it from a list of states that sponsor terrorism, sources said. This guarantee, among others, has been mentioned as a possible offering if North Korea agrees to complete denuclearization at the summit with President Donald Trump in June.

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5/18/2018

A siren from the alert system at Duke Energy's Brunswick nuclear plant in North Carolina sounded Thursday, but a spokeswoman said it was a mistake and there was no emergency situation.

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Duke Energy
5/18/2018

Unit 2 at DTE Energy's Fermi nuclear power plant in Michigan is operating at 63% power as DTE Energy performs repairs to a reactor feed pump. The reactor was restarted this month after a shutdown for repairs, but vibrations in the feed pump were greater than anticipated.

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Monroe News (Mich.)
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5/18/2018

The Treasury Department has ordered sanctions on two people and five companies connected to Iran. This is the third measure the US has taken against Iran or its associates this week.

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5/18/2018

The UK government said it is willing to provide Japan's Hitachi with $18 billion to support the construction of nuclear reactors in Wales if Hitachi decides to move forward with the project, Kyodo News said. Project costs have risen to more than $27 billion.

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5/18/2018

The Czech government has pushed back by six months the deadline to decide whether to build new nuclear reactors. The government now has until the end of the year, giving it more time to look at how projects could affect public budgets and find out where the European Commission stands on state aid for nuclear projects.

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Reuters
5/17/2018

North Korea has said it may back out of a summit with President Donald Trump if the US pushes for unilateral denuclearization.

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Reuters
5/17/2018

Sanctions imposed on Tuesday against Iran by the US Treasury aim to keep European countries from maintaining the Iran nuclear deal, Iran said. "With such destructive measures, the American government is trying to influence the will and decision of the remaining signatories of the [nuclear agreement]," said Bahram Qasemi, spokesman for the Iranian Foreign Ministry.

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