Comprehensive Decommissioning International is a joint venture created by SNC-Lavalin and Holtec International to reduce the time a US nuclear site is restricted for other uses to eight years or less. "CDI's vision is to become the leading decommissioning contractor in this market," said Holtec Chief Nuclear Officer Pierre Oneid.
North Korea will likely not be able to end its nuclear weapons efforts within a year, said Dan Coats, US director of national intelligence. Verification will be an important part of denuclearization efforts, Coats said.
Energy Department Secretary Rick Perry recently went to facilities owned by General Atomics, which has department funding. Accident-tolerant fuel-rod cladding using silicon-carbide composite is one project General Atomics is working on.
Nuclear energy doesn't produce carbon emissions, is an efficient power generator and is safe, writes Richard Rhodes. Studies indicate that "even the worst possible accident at a nuclear power plant ... was yet far less destructive than other major industrial accidents," he writes.
The Radioactive and Hazardous Waste Committee of the New Mexico Legislature on Thursday met to discuss concerns about a proposed temporary nuclear waste repository in the state. Holtec International Chief Communications Officer Joy Russell addressed safety and transportation concerns for the 40-year license her company is seeking.
The Commerce Department is looking into whether the uranium import market is a national security risk, which could lead to tariffs and drive up prices. "We wouldn't want to see counterproductive action to their stated goal of saving nuclear power," says Nima Ashkeboussi of the Nuclear Energy Institute.
China Maritime Nuclear Power Development has commissioned the building of China's first nuclear-powered icebreaker vessel. Ownership of the vessel has not been laid out, but the ship will use state-owned China National Nuclear Corp.'s modular reactor technology.
The South Ukraine Nuclear Power Plant has loaded a unit with fuel from US-based Westinghouse Electric as the country seeks to move away from Russian fuel supplies.
The under-construction Mixed-Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility at the Savannah River Site in South Carolina has backing from state officials, but the Department of Energy is seeking to abandon the project. Congress must decide whether to keep funding the project in the next fiscal year.
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