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11.15.2016

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission announced Monday it has launched an environmental review of the application submitted by Waste Control Specialists for a license to build and operate a spent nuclear fuel storage facility at the company’s existing...

11.14.2016

In a step forward for the fledgling nuclear fuel company, Lightbridge Corp. announced Tuesday a letter of intent with an unnamed U.S. nuclear utility that will burn the first lead test assembly of the company’s metallic fuel in one of the...

11.11.2016 | BY JEFF BEATTIE

In a bombshell development for nuclear fuel markets, the Energy Department announced a 40-year agreement Thursday to sell federally owned depleted uranium to a company majority owned by GE Hitachi that plans to build a $1 billion enrichment plant near...

11.11.2016

Sources say Thomas D’Agostino, former chief of the Energy Department’s National Nuclear Security Administration, and former DOE Under Secretary Robert Card are in the running to lead the department of serve as deputy secretary under the Trump...

11.10.2016 | BY GEORGE LOBSENZ

Analysis President-elect Donald Trump’s expected drive to eliminate President Obama’s carbon reduction initiatives and refocus federal energy policy to promote coal appears likely to be tempered by market forces—primarily low-cost natural...

11.09.2016 | BY JEFF BEATTIE

Joining other utilities in a growing trend to out-source cleanup of closed nuclear plants, Entergy Corp. announced plans Tuesday to transfer its shuttered Vermont Yankee nuclear plant and an associated $575 million decommissioning trust fund to privately held...

11.09.2016

The operator of the Energy Department’s Idaho National Laboratory last week sought expressions of interest from contractors interested in carrying out an expansion of the site’s Materials and Fuels Complex, a leading test center for advanced...

11.08.2016 | BY GEORGE LOBSENZ

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has ordered its staff to conduct a limited review of the agency’s security inspection program, including looking at the use of “vulnerability assessments” to evaluate the effectiveness of guard forces and...

11.08.2016

GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy announced last week that it has reached an agreement with Southern Co. to jointly study the development and licensing of advanced reactors, including GE Hitachi’s sodium-cooled fast reactor design known as PRISM. In an October...

11.07.2016 | BY GEORGE LOBSENZ

Moving on one of the biggest safety risks at the Energy Department’s Hanford site, a DOE cleanup contractor said last week it has awarded a contract to NAC International to design and manufacture dry storage casks for the 1,936 highly radioactive cesium...


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