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09.19.2014

Areva Federal Services, a U.S. unit of France’s nuclear giant, said Thursday it has been awarded an Energy Department follow-on contract to continue developing a new generation of reactor fuel that can better weather severe accident conditions...

09.18.2014

In an unusually blunt response to concerns recently raised by the Energy Department, the new operator of DOE’s Y-12 plant in Tennessee last week downplayed the significance of a security incident being investigated by the department and suggested that...

09.18.2014 | BY CHRIS HOLLY

While studiously avoiding the words “carbon tax,” Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden said Wednesday that he wants to replace the existing tangle of energy tax incentives with a performance-based, technology-neutral incentive that takes...

09.17.2014

Voting along mostly party lines, the Senate Tuesday confirmed longtime Hill staffer Jeffery Baran and former Nuclear Regulatory Commission General Counsel Stephen Burns to become NRC commissioners, which will restore a Democratic majority on the five-member...

09.17.2014

Nine years after the reactor vendor applied for approval of its next-generation reactor, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission Tuesday certified GE-Hitachi Nuclear Energy’s Economic Simplified Boiling Water Reactor design as meeting all U.S. safety...

09.16.2014 | BY JEFF BEATTIE

Having received court approval this month to emerge from bankruptcy, a financially stronger USEC Inc.—now called Centrus Energy Corp.—is positioned to capitalize on an improving uranium market, but faces clear questions on Capitol Hill about a...

09.16.2014

Phillip Finck, chief scientist at the Energy Department’s Idaho National Laboratory, has been elected to the leadership of the International Nuclear Energy Academy and will be installed as chairman of the influential expert group in late September. The...

09.15.2014 | BY GEORGE LOBSENZ

The plutonium facility at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory has suffered repeated contamination incidents over the last two years, prompting concern among Energy Department officials about radiation control safety practices at the California nuclear...

09.12.2014 | BY JEFF BEATTIE

Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Allison Macfarlane said Thursday that the commission will complete an important safety analysis of the proposed Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository, but will be unable to make a final licensing decision on the...

09.11.2014 | BY JEFF BEATTIE

In a proposal that drew objections from the agency’s security and reactor oversight offices, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission this week released a staff plan for dropping the longstanding U.S. policy against allowing foreign firms to own majority...


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