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US regulators open SMR emergency planning debate

Regulation and Safety

24 April 2017

The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission is seeking public comment on a draft regulatory basis for new emergency preparedness requirements for small modular reactors and new technologies such as non-light water reactor facilities. A regulatory basis is an early stage in the NRC's rulemaking process.

US uranium producers want halt on federal transfers

Uranium and Fuel

17 April 2017

An organisation representing the USA's uranium producers has called on the US Department of Energy to halt transfers of federal excess uranium inventory until the uranium market recovers. The Uranium Producers of America said the domestic industry is currently in a fragile state after the transfer of large quantities of price-insensitive material over a long period.

WIPP waste shipments resume

Waste and Recycling

11 April 2017

WIPP_TRU_transport_Apr17_(WIPP)_48The US Department of Energy's Waste Isolation Pilot Plant yesterday received its first shipment of transuranic waste since reopening after almost three years out of action.

$1.5 billion estimate to complete Summer


18 April 2017

Summer 2 and 3 construction site - Jan 2017 - 48Westinghouse Electric Company has informed South Carolina Electric & Gas that it estimates the additional cost of completing the two VC Summer AP1000 reactors to be about $1.5 billion.

NRC confirms cleanup actions at New Mexico site

Uranium and Fuel

13 April 2017

The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission has issued a Confirmatory Order to Homestake Mining Co of California outlining actions to be taken as part of an ongoing groundwater cleanup program at the site of a former uranium mill in New Mexico.

Entergy completes Fitzpatrick transfer


03 April 2017

FitzPatrick_(Entergy)_48Entergy Corporation has completed the sale of the James A Fitzpatrick nuclear power plant in New York State to Exelon Generation. Exelon agreed to buy the single-unit plant last year after the state adopted a Clean Energy Standard supporting the continued operation of nuclear capacity.