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Review begins for first US SMR site

New Nuclear

16 January 2017

Clinch_River_aerial_(TVA)-48The Tennessee Valley Authority has welcomed the acceptance for regulatory review of its early site permit application for the Clinch River site in Tennessee as a milestone towards the potential use of small modular reactors in its operating fleet.

Steam generator landmark for Summer

New Nuclear

12 January 2017

Summer-SG-(SCEG)-48The first steam generator has been lifted into place at the VC Summer nuclear power plant under construction in South Carolina. It is the first such component to be installed at a Westinghouse AP1000 plant in the USA.

US energy secretary issues exit memo

Nuclear Policies

10 January 2017

The USA must ensure continued implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) with Iran, as well as taking an economy-wide approach to decarbonisation - including a reinvigoration of the nuclear energy option, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said in his formal roundup of US Department of Energy (DOE) achievements during the administration of President Barack Obama.

First waste emplaced as WIPP reopens

Waste and Recycling

13 January 2017

WIPP_reopening_(DOE)-48Waste emplacement has resumed at the US Department of Energy's Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, nearly three years after activities were halted following a waste drum rupture in an underground storage panel at the New Mexico facility.

US regulator has no safety concerns over Areva-supplied parts

Regulation and Safety

11 January 2017

A list of large reactor components supplied to US nuclear power plants by Areva's Creusot Forge in France has been released by the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission. However, the regulator said it has no immediate safety concerns regarding the parts supplied to 17 US reactors.

Entergy agrees to Indian Point closure

Corporate

09 January 2017

Indian_Point_(NRC/Entergy)_48Entergy has agreed with the state of New York to close the Indian Point nuclear power plant in 2020-2021. The company said economic considerations were key in its decision to shut the plant, completing the company's exit from the merchant power business.