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Biden Administration prioritises climate on first day

Biden Administration prioritises climate on first day

Following his inauguration yesterday, US President Joseph Biden has formally signed an executive order to re-enter the Paris Climate Change Agreement and directed US departments and federal agencies to "immediately commence work to confront the climate crisis". The USA's re-entry will come into force in 30 days.

Energy & Environment 21 January 2021


UK makes COP26 president a full-time role

UK makes COP26 president a full-time role

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has appointed Alok Sharma as full-time president of the UN COP26 climate conference, with Kwasi Kwarteng replacing Sharma as secretary of state for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. The COP26 president will be based in the Cabinet Office, continuing as a full member of Cabinet, and will chair the Climate Action Implementation Committee to coordinate government action towards net zero by 2050 in the run up to COP26, which will be held in Glasgow this November.

Energy & Environment 11 January 2021


Congress approves nuclear energy funding for FY2021

Congress approves nuclear energy funding for FY2021

The US Congress voted to approve appropriations for fiscal year 2021 that includes USD1.5 billion for the Department of Energy's Office of Nuclear Energy. The appropriations also include USD150 million to initiate the uranium reserve programme to address challenges to the production of domestic uranium.

Nuclear Policies 23 December 2020


US Senate committee includes uranium reserve in FY2021 allocations

US Senate committee includes uranium reserve in FY2021 allocations

Fiscal 2021 allocations released yesterday by the US Senate Committee on Appropriations include USD150 million to initiate the uranium reserve programme to address challenges to the production of domestic uranium. The bills provide appropriations for the fiscal year running from 1 October, 2020 to 30 September, 2021 and also include continued funding for the Advanced Reactors Demonstration Program.

Nuclear Policies 12 November 2020


Senate inquiry recommends passing of Australian waste bill

Senate inquiry recommends passing of Australian waste bill

An Australian Senate committee has recommended that Parliament pass legislation that would make Napandee in South Australia the site for a low and medium-level nuclear waste facility. The Senate Standing Committee on Economics issued its final report on the provisions of the National Radioactive Waste Management Amendment (Site Specification, Community Fund and Other Measures) Bill 2020 on 14 September.

Waste & Recycling 17 September 2020


Ohio legislator charged in racketeering case

Ohio legislator charged in racketeering case

Five people, including the Speaker of Ohio's House of Representatives, have been charged in a federal racketeering conspiracy involving USD60 million related to legislation passed last year to provide financial support to two nuclear power plants.

Corporate 23 July 2020


UK premier reiterates support for nuclear

UK premier reiterates support for nuclear

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has repeated his support for new nuclear power. During Prime Minister's Question Time in the House of Commons yesterday, Johnson told a member of parliament representing a constituency in Cumbria, "We believe that nuclear power is a significant potential contributor to our Net Zero ambitions, and I look forward to working with my Honourable Friend to ensure that Cumbria continues its long historic tradition as a pioneer of new nuclear technologies."

Nuclear Policies 16 July 2020


House appropriators request more details on US uranium reserve

House appropriators request more details on US uranium reserve

The US House Committee on Appropriations has denied a funding request from the US Department of Energy for fiscal 2021 for establishing a uranium stockpile. The committee requested further information from the department on the justification for the reserve and how it will be implemented.

Nuclear Policies 16 July 2020


Nuclear's role recognised in US decarbonisation plan

Nuclear's role recognised in US decarbonisation plan

The US House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis has released a report establishing a goal of reaching net-zero greenhouse gas emissions economy-wide in the USA by no later than 2050. The Climate Crisis Action Plan includes support to keep existing nuclear plants operating and calls for Congressional support for the development of advanced nuclear technologies.

Energy & Environment 02 July 2020


Working group presents strategy for US uranium revival

Working group presents strategy for US uranium revival

Directly purchasing uranium by establishing a uranium reserve, ending the Department of Energy's bartering of uranium and re-evaluating DOE's excess uranium inventory management policy are among the US Nuclear Fuel Working Group's recommendations to the US Administration in a strategy it published yesterday on reviving the USA's nuclear fuel cycle.

Uranium & Fuel 24 April 2020