This month's Santee Cooper board meeting has been delayed while South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster battles with the state Senate over who should be the board's chairman. McMaster has been pushing to sell the utility following the failed V.C. Summer project.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission says it has gained "reasonable assurance" that the Seabrook Nuclear Power Plant in New Hampshire is addressing cracks in concrete as plant owner NextEra seeks to extend its license through 2050. NRC said its inspection showed the plant is seeking to protect the public from the cracks, which are caused by a chemical reaction that causes the concrete to expand and crack.
The Savannah River Site sent five boxes of transuranic waste to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in New Mexico. Shipments to WIPP resumed in 2017, and "[s]ince shipments have resumed, we have been able to ship 86 cubic-meters of waste to WIPP and continue preparations to ship more," says Savannah River Nuclear Solutions solid waste manager Kerri Crawford.
The group Columbia Riverkeeper is holding a meeting in Vancouver, Wash., to discuss the Department of Energy's planned reclassification of used waste at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. The department has said the remaining used waste at Hanford can be considered low-level radioactive waste and remain on-site.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission will hold an open forum on safety performance at the Cook Nuclear Plant in Michigan on Tuesday. The plant is under normal oversight, with all recent NRC performance indicators being green.
A hearing will be held by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission in October for the proposed Crow Butte Resources uranium mine expansion in Crawford, Neb. The expansion is being challenged by the Oglala Sioux Tribe, says the NRC.
The small modular reactors that the Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems cooperative wants to use for a plant in Idaho could be game-changing, says Edward McGinnis, the U.S. Office of Nuclear Energy's principal deputy assistant secretary. "If we are going to put this much money into something this important, we are going to do everything we can to support this technology," he says.
The Tokyo Electric Power Co. and Japanese regulators are looking to release tritium-contaminated water from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear complex into the ocean. This is the only option, says Nuclear Regulation Authority head Toyoshi Fuketa.
Florida electric utility JEA wants out of the expansion project at Plant Vogtle. Florida state Sen. Debbie Mayfield has penned a letter to the legislature's accountability office asking for research into JEA's spending and operating decisions.
Westinghouse's Bluff Road nuclear fuel factory in South Carolina is seeking a 40-year operating license extension, possibly pushing cleanup of a 2011 uranium leak until 2058. "Because the contaminated material is located beneath the ... building, the soil will not be remediated until decommissioning," reports the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
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