Westinghouse looks to secure extension for nuclear fuel plant | JEA looks to get of out Plant Vogtle deal | Oglethorpe may pull out of Plant Vogtle project
August 17, 2018
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Westinghouse looks to secure extension for nuclear fuel plant
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.
The State (Columbia, S.C.) (tiered subscription model) (8/16) 
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JEA looks to get of out Plant Vogtle deal
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.
The Florida Times-Union (Jacksonville) (8/16) 
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Oglethorpe may pull out of Plant Vogtle project
Oglethorpe Power's board of directors will decide in the coming weeks whether or not to pull out of the Plant Vogtle expansion project in Georgia. The company is concerned about the rising costs.
S&P Global Platts (8/16) 
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Power Generation
Plasma in tokamak reactors helps manage sawtooth events
Sawtooth events in tokamak reactors occur less frequently when the plasma forms a magnetic field, writes Deirdre O'Donnell. This discovery can help make nuclear fusion a reality, she adds.
Evolving Science (Ireland) (8/16) 
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Policy Watch
US, S. Korea continue atomic energy, nuclear export cooperation
The US and South Korea held a second High Level Bilateral Commission meeting in Washington D.C. this week, showing a commitment to atomic energy and nuclear exports. A third meeting will be next year in South Korea.
Yonhap News Agency (South Korea) (free content) (8/17) 
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Waste Management/D&D
N.M. lawmakers hope to have a say in proposed nuclear storage site
New Mexican lawmakers believe they will have a say in whether Holtec International's proposed nuclear storage site will be built in the state. The state can cut off the site from water, utility and transport access, even if it's approved by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, state Sen. Jeff Steinborn says.
Albuquerque Journal (N.M.) (free content)/Tribune Content Agency (8/16) 
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UN: Radiation, exploitation major Fukushima concerns
Radiation exposure and exploitation of workers are major concerns for the cleanup of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, and Japan needs to do more to protect workers, says the United Nations. "Workers hired to decontaminate Fukushima reportedly include migrant workers, asylum seekers and people who are homeless," say UN experts.
Reuters (8/16) 
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Nuclearelectrica shuts down reactor after grid operator misstep
Nuclearelectrica shut down its second reactor at Cernavoda in Romania after a worker for grid operator Transelectrica made a "wrong move." The reactor was expected to be reconnected later in the day.
Reuters (8/16) 
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ANS News
Nuclear navy book sale ends today
The American Nuclear Society is celebrating the 100th birthday of a long-time former member, the late Vice Admiral Eugene P. "Dennis" Wilkinson, with a 20% off sale on our nuclear navy books as well as a 5% discount on all other books, standards, maps, and proceedings. These savings are in addition to the 10% ANS member discount. Learn more.
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