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1. Execs talk about challenges facing nuclear energy industry

NEI SmartBrief | Jun 29, 2015

Several nuclear power executives at an event in Boston blamed economic factors and political changes that have increased costs for plant owners and operators for the early closure of some plants in the U.S., writes Rod Adams. In a separate panel featuring energy company executives and MIT researcher Charles Forsberg, three of the four panel members stated that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's "current structure and funding model" have prohibited the development of new reactor types, writes Adams. Atomic Insights blog (06/27)

2. NRC launches inspection after Neb. plant seal failure

NEI SmartBrief | Jun 30, 2015

Lincoln Journal Star (Neb.) (tiered subscription model) (06/29)

3. Report: Nuclear plant security workers appreciably outperform TSA agents

NEI SmartBrief | Jul 02, 2015

A Nuclear Regulatory Commission report based on force-on-force exercises conducted with nuclear plant security personnel found that of 23 total exercises, only one contained an instance where target components were not protected properly. Over 90% of the findings in NRC baseline inspections were categorized as green, or of low security significance. That mark is contrasted with the Transportation Security Administration's own screening results, in which workers failed 95% of the checkpoint tests administered. Power Magazine online (07/01)

4. Areva to sell nuclear radiation measurement company Canberra

NEI SmartBrief | Jun 29, 2015

Reuters (06/29)

5. Export-Import Bank charter expires

NEI SmartBrief | Jul 01, 2015

The Export-Import Bank charter expired at midnight Tuesday after Congress left for its Fourth of July holiday recess without reauthorizing it. The Export-Import Bank supported $27.5 billion in U.S. exports last year, according to bank supporters. "They are bending to the hard right," Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said. "This is the one thing that unites business and labor, unites Democrats, Republicans and independents, and they are bending to the will of a small but very, very determined few." CBS News (07/01) The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (06/29)

6. NEI's Matt Wald on the news media and nuclear energy

NEI SmartBrief | Jul 01, 2015

Last week, Matt Wald spoke to the NEI Lawyers Committee on why the media covers nuclear energy the way it does. After his 33 years working for The New York Times, it's clear he knows of what he speaks. Read more.

7. NRC committee approves of location plan for N.J. reactor

NEI SmartBrief | Jun 29, 2015

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission's Advisory Committee on Reactor Safeguards has decided to support Public Service Enterprise Group's effort to secure a site permit for a new nuclear reactor near its Hope Creek Nuclear Generating Station. "This is a significant step," said Joe Delmar, PSEG Nuclear spokesman. "Without this approval we would not have been able to move forward." Delmar said no plans have been made regarding the reactor size or type to be built, as the company is not yet seeking a construction permit. The News Journal (Wilmington, Del.) (tiered subscription model) (06/26)

8. How a bias for action led to an innovative alternative to external filtered vents

NEI SmartBrief | Jun 30, 2015

Maria Korsnick, NEI chief operating officer, said, "Taken together, it's a solution that is innovative, elegant and cost-effective, one that ought to be a model for nuclear safety around the world going forward." Read more.

9. U.S. should consider privatizing used nuclear fuel storage

NEI SmartBrief | Jun 30, 2015

A used nuclear fuel storage privatization bill sponsored by Sens. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., and Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., may lead to a permanent storage solution, writes Mel Buckner, a retired program manager at Savannah River National Laboratory. "Companies realize that storing the nation's used fuel at such sites would be extremely profitable," writes Buckner. "And the localities at those sites would profit from the revenue and jobs that nuclear facilities would bring." The Augusta Chronicle (Ga.) (06/28)

10. NRC: Watts Bar plant is first to satisfy new equipment, safety standards

NEI SmartBrief | Jul 01, 2015

Tennessee Valley Authority's Watts Bar Nuclear Plant has completed upgrades required under new equipment and safety standards adopted since the Fukushima Daiichi accident in 2011, according to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The new standards require additional safety systems, preventive maintenance programs and emergency pumping equipment. The approval marks one of the final steps necessary for TVA to get a license to operate a second reactor at the Tennessee plant. Chattanooga Times Free Press (Tenn.) (07/01)

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