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1. Worker injured in fall at Ala. nuclear plant

NEI SmartBrief | Mar 27, 2015

Huntsville Times (Ala.), The (03/26)

2. NEI: What Huffington Post gets wrong about nuclear energy water use

NEI SmartBrief | Mar 27, 2015

Anti-nuclear activists can't help but manipulate the facts when it comes to explaining how much water is used to cool an operating reactor. Read more.

3. Obama signs nuclear repository memorandum

NEI SmartBrief | Mar 25, 2015

President Barack Obama on Tuesday signed a memorandum that could lead to separate repositories for used nuclear fuel from power plants and radioactive waste from defense applications. "A separate repository for defense waste could allow greater flexibility in selection of a site, and greater flexibility could help keep costs down. This proposal means that the timeline for disposal of defense waste and civilian nuclear fuel are no longer linked," said Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz. The move coincided with the introduction of a bipartisan Senate bill aimed at establishing federal storage sites outside Yucca Mountain. Las Vegas Review-Journal (03/24) Platts (03/24) Hill, The (03/24)

4. Ohio nuclear reactor switches fuel rod types

NEI SmartBrief | Mar 27, 2015

FirstEnergy is switching to a new fuel rod type that is more robust and efficient during refueling at its Perry nuclear reactor. The new fuel rods contain up to 5% enriched uranium instead of the standard 3% and can stay in reactors for up to three years, according to company statements. The new rods should increase the efficiency and total output of the reactor as a result. Plain Dealer (Cleveland), The (03/26)

5. NuScale Power hires key execs ahead of SMR permitting process

NEI SmartBrief | Mar 25, 2015

NuScale Power has hired John Eustermann and Carl Britsch as general counsel and vice president of human resources, respectively. The company is preparing to work with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission for approval of a small modular reactor. Eustermann formerly held several titles within Harvest Power, including senior vice president, while Britsch has over 20 years of human resources experience. American City Business Journals (03/24)

6. Report: Cat litter was the culprit in WIPP incident

NEI SmartBrief | Mar 27, 2015

The Energy Department's Waste Isolation Pilot Plant was temporarily closed due to a reaction between organic cat litter and nitrate salt residues, according to a new report. The cat litter is used to absorb moisture at the site. The litter used reacted with salt residues, which led to a container lid popping and minor contamination for 21 workers on-site. "We are reviewing the report and its findings now as we continue working to mitigate the risks of this happening again," said the Energy Department. Sacramento Bee (Calif.) (free registration), The (03/26)

7. NRC wants to lower annual fees to nuclear plant operators

NEI SmartBrief | Mar 25, 2015

A Nuclear Regulatory Commission proposal would reduce annual fees per reactor from $5.22 million in fiscal 2014 to $4.98 million this year. Although storage and decommissioning fees would increase by $10,000 per reactor, a "fee-relief surplus" would result in an overall decrease in annual fees. SNL Financial (free content) (03/23)

8. Sen. Harry Reid will retire in 2016

NEI SmartBrief | Mar 27, 2015

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., has announced he will not seek re-election next year. "I want to be able to go out at the top of my game," Reid said. New York Times (tiered subscription model), The (03/27)

9. NRC monitors Entergy's use of decommissioning trust fund

NEI SmartBrief | Mar 26, 2015

Rutland Herald (Vt.) (03/25)

10. SMRs suffering from tiny budget and political red tape

NEI SmartBrief | Mar 30, 2015

The development of small modular reactors has suffered from a lack of budgetary support and "misplaced priorities," writes Rod Adams. While a tax credit for mature wind turbines that would cost around $6 billion per year has been supported, the annual budget for SMR development has dropped from $90 million to $60 million beginning in fiscal year 2016. Atomic Insights blog (03/29)

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