October 27, 2021
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A new report published by the Nuclear Energy Institute, Foratom and three other nuclear industry groups examines nuclear energy's role in achieving the United Nations' 17 Sustainable Development Goals, which include eliminating hunger and poverty and enabling access to affordable and clean energy. "The planet and humanity are much better off because of the many nuclear contributions to achieving each of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals," said World Nuclear Association Director General Sama Bilbao y Leon.
Full Story: World Nuclear News (10/26) 
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News Roundup
Nuclear energy to power bitcoin mining data center in Pa.
Susquehanna NPP (Talen Energy)
Talen Energy has selected Linxon, a joint venture between Hitachi Energy and SNC-Lavalin, to provide three substations that will deliver power from Talen's Susquehanna nuclear power plant in Pennsylvania to a bitcoin mining data center currently under construction by Talen subsidiary Cumulus. Talen Energy's Dustin Wertheimer said the bitcoin mining project will spur job creation and economic growth in the community.
Full Story: DatacenterDynamics (10/26) 
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Energy Harbor and the Energy Department have agreed to proceed with a pilot project to produce 100% carbon-free hydrogen at Energy Harbor's Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station in Ohio. The $11 million-plus project, developed in collaboration with Idaho National Laboratory, Xcel Energy and Arizona Public Service, is expected to begin operations in 2023.
Full Story: The News-Messenger (Fremont, Ohio) (tiered subscription model) (10/27) 
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Policy Watch
President Joe Biden has expressed hopes for an agreement on a spending plan before he leaves Thursday for a Group of 20 meeting in Italy and a climate summit in the UK. Democrats have been trimming the package as they seek a deal.
Full Story: Reuters (10/25),  CNBC (10/25) 
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Waste Management/D&D
Washington River Protection Solutions workers have wrapped up a project to replace the floating cover on one of the three liquid waste storage basins that are part of the Liquid Effluent Retention Facility at the Hanford Site in Washington. "We faced a lot of unique challenges on the project, but we got the job done thanks to a team that demonstrated exceptional teamwork and a strong commitment to safety," said WRPS project manager Gene Roosendaal.
Full Story: Nuclear Newswire (American Nuclear Society) (10/26) 
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International
EU official sees role for nuclear in energy transition
von der Leyen (Thierry Monasse/Getty Images)
The EU needs stable sources of energy like nuclear power and natural gas to complement renewables during its clean energy transition, said European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen. The commission is due to publish, in the coming months, final sustainable finance taxonomy rules as well as delegated acts addressing nuclear power and gas.
Full Story: NucNet (Belgium) (10/26) 
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The British government has proposed a new model to fund the construction of new nuclear power plants like the $27.4 billion Sizewell C project in Suffolk. The Regulated Asset Base model is designed to reduce the cost of new developments and save consumers money, and would have consumers pay part of the project bill through the construction phase of a project.
Full Story: BBC (10/26) 
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Rosatom-owned fuel company TVEL has announced that equipment installation work has been completed at the Russian facility that will produce mixed uranium-plutonium nitride fuel for the BREST-OD-300 lead-cooled fast neutron reactor.
Full Story: Nuclear Engineering International (10/26) 
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ANS Update
Industry leaders headline Virtual Young Professionals Congress 2021
Industry leaders headline Virtual Young Professionals Congress 2021
Make plans to join us November 12-13 for the Virtual Young Professionals Congress 2021. Hear from industry leaders including Maria Korsnick (pictured - President/CEO of NEI), Marcia Burkey (CFO/EVP of TerraPower), Kathy McCarthy (Associate Lab Directory of ORNL), and many more! The cost is only $30 for students and $50 for professionals. Register now.
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