Browns Ferry updates nearly finished, TVA says | Hanford contamination was greater than expected, report says | S.C. Legislature starts special session, will discuss Santee Cooper
May 21, 2019
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Browns Ferry updates nearly finished, TVA says
The Tennessee Valley Authority has almost wrapped up $500 million in upgrades at its Browns Ferry nuclear plant. The update will increase capacity at each of the plant's three reactors by roughly 14%.
AL (Ala.) (5/20) 
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Radiation health physics master’s online
Nuclear nonproliferation is vital to global security. That's why this Department of Energy director in Ukraine is earning her radiation health physics master's online with Oregon State – to learn from world-class scientists who are on the front lines of radiation detection and protection. See story and video
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Hanford contamination was greater than expected, report says
According to a Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board report, a contamination incident at the Hanford nuclear site in mid-March spread farther than initially thought. In late March, the contamination, involving strontium, was on a worker's clothes as he left a closed lab.
The Seattle Times (tiered subscription model) (5/20) 
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S.C. Legislature starts special session, will discuss Santee Cooper
South Carolina legislators have started a three-day special session that will include discussions on the future of Santee Cooper. Coming to a decision on the utility in the allotted time will likely be difficult, sources said.
WIS-TV (Columbia, S.C.) (5/20) 
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NRC to take in more in annual licensing fees
Licensee and applicant fees collected by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission for fiscal 2019 are expected to reach $782.5 million. Roughly $530.5 million will be from annual licensing fees, an increase from fiscal 2018.
ExchangeMonitor (tiered subscription model) (5/20) 
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Decommissioning to begin for nuclear ship N.S. Savannah
The first nuclear-powered merchant ship, the N.S. Savannah, is set to be decommissioned. The ship was christened in 1959, and decommissioning is expected to be finished by October 2023 at the earliest.
Savannah Morning News (Ga.) (free registration) (5/20) 
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Power Generation
Pilgrim plant shuts down due to pump issue
An electrical issue with a circulating pump has forced a shutdown of the Pilgrim nuclear plant. The plant, which has been offline since Friday, will be permanently closed in less than two weeks.
Cape Cod Times (Mass.) (tiered subscription model) (5/20) 
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Waste Management/D&D
Report: There may be cheaper cleanup methods for Hanford tank waste
A recent report says there could be two cheaper options for treating tank waste at the Hanford nuclear site: grouting and steam reforming. However, both processes have additional issues that would need to be addressed.
Tri-City Herald (Kennewick, Wash.) (tiered subscription model) (5/16) 
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EDF Energy's Hunterston plant restart delayed
The restart of EDF Energy's Hunterston B7 reactor in Scotland has been pushed back from June 30 to July 31. The company's Hunterston B8 reactor will come back online on June 24 instead of the previously planned date of May 30.
Reuters (5/20) 
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Register for the Utility Working Conference
Make plans to attend the 26th Annual ANS Utility Working Conference and Vendor Technology Expo, taking place August 4-7 in Amelia Island, FL. This is your opportunity to participate in a unique event that brings the utility industry together to collaborate, learn, and network with suppliers and other utility professionals. Register and reserve rooms by July 5 to receive the best rates. Learn more.
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