S.C. officials meet with Trump to discuss MOX | Fitch affirms JEA double-A rating in lieu of Plant Vogtle | The New Fire documentary highlights nuclear research
October 19, 2018
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S.C. officials meet with Trump to discuss MOX
South Carolinian political leaders met with President Trump on Thursday to discuss completion of the Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility at the Savannah River Site. "The president was clearly open to our comments and our concerns," said Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., in a statement.
The Associated Press (10/18),  McClatchy Washington Bureau/The State (Columbia, S.C.) (10/18) 
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Fitch affirms JEA double-A rating in lieu of Plant Vogtle
Fitch Ratings reaffirmed the city of Jacksonville, Fla., and JEA's double-A credit ratings on Wednesday. Other credit rating agencies -- Moody's Investor Service and Standard & Poor's -- had issued credit downgrades over Plant Vogtle concerns.
The Florida Times-Union (Jacksonville) (10/18) 
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The New Fire documentary highlights nuclear research
A new documentary from David Schumacher -- entitled The New Fire -- showcases young individuals working on research to improve the nuclear field. This includes highlighting the company funded by Bill Gates, TerraPower.
Grist (10/18) 
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Power Generation
Commissioner: Grid reliance will remain FERC top priority
Grid reliance will continue to be a priority despite the White House's move away from plans for potential nuclear bailouts, says Federal Energy Regulatory Commissioner Neil Chatterjee. The FERC will continue to work on grid strength, with Chatterjee noting, "We've got our resilience docket open."
RTO Insider (tiered subscription model) (10/17) 
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How to maximize safety, profits for 80-year reactors
Eighty-year operating license renewals could become a reality, helping plants save on costs, assuming safety and performance can be maintained. "Over half of the nuclear fleet has expressed interest in also submitting 80-year license renewals," says the Nuclear Energy Institute's Jason Remer.
Nuclear Energy Insider (UK) (10/17) 
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Analysis: Nuclear bailouts run counter to DOD plans
The Energy Department's effort to provide subsidies to the nuclear industry is in direct conflict with the Defense Department's security efforts, write Peter Behr and Hannah Northey. In particular, keeping nuclear and coal plants in operation runs counter to the energy security and reducing military dependence on local utilities.
E&E News (free content) (10/18) 
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Waste Management/D&D
Commentary: It will take coherent government to address nuclear waste
Stalemates in Congress and government have made finding a long-term nuclear waste solution next to impossible, writes Jeremy Dillon. But recent bipartisan support for the proposed Yucca Mountain nuclear-waste repository in Nevada offers a silver lining, he writes.
Roll Call (free content) (10/18) 
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INL, Hanford transuranic waste proposal could face opposition
The Idaho National Laboratory is considering accepting up to 8,500 cubic meters of transuranic waste from the Hanford nuclear site in Washington, but the idea faces political push-back. Both of the state's candidates for governor have voiced opposition to the plan.
Idaho State Journal (Pocatello) (tiered subscription model) (10/18) 
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ANS News
NURETH-18 Call for Papers Due One Month From Today
Abstracts for the 18th International Topical Meeting on Nuclear Reactor Thermal Hydraulics (NURETH-18) are due Monday, Nov. 19. Held every two years, NURETH-18 is one of the premier gatherings for experts in nuclear reactor thermal hydraulics and related topical areas. The conference takes place Aug. 18-22 in Portland, Ore. Learn more here.
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