Hanford completes transfer of underwater waste to dry storage | New judge appointed to handle V.C. Summer lawsuits | Trespassers arrested at NNSS
September 13, 2019
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Hanford completes transfer of underwater waste to dry storage
The Hanford nuclear site in Washington has completed the transfer of underwater radioactive sludge near the Columbia River to dry storage 400 yards away. The project cost less than expected and beat its deadline, said Energy Secretary Rick Perry.
The Associated Press (9/12),  Tri-City Herald (Kennewick, Wash.) (tiered subscription model) (9/12) 
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New judge appointed to handle V.C. Summer lawsuits
Remaining litigation related to the V.C. Summer project will be handled by Jean Toal, a former South Carolina Supreme Court chief justice. One such case is between Santee Cooper and electric cooperatives.
The Post and Courier (Charleston, S.C.) (tiered subscription model) (9/12) 
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Senate committee passes spending bill without Yucca funding
The Senate Appropriations Committee unanimously passed a $49 billion Energy Department spending bill that did not include spending for Yucca Mountain, the proposed repository in Nevada. The Trump administration sought $130 million to restart the Yucca licensing process.
Las Vegas Review-Journal (tiered subscription model) (9/12) 
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Fuel
Westinghouse's accident-tolerant fuel is loaded at Byron plant
Unit 2 at the Byron nuclear plant in Illinois was loaded with Westinghouse Electric's EnCore Fuel product in April, a development only made public this month. Testing of the fuel will last until 2022.
Power Magazine online (9/13) 
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International
Officials at odds over nuclear future in Japan
All nuclear reactors in Japan should be shut down, said environment minister Shinjiro Koizumi. However, industry minister Isshu Sugawara said having no nuclear energy "is, at the moment and in the future, not realistic."
Reuters (9/12),  Reuters (9/11) 
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CEO: EDF hopes to work with Saudi Arabia on nuclear reactors
EDF hopes to partner with Saudi Arabia on nuclear energy, said CEO Jean-Bernard Levy. "We have been pre-selected and we have a team working under the instructions of the Saudi government," he said.
The National (Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates) (9/11) 
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