September 28, 2021
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Miami mayor courting crypto miners with nuclear power
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Miami Mayor Francis Suarez has been reaching out to cryptocurrency miners with pitches focusing on his city's nuclear energy resources and crypto friendliness. Suarez said Florida Power & Light has had discussions with crypto miners to explore possible mining operations near the Turkey Point Nuclear Power Plant.
Full Story: BNN Bloomberg (Canada) (9/27),  Business Insider (tiered subscription model) (9/27) 
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News Roundup
During the recent "Empowering Women to Succeed" webinar hosted by the American Nuclear Society, six women with accomplished careers in the nuclear industry took turns recounting their professional journeys and sharing tips for other women pursuing careers in this field. "We have to recognize that if anyone, male or female, wants to get ahead in nuclear, we have to carve a path for ourselves where none existed before," said Rosemary Yeremian, vice president of corporate strategy for X-energy Canada.
Full Story: Nuclear Newswire (American Nuclear Society) (9/27) 
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Policy Watch
The technologies and tools needed to stop power outages and build a grid resilient against extreme weather events are available, but it falls to policymakers to adopt them -- and the time is now, write Mark Dyson and Justin Locke of RMI. "The investment imagined by the bipartisan infrastructure deal and the Clean Electricity Performance Plan can be well-aligned with resilience goals if policymakers prioritize today's cutting-edge technologies that maximize the resilience value of carbon-free resources," they write.
Full Story: The Hill (9/25) 
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Waste Management/D&D
The Energy Department is using New Mexico's three-year review of surface water rules to advocate for replacing the current method for detecting polychlorinated biphenyls in water from the Los Alamos National Laboratory with a less stringent method. Department consultant John Toll said the testing method was never approved by the Environmental Protection Agency, and asserted the state must switch to an EPA-approved method and revise state regulations to account for this change.
Full Story: The Santa Fe New Mexican (tiered subscription model) (9/26) 
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Advanced Reactors
The Nuclear Innovation Alliance has released a new report providing an overview of advanced nuclear technologies, in particular reactors under development in the US and Canada, with a goal to educate the public and stakeholders. The report also presents the Energy Department's Advanced Reactor Demonstration Program and includes a glossary of terms.
Full Story: Nuclear Newswire (American Nuclear Society) (9/27) 
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The UK Atomic Energy Authority has opened a facility at the Advanced Manufacturing Park in Rotherham designed to test components for fusion power plants. The facility includes the CHIMERA (Combined Heating and Magnetic Research Apparatus) test rig, which will allow researchers "to simulate the extreme conditions found within a fusion power plant, but without any nuclear reactions taking place."
Full Story: The Engineer (UK) (9/27) 
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The world needs 30 gigawatts of new nuclear power capacity every year, five times more than the annual additions of the past decade, to meet climate goals, according Fatih Birol, International Energy Agency executive director. Birol also called for policy changes to prevent nuclear energy's share of European power generation from dropping further.
Full Story: NucNet (Belgium) (9/27) 
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The European parliament's environment and economic affairs committees on Monday rejected three attempts by fellow lawmakers to prevent the EU from enacting new rules for sustainable investing. Opponents of the new rules argued either that nuclear and gas power should be designated as green or that the proposals conflicted with existing EU law.
Full Story: Reuters (9/27) 
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Next Issue: Decommissioning & Decontamination
Next Issue: Decommissioning & Decontamination
The November issue of Nuclear News will feature editorial on decommissioning and decontamination. Feature articles will focus on D&D work done in the United States. Advertise or subscribe by October 4. Learn more.
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