The Chernobyl and Fukushima disasters ushered in a new era of nuclear safety as nations joined forces to develop standards, norms and procedures designed to prevent other accidents as well as increase transparency and accountability, writes International Atomic Energy Agency Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi. He advises that nurturing an adaptive global nuclear safety culture is the only way to restore public trust, unlock nuclear energy's full potential and allow it to play its part in the fight against climate change.
Carl Churchman, former project director for Westinghouse Electric, has pleaded guilty to making a false statement to an FBI agent during the investigation of a failed project to build two new reactors at the V.C. Summer nuclear plant in South Carolina. The project failure cost ratepayers more than $2 billion and resulted in the loss of nearly 6,000 jobs.
Shine Medical Technologies and the University of Missouri Research Reactor signed an agreement covering the manufacture of ytterbium-176, the precursor isotope to lutetium-177, a radioisotope used for drug applications. Under the deal, ytterbium-176 will undergo irradiation at the MURR reactor.
The Yucca Mountain repository in Nevada will not be used to store the roughly 88,100 short tons of spent nuclear fuel spread across about 80 sites around the US, Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm said during a visit to Nevada on Thursday. A commission established during the Obama administration is beginning the process of finding the best location for storing the waste.
To accelerate the deployment of small modular reactors, national regulators need to work together on a streamlined, uniform regulatory approach, especially with regard to the design maturity requirements projects must meet before beginning the pre-licensing and licensing processes, according to a new report by the World Nuclear Association. "If we want SMRs to fulfill the potential they hold for future clean energy systems, there needs to be greater cognizance of the investability of projects and the long-term sustainability of reactor vendors," said Allan Carson, lead report author and project manager at WNA working group CORDEL.
The Energy Department is awarding $6.4 million in funding for US scientists to pursue seven research projects at Germany's Wendelstein 7-X and Japan's Large Helical Device stellarator fusion energy facilities. The projects will delve into topics including electric field and turbulence measurement, ion-heat transport within heated plasmas and equilibrium stability to improve plasma confinement.
Unit 1 of the Belarusian nuclear power plant near Ostrovets has entered commercial service and is operating at nominal output capacity, according to state news agency Belta and Russia's Rosatom. The 1,110-megawatt unit, a Generation III VVER V-491, is the first of its kind to begin operations outside Russia.
A new viral YouTube video documents Finland's efforts to deploy nuclear power to decarbonize its economy and reduce its reliance on foreign energy. The video spotlights TVO's third-generation pressurized water reactor at Olkiluoto Nuclear Plant, scheduled for commercial startup next year, and Posiva Oy's groundbreaking Onkalo deep geologic spent fuel repository.
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