April 16, 2021
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New York state and Holtec International reached a deal over the decommissioning of the soon-to-be-shut-down Indian Point nuclear plant, said New York Attorney General Letitia James. The deal, which still requires the state's Public Service Commission approval, will require Holtec to maintain $400 million in a decommissioning trust fund for a decade.
Full Story: Daily News (New York) (tiered subscription model) (4/15),  Patch (4/15) 
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The case between Nuclear Development and Tennessee Valley Authority related to the sale of the Bellefonte nuclear plant will have to be settled with a trial, said US District Judge Liles Burke, adding that the court needs more information to rule on the case. He did not set a trial date.
Full Story: Huntsville Business Journal (4/14) 
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The Microreactor Applications Research Validation and EvaLuation -- a small microreactor to be built at the Idaho National Laboratory's Transient Reactor Test facility -- will be complete in three years, according to the Department of Energy. MARVEL will help researchers develop and validate microreactor technologies, the department says.
Full Story: ANS Newswire (American Nuclear Society) (4/15) 
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Power Generation
As Ireland works to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, it should consider using nuclear power to supplement renewable energy sources and maintain grid reliability, writes University College Cork biochemistry professor William Reville. "Nuclear plants are very efficient, working uninterruptedly for 94 per cent of the time, and the new [small modular reactors] are designed to quickly adjust power output to complement slumps in electricity generation by renewables when winds don't blow and the sun doesn't shine," he writes
Full Story: The Irish Times (Dublin) (4/15) 
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Policy Watch
The Biden administration has put together a plan to encourage US electric companies to better protect themselves from cyberattacks. The plan includes having utilities identify critical sites, as well as incentivizing them to install monitoring equipment that will identify hacks and threats.
Full Story: Bloomberg (4/14) 
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Waste Management/D&D
The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory received three new nuclear fuel containers that will be used to assess the safety of using stainless steel containers to store used nuclear fuel. The containers each weigh 24 tons and will allow PNNL to complete more through investigations into container issues, such degradation and how they can be monitored while remaining sealed.
Full Story: Tri-City Herald (Kennewick, Wash.) (tiered subscription model) (4/15) 
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International
The Chinese government has authorized the building of five nuclear reactor units, which will be completed by China National Nuclear Corp., sources say. The projects include four regular nuclear units and a small module reactor, with three of the projects set to start this year.
Full Story: Reuters (4/15) 
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