April 29, 2021
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The hundreds of shuttered US coal power plants could be repurposed as small nuclear reactor sites, said Tennessee Valley Authority President and CEO Jeff Lyash during a virtual event, citing easy access to water resources and existing power grid connections. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., agreed, saying, "You could come online much quicker and we could accomplish this at a much faster rate than anything else we could do."
Full Story: Reuters (4/28) 
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Policy Watch
New Jersey's Board of Public Utilities has approved a three-year extension of the state's zero-emission certificate program, which supports the Hope Creek and Salem nuclear power plants. The plants provide about 40% of New Jersey's power and 90% of its carbon-free electricity.
Full Story: Nuclear Newswire (American Nuclear Society) (4/27) 
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Lawmakers from New York, Illinois, Maine and Vermont are backing legislation that would provide $175 million in annual assistance for the next five years to communities around shuttered nuclear power plants. The STRANDED Act aims to bring some relief to communities affected by the loss of tax revenues and left to cope with spent nuclear waste.
Full Story: The Journal News (White Plains, N.Y.) (tiered subscription model) (4/28) 
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Waste Management/D&D
The Department of Energy has proposed extending the deadline from 2030 to 2050 for transferring transuranic waste from the Hanford Site in Washington to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in New Mexico. A virtual public meeting on the matter is scheduled for May 13, and public comments can be submitted until June 14.
Full Story: ExchangeMonitor (tiered subscription model) (4/27) 
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The Energy Department's Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in New Mexico will convert all of its underground diesel vehicles and equipment to electric power to enhance airflow and improve worker safety related to airflow. Replacing or converting WIPP's 37 essential underground diesel vehicles could take five years, department officials said.
Full Story: The Associated Press (4/28) 
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International
French utility EDF and Russian state-owned nuclear firm Rosatom will work together to produce green hydrogen in Russia and Europe, using nuclear power and carbon capture and storage technologies, as part of their plan to decarbonize the mobility and industrial sectors. The effort could, however, be met with resistance from European countries without atomic power or in the process of shuttering nuclear power plants.
Full Story: Recharge (tiered subscription model) (4/28) 
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The Burundi Ministry of Water Resources, Energy and Mines has signed an agreement with Russia's Rosatom to advance nuclear energy in Burundi, including through the development of nuclear infrastructure and raising public awareness about nuclear technologies.
Full Story: Nuclear Engineering International (4/27) 
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How Drones Can Mitigate Risk in Energy Sectors
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ANS Update
ANS Congressional Fellow application deadline extended to May 17
As the ANS Congressional Fellow, you will have the opportunity to work on Capitol Hill for a congressional member or a congressional committee. Along with providing additional expertise to lawmakers on nuclear science and technology, Congressional Fellows will also gain a better understanding of how the federal legislative process works. Application materials must be received no later than May 17. Learn more.
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