May 6, 2021
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The Biden administration is reportedly endorsing production tax credits for nuclear power plants as part of its $2.3 trillion infrastructure proposal to prevent further nuclear plant shutdowns and underpin President Joe Biden's goal to decarbonize the power sector by 2035. A preliminary version of the tax credit would require plants to provide evidence of financial hardship and would not allow them to receive both state and federal subsidies, according to sources.
Full Story: Nuclear Newswire (American Nuclear Society) (5/5),  Reuters (5/5),  Bloomberg (5/5) 
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Several nuclear organizations, including the American Nuclear Society, have sent a letter to Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm requesting the creation of a new Energy Department office to develop and manage an integrated nuclear waste storage, transportation and disposal program. "We urge you to take this action immediately, particularly given the funding recently provided by Congress under the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021," the letter says.
Full Story: Nuclear Newswire (American Nuclear Society) (5/5) 
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A federal appeals court has thrown out the Nuclear Energy Institute's challenge to a Nuclear Regulatory Commission rule requiring nuclear reactor owners and operators to get the agency's permission to dispose of very low-level radioactive waste, even though state permission had been enough before. The court said it did not have jurisdiction to rule in the case because a 2019 letter the NRC sent to the trade group was not reviewable under the Hobbs Administrative Orders Review Act.
Full Story: Reuters (5/6) 
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Tuesday: Spotlight on Sandia National Laboratories
Join us for the 10th edition of the ANS Young Members Group Spotlight on National Labs series featuring Sandia National Laboratories. Learn about Sandia's latest projects and much more during a free webinar next Tuesday, May 11, 11:30 am - 1:00 pm EDT. Register.
US production of uranium concentrate fell below the reporting threshold during the first quarter of 2021, according to the Energy Information Administration. Three US facilities produced uranium concentrate in Q1, down from six producing U308 in the fourth quarter of 2020.
Full Story: Kitco (5/5) 
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Nuclear operators Teollisuuden Voima Oyj and Fortum have worked with power companies in Finland to test a standard, stainless steel T5-series ball valve enclosed in a 3D-printed housing. Nuclear power plants could one day use 3D printing to produce parts that are no longer available from the manufacturers.
Full Story: NucNet (Belgium) (5/5) 
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The Clab temporary spent fuel storage site at Oskarshamn, Sweden, is reaching its permitted capacity, which could force five Swedish nuclear reactors to close by 2028 if a new waste storage solution isn't put in place. Environment Minister Per Bolund says the site could be expanded while plans for a final repository at Forsmark are examined by the government.
Full Story: Reuters (5/5) 
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ANS Update
ANS to debut new Navigating Nuclear Virtual Field Trip today
In partnership with Discovery Education, ANS will be launching its third virtual field trip today at 1 p.m. EDT. Nuclear Frontiers: Powering Possibility will take students on a journey to learn how Earth-based nuclear science and technology are paving the way in space exploration. Along the way, students will virtually meet Dr. Franklin Chang-Diaz, a NASA Hall of Fame astronaut; Dr. David Poston, chief reactor designer for the NASA Kilopower Project at Los Alamos National Laboratory; and Candace Davison, assistant director for education and outreach and senior reactor operator of the Penn State University research reactor. Learn more.
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