May 12, 2021
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The International Atomic Energy Agency's 28th annual Fusion Energy Conference, being held online this week, has already drawn a record 3,400 attendees. "Over the last years, we have seen fusion advancing quicker than ever before, opening new job opportunities and inspiring career horizons," IAEA Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi said in his opening remarks.
Full Story: Nuclear Engineering International (5/11) 
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News Roundup
Westinghouse Electric Company has acquired ABB's AC160N control technology, which was developed specifically for Westinghouse's Common Q safety systems platform and is suited for operation in harsh nuclear environments. Westinghouse President and CEO Patrick Fragman said the investment is of strategic importance to the global operating fleet, noting that "safety system upgrades are more critical than ever as utilities seek to preserve the life of their plants in order to produce even more affordable, carbon-free energy."
Full Story: Nuclear Engineering International (5/12) 
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Policy Watch
Sens. Edward Markey and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts have asked the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to implement tougher safety requirements at NextEra Energy's Seabrook Station nuclear power plant in Seabrook, N.H., to address concrete degradation in reactor systems. NextEra's Peter Robbins said the NRC's multiyear assessment determined that Seabrook's plan for monitoring and addressing alkali-silica reaction degradation is effective.
Full Story: Gloucester Daily Times (Mass.) (5/11) 
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The Idaho National Laboratory's National Reactor Innovation Center is soliciting Expressions of Interest from developers and end users for a potential demonstration program, designed to spur the innovation and deployment of nuclear energy concepts. The four-phase program would start this year and focus on nuclear reactor emulation, microreactor applications and advanced reactor applications.
Full Story: Nuclear Newswire (American Nuclear Society) (5/11) 
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Waste Management/D&D
A Texas bill that would have given Waste Control Specialists a break on state fees for its low-level nuclear waste facility in Andrews County has failed for a second time to pass a House committee vote. Opponents claimed the bill would have opened the door for the facility to one day receive higher-level waste, but the company and the bill's sponsor denied that claim.
Full Story: Corpus Christi Caller-Times (Texas) (tiered subscription model) (5/11),  The Texas Tribune (5/11) 
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Advanced Reactors
The Department of Energy's Quantum Horizons program will award $10 million for research and development projects that combine quantum information science with nuclear physics, including around quantum computation and simulations and nuclear physics detectors. "A key objective of this program is to identify and capitalize on unique opportunities to advance both QIS and nuclear science research in ways that align with the national strategy for QIS," said Timothy Hallman, the department's associate director of science for nuclear physics.
Full Story: Nuclear Engineering International (5/11),  Nextgov (5/11) 
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The Canadian Nuclear Association and North American Young Generation in Nuclear have agreed to collaborate on initiatives that support STEM, promote nuclear science, energy and technology, and attract students to nuclear. CNA President and CEO John Gorman said the nuclear industry needs the support of young people to fill jobs and advocate for small modular reactors and nuclear refurbishment.
Full Story: Nuclear Newswire (American Nuclear Society) (5/11) 
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Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power's small modular reactor development is accelerating, and the company said it plans to obtain all necessary licenses by 2028 in order to enter the export market in 2030. "As the global SMR market is expected to expand, we are developing an innovative SMR that has a competitive edge in the market," a KHNP official said.
Full Story: BusinessKorea magazine online (5/11) 
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Save 10% on new Three Mile Island memoir and more
To celebrate the launch of our newest book, "Three Mile Island and Beyond," we're offering 10% off all books, publications, apparel, and more at the ANS Store. Members save an additional 10% (20% total savings). Use the code "MAYSAVE10" to save. Three Mile Island and Beyond is a memoir by Harold Denton, who was the NRC's public face during the 1979 Three Mile Island accident. The book interweaves Denton's retelling of the accident with chapters conveying his career-long message of safety being the paramount factor in the use of nuclear technology. Save now.
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