May 7, 2021
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As part of its World Energy Outlook series, the International Energy Agency has released a report saying the energy sector's demand for critical minerals could increase sixfold by 2040 as the clean energy transition accelerates. Nuclear's mineral requirements, excluding uranium, are among the lowest of all energy sources, although advanced nuclear technologies such as small modular reactors could change this, the report said.
Full Story: Nuclear Engineering International (5/6) 
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The OECD Nuclear Energy Agency has published an extensive report that explores the lessons learned from the long-term management of severe nuclear accidents and highlights key issues and knowledge gaps. The report sets out potential approaches to long-term management and makes a series of recommendations drawing from the knowledge and experience gained from the Three Mile Island, Chernobyl and Fukushima Daiichi accidents.
Full Story: Nuclear Engineering International (5/7) 
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Replacing Illinois' nuclear power plants with renewables and storage could cost energy consumers in the state as much as $80 billion, said Exelon CEO Chris Crane during the company's latest earnings call. The company will be forced to retire its unprofitable Dresden and Byron plants beginning this fall unless "adequate" policy measures are taken to support the carbon-free facilities, Crane warned.
Full Story: Utility Dive (5/6) 
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A small Canadian study found that people with Alzheimer's disease benefited from low-dose radiation treatments, with patients' families reporting improved communication. Larger, double-blinded and placebo-controlled trials are needed to verify the results, Ed Cara writes.
Full Story: Gizmodo (5/6) 
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Policy Watch
Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm said during a House Appropriations Committee hearing on the proposed Energy Department budget that she is sympathetic to the idea of nuclear subsidies. "We're not going to be able to achieve our climate goals if our nuclear power plants shut down, we have to find ways to keep them operating," said Granholm.
Full Story: The Hill (5/6) 
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Waste Management/D&D
Dominion Engineering and waste storage firm Deep Isolation have agreed to collaborate on the development and deployment of Deep Isolation's spent fuel and high-level waste disposal technology, initially targeting Latin America. "By catalyzing this solution for long-term management of nuclear waste, we are meaningfully contributing to greater confidence in nuclear power by eliminating what has been a historical barrier to greater acceptance within the clean energy landscape," said Dominion President Mike Little.
Full Story: Nuclear Engineering International (5/6) 
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Advanced Reactors
The Tennessee Valley Authority has agreed to provide engineering, operations and licensing support for the deployment of Kairos Power's Hermes low-power demonstration reactor at the East Tennessee Technology Park in Oak Ridge, Tenn. The Hermes demonstration project will pave the way for the development of Kairos' commercial-scale KP-FHR advanced reactor technology, which will use TRISO particle fuel and low-pressure fluoride salt coolant.
Full Story: Nuclear Newswire (American Nuclear Society) (5/6) 
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Canada's Terrestrial Energy has awarded Ontario-based Hatch a contract for engineering and other services to underpin the development and construction of its Integral Molten Salt Reactor power plant. A Generation IV small modular reactor that uses a graphite moderator and standard assay low-enriched uranium fuel will make the plant 50% more efficient than traditional reactors.
Full Story: Nuclear Engineering International (5/6) 
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The Belarusian Energy Ministry has announced that reactor Unit 1 of the country's nuclear power plant near Ostrovets has been reconnected to the power grid. The VVER-1200 reactor is undergoing a 15-day comprehensive testing program, which marks the end of the pilot commercial operation stage.
Full Story: BelTA News Agency (Belarus) (5/6) 
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ANS Update
Present your work at the 2021 ANS Winter Meeting
We are now accepting summaries for the 2021 ANS Winter Meeting. Don't miss this great opportunity to be a presenter at one of the nuclear community's largest events of the year. Please submit summaries describing work that is new, significant, and relevant to the nuclear industry. The meeting takes place November 30 to December 4 at the Washington Hilton in Washington, D.C. Learn more.
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