April 14, 2021
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The American Nuclear Society agrees with Japan's decision to release wastewater from the Fukushima Daiichi plant into the ocean. "If the current recommendations are followed, then the public exposure from the release of the repurified and diluted water would be many orders of magnitude less than the exposure from natural radiation per year," the ANS said in a March 2020 statement.
Full Story: ANS Newswire (American Nuclear Society) (4/13) 
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Balfour Beatty has placed the final concrete for the cooling water tunnel heads for the Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant in Somerset, England. The milestone, which project director Roger Frost has called a "feat of engineering," required careful precision as each intake head had 125,000 individual reinforcing bars.
Full Story: New Civil Engineer (tiered subscription model) (4/13) 
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The Missouri Nuclear Clean Power Act, which supports the construction of nuclear power plants within the state, is moving forward in the state's House of Representatives. The bill would allow plants that generate 200 or more megawatts from renewable resources to charge for NPP construction costs before operations begin.
Full Story: The Missouri Times (Jefferson City) (4/13) 
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The Savannah River Site's new manager, James Armstrong, officially started at the facility this week. Armstrong has experience at other high-profile sites, such as the Pantex Plant, Hanford Site and Y-12 National Security Complex.
Full Story: Aiken Standard (S.C.) (tiered subscription model) (4/13) 
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Policy Watch
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is looking into changing its rules for notifications to tribal governments regarding shipments of licensed materials. The Tribal Radioactive Materials Transportation Committee has asked the NRC to reconcile "divergences" in required notifications.
Full Story: ANS Newswire (American Nuclear Society) (4/13) 
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Japan's Nuclear Regulation Authority will not allow Tokyo Electric Power Company to restart operations at its Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear plant. The regulator denied permission for the restart due to safety violations found last year.
Full Story: Daily Sabah (Turkey) (4/14),  Reuters (4/14) 
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Construction of the first Hualong Two nuclear reactor will begin by 2024, according to the China National Nuclear Corporation. The building phase will take four years, a full year less than the five years needed to build the Hualong One, said CNNC vice general manager Cao Shudong.
Full Story: Nasdaq (4/14) 
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The Russian Federation State Atomic Energy Corporation has signed a deal with Zimbabwe to build a nuclear power plant in the African nation. "The anticipated co-operation in the use of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes will provide alternative sources of energy which Zimbabwe needs," said Information Minister Monica Mutsvangwa.
Full Story: New Zimbabwe (4/14) 
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ANS Update
Now accepting summaries for the 2021 ANS Winter Meeting
Now accepting summaries for the 2021 ANS Winter Meeting
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We're excited to announce that summaries are now being accepted for the 2021 ANS Winter Meeting. Please submit summaries describing work that is new, significant, and relevant to the nuclear industry. This year's event takes place Nov. 30 through Dec. 4 at the Washington Hilton in Washington, D.C. Learn more.
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