The fate of New Jersey's nuclear sector is due to be determined on Tuesday, when the state's Board of Public Utilities will decide whether to renew subsidies for the state's two nuclear power plants, Dylan Moon writes. The two plants supply nearly 40% of New Jersey's electricity and more than 90% of the state's carbon-free energy, but Moon writes that without subsides, operator PSEG will be forced to shutter them, resulting in the loss of thousands of jobs and a reliable source of clean energy.
Canada's Brookfield Business Partners is considering selling a minority stake in nuclear firm Westinghouse Electric, which it acquired in 2018 from Japan's Toshiba Corp., according to sources. The stake sale could value Westinghouse, which wants to develop smaller nuclear reactors, at up to $10 billion, including debt.
The State Department's Bureau of Arms Control, Verification and Compliance will no longer include the international Plutonium Management and Disposition Agreement in its annual report. The agreement between the US and Russia led to the development of the now-canceled Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility at the Savannah River Site in South Carolina.
The discharge of treated radioactive water from the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan will have no measurable adverse effects on the US West Coast and California's Humboldt Bay in particular, according to Long Beach State University professor emeritus Steven Manley. "If released, it would take over a year to find its way to the waters off Humboldt and significant dilution will occur," Manley said.
Department of Energy contractor Nuclear Waste Partnership has awarded a $163 million contract to The Industrial Company for completion of the Safety Significant Confinement Ventilation System at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in New Mexico. The project is expected to be finished in 2025.
French utility EDF has submitted a binding offer to provide engineering research and equipment for the construction of six third-generation European Pressurized Reactors at the Jaitapur nuclear power project in Maharashtra, India. The project will have a record total generation capacity of 9,900 megawatts and is expected to take 15 years to complete.
Slovakia's state-owned radioactive waste treatment facility in Jaslovske Bohunice has received permission from the Environment Ministry to double its annual incineration capacity from the current 264 short tons. The expansion will enable the facility to meet obligations under contracts signed with domestic and foreign customers, which include a shuttered nuclear power plant in Italy.
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