A 1.4-million-pound steam generator has been installed at Plant Vogtle Unit 3 in Georgia, as construction continues ahead of a final decision later this month on whether work will proceed on the two new reactors. Each unit requires two steam generators, which are all on site.
The Florida Public Service Commission will decide Oct. 17 whether Florida Power & Light can work toward acquiring an operating license from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission for an expansion at its Turkey Point nuclear power plant without submitting an economic analysis. FPL said that after obtaining the license, it would pause the project and decide later on whether to finish it.
Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee made its first shipment of radioactive material in five years to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in New Mexico, which began accepting shipments again in April after closing in 2014. The repository now receives three or four shipments weekly, mostly from the Idaho National Laboratory.
President Donald Trump views nuclear energy as a vital component of his energy plans, which is why industry advocates are hopeful that new reactors such as those being built at Plant Vogtle will receive federal support. The government may decide to support these first-of-their-kind reactors to ensure they are commercially viable.
In the next two weeks, China will begin loading fuel assemblies into its AP1000 reactor in Sanmen county, which is touted as the world's most advanced reactor and is safer than current technology. The reactor, designed by Westinghouse Electric Co., has an overhead water tank that can keep the unit from overheating without human intervention.
Sweden's OKG will purchase and install an independent core cooling system in Unit 3 of its Oskarshamn nuclear power plant by 2020. Swedish regulators are requiring the system after the 2011 incident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan.
Kyrgyzstan has ratified a framework agreement with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development that sets basic conditions for implementing remediation projects at uranium legacy sites in the country. The EU will provide the first $19.4 million for the remediation, which will improve living conditions in the areas around the sites.
An environment of trust, appreciation and innovation helps people be happy and perform effectively and creatively, writes Larry Senn. Encourage others to be open to change, foster open communications and recognize successes.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission approved the Tennessee Valley Authority request to raise the generating capacity of its Browns Ferry nuclear power plant in Alabama by 14.3% or 465 megawatts. "The real advantage of the Browns Ferry investment is that we are maximizing the capability of an existing generation asset that already produces our lowest-cost, most reliable form of carbon-free baseload power," TVA spokesman Jim Hopson said.
Nuclear energy is recognized by leaders from both parties for its reliable power supply and creation of domestic jobs, and the federal and state governments should act to protect its value, writes former Sen. Judd Gregg, R-N.H. With China and Russia expanding their nuclear energy capabilities, nuclear should be a starting point for President Donald Trump's goal of "energy dominance," he writes.
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