Nuclear energy is cleaner than natural gas and more reliable than solar and wind power, writes the Akron Beacon Journal editorial board. It "would be a strategic blunder" to allow FirstEnergy's Perry and Davis-Besse nuclear plants in Ohio to shut down, the board writes.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has approved a pair of routes for the shipment of highly enriched uranium from Canada to the Savannah River Site in South Carolina. The first shipment was received at the SRS in April.
The Ohio House Public Utilities Committee heard testimony last week on a bill that would provide incentives to nuclear plants for the carbon-free energy they provide. The Ohio Senate held a separate hearing for its version of the bill.
India and Russia are at the internal approval stage for a memorandum of understanding regarding the construction of two new Kudankulam nuclear plant reactors, according to External Affairs Ministry spokesman Gopal Baglay. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin plan to meet at a bilateral summit in St. Petersburg on June 1.
A total of 1,010 metric tons of used nuclear fuel continue to be stored at Nebraska Public Power District's Cooper nuclear plant and the closed Fort Calhoun nuclear plant, according to the Nuclear Energy Institute. "There are a lot of things politicians disagree on in used fuel, but there certainly is one thing scientists agree on, that geologic disposal is the ultimate answer," said NEI Senior Director of Used Fuel and Decommissioning Rod McCullum.
The US will not be able to replace fossil fuels and limit carbon emissions in a meaningful way without nuclear energy, writes geologist Rolf Westgard. Advanced reactor technology will help the US protect the climate while providing safely generated energy, Westgard writes.
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., and Rep. Brian Higgins, D-N.Y., have asked Energy Secretary Rick Perry to review a recent shipment of highly enriched uranium from Ontario, Canada, to South Carolina. "We are concerned that there was not a full Environmental Impact Statement to examine the potential risks associated with shipping liquid uranium prior to the decision to allow these shipments to proceed," the legislators wrote.
FirstEnergy was hopeful that its Beaver Valley nuclear plant in Pennsylvania would qualify for any legislation passed to support Ohio nuclear plants, since Beaver Valley is just across the Ohio border. However, "the Beaver Valley plant doesn't have the attributes and would not qualify for this legislation," FirstEnergy CEO Chuck Jones said before the Ohio Senate Public Utilities Committee.
India has not ruled out the use of foreign suppliers for nuclear plants, even as it plans to build 10 nuclear reactors of its own, according to Indian Atomic Energy Department Secretary Sekhar Basu. There is "no correlation" between the plans for 10 Indian-built reactors and negotiations with private suppliers, Basu said.
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