Small disks containing plutonium and cesium were stolen in 2017 from a hotel parking lot in San Antonio and remain unaccounted for, an investigation reveals. "There is little or no danger from these sources being in the public domain," said Sarah Neumann of Idaho National Laboratory.
Members of Congress led by Rep. John Shimkus, R-Ill., were given a tour of the proposed nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain in Nevada over the weekend. "We need to get to a permanent solution that respects the voices in Nevada, but also understands this is a national issue," said Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., chairman of the Committee on Energy and Commerce.
The Department of Defense awarded a $1.2 billion contract to Fluor Marine Propulsion to perform work for the Naval Nuclear Laboratory. Options could take the contract's value to $13 billion.
Small modular reactors and other nuclear technology will be price-competitive and help the US regain momentum in nuclear energy that has been seized by Russia and China, writes John Kotek of the Nuclear Energy Institute. A US resurgence in nuclear technology "will also ensure that U.S. norms for nuclear safety and nonproliferation become the global standard, and will bolster our national security by building deep, long-lasting, stabilizing relationships with nations around the world," he writes.
Nuclear energy has a role to play in keeping the US secure and in exploring space, argues Rathna Muralidharan of the Lexington Institute. "Nuclear reactors will also enable us to better study and utilize the resources in our Solar System by reducing travel time and reaching higher velocities," she writes.
SCANA has brought on two outside experts as board members to investigate potential wrongdoing by other board members and management of South Carolina Electric & Gas related to the failed V.C. Summer nuclear project in South Carolina.
The Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Plymouth, Mass., owned by Entergy Corp., is asking the Nuclear Regulatory Commission for an exemption to the 10-mile emergency-planning zone. The exemption would begin 10 months after the plant's scheduled closure.
The US-Japan agreement that allows Japan to reprocess plutonium is set to automatically renew today, which has attracted scrutiny from countries such as South Korea, China and Saudi Arabia. The renewal could be canceled with six months' notice by the US or Japan.
Officials from nine states were part of a workshop this week in South Carolina that included visits to the Savannah River Site, Savannah River National Laboratory and Plant Vogtle in Georgia.