DOE Announces Preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement to Examine Building a Versatile Test Reactor in the U.S.

Today in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) published a Notice of Intent in the Federal Register announcing that the department will develop an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to study the impacts of building a Versatile Test Reactor in the U.S. to test future fuels and materials …

Questions raised over future of nuclear power at Keidanren meet

Business leaders questioned the future of the nuclear power industry at a meeting of Japan’s largest business group, with some arguing that renewable energy solutions are more in line with global trends. While Keidanren (Japan Business Federation) has consistently favored restarts of suspended reactors across the nation, arguments among members have also emerged over related …

Bipartisan Senate support for nuclear grows with $7.5B bill to extend life of current fleet

A bipartisan group of senators on Thursday introduced a bill that aims to extend the life of the United States’ current nuclear fleet. Sens. Chris Coons, D-Del., and Martha McSally, R-Ariz., introduced the Nuclear Energy Renewal Act, which would authorize $755 million per year from 2019 to 2029 to “enhance the economic viability of the …

Ghana vice president confirms nuclear commitment

The establishment of an organisation responsible for the construction and operation of Ghana’s first nuclear power plant has been approved by the country’s cabinet, Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia said this week. Speaking at the commissioning of three Ghana Atomic Energy Commission (GAEC) facilities in Accra on 30 July, Bawumia said the government had already released …

China nuclear capacity rises 9% in H1 as 2 new units built

China’s total nuclear capacity rose 9% in the first six months of the year to 48.7 gigawatts (GW) following the completion of two new units in the southeast province of Guangdong in June, the country’s nuclear association said. Nuclear power accounted for 4.75% of China’s total electricity output for the half-year, generating 160 billion kilowatt-hours …

U.S. Senate Targets Saudi Nuclear Technology

The bipartisan bill follows the revelation that a longtime Trump advisor was pushing for lucrative nuclear deals with Riyadh. A bipartisan group of lawmakers is introducing new legislation aimed at restricting the transfer of nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia, the latest sign of growing congressional backlash to the Trump administration’s close relationship with the wealthy Gulf …

Georgia Power’s Vogtle nuclear expansion could face new delays

Georgia regulators are raising fresh doubts about Georgia Power’s latest timeline for completing the nuclear power expansion at Plant Vogtle, in part because of lingering risks, productivity slips and concerns about aging equipment. The Vogtle project is already years behind scheduled and billions of dollars over budget. Virtually anyone in the state who pays an electric bill …