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.
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and South Korean President Moon Jae-in each encouraged North Korea to embrace negotiations with the US on denuclearization. "This path is never easy, but if the agreements at the summit are implemented with sincerity, the goal can be achieved," Moon said.
A method of using light to control electrons, developed by the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, could allow for greater control and harvesting of nuclei and increase nuclear reaction energy yields, researchers say.
Yucca Mountain, the proposed used fuel repository site in Nevada, will be visited by congressional lawmakers this weekend in hopes of gaining support for the site.
The upcoming meeting between President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin is an opportunity for the US to reaffirm its commitment to constructing a mixed oxide processing facility for handling weapons-grade plutonium, argues Tim Echols, vice chairman of the Georgia Public Service Commission. "The facility is nearly three-quarters complete and provides thousands of jobs for the region," Echols writes.
Investors are showing more interest in the uranium sector thanks to new reactor construction in China. "Going forward, Chinese-made reactor technology will be exported and that will accelerate growth in emerging markets," predicts fund manager Guy Keller.
An EU court has rejected Austria's challenge to the UK providing financial aid to the Hinkley Point C power plant project. Austria is also challenging a nuclear project in Hungary.
Nuclear energy is thriving in Asia but not as much in other parts of the world, which is unfortunate considering nuclear's baseload capacity and lack of carbon emissions as the world faces a climate crisis, Richard Rhodes writes. "Nuclear's capacity factor in the U.S. stands at above 90%, the highest in the world," he writes.
The Department of Energy has given several grants, including $12.6 million to Holtec International for developing laser arc welding related to small modular reactor construction and $14 million to NuScale for a prototype reactor facility.
The dismissal of a class-action lawsuit against Duke Energy Florida and Florida Power & Light was upheld by a federal appeals court on Wednesday. The initial lawsuit sought to claw back $2 billion paid to the companies under a 2006 Florida law.
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