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The US House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis has released a majority staff report “Solving the Climate Crisis: The Congressional Action Plan for a Clean Energy Economy and a Healthy, Resilient, and Just America”.

Date: Tuesday, 07 July 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsus-report-recognises-nuclear-as-zero-carbon-energy-source-8011952

On 30 June Hungary’s Paks II Ltd submitted a construction licence application for new nuclear units at the Paks nuclear plant to the Hungarian Atomic Energy Authority (HAEA).

Date: Friday, 03 July 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsconstruction-licence-application-submitted-for-paks-ii-8006953

Plan also calls for action on radwaste and development of SMRs The report called for Congress to to pursue a legislative solution to the nuclear waste problem. Plans for a deep geologic repository at Yucca Mountain (pictured) in Nevada have been shelved. The US Congress should establish a national clean energy standard that includes zero-emission carbon technologies like nuclear to achieve net-zero emissions in the electricity sector by no later than 2040, the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis said in a report released on 30 June.

The Climate Crisis Action Plan said the clean energy standard should maximise near-term emissions reductions. It should cover zero-emission technologies, including nuclear, wind, solar, energy storage, hydropower and fossil energy with carbon capture use and storage.

The clean energy standard would allow electricity generated from existing nuclear power plants to qualify for credits. The report noted, however, that nuclear power plants are not pollution-free. They generate radioactive waste that lasts for thousands of years and for which the US has not developed a permanent disposal solution.

“The primary challenge in siting a deep geologic nuclear waste repository, such as Yucca Mountain, is obtaining local consent,” the report said. It called for Congress to continue to pursue a legislative solution to the nuclear waste problem, which should include consent-based siting for any permanent repository for nuclear waste. The DOE should prioritise accepting high-level radioactive waste or spent nuclear fuel from decommissioned civilian nuclear power reactors in high population areas and high earthquake hazard areas.

Date: Friday, 03 July 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/climate-committee-urges-congress-to-set-clean-energy-standard-that-includes-nuclear-7-4-2020

The US House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis has released a report establishing a goal of reaching net-zero greenhouse gas emissions economy-wide in the USA by no later than 2050. The Climate Crisis Action Plan includes support to keep existing nuclear plants operating and calls for Congressional support for the development of advanced nuclear technologies.

Date: Friday, 03 July 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Nuclears-role-recognised-in-US-decarbonisaton-plan

Ontario Power Generation (OPG) has formally withdrawn its site preparation and construction licence application for a deep geologic repository (DGR) for low and intermediate-level waste at the Bruce nuclear site. It has also terminated the federal environmental assessment process for the repository.

Date: Tuesday, 30 June 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/OPG-terminates-environmental-assessment-process-fo

The Swedish government has approved a Radiation Safety Authority (SSM) proposal to implement new emergency preparedness zones around nuclear power plants by July 2022. Internal and external emergency zones as well as a planning zone will be set at a radius of 5, 25 and 100 km, respectively.

Date: Friday, 19 June 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Revised-emergency-zones-to-be-implemented-at-Swedi

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts and Holtec International have signed an agreement on key issues related to the decommissioning of the Pilgrim nuclear power plant, including a guarantee by Holtec to ensure funds are available to cover future cost increases and other contingencies.

Date: Friday, 19 June 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Agreement-enables-Holtec-to-progress-Pilgrim-decom

The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has accepted for review a combined licence application from Oklo Power to build and operate its 1.5MW Aurora reactor at the Idaho National Laboratory site in Idaho.

Date: Wednesday, 17 June 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsus-regulator-accepts-oklos-aurora-licence-application-for-review-7975510

Transition to begin in first half of 2021 The Beloyarsk nuclear power station in Russia. Photo courtesy Rosenergoatom. Russia’s BN-800 fast neutron reactor at Beloyarsk-4 is expected to fully switch to commercial uranium-plutonium mixed oxide (MOX) fuel use in 2022, according to a statement by state nuclear operator Rosenergoatom.

The development, a first for Russia, will be an “important step” towards closing the fuel cycle, the statement said.

Rosenergoatom said transition to MOX fuel is scheduled to begin in the first half of 2021, with loading of one-third of the reactor’s core with the new fuel.

In January 2020, operators loaded the first batch of commercial MOX fuel, consisting of 18 assemblies, at Beloyarsk-4. The plant has been since operating a mix of conventional uranium-based fuel and MOX assemblies.

Date: Saturday, 13 June 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/beloyarsk-4-fast-reactor-set-to-fully-run-on-mox-fuel-in-2022-6-5-2020

Finland’s Fortum and Uniper Sweden have signed an agreement on a dismantling project at Oskarshamn and Barsebäck nuclear plants in Sweden.

Date: Friday, 12 June 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsfortum-and-uniper-agree-on-dismantling-swedish-nuclear-plants-7967804