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The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has completed the fourth phase of its review of the design certification application for NuScale's small modular reactor (SMR). With two final phases remaining, this marks the near-completion of the technical aspects of the review.

Date: Saturday, 14 December 2019
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/SMR-design-review-enters-final-phases

The US Department of Energy has granted a site use permit to California-based compact fast reactor developer Oklo to build a demonstration Aurora energy plant – comprising a small reactor with integrated solar panels – on the Idaho National Laboratory site.

Oklo said the permit is an important step towards commercialising advanced fission technologies and is the first issued for a non-light water reactor.

The permit is a critical milestone on the path towards deployment of Oklo’s 1.5-MW Aurora plant, which company co-founders Jacob DeWitte and Caroline Cochran unveiled last month.

“The system itself is designed to build on the really tremendous legacy of metallic fuels that were developed in this country for decades,” Mr DeWitte said at the event.

Date: Friday, 13 December 2019
Original article: nucnet.org/news/doe-issues-site-permit-for-oklo-s-1-5-mw-aurora-plant-12-4-2019

Individual TRISO fuel particles at 100um scale. Image courtesy Idaho National Laboratory. US-based companies Global Nuclear Fuel (GNF) and X-energy have agreed to cooperate on the production of Triso nuclear fuel to potentially supply the US Department of Defense for micro-reactors and NASA for its nuclear thermal propulsion needs.

GNF said in a statement that the two companies will work on the development of high-assay low-enriched uranium (Haleu) Triso fuel, combining X-energy’s commercial-scale Triso production equipment and GNF’s fuel fabrication facility in Wilmington, North Carolina.

Triso, a shortened form of the term tristructural-isotropic, refers to a specific design of uranium nuclear reactor fuel. Tristructural refers to the layers of coatings surrounding the uranium fuel, and isotropic refers to the kernel being the same size in each direction since it takes the shape of a sphere.

Date: Thursday, 07 November 2019
Original article: nucnet.org/news/gnf-and-x-energy-to-cooperate-on-triso-development-for-us-needs-11-3-2019

Nuclear power can help nations attain energy security, diversity and decarbonisation, and the USA is "ready and willing" to offer its technology to achieve this, US Energy Secretary Rick Perry told a US-EU High-Level Industrial Forum this week.

Date: Friday, 25 October 2019
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Perry-SMRs-expand-energy-choice

US utility FirstEnergy and EnergySolutions on 15 October signed an agreement whereby all licences and assets of unit 2 of the Three Mile Island NPP in Pennsylvania will be transferred to a subsidiary of EnergySolutions. The reactor, which suffered a partial meltdown in 1979 and was never restarted, will then be decommissioned. The contract was signed between EnergySolutions and FirstEnergy subsidiaries GPU Nuclear Inc, Metropolitan Edison Company, Jersey Central Power & Light Company, and Pennsylvania Electric Company. EnergySolutions subsidiary TMI-2 Solutions will take over the plant, property, nuclear decommissioning trust fund, plant licences and responsibility for decommissioning Three Mile Island 2 (TMI-2). The agreement also facilitates applications to the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities for approval of the transfer, followed by decommissioning of TMI-2. The transaction is expected to close during the second half of 2020 once the required approvals are in place.

Date: Thursday, 24 October 2019
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsenergysolutions-takes-on-three-mile-island-decommissioning-7470023

All licences and assets of unit 2 of the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant in Pennsylvania will be transferred to a subsidiary of EnergySolutions under an agreement signed yesterday by US utility FirstEnergy and EnergySolutions. The reactor, which suffered a partial meltdown in 1979 and never reopened, will then be decommissioned.

Date: Thursday, 17 October 2019
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/EnergySolutions-takes-on-TMI-2-for-decommissioning

Nuclear power can play a major role in reducing carbon emissions beyond electricity supply to include the industrial and transportation sectors, a fact that is leading to interest in integrated energy systems (IES), José Reyes, chief technology officer at NuScale Power, said yesterday. Reyes, who is co-designer of NuScale's passively-cooled small modular reactor (SMR), spoke at the International Conference on Climate Change and the Role of Nuclear Power being held this week at the International Atomic Energy Agency's headquarters in Vienna.

Date: Friday, 11 October 2019
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/NuScale-highlights-multiple-applications-of-SMRs

Market forces, rather than reports on climate change, will force renewable energy developers to overcome their ideological aversion to sharing a platform with the nuclear power industry, delegates at the IAEA's International Conference on Climate Change and the Role of Nuclear Power heard yesterday. 

Date: Friday, 11 October 2019
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Climate-debate-needs-shared-platform-for-renewable

BWX Technologies, Inc announced today that it is in the process of restarting its existing uranium oxycarbide tristructural isotropic (TRISO) fuel production line at its Lynchburg, Virginia facility. The company - the only US manufacturer of such fuel - also plans to expand its production capacity.

Date: Thursday, 03 October 2019
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/BWXT-ramps-up-TRISO-fuel-production-capacity

A Puerto Rican-led not-for-profit organisation is to begin a feasibility study of small modular reactors and microcreactors for the island after receiving support from the US Department of Energy (DOE).

Date: Friday, 04 October 2019
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Puerto-Rico-to-begin-nuclear-feasibility-study