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The US Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Idaho National Laboratory (INL) has received a shipment of used next-generation light water reactor LWR) fuel from a commercial NPP to support research and testing for the first time in two decades. INL said it had received 25 experimental fuel rods irradiated in the reactor core of a commercial reactor. The fuel rods were developed and manufactured by Westinghouse Electric Company with technical assistance from several US national laboratories, including INL.

Date: Wednesday, 31 January 2024
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Centrus Energy Corp has made its first delivery of High-Assay, Low-Enriched Uranium (HALEU) to the US Department of Energy, (DOE). This completes Phase One of its contract with DOE by demonstrating its HALEU production process. Phase Two will now begin, which requires a full year of HALEU production at the rate of 900 kilograms a year using its American Centrifuge Plant (ACO) in Piketon, Ohio.

Date: Saturday, 11 November 2023
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In a new report, “What a waste: How fast-fission power can provide clean energy from nuclear waste”, environmental group RePlanet advocates recycling used nuclear fuel as fuel for advanced fast reactors. While Europe's nuclear power reactors "have a long history of safe use, and have provided prodigious quantities of clean electricity for decades", they use less than 1% of the energy potential in the natural uranium used to make their fuel, the report notes. Moreover, irradiated fuel assemblies removed from reactors are considered “nuclear waste”.

Date: Friday, 07 April 2023
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The US Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Savannah River Site (SRS) says the H Canyon facility recently initiated actions to recycle a small amount of used highly enriched uranium (HEU) stored in the Site’s H Area in order to down-blend it into high-assay low enriched uranium (HALEU). “The projected demand for HALEU far exceeds the current supply,” said HALEU Programme Manager Jeff Hasty for Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, the site’s managing and operating contractor.

Date: Wednesday, 05 April 2023
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The US Department of Energy (DOE) has transferred all of the used nuclear fuel from the closed Experimental Breeder Reactor-II (EBR-II) from wet to dry storage. The target was achieved almost nine months ahead of schedule.

Date: Saturday, 01 April 2023
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Workers at Idaho National Laboratory (INL) have completed the transfer of all the used fuel from the Experimental Breeder Reactor-II (EBR-II) from wet to dry storage, a major milestone under a 1995 agreement with the state of Idaho. The fuel was the last to be retrieved from the water-filled storage basin at the Idaho Nuclear Technology and Engineering Center (INTEC).

Date: Friday, 31 March 2023
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The US Department of Energy Office of Environmental Management achieved most of its goals for calendar year 2022, with all but three of the priorities on its mission "scorecard" for the year complete or partially complete. All six of its primary mission areas have received increased funding under the recently enacted budget for fiscal 2023.

Date: Saturday, 14 January 2023
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Holtec International and Hyundai Engineering & Construction Co Ltd (Hyundai E&C) have signed an agreement to launch an accelerated programme to complete the balance of plant design of the remaining systems and structures for the SMR-160 advanced small modular reactor (SMR). The SMR-160 is a pressurised light-water reactor, generating 160MWe (525MWt) using low-enriched uranium fuel, with flexibility to produce process heat for industrial applications and hydrogen production.

Date: Wednesday, 26 October 2022
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US-based Holtec International has announced that the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has issued the final environmental impact statement (EIS) for its proposed HI-STORE consolidated interim storage facility (CISF) for used nuclear fuel in Southeastern New Mexico.

Date: Wednesday, 20 July 2022
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US-based Curio has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Energy Northwest as an industry partner and potential off-taker of products produced through Curio's NuCycle nuclear waste recycling process. This is part of Curio's plans to deploy the first state-of-the-art commercial nuclear fuel recycling facility in the USA. It plans to provide a variety of in-demand commodities and products including domestically produced low-enriched uranium (LEU) nuclear fuel for the current US fleet of nuclear reactors as well as HALEU (high-assay low-enriched uranium) and transuranic based TRUfuel for advanced reactors under development.

Date: Wednesday, 13 July 2022
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