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US Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Environmental Management (EM) crews have begun emplacing defence-related transuranic (TRU) waste in Panel 8 of EM’s Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in New Mexico.

Date: Saturday, 26 November 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsus-emplaces-waste-at-new-panel-in-wipp-and-expands-idaho-disposal-facility-10384419

The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has docketed Abilene Christian University’s (ACU’s) Nuclear Energy eXperimental Testing Lab construction permit application, placing it under formal regulatory review. The application is the first for a new research reactor in more than 30 years and the first-ever for an advanced university research reactor. “This is a significant achievement, and I am very proud of the NEXTRA team for producing a quality application, sufficient for NRC docketing,” said Dr Rusty Towell, director of NEXT Lab and professor in the Department of Engineering and Physics.

Date: Friday, 25 November 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsus-nrc-accepts-application-for-molten-salt-research-reactor-10381255

The US Administration, through the Department of Energy (DOE), has announced the conditional selection of the Diablo Canyon Power Plant in California to receive the first round of funding from the $6 billion Civil Nuclear Credit (CNC) programme, funded by President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.

Date: Friday, 25 November 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsus-provides-funding-for-diablo-canyon-npp-10381420

The first transuranic waste has been placed in a new panel at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in New Mexico. Meanwhile, the capacity of a landfill disposal facility for waste and radioactively contaminated debris from decontamination and demolition work at Idaho National Laboratory (INL) is to be increased.

Date: Thursday, 24 November 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/US-facilities-mark-waste-disposal-progress

The US Department of Energy (DOE) has said that hydrogen has the potential to play a significant role in the transition to 100% clean energy. DOE estimates that a single 1,000MWe reactor could produce up to 150,000 tons of hydrogen a year. It can be used across multiple sectors to store and deliver usable energy to power the grid, drive industrial processes, or create energy dense fuels needed for long-haul trucks and airplanes.

Date: Wednesday, 16 November 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsus-supports-clean-hydrogen-production-at-four-npps-10356513

Global optimism ‘rising’ about potential of reactors to help achieve net zero emissions Fatih Birol (left) and Rafael Grossi at the International Atomic Energy Agency discussion on nuclear power at Cop27 in Egypt. Courtesy IAEA. Nuclear power is making “a strong comeback”, but the international financial community has so far “failed” to provide the level playing field needed for nuclear to help the world tackle its most pressing challenges, from climate change to sustainable development, International Energy Agency (IEA) executive director Fatih Birol told the Cop27 United Nations climate conference in in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt.

Birol told an International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) discussion on nuclear power: “I don’t give them a passing grade.”

“Countries that were saying goodbye to nuclear power, they are rethinking their plans,” Birol said, adding that the IEA had been engaged in talks with both Belgium and Germany.

“We are very happy that both governments are now in the process of postponing their nuclear phaseout plans, understanding the role that nuclear plays in addressing this energy security challenge,” he said.

In addition, another group of countries is now considering extending the lifetime of their existing nuclear power reactors to respond to this challenge, which is one of the cheapest forms of low carbon power, Birol said. Still another group of countries are rolling out plans to build new reactors, including seemingly “surprising” ones such as the Netherlands and Poland as well as Japan and South Korea.

Date: Friday, 11 November 2022
Original article: nucnet.org/news/nuclear-making-strong-comeback-but-financial-community-has-failed-to-provide-level-playing-field-11-4-2022

Aim is to use reactor at Energy Harbor’s Davis-Besse plant The hub will produce clean hydrogen using nuclear power from the Davis-Besse nuclear power station in Ohio. The Great Lakes Clean Hydrogen Partnership, which includes Energy Harbor, Linde, the University of Toledo, Cleveland-Cliffs and GE Aerospace, is advancing its application for US Department of Energy funds to develop a regional hub that produces clean hydrogen using nuclear power from Energy Harbor’s Davis-Besse nuclear power station in Ohio.

The coalition said it aims to transform the Midwest into a powerhouse for low-carbon hydrogen production to accelerate the decarbonisation of regional industries such as manufacturing, power generation, refining and mobility.

The DOE’s Regional Clean Hydrogen Hubs programme, or H2Hubs, includes up to $7bn (€6.9bn) to establish six to 10 regional clean hydrogen hubs across the country.

As part of a larger $8bn hydrogen hub programme funded through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, the H2Hubs will be “a central driver in helping communities across the country benefit from clean energy investments, good-paying jobs and improved energy security,” the DOE said.

Date: Friday, 11 November 2022
Original article: nucnet.org/news/midwest-us-coalition-pushes-ahead-with-production-hub-using-nuclear-power-11-4-2022

The US Administration, through the Department of Energy (DOE), has announced funding of $1.5 billion from President Biden’s Inflation Reduction Act to build and upgrade the US national laboratories. The resources will upgrade scientific facilities, modernise infrastructure, and address deferred maintenance projects at the laboratories managed by DOE’s Office of Science.

Date: Thursday, 10 November 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsus-announces-15-billion-to-strengthen-national-laboratories-10281810

The US Administration has issued a new report setting out initial priorities - including fusion - it says will enable it to reach net-zero by 2050, and is providing more than USD1.5 billion under Inflation Reduction Act funding to upgrade facilities and modernise infrastructure at the national laboratories which will undertake the research and innovation to support this.

Date: Tuesday, 08 November 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Historic-USD1-5-billion-upgrade-for-US-national-la

International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi called on world leaders to deliver on commitments made during a ministerial conference on nuclear power hosted by the agency and the US Department of Energy.

Date: Tuesday, 01 November 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Global-appeal-for-nuclear-power-as-ministerial-con