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A Task Force on Public Investment in Nuclear Research and Development, commissioned by the American Nuclear Society (ANS), on 17 February issued an assessment of US nuclear energy research and development funding needs for the 2020s. The 46-page study, “The US Nuclear R&D Imperative,” outlines the level of federal investments for meeting nuclear energy R&D needs and enabling a commercial scale-up of US-designed advanced reactors in the 2030s. The report also looked at maximising nuclear energy for decarbonisation, economic growth through high-paying nuclear jobs, and preservation of US influence in global nuclear safety and standards.

Date: Wednesday, 24 February 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsans-study-calls-for-us-to-double-spending-on-nuclear-rd-8542440

Partially used irradiated fuel from the Finnish Reactor 1 (FiR1) in Espoo, Finland, has been transported to the USA for use in a similar TRIGA Mark II research reactor operated by the US Geological Survey in Denver, Colorado. Dismantling of the Finnish reactor, which was shut down in 2015, is scheduled to begin at the end of 2022.

Date: Friday, 12 February 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Finnish-research-reactor-fuel-sent-to-USA-for-furt

Agreements announced yesterday between NuScale Power and Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems (UAMPS) to facilitate the development of a project to deploy small modular reactors (SMRs) at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) could lead to the placement of a first order for NuScale Power Modules in 2022.

Date: Wednesday, 13 January 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/NuScale-and-UAMPS-agreements-progress-plans-for-SM

The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has approved the transfer of the licence for the Three Mile Island Generating Station (TMI) unit 2, from FirstEnergy Companies to TMI-2 Solutions.

Date: Tuesday, 08 December 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsus-nrc-transfers-licence-for-tmi-2-to-energysolutions-for-decommissioning-8397212

The Three Mile Island nuclear power station in Pennsylvania. Courtesy Wiki Commons. The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission has approved the transfer of the licence for Unit 2 of the Three Mile Island nuclear power station from FirstEnergy Companies to TMI-2 Solutions.

FirstEnergy Companies, comprising Metropolitan Edison Co, Jersey Central Power and Light Co, Pennsylvania Electric and GPU Nuclear, requested the transfer for TMI-2 Solutions to complete the decommissioning of the unit.

TMI-2 Solutions is a wholly owned subsidiary of EnergySolutions, a Utah-based radioactive waste disposal company.

Three Mile Island-2, about 16 km miles southeast of Harrisburg in Pennsylvania, operated for approximately six months before suffering a partial meltdown and reactor core damage during an accident on 28 March 1979.

Date: Friday, 04 December 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/us-nrc-approves-unit-2-licence-transfer-12-4-2020

The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has approved the transfer of unit 2 of the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant and the corresponding possession-only licence from FirstEnergy Corp subsidiaries GPU Nuclear, Metropolitan Edison Company, Jersey Central Power & Light Company, and Pennsylvania Electric Company to a subsidiary of EnergySolutions known as TMI-2 Solutions. In addition to the NRC approval, the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) has approved the sale of TMI-2 to TMI-2 Solutions.

Date: Friday, 04 December 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/EnergySolutions-takes-over-TMI-2-licence

The US government has said Idaho is its preferred choice rather than Tennessee for construction of its Versatile Test Reactor (VTR), The Associated Press (AP) reported on 19 November.

Date: Tuesday, 24 November 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsdoe-said-to-prefer-inl-for-versatile-test-reactor-8374329

US Department of Energy (DOE) released its Hydrogen Program Plan to provide a strategic framework for the Department’s hydrogen research, development, and demonstration (RD&D) activities.

Date: Thursday, 19 November 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsus-doe-releases-hydrogen-plan-8368305

US-based BWX Technologies (BWXT) announced that its BWXT Nuclear Operations Group subsidiary has completed its TRIstructural-ISOtropic (TRISO) nuclear fuel line restart project and is producing fuel at its Lynchburg facility in Virginia.

Date: Friday, 13 November 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsbwxt-restarts-triso-fuel-line-8359001

US-based NuScale Power said on 10 November that it had re-assessed its existing reference plant design and would announce variations that offer increased per module power generating capacity and smaller scale plant options.

Date: Thursday, 12 November 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsnuscale-power-announces-25-increase-in-capacity-of-its-smr-modules-8356708