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Legislation still needs to be signed by president Trump The plan has been approved by Congress, but needs to be signed off by president Trump. Courtesy US Senate. A $908bn relief and stimulus plan approved by US Congress includes $1.5bn for nuclear energy programmes, signalling the importance of nuclear as the country tries to move towards an increasingly decarbonised economy.

The total appropriation for the Department of Energy is $42bn, which is $3.45bn above the level enacted in 2020 and $6.3bn above the budget request. This includes $1.5bn for nuclear energy research, development and demonstration, including $280m for the Advanced Reactors Demonstration Programme, which was announced in May.

The plan still needs to be signed by president Donald Trump, but he said this week he would ask Congress to “amend” the bill. Among other changes he wants to increase a $600 direct payment for every American adult to $2,000, or $4,000 for a couple.

The relief and stimulus provisions were attached to a wider appropriations bill to fund the federal government and avert a government shutdown. If the president does not sign the legislation by the start of next week, the federal government will be shut down from December 29.

Date: Friday, 25 December 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/stimulus-plan-includes-usd1-5-billion-for-nuclear-energy-programmes-12-4-2020

The US Congress voted to approve appropriations for fiscal year 2021 that includes USD1.5 billion for the Department of Energy's Office of Nuclear Energy. The appropriations also include USD150 million to initiate the uranium reserve programme to address challenges to the production of domestic uranium.

Date: Thursday, 24 December 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Congress-approves-nuclear-energy-funding-for-FY202

Russia’s nuclear tug, Nuklon, will be able to deliver 10 tons of cargo to the Moon in 200 days, according to documents from Roskosmos, published on the government procurement website.

Date: Saturday, 19 December 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsrussia-signs-contract-for-design-of-nuclear-space-tug-8416037

France’s Framatome recently manufactured the world’s first uranium-molybdenum and uranium-silicon objects using 3D-printed technology at its CERCA Research and Innovation Lab (CRIL).

Date: Friday, 18 December 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsframatome-manufactures-metallic-uranium-fuel-objects-using-3d-printing-8415071

The US Administration has issued a new directive on the use of nuclear power and propulsion in space. Space Policy Directive-6 (SPD-6) establishes high-level goals, principles, roles and responsibilities, and a supporting roadmap demonstrating the nation's commitment to the safe, effective and responsible use of space nuclear power and propulsion (SNPP) systems.

Date: Friday, 18 December 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/US-Administration-issues-Space-Policy-Directive

The US Department of Energy’s Loan Programs Office (LPO) encourages project developers to engage early in order to "shape transactions so that they ultimately become bankable", and to feel reassured that engagement with the LPO is a "life-of-the-loan partnership", Douglas Schultz, director of Loan Guarantee Origination for the LPO, told delegates at the New Nuclear Capital 2020 virtual conference last week.

Date: Thursday, 17 December 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Engage-early-and-for-the-long-term-says-US-Loan-Pr

US company Energy Fuels Inc will become a commercial rare earths supplier in 2021, having entered into a three-year supply agreement to acquire a minimum of 2500 tons per year of natural monazite sands from which it will also recover uranium at its White Mesa mill in Utah. Separately, Vancouver-based International Consolidated Uranium Inc said it had been attracted to its newly announced acquisition of the Laguna Salada uranium project in Argentina by the by-product vanadium.

Date: Wednesday, 16 December 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Uranium-companies-attracted-by-REE-and-vanadium

The US Department of Energy has announced a plan to provide funding of up to $12m for new research on nuclear data.

The DOE said the aim is to expand and improve the quality of data needed for a wide range of nuclear-related activities from basic research in nuclear science to isotope production and nuclear nonproliferation efforts.

Topics to be considered include artificial intelligence and machine learning approaches to improve the curation of nuclear data; high-impact experiments with potential applications to basic nuclear science, nuclear energy, and nuclear nonproliferation; production of radioactive and stable isotopes that are in short supply; and advancing capabilities for identifying nuclear contraband via detection of gamma rays.

Date: Wednesday, 09 December 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/doe-announces-usd12-million-for-research-on-nuclear-data-12-2-2020

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 US Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) will load four new 3D-printed fuel assembly brackets at its Browns Ferry NPP in spring 2021, the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Office of Nuclear Energy (ONE) announced.

Date: Tuesday, 08 December 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newstva-and-framatome-to-load-3d-printed-fuel-assembly-bracket-at-browns-ferry-8396074