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Jennifer Granholm was sworn in on 25 February as the 16th US Secretary of Energy by Vice President Kamala Harris, following a broad bipartisan confirmation vote of 64-35 in the US Senate. Secretary Granholm is only the second woman to lead the Department of Energy (DOE). “DOE is powered by brilliant scientists, engineers, and energy policy experts who are the very best for the job we’ve been tasked with: to develop and deploy new clean energy technologies that will achieve the Administration’s goal of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 and secure our nation’s future,” she said. “I am so ready to work alongside them as we kickstart America’s clean energy revolution, create millions of good-paying union jobs, and deliver benefits to American workers and communities across the nation.”

Date: Wednesday, 03 March 2021
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Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) announced yesterday that it has completed all shipments of highly enriched uranium target residue material (HEU TRM) from Canada to the USA, bringing its TRM Repatriation Project to "a safe and successful conclusion". The culmination of nearly a decade of work and planning removes "a major nuclear liability" from the Chalk River Laboratories campus, CNL said.

Date: Wednesday, 27 January 2021
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The use of advanced nuclear technologies could help the world meet increasing electricity demand whilst reducing greenhouse gas emissions. However, the deployment and commercialisation of advanced reactors faces many challenges, according to a discussion on nuclear innovation at the Atlantic Council Global Energy Forum.

Date: Tuesday, 26 January 2021
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The US Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) and Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL) have announced the completion of a multi-year campaign to repatriate 161kg of highly enriched uranium (HEU) liquid target residue material from Chalk River Laboratories in Ontario, Canada, to the Savannah River Site in Aiken, South Carolina.

Date: Tuesday, 19 January 2021
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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
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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
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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
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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
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The Canadian government is investing CAD20 million (USD15 million) of federal funds to accelerate development of Terrestrial Energy's Integral Molten Salt Reactor (IMSR) power plant. Small modular reactors (SMRs) are expected to play a key role in the country's efforts to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 and in providing economic benefits as it emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Date: Saturday, 17 October 2020
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Ultra Safe Nuclear Corporation (USNC) is proposing to deploy its Micro Modular Reactor (MMR) at sites in Idaho and Illinois by 2026 through partnerships with Idaho National Laboratory (INL) and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC).

Date: Wednesday, 14 October 2020
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