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The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) with the Alaska State Office and other parties has finalised an agreement on how to preserve the history of a mothballed nuclear reactor at Fort Greely, Alaska. Final decommissioning of the 20.2 MW (thermal) SM-1A pressurised water reactor, which operated from 1962 to 1972, is due to begin next year.

Date: Wednesday, 07 July 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/US-Army-finalises-plans-to-decommission-historic-r

The UK, as host of the next round of UN climate talks, must take the opportunity to show how nuclear energy is essential to decarbonisation, Tim Stone, chairman of the Nuclear Industry Association, said at a Westminster Energy Forum conference last week. "In fact, I would go as far as to say: No nuclear? No net zero."

Date: Friday, 19 February 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Finance-need-not-be-harder-than-physics,-says-NIA

The US White House on 12 January released the text of an executive order, which seeks promote the development of small modular reactors (SMRs) for space and defence applications.

Date: Thursday, 14 January 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsus-executive-order-promotes-smrs-and-haleu-fuel-for-space-and-defence-8453229

The 1.6 km-long building known as K25 took five years to demolish. Courtesy US DOE. A decades-long effort to clean and transform the former Oak Ridge Gaseous Diffusion Plant in the US state of Tennessee is complete, resulting in the first-ever removal and remediation of a uranium enrichment complex.

Since cleanup operations began, hundreds of buildings measuring more have been demolished and more than 1.2 million cubic metres of waste –enough to fill up more than 500 Olympic-size swimming pools – have been disposed, including nearly 30,000 truckloads of soil.

This progress has paved the way for the US Department of Energy’s Office of Environmental Management to transfer more than 500 hectares of land  at the facility, also known as the East Tennessee Technology Park, back to the community for economic development with another 40 hectares set aside for historic preservation.

In the 1940s, the Oak Ridge site produced enriched uranium to power the atomic weaponry that ended World War II.

Date: Friday, 16 October 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/decades-long-cleanup-complete-at-gaseous-diffusion-plant-10-4-2020

US federal prosecutors on 22 September announced a settlement involving the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, a Manhattan Project-era facility near Richland, Washington, and two companies that previously worked at the site.

Date: Tuesday, 29 September 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsbechtel-and-aecom-fined-for-fraudulent-work-at-us-hanford-site-8153403

Spent fuel stored in fuel pools at Hanford's K-East Basin. Courtesy US Government/Hanford. The US Department of Energy has given permission for Central Plateau Cleanup Company (CPC Co) to proceed with a major cleanup contract at the Hanford Site near Richland, Washington.

The contract, valued at $10bn over 10 years, is for end state closure of facilities, waste burial sites, and groundwater remediation in the river corridor of the Hanford Reservation along the Columbia River.

The work will also include decommissioning and dismantlement of several legacy facilities on the Central Plateau of the Hanford Reservation. CPC Co will manage waste disposition activities for the on-site disposal facility as well as offsite disposal operations.

CPC Co is an Amentum-led joint venture with Atkins Nuclear Secured, a member of the SNC-Lavalin Group, and Fluor.

Date: Saturday, 19 September 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/doe-gives-go-ahead-for-start-of-usd10bn-contract-9-5-2020

Nuclear schedules have been hit, but sector is less volatile Only four new plants started construction in 2019, including Unit 2 at Hinkley Point in the UK.Photo courtesy EDF Energy. Investment in global energy will fall by $400bn this year, the biggest slump in the industry’s history, as the Covid-19 pandemic fuels a collapse in energy demand.

The International Energy Agency said in a report the unprecedented investment slump follows the most severe plunge in energy demand since the second world war.

The IEA said the decline in investment is “staggering in both its scale and swiftness” and will impact every major sector, from fossil fuels such as oil, gas and coal to renewable sources including wind and solar power.

The IEA said the decline in investment in areas such as clean energy technology could undermine the transition to renewable, sustainable sources of energy.

Date: Thursday, 28 May 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/investment-in-global-energy-generation-to-fall-by-usd400-billion-5-3-2020

The Swedish Radiation Safety Authority (SSM – Strålsäkerhetsmyndigheten) said on 9 December that it had approved the safety report for dismantling and demolition of Ågestaverket, the Agesta nuclear plant, which operated between 1964 and 1974. The decision means that dismantling and demolition can now begin, but before any dismantling begins, the projects must be reported to SSM.

Date: Wednesday, 11 December 2019
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newssweden-approves-demolition-of-iconic-agesta-reactor-7547843

US Centrus Energy Corp (formerly known as USEC) announced on 2 October that it had been awarded a $15 million work authorisation by the US Department of Energy (DOE) for decontamination and decommissioning (D&D) to prepare the K-1600 facility in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, for demolition. Centrus has leased K-1600 - the former K-25 site -  from the DOE since 2002 to test and demonstrate its uranium enrichment technology. The company has also been conducting centrifuge manufacturing, engineering and design at its own nearby Technology and Manufacturing Centre (TMC) in south Oak Ridge, at the former Boeing plant.

Date: Friday, 05 October 2018
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsus-doe-awards-centrus-15m-for-decommissioning-work-6786749

The US Army Corps of Engineers announced on 14 September that crews had deactivated the former USS Sturgis' nuclear reactor and had removed more than 680t of radioactive waste. 

Date: Monday, 01 October 2018
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsamerica-decommissions-fnpp-6778098