Lots of Interesting Nuclear News




Kärnfull teams up with GEH for SMR deployment

14 March 2022

A small modular reactor (SMR) project development company - the first in Scandinavia - has been launched in Sweden. Kärnfull Next - a fully-owned subsidiary of Kärnfull Future AB - will collaborate with GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH) on the deployment of the BWRX-300 in Sweden.

India was one of the first to use knockoffs of the CANDU heavy water reactor design. Because they lack a domestic supply of uranium they have been experimenting with Thorium. I’m not sure how the Thorium thing is doing but the Heavy Water Reactors seem to have a home.



Early site work to begin for Canadian SMR

11 March 2022

Early preparation activities are set to begin at the site of Ontario Power Generation’s (OPG) future small modular reactor (SMR), following the award of a CAD32 million contract for the first phase of site preparation and support infrastructure for the Darlington New Nuclear Project.


US legacy cleanup programme looks to next decade

09 March 2022

The US Department of Energy Office of Environmental Management (EM) has released its updated blueprint for the next ten years of the programme to clean up US legacy nuclear sites. Fifteen sites remain on EM’s list of active clean-up sites: Brookhaven National Laboratory has been removed from the list after the completion of work there.


Majority of Swiss support nuclear new build

09 March 2022

While support for the continued use of nuclear energy is evenly split in the Swiss population, the majority of people support the lifting of the country’s ban on the construction of new nuclear power plants, a poll conducted by market research company DemoSCOPE on behalf of the Swiss Nuclear Forum shows.

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The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) in a dramatic reversal on Feb. 24 threw out a key environmental review that staff applied to subsequent license renewal (SLR) approvals for units at Turkey Point and Peach Bottom nuclear plants in 2019 and 2020, deeming their applications “incomplete.”

In a series of orders, the federal regulatory agency’s three commissioners also halted all SLR license issuances until deficiencies can be addressed and adequate environmental reviews can be completed. The decisions pose substantial new hurdles and delays for at least 20 U.S. reactors that have so far set out to seek lifetime extensions of up to 80 years.


You need to read the article to understand that the federal law did not give the NRC the permission to use environmental reviews from the 60 year SLR for the 80 year SLR.

This has a significant impact on nukes that are getting up over 50 years of age.


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