Nuclear 'STUFF'

Some interesting stories from ‘WORLD NUCLEAR NEWS’

Nice to see the US getting on board with more clean nuclear power rather than helping the fossil fuel investors (such as myself) retire rich?


Vogtle 3 approved to load fuel 04 August 2022

The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has authorised Southern Nuclear Operating Company to load nuclear fuel and begin operation at Vogtle Unit 3 in Georgia, marking the transition of the AP1000 unit from construction oversight into the operating reactor oversight process.

Plant owner Georgia Power said the regulator’s so-called 103(g) finding for the plant - confirming that unit has been constructed and will be operated in conformance with the terms of its combined construction and operation licence (COL) and NRC regulations - is a historic milestone for the project. The finding clears the way for the operator to load fuel and begin the start-up sequence for the new unit.

US Senate passes ‘single biggest climate investment’ 08 August 2022

The US Senate has voted to pass the Inflation Reduction Act. The wide-ranging bill includes support for existing and new nuclear, and according to the White House, marks the largest investment ever in combatting the “existential crisis” of climate change.

The legislation includes provisions to tackle record inflation, lower healthcare costs, and increase energy security, paid for through corporate taxes, and outlines some USD369 billion in climate and energy investments, with multiple provisions supporting both new and existing nuclear energy. According to Senate Democrats, the act is expected to reduce carbon emissions by roughly 40% by 2030…

Wide public support for keeping German reactors online, say polls 08 August 2022

A majority of the German public are in favour of the continued operation of the country’s three remaining nuclear power reactors beyond the end of this year, the results of two opinion polls show. There is significant support for keeping the units running for up to another five years and even to construct new reactors in order to secure energy supplies.

Even among the supporters of the Greens, who are fundamentally opposed to nuclear power, only 31% are in favour of sticking to the agreed phase-out at the end of the year, the survey found. Almost twice as many, 61% of Green supporters, are in favour of extending operation of the reactors for a few months, while 7% support the long-term use of nuclear.