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A report from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development says that while nuclear energy generation declined in its member countries in 2012, almost 52 gigawatts of new nuclear generating capacity are slated to be added to the OECD area in coming years.
Suspension of nuclear power plant operations at the 50 reactors in Japan following the 2011 accident at Fukushima Daiichi caused most of the decline. In addition, three reactors (two in the United Kingdom and one in Canada) reached the end of their operational lifetime and were shut down.
The Nuclear Mechanic Apprenticeship Process (NMAP) is a program for contracted craft labor union personnel that ensures workers have specific skills needed at nuclear energy facilities. A new NMAP website documents how knowledge and skills acquired by workers through union apprenticeship programs can meet specific training requirements for a variety of trades in the nuclear industry.
The Energy Department’s proposed rule to amend the regulation governing nuclear energy technology exports retains “fundamental deficiencies” that would continue to impose unjustified competitive disadvantages on U.S. companies participating in the global market for commercial reactor technology, NEI said last week.
Two leaders of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, writing to commend the NRC for resuming its review of the Yucca Mountain repository license application as ordered by a federal court, have asked the agency to explain why it could not perform more efficiently overall.
Across the country as the leaves begin to turn and fall comes, nuclear power plants start to power down. This year, 21 U.S. commercial reactors are temporarily shutting down for routine maintenance and refueling.
The Nuclear Energy Institute has hailed a federal appeals ruling that orders the Energy Department to ask Congress to suspend collection of fees for the Nuclear Waste Fund—which was created to pay for management of the nation’s used nuclear fuel—until the department complies with the Nuclear Waste Policy Act or Congress enacts a new waste management program.
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