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The Energy Department has selected NuScale Power LLC as the winner of up to $226 million in funding support for a cost-shared public-private partnership to develop innovative small reactor technology.
Even though the United States was an early leader in commercial nuclear energy, it is at a disadvantage in competition with countries that impose fewer restrictions on international nuclear trade.
The Japanese International Research Institute for Nuclear Decommissioning has announced its intention to request information from nuclear experts on technologies that could assist in the eventual removal of fuel debris from the damaged Fukushima Daiichi reactors 1 through 3.
The Nuclear Energy Institute has expressed its dismay with a recent order from the White House that requires all executive branch agencies to obtain 20 percent of their electricity from renewable energy sources by 2020 but neglects to acknowledge the role of nuclear energy in reducing the country’s carbon emissions.
Periodic congressional hearings on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s response to the 2011 accident at Fukushima Daiichi are resuming after delays caused by the government shutdown in October.
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