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Toshiba Announces Texas Contract
Toshiba has announced that the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has authorized the issuance of combined licenses (COLs) for South Texas Projects Units 3 and 4 in response to Nuclear Innovation North America LLC’s application. These COLs will authorize the construction and operation of the proposed two-unit expansion of the South Texas Project nuclear power plant near Bay City, TX. These will adhere to Toshiba’s Advanced Boiling Water Reactor (ABWR) design, which has been very successful in the past.
Fukushima Ice Wall Complete
Tepco has announced that the installation of facilities necessary to create the wall of frozen soil 35 meters deep is complete. Currently, about 400 metric tons of water flows underground through the plant daily, resulting in contamination. The ice wall is designed to reduce water flow to around 150 metric tons per day, as a perfect water seal is nearly impossible to achieve.
Decommissioning Plans Submitted for Three Japanese Reactors
Plans for decommissioning three nuclear power units in Fukui Prefecture have been submitted to the Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA). Kansai Electric Power Co. and Japan Atomic Power Co. submitted the decommissioning plans for Mihama Units 1 and 2 and Tsuruga Unit 1, all of which were officially shut down in April 2015. The process is expected to take approximately 24 years for the Tsuruga unit and 30 years for the two Mihama units.
Source: World Nuclear News