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The United States and India Make a Deal to Build six Nuclear Reactors in India
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and U.S. President Barack Obama signed a deal on June 7, 2016 enabling the Nuclear Power Corporation of India and Westinghouse Electric of the U.S. to begin engineering and site-design work on six reactors in India. The AP1000 reactors each have a capacity of 1,150 megawatts and aim to quadruple India’s electricity production by 2030. The contract will be a huge boost to both Westinghouse, a unit of Toshiba Corp., and climate change advocates as the project will help India limit its carbon emissions.
NRC Deems Indian Point Safe
Deputy Administrator for NRC region 1 David Lew stated, “Overall, Indian Point operates safely and continues to operate safely.” The plant has come under scrutiny by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo in particular for a series of unplanned shutdowns, the discovery of degraded bolts, and a minor radiation leak that the NRC determined presented no danger to humans.
Plutonium Shipment Arrives in U.S.
Two ships that left Japan in March arrived in the U.S., carrying 331 kg of plutonium, 236 kg of which was of Japanese origin. The shipment arrived at the Savannah River site near Aiken, South Carolina, and will ultimately be disposed of at a nuclear waste repository in New Mexico after being processed. The shipment was originally supposed to arrive in the U.S. last month, but was reportedly delayed for security reasons.
Exelon Applying for 20-year License extension for the Peach Bottom Nuclear Power Plant
Exelon announced that it will submit a license extension application to the NRC for the Peach Bottom Plant in Pennsylvania in 2018. The license renewal process takes many years and a decision will likely be rendered in 2020 or 2021. If approved, the extended operating license will allow the Peach Bottom units 2 and 3 to run until 2053 and 2054, respectively.
Source: World Nuclear News