Global News Energy Roundup: May 11

The Forum on Energy weekly news roundup brings together a mix of global energy stories from around the web. It is published every Thursday and is available on Twitter via @forumonenergy

Secretary Perry Visits National Labs, Advocates for Nuclear Energy

In recent days Energy Secretary Rick Perry has visited Idaho National Laboratory and Los Alamos National Laboratory. At INL, the first national lab he visited, Sec. Perry stated, “(INL) is going to be one of the lead players if not the lead player as we develop and as we are developing the nuclear energy portfolio that is across the board.” At LANL, Sec. Perry touted the benefits of nuclear energy, stating, “If you really care about this environment that we live in… then you need to be a supporter of this amazingly clean, resilient, safe, reliable source of energy.”

Source: East Idaho News, San Francisco Chronicle

President-elect Emmanuel Macron

Macron Pledges to Defend Climate Agreement

Newly-elected French President Emmanuel Macron told U.S. President Donald Trump in a telephone call that he will defend the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement. According to his spokeswoman, climate change “is a very important and sensitive issue for the French. He told [Trump] that he will protect what was made in Paris.”

Source: CNBC

Tunnel Collapses at Washington State Nuclear Site

A tunnel containing radioactive waste at the Hanford nuclear complex partially collapsed. The 60-year-old tunnel contained 28 railcars filled with contaminated equipment. No injuries were reported and no radiation contamination was detected. Crews successfully filled in the 400-square foot hole over the tunnel, and strategies are being developed for long-term containment.


NuScale Commissions Second SMR Simulator

NuScale Power commissioned a second small modular reactor (SMR) control room simulator to model the operation of its nuclear power plant design. The new simulator will reportedly be used to develop plant operating procedures and training material as well as a training platform for future nuclear plant operators at a NuScale power plant. In March, NuScale became the first company to have the Nuclear Regulatory Commission accept its design certification application for an SMR.

Source: World Nuclear News

Westinghouse Executives Face Skepticism at Columbia Session

Leaders of Westinghouse Electric Co. held a public meeting in Columbia, South Carolina, to discuss safety culture at the Columbia nuclear fuel plant. The executives apologized for a breach of safety standards at the plant, and asserted that they have instituted new procedures and installed equipment they believe will prevent any more hazardous accumulation of uranium on the site, facing questions from the audience as well.

Source: The State