Global Energy News Roundup: September 14

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


Six Nuclear Power Plants Located in Path of Hurricane Florence

Six nuclear power plants are located in the projected path of one of the strongest hurricanes to make landfall in the Carolinas. Federal officials were confident that the nuclear power plants in the path of Hurricane Florence were prepared to withstand the heavy rain, flooding, and wind. FEMA’s Office of Response and Recovery associate administrator, Jeff Byard, stated in a press briefing that “those power plants are, one, obviously hardened. Two, they have backup generators for power and we will rapidly assess any impacts to a nuclear power plant post-storm…Obviously, it’s something that we track and monitor but at this time we’re not concerned with any issues pertaining to the nuclear power plants.” The nuclear power plants are all owned by Duke Energy and its Brunswick Nuclear Plant and Shearon Harris Nuclear Plant near Raleigh are closest to where the storm hit landfall.

Source: CNN

Bill to Increase US Nuclear Reactor Development Passed By House

Legislation that directs the US Department of Energy to work with the private sector on advanced nuclear reactor development was passed by the House of Representatives on Thursday. The Senate passed the bill in March and now it will head to President Trump’s desk to be signed into law. The bill, titled the Nuclear Energy Innovation Capabilities Act, would direct “the Department of Energy to open its research infrastructure to national laboratories, academia and the private sector. It creates a program where DOE and national laboratories will support the testing and demonstration of reactor concepts that are proposed and funded by private companies. It calls for more collaboration between the DOE and the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. And it sets planning goals for the Department of Energy designed to speed up the development of advanced reactors.”

Source: The Post Register

Regulator to Approve Aomori’s Rokkasho Nuclear Fuel Processing Plant

Japan’s Nuclear Regulation Authority seems to be ready to approve the spent nuclear fuel reprocessing plant in Rokkasho for full operation. The NRA completed most of its safety review on Friday and checked remaining safety measures against the risk of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. According to the article, Operator Japan Nuclear Fuel Ltd. expects the completion of the plant in the first half of fiscal 2021. The reprocessing plant is an important part of Japan’s nuclear fuel reprocessing policy and when completed, Rokkasho will be able to extract around 8 tons of plutonium a year.

Source: The Japan Times

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