Dozens of US startups are focusing on nuclear technology, including Terrestrial Energy, which is developing an automatically cooling molten-salt reactor. "In terms of the number of projects, the number of people working on it, and the amount of private financing, there isn't anything to compare it to unless you go back to the 1960s," notes Ryan Fitzpatrick of Third Way.
Iran's uranium supply has increased from 500 tons of uranium to as many as 950 tons since the 2015 nuclear deal, says Iran's Atomic Energy Organization head Ali Akbar Salehi. This is acceptable under the deal's terms.
Heber Light and Power, a community-owned power company in Utah, is considering a contract with NuScale that would source power from a yet-to-be-built plant in Oregon. Heber has invested $100,000 in NuScale and will decide by June 2019 on whether to make a long-term commitment.
Kansai Electric Power Co. has received tentative Japanese regulatory approval to reuse decommissioned reactor fuel at its Oi nuclear plant. Partially spent fuel at its No. 1 and No. 2 reactors would be used in the No. 3 and No. 4 reactors.
EDF unit Framatome says nuclear plant parts manufactured at its Le Creusot foundry in France are safe. "Analyses at this stage confirm that none of the deviations examined are questioning the serviceability of components delivered to EDF," the company said.
The Department of Energy says a nearly 1,700-foot-long tunnel at the Hanford site in Washington state is at risk of collapse and has asked a state agency to forgo a comment period and allow filling to begin next month. Separately, the Energy Department has delayed a draft request for Hanford cleanup bids to September.
The Trump administration is reportedly seeking to investigate national-security implications of uranium imports. "The global uranium market is not a level playing field," argues Energy Fuels executive Paul Goranson.
Texas A&M says Energy Secretary Rick Perry played no role in his alma mater winning the bid to manage the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico. The National Nuclear Security Administration has also said Perry was not involved.
Rep. Jeff Duncan, R-S.C., who recently visited Yucca Mountain in Nevada, said the proposed nuclear repository must be completed. "I can't think of anywhere else that we would put our nation's waste -- it's a national solution to a national problem," he said.