Bechtel is close to finishing the first part of an effluent management plant at the Hanford site in Washington state. The plant will treat low-activity waste for use in vitrified glass.
Exelon's Byron Nuclear Generating Station in Illinois had a $36.5 million property tax bill last year, or more than any US site outside of New York state, where 20 locations had higher property taxes. The school district collected nearly half of that money, although Exelon is in litigation with the district.
The cancellation of the V.C. Summer nuclear energy project could lead to a tax bill of up to $421 million for South Carolina Electric & Gas and Santee Cooper, according to a state audit. The companies can appeal the audit's findings.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has been petitioned to re-examine the viability of trust funds set up to pay for the decommissioning of FirstEnergy's nuclear plants. The NRC in April said the funding complied with regulations.
Nuclear power is the only form of power generation that safely manages its own waste, writes Michael Shellenberger. "The real threat to public safety comes from the risk that America's nuclear plants will be replaced by fossil fuels," he argues.
Western Uranium has purchased uranium and vanadium mineral assets in the western US in recent years in hopes of capitalizing on global demand for uranium in nuclear reactors.
Japan hopes to hold a meeting at the UN General Assembly in September to formalize funding for North Korea's denuclearization. This could include the creation of an organization to manage such funding.
Washington state, Oregon and Idaho are home to nuclear startups working on small modular reactors, fusion and other innovations, writes James Conca. These companies include AGNI Energy, Helion Energy, CTFusion and NuScale Power.