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'Laissez-faire' Decommissioning Rule Weakens Agency, NRC Commissioner Says
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s proposed decommissioning rule “misses the mark” and cedes too much of the agency’s and the public’s power over the decommissioning process to industry, one commissioner said this week. The proposed rules change, which the commission approved on a 2-1 vote Wednesday after three years of drafts, “tilt[s] the regulation” of nuclear plant decommissioning towards industry and away from NRC and stakeholders, Commissioner Jeff Baran said in a Tweet Wednesday morning. “​​We need to change course and produce a balanced rule that respects the interests of a broad range of stakeholders, including states, local communities, and workers,” Baran said. The next step in the proposed rules change…
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NRC Approves Long-Awaited Decommissioning Rule, Tosses Proposed Trust Fund Change
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission greenlit Wednesday a proposed rule aimed at streamlining the decommissioning process for nuclear power operators, the agency said in a statement. The newly-approved rule would implement “specific regulatory requirements” for reducing agency-mandated safety and emergency preparedness…
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DOE Cleanup Office Faces ‘Critical Challenge’ as Current Generation Retires
SUMMERLIN, NEV. Like other branches of the federal government, the Department of Energy’s Office of Environmental Management has a graying workforce and a pressing need to attract new blood in the coming years, speakers said here Thursday at the Radwaste…
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Texas Spent Fuel Suit Isn’t Valid, NRC Says in Motion to Dismiss
A federal judge should toss Texas’s suit against a proposed interim storage facility for spent nuclear fuel because the state has not attempted to settle its grievance with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission outside of court, the agency said Thursday.  It’s…
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Might be ‘Months’ Before Pantex, Y-12 Award, Fluor Says in Earnings Call
Though it has posted a loss for the year so far overall, Fluor, Irving, Texas, ratcheted up its earnings guidance for continuing operations in 2021 after boosting the bottom line and booking a big contract extension from DOE, the company…
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