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Balky Capacitors Could Delay Two NNSA Nuke Refurb Programs
WASHINGTON — The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) will be late in making initial deliveries to the Pentagon of two refurbished nuclear weapons, the head of the Energy Department's semiautonomous nuclear-weapon agency said this week. The Air Force was supposed to get its refurbished B61, to be called B61-12, in 2020. The Navy was supposed to get its first W88 Alt 370 in December 2019. Because of defects with electrical capacitors needed for both weapons, those dates are now “expected” to slip, an NNSA spokesperson said. How far is yet to be determined. After disclosing the slip in a hearing of the Senate Armed Services strategic forces subcommittee, NNSA Administrator…
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House Panel to Mark Up DOE 2020 Budget Wednesday
The House Appropriations energy and water development subcommittee is scheduled Wednesday to mark up a $46.5 billion spending bill that will include the panel’s proposed fiscal 2020 budget for the Department of Energy and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. In a subcommittee…
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Perry Supports DOE Reconsideration of High-Level Waste Definition
Energy Secretary Rick Perry on Thursday voiced support for his agency’s potential reinterpretation of the definition of high-level radioactive waste. The Department of Energy proposed the reinterpretation in October and is now reviewing public comments submitted through Jan. 9 on…
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NRC Board Rejects All Petitions for Hearins on Spent Fuel Storage License
A panel of administrative judges at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Tuesday rejected all petitions for an evidentiary hearing to contest Holtec International’s license application for a spent nuclear fuel storage facility in southeastern New Mexico. The three-member Atomic…
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DOE, NNSA Chiefs Set for Face Time With Cortez Masto, Rosen in Nevada
Energy Secretary Rick Perry and the head of the National Nuclear Security Administration were set to meet Sens. Catherine Cortez Masto and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) in Nevada on Friday, about a week after after the Silver State’s senior senator stopped…
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