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State Dept. official won’t endorse unilateral U.S. commitment to New START after treaty ends
A senior U.S. arms control negotiator on Thursday would not endorse limiting the U.S. nuclear arsenal to the 1,550 strategic warheads prescribed by the New START treaty with Russia if the treaty expires in 2026 without a new accord in place.  “I don’t think we should sort of right now figure out what is the right path because I think there could be other venues or opportunities,” Mallory Stewart, assistant secretary of state for arms control, verification, and compliance, said during the Arms Control Association’s annual meeting in Washington. “My bureau is actively working to sort of figure out what we could put forward should the opportunity arise, but we…
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IWTU demonstration run resumes at Idaho National Lab
After working out various kinks since late December, the Department of Energy has resumed its demonstration run of the Integrated Waste Treatment Unit at the Idaho National Laboratory, a spokesperson said Wednesday. Following a successful heat-up, waste simulant processing resumed…
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NuScale defends SMR design after waste report
The company behind an advanced reactor design insisted Wednesday that its technology was misrepresented by a scathing university report published earlier this week. NuScale’s small modular reactor (SMR) design “does not create waste and material streams that are novel to…
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‘An arrow in our quiver:’ 15 minutes with Dr. Kathryn Huff, Assistant Secretary of Energy for Nuclear Energy
Assistant Secretary of Energy for Nuclear Energy Kathryn Huff is optimistic about her opportunity to contribute to the federal government’s 30-year quest to solve the nuclear waste storage problem.  “It’s really exciting,” Huff, silhouetted against a virtual background depicting a…
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DUF6 incumbent gets six more months to accommodate competition for follow-on work with DUF4 element
The Atkins-led Mid-America Conversion Services will get six more months tacked onto its contract to process depleted uranium hexafluoride in Ohio and Kentucky while the Department of Energy solicits bids for a follow-on contract that will include new work for…
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