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Texas Files Suit Over Interim Storage Site
Texas started legal proceedings this week aimed at overturning the Nuclear Regulatory’s Commission’s decision to license a commercially operated interim storage site for spent nuclear fuel in the Lone Star state. Texas attorney general Ken Paxton, alongside Gov. Greg Abbott (R) and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), asked a judge in the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals to review the license NRC granted to Interim Storage Partners (ISP) for its proposed interim storage site in Andrews County, Texas, according to the filing dated Thursday. The filing asks the court to declare ISP’s license unlawful and toss it. There isn’t much in the way of an argument in…
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The Department of Energy wants its employees fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before Thanksgiving, which means they have until Nov. 8 to receive their final injection, according to a memo from the agency’s chief of staff. The memo, dated Tuesday from…
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Next Steps on Interim Storage Coming 2022, NE-1 Says
The next phase of the Department of Energy’s spent fuel storage inquiry should begin next year, the head of the agency’s nuclear energy office told congressional investigators this month. DOE’s Office of Nuclear Energy (ONE) is “resuming consent-based siting activities,”…
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The Ground Based Strategic Deterrent program to replace nuclear-tipped Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missiles should proceed as planned and the Joe Biden administration’s nuclear posture review will be “unlike any that went before it” because of China’s rise on the…
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