POWERnews [March 16, 2017]

Draft Trump Budget Proposes Major Cuts in EPA, DOE Programs

The Trump administration released a blueprint of its proposed 2018 budget on March 16, likely setting off a major battle with Congress. The budget proposal, “America First: A Budget Blueprint…

Texas Sues Federal Agencies to Force Action on Yucca Mountain

Texas has filed a lawsuit in federal court to stop the Department of Energy (DOE) from spending tax dollars on consent-based siting activity, and to force the Nuclear Regulatory Commission…

Nuclear Industry Hopeful Congress Will Resolve Spent Nuclear Fuel Impasse

Maria Korsnick, president and CEO of the Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI), told POWER on March 9 that the U.S. nuclear industry is optimistic this Congress will work to resolve the…

Coal Industry Urges Trump to Continue Funding Fossil Energy Research

If President Donald Trump truly wants to revitalize the coal industry, he should continue to support the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Office of Fossil Energy’s research efforts, representatives of the…

NRC Accepts NuScale Small Modular Reactor Design Certification Application

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has accepted NuScale Power’s small modular reactor (SMR) design certification application and will provide a design review schedule soon. The NRC’s acceptance marks a major…

New EPA Chief Scott Pruitt Sets Out to Restrain Agency

The Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) administrative priorities will be reined in to focus on process, rule of law, and cooperation with states, the agency's new head Scott Pruitt told attendees at…

SONGS Arbitration Panel Awards SCE $125 Million

An arbitration panel of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) has awarded Southern California Edison (SCE) $125 million in its dispute with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) over the failed replacement…

Molten Salt Reactor Claims Melt Down Under Scrutiny

It was an astonishing event when two MIT nuclear engineering graduate students at the end of 2015 announced they had come up with a revolutionary design for a molten salt…