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DOE and NRC Sign MOU to Benefit Advanced Reactors

As part of the DOE’s Gateway for Accelerated Innovation in Nuclear (“GAIN”) initiative, this month the DOE and NRC published a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that sets forth a process by which the two agencies will work together to help non-light water (“advanced”) nuclear reactors work through the nuclear licensing process.

DOE Advisory Board Approves Draft Report on the Future of Nuclear Power

During its quarterly meeting on September 22, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Secretary of Energy Advisory Board approved a Draft Report of the Task Force on Nuclear Power (Draft Report), as reported by Platts Nuclear News Flashes. In its Draft Report, the Task Force recognized that nuclear energy is vital for achieving a planetary reduction of carbon dioxide emissions, but found that two things must happen for nuclear power to remain competitive: first, the overnight cost of financing a new plant must decrease, and second, “electricity markets must recognize the value of carbon-free electricity generation based on the social cost of carbon emissions avoided.”

Advanced Nuclear Reactor Legislation Moving Forward in Congress

This Monday evening, September 12, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 4979, the Advanced Nuclear Technology Development Act of 2016, a bill geared towards creating a viable path forward for advanced reactors (the House Bill).  The House Bill is sponsored by Representative Robert Latta, an Ohio republican, and 18 co-sponsors. The House Bill, which

Energy Department Revises its Part 810 Guidance on Nuclear Export Controls

The Department of Energy (DOE) recently published its revised Part 810 Guidance on compliance with the amended Part 810 Regulations on nuclear export controls (10 C.F.R. Part 810). The 2015 amendments to the Part 810 Regulations represented the first comprehensive updating of DOE nuclear export control policy since 1986.

Court of Appeals Rejects Challenge to Gainful Employment Rule

On March 8, a the three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit affirmed a lower court’s decision rejecting a challenge to the U.S. Department of Education’s “gainful employment” regulations. The regulations, which took effect July 1, 2015 (with the exception of certain disclosure requirements that will take effect

NSF and NASA Remind Grantee Institutions to Comply with Title IX

On January 25, the National Science Foundation issued a statement to remind the 2,000 colleges, universities, and other institutions that receive NSF funding that NSF requires its awardees to comply with Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972, which prohibits educational funding recipients from engaging in sex discrimination, including sexual harassment and gender violence.

NSF’s statement, which follows multiple recent reports of sexual harassment in the science community, “reiterates [NSF’s] unwavering dedication to inclusive workplaces. NSF does not tolerate sexual harassment and encourages members of the scientific community who experience such harassment to report such behavior immediately.” NSF also encouraged NSF-funded researchers and students to “hold colleagues accountable to the standards and conditions set forth in Title IX, and to inform their institutions of violations.” NSF directs people who experience or witness harassment to contact their Title IX Coordinator or NSF’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

New Requirements for Exports of Civil Nuclear Technology – Exports to China and Russia Affected Immediately

President Barack Obama recently signed legislation that imposes multiple new requirements relating to the regulation of exports of civil nuclear technology. Under the new law, the U.S. Secretary of Energy must make a number of changes to the Department of Energy’s nuclear export control regulations and approval process contained in 10 C.F.R. Part 810. The new law has had an immediate impact on the transfer of U.S. civil nuclear technology to China and Russia. Until the DOE has resolved how it will comply with these new requirements, it is unlikely the DOE will issue any specific authorizations for transfers of U.S. civil nuclear technology to China and Russia.

Department of Energy Issues Final Rule Amending its Nuclear Export Control Regulations

On 23 February 2015 the Department of Energy (DOE) published a Final Rule in the Federal Register (80 Fed. Reg. 9359) (Final Rule) to amend the Part 810 Regulations (10 C.F.R. Part 810), which govern the export and re-export of unclassified nuclear technology and assistance. Read more: Department of Energy Issues Final Rule Amending its

Congress Turns its Attention to LNG Exports: Legislation to Accelerate the Pace of Department of Energy LNG Export Approvals Becoming Increasingly Likely in 2014

On May 2, 2014, a coalition of U.S. Senators sent a letter to the White House urging quick review and action on a series of pending permits for liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facilities. The letter comes on the heels of action this week by the House Energy and Commerce Committee to advance legislation to

Quadrennial energy review will shape domestic energy future

President Obama this month initiated an annual “Quadrennial Energy Review,” directing his Administration to create a four-year, cross-agency plan for the nation’s energy transportation, transmission, and delivery infrastructure. The QER, developed with input from a broad range of federal agencies, will set federal energy infrastructure priorities well beyond the Obama presidency.

Department of Energy issues revised proposed rulemaking regarding its nuclear export control regulations

On 2 August 2013 the Department of Energy (DOE) published a supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking (SNOPR) in the Federal Register (78 Fed. Reg. 48629) to amend the Part 810 Regulations (10 C.F.R. Part 810), which govern the export and re-export of unclassified nuclear technology and assistance. This latest notice proposes, with some changes, a rule that DOE originally proposed almost two years ago (76 Fed. Reg. 55278, 7 September 2011).

DOE, EPA, OMB Nominees Announced

Earlier today, President Obama announced the nomination of three cabinet-level appointments to his Administration: Ernest Moniz as Secretary of Energy; Gina McCarthy as Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency; and Sylvia Matthews Burwell as Director of the Office of Management and Budget.