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Comments Received on the NRC’s Vision Statement for Advanced Reactors

Industry comments were recently made public on the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s (NRC’s) draft “Vision and Strategy” statement (draft vision statement) for non-light water reactors, a.k.a. advanced reactors. This effort represents the NRC’s most significant attempt in recent years to pave the way forward for advanced reactors.

Taking to the Air: Using Drones to Ensure Regulatory Compliance for Natural Gas and Oil Pipelines and Other Critical Infrastructure Owners and Operators

Energy companies that operate critical infrastructure face regulatory challenges on a daily basis as they strive to provide effective and efficient service safely. Congress may make some of these regulatory challenges less burdensome by lifting restrictions on the use of drones to monitor their assets.

FERC Adopts Revised Reliability Standards for Cybersecurity

On January 21, 2016, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a final rule adopting seven revised critical infrastructure protection (CIP) Reliability Standards addressing cybersecurity of the electric grid, as initially proposed in July 2015. The revised standards were developed by the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), the FERC-certified Electric Reliability Organization, in response to FERC Order No. 791.

Back to the Future — Advanced Reactor Prototype

Whether you’re a large multinational corporation or a growing business new to the nuclear industry, figuring out how to license a new and innovative reactor technology can be a complex and time-consuming task: a task made even harder when you’re considering building a reactor prototype before applying to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) for

President Obama’s Visit to India Raises Hopes for More Significant Nuclear Cooperation With India but Leaves Lingering Uncertainty for Suppliers

President Barack Obama’s January 2015 visit to India began with the announcement of an agreement with Prime Minister Narendra Modi to facilitate cooperation between the two countries on civilian nuclear technology. Read More: Obama’s Visit to India Raises Hopes for More Significant Nuclear Cooperation With India but Leaves Lingering Uncertainty for Suppliers

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

FERC Largely Disclaims Jurisdiction Over Certain LNG Project Facilities; Incoming Chairman Bay Dissents in Part

On September 4, 2014, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (Commission or FERC) issued two orders declining to exercise jurisdiction over the siting and construction of two proposed liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects designed to liquefy domestic and imported natural gas and send it by truck, rail, or vessel to ultimate end-users of the LNG, while clarifying that it retains jurisdiction over certain sales of LNG in interstate commerce.

Queen’s Speech 2014

In the annual Queen’s Speech before Parliament this morning, the Queen set out the legislative agenda for Coalition’s final year.  Four of those measures, which concern infrastructure, deregulation for businesses, the possibility of recalling MPs for misconduct and devolution, are interesting from a constitutional and administrative law perspective. Infrastructure Bill The Infrastructure Bill, regarded by

EPA Issues Final Cooling Water Intake Structure 316(b) Rule for Existing Facilities

On 19 May 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a long-awaited final rule establishing requirements governing the location, design, construction, and capacity of cooling water intake structures (CWIS) at existing power generating and manufacturing facilities. Pursuant to section 316(b) of the Clean Water Act (CWA), the EPA is required to establish the “best

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