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NRC Seeking to Improve Relationships with American Indian Tribes

The relationship between the federal government and American Indian Tribes has taken on new relevance following protests of the Dakota Access Pipeline project. In this light, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has been prescient in moving forward in a number of areas to clarify and improve its relationship with American Indian communities.

Advanced Reactor Designer Terrestrial Energy Plans to File License Application with NRC in 2019

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) recently published a letter form Terrestrial Energy responding to the agency’s Regulatory Issue Summary (RIS) 2016-08. Terrestrial Energy in its letter stated that it plans to submit an application to the NRC for a design certification or a construction permit “no later than October 2019.”

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.

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.

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.

An Illuminating Note on Products Containing Small Amounts of Radioactive Materials

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission recently issued a proposed civil penalty of $28,000 to a watch seller for apparent violations of requirements related to importing and distributing watches containing radioactive material. The watches contain a small amount of tritium encapsulated in glass vials, which enables the markers on the watch face and hands to glow and be seen in low light.

New IRS/Treasury guidance on the production tax credit for new nuclear facilities

On 24 October 2013 the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Treasury Department released an advance copy of Notice 2013-68, which updates previous interim guidance on the production tax credit for electricity generated at advanced nuclear power facilities. Notice 2013-68 will be published in the Internal Revenue Bulletin on 12 November 2013. The new guidance