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Ohio Senate votes to repeal nuclear plant subsidies
After months of unsuccessful efforts by Ohio lawmakers to contend with the fallout from H.B. 6—the now-infamous nuclear subsidies bill signed into law in 2019—the state’s senate on March 3 passed a measure, S.B. 44, to repeal those subsidies. The vote was 32–0.
For those who may need reminding, federal prosecutors on July 21, 2020, arrested Larry Householder, then speaker of the Ohio House, and four lobbyists and political consultants for their involvement in an alleged $61 million corruption and racketeering scheme aimed at guaranteeing passage of H.B. 6, whose subsidies had kept Ohio’s Davis-Besse and Perry nuclear power plants from premature closure.
H.B. 6 established a seven-year program to charge the state’s electricity consumers fees to support payments of about $150 million annually to the plants’ operator, Energy Harbor Corporation, then known as FirstEnergy Solutions (FES). FES had announced in March 2018 that it would be forced to close Davis-Besse and Perry without some form of support from the state. (The payments to Energy Harbor were blocked last December by an Ohio Supreme Court injunction, which complemented an earlier lower court ruling.)
K.-S. Chung et al. (18R05)
Fusion Science and Technology | Volume 51 | Number 2 | February 2007 | Pages 69-71
Technical Paper | Open Magnetic Systems for Plasma Confinement | dx.doi.org/10.13182/FST07-A1316
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Radial profiles of plasma density and electron temperature have been measured by a fast-scanning probe (FSP) system with various neutral pressures in the MAP-II and DiPS linear devices for the divertor simulation. The probe system is made of three probe tips, two of which is for a Mach probe consisting of two opposite-directional probes, and one is for an emissive probe installed on the pneumatically driven fast-scanning system with stroke of 30 cm. In MAP-II, density at the center has been varied from 1.5 × 1013 cm-3 to 0.7 × 1013 cm-3 with pressures of 5.5 to 112 mtorr, while that of DiPS varied from 3.5 × 1012 cm-3 to 9 × 1012 cm-3 with pressures of 0.8 to 50 mtorr. Relation of density profile with the working pressure/magnetic field is analyzed by using a simple fluid model. Electron temperature at the center is also measured by the Thomson scattering method and compared with those of FSP, which is varied from 0.6 to 6.5 eV