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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.)
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Fusion Science and Technology | Volume 51 | Number 2 | February 2007 | Pages 280-282
Technical Paper | Open Magnetic Systems for Plasma Confinement | dx.doi.org/10.13182/FST07-A1375
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An inner mirror throat of the plug/barrier cell is one of the noticeable locations in the tandem mirror GAMMA10, because the location is the most suitable for a measurement of the ions bounced by the plug potential, which are essential for the tandem mirror confinement. A lithium beam probe was designed as a main part of the diagnostic system to measure the radial profiles of the electron and neutral particle density at the inner mirror throat. A neutral lithium beam is injected into the plasma and the light emitted from the beam is detected. We estimated the upper limit of the plasma density measurable by the lithium beam probe and discussed validity of the reconstruction for various types of radial profiles. We adopted, at first, a Gaussian type of radial profile of the density with the radius of 2.5 cm for the estimation of the upper limit of the density. It was found that the profile reconstruction was carried out well up to the peak density of 5 × 1013 cm-3, and also well even in the non-axisymmetric radial profile. This method is quite appropriate for the measurement of the density profile at the inner mirror throat.