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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.)
D. A. Steinman, E. L. Alfonso, M. L. Hoppe
Fusion Science and Technology | Volume 51 | Number 4 | May 2007 | Pages 544-546
Technical Paper | dx.doi.org/10.13182/FST07-A1441
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ICF experiments routinely make use of capsules filled with precise quantities of gaseous hydrogen and helium isotopes. These two gases in particular readily permeate out of capsules at rates dependent upon variables including shell wall thickness, composition and integrity. Therefore it is important that the fill half-life of these capsules be precisely known so that the exact fill pressure at shot time can be deduced, enabling valid experimental results.This presentation will describe some of our efforts to determine ICF capsule gas fill half-lives. We will compare fill half-life data obtained using weighing, interferometry and mass spectrometry techniques. In addition, we will describe our use of glass shell standards to compare the aforementioned techniques.