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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. G. Czechowicz, C. J. Chen, J. A. Dorman, D. A. Steinman
Fusion Science and Technology | Volume 51 | Number 4 | May 2007 | Pages 600-605
Technical Paper | dx.doi.org/10.13182/FST51-600
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A problem often observed for thick wall plastic targets is the presence of surface domes. We have been successful in applying mechanical polishing to remove isolated surface domes from thick wall 2 mm shells during a preliminary investigation. The background surface roughness for polished shells was dramatically improved with final values typically around 10 nm RMS as measured by WYKO patch surface profiles. The polishing sequence applied was also examined using AFM spheremapper data that was obtained for shells after each polishing step. A two-step polishing approach was able to produce shells that had significant improvement in all AFM power modes except for modes (3.10). Further polishing development is needed to reduce AFM low and mid power modes for shells. Polishing of otherwise target quality 2 mm shells that have domes could be a future treatment for NIF targets.