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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.)
J. F. Hund, J. McElfresh, C. A. Frederick, A. Nikroo, A. L. Greenwood, W. Luo
Fusion Science and Technology | Volume 51 | Number 4 | May 2007 | Pages 701-704
Technical Paper | dx.doi.org/10.13182/FST07-A1467
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Aluminum oxide aerogel can be used as a backlighter target to provide a radiation source for diagnostics during ICF experiments. To demonstrate the feasibility of this type of target, it was necessary to cast thin pieces of aerogel for plasma emission studies of aluminum oxide. We were able to demonstrate density control over a range of 50-400 mg/cc, and, furthermore, cast the aerogel as a thin (0.6-0.7 mm), smooth monolith that did not require additional machining. The fabrication of these targets begins with a solution of aluminum chloride, ethanol, and water and is then catalyzed with propylene oxide to gel within molds to form the shape. Supercritical drying with carbon dioxide provides the dry aerogel. Various target densities were made by adjusting the relative amounts of starting materials and post treatment condition. The finished materials were characterized for density, pore size, and water content. Initial freestanding targets of 98 mg/cc have been fabricated and shot, and other similar targets of densities from 50-400 mg/cc have been fabricated for future experiments.