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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 56 | Number 1 | July 2009 | Pages 43-47
ITER | Eighteenth Topical Meeting on the Technology of Fusion Energy (Part 1) | dx.doi.org/10.13182/FST09-A8873
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The ITER blanket shield block will be fabricated by the conventional process based on drilling, milling and welding of forged stainless steel blocks. For the adaptation of conventional method, one of the most important tasks to be verified is to develop the electron beam welding (EBW)technologies for the block to block joint. In addition, after drilling and milling for cooling passages, plugging techniques satisfying the requirements for the welding section should be developed. Three joining technologies, the electron beam welding for thick blocks, joining of lids and plugs, and attachment of flow drivers, were investigated and the results are summarized in this paper.Electron beam welding parameters for 70 and/or 110 mm thickness blocks satisfying the requirements in accordance with ASME code were established. It was also found that slower welding speed could suppress the formation of voids and porosities in weld metal. From the welding test results of mock-ups, optimal concepts on the weld design for front header lids or plugs were suggested.