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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.)
Masatoshi Kondo et al.
Fusion Science and Technology | Volume 56 | Number 1 | July 2009 | Pages 190-194
Tritium, Safety, and Environment | Eighteenth Topical Meeting on the Technology of Fusion Energy (Part 1) | dx.doi.org/10.13182/FST09-A8900
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Molten salt LiF-BeF2 (Flibe) is one of candidates for self-cooled tritium breeder in fusion blanket system. The Ni based alloys of Hastelloy C-276 (6.28Fe, 15.67Cr, 0.42Mn, 15.83Mo, 3.34W, Ni as balance), Inconel 600(7.02Fe, 15.75Cr, Ni as balance) and Inconel 625 (4.12Fe, 21.94Cr, 9.10Mo, Ni as balance) are candidates of structural material of blanket loop components at down stream. Corrosion characteristics of these alloys were investigated by corrosion test in static Flibe at 500°C and 600°C for 1000 hours. The corrosion rates were estimated from the weight losses of specimens, and those of Hastelloy C-276, Inconel 600 and Inconel 625 in Flibe at 600°C were 3.4m/year, 2.8m/year and 1.1m/year, respectively. The mass balance between the weight losses of specimens and the increase of impurity in Flibe by the exposure was investigated, and it was found that the corrosion was mainly caused by the depletion of Cr from the alloys. The corroded surface had high Ni concentration after the Cr depletion by corrosion, and this is expected to be corrosion resistant in Flibe.