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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.)
Y. Nakao, N. Senmyo, N. Nakamura, H. Matsuura, T. Johzaki, V. T. Voronchev
Fusion Science and Technology | Volume 56 | Number 1 | July 2009 | Pages 391-394
IFE Target Design | Eighteenth Topical Meeting on the Technology of Fusion Energy (Part 1) | dx.doi.org/10.13182/FST09-A8932
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A new method to diagnose the degree of electron degeneracy in compressed fuel for fast-ignition inertial confinement fusion is proposed. We focus on 4.44-MeV -rays emitted in the reaction 9Be(,n)12C governed by fusion-produced energetic alpha-particles in a laser-imploded DT fuel pellet admixed with a small amount of 9B. In this case the compressed fuel pellet is not subjected to any heating laser pulse. We have evaluated the probability P-Be that the + 9Be reaction occurs during the slowing down of -particle. It is found that the reaction probability depends strongly on the degeneracy parameter , which is defined as the ratio of electron temperature to the Fermi energy. We show the possibility of diagnosing the electron degeneracy from the P-Be - diagram by detecting the 4.44-MeV -quanta and DT neutrons emitted from the dense core plasma.