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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.)
Kai Masuda, Takeshi Fujimoto, Tomoya Nakagawa, Heishun Zen, Taiju Kajiwara, Kazunobu Nagasaki, Kiyoshi Yoshikawa
Fusion Science and Technology | Volume 56 | Number 1 | July 2009 | Pages 528-532
Experimental Facilities and Nonelectric Applications | Eighteenth Topical Meeting on the Technology of Fusion Energy (Part 1) | dx.doi.org/10.13182/FST09-A8957
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A diagnostic method for spatial distributions of D-D and D-3He fusion reactions has been developed. Refinement of collimation geometry and choice of a detector and a shielding foil resulted in a drastic improvement of signal separation from noise in collimated proton counting. The developed method was then applied and revealed proton yield distributions in an inertial-electrostatic confinement device running with a D2-3He mixture fuel gas. The result showed localized D-3He reactions on cathode gird surfaces. It also indicated considerable fractions of D-D reactions on anode grid and chamber wall surfaces as well as the cathode grid.