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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.)
Mohamed E. Sawan
Fusion Science and Technology | Volume 56 | Number 2 | August 2009 | Pages 766-770
Nuclear Analysis | Eighteenth Topical Meeting on the Technology of Fusion Energy (Part 2) | dx.doi.org/10.13182/FST09-A9002
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Data for 40 of the 71 isotopes/elements in FENDL-2.1 were taken from ENDF/B-VI.8. Following the release of ENDF/B-VII.0 we performed a preliminary assessment for changes made in data of these 40 isotopes/elements. We compared the relevant cross sections in the two libraries. In addition, we carried out MCNP calculations for a calculational benchmark representative of an early ITER design that was utilized during the FENDL development process. In addition, we performed 3-D calculations for an inertial fusion power plant conceptual design. It is concluded that modifying FENDL-2.1 to include the most recent ENDF/B-VII.0 is not urgently needed for ITER analysis. On the other hand, the larger changes in calculated ICF target neutronics parameters and tritium breeding ratio confirm the need for updating FENDL-2.1 for use in analysis of fusion systems beyond ITER. Additional calculations are in progress for integral experimental benchmarks to fully understand the impact of data changes introduced in ENDF/B-VII.0.