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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.)
Daigo Tsuru et al.
Fusion Science and Technology | Volume 56 | Number 2 | August 2009 | Pages 875-882
Test Blanket Modules | Eighteenth Topical Meeting on the Technology of Fusion Energy (Part 2) | dx.doi.org/10.13182/FST09-A9021
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Development of Water Cooled Solid Breeder (WCSB) TBM, the primary candidate of ITER Test Blanket Module (TBM), has been performed in Japan, according to the TBM milestones, which are necessary for acceptance of the TBM in ITER for testing from the first day of plasma operation. The TBM milestones consist of milestones on safety assessment, module qualification and design integration in ITER. For the safety milestones, essential source terms were evaluated, and failure modes and effect analysis (FMEA) was performed. Based on the results of FMEA, safety assessment was performed. For the milestones of the design integration, detailed structural design of the TBM and the interface structure with the ITER test port were performed. Based on the design, performance analysis such as thermo-mechanical analysis in over-pressurization was performed. For the milestones of the qualification of fabrication technology, essential fabrication technology was developed and near full size first wall of the TBM was successfully fabricated and demonstration of the integrity in heat flux equivalent to ITER. The development of the WCSB TBM is showing steady progress toward the installation in ITER.