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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.)
H. T. Bach, R. B. Schwarz, D. G. Tuggle
Fusion Science and Technology | Volume 48 | Number 1 | July-August 2005 | Pages 545-550
Technical Paper | Tritium Science and Technology - Materials Interaction and Permeation | dx.doi.org/10.13182/FST05-A984
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We have used resonant ultrasound spectroscopy to measure the three independent elastic constants of Pd-H, Pd-D, and Pd-T single crystal at 300K as a function of hydrogen, deuterium, and tritium concentration, respectively. The addition of interstitial H (D, or T) atoms, located at (0,½,0) in the fcc Pd lattice, affects all three elastic constants C', C44, and B. In the mixed (+) phase, and with increasing H isotope, the shear modulus C' shows an abnormal softening whereas C44 and B do not. This is explained in terms of Zener-type an elastic relaxations affecting the shape of the hydride phases in the coherent(+) two-phase mixture In the single -phase, C' shows a strong isotope dependence whereas C44 and B show none. This behavior is explained in terms of differences in the excitation of optical phonons. In Pd-T, 3He is produced by the radioactive decay of tritium. We have measured in situ the swelling and the change in the elastic constants in Pd-T as a function of aging time. Aging (3He formation) affects all three elastic constants. These measurements are being used to understand the early stages of 3H-3He cluster formation in aged Pd-T crystal.