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The consequences of closure: The local cost of shutting down a nuclear power plant
When on May 7, 2013, the Kewaunee nuclear power plant in rural Wisconsin was shut down, it took with it more than 600 full-time jobs and more than $70 million in lost wages, not including temporary employment from refueling and maintenance outages. Taking into account indirect business-to-business activity, the total economic impact of the closure of the single-unit pressurized water reactor was estimated to be more than $630 million to the surrounding three-county area.
Weiqian Zhuo, Yi Xie, Michael T. Benson, Qiufeng Yang, Robert D. Mariani, Jinsuo Zhang
Nuclear Science and Engineering | Volume 194 | Number 6 | June 2020 | Pages 462-476
Technical Paper | dx.doi.org/10.1080/00295639.2020.1713656
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Alloying additions are introduced into U-Zr fuel in order to bind lanthanides (e.g., cerium) and prevent their migration to the fuel-cladding interface. Antimony (Sb) is being investigated as a candidate additive. The present study focuses on the diffusion couple behavior of U-10Zr (wt%) alloy with Sb against cladding (iron or HT9) at 640°C. The diffusion cross sections were analyzed using a scanning electron microscope and X-ray diffraction. Zr-rind was found at the interface of the fuel alloy, Sb was found to be bound in Sb-Zr precipitates or Sb-Ce precipitates, and no reaction was found between Sb precipitates and the cladding materials.