A newsletter from the Nuclear Communities TA program
A conversation on decommissioning spent fuel management with a Nuclear Host Community
Thursday, December 2nd at 2-3pm ET
The Maine Yankee nuclear power plant closed in 1997 and was one of the first commercial plants to enter the decommissioning process and create a community advisory panel (CAP). While the plant completed decommissioning in 2005, the CAP continues to meet annually because the former nuclear power plant’s spent nuclear fuel remains stranded at the site indefinitely due to the federal government’s failure to remove it as required. Join us on December 2nd at 2:00 pm to hear from two key figures in the Maine Yankee closure and decommissioning effort: Eric Howes, Director of Public and Government Affairs at Maine Yankee and Don Hudson, Chairman of the Maine Yankee CAP. Eric and Don will share their 20+ years’ experience regarding the closure and decommissioning of Maine Yankee and the transition to today’s Independent Spent Fuel Storage Installation.
More Upcoming Opportunities
EPA’s Recreation Economy for Rural Communities planning assistance program helps communities identify strategies to grow their outdoor recreation economy and revitalize their Main Streets; work with a planning team to identify strategies to grow their local outdoor recreation economy, strengthen their downtown, and conserve and sustainably use forests and other natural assets. Deadline: November 22, 2021.
EPA “Recreation Economy for Rural Communities” Planning Assistance: The Recreation Economy for Rural Communities planning assistance program helps communities identify strategies to grow their outdoor recreation economy and revitalize their Main Streets. Deadline: November 22.
USDA ReConnect Program Broadband FOA: USDA has issued a FOA for the FY 2022 Rural eConnectivity Program which furnishes loans and grants to provide funds for the costs of construction, improvement, or acquisition of facilities and equipment needed to provide broadband service in eligible rural areas. Applications open November 24, 2021.
SGA 2022 Equity Summit: Smart Growth America’s 2022 Equity Summit will be held (virtually) from January 11-13, 2022. Over three days, you’ll hear keynotes on equitable development and panels curated by our economic development, transportation, and land use teams. Early bird registration ends November 24.
USDA Strategic Economic and Community Development (SECD) Funding: SECD supports projects that promote and implement strategic community investment plans. SECD programs include Community Connect Grants; Community Facilities Direct Loan and Grant Program; Community Facilities Guaranteed Loan Program; Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant Program; Water and Waste Disposal Loan Guarantees; and Rural Business Development Grants. Deadlines vary by program.
Southwest Michigan Advanced Research and Technology Park (SMART Park)
In an effort to strengthen and diversify the area’s economy, Midwest Energy & Communications, a rural electric cooperative and broadband service provider, applied for EDA Nuclear Closure Communities (NCC) funding to support development of the SMART Park on the land located next to its offices. Once completed, the SMART Park will sit on over 230 acres and is anticipated to be home to a mix of advanced manufacturing companies, including those in the solar, fiber optics, and data-hosting industries.