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Issue #15 | February 2021

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Transition & Resilience

A newsletter from the Nuclear Communities TA program


Join us for the first Nuclear Communities Forum on Friday, April 1, 2022 at 11am - 3:15pm ET to hear insights from the field related to the wide range of impacts that host communities and regions experience when a local nuclear facility shuts down. Local and regional leaders, planners, economic developers, utility companies and other private partners, and community organizations are especially encouraged to participate. This half-day virtual event is free of charge and open to the public. 

Things you will take away from the Forum:

  • The technical aspects of the decommissioning process as well as planning approaches and examples of addressing the challenges that come with it;

  • The national energy transition landscape and the impacts of nuclear decommissioning that are being experienced by communities across the country; and

  • The many resources available at the federal, state, and local level for nuclear host communities to plan for a post-nuclear future.

Participants will also have an opportunity to network with local leaders, planners, economic developers, community organizations, and other stakeholders working to address various challenges that come with the decommissioning of a local nuclear power facility.

Suggestions for breakout sessions

The Forum will include a series of breakout sessions based on topics of interest from our community of practice and other attendees. Please use the button below to share your thoughts on what issues, speakers, or communities you’d like to discuss with your peers from other nuclear host communities.

More Upcoming Opportunities

  • An Afternoon with CEDS: This free workshop will touch on a series of best practices and approaches for planning and implementing a Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS), EDA’s latest news and funding opportunities, and economic and climate resilience strategies. March 16, 2022 | 12-5pm ET, Arlington, VA

  • The International Conference on Nuclear Decommissioning and Waste Management Technology will cover topics such as site decommissioning, challenges in transportation of nuclear waste, and community connection and socioeconomics in contracting. June 7-8, 2022 | San Francisco, CA

  • Updated Clearinghouse Helps Energy Communities Access $100 Billion in Infrastructure Funding: This webinar by the Interagency Working Group (IWG) on Coal and Power Plant Communities and Economic Revitalization will help energy communities prepare to capitalize on the over $100 billion that will be available through the IIJA to support urgently-needed infrastructure projects. February 23, 2022 | 1-2 pm ET

Reads and Resources




Check out The Nuclear Decommissioning Collaborative’s regularly updated news board to keep up to date with nuclear decommissioning initiatives across the country. 

  • EnergySolutions' petition to the NRC arguing that “compelling changes” in the nuclear power industry warrant another review, including the increasing number of power plants entering decommissioning, was denied this month.

  • The U.S. DOE is seeking input from utilities, communities and advocates as it develops its new program to boost struggling nuclear power with $6 billion in credits. 

  • West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice signed a bill yesterday that repeals the state’s quarter-century-old ban on nuclear power plant construction. 

  • The DOE’s Office of Environmental Management (EM) announced on February 10 that it is set to deactivate and demolish the prototype for the reactor used for the USS Nautilus, the world’s first operational nuclear-powered submarine and the first submarine to complete a submerged transit of the North Pole, in 2023.

  • Reps. Levin (D-CA) and Issa (R-CA) reintroduced the Spent Fuel Prioritization Act, which would amend the Nuclear Waste Policy Act, to remove spent nuclear fuel from San Onofre. 

  • The Lacey Township will receive a $160,000 U.S. EDA award to help recover from the shutdown of the Oyster Creek Generating Station.

  • Public and private sector are working together to build a comprehensive economic recovery strategy to assist Van Buren County and the region in preparation for the June 2022 closure of Palisades.


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