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Minnesota Power Announces Vision for 100 Percent Carbon-Free Energy by 2050

LCG, January 13, 2021--Minnesota Power, an ALLETE company, yesterday announced its vision to deliver 100 percent carbon-free energy to customers by 2050.

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NuScale Power and UAMPS Announce Agreements for Carbon-Free Nuclear Power Project

LCG, January 12, 2021--NuScale Power and Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems (UAMPS) announced yesterday that they have executed agreements to facilitate the development of the Carbon Free Power Project (CFPP).

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Former TVA Nuke Official Banned by NRC

LCG, Nov. 3, 2000--The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has issued an order prohibiting Hiram J. Bass, the former measuring and test equipment program administrator at the Tennessee Valley Authority's Browns Ferry nuclear plant, from engaging in NRC-licensed activities for three years.

The agency said in a published statement that Bass had "deliberately failed to issue and/or disposition a number of nonconformance evaluations for instruments used at the Browns Ferry plant." The alleged derelictions came to light during investigations last year and earlier this year.

The NRC explained that instruments are routinely sent to a central TVA facility for calibrating and, when an instrument is found to be out of tolerance, a report is sent back to the plant where the program administrator issues a report to everyone who used the instrument so they can review the potential effects on plant components where the instruments may have been used.

Apparently, Bass did not always pass the information along. When questioned by both TVA and the NRC, he had no ready explanation and resigned from the taxpayer-owned utility in June of last year.

After his three-year ban is up, Bass will have to notify the NRC in writing if he becomes involved in licensed activities for another three years.

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