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Forest Fire Blazes in Chernobyl Off-Limits Zone

April 28, 2015 4:31 pm | by PETER LEONARD, Associated Press | News | Comments

It is unclear if the fire has hit parts of the zone heavily contaminated by radiation from the 1986 reactor explosion and fire.

Regulators Inch Closer to Final Decision on Coal Power Plant

April 23, 2015 9:47 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The future of an aging coal-fired power plant that provides electricity to more than 2 million...

Nuclear Waste Drums Appear Stable After Signs of Reactions

April 20, 2015 4:12 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal officials say dozens of drums of radioactive waste at one of the nation's premier...

Sunken Aircraft Carrier Rediscovered Off California Coast

April 20, 2015 9:35 am | by PAUL ELIAS, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Navy used the vessel to study nuclear decontamination before scuttling it in 1951.

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Los Alamos Radiation Release Could Have Been Prevented

April 17, 2015 9:33 am | by SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

A combination of poor management, lapses in safety and a lack of proper procedures were outlined in a final report released by the U.S. Department of Energy's Accident Investigation Board.

Ex-Millstone Contractor Asks US to Protect Whistleblowers

April 16, 2015 9:12 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A contractor who said he was fired from Millstone Power Station after he reported a co-worker abusing narcotics in 2011 has asked the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to protect whistleblowers at the nuclear plant.

Feds Inspect Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Reactors After Shutdown

April 14, 2015 11:11 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Nuclear Regulatory Commission inspectors are visiting the Calvert Cliffs nuclear plant to probe the unplanned shutdown of both reactors after a transmission line problem that caused outages in the Washington region last week.

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Agency Proposes $17K Fine For Closed Wisconsin Nuclear Plant

April 1, 2015 4:49 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The agency says the fine is for a security-related violation stemming from routine inspections.

Regulators Plan to Drop Case at Closed California Nuke Plant

March 30, 2015 4:24 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The plant was shut down in January 2012 after a small radiation leak led to the discovery of damage to hundreds of virtually new generator tubes.

Nation's Biggest Nuclear Firm Makes a Play For Green Money

March 28, 2015 4:03 pm | by RAY HENRY, Associated Press | News | Comments

The biggest player in the beleaguered nuclear power industry wants a place alongside solar, wind and hydroelectric power collecting extra money for producing carbon-free electricity.

Japanese Food Imported From Nuclear Disaster Areas Recalled in Taiwan

March 26, 2015 10:26 pm | by Kyodo News International | News | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration told reporters at the legislature that they ordered a recall of 294 food products illegally imported from the five prefectures after health investigators inspected over 3,000 questionable items.

Report: Mix of Cat Litter, Salts Caused Nuclear-Dump Mishap

March 26, 2015 6:14 pm | News | Comments

The team was charged by the U.S. Energy Department to investigate the chemical reactions that may have led to the release of radioactive material at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant.

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Japan Audit: Millions of Dollars Wasted in Fukushima Cleanup

March 24, 2015 3:28 pm | by MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Board of Audit report describes various expensive machines and untested measures that ended in failure.

Report: Feds to Exceed Costs For Cleaning up Nuke Waste

March 24, 2015 3:25 pm | by SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

The cost of cleaning up radioactive waste at one of the federal government's premier nuclear laboratories has already exceeded expectations and more cost overruns are expected, according to a report released Monday by a government watchdog.

Jordan, Russia Sign $10 Billion Deal on Nuclear Reactors

March 24, 2015 3:12 pm | by SAM McNEIL, Associated Press | News | Comments

The kingdom's state-run Petra news agency said Russia's state-owned firm "Rosatom will construct two 1,000 megawatt nuclear reactors" at the country's plant in Amra in northern Jordan.

Fermi 2 Nuclear Plant Shuts Down After Water Leak Detected

March 23, 2015 10:32 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

DTE Energy Co. says it has shut down the Fermi 2 nuclear power plant after a water leak was detected within the dry well that encloses its reactor.

Florida House Rejects Effort to Repeal Nuclear Power Fee

March 17, 2015 10:45 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

State legislators are refusing to repeal a law that lets utility companies charge for future nuclear power plants.

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Solar Eclipse Will Test Germany's Green Power Grid

March 13, 2015 2:38 pm | Articles | Comments

Will this week's partial solar eclipse turn off the lights in Germany?

Police Break up Anti-Nuclear Protest by Greenpeace in Paris

March 9, 2015 10:19 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

France has the world's highest reliance on nuclear power — about two-thirds of its current energy production — and parliament is going to debate nuclear power this week.

Prairie Island Nuclear Plant Unit Shut Down

March 5, 2015 10:28 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Operators of the Prairie Island nuclear plant in Red Wing are shutting down one of its two units because of a fire alarm.

Nuclear Company Areva in Turmoil After Billions in Losses

March 4, 2015 10:32 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Nuclear manufacturer Areva has announced a 4.8 billion euro loss for 2014, more than its entire market value, plunging the powerful French nuclear industry into turmoil.

Hungary Makes Nuclear Deal With Russia a 30-Year Secret

March 3, 2015 11:05 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The details of Hungary's deal with Russia to expand its only nuclear power plant will remain secret for 30 years, after new legislation was approved Tuesday.

South Korea Renews License of 2nd-Oldest Nuclear Plant

February 27, 2015 1:40 pm | by YOUKYUNG LEE, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The South Korean nuclear regulator said Friday it renewed the operating license of the country's second-oldest nuclear power plant until 2022, overriding the objections of residents and anti-nuclear groups.

Vermont Yankee Official Expects Enough Money to Clean Site

February 27, 2015 1:31 pm | by DAVE GRAM, Associated Press | News | Comments

An executive with the owner of the mothballed Vermont Yankee nuclear plant sought to clarify comments that environmentalists interpreted as a possibility the company might shirk its responsibility for cleaning up the site decades from now.

Japanese Man Arrested For Sending Boy to Help Fukushima Clean-up

February 18, 2015 9:47 am | by WochitGeneralNews | Videos | Comments

The Aichi prefectural police said the boy, from Kitanagoya City, western Japan, was sent to Fukushima to cut contaminated leaves and scrape up dirt in the disaster zone last July.

UMass Bans Iranians From Some Engineering, Science Programs

February 17, 2015 10:41 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The university will no longer admit students from Iran to some programs in engineering and natural sciences.

Japan Readies First Robot to Probe Melted Fukushima Reactor

February 6, 2015 9:41 am | by MIKI TODA, Associated Press | News | Comments

Assessing the damage inside the reactors is a crucial step in the decommissioning of the plant, which was badly damaged by a 2011 earthquake and tsunami. Use of a remote-controlled robot is essential because no humans can go close to the reactor chambers because of their fatally high radiation levels.

Spain Nuclear Plant Shuts Down Amid Gale-Force Winds

February 4, 2015 9:30 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Nuclear Security Council said in a statement that the Vandellos II plant in northeastern Spain shut down automatically at 3 p.m. (1400 gmt) Tuesday after there was electricity line disruption. The council said the incident represented no threat to workers at the plant, the public or the environment.

Poll Shows Giant Gap Between What Public, Scientists Think

January 29, 2015 4:04 pm | by SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer | Articles | Comments

Matching polls of both the general public and the country's largest general science organization show that scientists are far less worried about genetically modified food, pesticide use, and nuclear power than is the general public.

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