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Regulators Consider Ga. Nuclear Plant Costs

December 16, 2014 9:49 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Utility regulators will continue their review of the costs of building a new nuclear plant in eastern Georgia. The Public Service Commission plans to meet Tuesday as it debates whether to approve Georgia Power's recent spending as it builds two more nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle.

Water Leak Found at Pennsylvania Nuclear Plant

December 15, 2014 9:13 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Operators of the Susquehanna nuclear power plant in central Pennsylvania say they have disconnected Unit One from the regional power grid after finding a small water leak inside the containment structure. PPL officials said Saturday that the leak was "well within the plants limits for continued safe operation."

Calif. Nuclear Waste Goes Underground

December 12, 2014 10:39 am | by Morgan Lee, U-T San Diego | News | Comments

Spent nuclear fuel from the retired San Onofre nuclear plant will be stored underground in casks designed by New Jersey-based Holtec International, plant manager Southern California Edison announced Thursday. The selection of a cask supplier allows Edison to move forward with transferring used fuel from cooling pools to so-called dry storage in thick stainless steel casks, which rest inside thick concrete bunkers.

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Russian Scientist Predicts Spread of Nuclear Plants—How Many Will Dot The Globe?

December 11, 2014 10:28 am | by Press Trust of India | Articles | Comments

Despite the environmental risks, because nuclear power can improve a country's fuel balance, increase the share of high-tech products in GDP and exports, and be a potential solution to the problem of greenhouse gas emissions, one Russian nuclear scientist predicts a swath of new plants. Just how many could we see in 15 years?

Hungary, Russian Firm Sign Deal on New Reactors

December 9, 2014 11:06 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Hungary says it has signed three contracts with a Russian company which will allow construction in 2018 on new reactors at the country's only nuclear power plant. Attila Aszodi, government commissioner for the project, said the implementation agreements with Atomenergoprom covered construction details, the reactors' maintenance and their fuel supply.

Czech Nuclear Ammunition Museum to Turn Into Educational Center

December 8, 2014 12:01 pm | by Ceska Tiskova Kancelar, Prague | Articles | Comments

The Iron Curtain foundation plans to turn the Atom Museum near Borovno, the only nuclear ammunition dump open to the public in the world, into an educational center in the wild focused on families, foundation founder Vaclav Vitovec has told CTK. The foundation has been operating the museum, situated in the Brdy former military training grounds, since August 2013. It has loaned the ammunition dump for eight years.

Senators Welcome Fines For Nuke Repository Mishaps

December 8, 2014 11:51 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

New Mexico's two U.S. senators are welcoming more than $54 million in penalties being levied against the U.S. Department of Energy for numerous violations that resulted in the indefinite closure of the nation's only underground nuclear waste repository.  

Iran Nuclear Talks: Deal or no Deal?

December 8, 2014 10:19 am | by Paul Richter, Tribune Washington Bureau | News | Comments

WASHINGTON — Diplomats seeking to limit Iran’s nuclear program have long said they wouldn’t keep bargaining if officials in Tehran proved unwilling to budge. But after a year of frazzling negotiations and two missed deadlines, the diplomats have done just that.

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China Launches Nuclear Power Expansion Scheme

December 5, 2014 1:20 pm | by Press Trust of India | News | Comments

China today launched a major scheme to expand its large network of nuclear power plants, brushing aside remarks by its atomic regulator that the new Chinese technology is still not completely up to standards. The National Development and Reform Commission, China's top economic planner, yesterday announced plans to develop offshore nuclear power projects.

Inside an Abandoned Soviet Base in Hungary

December 5, 2014 10:50 am | by WTVY, Dothan, AL | Articles | Comments

Welcome to Little Moscow. This is the local name for a former Soviet military base in central Hungary. Missing windows, smashed panes, rust and decay... Hardly surprising since the site has been derelict for nearly quarter of a century.

Ukraine Officials Say No Radiation Leak From Nuclear Plant Accident

December 3, 2014 11:03 am | by Andrew Roth, New York Times | News | Comments

Prime Minister Arseniy P. Yatsenyuk of Ukraine on Wednesday announced that there had been an accident at one of the country’s nuclear power plants, briefly setting off fears of a Chernobyl-like catastrophe. But there appeared to have been no radiation leak and only a temporary disruption in the power supply.

Fukushima Cleanup Harassed By Constant Flow Of Contaminated Water

November 12, 2014 11:39 am | by Mari Yamaguchi, AP | News | Comments

More than three years into the massive cleanup of Japan's Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant, only a fraction of the workers are focused on dismantling broken reactors or removing radioactive fuel rods. Instead, most are devoted to the constantly increasing amount of contaminated water, which continues to grow due to groundwater entering the reactor buildings.

Court Reinstates Safety Whistleblower At Nuke Site

November 11, 2014 11:59 am | News | Comments

An appeals court reinstated a lawsuit filed by a whistleblower at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington who claims he was fired by a subcontractor after raising safety issues at the nation's most polluted nuclear weapons production site.

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Drone Near French Nuclear Plant Leads To Arrests

November 6, 2014 11:37 am | News | Comments

There have been at least 15 sightings of drones over nuclear reactors around France, raising security concerns in a country heavily dependent on atomic energy for electricity. The zone around nuclear plants is off limits.                             

Feds Unveil Cleanup Plan For Nuclear Waste Dump

September 30, 2014 6:45 pm | by Susan Montoya Bryan - Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Energy on Tuesday said it's committed to cleaning up and resuming initial operations at the federal government's troubled nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico as early as 2016, work that's expected to ...    

Changes Ordered At Los Alamos Over Waste Leak

September 29, 2014 11:07 am | by Jeri Clausing, Associated Press | News | Comments

Four Los Alamos National Laboratory workers have been reassigned and the Department of Energy has pulled nuclear waste cleanup operations from the contractor that runs the lab after a barrel of waste packed at Los Alamos leaked, officials said. 

Years After Disaster, Japan To Restart Two Nuclear Reactors

September 22, 2014 3:52 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Three and a half years later after an earthquake and tsunami caused nuclear disaster in Japan, inspectors have cleared two reactors to go back online, CBS News reports...                              

Scientists Discover Radioactive Waste-Eating Bacteria

September 11, 2014 4:01 pm | by University of Manchester | News | Comments

Tiny single-cell organisms discovered living underground could help with the problem of nuclear waste disposal, according to researchers involved in a study at The University of Manchester.                                              

Fukushima Study: Think About The Unthinkable

July 24, 2014 2:49 pm | by National Academy Of Sciences | News | Comments

A U.S. science advisory report says a key lesson from Japan's Fukushima nuclear accident is that the nation's nuclear industry needs to focus more on the highly unlikely but super-serious worst case scenarios.                          

WIPP Operator Received Large Bonus After Accident

July 21, 2014 10:50 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The contractor that operates the federal government's underground nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico received a $1.9 million bonus just five days after an underground truck fire closed the facility.              

Nuclear Industry Explores Accident-Resistant Fuel

June 16, 2014 11:18 am | by RAY HENRY, Associated Press | News | Comments

In response to the Fukushima Dai-ichi accident, the U.S. government dramatically increased funding to develop tougher protective skins for nuclear fuel, hoping to spur innovation in designs that hadn't changed much in years.                

Lawsuit Filed Against Nuclear Contractor

June 13, 2014 10:14 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Jodi Stanton, the wife of an exposed worker, filed the lawsuit in federal court involving a 2011 accident at an eastern Idaho nuclear facility that exposed 16 workers to plutonium.                       

More Trouble At Nuclear Waste Dump

June 11, 2014 10:33 am | by JERI CLAUSING, Associated Press | News | Comments

Scientists investigating a mysterious radiation leak at the federal government's underground nuclear waste dump have identified five other potentially explosive containers of waste from Los Alamos National Laboratory that are being stored at a site in West Texas.

Biomass Plant Proposed For Former Nuclear Site

June 4, 2014 10:18 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A biomass plant has been proposed to occupy the site of the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant, which is shutting down at the end of year.                        

South Dakota Receives $179M For Uranium Cleanup

June 2, 2014 11:18 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A portion of a multibillion settlement between the federal government and a petroleum company will finance the cleanup of an abandoned uranium mine in northwest South Dakota.                           

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