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Uranium Mine Hearing Delayed

November 26, 2013 11:10 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A second state panel has delayed hearings on a proposed uranium mine in the Black Hills until two federal agencies decide on the project.                                                              

NJ Nuclear Plant Back Online

November 25, 2013 11:42 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The nation's oldest operating nuclear plant has been returned to service after crews completed some planned maintenance work there this week.                             

Nuclear Decommissioning Talks Continue In VT

November 22, 2013 12:04 pm | by DAVE GRAM, Associated Press | News | Comments

Gov. Peter Shumlin and other top state officials are in talks with the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant's owners about how to dismantle the reactor and handle spent fuel after the plant closes late next year.                   

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California Edison Refuses To Refund

November 21, 2013 12:55 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Southern California Edison will challenge a recommendation that it refund $74 million to customers who were charged operating costs for the now-closed San Onofre nuclear power plant.                                                

CA Recommends Refunds For Nuclear Shutdown

November 20, 2013 11:34 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

California regulators recommended $94 million in refunds for Southern California utility customers for reduced operating costs at the now-closed San Onofre nuclear power plant.                                   

AZ Uranium Mining Halted

November 20, 2013 11:19 am | by FELICIA FONSECA, Associated Press | News | Comments

The only two uranium mines operating in Arizona and an associated mill in southern Utah are set to cease operations temporarily as prices for the ore decline.                                          

Uncertainties Abound In Decommissioning Efforts

November 19, 2013 11:25 am | by MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press | News | Comments

It's costly, risky and dependent on technologies that have yet to be fully developed. A decades-long journey filled with unknowns lies ahead for Japan, which took a small step this week toward decommissioning its crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant.

Fuel Removal At Fukushima: What's At Stake?

November 18, 2013 11:55 am | by MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press | News | Comments

Work began today to remove nuclear fuel rods from a heavily damaged reactor building at the Fukushima Dai-Ichi plant. It's the first major step toward decommissioning the plant, a decades-long process fraught with uncertainty and challenges.

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Plans To Bury Nuclear Waste In NV Drawing Fire

November 15, 2013 11:06 am | by KEN RITTER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal plans to truck radioactive material from a World War II-era plant in Tennessee to Nevada for burial in the desert are rekindling a long-running battle to prevent the Silver State from becoming the nation's nuclear dumping ground.    

Equipment Failure Causes 2 Day Nuclear Shutdown

November 13, 2013 10:38 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Connecticut's nuclear plant has shut down one of its units for 48 hours due to equipment failure.                                              

Former Japanese Leaders Join Calls Against Nuclear Power

November 12, 2013 9:55 am | by ELAINE KURTENBACH, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Japan's flagging anti-nuclear movement is getting a boost from two former prime ministers who are calling for atomic power to be phased out following the Fukushima disaster.                                         

Radioactive Water Leak Shuts Down SC Reactor

November 12, 2013 9:47 am | by JEFFREY COLLINS, Associated Press | News | Comments

A small radioactive water leak prompted Duke Energy Corp. to shut down a reactor at the Oconee Nuclear Station yesterday. Utility officials said the leak poses no danger, but it is the second time in less than three weeks a problem has shut down a reactor at the nuclear plant built 40 years ago.

Nuclear Expansion Suspended In TX

November 11, 2013 11:13 am | News | Comments

Dallas-based Luminant Generation had asked the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission for a license to double the number of nuclear reactors at its Comanche Peak plant from two to four. However, in a letter to the NRC, Luminant said its Japanese-based reactor partner had decided to focus on restoring nuclear power in Japan after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami led to a disaster at the Fukushima nuclear power plant.

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SD Delays Uranium Mine Hearing

November 6, 2013 12:57 pm | by CARSON WALKER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Two federal agencies must approve a proposed uranium mine in the Black Hills before a South Dakota board further considers issuing a permit, its hearing chairman said Tuesday, citing a state law. An order issued Tuesday by Rex Hagg, hearing chairman, said the board will not reschedule the state hearing until the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency have ruled on the project. 

Fire Shuts Down PA Nuclear Plant Reactor

November 6, 2013 12:22 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A fire described by officials as "small" prompted the shutdown of one reactor at FirstEnergy Corp.'s Beaver Valley Nuclear Power Station in western Pennsylvania. Operators of the Shippingport plant said an electrical short occurred shortly before 6 p.m. Tuesday outside the turbine where electricity is produced.

Proposal Would Allow Shale Gas Waste On Barges

November 5, 2013 12:11 pm | by KEVIN BEGOS, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Coast Guard is seeking public comments on a proposal that would allow barges to transport shale gas wastewater. The wastewater is a byproduct of the drilling process, and it can include both man-made chemicals and naturally occurring heavy metals and radiation. 

EU Seeks Nuclear Power Disaster Plan

November 5, 2013 11:57 am | News | Comments

The European Commission's energy chief says the bloc's executive arm will present a proposal on mandatory disaster insurance for nuclear power plants in coming weeks.                                               

PA Reactor Online After ReFueling

November 5, 2013 11:49 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A reactor that was shut down for refueling Sept. 30 at the Beaver Valley Nuclear Power Station in western Pennsylvania has been restarted and is expected to reach full capacity in the next week.                                                

U.S. Energy Chief Offers To Help With Fukushima Clean-Up

October 31, 2013 12:21 pm | by Elaine Kurtenbach, AP | News | Comments

"Just as the tragic event had global consequences, the success of the cleanup also has global significance. So we all have a direct interest in seeing that the next steps are taken well and efficiently and safely," said U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz at a lecture in Tokyo.

Japan Approves Fuel Removal From Fukushima Pools

October 30, 2013 11:16 am | by Mari Yamaguchi, AP | News | Comments

Japanese regulators have given final approval for the removal of fuel rods from an uncontained cooling pool at a damaged reactor building, which is considered the highest risk at the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant. Removing the fuel rods from the Unit 4 cooling pool is the first major step in a decommissioning process that is expected to last decades.

Agency Urges Drastic Steps At Fukushima

October 28, 2013 11:53 am | by Mari Yamaguchi, AP | News | Comments

Human mistakes are mostly to blame for the recent mishaps, as workers deal with a string of crises. A top Japanese regulator feels these "silly mistakes" are a sign of declining morale. TEPCO acknowledged a systemic problem in a recent report, saying workers under tight deadlines tend to cut corners, and others don't fully understand their assignments or procedures.

Third Mile Reactor Undergoes Scheduled Shut Down

October 28, 2013 11:46 am | News | Comments

The Three Mile Island nuclear power plant is shut down while more than 1,700 technical workers perform inspections, upgrade equipment and do maintenance that cannot be done while the plant is operating. One-third of the plant's radioactive fuel will be replaced, new digital equipment will be installed and the turbines that produce electricity will be overhauled.

Greenland Lifts Ban On Uranium Mining

October 25, 2013 11:50 am | by JAN M. OLSEN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Greenland's parliament has agreed to remove a 25-year-old ban on uranium mining, paving the way for an industrial boom that the Arctic island hopes will help it gain independence from former colonial master Denmark.                     

Reactor Shut Down At Oconee Nuclear Station

October 25, 2013 11:13 am | by JEFFREY COLLINS, Associated Press | News | Comments

A nuclear power plant in Oconee County, South Carolina had to shut down one of its three reactors after a problem was detected in the water system that helps generate electricity to run the turbines.                                    

A Look At Fukushima Errors

October 25, 2013 10:28 am | by MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press | News | Comments

Ten mishaps in just eight months at the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant are raising doubts about the operator's ability to tackle the crisis and prompting concern that another disaster could be in the making. Even more troubling, a typhoon is forcasted to hit the area this weekend.                                

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