Japan's nuclear regulator on Wednesday upgraded the rating of a leak of radiation-contaminated water from a tank at its tsunami-wrecked nuclear plant to a "serious incident" on an international scale, and it castigated the plant operator for failing to catch the problem earlier.
The announcement that the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant is closing is bringing cheers from nuclear critics and anguish from the plant's defenders, while already a new fight is brewing over how long its owners should be given to dismantle the reactor.
The Mississippi Energy Institute is pushing for more exploration of storing and reprocessing used nuclear fuel in the state at the same time that one of the its congressmen is coming out against it. Leaders of the institute, which promotes energy development, pitched ideas Monday to the state Senate Economic Development Committee.
A nuclear reactor in southern New Jersey resumed operations Saturday after crews repaired a leak in the containment building that was discovered two days earlier. Regulators say the spill was confined to the containment building, and there was never a threat to the public or workers.
Japan's industry minister pledged urgent government action Monday to curb leaks of radioactive water from the crippled Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear plant. He said lax maintenance by the plant's operator was largely to blame for the series of leaks from storage tanks at the plant.
Deep beneath Fukushima's crippled nuclear power station a massive underground reservoir of contaminated water that began spilling from the plant's reactors after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami has been creeping slowly toward the sea.
Japan's nuclear watchdog said a leak of highly radioactive water at Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant could be the beginning of a new disaster — a series of leaks of contaminated, radioactive water from storage tanks.
The U.S. Department of Labor is coming to the aid of workers and homemakers affected by the closing of a Wisconsin nuclear power plant last spring. The department has awarded an $807,000 National Emergency Grant to help about 220 people affected by the Kewaunee Power Station shutdown.
The Japanese nuclear watchdog on Wednesday said they are taking the leakage of highly radioactive water at the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant seriously, and proposed raising the rating to describe it from "an anomaly" to a "serious incident."
The operator of Japan's tsunami-crippled nuclear power plant said Tuesday that about 300 tons (300,000 liters, 80,000 gallons) of highly radioactive water have leaked from one of the hundreds of storage tanks there — its worst leak yet from such a vessel.
An Idaho-based company that plans to build a facility in southeastern New Mexico to make uranium waste safe for long-term disposal has put its plans on hold because of a funding shortage, though the company says it remains committed to building the $125 million uranium deconversion plant.
Two days after a federal appeals court ruled against the state, the chairman of the Vermont Republican Party, Jack Lindley, attacked Attorney General Bill Sorrell and his fellow Democrats over their efforts to close the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant.
A spokesman for Dominion Resources Inc.'s nuclear power plant in Connecticut says the unit that was shut down last week because of a malfunction is generating electricity again. According to the company, Unit 3 was reconnected to the grid on Wednesday.
In a rebuke to the Obama administration, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled Tuesday that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has been violating federal law by delaying a decision on a proposed nuclear waste dump in Nevada.
Florida's Levy and Citrus counties' current and future economic prospects dimmed considerably when Duke Energy Corp. announced earlier this month that it will not build a plant in Levy after saying earlier this year that it would not rebuild the Crystal River Plant in Citrus.
Ten workers at Japan's crippled nuclear plant were exposed Monday to small amounts of radiation while conducting cleanup activities, the plant's operator said. Tokyo Electric Power Co. said it is still investigating how the workers were contaminated.
A debate over the rising cost of building a first-of-its-kind nuclear plant in Georgia will be pushed far into the future. Regulators at the Public Service Commission were facing a legal dilemma ever since Southern Co. subsidiary Georgia Power asked in February to raise its construction budget.
The construction of two new nuclear plants in Fairfield County has been delayed, but the overall cost remains below initial estimates, officials with South Carolina Electric & Gas Co. said Wednesday. SCE&G is building two new reactors at its V.C. Summer Nuclear Station.
Tokyo Electric Power Co., the operator of Japan's wrecked Fukushima nuclear power plant says it is struggling to stop contaminated underground water from leaking into the sea. The company said some of the water is seeping over or around an underground barrier it created by injecting chemicals into the soil that solidified into a wall.
A carbon dioxide leak prompted an Alabama nuclear plant to declare a five-hour alert on Saturday, though federal authorities said the incident did not threaten the public. The carbon dioxide leak was detected around 5:20 a.m. The utility ended the alert at 11:10 a.m.
Southern Co. has agreed to drop its request to raise its construction budget for a nuclear plant in eastern Georgia and will instead seek permission to recover that money as it spends on the massive project, utility CEO Tom Fanning said Wednesday.
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Agency has told Duke Energy Corp. a decision on its application to build and operate two nuclear power plants in South Carolina won't be made until 2016, about three years after the previously planned date of March 2013.
A central Missouri nuclear plant is expected to remain shut down for several days while Ameren Missouri workers perform tests and repair damage from a small fire Friday night. Ameren says the nuclear reactor automatically shut down and no radioactivity was released.
In Mississippi, the Southern Co. utility took financial losses when the cost of building a new power plant went over budget. In Georgia, another of the company's projects is going over budget, but it has not yet taken a financial hit.
Gov. Nathan Deal says it would be a "good solution" if the Southern Co. utility absorbed more of the extra costs incurred while building a nuclear power plant in eastern Georgia. The Republican governor said the decision rests with Georgia's Public Service Commission.