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Water Leaks May Become New Japan Nuclear Disaster

August 22, 2013 8:51 am | by MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press | News | Comments

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.

Workers at Closed Wis. Nuclear Plant Get Fed Aid

August 22, 2013 8:40 am | News | Comments

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.

Japan Nuke Watchdog May Raise Leak to 'Serious'

August 21, 2013 9:36 am | by MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press | News | Comments

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."

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Radioactive Water Leaks at Japanese Nuclear Plant

August 20, 2013 10:16 am | by MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press | News | Comments

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.

Financing Puts Hold on Uranium Deconversion Plant

August 19, 2013 10:23 am | News | Comments

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.

Vt. GOP Leader Hits Democrats Over Nuclear Plant

August 19, 2013 10:00 am | by DAVE GRAM, Associated Press | News | Comments

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.

Conn. Nuclear Plant Unit Operating Again

August 15, 2013 12:03 pm | News | Comments

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.

Appeals Court: Obama Violating Law on Nuke Site

August 14, 2013 10:19 am | by MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press | News | Comments

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.

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Fla. Residents Angered Over Scrapped Nuke Plant

August 12, 2013 11:09 am | by TAMARA LUSH, Associated Press | News | Comments

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.

10 Exposed to Radiation at Japanese Nuclear Plant

August 12, 2013 11:04 am | News | Comments

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.

State Defers Showdown on Ga. Nuclear Plant Costs

August 12, 2013 10:35 am | by RAY HENRY, Associated Press | News | Comments

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.

SCE&G Says New Nuclear Plants' Costs Are Below Estimates

August 8, 2013 10:17 am | by SEANNA ADCOX, Associated Press | News | Comments

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.

Radioactive Water Threatens Overflow at Failed Fukushima Nuclear Plant

August 6, 2013 10:11 am | by MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press | News | Comments

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.

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Ala. Nuclear Plant Ends Alert Over CO2 Leak

August 5, 2013 10:52 am | News | Comments

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.

Initial Deal Announced on Costs of Ga. Nuke Plant

July 31, 2013 3:40 pm | by RAY HENRY, Associated Press | News | Comments

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.

NRC Defers Decision on Duke Energy Nuclear Plants

July 31, 2013 3:38 pm | News | Comments

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.

Ameren Says Nuclear Plant to Stay Closed for Days

July 29, 2013 10:51 am | News | Comments

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.

Miss. Deal May Figure into Ga. Nuclear Plant

July 29, 2013 10:49 am | by RAY HENRY, Associated Press | News | Comments

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. 

Deal: 'Good Solution' If Utility Absorbed Costs

July 26, 2013 10:17 am | News | Comments

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.

TEPCO Says It Was Reluctant to Worry Public Over Leak

July 26, 2013 10:15 am | by MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press | News | Comments

The operator of Japan's crippled nuclear plant said Friday that it delayed acknowledging that the plant was leaking contaminated water into the sea because it did not want to worry the public until it was certain there was a problem. The plant suffered multiple meltdowns after the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami destroyed its power and cooling systems.

Fuel Removed from Shuttered San Onofre Reactor

July 25, 2013 11:12 am | News | Comments

Workers at the San Onofre nuclear power plant have finished removing highly radioactive fuel from its Unit 2 reactor, marking a milestone as the plant fades into early retirement. Southern California Edison, a unit of Edison International, announced last month it was closing the twin-reactor plant.

Generator Flaw Shuts Down Western NY Nuclear Plant

July 25, 2013 11:05 am | News | Comments

Federal authorities say a generator fault caused a western New York nuclear plant to automatically shut down as a safety precaution. A Nuclear Regulatory Commission spokesman said the plant's reactor was stopped by control rods just before 2:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Nuclear Plant Likely Leaking Radioactive Water into Sea

July 22, 2013 10:13 am | by MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Japanese utility said Monday its crippled Fukushima nuclear plant is likely leaking contaminated water into sea, acknowledging for the first time a problem long suspected by experts. The delayed announcement underscores the criticisms the company has faced over the Fukushima crisis.

TEPCO Sees Steam But No Crisis at Nuclear Plant

July 18, 2013 10:05 am | News | Comments

Steam or vapors appeared to be coming from a damaged reactor building at Japan's tsunami-crippled nuclear plant Thursday, but the plant operator said radiation levels were steady. The video images showed a small amount of vapor or steam, but the origin wasn't clear.

Regulators: SW Mich. Nuke Plant Had More Leaks

July 17, 2013 4:54 pm | News | Comments

Regulators say southwestern Michigan's Palisades Nuclear Power Plant has had two leaks since shutting down in May to repair a leaking water storage tank. Jack Geissner, a commission branch chief, said Tuesday the most recent leak occurred last Wednesday in a pipe in the service water system.

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