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Upgrade of Nuclear Plant $267M Over Budget

July 16, 2013 9:47 am | News | Comments

Xcel Energy is about to restart its oldest nuclear plant after a four-month shutdown for improvements that ran $267 million over budget. The Star Tribune reported that Xcel's Monticello Nuclear Power Plant would restart this week after aging pumps and other equipment were replaced.

Neb. Nuclear Plant Remains Offline for Repairs

July 15, 2013 10:23 am | News | Comments

The Fort Calhoun nuclear power plant has missed another target date for restarting, so the Omaha Public Power District might have to endure another summer of buying electricity to meet peak demand. OPPD officials say they've addressed most of what regulators want them to do, but more work remains.

China Scraps Uranium Processing Plan After Protest

July 15, 2013 10:04 am | News | Comments

Authorities in a southern Chinese city on Saturday scrapped a plan to build a uranium-processing plant, one day after hundreds of local residents protested against it because of safety concerns. Protesters paraded through the streets of Jiangmen on Friday, holding banners and wearing T-shirts with phrases opposing the project while chanting slogans.

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NRC Issues Violation for Missed Nuke Plant Flaw

July 12, 2013 10:29 am | by EMERY P. DALESIO, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Analysts hired to look for flaws inside a Duke Energy nuclear plant might have missed a tiny crack near the reactor core that went undetected for a year because they worked for weeks without a day off and may not have worked independently, a report Thursday by federal regulators said.

Looking Back at Japan's Nuclear Crisis (Part IV)

July 11, 2013 4:51 pm | by Discovery Channel | Videos | Comments

In this gripping four-part series for Discovery Channel, Paula Zahn takes viewers inside the unthinkable natural disaster that triggered the nuclear crisis at Fukushima DaiiChi. This clip introduces viewers to the brave workers who sacrificed their lives by staying at the facility and exposing themselves to deadly levels of radiation in an attempt to diffuse the situation.

Emissions a Concern After Nuclear Plant Shutdown

July 11, 2013 10:15 am | by LAURA OLSON, Associated Press | News | Comments

The first legislative hearing on the permanent closure of the San Onofre nuclear power plant focused on the shutdown's impact on California's greenhouse gas emissions, leaving discussion on how the plant will be safely decommissioned for future meetings.

Japan: Radioactive Water Likely Leaking into Pacific

July 11, 2013 10:03 am | by MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press | News | Comments

Officials from Japan's Nuclear Regulation Authority said a leak is "strongly suspected" and urged plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. to determine where the water may be leaking from and assess the environmental and other risks, including the impact on the food chain.

Looking Back at Japan's Nuclear Crisis (Part III)

July 11, 2013 9:37 am | by Discovery Channel | Videos | Comments

In this gripping four-part series for Discovery Channel, Paula Zahn takes viewers inside the unthinkable natural disaster that triggered the nuclear crisis at Fukushima DaiiChi. In this clip, Zahn takes viewers inside the nuclear plant as it begins to melt down.

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State Senate Hearing to Eye Life After San Onofre

July 10, 2013 9:48 am | News | Comments

A state Senate committee planned a hearing with California's chief energy officials Wednesday to discuss the lost electricity, lost jobs and other consequences of the permanent shutdown of the San Onofre nuclear power plant that was announced last month.

Ocean Contamination Likely at Fukushima

July 10, 2013 9:24 am | by MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press | News | Comments

Japan's nuclear watchdog said Wednesday that the crippled Fukushima power plant is likely leaking contaminated water into the ocean, a problem long suspected by experts but denied by the plant's operator. Officials from the Nuclear Regulation Authority said a leak is "strongly suspected" and urged plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. to determine where the water may be leaking from and assess the environmental and other risks.

Looking Back at Japan's Nuclear Crisis (Part II)

July 9, 2013 2:44 pm | by Discovery Channel | Videos | Comments

In this gripping four-part series for Discovery Channel, Paula Zahn takes viewers inside the unthinkable natural disaster that triggered the nuclear crisis at Fukushima DaiiChi. In this clip, Zahn walks viewers through the nuclear meltdown.

Former Chief of Fukushima Nuclear Plant Has Died

July 9, 2013 10:47 am | by MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press | News | Comments

Masao Yoshida, the man who led the life-risking battle at Japan's crippled nuclear power plant when it was spiraling into meltdowns, has died of cancer of the esophagus. He was 58. Officials at Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Yoshida's illness was not related to radioactive exposure.

Looking Back at Japan's Nuclear Crisis (Part I)

July 8, 2013 5:29 pm | by Discovery Channel | Videos | Comments

In this gripping four-part series for Discovery Channel, Paula Zahn takes viewers inside the unthinkable natural disaster that triggered the nuclear crisis at Fukushima DaiiChi. In this clip, Zahn narrates the early moments of the disaster as the tsunami begins to overtake the nuclear power plant.

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Western Group Submits Proposal for Nuclear Power

July 3, 2013 10:20 am | by SHANNON DININNY, Associated Press | News | Comments

A consortium of Western utilities and a nuclear reactor designer have submitted a proposal to the U.S. Department of Energy to build a small nuclear reactor to meet future demand for carbon-free power. The proposal seeks millions of dollars in grant money to walk the project through the vigorous licensing and permitting process.

Nuclear Break-In: Whodunnit?

July 3, 2013 9:49 am | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

On 60 Minutes Overtime, producer Graham Messick describes one of his favorite news stories. While on the lookout for a story on nuclear smuggling, the 60 Minutes team stumbled upon an attack at the Pelindaba Nuclear Research Centre in South Africa.

600 San Onofre Workers to Get Pink Slips

June 27, 2013 10:29 am | News | Comments

Southern California Edison, operators of the San Onofre nuclear power plant, are laying off 600 employees as the troubled facility begins to shut down for good. The Orange County Register says nonunion employees will begin receiving pink slips in about two months.

Diablo Canyon Reactor Shut Down After Small Leak

June 27, 2013 10:14 am | News | Comments

A reactor at the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant has been shut down so crews can perform repairs on equipment after a small leak was detected. Pacific Gas & Electric Co. said the leak was discovered Wednesday in Unit 1 during routine maintenance, and that it was contained within the plant.

Japan Utility Behind Nuke Crisis Faces Investors

June 26, 2013 11:00 am | by YURI KAGEYAMA, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Shareholders angry at the utility company behind Japan's nuclear catastrophe peppered executives with questions Wednesday about leaking radioactive water and demanded a phase-out of atomic power. Fifteen such motions from shareholders were defeated at an annual shareholders' meeting.

Motion Calls for Rate Cut for San Onofre Closure

June 26, 2013 10:36 am | News | Comments

In a motion filed with the Public Utilities Commission, the state Division of Ratepayer Advocates says California regulators should immediately slash hundreds of millions of dollars from utility customer bills because the San Onofre nuclear power plant is being shut down permanently.

Hanford Tank May Be Leaking Nuclear Waste Into Soil

June 25, 2013 9:40 am | by SHANNON DININNY, Associated Press | News | Comments

An underground tank holding some of the worst radioactive waste at the nation's most contaminated nuclear site might be leaking into the soil. The U.S. Energy Department said workers at Washington state's Hanford Nuclear Reservation detected higher radioactivity levels under tank AY-102 during a routine inspection.

19-Year-Old Genius Sets Sites on Nuclear Power

June 21, 2013 9:46 am | by NBC News | Videos | Comments

Taylor Wilson has been dreaming about being a nuclear scientist since the age of 11 when he asked to build a nuclear reactor in his parents' garage. Now 19, Wilson has a number of scientific discoveries under his belt and hopes to revolutionize nuclear power.

Iran Picks Site for New Nuclear Research Reactor

June 20, 2013 9:53 am | News | Comments

Iran's state TV says a site in southern Iran has been selected for a planned new nuclear research reactor. There has been no timetable announced for the proposed plant, which would be similar to a research reactor in Tehran that produces medical isotopes. Iran's lone energy-producing reactor is in the Persian Gulf port of Bushehr.

Japan OKs New Nuke Safety Requirements

June 19, 2013 9:04 am | by MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press | News | Comments

Japan's nuclear watchdog formally approved a set of new safety requirements for atomic power plants Wednesday, paving the way for the reopening of facilities shut down since the Fukushima disaster. The new requirements approved by the Nuclear Regulation Authority will take effect on July 8, when operators will be able to apply for inspections.

NRC Seeking Answers: Corrosion at NC Nuke Plant Missed During Inspection

June 14, 2013 8:54 am | by EMERY P. DALESIO, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

An outside contractor hired to look for flaws in a Duke Energy nuclear reactor near Raleigh last year missed a quarter-inch spot of corrosion and cracking near the reactor core that forced a full shutdown last month after new eyes reviewing year-old data found the problem, federal regulators said Thursday.

EU Presents Post-Fukushima Nuclear Safety Rules

June 13, 2013 10:46 am | News | Comments

The European Commission is proposing tougher nuclear safety rules, amid international debate about the future of nuclear energy and how to secure aging plants. Stress tests on European nuclear plants prompted by the 2011 disaster at Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant showed that almost all of them needed safety improvements.

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