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Japan Regulator Urges Monitoring of Fukushima Sea

August 29, 2013 10:14 am | by MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press | News | Comments

Japan's nuclear regulator said Thursday that it is largely unknown what impact radioactive water leaking from the country's wrecked nuclear plant is having on the Pacific Ocean and the situation must be monitored more closely.   

Regulators Discuss Future of Neb. Nuclear Plant

August 29, 2013 8:08 am | by JOSH FUNK, Associated Press | News | Comments

The idle Fort Calhoun nuclear power plant is loaded with fuel for the first time in more than two years, and utility officials say it will operate safely if regulators allow it to restart. But the Nuclear Regulatory Commission says they haven't decided whether to allow the plant to restart.

Fukushima Crisis New Blow to Fishermen's Hopes

August 29, 2013 8:04 am | by KOJI UEDA & MIKI TODA, Associated Press | News | Comments

For the last 2 ½ years, fishermen from the port of Yotsukura near the stricken Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear plant have been mostly stuck on land with little to do but catch fish for radiation testing. There is no commercial fishing along most of the Fukushima coast.

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Japan: Nuke Plant Operator Found Leak Too Slowly

August 28, 2013 9:16 am | by MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press | News | Comments

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.

Vermont Yankee Fight Brewing: Dismantling Reactor

August 28, 2013 9:13 am | by DAVE GRAM, Associated Press | News | Comments

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.

Miss. Nuclear Waste Plan Sparks Early Opposition

August 27, 2013 10:08 am | by JEFF AMY, Associated Press | News | Comments

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.

NJ Nuclear Reactor Back Up After Leak Repaired

August 26, 2013 11:07 am | News | Comments

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 Official Vows Help in Resolving Nuke Crisis

August 26, 2013 10:59 am | by KOJI UEDA & MIKI TODA, Associated Press | News | Comments

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.

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Radioactive Groundwater Under Fukushima Nears Sea

August 23, 2013 9:57 am | by MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press | News | Comments

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. 

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."

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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