NRC stations new resident inspector at Pilgrim plant

The Patriot Ledger

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission hired a new resident inspector at the Pilgrim nuclear plant in Plymouth, Mass., but the agency said the plant's recent performance rating downgrade played no role in the decision, The Patriot Ledger reports.

Nuclear void in Japan has boosted pollution, fuel costs


The shutdown of nuclear reactors following the Fukushima Dai-ichi disaster has pushed Japan to greater use of fossil fuels, leading to more pollution and higher consumer costs, Bloomberg reports.

Kerry seeks to soothe Israeli security concerns

JERUSALEM (AP) — Looking to soothe irritated relations with Israel, America's top diplomat on Thursday pledged to support the Jewish state's security throughout separate negotiations with Iran and the Palestinians — including Israel's demand that it "defend itself, by itself."

Mexico: Stolen radioactive cobalt box found empty

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A stolen container of radioactive material was found empty Wednesday and radioactivity was detected nearby, Mexico's nuclear safety director said.

Macfarlane: Waste disposal plans essential for nations seeking nuclear power

The Asahi Shimbun

In an interview with Japan's Asahi Shimbun, Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Allison Macfarlane urged nations looking to develop nuclear power to plan for disposal of nuclear waste before starting generation.

Steam leak shuts down nuke plant in Plymouth, Mass.

The Boston Globe

Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Plymouth, Mass., was shut down Tuesday due to a steam leak, but authorities said there was no radioactive danger, The Boston Globe reports.

Mexican truck with radioactive load found empty

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A truck carrying an extremely dangerous radioactive substance stolen in central Mexico has been found empty, a Mexican nuclear official said Wednesday. 

The International Atomic Energy Agency had said the truck was carrying cobalt-60, used for radiotherapy treatment to combat cancer. An IAEA statement earlier in the day said the truck was stolen Monday while taking the material to a radioactive waste storage center from the northern city of Tijuana.

NRC backs Waterford 3 disaster safety plan

The Times-Picayune

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission said Entergy's Waterford 3 nuclear plant in New Orleans has safeguards in place to withstand severe natural disasters and is in the processing of installing measures to prevent a core meltdown, The Times-Picayune reports.

Nuclear waste bill still on Wyden committee agenda

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Chairman Ron Wyden still hopes to bring a nuclear waste disposal bill to a committee vote this month, aides said Tuesday, but the calendar and technical details could push the bill into next year.

A spokeswoman for Wyden, D-Ore., said he intends to hold a voting session on the Nuclear Waste Administration Act after senators return to Washington Monday, but no date had been set.

Canadian nuclear construction project on hold


Ontario has decided to defer any increase in its nuclear capacity, according to the province’s new long-term energy plan, a move which Platts says puts any new construction at Darlington on hold and delays refurbishment projects.


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