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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Iraq produced 3.6 million barrels of oil in February, the nation's highest output since Saddam Hussein took power in 1979, but a March pipeline attack and a drop in production highlight the instability of the nation's markets, The Wall Street Journal reports.
An all-week rally against the Keystone XL pipeline, organized by the Cowboy and Indian Alliance and green groups, drew nearly 200 protesters to the National Mall in Washington on Tuesday, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Canada's Department of the Environment recommended removing humpback whales from its list of "threatened" species months before the government will rule on a pipeline permit that would boost oil shipments through the whales' habitat, Reuters reports.
Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman, a Republican, urged the state's supreme court to dismiss a lower judge's ruling that the proposed Keystone XL pipeline route was approved through improper means, Bloomberg reports.
Tom Steyer, a climate activist spending millions in the 2014 elections, said his activity differs from that of the conservative Koch brothers because he's pushing the issue of climate change rather than for policies he would benefit from, Politico reports.
The North American energy boom, which is starting to change the global picture economically and strategically, still has the potential to be derailed, particularly if oil prices drop, The New York Times reports.