Despite the Energy Department's move to back construction of reactors in Georgia, the next generation of new, smaller nuclear plants is unlikely to come on line anytime soon, according to U.S. News & World Report.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Federal officials Thursday confirmed a leak of nuclear waste at a southeastern New Mexico repository, but it could be weeks before workers can safely access the underground dump to determine what happened.
The release of radiation from the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant poses no public health threat, officials emphasized, but the state environment secretary said he was concerned with the lag in getting information about the incident.
CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — Department of Energy officials say radiation levels detected in and around the nation's only underground nuclear waste repository are consistent with a leak at the southeastern New Mexico facility.
Carlsbad field office manager Jose Franco said Thursday that readings from sensors above and below ground indicate the radiation is coming from waste stored at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant. But officials won't know what caused the leak until they can get underground to investigate. That could be weeks.
VIENNA (AP) — Iran and six world powers ended the opening round of nuclear talks on an upbeat note Thursday, with both sides saying they had agreed on a plan for further negotiations meant to produce a comprehensive deal to set limits on Tehran's nuclear ambitions.
In a joint statement, they said the next round of negotiations would begin in Vienna on March 17, continuing a process likely to take at least six months and probably longer.
TOKYO (AP) — Highly radioactive water has overflowed from a storage tank at Japan's crippled nuclear power plant, but the operator says it did not reach the Pacific Ocean.
The operator, Tokyo Electric Power Co., said Thursday that the leak involved partially treated water from early in the crisis, meaning it was more toxic than previous leaks. Three reactors melted at the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant following the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, with radioactive water partially recycled and stored in more than 1,000 tanks.
TEPCO says about 100 tons of the contaminated water overflowed through a rainwater drainage pipe, where plant workers attached a garbage bag to contain the leakage. TEPCO says the leak has since stopped after workers closed the valves and did not escape into the Pacific.
Rail backlogs caused by the shale oil boom are causing trouble for farmers, who are having problems shipping their crops, and a bumper harvest this summer could end up rotting in the fields, several told The New York Times.
Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology – in a study published in the journal Nature Climate Change and funded in part by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Energy Department -- found that because of the health improvements they bring as the result of lower pollution levels, the benefits of policies to cut carbon could in some instances more than offset their costs, E&E reports.
The Environmental Protection Agency failed to provide supporting data required under the Clean Air Act when it proposed its rule limiting carbon emissions from existing power plants, according to a letter 13 states – led by West Virginia and its Attorney General Patrick Morrissey -- sent to the EPA Monday, The Hill reports.
News of strong consumer confidence numbers, an increase in durable goods orders and an expectation of a stockpile drop sent oil higher Tuesday. West Texas Intermediate crude rose 58 cents to $93.93 a barrel on the Nymex, while in London Brent crude gained 17 cents to $102.82, Bloomberg reports.
Mexican oil production could increase by as much as 75 percent over the next 25 years as a result of its move to open up the country’s energy industry to private investment, according to a prediction from the Energy Information Administration, The Hill reports.
Changes to diversify Europe’s energy supply can’t be made overnight, said Maria van der Hoeven, head of the International Energy Agency, which means that the region will continue to rely on Russian gas in the immediate future, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Music, gift bags and a host of officials including Gov. Tom Corbett, R-Pa., were part of the day’s events Monday as Consol Energy officially inaugurated its natural gas drilling at Pittsburgh International Airport, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
U.S. District Judge Gray Miller has ruled in favor of the Kurdistan Regional Government, and lifted an order mandating the seizure of any crude offloaded from a tanker anchored off Galveston, but gave the Iraqi government 10 days to file an amended complaint, FuelFix reports.
A lawsuit filed by former contractor Kenneth Abbott and the environmental group Food & Water Watch, claiming that BP misled regulators about the safety of its operations in the Atlantis field in the Gulf of Mexico, has been dismissed by U.S. District Judge Lynn Hughes, FuelFix reports.
An Australian university student, Joe Duggan, has set up a website and a Twitter feed -- entitled Is This How You feel -- where scientists are encouraged to air their concerns, speak of their fears, and express their feelings and emotions about the issues surrounding climate change, National Journal reports.