OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A troubled nuclear power plant near Omaha is being heated up to test its pressurized steam pipes for leaks after an outage that dates to April 2011, federal regulators said Tuesday.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission spokeswoman Lara Uselding told The Associated Press the utility began heating up the water in the Fort Calhoun plant's power-generating system to 515 degrees Tuesday. The plant about 20 miles north of Omaha will remain heated for the next several days, so regulators and the utility can test systems that are used only when the plant is running.
TOKYO (AP) — Japanese regulators on Wednesday gave final approval for the removal of fuel rods from an uncontained cooling pool at a damaged reactor building considered the highest risk at a crippled nuclear plant.
Removing the fuel rods from the Unit 4 cooling pool is the first major step in a decommissioning process that is expected to last decades at the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant, where three reactors melted down after the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami.
VIENNA (AP) — U.N. efforts to investigate suspicions that Iran has worked on nuclear arms appeared to gain traction Tuesday, with both sides speaking of "very productive" talks after nearly two years of deadlock and agreeing to meet again on Nov. 11 in Tehran.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission banned two former reactor workers at Exelon's Dresden Generating Station from working at NRC-licensed nuclear sites after they were accused of planning an armed vehicle robbery, Nuclear Street reports.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Preoccupied with domestic woes and high-stakes Mideast diplomacy, the Obama administration has little time these days to focus on the ominous signs that its enemy North Korea is advancing its nuclear weapons program.
The International Atomic Energy Agency said it's unlikely South Korea would make significant changes to its reliance on nuclear energy as the nation lacks immediate resources to fill its energy needs, Reuters reports.
VIENNA (AP) — A senior Iranian negotiator was upbeat Monday about the chances of progress in the latest round of talks about a proposed U.N. investigation of his country's nuclear program, promising "new approaches" meant to end nearly two years of deadlock.
Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Robert Menendez, D-N.J., said the panel is close to an agreement on a package of measures to deal with the Ukraine crisis, including aid to Kiev and some targeted sanctions, Politico reports.
Ambassadors from four central European countries have written to House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., urging them to move Congress to take action to loosen up natural gas exports in the face of the Ukraine crisis that has the potential to affect their gas supplies, The Hill reports.
The harsh winter of 2014 has seen many consumers slapped with higher electricity bills, but the retirement of coal-fired power plants to comply with new carbon regulations may stretch pocketbooks and power supplies further, The New York Times reports.
A report by grid operator the Electric Reliability Council of Texas says a combination of low temperatures, low wind and high demand nearly caused blackouts in the state on Jan. 6, noting the wholesale price for electricity that day hit the regulatory cap of $5,000 per megawatt hour for the first time, FuelFix reports.
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources ordered Hilcorp Energy Co. to stop drilling operations near Youngstown after three minor earthquakes were felt in the area Monday morning, The Vindicator reports.
Electricity entering California's grid that was generated from solar power hit a high of 4,093 megawatts on Saturday, setting a record for a second day in a row, according to the state's ISO, Reuters reports.
The U.S. Chemical Safety Board said it intends to investigate an incident Monday at a Tesoro Corp. refinery in northern Calif., where two contract workers received hospital treatment for acid burns, the second time in less than a month that has happened, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
The European Union moved to suspend talks with Russia on plans to move ahead with completion of the South Stream natural gas pipeline and a plan to boost supplies flowing through the Nord Stream pipeline, Reuters reports.