Nuclear

Reactor back online 2 weeks after fire at NY nuke plant

BUCHANAN, N.Y. (AP) — A reactor that was shut down during a transformer fire two weeks ago at a suburban New York nuclear power plant has returned to service.

Plant owner Entergy Nuclear said Tuesday that Indian Point 3 went back online Monday. The transformer that was destroyed in the May 9 fire has been replaced.

French bill seeks to boost renewable energy, cut nuclear use

PARIS (AP) — France's lower house of parliament has approved a bill aimed at boosting renewable energy and reducing the country's reliance on nuclear power, among other environment-friendly measures.

The French government wants to be exemplary this year in environmental matters, since Paris is hosting a U.N.-backed conference in December where 196 countries aim to limit greenhouse gas emissions to fight global warming.

Chinese nuclear giant plans massive IPO

Source: 
The Wall Street Journal

Hoping to raise more than $2 billion, China National Nuclear Power Corp. is planning to sell nearly 3.9 billion new shares in an initial public offering, the country’s biggest domestic IPO since 2010, The Wall Street Journal reports.

French nuke giant EDF looks to pick up more reactors

Source: 
The New York Times

EDF is looking to pick up Areva’s reactor business in a reshuffle of the nuclear landscape in France, where the government is a major player, The New York Times reports.

House Energy and Commerce Committee

Shimkus presses for Yucca Mountain as Dems push for alternatives

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission should finish the review of the Yucca Mountain waste disposal site so the nation can move forward with a permanent system for storing radioactive materials, according to the chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy.

Opponents told the panel Friday that the government should focus instead on interim storage sites, or should abandon Yucca Mountain altogether and look for another permanent site. 

Rep. John Shimkus, R-Ill., the panel's chairman, used the hearing to press witnesses, including NRC's Yucca Mountain review director, Josephine Piccone, on how the agency would proceed if it had funding for the review to continue.

Obama vows to keep Arab allies secure amid Iran deal fears

WASHINGTON (AP) — Charging toward an Iran nuclear agreement, President Barack Obama is assuring Arab allies that they are safe from the threat of an empowered Tehran as he seeks to shore up some of America's most critical security partnerships. However, Obama's claim of winning Arab support for his nuclear diplomacy appears far from certain.

After a rare Camp David summit, the president on Thursday pledged Washington's "ironclad commitment" to the Sunni governments of the Persian Gulf and even spoke of authorizing U.S. military force if their security is endangered by Shiite Iran or anyone else. The United States, he vowed, will "use all elements of power to secure our core interests in the Gulf region, and to deter and confront external aggression against our allies and partners."

Yucca Mountain divides GOP candidates

Source: 
KSNV

Potential GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush said in Nevada this week that he opposes putting a nuclear waste storage facility at Yucca Mountain, while candidate Ben Carson said he thought the matter needed to be discussed, KSNV reports.

Idaho lab official offers assurance over fuel rod safety

Source: 
The Associated Press

Studying “high burnup” spent fuel rods – which are accumulating at nuclear plants around the country – can be done safely at the Idaho National Laboratory, according to a deputy director at the facility, The Associated Press reports.

Regulators: More delays possible for Georgia nuclear plant

ATLANTA (AP) — Regulators say there's a "high probability" a nuclear plant under construction in Georgia will be delayed even longer than the three years already announced by its owners, according to an analysis obtained by The Associated Press.

Southern Co. subsidiary Georgia Power and its co-owners are building two more nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle in eastern Georgia. A project using the same reactor design, Westinghouse Electric Co.'s AP1000, is underway at the Summer nuclear station in South Carolina, which has seen similar delays.

Personal diplomacy marks Modi's China trip amid warming ties

BEIJING (AP) — They are the strongest leaders to emerge in years from the world's two most populous nations — and appear to be trying to forge a strong working relationship.

In a rare personal touch, Chinese President Xi Jinping will host the Indian prime minister in his hometown of Xi'an for Thursday's start of Narendra's Modi's three-day visit, highlighting warming ties between the Asian giants despite their continued rivalry and contrasting political systems.

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