TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — President Hassan Rouhani called Tuesday for "fair and constructive" nuclear talks with world powers as Iran marked the anniversary of the 1979 Islamic revolution with massive rallies that featured a new American target for their traditional "death to" slogans.
Besides the usual chants of "Down with the U.S.!" and "Death to Israel!" many demonstrators took aim at Wendy Sherman, the U.S. undersecretary of state for political affairs, who has frequently led U.S. delegations in nuclear talks with Tehran.
"Death to Sherman!" the crowd shouted — the first time that an undersecretary of state has been the target of invectives that are usually reserved for American presidents and occasionally U.S. secretaries of state.
Despite a recent fire at the Energy Department's Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in New Mexico, officials say storage of spent nuclear fuel in its underground salt beds presents a possible solution to the current waste-storage debate, The New York Times reports.
Increased scrutiny from the Nuclear Regulation Authority in Japan has slowed utilities' attempts to restart their nuclear reactors, as requests for more information from the agency caused utilities to miss a recent safety check deadline, Reuters reports.
VIENNA (AP) — U.N. inspectors looking into allegations Iran worked on nuclear arms cautioned Monday that — despite progress this weekend — their long-stalled probe still had a long way to go to determine whether such suspicions are valid.
Iran says it does not want such arms, and agreed Sunday to answer some questions on suspicions that it worked on a detonator that could set off a nuclear charge.
But senior inspector Terjo Varjoranta said Tehran's concession was only "the first step," with many issues remaining.
TOKYO (AP) — Two charismatic former prime ministers joining forces on a rare anti-nuclear power ticket are pitted against a former health minister and a human rights activist in the election Sunday to lead Japan's capital.
The outcome of the vote for Tokyo governor is likely to influence national policy as Japan goes through soul-searching on energy options after the March 2011 nuclear disaster — the worst since Chernobyl.
Morihiro Hosokawa, prime minister in the 1990s, who had retired to become a potter, is trying to make a comeback. He is backed by Junichiro Koizumi, who remains enormously popular. Both are pushing for an end to nuclear power.
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran said Sunday it plans to introduce a new generation of oil contracts by June that promise to be more attractive to foreign investors as it seeks to significantly boost production should international sanctions hobbling its vital energy industry be lifted.
The new terms being developed signal the OPEC member's eagerness to attract outside expertise and capital, and are a response to oil and gas companies' frustration with earlier terms that they felt offered little upside reward.
Mahdi Hosseini, head of the contract revision committee in the Petroleum Ministry, told reporters that the new terms are being designed for a post-sanction era and aimed to better align Tehran's needs with the interests of international investors. He said officials were seeking a "win-win" setup that would better balance companies' risks with rewards.
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran signaled an apparent readiness for more concessions over its nuclear program, this time over its heavy-water reactor at Arak, local media reported on Friday.
The semi-official Mehr news agency quoted the country's nuclear chief Ali Akbar Salehi as saying that Tehran could modify the reactor's design so it would produce less plutonium to reduce concerns by the West.
"We are able to apply changes in the design of the reactor to produce less plutonium, to reduce concerns in this regard," Salehi said.
Executives from Entergy Corp. and Exelon Corp. renewed industry calls for a shift in the current electricity market, which they argue now gives too much power to cheap natural gas and subsidized wind, in order to prevent future nuclear reactors closings, E&E reports.
Trying to phase out old DOT-111 tank cars within two years, as proposed in new Department of Transportation regulations, could trigger a shortage and hurt oil and ethanol production, industry officials warned, Platts reports.
The Environmental Protection Agency, ahead of four public hearings set for next week on its proposed rule to limit carbon emissions from existing power plants, says it has already received 300,000 comments on the regulation, The Hill reports.
Texas and Oklahoma -- states that are home to some of the biggest critics of President Obama’s climate policy – would have the most to gain from his administration’s proposed carbon rule because of the boost it would provide the natural gas industry, according to a study being released Thursday by the Center for Strategic and International Studies and the Rhodium Group, The New York Times reports.
Canada’s Talisman Energy has confirmed that it’s in talks to sell some of its assets to Spain’s Repsol, which analysts speculate may include interests in Marcellus Shale and Eagle Ford Shale, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., says the latest measure he’s introduced to speed Energy Department consideration of LNG export permits –- which would require action within 45 days of a preliminary application being filed with the Federal Energy regulatory Commission -– is a good compromise on the issue, The Hill reports.
Carbon capture should begin at the Kemper County Energy Facility in the fall, and operations at the coal-fired plant are on track for a May start date, according to officials of Southern Co. subsidiary Mississippi Power, E&E reports.
The installation in Texas of a massive transmission system for wind energy, which can handle up to 18,000 megawatts, has encouraged development of clusters of wind farms in its competitive renewable energy zones, The New York Times reports.
Renewable energy advocates attending a public meeting Wednesday asked the Utah Public Service Commission to reject an application from Rocky Mountain Power to charge customers with solar panels an extra fee, the Deseret News reports.
Staff and former members of the Chemical Safety Board continue to paint a picture of an agency in turmoil even as Chairman Rafael Moure-Eraso maintains the CSB is getting its workload under control, National Journal reports.