TOKYO (AP) — A nuclear power plant in southern Japan won regulators' approval Wednesday for meeting safety requirements imposed after the 2011 Fukushima disaster, a key step toward becoming the first to restart under the tighter rules.
The Nuclear Regulation Authority formally approved an inspection report for the Sendai Nuclear Power Station's two reactors. The authority concluded that the reactors were in compliance with new regulations designed to avoid major damage during disasters such as the massive earthquake and tsunami that caused meltdowns at the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant.
President Barack Obama's nominees to fill two vacant Democratic seats on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission are to be sent quickly to the full Senate, with a committee vote scheduled on Thursday.
The vote by the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee is to come just two days after the panel's Tuesday confirmation hearing, and reflects an agreement between ranking Republican Sen. David Vitter, R-La., and Chairman Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., to advance the nominations rapidly.
The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in New Mexico, shut after a radiation leak in February, may not resume operations for years -- a recovery plan for the facility, however, could be finalized in the coming weeks, according to a Department of Energy official, Reuters reports.
The U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware last week approved restructuring plans for uranium enrichment company USEC, which will enable it to emergy from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection as Centrus Energy Corp., Platts reports.
SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. (AP) — The state regulator overseeing the closure of Southern California's San Onofre nuclear power plant said that a proposed settlement outlining who pays for the work needs to be a better deal for consumers.
The plant's operators fashioned the deal with consumer groups this spring. That proposal "unfairly favors shareholders over consumers," and the California Public Utilities Commission would not consider approving it without substantial revisions, Michael Florio, the commission member handling the multibillion-dollar settlement, said Friday.
Congress returns to Washington on Monday for a brief session before leaving later this month to campaign in advance of the November elections, with senators to start work on President Barack Obama's two nominees to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Much of the pre-election posturing on energy will come in the Republican-led House, which is to take up a group of bills and hold hearings to highlight its anti-regulatory agenda, according to a memo to GOP members by Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif.
VIENNA (AP) — Instead of acting on its pledge to help a new probe of suspicions that it worked on atomic arms, Iran has begun dismissing the allegations, U.N. nuclear agency said Friday.
The same tactic has stalled previous inquiries. Iran agreed in February to work with International Atomic Energy Agency, in what was seen as a test of Tehran's professed new willingness to reduce tensions over its nuclear program.
Since then, the agency has sought information on alleged experiments with detonators that can be used to set off nuclear explosions; work on high-explosive charges used in nuclear blasts, and alleged studies on calculating nuclear explosive yields.
An amended lawsuit filed by Petrobras investors in New York last week claims that auditor PricewaterhouseCoopers ignored red flags over a fraud and money laundering scheme that was kept a secret from shareholders, Bloomberg reports.
North Dakota and the Midwest shipped out an average of 732,000 barrels of crude per day in January, according to monthly statistics on crude-by-rail movements released for the first time Tuesday by the Energy Information Administration, The Hill reports.
Republicans may be urging states to turn their backs on Environmental Protection Agency rules limiting power plant carbon emissions, but Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon is gearing Missouri up to cooperate, going so far as to send officials to an EPA “policy academy” on ways to meet the new standards, the Springfield News-Leader reports.
New driller Independent Resources Management LLC -- which intends to focus on unconventional shale plays in places like the Anadarko Basin – is getting $500 million in backing from private equity firm Warburg Pincus, the Houston Business Journal reports.
Expansion deals announced by Dynegy Inc. last August are finally becoming a reality, with the company’s takeover of EquiPower Resources Corp. and assets from Brayton Point Holdings becoming final on Wednesday, and a transaction to add resources from Duke Energy closing on Thursday, E&E reports.