Problems with a giant crane have led to suspension of an operation to remove spent fuel rods from the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant, Reuters reports, adding that a worker died in a separate incident, after being buried under gravel while digging.
CARLSBAD, New Mexico (AP) — The Department of Energy said Thursday it expects to get underground next week to begin investigating the cause and extent of a mysterious radiation leak from the U.S. government's nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico.
Officials said the inspections of the shafts that workers will use to access the half-mile-deep repository are complete, and they are preparing to send an initial crew of eight into the mine early next week.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Utility customers would see an estimated $1.4 billion in savings, including $600 million in refunds, in a proposed settlement over costs tied to the shuttered San Onofre nuclear power plant in Southern California, officials said Thursday.
If approved by state utility regulators, the agreement could end a long-running dispute over who gets the bill for the defunct seaside plant, which was closed permanently in June after a bitter, costly fight over whether it was safe to restart.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — With the San Onofre nuclear power plant in California closed for good, there's little doubt utility customers will see refunds for rates paid for the promise of power. The question is how much they could be.
Consumer groups and two Southern California utilities plan to meet behind closed doors Thursday to discuss an agreement on divvying up costs tied to the now-shuttered plant, which could top $3 billion.
PRAGUE (AP) — The United States and Czech Republic are increasing cooperation in civilian nuclear energy, opening a joint research center in Prague for nuclear scientists and engineers from both countries.
About one-third of the Czech Republic's energy comes from nuclear power, and U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said Wednesday that the center would be "a catalyst" in the field.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The recent truck fire and radiation release from the government's troubled nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico were "near misses" at a facility whose workers proved unprepared to respond to the emergencies, the head of an independent oversight agency said.
Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board Chairman Peter Winokur also said the Feb. 5 underground truck fire at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant was preventable, and that the initial response to a radiation release that contaminated 17 workers nine days later was unsatisfactory.
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — President Barack Obama hailed a "fundamental shift" in international efforts to fight nuclear terrorism as 35 countries pledged Tuesday to turn guidelines on nuclear security into national laws.
At the close of a two-day summit, the group also agreed to open up their security procedures to independent review, a further step toward creating an international legal framework to thwart nuclear terrorism.
The move is a joint initiative sponsored by host country the Netherlands, along with past summit hosts the United States and South Korea.
TOKYO (AP) — First off, no one who works at Japan's wrecked nuclear power plant calls it Fukushima Dai-ichi, comic-book artist Kazuto Tatsuta says in his book about his time on the job. It's ichi efu, or 1F.
It's not "hell on earth," but a life filled with a careful routine to protect against radiation. A good part of the day is spent putting on and taking off protective layer after layer: hazmat suits, gloves, boots and filtered masks. Even bus and van interiors are covered in plastic.
Japan plans to invest $21 billion in a nuclear reprocessing plant, a move that caused Chinese officials to voice concern that the project could be diverted to develop atomic bomb fuel, Bloomberg reports.
Oil dropped again early Friday, retreating from previous gains, as traders decided news of a drop in Saudi supplies didn't signal a cut in OPEC production. West Texas Intermediate crude for December delivery fell 74 cents to $81.35 a barrel in electronic trading on the Nymex, while in London Brent slid 1.2 percent, trading $1.02 lower to $85.81, Bloomberg reports.
A microbe that eats carbon and releases methane in its place – Methanoflorens stordalenmirensis – is multiplying in the Arctic melt and accelerating the global warming process, according to scientists writing in the journal Nature this week, The Washington Post reports.
Californians for Energy Independence, a political action committee backed by the oil industry, has raised $7.6 million to fight Measure P in Santa Barbara County and Measure J in San Benito County, which prohibit hydraulic fracturing, FuelFix reports.
Despite a negative assessment from an administrative law judge, the Illinois Commerce Commission has approved Commonwealth Edison’s plan to build the Grand Prairie Gateway transmission line, which could bring 1,000 more megawatts of power to the north of the state and grid operator PJM Interconnection when it’s completed in 2017, Platts reports.
Southern Co. subsidiary Southern Power has bought the Solar Gen 2 plant in California from First Solar Inc., and will sell the electricity from it on to San Diego Gas & Electric, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Scientists in New England, in a study published in the Journal of Economic Geography, have found that people were more likely to install solar panels on their roof if they live nearby someone else who had done so, The Washington Post reports.
Climate analyst Rick S. Piltz has died from cancer at age 71, he quit the George W. Bush administration after he claimed his bosses were tweaking report language to play down climate change risks, The New York Times reports.