An official for the International Atomic Energy Agency said four countries, Bangladesh, Jordan, Turkey and Poland, may soon move to develop their first nuclear reactors within five years, Reuters reports.
Japan's Nuclear Regulation Authority leveled criticisms at Tokyo Electric Power Co. for an incorrect measurement of radiation in contaminated groundwater at the Fukushima Dai-ichi site, Reuters reports.
WASHINGTON (AP) — In launching a new search for cures to what ails its nuclear missile corps, the Air Force is considering proposals it tried five years ago, according to internal emails and documents obtained by The Associated Press.
Many of the proposals fell short when they were tried before, but the new effort is more far-reaching, on a tighter timetable and backed by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. So it appears to hold more promise for an Air Force under scrutiny after a variety of embarrassing setbacks and missteps raised questions about whether some of the world's most fearsome weapons are being properly managed.
The earlier approach, shown in internal Air Force documents and emails from 2008-09, included some of the ideas being floated again today by a new set of Air Force leaders, including bonus pay and other incentives to make more attractive the work of the men and women who operate, maintain and secure an Air Force fleet of 450 Minuteman 3 nuclear-tipped missiles. Then, as now, the Air Force also looked for ways to eliminate the most damaging "disincentives" — parts of the job that can make missile duty onerous.
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.
Moves by the Commerce Department to allow Pioneer Natural Resources Ltd. and Enterprise Products Partners LP to export lightly processed crude known as condensate are being “held without action,” sources told Reuters, which says the delay may give the agency more time to put together comprehensive guidelines.
Concerns about the shutdown of the Coffeyville refinery in Kansas after a fire pressured U.S. crude prices, benchmark WTI for September delivery dropped 70 cents to $100.97 while in London Brent crude gained on the announcement of fresh Russia sanctions, up 15 cents to $107.72, Bloomberg reports.
As violence in Libya worsens, shelling between rival militias at Tripoli airport has seen a third fuel storage tank set on fire, while the U.S. has already evacuated its embassy staff, Bloomberg reports.
Commerce Department moves to increase duties on many solar panels coming from China and Taiwan could hurt the industry in the U.S., according to warnings from Canadian companies Canadian Solar Inc. and Trina Solar Ltd., The Wall Street Journal reports.
At least six members of the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board, which makes policy recommendations to Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, have had their financial conflicts of interest waived by the Department so that they can serve, according to documents obtained by E&E through the Freedom of Information Act.
American Electric Power Co.'s failure to reach its 2008 sales figures in the years since is an example of how utilities will have to rethink their traditional assumptions that demand for electricity will increase in the future, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Demand for drilling and production equipment is up at National Oilwell Varco and is likely to stay that way, according to chief Clay Williams, as the company reported a 17 percent gain in profit in the second quarter compared to a year earlier, FuelFix reports.
Canada’s Talisman Energy refused comment on details of its negotiations with Spanish oil giant Repsol, even as the company reported a second quarter loss of $237 million on lower gas prices and higher royalty payments, Reuters reports.
Senate Budget Committee chair Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., said Tuesday that long term budgets don’t reflect climate change costs, while Sens. Ron Johnson, R-Wisc., and Angus King, I-Me., debated over the impact of carbon emissions on climate change, The Hill reports.