The head of the nuclear power industry's trade group raised questions Tuesday about President Barack Obama's two nominees to the fill one current and one expected vacancy on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
The White House said earlier in the day that President Barack Obama would nominate Jeffery M. Baran, a congressional staffer, and Stephen G. Burns, a former longtime NRC official who rose to general counsel before leaving in 2012 to become head of legal affairs at the Paris-based Nuclear Energy Agency.
The White House said Tuesday that President Barack Obama will nominate Jeffery M. Baran and Stephen Burns to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Baran is a senior Democratic staffer on the House Energy and Commerce Committee and aide to retiring Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif.
Burns is a former NRC general counsel who is currently head of legal affairs at the Paris-based Nuclear Energy Agency, a unit of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.
If confirmed by the Senate, they will fill two Democratic vacancies on the five-member commission, which oversees U.S. nuclear power safety.
Commissioner William D. Magwood said Tuesday that he will depart on Aug. 31 to become director-general of the agency on Sept. 1, a move he previously announced. George Apostolakis was not nominated by Obama for a second term and departed the commission at the end of June.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Foreign Relations Committee has approved an agreement on civilian nuclear cooperation between the U.S. and Vietnam, as Washington looks to expand its relationship with its former Southeast Asian foe.
The agreement would allow U.S. companies into Vietnam's expanding market for nuclear power. The U.S. and Vietnamese governments reached the agreement in October, and it was approved by President Barack Obama in February this year. It now has to be endorsed by the full Senate. The prospects for passage remain uncertain.
Bill Magwood, a member of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission who is headed to become chief of the Paris-based Nuclear Energy Agency, should be asked to leave his NRC post, groups including Sierra Club and Friends of the Earth wrote to President Obama, The Hill reports.
A $1.9 million bonus the Department of Energy awarded to the contractor that operated the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, five days after the fire that crippled the facility, praised Nuclear Waste Partnership for excellent performance, the Albuquerque Journal reports.
Japan's move to vouch for the safety of two idled reactors is a step toward a nuclear restart in the country, a development market analysts say could boost struggling uranium prices, Bloomberg reports.
TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese nuclear plant won preliminary approval Wednesday for meeting stringent post-Fukushima safety requirements, clearing a major hurdle toward becoming the first to restart under the tighter rules.
The Nuclear Regulation Authority accepted a 418-page report that found that design upgrades and safety improvements at Kyushu Electric Power Co.'s two reactors at the Sendai Nuclear Power Station have complied with the requirements introduced last July.
WASHINGTON (AP) — World powers and Iran still face significant gaps in their negotiations to curb Tehran's nuclear program, foreign ministers said Tuesday while forging ahead with efforts to secure a deal that could finally bridge a decades-long diplomatic chasm between the Islamic republic and the West.
Sunday's deadline for an agreement could be extended, but that issue is controversial, too. And without an accord on the nuclear talks, the U.S. risks losing opportunities to negotiate with Iran on other pressing regional issues, including sectarian fighting in Syria and Iraq that is threatening to rip apart the Mideast.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told The New York Times that Iran is willing to freeze its nuclear fuel production capacity for seven years in exchange for sanction relief in an effort to reach a deal with world powers ahead of a July 20 deadline.
Duke Energy has warned that power won’t be restored to most of its affected customers in North Carolina until midnight Friday, following a storm the day before that dumped heavy, wet snow in parts of the state, which didn’t melt after accumulating, the News & Observer reports.
A secession movement is gaining traction in economically-strapped New York state towns along the border with Pennsylvania, following Albany’s decision to ban fracking, which prevents them from taking advantage of their position atop the gas-rich Marcellus Shale, The Economist reports.
U.S. coal production for the week ending Feb. 21 fell to an estimated 16.5 million short tons -- down on the previous week and the year-ago period -- according to Energy Information Administration data, Platts reports, speculating that the drop could be attributed to the Presidents’ Day holiday and snowy weather that affected rail coal loading.
Workers exhausted by long hours and stress caused by bare bones staffing and the use of contractors unfamiliar with equipment are in charge of machines that operate at high temperatures and high pressure, striking members of the United Steelworkers at a Tesoro refinery told the Los Angeles Times.
The deadlines for meeting the goals in the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan don’t represent a glide path, but “a cliff,” an executive with a Phoenix-area utility told the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission during a regional meeting intended to gather feedback, E&E reports.
Moves to develop carbon capture technology would get a boost from legislation introduced Thursday by Sens. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., and Tim Kaine, D-Va., which designates more Energy Department funding for research and also offers incentives for those who adopt so-called “clean coal” technology, The Hill reports.
Three senior House Republicans, including Energy and Commerce chair Rep. Fred Upton, have sent a letter to Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, demanding to know whether his department was planning any use for Yucca Mountain other than accepting nuclear waste, E&E reports.
Fracking opponents have filed a petition with Gov. Jerry Brown, D-Calif., demanding that he ban hydraulic fracturing in the state because of the threat the practice poses to health and safety, The Hill reports.
The cleanup costs to states for abandoned wells – a burden they’re not well equipped to take on – could skyrocket as lower oil prices take some of the steam out of the shale drilling boom, The Wall Street Journal reports.
A natural Pacific Ocean cooling cycle has helped to keep global warming in check over the past decade, say researchers writing in the journal Science, but they warn that warming is likely to accelerate again once the cycle finishes, Reuters reports.