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.
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Japan plans to turn over to the United States more than 700 pounds of weapons grade plutonium and a supply of highly-enriched uranium, a victory for President Barack Obama's efforts to secure nuclear materials around the world.
American and Japanese officials confirmed the plan Monday, ahead of a formal announcement at a Nuclear Security Summit set to get underway in the Netherlands.
A Japanese foreign ministry official said the two countries had been discussing the transfer for some time as part of efforts to resolve concerns over Japan's large stockpile of spent nuclear fuel and plutonium. The U.S. and Japan also are discussing ways to reduce the quantity and toxicity of the radioactive material, the official said.
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Nuclear terrorism is officially the main topic for world leaders at a two-day summit in the Netherlands starting Monday. In practice, the Ukraine crisis will likely overshadow those talks.
The Nuclear Security Summit in the Hague will form the backdrop for an emergency meeting of Group of Seven leaders on Russia's annexation of Crimea. It's a confrontation between Russia and the West reminiscent of the Cold War.
Russian President Vladimir Putin is not attending, instead sending Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, who is expected to hold talks with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.
CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — Employees at the federal government's troubled nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico are preparing to enter the facility's underground mine for the first time since a radiation leak contaminated workers last month.
The U.S. Department of Energy announced Saturday that 35 workers have undergone training simulations at a Potash mine before re-entry next week into the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP).
Employees went through a two-hour underground session using protective gear and air-breathing units, officials said.
VERNON, Vt. (AP) — Federal regulators say security officials at the Vermont Yankee plant violated Entergy Nuclear's safety procedures last November in how they dealt with a suspected pipe bomb.
The item turned out to be a discarded pump, said Neil Sheehan, chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
An anonymous internal report filed by a plant employee says the item was found a couple hundred yards away from the reactor building, the Rutland Herald reports (http://bit.ly/1kStc5W ). Police were called, but there was never a threat to employees or public safety, said Entergy spokesman Robert Williams.
FULTON, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri environmental group is urging federal regulators to hold off on issuing a 20-year extension for a central Missouri nuclear power plant until questions about future storage of fuel rods are answered.
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission conducted public meetings in Fulton on Wednesday to discuss the first draft of an environmental impact statement for Ameren's Callaway Energy Center, the Fulton Sun (http://bit.ly/1epqq6j ) reported.
The report is connected to Ameren's December 2011 application for a 20-year extension to its current 40-year operating license that expires in 2024.
MONROE, Mich. (AP) — The Nuclear Regulatory Commission will investigate a small fire that burned insulation for an emergency generator at the Fermi 2 nuclear power plant in southeastern Michigan.
The owner, DTE Energy, says the fire occurred Thursday during routine testing and was quickly extinguished. The fire was near an air intake system on one of the station's four diesel generators.
No one was injured, and the NRC says no radiation was released. An alert was issued and remained in effect for almost 90 minutes. The alert is the second-lowest emergency level in the commission's emergency classification system.
Riding the back of the oil boom, Halliburton reported a 70 percent increase in earnings in the 3rd quarter, The Wall Street Journal reports, noting that CEO Dave Lesar predicted in a conference call Monday that the recent drop in oil prices would be temporary.
Skepticism about OPEC agreeing to cut oil production pressured prices again Monday. West Texas Intermediate crude for November delivery slipped 4 cents to settle at $82.71 a barrel on the Nymex, but in London December Brent lost 76 cents to end at $85.40, Bloomberg reports.
Proposed new regulations from the Department of Energy, published in Tuesday’s Federal Register seeking public comment, would cover energy conservation standards for some water heaters, while others would target certain fluorescent lamps, The Hill reports.
Despite industry support for the GOP bid to take over control of the Senate, oil and gas companies are still giving substantial donations to the re-election effort of Energy Committee chair Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., Reuters reports.
One of the people who helped write the McCain-Feingold legislation on political contributions says Tom Steyer’s NextGen Climate change is an example of how politics has become “privatized,” The New York Times reports.
As the U.S. prepares to take the chair of the Arctic Council for two years, environmentalists have been heartened by recent statements from U.S. Special Representative Robert Papp, who has said that climate change would figure prominently on his agenda, E&E reports.
With 419 megawatts added to U.S. wind power capacity in the 3rd quarter, installations in the first nine months of 2014 – totalling 1,254 megawatts -- have surpassed what came on line in all of the year before, according to the American Wind Energy Association, Bloomberg reports.
Robert W. Fri, who held a number of posts at the Environmental Protection Agency in the 1970s and served as president of the research institute Resources for the Future for a decade starting in the mid 80s, died on Oct. 10 in Maryland, The New York Times reports.