PARIS (AP) — French security officials are investigating a spate of mysterious and illegal flights by drone aircraft over more than a dozen nuclear power stations in France, raising security concerns in a country that largely lives off atomic energy.
In what environmental activists call a worrisome development, authorities have tallied at least 15 overflights of nuclear sites since early October, culminating Friday with five at separate sites, government and utility officials said Monday.
To encourage the development of advanced nuclear reactors – anticipated to be more efficient – the Department of Energy is spending $13 million to help major companies including AREVA, GE Hitachi and Westinghouse in their research of the technology, The Hill reports.
France is trying to find out who was responsible for drones illegally flying over seven of EDF’s nuclear power plants in the country earlier this month, as Greenpeace denies it had anything to do with the incidents, Platts reports.
U.S. District Judge Janis L. Sammartino has rejected a request from the Tokyo Electric Power Company to throw out a class action lawsuit filed against it by U.S. Navy sailors exposed to radiation after the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant disaster, Bloomberg reports.
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Energy does not have an adequate system to detect whether harmful vapors are sickening workers at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, the nation's most polluted nuclear site, according to a new report issued Thursday.
Dozens of workers in the past year have reported smelling vapors and then becoming ill after working around some of the 177 underground nuclear waste storage tanks at Hanford. The waste is a byproduct of the Cold War-era production of plutonium for nuclear weapons.
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian authorities have foiled a sabotage attempt involving tanks used for the transportation of heavy water, a key component in nuclear reactors, an Iranian newspaper reported on Thursday.
The independent Arman daily quoted Asghar Zarean, deputy head of Iran's nuclear department, as saying that Iranian nuclear experts thwarted the sabotage attempt "in recent weeks" but did not provide a more specific timing.
Environmental groups headed back to court on Wednesday to raise fresh challenges to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's recent finding that spent fuel can be safely stored for decades at nuclear power plants after final closure.
The groups filed suit in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, charging NRC failed to live up to a court order to fully evaluate the safety of spent fuel held in pools and dry casks at plants if no permanent repository is built.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — An environmental group asked a federal court Tuesday to review its claim that California's last operating nuclear power plant is violating federal law and should be shut down at least temporarily.
In a petition filed in Washington with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, Friends of the Earth said the Nuclear Regulatory Commission violated its own rules when it altered the operating license for the Diablo Canyon reactors.
Japan is hoping that it could benefit in the future from adapting technologies developed to deal with melted spent nuclear fuel in the crippled reactors at the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant, The Wall Street Journal reports.
WASHINGTON (AP) — North Korea may be capable of fielding a nuclear-armed missile that could reach U.S. soil, but because it has not tested such a weapon the odds of it being effective are "pretty darn low," the commander of U.S. forces in South Korea said Friday.
In remarks at the Pentagon, Army Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti noted that North Korea claims to have such a missile, although some have questioned whether they have achieved all of the key technological breakthroughs, including manufacturing a nuclear warhead small enough for a long-range missile.
The insistence that oil companies be able to drill relief wells in the event of an emergency is a major sticking point when it comes to the Obama administration plan to allow Arctic drilling, according to comments filed by groups including the American Petroleum Institute, FuelFix reports.
In one of a number of efficiency successes reported by Business Insider, Kohl’s department store chain is saving up to 18 percent of its energy costs after installing software that enables it to monitor energy meters remotely, according to installer Environmental Systems Inc.
The Energy Spark program being put together by Washington state offers homeowners a reduced mortgage rate if they buy an energy efficient home or make efficiency improvements to their existing house, KIRO reports.
Oil was rising early Friday on the back of the Energy Information Administration reporting a drop in U.S. crude inventories. West Texas Intermediate crude for July delivery gained 64 cents to $58.32 a barrel in electronic trading on the Nymex, while in London Brent was up 59 cents to $63.17, The Wall Street Journal reports.
The market for home battery systems that cost thousands of dollars is presently very small, The Wall Street Journal reports, noting that Tesla’s Elon Musk and his competitors are banking on swift growth as they push to develop energy storage systems.
U.S. ethanol stocks dropped to a low for the year of just under 20.1 million barrels last week, despite a production increase of 11,000 barrels per day, according to Energy Information Administration data, Platts reports.
Specifically excluding some wetlands and ponds from Environmental Protection Agency jurisdiction under the agency’s new water rule is “a pretty big deal” and “a huge concession,” present and former EPA officials have told E&E.
A Maine legislative committee has killed several energy proposals brought forward by Republican Gov. Paul LePage, including a measure that would have dismantled net metering and another that would have helped utilities with financing natural gas pipelines, the Portland Press Herald reports.